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Scrappin’ Green: Tips for Eco-friendly Memory Keeping

Going Green” is a topic that seems to be on the minds of many these days. We all want to help protect our planet in any way we can. Well, the experts tell us that even SMALL changes can add up to big “helps” when it comes to going green. This new Scrapbooker’s Club House Blog Feature will showcase tips, ideas and even projects that can help us be a little bit greener in this largely paper-based hobby. Look for this feature weekly, right here on the SBCH blog.

Our first-ever “Scrappin’ Green” installment is a feature from SBCH member Sherry (Funauntsherry). She has a clever and creative “green” project to share with us. Enjoy!


Envelope Corner Bookmark/Photo Corner

Design and Photos By Sherry Owens





We need your input: Anyone who would like to submit ideas for a future blog article or project for “Scrappin’ Green” is most welcome to contact us… Additionally your “green scrappin’ tips” would be fantastic: we’ll compile them for a future article, so please feel free to send them in!! To sweeten the pot, Ali will draw names for a cool RAK from among those who send in ideas for “Scrappin’ Green” within the next 14 days… you have until June 13, so send ’em in to !!!!!

July 2008 Guest Designer Contest

ANNOUNCEMENT: July 2008 Scrapbooker’s Club House Guest Designer Contest


The Admin Team at Scrapbooker’s Club House would like to welcome YOU as the Guest Design Team Member for July 2008!


“Shades of Tan” is the title of our contest this month.


Here are the rules of the contest:  

Create a LAYOUT or CANVAS.

The Layout or canvas must include at LEAST 4 shades of Tan and/or Brown.

You can incorporate supplies such as wood, paint, metal, paper, carstock, canvas or fabric

Layout or canvas can be of ANY size or shape

The theme is very broad: SUMMER. Take this theme anywhere you want to!

Photo[s] and journaling are required.

As long as the 4 shades of Tan or Brown are included, other colours may be present too.

Contest closes June 23, 2008 at midnight MST

Remember to upload your project into the July 2008 Guest Designer Folder in the Scrapbooker’s Club House Gallery. Link:

  • Please be sure your upload is no larger than 1024 KB.
  • You must include your name on your submission!

 If you win, you’ll have the privilege and creative joy of being a Guest Design Team Member at Scrapbooker’s Club House for the month of July. You’ll receive an amazing kit to design with and have fun playing along with our friendly and talented Design Team by issuing a challenge on the forum! So, join in the fun and camaraderie that comes from a shared love of scrapbooking.

Enjoy creating! Can’t wait to see your entries!


“Technique Tidbit Thursdays” – Alcohol Inks

Alcohol Inks- Article By Heather Hopkins

Alcohol Inks are a wonderful product made by Ranger and available in the Scrapbooker’s Club House Store.

The colours mix together wonderfully to create beautiful backgrounds for stamping projects, cards or scrapbook embellishments. Fun and quick; the alcohol inks dry quickly, these transparent dye inks are also acid free so safe to use with your photographs. They dry to a smooth, shiny finish.


  • Alcohol Inks (these come in small bottles and are in sets of 3 coordinating colours)
  • Applicator and Felts
  • Glossy Paper or other slick surface (metal, glass, acrylic…)

 Protect your work surface and your clothing ~ these inks will stain! Have your 2 or 3 colours of alcohol ink near at hand. Put the small piece of felt on the alcohol ink applicator (either a Tim Holtz applicator tool or one you’ve made yourself by attaching a small piece of Velcro to the side of a small wooden block).
Apply the ink by putting the tip of the bottle directly on the surface of the felt and squeezing out a drop or two, soaking the felt. Use the second colour the same way, but putting the drops of ink beside the previous colour, NOT over top of it. If you wish to go for a third colour apply it beside the previous two colours.
Now blot the ink onto the glossy paper or other surface by pressing down randomly with the applicator. Move over the entire surface using an up and down stamping motion. Add more ink to the applicator if needed. You can stop after one application giving you a lighter look or continue adding ink for deeper, more vibrant colour.
For a more mottled look stamp up & down with the applicator tool when the ink is almost dry. The more ink you use the more ‘edges’ you will get around the different colours. Experiment and have fun.

On the Fathers Day card I swiped the inked felt across the glossy paper rather than dabbed it to create a background with more movement in it. I love how it looks with the sailboat stamped on top.


If you choose to stamp an image on top of the Alcohol Ink background, be sure to use an ink formulated for the glossy surface. Like Staz-on or Brilliance.

On my SWAK layout I applied the Alcohol Inks to thin strips of glossy cardstock and then created a mosaic a-la-Tim Holtz, by running the strips through my xyron sticker machine. As I cut the mosaic pieces, I applied them directly to a matting strip, sticky side down. I also used some of the Alcohol Inked cardstock to die-cut the letters for my title.


 For ‘My fishing GUY’ I used Alcohol Inks on the Heidi Swapp ghost letters



Ranger also makes a product called Alcohol Blending Solution made to work with the alcohol inks. It will soften and blend the inks producing more of a ‘watercolour’ effect (it also works well to remove staining on your hands)

So have fun. I challenge you to open up your scrapping supplies.

Come and check out other Ranger products available in the Scrapbooker’s Club House Store!




SBCH’s Spotlight – Design Team Member- Tammy!

Each month Scrapbooker’s Club House will Spotlight one of our awesome Design Team Members. They will share a bit about how they started this wonderful hobby we call scrapbooking and share their favorite techniques! Enjoy!

Our SBCH Spotlight – Design Team Member – Tammy!

Hello from sunny Central Oregon! My name is Tammy Wilson and I am very honored and excited to be a part of the Design Team here at Scrapbooker’s Club House. I have been doing arts and crafts of some sort my whole life but scrapbooking has been my passion for the majority of the past five years. Initially I resisted the urge to learn the craft because I knew that I would be hooked from my very first layout!

I am a self-identified patterned paper addict because I love all of the wonderful new designs and find them inspiring. There is nothing more relaxing to me than to rip, tear, and ink my way to a beautiful layout. I have to admit that my creative process is a messy one and I usually end up with a pile of scrappy stuff all over my table before I believe my layout is just right!

On a personal note, I am employed as a nurse manager for a small hospital here in my town and I am married to a wonderful man named Dave who totally supports my scrapbooking obsession! He actually built me my own scrappy room which I love every inch of! I have three boys; Jaron- 21, Tanner-15, and Gabriel who is 4. I know, the age spread is crazy but at least I know I won’t go through the “empty nest syndrome” for a long time!

 Here are some of Tammy’s awesome designs:

If you want to see more of Tammy’s work, come and check out her Design Team Gallery folder.

SBCH Spotlight May Guest Designer – Ruby!

Each month we will spotlight our guest designers to find out a bit about them and showcase their awesome creations along with designs created with the following months kit. I hope you will give our next Guest Designer Contest a try!  You could be the designer spotlighted on our blog next month! 

 Spotlight May Guest Designer – Ruby Marchand (aka Inspired Scrapper)!

Hi I am Ruby and I live in London Ontario. I have been divorced since 1989. I have 2 wonderful children. Jennifer (you know her as Jennifer R) and my son who now lives in Winnipeg.

Crafting has always been a part of my life. For many years, I made items and went to craft shows to sell my work. In 2002, the craft shows were declining so I got into scrapbooking more. I had been scrapping since 1995. By year 2002, I was totally addicted to this hobby. Scrapbooking is my life.

The City Recreation Dept. asked me if I could teach a course in Scrapbooking so I started to design my own kits for this class.I teach one night a week and this has been so rewarding.
Last Feb. 2007, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Support came from my family, friends and my Internet Scrapbooking family. I started receiving cards, Raks and packages from all over the world. Scrapbookers are such a generous bunch. I was so touched with their support.I wouldn’t have gotten through the tough times, without my friends and family.
I share this scrapbooking passion with my daughter. We are both very very addicted to this hobby.

I really enjoy the inspiration, challenges and shopping here at SBCH.
It has been a great priviledge being GDT this month. I have really enjoyed the opportunity to design with this month’s kit.

Thanks Nicole for allowing me to share my style and projects with everyone.

Now here are a few of Ruby’s Awesome Designs created with June Pink Paislee Spring Fling Kit:

If you would like to see more of Ruby’s inspiring creations..come and check out the Guest Design Team Gallery!

June Kit – Sneak Peeks and Pre-orders!!!

Wowzas wowzas!! The Design Team has done it again..creating some awesome projects from the June Kit!!

Your not gonna miss this kit, it is chaulk full of awesome scrappy supplies:

Kit includes 6 Pink Paislee Spring Fling pattern papers, 2 Pink Paislee Spring Fling shaped/scalloped pattern paper, 3 sheets of Bazzill cardstock (Parakeet, brown and kraft) and 1 sheet of white scallop cardstock, 1 pkg. of American Craft Thickers (black vinyl sprinkles), 1 pkg of American Crafts Journaling Remarks, 1 sheet of Pink Paislee diecut shapes, 1 Autumn Leaves bird stamp, 1 yard of Daisy Bucket ribbon (chocolate), 10 pieces of Maya Road felt, 1 Hambly On Edge transparency, and 1 easy stitiches template by Paper Pizzazz/HOTP.

So what are you waiting for….Come on over and check out what the team has created and make sure to preorder your kit today!!!!

Sketch Contest #15!

What beautiful cards that were entered in our blog contest gallery!  We had a hard time choosing! Kudos to all who entered.

We would love to see what you can create with the following sketch.   We will choose a winner from all entries and you will win a prize from SBCH!  The winner chosen will then get to design an example from one of my sketches for one of the future blog sketch contests.  The deadline for the contest is Monday June 2nd. A winner will then be chosen on Tuesday June 3rd and I will post another sketch contest on Wednesday June 4th.  Scrapbooker’s Club House will continue to hold this contest biweekly. We hope you will give it a try!

When you have completed your Layout you can post it in the “blog contest” gallery or e-mail to me at or Nicole at Please be sure to also name your entry with “Blog Contest #15” either in the title or description in the gallery. Finally, This contest will remain as a blog contest and not be announced on our forum, so make sure to stay tuned regularly and check our postings daily.

Here is the sketch:

An example of the sketch designed by this contest’s designer: Trina Carbert!!

So come on..Don’t you want to design an example for one of my sketches?  Enter now!

Winner Sketch Contest #14!!

Is………………Karen (aka karenwendy81)

With these cute cute cute cards!

Congrats Karen..please be sure to contact Nicole with your address so she can send you your prize!  You will also be contacted by me with your info and sketch featuring you as a designer interpreting of one of my sketches for a future sketch contest.

I would also like to give kudos to the ladies who entered..all of your cards were spectacular!!

If you would like to design a layout from one of my sketches and win a prize from Scrapbooker’s Club House, enter this contest!!  Stay tuned for more details tomorrow night!


A few posts back I posted a challenge!!  Sign up for our blog updates and I would choose a winner April 30 and send that person a rak from me!  Well, we have to date 32 people signed up to receive updates of our blog!!!

The lucky winner  has been contacted !! 

Thank you everyone who has signed up!!  If you have not signed up yet..make sure you do so to receive your updates! 

The winner is Joann Pettigrew!!  Congrats Joann!

A Mega Announcement: Celebrity Sketch Extravaganza!!!

WOWEEE! Start the fireworks show!! It started out as “Celebrity Sketch Week,” but so many celebrity sketchers are flocking to the Club House for this event that it has become a “Celebrity Sketch Extravaganza!!”  

Scrapbooker’s Club House will have celebrities featured for a full TEN DAYS in an extravagant celebration of talent and creativity! You’ll be able to create layouts from sketches designed by some of the biggest names in the industry, chat up a storm, meet new faces and experience the friendliness that the Club House is famous for.


All the creativity, talent and friendliness combined at this extravaganza will blow the ROOF off the Club House!


From May 12-May 21 come on by, check out the “Celebrity Sketch Extravaganza” and join in the fun!!  You definitely don’t want to miss a single sketch and we know that you won’t want to leave this “happening,” friendly place!


Join us for the “Celebrity Sketch Extravaganza” at Scrapbooker’s Club House from May 12-21, 2008. It’s going to be AMAZING!