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Making Scrapbooking Quick and Easy: Scrapbooking Kits & Clubs

February 26th, 2007

Dear Scrapbooking Queens,

So admit it.  If you are reading this, there has to be some part of you that LOVES scrapbooking.  Whether you love creating, being crafty, organizing your photos, or recording your memories, there has to be some reason that scrapboooking is a part of your live.  For me it has been a combination of everything that makes this one of my passions.  But what happens when you work full-time or take care of your family full-time and don’t have the time to shop, plan, and carry out this scrapbooking dream?  One of the great ways that I have found to follow your scrapbooking heart is to let someone else do most of the work for you.  Hence, the scrapbooking kits and clubs are born. 

Now most of you are probably thinking that this sounds like an expensive venture or maybe you love being creative on your own.  Well, once you find out a little more about these kits and clubs, you might start changing your tune.  I have decided to summarize some of my favorites giving you the lowdown on costs and what they all include (Keep in mind that there are hundreds of kit clubs out there).  Many of these are like an actual club where you pay monthly and are sent a kit to complete several layout and pages, instructions included.  Others, you can order a kit whenever you wish, but usually end up paying a little more.  Just remember the best part about this whole idea is that someone else is doing most of the planning and shopping for you and it can come right to your door.  All you do is use all the supplies sent to you, your own little creativity, and you become the scrapbooking goddess you aspire to be!

 

Kits Clubs

Cost

Shipping

What it includes

Subscription

Extras

www.2jills.com $24.99 – 28.99 per kit, other projects $2.99 and up
$4.80
10-12+ sheets of paper/cardstock, matching embellishments, ribbons and tools included (like foam letters, stamps etc.) No, but new kits offered each month, different projects available throughout the year
Check out their “projects to go” - you get all the supplies to make calendars, books, and much more.
www.amillionmemories.com
$24.95-29.95 (kits are less if you order 3 to 6 months in advance
$5.00
8-10 sheets or paper/cardstock, rub-ons, chipboard, ribbon, stamps, and album (like a mini album or book) in each kit 1, 3, & 6 month subscriptions
You can buy other products or add-ons to their kits on their website
www.scrapgoods.com
$34.50 – 41.50 per kit plus tax
$3.85 to $8
The kit is a surprise each month, but hints are on the website.  These kits offer twice as much paper and more embellishments than most other kits I have seen
2, 6, and 12 month subscriptions
You can customize your kit each month and pay for the “featured gadget” of the month.  You can also “skip” a month and continue the next month
www.littleredscrapbook.com
$20-25 per kit
$6/kit
12 patterned papers, 6 cardstocks, 4-8 embellishments.  There are usually 3 add-ons (embellishment-$10, ribbon-$5, and stamp-$12) that coordinate.
1,3 and 6 month memberships
They also have clubs for their add-ons each month (like a stamp club, etc.)
www.lifepreserversclub.com
$17.50-20.50/kit
$5-6/kit
Standard kit: at least 6 sheets cardstock, 4 sheets patterned/double sided paper. Mega kit: least 10 sheets cardstock, 8 sheets patterned/double sided paper. All come with coordinating embellishments Yes – you may cancel at any time
Their “starboard rewards” points are given for making consecutive kit purchases and can be cashed in for cool supplies.
www.theredlily.com
$22.95-26.95/month
$5.75/kit
8 cardstock, 6 patterned paper sheets, coordinating embellishments
1,3 and 6 month memberships
You can add-on to your kits and no extra shipping is charged.
www.scrapbookobsessions.com $34.95 – 42.95/month
 
10+ patterned paper and cardstock, embellishments include distressing kits, paints, chipboard, stamps, ribbon, flowers, & metal 1, 6, 12 month
The newsletter with the kit is amazing with page layouts, page title and quote ideas, and how to techniques!
www.scrapsinabox.com $23.50-25.50/month
$5.50/kit
10+ patterned paper and cardstock, embellishments include ribbons, tools, fibers, buttons, brads, stamps, etc. 1, 3 month
Very unique embellishments
www.memorycreators.com $21.95 – 24.95/kit
$420-6.05/kit
10+ patterned paper and cardstock and embellishments (stickers, stamps, clips, brads, ribbon, flowers, rub-ons, etc.) 1 month or as long as you like
 
www.scrapbookmailbox.com
$20.95-22.95/kit
$5.00/kit
15+ papers, 3-4+ different kinds of embellishments
 
 
www.scrapbooksociety.com
$32.99-34.99/kit
$6.00/kit
6-8+ papers, lots of embellishments 1 month trial, 6 or 12 month
 
www.scrapbookchalet.com
$19.95 – 23.95/month
$5.50/kit
6-10+ patterned paper, 4+ cardstock, 6+ embellishments
1, 3, 6 month (I like how this one allows you tp pay for 3 or 6 months in advance so you are only charged once Cute add-on projects
www.paperposies.com
$34.00-42.00/month
$5.00/kit
10+ patterned paper, 10+ cardstock, 10+ embellishments, 5 ribbons (1 yard each!), 1 altered project included too 1,3,6 month
This kit club by far surpasses any other with the amount of “stuff” you get.

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Latest and Greatest - Deal of the Week: Kits

(These kits are not from kit clubs.  They are one-time purchase kits available at any time.)

 

Jo-Ann Scrap Essentials 12×12 Kit - $29.99 $14.99
(Kit Contains:
* 1 12″x12″ Post-bound scrapbook with 10 sheet protectors
* 30 double sided printed card stock sheets
* 10 tags
* 10 printed frames with sentiment centers
* 5 title blocks
* 2 alphabet stickers
* 2 phrase sticker sheets
* 20 12″ printed borders
* 20 silver brads
* 15 solid photo mats
* 15 1 1/2″ squares
* 6 fibers, 1 yard each)

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Making Memories Simply Fab Mini Book Kit 5×7″ - Brooke - $9.99 $6.99
So much more than supplies, so much less than a hassle. Pick up a Mini Book KitTM and you’ll receive a 5″ x 7″  book with a variety of stickers and charmed plaques ideal for highlighting 4″ x 6″ photos.
     
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Creating Keepsakes 12″x12″ All In One Scrapbooking Kit  $20.00 $13.99
This all inclusive scrapbooking kit includes solid textured cardstock, pattern papers, punch-out sheets, rub-on alpha sheet, rub-on phrase sheet, vellium quote sheets and 12 layout ideas. Pages are spiral bound for easy removal with each category tabbed for quick identification.

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Enjoy your great deals this month and your scrapbooking kits.  Let me know about your experiences with kits and send me any great ones you find!

Your Scrapbooking Guru,

Robin
robin@scrapbookfinds.com
ScrapbookFinds.com

P.S. Don’t forget – if you have questions about products or scrapbooking ideas, email me or check us out at http://www.scrapbookfinds.com/.

Is there a good scrapbooking/stamp store in Lindsay, Ontario Canada?

February 24th, 2007

Question:  Hi Robin!
Someone told me there was an amazing stamp store in Lindsay, Ontario Canada.
There was a stamp store and also  a dollar store that had wonderful stamps too.
Do you know of it and if so, would you send me info.

 

Answer: Here are a few stores I know of in Lindsay.  I hope one of these is the one you are looking for:

1. The Scrapbook Company (Hwy #7 West, Lindsay) 705-324-7595

2. The Scrapbook Nook (418 Hwy 36) 705-324-6633

3. The Crafty Stamper (4 1/2 Cambridge Street N) 705-324-4655

These are dollar stores, but sometimes they carry scrapbooking/stamping supplies:

1. Buck-A-Roo Dollar and Gift Store (113 Kent Street West) 705-878-5871

2. Image Convenience and Dollar Store (32 Kent Street West) 705-328-0330

3. Downtown Dollar Store (14 CR-15) 705-799-5389

 

 

How do I remove old photos from one of those sticky magnetic albums?

February 22nd, 2007

Question: Robin,  I have some old photo albums that my grandmother put together years ago. She used those sticky albums with the plastic paper that covers them. I am having trouble getting the pictures off the page. Could you please tell me how to romove these without damaging the photos? Thank you for your help.
Answer: There are many ways that archivists mention to remove the photos. The most effective for me has been using a hairdryer to heat the paper just long enough to melt the adhesive.  This should allow you to peel the photo off - sometimes a spatula or knife can help lift the photo without damaging it.  Microwaving works too if you can do one page at a time.  Try it at 5 and 10 second intervals to prevent damaging or burning the paper or photos.  If these ideas don’t work, I found some great tips from About.com.  We actually sell the adhesive remover mentioned by the article. It works wonders as well.

Question: How do I get started with scrapbooking and what tools do I need?

February 20th, 2007

Question: Do you know the tools I will be needing to get started scrapbooking and where I can get them. I know you can get some of them at Michael’s, Target, Wal-mart, and Wishing Well.  But I wanted to know how to start my first page?  I’m doing one of my friends, family, and people that surround me.  Can I get one of those cameras that have your picture in it and then you would just have to print it out.  What kind of camera can I use?

Answer: I buy most of my stuff online, which you can do from our site - www.scrapbookfinds.com.  If you need to start right away, though, I would go to any store that sells scrapbooking supplies.  The places you mentioned would be a good place to start.  Read my article on the basics of scrapbooking for more info on products to use.  I would definitely invest in a good paper cutter/trimmer and some paper.  The rest of the embellishments ideas you can use from my article. 

As for a camera, definitely go digital if you are buying a new one.  But any camera will be fine for scrapbooking as long as you can develop or print your photos.  You can get digital cameras as cheap as $20-$30.  If you have the means to get a higher quality one, I would suggest one with at least 4 or 5 pixels so you can print 8×10 photos if you need to.   As a professional photographer, I have an SLR (basically a camera where I can change the lens and make manual adjustments).  You don’t need one like that.  You can get just a compact camera.  I like Nikon cameras, but Canon is great too. These can range from $200-$300 for a good one to even more. 

What is the best kind of adhesive to use to apply chipboard?

February 19th, 2007

Question: What is the best kind of adhesive to use to apply chipboard?  I don’t want it to be raised anymore than it already is so that eliminates pop dots and those kind of things.  Thanks! Christie
Answer:  It usually depends on what I am sticking it to, but usually I use glue dots or liquid glue.  I like the flat glue dots, squares, and lines (not the pop-up kind).  The glue lines are perfect for letters because they are skinny.  I also use liquid adhesive, especially when I am sticking the letters to things other than paper.  My favorite kind is from Making Memories.  In fact, they sell a value pack right now  that comes with  3 kinds of glue - metal, ribbon, and universal glue.  I use the universal for chipboard.  I love these because I don’t have to touch the glue to use it.  You just squeeze the bottle and the glue can be applied directly to the letter. 

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Glue Lines  

 

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Making Memories Liquid Glue

 

How do you apply self-adhesive letters?

February 19th, 2007

Question: I purchased some letters from a company called Pressed Petals.  They are supposed to be self adhesive letters but I cannot figure out how they stick to anything. They do not feel like they have any adhesive on them. Can you help me? I am making a sign for a 87 year old lady that lives in an assisted living place and she plays the keyboard and she needs a nice sign. She had one she made herself out of the bottom of cardboard box and it doesn’t look very good. So I purchased these letters and some foam core board for the sign and I did some gold leafing on the letters but darned if I know how to get them to stick to the foam core board. HELP PLEASE…

Answer:  Usually self-adhesive letters have a back that you remove, kind of like a sticker.  The ones from Pressed Petals usually stick right when you remove them from the cardboard backing.  Since I am not sure which kind of letters you bought, I am not exactly sure on how yours sticks.  If there isn’t a backing to remove, it may be possible that the adhesive is no longer sticky. I would use some glue dots or lines to stick them on. Pressed Petals also carries rub-on letters too — make sure you check what kind you have because rub-ons are applied differently.

What can I use to protect my handmade embellishments that has a matte finish?

February 15th, 2007

Question:
Hi,  I have been using chipboard without a wax coating and permanent acid free adhesive.

I want to add a matte coating over my letters and projects due to the paper getting bumped or nicked up.

As a protective layer what archival product can I use to spray or brush on my embellishments to get a matte finish?  I don’t like modge podge, even the new stuff leaves a tackyness to my embellishments even when I leave the layers dry for 24 hours.

Answer:  My favorite matte finish protector is actually a spray-on coating from Krylon.  I use it on paper, chipboard, or wood.  It definitely has a matte finish and protects it against wear and tear.  If you don’t purchase it here, I would look for a finishing spray in the craft aisle of your local store.  Most stores that I know of do carry the Krylon brand, but really any clear finish that specifically says “matte” is what you want. 

Who started the first scrapbook?

February 14th, 2007

Question:  Hi, my name is Rubyjade and I have some questions for you!  I wanted to know who was the person who made up the first scrapbook and what was their name?  I’m doing a senior project on scrapbooking .  The high school I go to is Rosemont High School.

Answer:  The first scrapbook dates back to 1598, but there have been similar things like it even before that time.  Modern day scrapbooking has been attributed to Marielen Christensen of Utah who displayed over 50 ablums at the 1980 World Conference of Records in Utah. If you want to read some extensive histories on scrapbooking, here are some great websites:

http://www.pagesoftheheart.net/artman/publish/article_727.shtml

http://www.myscrapbooks.com/main/handler/item_id/951672

http://lmm.confederationcentre.com/english/learning/learning-4.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrapbooking

 

 

Newsletter: Surefire Ways to Make your Scrapbooking Pages Pop with Chipboard

February 14th, 2007

Dear Scrapbooking Divas,

Everybody seems to be using it now. It is all over scrapbooking pages, craft projects, and even home decor!  So what is this rage all about?  What’s so cool about chipboard?!  If you use chipboard all the time, you know how fantastic it can be.  But some of us are just beginning to see its amazing uses. I love chipboard because it is cheap, easy to use, versatile, and a fast way to add texture and pizzazz to your scrapbooking endeavor!

Before we get into the details, I wanted to explain a little on what chipboard is to those that have never used it.  Chipboard is basically pressed fiber thick paper, usually made from recycled paper.  It’s “naked” form is the brown cardboard color we have all seen.  If you haven’t used chipboard before, you still probably have it in your house.  It has been used for years as the backing to notepads or spiral notebooks and other stacks of paper.

If you don’t have chipboard around the house, many scrapbooking stores have sheets they give away for free (packs of paper usually have chipboard in them to keep paper from getting damaged when shipping and these are often discarded).  Other stores have caught on to the rage and will charge 10-25 cents for a chipboard sheet.  Either way, it is super cheap! 

So now you have your chipboard - what do you do with it?  Here are some great ways to use it to make your pages “pop”!

1.  Make letters or numbers embellishments using chipboard.  Use a stencil or die cut machine.  I also like to print out my word or phrase using the size and font I want from my computer.  I then place the printed paper over the chipboard and press hard along the outside of each letter with a pencil or pen, making an impression into the chipboard. Then you just cut it out.  You can also buy some already cut letters that you just paint or stamp, tie on a ribbon, and voila - instant embellishment!  And for the spoiled scrapbooker, you can get chipboard letters/numbers that are already decorated for you.

2.  Create a one-of-a-kind chipboard embellishment.  Make a chipboard flower and cover it with craft paint and a metal brad in the center for a perfect floral accent.  My favorite is making chipboard tags to add to my papers or projects.  I like to cover mine with scrapbooking paper and distress the edges.  Once you punch a hole in the top and add a string or ribbon, this cute little addition to your page will definitely stand out!  You can also make tags like this for gifts.  I have also attached chipboard tags to baskets or boxes.  They make the most amazing labels for storage.

3.  Frames or photo mats really stand out when made out of chipboard.  I like the difference in dimension that chipboard gives to a page layout.  Chipboard will help your photos stand out more too.  Add eyelets or brads and even rub-ons to make this a unique addition to your page.

4. If you make your journaling block out of chipboard, it will be sure to make those words more noticeable on your page.  Add some lines to write on or better yet, start from the outside and write in a square or circle turning the block as you go.  This will make for a more interesting journaling block.

5. To add some more zest to any chipboard shapes or letters:

  • To alter painted or stamped shapes: lightly sand, paint with crackle medium or cover with mod podge.
  • Tie or staple ribbon or fiber to your chipboard
  • Glue rickrack or ribbon around the edge of your shape.
  • Mix and match chipboard letters of different styles for a trendy title
  • Make chipboard tiles by embossing designs on chipboard squares - check out this website for a cute idea!

Chipboard can be an amazing product for the beginner and the seasoned scrapbooker.  I hope you take time to use this new trend in your scrapbooking.

Latest and Greatest: Product of the Week

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Chipboard Words

These are great because you can use the word AND the negative of the word (the block that remains after you take out the letters)!  I like to sand the edges of the letters with an emery board or piece of sand paper to give it a more vintage look too.  They can be used on scrapbooking layouts or projects — try attaching one to the bottom or top corner of a picture frame for a cute home decor idea!

Your Scrapbooking Expert,

Robin
robin@scrapbookfinds.com
ScrapbookFinds.com

P.S. Don’t forget - if you have questions about products or scrapbooking ideas, email me or check us out at www.scrapbookfinds.com.

What are some good stores in Tampa, FL that I can buy paper products (invites, scrapbooks etc.)?

February 2nd, 2007

Question: We are in Tampa visiting for a few days.  Can you suggest a store/shop in the city where we can go and buy paper products (invites, scrapbooks, ect).  On the west coast I do alot of shopping at Michael’s Art and Crafts.  I appreciate your help.
Answer: There are tons of places in Tampa, FL!  Here are a few that I haven’t personally visited, but they seem to have most of my favorite brands and products:

A Scrapbook Shoppe www.thescrapbookshoppe.com
3662 S West Shore Blvd, Tampa, 33629 - (813) 839-6701
Get directions - More information
B Scrapbooking With Love www.scrapbookingwithlove.com
9911 Race Track Rd, Tampa, 33626 - (813) 814-5892
Get directions - More information
C Scraporium Inc www.scraporium.com
16518 N Florida Ave, Lutz, 33549 - (813) 269-7946
Get directions - More information

If you do a simple search on the internet, you can find a lot more.  Hope you find what you are looking for!