Friday, May 6, 2011

Are you scared of scrapbooks? - Charly's Ink Link May 2011

The Answer to Scrapbook Intimidation: Mini Scrapbooks

Are you scared of scrapbooking?  I used to be.  I thought all scrapbookers made giant 12" x 12" albums and scrapped almost every photo they took.  I would hear scrappers talking about "getting caught up", and I would shudder at the thought of a hobby that came with deadlines.  

But all that is not true. Scrapbooking should be an enjoyable pastime, not a life sentence. You can work on a scrapbook album if that inspires you, or you can create a single page and hang it on the wall. You should work with recent photos that excite you, you don't have to start with the day your first child was born.  Don't let the ghosts of unscrapped photos intimidate you!

If you're thinking you'd like to try scrapbooking but you're not sure how to get started, try a mini scrapbook.  Any small book that takes 10 photos or fewer would be perfect.  The smaller the book, the less space there is to fill in with do-dads, designs, and artistic touches.  Just add a few photos, some journaling, and a title.  That's all you need!

This is the perfect time to give it a try, since May is National Scrapbooking Month. I have deals and discounts for both new scrapbookers and veterans.  I even have some great digital products on sale, call me and ask for more details!

Brag Book Private Class

Here is a great project for both experienced and inexperienced scrapbookers.  This album is cute and fun to make, plus it is small enough to carry in your purse, display on a mantel, or mail across the country.  

Set up a class on your schedule, invite your friends, serve some iced tea, and I will do the rest.  Call me to schedule your private class today!


May 19 Congrats and Condolences sign-up
May 19 6:30: Simply Adorned Bracelet Club
May 28 2:00: Congrats and Condolences class
June 16 Summertime and Picnics sign-up
June 16 6:30: Simply Adorned Bracelet Club
June 25 2:00: Summertime and Picnics Class
June 26 2:00: Freestyle Stamping Club
July 13 - 16 Stampin' Up! Convention!!
July 21 Christmas in July Class sign-up
July 21 6:30: Simply Adorned Bracelet Club
July 30 2:00: Christmas in July Scrapbooking
July 31 2:00: Freestyle Stamping Club

Simply Adorned Bracelet Club
Make a personalized, totally unique charm bracelet for yourself or for a gift.  Buy one charm each month, or buy the entire bracelet at once, it's up to you.  Order your charms ahead of time, then come to our club meetings to use my supplies and ideas.  What is more fun than friends, crafts, and jewelry?

Freestyle Stamping Club
Come to my Freestyle Stamping Club to give yourself a little crafting time and stamp with friends.  I will provide ink, some stamp sets, basic tools, and I will have paper packs available for $5.00.  Or bring your own materials, any brand.  There is no fee, and everyone is invited!  Please RSVP.   

May - Congratulations and Condolences
In this class we will make six cards, including wedding cards, new baby cards, and condolences cards.  Please sign up by May 19th so supplies can be prepared.  Class fee will be $15 or a $25 catalog order.  

June - Summertime and Picnics Class
This month we will make four different 12"x12" scrapbook pages with a summertime theme.  Each layout will be easily reproducible with other stamps and papers, so make four pages in class and  more at home.  I will also talk about scrapbooking for non-scrappers.  Class fee will be $15 or a $25 catalog order.  Please sign up by June 16th so I can order your supplies.  

July - Christmas in July Scrapbooking Class
This is the perfect time of year to put together some scrapbook pages of last winter's holidays.  We will make four 12" x 12" pages, making it easy to drop in your holiday photos and add journaling.  Class fee will be $15 or a $25 catalog order.  Please sign up by July 21st so I can prepare your supplies.  

Congratulations and Condolences Class

Chances are, this year you will receive both happy and sad news. Why not be prepared with a few cards on hand so you can send a handmade, heartfelt card? In this class we will make six cards, including two wedding congratulations cards, two new baby cards, one condolences card, and one get better soon card.

When a tragic event occurs, like the death of a friend, it's so hard to know what to say.  Sometimes there is nothing that can be said, but a symbol of your caring is always appreciated. A beautiful handmade card can convey your sincere wishes better than words. 

In the same way, your handmade card for a wedding or a new baby will let your recipients know how happy you are for them.  

These six cards will be simple to make and easy to reproduce.  We'll use some products out of the new mini catalog, and I'll show you a few fun new techniques.  

Come make these cards in my class so you'll have them ready whenever you need them!  Class is May 28th at my house at 2:00.  Please sign up by May 19th so supplies can be prepared. Class fee will be $15 or a $25 catalog order. 

Color Challange

For May I chose a color combination which suggests blue skies and blooming flowers. This month make a card, gift, or scrapbook page using Concord Crush, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, and Pretty in Pink.  

In this card I used the stamp set Proud Peacock, and I heat embossed using Iridescent Ice embossing powder to get a fantastic glitter effect.  Try it!

Technique Challenge

Here is the first version of the "hello baby" card I made for this month's class.  It turned out to be a little too complicated, and you can see the simplified version above.  However, the cloud effect on this one turned out too nice not to share.  

To get this layered cloud look, you'll first need to make a cloud template.  Cut a 3" x 11" piece out of scrap card stock.  Sketch the shape of a few bumpy clouds piled up next to each other, then cut out the 11" line of clouds with paper snips.  

Using Tempting Turquoise ink on white card stock (or Whisper White craft ink on Tempting Turquoise card stock, as shown here), sponge the ink along the edge of your template.  Move your template down and over and repeat.  If you need a demonstration, call me!

Charly Bratt
Independent Stampin' Up! demonstrator
(970) 206-9120

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