Wednesday, 8 October 2008


We are very lucky to have the opportunity for Karen Burniston to come back to Chepstow and teach an all day workshop.

She will be travelling with her friend Cheryl Mezzetti, an accomplished altered artist and the Design Team leader for Creative Imaginations.

You can see her work here:

and Karen’s at:

They are developing a workshop that will integrate Cheryl’s talents at altering with Karen’s talents for interactive features. The workshop will be 5 hours long. The projects will be fabulous!

The cost of the all day double workshop will be £40, which will include room hire at Chepstow Rugby Club. The class will start at 11 am and finish at 5 pm with a break for lunch.

If you would like to come and join us, you will be more than welcome.

For further details contact either:

Louise – 01291 624467 or
Pam – 01291 627109

Tuesday, 19 August 2008


Get down and get dirty with inks, paints, dyes and stamps! Yes we are having a TECHNIQUE MASTER class taught by Michelle Grant. Get to grips using these mediums on tiles, tags, glass, metal and more.

Michelle is a Ranger trained instructor and will be teaching us many different ways for using the above products. Learning to understand why a product does something and getting the most uses from a product - you will never look at a stamp pad in the same way!

This will not be a layout but you will go away with a swatch book of techniques with instructions on how you created it after at least two and half hours class. These techniques can be used on layouts, mini books, cards - whatever project you are working on. You will be amazed.

We are very excited to have Michelle to the club and share her expertise - the cost of the evening will be £15 which does include room hire.

Please can you let Pam or myself ( know as soon as possible if you would like to attend. We need numbers by August (and payment) so Michelle can organise her class. A lot of product and organisation is needed for this class.
Pam will email out final details in August once numbers are confirmed to Michelle.

Look forward to seeing you all in September - this will be great fun.

Crazy Summer Days at Chepstow Pink Scrappers!

June was an amazing month for the club with two exceptional, but very different classes with our friends from the US, Teresa Collins and Karen Burniston. We had a message from Teresa;

Please tell everyone at the club that I LOVED meeting everyone. It was such a nice night.
Ty said to tell you each thanks so much. Chepstow was the highlight of our trip!!!!!! So thank
you, thank you so much.

It was so nice to know that Teresa and her husband had a great day here in Chepstow - they both felt very comfortable and appreciative of the warm welcome they received at the Club.

Our night with Karen Burniston was something else!! I think all of us thought there was no way we were going to be able to do a double page layout with 2 flying CDs coming out of folded cards and an acrylic daisy chain album, but most people (almost) finished both. Karen is technically amazing. She can make paper 'pop' like nobody else!!! She really enjoyed her time here in Chepstow and went on to Scrap a Ganza in Stratford upon Avon for the weekend, teaching some more of her wonderful layouts.

I know Karen got to talk to everyone who was there in the class last night, but if you weren't - Karen does 'Home Construction Kits', which means that you can purchase a kit from her website - she will then send you via email the pictures and very comprehensive instructions (plus diagrams) on how to complete the layout. She brought along to the class lots of examples of her layouts and mini books, but I think everyone's favourite was the pop up house, it was brilliant (the instructions for this layout are available to buy in her Home Construction section).
The web address for the Home Construction section is:
These kits are approximately $15 (£7.50), which is fantastic value for money. Take a look, she also said she will be adding more layout instructions very soon.

We'd love some feedback on these classes. What did you enjoy? Did you finish? Any ideas for more wonderfully creative evenings? Leave us a comment!

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

Classes coming up....

Hello everyone
Our next  (very exciting!) class is this Thursday (5 June) with Teresa Collins.  The class will start at 7 pm and will be a 3 - 3 1/2 hour class.  For those of you who didn't come to the May class, don't forget you will need to pay the room hire charge.
The mini book we are making in Teresa's class needs to be bound, so if anyone has a Bind It All machine, would you mind bringing it along with you, to take the pressure off the Club's binding machine.
We are so lucky to have such a well-known, talented scrapbooker coming to our Club and we hope you have a really enjoyable evening on Thursday.
There are a couple of places left for the Karen Burniston class on Thursday 12 June.  The cost of the 2 classes with Karen is £25, which includes an interactive double page layout and an acrylic mini album.  If you would like to come and join us on this evening, please contact Louise on 01291 624467 or by email:  Karen is a superb scrapbooker and teacher and the 2 classes she is teaching will be fantastic - a 'not to be missed evening'.
Our July class will be held on Thursday 3 July at 7.30 pm.  Vanessa Feuillade from Crafty Ness in Caerphilly will be coming along to teach us.  Vanessa is a very creative and imaginative scrapbooker and produces some lovely work. 
The cost of the class is £5 and we would be really grateful if you could pay on Thursday night if you are interested in attending July's class, so we can confirm numbers with Vanessa as soon as possible.

Hello ‘Pink’ ladies!

Thank you for inviting me back to Chepstow Pink Scrappers for a class on 3rd July.  I am honoured to be asked to take part in such a prestigious line-up that you have teaching classes for you this year!

I hope you like the layout that I have designed for you.  Lots of inking, stamping and cutting to keep you busy for the evening!

If you have any questions prior to the session, please feel free to drop me an e-mail via my website  HYPERLINK ""

You will need to bring:

7x5 portrait (landscape) photo or photos to fit this size space.


Detail cutting scissors

Brown ink pad.  I used Chalk Ink Dark Brown

Light yellow ink pad.  I used Verscolor in Narcissus

Liquid Pearls in pale pink or white

Usual glues and tapes including Glossy Accents or glue dots for buttons and thin double sided tape

Needle if desired for threading silk through buttons.

Sanding block or emery board

Piece of ‘cut and dry foam’ or a small make-up sponge

Paper crimper (although there will be a couple to use at class)

Wet wipes for cleanup

Small stamps for title (although there will be some in class)

We won't be meeting in August, due to the school holidays, but will meet again in September on Thursday 4th. Have a great summer to those we won't see over the next few weeks.

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Karen Burniston

More news... top US scrapbook designer Karen Burniston will be teaching here in Chepstow on Thursday 12 June - two fabulous classes - a 12x12 double page layout and a mini interactive acrylic album. We are now able to take a few extra people - please contact Louise directly on 01291 624467 or email The evening will cost £25.00 plus a small room fee.

If you're tempted, look at Karen's blog... you'll soon be persuaded!

Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Rusty Pickle/ Donna Downey Cancelled

Sadly we have had to cancel the class scheduled for the 15th June, because we were unable to confirm the numbers required in time to secure the booking. Thanks to everyone who showed interest though, and we hope to have some more great teachers for you very soon.

Sunday, 13 April 2008

May 1st- Next Meeting

Our next class will be a FREE class taught by the amazing Pam and Ailsa!

We will be creating 4 individual 6"x6" layouts that we will then put together on one 12"x12" layout. You will need up to 4 photographs (ideally 3"x5", but could be 6"x4" trimmed down).

You will need to choose 4 papers that will be the background of each of the 6"x6" papers (they could be all cardstock or all patterned paper or a mixture of both, but they should blend in with each other).

The theme of the layout is FUN - the photographs could be holiday photographs, party photographs, family/friends photographs - in fact they could be of any situation that has made you feel happy.

You will also need some element that will tie the 4 layouts together - it could be a piece of chipboard, a punched out shape, some bling, a stamped shape (don't forget the Club has punches and stamps and also chipboard shapes that can be traced around in the equipment box).

Also, gather together any stuff you may have that will complement your colour palette. You can bring as much or as little as you want - each little mini-layout can have its own personality. These could be ribbons, stickers, any embellishements, you can use stamps. Any questions, feel free to email Pam or post a comment here....

Yet More Scrapbooking Superstars!

Yes, more! On Sunday 15th June Donna Downey and Lance Anderson (Mr Rusty Pickle) both from the US will be joining us at Chepstow Pink Scrappers for a full day of classes. For £50 (£55 for non members)we are offering 2 x 3 hour classes. This is really an outstanding opportunity to meet such great ambassadors for the scrapbooking industry. If you're interested please e-mail Louise ( ) or Pam ( )as soon as possible and put your name down!


Sunday, 16 March 2008

Teresa Collins' Visit 5 June

We have just heard that Teresa Collins has designed our class for June... a wonderful diecut album using her latest products. Here are a few sneak peeks...

Doesn't it look great! There are only very few places left for this class. If you haven't already done so book now to secure your place by emailing Louise or Pam as soon as possible. The class, which will be around 3 hours long, takes place on the 5th of June at 7pm and costs £35.
If you'd like to find out more about Teresa's work her blog can be found here.

Wednesday, 12 March 2008

What A Night!

CD did us proud on Thursday night with her Angel album. We had a lot of very positive feedback about the album and CD herself, so thanks everyone for your positive comments- CD said it was a pleasure to teach at the club and she found everyone friendly and welcoming- well of course!

Sorry we didn't get round to the prize draw for the lucky blog poster at the meeting last week. Too much going on! The draw has now been made...drumroll....... and the winner is Ali B!

Either lots of you haven't discovered the blog yet (in which case you won't be reading this...) or have not worked out how to leave a comment, in which case try again, let's get this party started! Really, it's easy when you know how, if you're unsure come and seek me out (Maz ) at the next crop and I'll try and help you out.
Until next time.......

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Who are your 10 Angels?

Better get your thinking caps on!

CD Muckosky is here in less than two weeks and has sent us this letter;

It says..

Hello my new friends,

I have been preparing for a day of fun with you next week and I am getting so excited! I have recieved wonderful warm welcome letters from so many of you before my suitcases are even packed and I can just tell you that you are an amazing group of kind people! Thankyou for your warmth, I can feel it all the way from here in Canada. I think we will have a great time together creating an 8x6" album that will celebrate and honor 10 of the people in your life who truly make a difference. They touch your spirit just by being who they are, just by giving of their time and sharing their hearts with you.

They are your Angels.

Pleae bring with you...

- a paper trimmer


-foam brush and watercolour paintbrush

-sandpaper or a sanding block

-a fine tip black pen


-corner rounder punch

-small hole punch

-10 black and white vertical photos of the 'Angels' in your life cropped to 2.5" x 5"

-journalling about how each of them has touched your life

If you have any questions please feel free to send me a note at

See you soon!

It looks like a fab class... can't wait!

Let us know your thoughts on who your Angels might be... Post a comment and get the conversation flowing! You might win a prize...

Leave a comment!

In order to encourage everyone to have a look at the Club's new blog and leave comments, we have decided to offer a little incentive!!

Everyone who leaves a comment on the blog from today till our next meeting on 6 March will be entered into a prize draw. The winner will be drawn at the meeting and will receive a lovely prize. So take a look and leave a comment - it can be about anything at all - questions/suggestions/comments - good or bad, it doesn't even have to be about scrapbooking!!

You'll need to create a blogger account but it's quite simple.. then you can leave comments to your hearts content.

Saturday, 9 February 2008

CD Muckosky

Yes- You read that right! 2006 Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooker of the year CD Muckosky will be flying in from Toronto to give the Chepstow Pink Scrappers the benefit of her refreshing and unique scrapbooking style on March 6. This is another huge opportunity for us...CD has no plans to teach anywhere else in the UK at the moment. 28 people signed up for her 3 hour class (£25) on Thursday night, but there are a few places still available. Please contact Louise or Pam to book.

Cleo's Class

Cleo's class was a great success. We had four new members (welcome!) and everyone enjoyed getting stuck into the Valentine themed layout.

Friday, 1 February 2008

Cleo Jarvis


Our next meeting is on Thursday 7 February at Chepstow Rugby Club.

Our teacher for this class is Cleo Jarvis, from Bristol. Cleo taught very successfully at Scrap Camp in Swindon last year. This is her bio from her blog:-

My name is Cleo I am a 25 year old mum to 3 boys, living in Bristol with my lovely new husband James. I just love being crafty: I am addicted to scrapbooking and just love incorporating textile backgrounds into my layouts. I am also a DT member of Scrapstudio. I also love photography but am a novice!! I just love anything bright, funky and fun!!

You can meet Cleo on her Blog here . Cleo is teaching a 12" x12" layout in red and white papers, which could be suitable for a 'Love' theme, bearing in mind it's nearly Valentines Day!!! Although, the layout will work with any photographs that will match the papers. Cleo has used 3 photographs on hers, which are in black and white and the sizes are:

1 @ 5" x 3 1/2"
2 @ 3" x 2"

If you have any questions/queries, don't hesitate to email ; or if you would like to come and you haven't already booked please contact Louise or Pam.


As you will already know from Louise's recent email, we are so fortunate to have Teresa Collins from America coming to teach us in June. The cost of the evening is £35, which of course includes kit. We have announced this evening as early as we possible, so you have time to budget. We do however, need an initial deposit of at least £15. We will also be happy to accept post dated cheques for the rest of the balance. We will need to have full payment by the beginning of May and after this time unfortunately, we will not be able to give refunds, as we will have confirmed final numbers with Teresa, so she can arrange to have the kits shipped over to this country.

We have of course, given Club members the first chance to book themselves a place, for what we know will be a fantastic evening - after the end of February we will be advertising outside the Club, to make sure we have a full house for this event!

Check out the list of library books that are available in the sidebar of this blog. If you have any scrapbooking books that you don't want any more and would like to donate to the Club for the Library, then could you bring them along with you next month. For those of you who don't know about the Library:- we have a selection of books (very different styles) which can be borrowed each month for a charge of just £1. The books obviously need to be returned the following month. This gives everyone the chance to read a different book without too much financial outlay - most of the books retail at around the £15 to £20 mark.


We recently had our first Commitee meeting of the new commitee. The Club is always open to new ideas and we would welcome your input for any improvements or thoughts you may have, as to how we could improve the enjoyment of our members. Please feel free to approach any of the Committee at any time to put forward any suggestions or ideas. We really would appreciate any feedback, whether it be positive or negative.

We hope you enjoy 2008 - we have a fantastic calendar of events lined up this year.