Gina Ruprecht starts monthly meetings
by Jillianne Hamilton
Scrapbook enthusiasts will now have a place to meet in Charlottetown when their habit needs a fix—of ribbon, stickers and family photos.
Gina Ruprecht, a consultant for the scrapbook company Close To My Heart, recently decided to start a monthly scrapbook club. Meetings will be held at the Delta Hotel on Queen Street monthly, or, if there is demand, twice a month. The club is for beginner scrappers but Ruprecht will also offer advanced classes.
Meetings will include lessons on scrapbooking techniques, layouts, creativity, accessorizing scrapbook pages and other paper crafts projects. The cost to do an album is $30 and $20 for a card-making kit. All supplies are provided and members have full use of Ruprecht's scrapbook tools.
Ruprecht is starting the club because she enjoys creating scrapbook pages as a way of teaching others. She hopes the club will entice younger people to get involved in the popular hobby. "If I can get more young people into it, then I'll be happy. That's my goal in life." Scrapbooking allows people to turn boring photo albums into a work of art, according to Ruprecht. "You're not ashamed to put it out on your coffee table and show it off."
Ruprecht was introduced to scrapbooking by her mother-in-law who invited her to a scrapbook workshop and helped her collect a large scrapbook supplies collection. "She's built my little arsenal for me."
Many people avoid scrapbooking because it can become an expensive hobby. Ruprecht recommends new scrapbookers not go overboard when going on their first supplies shopping trip. "You don't have to have ink in every colour—I learned that the hard way," she says. Ruprecht also suggests using Michael's coupons from the company website (www.michaels.com) or buying Close To My Heart supplies when they have a clearance sale.
Scrapbook clubs are becoming more popular. People want to have more expression in what they create and enjoy feeding off the creativity of others, comments Ruprecht. "It's like a support group for scrapbookers."