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February 2009 Guest Designer Spotlight: Ann Seleshanko!

Scrapbooker’s Club House Guest Designer Spotlight:

  Ann Seleshanko  

** Talented, creative Ann agreed to chat with me this month about her love of scrapbooking and cardmaking, since she was chosen as the Scrapbooker’s Club House Guest Designer for February 2009:  Big Congrats Ann! **  

Ann Seleshanko’s friend took her to a scrapbooking class ten years ago, and that was it: She was hooked! 🙂  (I know that so many of us can relate to this!)  

Nowadays, if you peek into her scrapbooking room, you can clearly see that patterned paper is her weakness. When I asked her to name her favourite brand of patterned paper, she said she couldn’t choose just one, and instead gave three: Fancy Pants, Basic Grey and My Mind’s Eye. 

Guess what scrappy supply Ann collects? You guessed it: PATTERNED PAPER!

Asked to describe her scrappy style for this interview, Ann said “I have very ‘clean lines’ when I scrapbook.  I love using lots of patterned paper but I tend to keep the embellishments to a minimum.”

 As far as cardstock goes, Ann prefers Bazzill, and four in particular are her “go-to” colours: White Bazzill Texture, Stonewash, Parakeet & Pomegranate. As Ann tells it, “I’m always using these.” 

Ann names scrapbook celebrity Ali Edwards as influencing her scrapbooking approach, stating “it’s not so much her scrapping style that has inspired me but her philosophy to embrace your own style and that ‘it’s ok’.” 

Storage for buttons, as described by Ann, are “little jars that I have to dump out each time to find the right button.” She seems to have found the perfect way to store her brads though, by organizing them in a Making Memories sortable: “I love how easy it is to see them all!” Ann told me.     

Moving on to lace and ribbon, Ann is in the process of making a change and is taking these items out of the jars where she had them stored and moving them to clear plastic bags that she can easily hang on her ‘Clip it Up.’

Organizing her layouts in albums had previously been done chronologically, by year. At present, explains Ann, “I have the last 2 years just in stacks.  I think I’m going to break these down into themes, like Christmas, Summer Vacation, People we love etc… It’s a project I’m hoping to tackle sometime soon.” 

Asked if she preferred wood-mounted or clear stamps, the answer I heard was quite interesting… Ann told me that a few years ago, she took almost all of her wood-mounted stamps and unmounted them, placing them on EZ mount. She said “I use both mounted and clear stamps but I must say I prefer the rubber stamps. I just like the image they give better than the clear ones.”

Ann told me that her favourite scrapbooking tools at the moment are her new ATG adhesive applicator gun and her sewing machine, which she uses especially for cards. The set of Copic markers she received at Christmas from her spouse have been a huge hit. “I just love them!” says Ann, with enthusiasm. 

As far as the world of altering goes, Ann says she enjoys it very much, and that her favourite things to alter are lunchboxes.

Asked to describe her preferred layout to me, Ann indicated this one (so gorgeous!)

 Ann says that she created this page with one of Noella  Arsenault’s  “Creatively Yours”  sketches   and  “I wasn’t sure when I started if I liked it but it has really grown on me and now I keep it in a frame by my scrapbooking desk.” 

Ann says she usually scraps at home. Her scraproom is shared with her husband’s computer desk and a TV.  She usually scraps surrounded by her boys and husband, unless the boys are at school. She told me that she is often able to include her children in her hobby by “asking them about patterned paper choices and so on” which she says they love.

In order to make her scrappin’ time really count, Ann will  “try to only scrap if I’m motivated and inspired.  If it’s not “coming” to me I step away from my desk and come back later.”  Ann showed me two recent projects she created

The first is a greeting card and the second, a layout about Ann’s dream kitchen. Both were created with the beautiful & versatile March 2009 “Laundry Line” Kit from Scrapbooker’s Club House.

Aren’t these superb!?! 


When I asked her about scrapbooking quirks, Ann described herself as a “neat freak” and said: “I have to clean up after every project or I just can’t get focused on the next one.” 
Ann likes to take photos, which provides her with a ready way to blend scrapbooking and her love of family.  She was kind enough to provide the following bio to share with SBCH readers:

“Hello, my name is Ann and I have been married for 10 years. I am a SAHM of two boys ages 6 and 9.  I’ve been scrapbooking for 10 years and cardmaking for about 7 years.  I tend to scrap in mostly 12×12 format but I am starting to branch out.  Cardmaking is where I have my real fun.  I love to sit and make cards for hours.  I make a lot of cards for friends and family.  I have been very lucky to be on a few design teams and right now I’m also on the Creatively Yours design team.  I have been published in Canadian Scrapbooker and I will have my first publication in Cards magazine this summer.  I am thrilled to be a part of the design team at Scrapbooker’s Club House for the month of February.” 

Thank you Ann for being such a talented & creative Guest Designer for the month of February here at Scrapbooker’s Club House, and for stepping into the “Spotlight” for us today!  Much appreciated.  

~ Ali MacDonald

© Feb 24, 2009

Guest Designer Spotlight: Deanne Burton!

By Ali MacDonald
SBCH PR and Promotions Director

 Today our Designer Spotlight is shining on Deanne Burton, Guest Design Team Member at SBCH for the month of January 2009. Thanks Deanne for sharing a bit of yourself with us here today and over the past month at SBCH!


Deanne Burton, SBCH January 2009 Guest Design Team Member

Deanne Burton, SBCH January 2009 Guest Design Team Member

 Deanne kindly sent me a few words describing her love of scrapbooking:

 “I am very passionate about scrapbooking and every chance I get (which is about EVERY DAY!) I spend it creating something. My favourite time is SUMMER when I get two full months of ME time to scrap ’til I drop!

 Many of the skills that I have learned from being a teacher for 20 years have taught me to be a strong, energetic person with a great work ethic. I am able to handle large work loads. I LOVE challenges and on the forums I am on, I take on many of them with vigor and passion. Challenges spark my creativity and I enjoy them.”

 Deanne cannot be described as anything other than energetic.  A busy teacher and Mom of two, she admits to loving the summer months when she can “scrap my EYEBALLS out and I don’t have to get up and go to school!!! Wahoo!!! Come on Summer!” (ROFL Deanne!) Deanne loves summer so much that she even has a 12×12″ album dedicated JUST to that season!  Deanne, who started scrappin’ in 2003, describes her style as “a mix of this ‘n that.” The space she uses for her hobby USED to be her boys’ playroom, “but they are 14 and 17 and they really don’t NEED a playroom as they have the family room taken over with their numerous game systems, Rockband guitars, drums, and mikes. So I told them this room is now MINE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!” (LOL)

 Deanne turned the tables on me during the course of our interview when I asked her how she organizes her SB albums! LOL! After describing her organizational scheme, she asked if I’d like to know how many albums she had. She raced off to count and came back with the total: 44. YES: 44, 12×12″ albums of her two boys, she and her husband Todd, their pets, extended family, and even some BOMs.

 Friendly and effervescent, Deanne has a passion for blogging and is involved with several:  Sisterhood of Scrap (SOS), “Am I a Scrap Addict?” plus a Sketch blog and a Christmas Cards Challenge blog. She told me that her favourite is SOS, the Challenge blog she co-manages with her 2 sisters, Carla Robinson and Susan Coish.  She also contributes to three additional blogs!

 Deanne believes that scrapping is all about “sharing and being inspired and getting encouragement and praise from other scrapping sisters from everywhere in the world.” She actively practices this through the Sisterhood of Scrap blog, regularly highlighting scrappers and their creations from all over the globe. Anyone who has received feedback from Deanne in the SBCH Gallery, on the Forum or on one of the blogs she maintains knows that she is enthusiastic and genuine in her praise and encouragement of other scrappers.

 Asked how she makes her scrapbooking time count, Deanne unhesitatingly replied that she scraps “everything, for everyone… I do albums for my sisters, sister-in-law, mother, and mother-in-law…. It’s all good…” As far as blending scrapping with her life, she told me that she usually scraps “in the evenings or into the wee hours of the mornings on weekends or holidays.” One of her favourite pages ever is a baby layout done with the 3 Bugs in a Rug “Seeing Stars” paper collection (below).

~ A Favourite Layout of Deannes~

~One of Deanne's Favourite Layouts~

 Deanne DOES have a favourite paper manufacturer. She says that “I don’t usually get caught up in the latest and greatest product, but I do like Basic Grey and will buy full collections and the buttons, ribbon, and chipboard that goes with it!” Deanne also has a huge button collection. She stores her buttons (and her brads) in big glass candy jars. Other collections include Christmas decorations: angels to adorn her tree and Gingerbread decorations for her kitchen.

 This month, Deanne had the chance to create with the February 2009 “Homegrown” Kit from SBCH. Two of her favourite projects were the layout and card shown here.

A layout created by Deanne w/ the SBCH Feb 2009 "Homegrown" Kit: "Havin' Fun!"

A greeting card created by Deanne with the Feb 2009 "Homegrown " Kit


Scrap-wise, Deanne is not a collector of “fancy schmancy tools.” She does, however, love her Cuttlebug (a Christmas gift from her husband, Todd.)      

A self-professed “Harley Chick,” Deanne laughingly told me that although she doesn’t ride her own bike, “I thoroughly love riding with my DH!!!!” One of her favourite altered projects is a small canvas she created of just this topic: riding the Harley!

An Altered Canvas made by Deanne

 Thanks so much for being in the spotlight this month, Deanne!!

 Keep on creating and “Enjoy the Ride!!” 

 Here are some useful links where you can find Deanne and many of her creations:

 Here’s Deanne’s SBCH Gallery

 …And Deanne’s Personal Blog  “Am I a Scrap Addict?”

 The Sisterhood of Scrap Challenge Blog 



SBCH Spotlight – Design Team Member- Lynn!


I have been scrapbooking for over 4 years now, and with each year that passes I become more and more in love with this craft. I started because of a huge need to take care of my boxes and boxes of photos! I spotted a little kit, which mostly included stickers and a few patterened papers in an Avon catalogue. It looked interesting and I was struggling with what I was going to do with my photos so I thought, why not check it out. Well, I got my little kit and I was hooked. I quickly found our local scrapbooking store and spent far too much money! I wanted to try everything! As time has passed, I am still totally addicted (and I still spend far too much money).

Scrapbooking is a total stress reliever for me. No matter what things I’m going through or what is happening in my life, if I sit down and immerse myself the stress just washes away! It truly has been a life saver for me.

My favorite style of scrapbooking is probably shabby chic/vintage. I love this look and love distressing and aging. I tend to be more drawn to earth tones and darker colors, but I have really been pushing myself lately to think outside of the box and try more color. My biggest weakness for scrapbooking is buying patterened paper, some may say I have to much, but I say…. can you really ever have too much?

My fave layouts using the Sept kit:




Make sure to come and check out more of Lynn’s awesome creations in her Design Team Gallery Folder!

Spotlight on SBCH’s August Guest Designer

Every month Scrapbooker’s Club House holds a contest choosing a guest designer.  August’s Guest Designer did not disapoint!  Lee did an awesome job working with the team.

Here is what she had to say and some examples of her awesome creations designed from the September Vita Bella Kit:

Lee Brehon

Well here I am, I’m not sure I deserve to be in this great company, but I assure you I will be taking advantage of every learning opportunity presented here, by this stellar group of women!

My Scrapbooking experience started out like many of you, I was invited to a Creative Memories Party! And yes I bought in hard and heavy as well. But not as a consultant, I sat on the sidelines for along time before finally deciding to become a Stampin Up demonstrator. This was a great stepping stone to eventually teaching at the LSS. So for about 7 years I’ve been trying the latest techniques and coming up with some new ideas of my own along the way. Many different rooms in my house have been used for my SB. And let me tell you the master bedroom is not a good place to SB! Eventually I discovered the ON-LINE world of SB and have never looked back. I realized pretty quickly that there was a huge visual opportunity to explore. And so I do, DAILY!

My wonderful husband/friend of 13 years totally gets the passion I carry for SB, as he is a woodworker of absolute brilliance. The support and critiques I get from him are quick and valued. I am very grateful for the sawdust, paint rags and adhesives that are often scattered around me. But I know I couldn’t enjoy my hobby nearly as much if he wasn’t so understanding about it. So we divide our time between our hobbies and our one and only child Alex. Our son is a craftsman as well, often creating lush farm, train and hot wheel scenarios for me to photograph! Be grateful I don’t scrap every picture on this one!

I like to bring with me a sense of humor and cheerfulness, coupled with a hint of naughtiness. I look forward to sharing a whole lot of goodies with you this month. Hugs LEE




Thank you Lee for being such a super Guest Designer! Your creations and your participation inspired us all!

Guest Designer Spotlight! Trina aka Scrappy!

Our SBCH Guest Designer Spotlight for June is Trina Carbert!

I have been a crafter all my life. I have dabbled in pencil sketching, writing, photography, cross stitch, crochet, rug hooking, stamping, card making, and many, many more crafts. My wedding album was the first album I ever created. I was instantly addicted. That was in the year 2000. Eight years later I have a husband, a child, a cat, a home in the country, terrific scrapping friends and many albums under my wing. And I have discovered that Scrapbooking is a medium that intertwines all my hobbies into one.

I love Scrapbooking for all it’s worth! I truly believe the main reason to scrapbook is to preserve memories for the future. That is the entire reason I began. I still hold true to that mantra, but I now create for pleasure just as much as preservation. I thrill to work with papers, inks, stamps and embellishments. My favorite embellishments are metals and chipboard……… and ribbons……….. and buttons…….and bling……..oh, and flowers……yeah….ah em. I feel that nearly every layout requires inking in some form and paper tearing is a staple in my work. I consistently work with multiple photo layouts and am becoming known as the Multi photo Queen!  My work tends to be more classy and linear than funky, but I appreciate all forms this hobby takes. One of my favorite parts of Scrapbooking is getting to see what others have created.

I worked with Scrapbookers Club House in 2006/2007 as a Design Team Member and I am very grateful and pleased to work with the Clubhouse this month as the Guest Design Team Member. These are my creations this month using the next awesome SBCH kit July 2008 that is coming your way!


If you would like to see more of Trina’s awesome work..come and check out the Guest Designer Gallery!

SBCH’s Spotlight – Design Team Member- Mara!

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 – Mara!

Hi everyone, I’m Mara and super excited to be part of the Scrapbooker’s Club House!! I’ve been taking photos and making albums since 8th grade. About 15 years ago I learned about scrapbooking the safe way, and i’ve been going full tilt ever since! I love everything about scrapbooking; the creative process, the shopping for supplies and the sharing of ideas with other scrappers. It’s my way of unwinding after a long day at work and my way of being creative.

My favorite techniques include stamping, inking, painting, using chipboard, and cutting up patterned paper. I will try anything once, I like to get messy and see what happens! I love the online scrapbooking community. There is so much talent and inspiration to be found in galleries and on message boards. I like learning from others and sharing tips and techniques. I also enjoy making projects with my kids and teaching them a few things about scrapping. My son recently told me he’s starting to like scrapbooking more than baseball…now THAT’S a compliment!

Here are a few of my favorite projects:


If you would like to see more of Mara’s work, come and check out her Design Team Gallery!

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 – April Guest Designer- Michelle!

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 April Guest Designer – Michelle!


 I’m Michelle Vekved, a.k.a. “michelle.”  I live in Slave Lake, AB with my husband and two little girls, all of whom give me lots to scrap about!  Some of the things I love to work with are ink, glitter and bling, chipboard and transparencies.  My favourite techniques are inking the edges of stuff (I know, how original) and experimenting with Twinkling H2O’s, alcohol inks and distress inks.  My current scrap goals are to clean up and maintain my scrap space and use up a large portion of my stash as it is growing too big for my shelving units and I don’t scrap nearly often enough to justify all that I buy!  This is my second stint as a design team member, first as a guest DT, and I have to say, I LOVE it here!  All the gals are super nice and fun, and Nicole is an awesome “boss”!  She and a few of the girls from the forum are more or less how I got hooked in scrapbooking.  I showed up at a crop and it bloomed from there.  Now I’m addicted, but don’t try to send me to rehab, I’ll say “No, No, NO!”

 Here are some of Michelle’s favorite creations:


Thank you Michelle for being our guest designer for April!!

SBCH Spotlight – March Guest Designer- Kim!


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! 

Guest Designer Spotlight March – Kim! 

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be the guest designer here at the Clubhouse for March! Everyone is so wonderful here and that gallery is just rockin! My name is Kim and I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest just north of Seattle, WA. I am a homeschooling mom to 7 wonderful children – 4 of whom are still at home. I started scrapbooking in 2002 and it has become a wonderful outlet and therapy for me! I can’t even imagine my life without this wonderful hobby and all the fabulous friends I have met. It still amazes me how there is an instant connection with other ladies who share this obsession! It always feels like instant family. I love that! I feel like I have found “myself” since taking up scrapbooking. That sounds pretty cheesy, but it’s true! I am happier, healthier, and more well rounded since taking up this wonderful art.

I am a lover of all things scrapbooking. I love to work with multiple product lines and to work different things together to create a unified layout. But, some of my favorite companies are Scenic Route (perfect kit for me!), Rusty Pickle, Jenni Bowlin and Hambly. Currently, the tool that I can’t live without is my white Signo Pen. I am really enjoying the white doodling and writing on layouts that is the trend right now.

Currently, my favorite technique is to sand the edges of my photos to create a grungy border without the need to mat them. It is so easy–I place my photo on the edge of my table and use my emery board to gently sand the edges. Instant grunge border! If you want to add some color, use your chalk ink pads all the way around your photo-the color will appear where you have sanded! Fun stuff!

The kit of the month for March was full of fabulous Scenic Route Paper named after a wonderful town near my home called Lynden, WA. I loved working with all the wonderful product and that stamp was awesome too! Here are my favorite layouts:

SBCH Spotlight – Design Team – Ali!

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 – Ali!


How did you begin scrappin’? I began scrapbooking in 2002 when I took my one and only scapbooking class. I’d been scrapping, self-taught, for months without even a trimmer, using scissors for all of that tedious cutting…but let me tell you, it wasn’t long before I had a 12″ trimmer of my very own! That was it, no more excuses!! With 4 children, it was time to make sure that all the memories, not just holidays and birthdays, were documented and saved, to be enjoyed over and over. The acidic photo albums housing our many photos up to that point had to “go”… a project I am STILL working on. Slowly the photos are being used on layouts or housed in acid free photo boxes. I know I’ll never be “caught up, ” but that’s OK. I’m an organizer-extraordinaire and yet my desk and tables prove that I am the MESSIEST scrapbooker, ever! (LOL!)

Whom do you admire in the scrappin’ world? I admire Ali Edwards because she is so “REAL.” Love her graphic, clean style and the honest voice with which she “speaks” on her pages. Her most recent book was amazing, so full of inspiration! Ali E has a son with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as do I. I can relate to Ali E easily; I “get her.” I feel like I could sit down and chat with her anytime. She makes me want to “tell my story.” I have stories busting out all over: scrapbooking and writing create a rich blend, like coffee. It’s best when shared!

Favourite scrappy techniques: My favourite scrappy techniques are designing buttons clusters, appliquéing fabric trimmed from vintage clothing, plus inking and sanding. I also love to “sew on paper.” All that texture looks and feels incredible! Doodling has become a new passion & I highly recommend the Uniball Signo gel pen in white for that. Right now I’m into scalloped edges, usually hand-trimmed for my layouts using a traced template. My favourite paper lines are Basic Grey & 3 Bugs in a Rug, but exploring & creating with the products in the fab monthly kits from SBCH has allowed me to learn and helped me stretch my creativity. What else could a learning-junkie ask for? I love each moment of this (messy) creative process, and feel honoured to be a part of the SBCH Design Team.

Here are some of Ali’s awesome creations!





Come and check out some of Ali’s other awesome creations in her DT Gallery!!