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Scrappin’ Green: Tips for Eco-Friendly Memory Keeping~ 14th Edition

Today we are treated to an article written by artist and Scrapbooker’s Club House Hall of Fame Member Michelle Vekved. Her article suggests innovative yet simple ways to help make our scrap areas more environmentally friendly as we organise. Enjoy, and “Thanks” to Michelle!

Green Organising
by Michelle Vekved

So, it’s that time again. You’ve been manoeuvering around the unstable piles of paper, books, miscellaneous items and finished projects with no homes, and now you’re sick of it! One more trip and you’re going to go berserk and kung-fu those piles into next week, right? Well. Before you go and join Godzilla on the wanted list, take a few minutes to read these tips and then go through your “junk” and make that room more efficient than ever. And in the meantime, you can reuse some of that “junk” instead of hitting the trash with it!

Storing ribbons/rub-ons/packaged items: Screw three screw-eyes in a straight horizontal line on the inside of a door. Straighten a coat hanger or use extra heavy florist/craft wire and thread it through the eye-screws. Thread the coat hanger/wire through the springs of as many clothes pins as you like on both sides of the middle eye-screw and then wrap a loop of the coat hanger around each of the end eye-screws. Make sure your clothespins are all facing down before you attach the ends of the wires. Hang your rub-ons/ribbons/packages neatly on the clothespins.

A tiered shelving unit: Take advantage of deep shelving when storing small items. Use some empty boxes that are the same height and width (picture those long wooden building blocks.) Lay one of them at the back of the shelf. Place items on top and in front of the “riser” you just created for a tiered shelving unit. If your items are really small and your shelf is quite tall from shelf to shelf, you can stack two rows (or more) of boxes like stairs and get more riser-shelves out of one shelf! If your items are heavy, stuff the boxes with newspapers or old magazine pages for more support, or use wood blocks instead of boxes.

Under shelf string or ribbon dispenser: Some batches of blank CDs come in a round plastic container with a screw-off base. These make perfect dispensers! Attach the base to the underside of a shelf or desk. Drill a hole(s) in the center of the top of the cover. Place a spool (or several) of string/twine/ribbon inside the cover, thread the end(s) through the drilled hole(s) and screw it onto the base.

Layout protectors: Save the 12×12 packaging from paper packs and chipboard. If there isn’t a hanging tab on the packaging, take a piece of packing/strapping tape that’s twice the length of the packaging and attach it to the end opposite the opening, folding it over to create a long tab. Use a three hole punch to punch holes in this new tab. Or tape the hanging tab to reinforce it and punch that.

Paper dividers: Sort your papers into piles by whatever category you like. Using old magazines stand your paper up and separate the piles by magazines. You may not be able to see the magazine, but it will create enough space to see the different piles. And if it’s a magazine you don’t use, you won’t even miss it. 🙂

Storing your scrapbooking ideas and inspirations: Here’s how to make sturdy, matching hardcover idea books. Using an old book cut out several pages from the front, middle and end of the book. Cut out your ideas or picture inspirations and paste them onto the pages left in the book. The cut out pages should make enough space for the added paper so your book will still close well. Old Reader’s Digest books would make lovely ones. Your scrap ideas will look very neat and tidy and quite rich! Paint the spines and/or label them if you’re doing several books. Categorize them by topic and put the topic on the spine and/or the cover.

Button bins: Old canisters or juice mix containers make great button bins, even if they aren’t clear. If you sort your buttons into colors, you can paint or paper the cans to match the color inside. Using your scraps of paper to do this saves you cutting into new paper and makes a mosaic look on your cans. You can also stick a few buttons to the outside front of the can to remind you that it has buttons inside! 🙂 Do the same for ribbons or other embellishments.

Storage for acrylic stamps: Store your acrylic stamps in old CD cases. Remove the inserts from the cases that held the cd and attach your acrylic stamps to the inside of the cases. They stack well and travel well, now! And, you can label the edges or make your own covers for them.

Trash bag holder: Saving all those groceries bags for your tape-up trash bags for scrapping? Attach an empty Kleenex box to the inside of a cupboard door or the underside of a table with heavy duty double sided tape. Fill the box loosely with the bags and now you have a dispenser for them! You could also reinforce the bottom of the box with an extra piece or two of cardboard and screw it to the table/shelf.

I hope some or all of these ideas have helped you to dismantle that room full of time-bomb paper piles and miscellaneous hazards of who knows what, and that now you can find all your things in an instant!

To top it off, you’ve also reduced your household waste. Enjoy your newfound clutter-free space.
No, really. No thanks necessary.

Technique Tidbit Thursday

“Corner Punch Embellishments”
A technique taught by Lee Brehon, SBCH Guest DesignTeam Member for August 2008

This little technique fell upon me kind of “by chance.” I feel it is worthy of sharing because of its simplicity and potential for multiple combinations. It easily can be used on a card or a LO, but the very best thing about this technique is its USE OF SCRAPS!!! Using this technique, you could also make a lot of mini cards quickly without breaking into new stock or using up treasured embellishments.

I hope you enjoy making these. I realize not everyone is going to have this punch, but I’m sure any punch that is a photo corner punch will work for a totally different look.

Take your punch:


Now take one strip of cardstock and cut both corners with the punch, so that it looks like this:



Now cut these corners so that you have four square pieces: Photobucket

To join them, I cut another tiny piece of cardstock and attached it to all 4 squares.

You can add a button or a brad and this is what it will look like: Photobucket

Iif you want to create a flower, then simply cut off the corners and this is what can be achieved:


As I said earlier these would make quick invites, thank-you notes, a tag on a gift. Or, you could embellish a layout! Here are a couple of mini card examples.



Winner Sketch Contest #19

Hello everyone!  I am here in Beautiful New Hampshire USA!  I am on vacation..but I do have access to a lap top so without further ado…our winner is Ruby!!!!


Congrats Ruby, please contact Nicole so she can send you a prize!

Please Note:  The administrative staff at SBCH have decided to change up the contests a bit for the blog, with that we will not be posting another sketch contest for a while, but stay tuned we will be posting other contests to challenge you in the near future!  As well, make sure to keep checking out our awesome Technique and Scrapping Green articles.

Scrappin Green: Tips for Eco-Friendly Memory Keeping~ 13th Edition

Shoppin’ Green: Croppin’ Green!!!!
By Ali MacDonald

Have you ever considered what a “green” choice you make when you do your scrapbook supply shopping online at Scrapbooker’s Club House…?

Here are a few things to think about!
1. Cleaner and Greener! No gas and car emissions when you shop online
2. No plastic bags needed to tote your purchases home in (they pollute terribly)
SBCH has inventory of paper by several companies who carry beautiful “green” paper collections. Some of these companies are: Piggy Tales, Paper Trunk, etc…
3. At SBCH, you have the opportunity to order gift certificates or gifts online. Just ask Nicole (our store owner) how easy this can be! And “Bingo!!” There is no car travel needed to buy a special scrappy gift for someone.
4. If you shop online, there is no “brick and mortar” store. THIS ENTAILS MANY GREEN ADVANTAGES! Let’s look at a few of them:
* Less overall strain on the environment (no paved parking lot, no garbage unit disposal, less accumulation of waste paper related to receipts/cash register, etc…)
* Less use of electricity for lighting
* Significantly less energy usage for heating
* No need for the harsh cleaning chemicals that a busy retail store would require
5. Are you a person who likes to browse or compare prices?? When you check inventories and prices at your favourite online store(s), no car is needed. Browse & compare to you heart’s content without paying for gas or contributing to “smog!”
6. Online at SBCH you can read product reviews from actual customers. This means that you can be assured of purchasing what you WANT and will be pleased. No more car trip(s) to the brick and mortar scrapbook store to return unsatisfactory items!

Shopping online means comfort… what could beat shoppin’ and croppin’ in your jammies? You’ve beat the traffic and have not wasted your time travelling to a certain shopping destination… and you’ve avoided contributing to the pollution situation that we are now fighting in order to protect our earth, saving it for those who will come later.

If we scrapbook to save precious memories, let’s try to be as green as we possibly can… because the people who come after us need a clean, green place to relax and look in wonder at the details created within the scrapbooks handed down from those who came before.

Shop online, shop green and get right down to the business and joy of saving those precious memories for those who will come after us. Let’s leave them leafy trees, green grass, clean water and fresh air.

Shoppin’ green means croppin’ green. :o)

Technique Tidbit Thursday – Buttons, Buttons, and More Buttons!

Designing with Buttons


by Ali MacDonald


Please note, this is an abridged version of a longer blog article by Ali MacDonald.


I love to use buttons in a variety of ways on my layouts, cards and altered projects.


Choosing Buttons


I buy most of my buttons from a vintage clothing store where they’re removed from items of clothing too damaged to resell.

I was always drawn to the larger buttons because of the visual impact they made, but I quickly learned that large buttons are not that useful on layouts!

When choosing your buttons, pick out a variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Don’t buy too many large ones. Smaller buttons are useful in creating the button clusters I have developed as part of my style, so I’m always sure to buy them when I see some I like. Tiny buttons are useful as well, so keep some in your stash. Shanks on the reverse of the buttons can easily be removed, no worries! Clear buttons will allow the colour of your cardstock to show through and add dimension. As seen in card below, neutral coloured buttons placed together can pack a visual punch.



(Card is based on a sketch by Noella Arsenault.)



So, remember that:
Neutrals are handy
Clear buttons add dimension
Variety in colour and shape is good
Buy large buttons in moderation!
Shanks can be removed
You can never have enough small buttons!


Preparing Buttons for Use

Buttons with shanks are easy to adapt. Use a tool like this one to remove the shanks. It’s called a side-cutter.






Use safety precautions when nipping off the shanks as it sometimes flies off with some velocity.

Affixing buttons to a LO is easy. Decide on positioning, apply a Mini Glue Dot to the reverse of your button, and adhere to your project. Use 2 of the Mini Glue Dots if the button is large. I purchase all my Mini Glue Dots at Scrapbooker’s Club House. (I keep lots on hand! LOL)




Button Design Inspiration:


Buttons can become flowers, balloons, snowmen, planets, and wheels. Great for creating kids’ layouts!
A relaxed country look: run embroidery floss through the buttonholes, tie a tiny knot and leave the floss poking up.
Frame a photo with buttons. It’s eye-catching.

Doodle around your buttons for a beautiful look. Use a pen in a colour that contrasts with your cardstock. (I like Uniball Signo Gel Pens, and use the white one frequently! These pens are available at the SBCH store.)
Vintage buttons used as accents look right at home on heritage-style layouts.

Use buttons on handmade cards to add a bit of flair.


Tip [A]~


A button border makes a visually punched-up page accent as do the large buttons used as flower centres on this layout. 


Tip [B]~


Adding buttons to trees or vines as “fruit” or “blooms” will add an unexpected colour accent, as seen below. This card demonstrates how using buttons on handmade cards can add a bit of flair.





Button clusters are my ‘signature’ and I often use them on my creations.


Tip [C]~


Fiddle with button placement to get just the right look. Remember that in the case of a cluster of buttons, the cluster is the embellishment, not the single buttons within it.


Place your cluster on your LO, card or altered item where you feel an accent is needed.


Example; an Altered File Folder decorated with medium-sized buttons in an elongated cluster:




Tip [D]~


A button cluster will draw attention. Be sure the cluster complements the item and doesn’t overwhelm it!  In the layout below, it’s easy to see how the cluster, made with mainly tiny buttons in tones of grey and black, draws the eye to the journaling. A bit of doodling around the buttons has the same effect.





I bet your wheels are-a-turnin’ now!! What kind of a special “look” can YOU create with buttons the next time you scrap?


Have fun and be sure to share your creation with the gals over at Scrapbooker’s Club House. After all, sharing is what scrapbooking is all about. We all learn from one another! 

Scrappin’ Green~ Tips for Eco-Friendly Memory Keeping

Good day everyone, and welcome to another Edition of “Scrappin’ Green!” In this edition, we feature Scrapbooker’s Club House member and one of our Design Team Members Lynn Marsh, who brings us some fun and inexpensive ideas for repurposing CD and Video Cases.  Please pop in to Scrapbooker’s Club House anytime to share YOUR recycling/reusing projects with us. You’re ALWAYS welcome!

Repurposing CD Jewel Cases and Video Cases by Lynn Marsh

Using items that you would have otherwise thrown away can both help the environment and save you money. It takes some imagination, but there are lots of things you can reuse in your scrapbooks or as aids to your scrapbook craft.I attend a lot of crops and classes at my local scrapbook store or have scrap time with friends and always have way too many things to go. Also, I’m usually left with very little work space, so conserving my space and less clutter is super important to me.

As I was cleaning and organizing my television stand, I came across a whole lot of empty video cases and c.d. jewel cases. I was just going to toss them, when an idea came to me…. Why not make use of these. The vhs case is the perfect size for carrying my pens, paper piercer, exacto knife, markers, paint brushes, all those tools that we need at our finger tips. I don’t know about you, but when I carry those items in my scrap bag, I’m always stabbing myself or cutting myself on something, so I made a carrying case.

Also, when I attend a crop, we are always asked to bring music. I like such a mixture of music that I usually bring a burned c.d. to the crop, but it’s always hard at the end of the crop to figure out which one belongs to you. Decorating the c.d. jewel case and clearly marking your name on it solves that problem.

Remember, before you throw something away; make sure you really put some thought into just how you could repurpose it. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised at what you come up with. I know I was.

Technique Tidbit Thursday – Journaling

Journaling – By Alison K. MacDonald

Tips and Tricks: Gathering and Safeguarding your Journaling ideas

I’m a Mom to 4 kiddos, sometimes guilty of the “That’s so cute, I’ll NEVER forget what he said about such and such” train of thought… only to forget it a few hours later when I go to tell my husband! When I go to scrapbook that fun kiddo page, the story remains… LOST. Does this scenario sound familiar?

Never get caught this way again.

Here’s the easy strategy I use to maintain a “Journaling Box” chock full of tidbits and snippets of our life as a family of six.

First, I bought a small plastic recipe box that included a set of alphabetized cardboard dividers. The box is made to hold 3×5″ index cards. These can be found at office supply stores, but are far less costly at dept. stores. Mine is super-basic and came from the Dollar Store. It has a flip-up lid that snaps shut. And-you guessed it, I also picked up a couple of packages of the lined 3×5″ cards.

* Once home, I printed and added a label to the front of my box. It said “Journaling.” (Seems simple, but that little label made it official!)

* I then used a white adhesive label snipped in half to cover each divider tab’s ABC lettering.

*Next, I thought about the people and things I scrapped about and jotted a list.

*Using my list, I wrote one category on the new label of each divider.

*I left 3 of my labeled dividers blank for later category additions.

A few notes about my system:

*Keeping my categories broad made filing the ideas and retrieving them easier for me. Here’s an example: Rather that filing a pet story under a dog’s name, I simply filed it under the “Pet” category. (With 4 pets, this makes sense.)

Here are the actual categories I have listed on the dividers in my Journaling Box:

Reflections (ie: ‘Welcome to Holland’ essay re: parenting a child who has special needs)
Major Holidays
Everyday moments
Places Visited
Title ideas
Flowers and Garden
Kids’ jokes
Songs (titles/lyrics)
Graphics (ie: clipart, small sketched ideas)
Dairy Queen Cakes (Because the process each kid goes thru to choose their b’day cake design is a sign of their age & current trends)
3 spare/blank dividers

How to use your Journaling Box:

As funny things happen or you have a thought or tidbit to save for later use, jot it down quickly on an index card.

Use abbreviations you’re used to: this makes it faster. I’m a nurse so I use tons of abbreviations that make sense to me!

Also note any ideas for certain photos you think would be appropriate to accompany this journaling.

ALWAYS add a DATE to what you have written.

Then, file the card under the most representative category.

If it definitely does NOT fit into any existing category, you can make a new one using the 3 blank dividers you have at the ready.

If I am in a real hurry, I sometimes slip the new journaling idea card into the FRONT of my recipe box and file it later. (I try not to make a habit of this.)

Do what makes sense to YOU. Your categories and the way you file things will be TOTALLY different from mine. That’s OK. Be sure your Journaling Box categories fit YOUR life and the people/things YOU scrap about.

Once I use an idea from my journaling cards on a layout, I place a red checkmark next to the idea and slip the card into the “Done!” category found at the back of my recipe box. This step is necessary for me because it provides a satisfying visual recognition of the ideas I have journaled.

If your recipe box becomes very full, you may want to start a new one. I have done this by dividing the topics and placing half in one box and half in another. It’s much easier to leaf through the journaling idea cards this way!

I keep a few lined index cards in my purse and on my desk in the kitchen, & a small stack of them right next to my journaling box in my office/scrap room. I have also been known to use bits of scrap paper, the backs of envelopes and yes, those old faithful sticky notes to write my little journaling tidbits on. I file them that way, too, because there’s no time for recopying. Not everything is on an index card, by any means: it doesn’t have to be beautiful to be filed!

The main goal is to safeguard the moments that mean something to you or to those you care about. If you find a funny tidbit written on a gum wrapper in your Journaling Box, and it contributes to a page that sparks memories for those you love, then the system worked. Bravo!!

Keep it up!

~ Alison K. MacDonald
(May 27, 2008)