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Eco Green Crafts Lives Earth Day Everyday (Giveaway)

Today is Earth Day, so everyone is talking and thinking “green”. What can we do to save the planet? But one crafts company lives and works by the principles of Earth Day everyday.

Eco Green Crafts debuted to heavy buzz (heavy enough to be a Scrapbook Update hot pick) at CHA Winter 2010. The company was co-founded by Julia Andrus and Susan Sepaniak. Andrus’s “green” motivation comes from being a survivor of a rare form of cancer, which lead her to believe we need to get rid of the toxins in our environment. As a dedicated crafter, she wanted chemically safe crafting supplies to use. Sepaniak brings to Eco Green a wealth of expertise about craft mediums, having formerly been Director of Product Development at Plaid.

The color palette introduced by Eco Green at CHA Winter 2010 was described to me as based on several influences: 1963 fashion colors, Royal French, Biblioteque, and Country French. Basic metals were also included.

Eco Green’s ink pads are an excellent example of the company’s commitment and attention to detail in their “green” mission. During my visit to their booth, I was told the inks are vegetable-based, the bottom of the case is made of recycled plastic, and that the rounded shape of the pads is designed to be ergonomically correct. Eco Green Crafts offers both dye and pigment ink pads.

The company’s stamps are cling-mounted rubber. Their “green” feature is that since they are unmounted, they save wood. The stamps’ designs are steam punk and vintage styled. Eco Green also offers beads that are made of recycled glass, a very intriguing concept.

In keeping with the natural theme of the company, their color names are almost all drawn from nature: mushroom, sky, butternut, coral, etc.

Noell Hyman of Paperclipping.com (my co-host on Paperclipping Roundtable) taped a really inspiring demonstration in the Eco Green Crafts booth in Anaheim with Julia Andrus:

If you are reading this via an RSS or email subscription and can’t see the video, please click here to view it.

Would you like to craft in an eco-friendly way? You can win some of Eco Green Crafts’ eco-friendly acrylic paints on Scrapbook Update!

We’ve got a selection of their metallics, plus zucchini and mushroom that will go to one lucky reader:

How to Enter:

All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Monday night, April 26th. (Note: If you are reading this post via an email or RSS subscription, click here and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.) Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

Good luck everyone! And happy “green” crafting!

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Club Scrap Giveaway Winner

It’s time for the announcement of the winner of the Club Scrap giveaway of the June 2009 kit from May’s review of them. (Sorry for the delay – whoops!)

And the winner is…Melinda Wilson, at 4:56pm on 2/26/2010:

This kit looks great. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Congratulations, Melinda! Look out for your email from Scrapbook Update to verify your win and get your mailing information!

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A Look at Club Scrap (and a giveaway!)

It started back in June 1999, and today continues to grow and expand. I’m talking of course about Club Scrap, a kit club that creates coordinated scrapbook product kits and ships them around the world to members each month. While the kits vary widely in colors and themes, Club Scrap has a very steady style. So if you enjoy their look, you’re sure to be pleased each month.

Their kit club is similar to others in that each month you’ll receive a boxed kit of product that coordinates. What makes Club Scrap different is that not only do they produce most of their own exclusive designs, but they also have a wide variety of subscription options available to suit different crafters’ needs. The traditional “club scrap” membership includes the monthly kit, and then members also get to choose a “side” (or add-on) kit. The company says that members save over 55% off the retail price of product with this membership. Then they also have a “lite” membership, a “digital” membership, and a “stamping” membership available to fit other crafting needs.

I was sent this kit from a few months ago to work with, and what struck me first about it was how it was set up to create quick & easy pages. A colorful magazine was included as well as layout sketches. Club Scrap’s Assembly Line Scrapbooking is a part of the membership, and is very popular with members. The instructions are easy and clear for recreating layouts with the kit.

In my scrapbooking travels, I have always heard positive things about service and quality from Club Scrap customers. I asked Karen Poirier-Brode, a long-time subscriber, to tell me what she likes about Club Scrap. She had this to say:

I like the assembly line scrapbooking they offer… and the technique videos are wonderful springboards to creativity. The stamps are very high quality and I like the stencils – they are fun for backgrounds and embellishments.

Purchasing Club Scrap and Club Scrap Jr. and side orders is a bit costly though I think I get GREAT value for the money. Of course, I’m a nut about kits in general but this is a very good one.

In looking over this kit and their site I see several strong reasons a person would enjoy a membership and benefit from it:

  • Significant savings. Get more product for your dollar
  • Exclusive product. No worry about getting duplicates of items.
  • Inspiration. Sketches and instructions come with each kit.
  • Community. Online forums provide help and a community of scrapbookers.
  • Flexibility. Crafters get both 8 1/2 x 11 and 12 x 12 patterned paper in a kit.
  • Customer service. Club Scrap has a reputation for excellent service.

I suggest looking over past kits to get a feel for their style, as well as reviewing the terms & conditions for membership for Club Scrap (or for any kit club you might be considering) before deciding if it is for you.

Club Scrap may not be the right kit club for everyone, but they certainly do offer enough options to be widely appealing. They are a strong and well-respected club for good reason.

Think Club Scrap might be for you? Would you like to try it out? One lucky reader will win the kit that we’ve featured in the images in this article. It’s the June 2009 Club Scrap kit and embellishment pack, supplied courtesy of Club Scrap.

All you have to do is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Tuesday, March 2nd. (Note: If you are reading this post via an email or RSS subscription, click where it says “A Look at Club Scrap” and it will take you to the giveaway’s entry on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter. You must comment on this particular giveaway article for your entry to count.) Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form. For your own protection, don’t put it in the body of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it. You will need it to verify your identity if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

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