Saturday, October 31, 2009

Volunteers in Action!

On Columbus Day Weekend Elena and Sheila attended Scrapbook Expo in Ontario, CA. They passed out Fairy Fly Bys, shared the good news about Scrapbook Royalty's charitable works, and helped host the crops both days of the event.

Have you ever thought about volunteering for charity?

Scrapbook Royalty is always searching for a few good volunteers. You don't have to be local to Southern California to participate and you don't even need to be a crafter! You just have to have a desire to help others and the ability to make a small (or big if you want to) commitment. Sometimes we need talented crafters to create something for us, like thank you cards for sponsors -- you'll get a one-time call to action. Other times we need more administrative or professional tasks done, like accounting services, that may be long-term commitments. You tell us what you can offer, what your skills are and then our volunteer coordinator will contact you with volunteer opportunities as they come up. Send us an email at to obtain a volunteer questionnaire and please, let us know if you have any questions!! We appreciate any and all help from our volunteers!!

To thank our local volunteers, Elena arranged a class for our volunteers. I drove down to San Diego and taught a little wall hanging with Scrapbook Royalty colors to the volunteers who were able to come out the crafting night -- we had a blast!!

Margie Romney-Aslett may be headed out here to teach another Volunteer Appreciation Class soon!! So besides the reward of feeling great after you've done charity work, there are other fun benefits for being a Scrapbook Royalty volunteer!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Raffles Ending In the Next Couple Days - Don't Miss Out!!

Please check out these two wonderful SBR RAFFLES!

Hurry! Both raffles will be drawn on November 2, 2009

The first raffle benefits Operation Showers of Appreciation!! Purchase your tickets to have a chance to win this gorgeous handmade Dick & Jane Quilt. Wouldn't this quilt be just a darling Christmas gift??

The second raffle is for Steven's Hope and there are now TWO baskets full of craft goodies up for raffle--that means two winners!!

Raffle Basket
This amazing basket has over $200 of scrapbook supplies.

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Items Include: Bo Bunny Flexible Ruler, Fiskars Border Punches, Apron Lace, Upper Crest, Heidi Grace Stamps, Fiskars Stamps, Handmade black and white mini album, Handmade Paper Flowers, 7 Gypsies paper pad, Glitz assortment with instructions for 3 One page layouts, Kaiser Kraft rhinestone, Prima flowers, 2 Rain Dot letters, 2 Rain Dot numbers, Fiskars Craft knife, 2 Heidi Grace flower packs, 8 Different embellishment packs by Cloud 9, Heidi Grace Ribbon pack, Book in a box blank board book Cloud 9, Cloud 9 4 x 4 mini album, Heidi Grace printed chipboard shapes, Making Memories boy puffy brads, DCWV Family chipboard sticker stack, and Ready to Design Blank board blocks.

the second basket has lots of scrapping goodies as well and has a value of over $100!!!

Hurry! We will be drawing for both of these raffles Nov 2nd, 2009

To purchase tickets, please click here:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Day After Halloween Party

...come out and create a 3x3 mini album
Tired of the tricks from Halloween?

Or have loads of cute pictures?

Join us at Jazi Crafts SUNDAY, the day AFTER...

The Day After Halloween Party!

Elena, from Scrapbook Royalty, will show off Canon's fabulous photo printers. Check out great gifts for the holidays: either the printer OR the wonderful make and take you can create using the photos printed at the event.

For a donation of $3 make a wonderful 3x3 picture book with YOUR pictures.

During the party you can sign up for Scaring Away Autism, our Twilight themed event, on April 17th, 2010
and receive the 3x3 picture book make & take FREE...

See you there!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Black White and Gifts All Over So Cal

Black White and Gifts All Over So Cal
December 5, 2009
San Diego, LA, Orange Counties, and
the Inland Empire, That's Where!

Need a little Christmas/Holiday cash?

Want to make room for all the great stuff you are going to get over the holidays?
Want to reach a fundraising goal?

Host a garage sale at your home on December 5th
and we will advertise it for you
and help you sell your stuff
and raise money!

Push your stuff out your front door or haul it to a friends house and sell it!
We are organizing So Cal Garage Sales for Charity!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Do You GoodSearch? Or GoodShop?

Scrapbook Royalty has been using GoodSearch and GoodShop to fundraise for about a year but we need your help to make it work for us!!

Here's how much has been raised so far:

Amount Raised

Scrapbook Royalty

ID: 884503
MonthSearches$ Raised from Searches(1)$ Raised from Shopping(2)Total (Estimated)
Total: Year-to-Date1922$19.22$2.37$21.59
Total: Since Inception3833$39.15$11.31$50.46

The more people use GoodSearch, the more money will be directed towards your cause. The sky is the limit so please spread the word!

We can do better than this!!! Please go to Good Search and select "Scrapbook Royalty" as your chosen charity. Then add the Good Search tool bar to your web browser so you can choose Good Search to search all the time.

There IS power in numbers and we can accomplish great things together.

Check this out:

If only 100 people did 5 searches a day for a year we could raise: $1825!!!

If 1000 people (we have more than that on our email list) did 5 searches a day for a year we could raise $18250!!!!

I know you do web searches so why not use GoodSearch? It's easy, free, and does a little good. What are you waiting for?

The holidays are coming up and we're all looking for deals, making our dollar stretch to get the best gifts. Did you know you make your dollar do double duty by benefiting charity! Through GoodShop you can shop at your favorite online retailers using fabulous exclusive GoodShop coupons to get deals PLUS they will donate up to 30% of your purchase to support Scrapbook Royalty!!

Never Miss a Donation with the GoodSearch Toolbar
GoodSearch Toolbar

The GoodSearch Toolbar works with your browser to ensure that your favorite cause earns money every time you shop and search - even if you skip coming to GoodShop or GoodSearch first! Search the web, find coupons, track donation earnings, and more! Click here to learn more and install toolbar.

Happy Searching & Shopping!!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Don't forget to mail your cards! Deadline is Nov 1st

Please mail out your cards today so they'll reach us by the November 1 deadline!!

If you're using Priority Mail you can mail your cards as late as 10-26-09 but why chance it?

PLEASE Help us reach our goal this year!!!!

Every year we launch a campaign to collect handmade greeting cards for our military serving overseas. You send us blank handmade cards, we send them to the troops. They then fill out the cards with a message for their loved ones and send them home in time for the holidays. Cards and paper are hard to come by in combat zones and these cards mean alot to these soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, officers, and their families during the holidays.

Cards collected in 2007: 1500+ Cards

Cards collected in 2008: 2000+ Cards

Here's all the details for submitting your cards to our
Cards For Troops Campaign
this year:

  1. Cards must come with envelopes. Tip: buy the envelopes first and make the cards to fit inside.
  2. Cards should be shipped with the back of the card inside the envelope and the front of the card outside the envelope (half in, half out). This makes it easier for them to look at the cards, to choose which they like and helps keep the envelopes together with the macthing card. If you get creative and there is not a way to put the cards 1/2 in and 1/2 out, then please ship them in clear bags, or envelopes so they don't get separated. Tip: sells clear envelopes that are inexpensive and a great way to send us your cards.If you buy from them and enter our group code CP1010, they will donate 5% of your purchases to Scrapbook Royalty.
  3. Cards should be rectangle and up to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 will ship for regular postage. Tip: square envelopes cost extra to send.
  4. If you decorate the front with 3d embellishments or chunky glitter, it helps to include a blank piece of paper to place on the front of the cards to protect it when shipping.

Deadline for Scrapbook Royalty to RECEIVE your cards:

Sunday, NOVEMBER 1, 2009

Please send the cards in a box or large envelope to:

Scrapbook Royalty
Cards for Troops
PO Box 910665
San Diego, CA 92121

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Crafters Doing Good: Share Your Event!

Did you know that Scrapbook Royalty also shares events that are not affiliated with us?

There are crafters around the world organizing events to benefit charity and though we wish we could be a part of their event, we only have so much time each day! To help these events succeed we've started a "Crafters Doing Good" section on our website -- check it out to see what events and opportunities might be in your community!

Hosting an event? Please let us know at We'll share qualified charity events on our website.

Together, we can make a difference!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Crop In Orange ,CA : $400 Raised!

Thank you so much to Laurie and everyone who came out to support the Cancer Coping Center at the Silent Auction and Crop this past weekend in Orange, CA.

We raised $400!!

A special congratulations and thank you to Lynn who was crowned Queen of Crafts for the fabulous apron and bag she created.

Thank you everyone for your support of this worthy cause.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What's In A Review?

Scrapbook Royalty is a Rate Point member. That means you can write up a review of Scrapbook Royalty, giving up to 5 stars to rate your experience as well as leaving us comments about the event. Your comments help us improve our events as well as tell others what to expect at a Scrapbook Royalty event. Please take a moment to share your experience by visiting our Rate Point page or clicking the link on the left today!

Here are some of the comments were received last month:

Overall Rating & Status:

: 4.75
12: Reviews
2: Awards


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Company Info:

Member since 2009 6428 Peinado Way San Diego, CA 92121 858-558-0369
This business was last verified as a RatePoint Member in good standing on 09/30/2009.

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I attended Cupcakes for a Cure last Saturday and it was a great experience. We raised lots of money and had fun doing it.

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Scrapbook Royalty inspired me to make cards to send to our troop. I volunteer at an afterschool program and I had the kids help make them. Thank you for your inspiration.

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A few years ago, I found out SR was collecting blank cards for our service men and women to send home at Christmas. Our crop group participated with a lot of cards. Then, our friend's husband sent home a scrap piece of paper with a stick figure drawn on it for his daughter's birthday. We remembered or SR experience and we started making cards ... More

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Scrapbook Royalty has been a great help to me ever since I found the site. Your designs and amazing and I just adore your blog.

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us!!

We're always looking for ideas for improving our events, ways to raise more money and awareness for the causes we're supporting, we want to know what you loved, and most of all we're looking for charity-minded volunteers! Thank you for your support of Scrapbook Royalty and other noble causes.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Cards for Troops 2009: An Insider's Look

Last Year, I participated in SBR's (Scrapbook Royalty) annual Cards for Troops handmade card drive.

I was SO HAPPY to give back.

The community of crafters has been so very good to me. I have won so many prizes, found freebies from crops and so many generous people willing to share their expertise, release their scraps to me, pose for pictures and generally be a good sport about my inquiries.

And I'm very inquisitive!

THIS year, I have even more resources to help and I can ask even MORE people to give as well - and I will.

First, I'll present some examples of cards I'm sending this year and talk about how they were made. Then, I'll discuss some ways to get virtually infinite supplies for almost no cost (OK, the cost is connecting, you wanted to do that anyway right?) and Third, I'll encourage YOU to get creative and gather cards and send them to SBR!

So, here are some examples of cards I made this year, mostly from scraps of different types (click on the pics for a more detailed look):

[all cards are 1/2 sheet of an 8 1/2 by 11 page cut long way or short]

The base was left over from something else, the punched snowflakes were used elsewhere and I salvaged the 'negatives' and kept them for quite awhile - I KNEW I'd use them for something! :) Oh, the letters were given to me somewhere along the line...

This card:

has a scrap base, donated punched flowers and, can you guess? The horizontal and vertical items are photo ends - someone else cropped a photo and I got the scraps and here they are! It's a little hard to tell from my scan but they are all parts of trees. I thought they'd be perfect for a Christmas Card.

I stamped the words first, built up the 'frame' and added the punched out flowers last.

This card:

was modeled after one of those 'idea' pages someone brought me (although it used all stamped images) and all the ribbon was given to me or I won and you could certainly use scraps - they don't even have to be so nice either. Just move them around until you are satisfied with your impromptu 'mosaic' and tack them down. I'm so pleased with how it turned out.

This card:

you guessed it, scrap base, a piece of ribbon and a sticker, both from some gift somewhere (hang out with crafters, they are super generous, i'm telling you! i might even give you something, i've been SOoo blessed!). As for the neat snowflake, I printed it out (laser printer, that's important) adhered clear acetate (i think, had it around for decades!) you could use contact paper, clear packing tape even works because I learned about the transfer technique here the other day:

then you GENTLY remove the paper on the back by soaking it. It turns out amazing, you can create all sorts of embellishments with that technique.

I have a flickr account with more great examples (which i'll be adding to), everything is from scraps, donated items, things I've won over the past year, stuff from my stash - I have stayed home this season creating them & haven't stepped into a store for anything other than adhesive.

Feeling the pinch? Collects scraps from others.

I've made it clear to all the crafters around me that I'm 'in the market' to collect their discards. I know that they are discards because I see them in the trash so I politely ask 'may i grab your scraps?' BE AWARE, not everyone likes this though I'm not deterred so I ignore the ones who aren't as 'green' and encourage the folks who are.

This has produced an almost endless supply of craft items available to me to make things with. I'll even harvest cropped photos and product packaging.

And I've found some pretty interesting things to do with them.

You saw the photo strips on the Christmas card I made. It looks OK, right?

How about this:

someone cut the person out of this photo and pitched the rest. I grabbed it. I had no idea what I'd do with it, I just didn't want to see it in a landfill.

After awhile, I had a set of cards like this (some are up on flickr)!

Kind of an extreme example, I know. I just think a little creativity can go a long way.

Did you know that photos work super in your craft punches? They are a good weight and cut beautifully.

click to see that texture!

I made a whole book out of those plastic envelopes most of the craft goodies comes it. I wander around collecting those too.

Here's one page from my 5 page "Artist Book"



I'm thinking up ways to make cards from them too.

So enjoy the abundance around you this holiday season. With just a little thinking (and salvaging) you can do a lot more than ever with what is all around you and you've probably seen supplies go into the trash already.

Will you stop that unhealthy ritual now? Hey, if YOU don't want them, I'LL take them! ;)

Last thing, won't YOU send SBR at least ONE card and envelope? Giving feels SO GOOD and the suggestions in the first blog post (near the bottom!) can help you bring that good feeling to others this holiday season.

If you do, stop back and leave a comment, let us know what you sent (link to flickr, etc.)

Happy Holidays, to you AND our Troops!

Pam Hoffman
I'm holding my contribution to
"Project Butterfly" and all
components are recycled.

The plastic to form the base
was given to me, all the spots
are cut & layered photo scraps and
I used ink to flesh out the
butter fly outlines.

If you click on the picture,
you'll get a better look at
the details. Go for it!

---posted by Pam