National Scrapbook Day 2010

National Scrapbook Day 2010
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Saturday, May 1st was this year’s National Scrapbook Day.  I haven’t been bitten by the scrapbooking bug yet, but I did work with stamps, paper and embellishments on Saturday, along with several other card-makers and scrapbookers.  Instead of scrapbooking, I made cards on Saturday.

I attended a twelve-hour crop-til-you-drop event that my friends Christine David and Alicia Bard hosted.  They found a great location to hold all 32 registrants, plus them.  We were comfortable, and for our small registration fee we were treated to a delicious lunch, dinner, dessert, and beverages.  Christine and Alicia put a lot of thought, time, love, and effort into making it a really fun and successful day.  They had ice-breaking games, classes, and lots of raffles for prizes.  Christine and Alicia are Close to My Heart (CTMH) Consultants and they provided us all with the new catalog, free merchandise samples, and the use of their ink pads, markers, Cuttlebug, and Cricut – plus they had a mini CTMH store with them incase we needed to buy cardstock or wanted to purchase retired or clearance items.

For the goodie bags, I designed and made laminated kitchen equivalent magnets, pictured below.  If you would like one, I would be really happy to mail one to you!  Please contact me and I’ll send one out.

"Kitchen Equivalents" Magnets

"Kitchen Equivalents" Magnets

I have only attended a “crop” a few times in my life – my first one was at Christine’s house last Summer.  Since I mainly craft at home, I haven’t purchased a fancy rolling cart or anything, so I felt like it looked like I was moving in.  See what I mean?  Here is everything I packed in my car:

card-making supplies

Here's what I brought

When I arrived, I was greeted by this adorable paper handbag Christine made!  It was filled with lots of stickers, embellishments, and goodies.  I know that’s a bit vague, sorry.

New CTMH Spring 2010 Catalog & Goodies

New CTMH Spring 2010 Catalog & Goodies

I wish I’d taken more photos, but here’s a picture of most of the people who attended the 12 hour crop:

At the 12 hour crop

At the 12 hour crop

I don’t sell my cards because it takes me an hour to craft each one… however, I was surprised that I cranked out 15 cards that day!  I probably only worked on them for 7 hours and although my creativity started out really slow, I got into a groove and created most of the cards after dinner during my second wind.  It helped to stand and walk around between two tables as I worked on the cards.  I now know that if I redesign my craft space, I want s kitchen counter height workspace so I can stand.

My intention was to make cards for several specific individuals  for certain occasions, and I brought several books and card magazines to inspire me.  I didn’t end up using the books or magazines at all, and for once in my life I just made several free-form cards with no specific person in mind.  It was so much fun to just let my creative juices flow.  Normally each card I make is created especially for someone in mind, so it was liberating to try new techniques and create whatever I wanted.  It was also good to have a limited supply of cardstock,  printed paper, stamps and embellishments with me because it saved me from hours of trying to select the perfect paper or “look” for my card as I flip through my stack at home.  Having a lot of supplies can be overwhelming and only bringing the essentials is the key for me.

I reconnected with friends and made some new ones.  All in all, it was a really fun day and I am so happy I attended this crop at the last minute!

Here are the cards I made:

All the cards I made at the CTMH crop

All the cards I made at the crop

Here is a close up of 13 of the cards – the bee and the card with the flower at the bottom left both jiggle because I attached them with wire springs I made.  🙂  I used my Cuttlebug to emboss the dark pink card with the flowers.

13 cards I made at the May 1, 2010 crop

13 cards I made at the May 1, 2010 crop

Here is a close up of the other two cards I made, bringing the count to a total of 15 cards for the day!

2 more cards I made at the 5/1/10 crop

2 more cards I made at the 5/1/10 crop

Did you do participate in any National Scrapbook Day events on Saturday?  Or are you like me, and did you just hear about it?  I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed whatever it was you did.  🙂

About Stephanie Chumbley

Growing up in the shadow of the Space Needle, I loved drawing portraits with a #2 pencil and sometimes a ballpoint pen because I liked the challenge. I collected pens and pencils and enjoyed looking at fonts and logos and replicating them by hand. I was in AP art classes in high school and took some graphic design classes at Seattle Central. While in college, I had a part-time job making signs for Drug Emporium / Longs Drugs with my "Steph Font." In my 20s, I made a lot of invitations for dinner parties and later, when I bought my Cricut Expression electronic cutter in 2008, I started making cards for all occasions. In 2009, I discovered Close to My Heart and enjoyed being my Consultant's best customer... but in May 2011, I finally gave in and became and Independent Consultant. It was a very good decision! :-) Nearly everything I make is given away or sold so others can enjoy some handmade art. I've made over 1,000 cards and projects and this blog serves as a way to share and hopefully inspire others to create projects of their own. Someday I hope to catch up and blog about all the cards I've made.

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    • Thank you! We would LOVE to craft with you, too. Did you notice the simple birthday card was patterned after your lovely cherry blossom card from your blog? We have a guest room and I made “Dawson B & B” business cards for a friend’s stay – you’re welcome to visit us! 🙂

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