Jen Starr

The Scrapbook Factory is proud to welcome Jen Starr to our store.  She will be teaching 3 classes on Thursday, July 25th.  Here is a little about Jen:

Jen Starr is a fully Certified and Ranger Recognized Instructor. She was the 2007-2008 Design Team Coordinator for Ranger Industries and continues to teach and do private design work for them. She enjoys being a Golden Ambassador for Tattered Angels and has recently designed the color palette for the 2012 Spring and Summer Limited Edition Glimmer Mist. As a Mixed Media Artist with a fine art background there are many companies and products that inspire Jen and she is an endorsed educator and works closely with many of them such as Ten Second Studio, Canvas Corp, 7Gypsies, Stampers Anonymous, Faber Castell, Basic Grey and Prima, just to name a few.. Jen has designed several signature product lines and her projects have been featured in many publications in the US and Europe including the “Ink Essentials” book.

Jen has been scrapbooking, card making and making colorful yet vintage inspired mixed media art since she married her wonderful husband, Mike, in 1997. They lives in Northern New Jersey and have 2 children (10 year old Ryan and 8 year old Maya) who are the subject of much of her work.

Empowering students with product knowledge and creative techniques is what Jen strives for in each of her classes! She has taught technique based classes at stores, crops, large events and conventions all over the US and regularly in Europe and Canada. She has also been a feature instructor on several crafting cruises and taught at events such as CHA, CKU, CKC, Memories Expos, Scrapbook Expo, Bonanza in England, several times at Scrap-A-Ganza in the Netherlands and at ScrapEvent in Sweden. Jen also regularly demos inking and stamping techniques at trade shows such as CHA, SMAC in Paris, Krea Vak in Holland and various Distributor events around the world.

Jen absolutely loves to teach her students to use their creativity and help them think outside the box. It makes her so happy to be able to share her skills, knowledge and love of the art of scrapbooking and stamping with so many others.

$55 (4 hour workshop)
9am Wed. July 25th

This workshop will give you a basic training on a variety of different types of inks and embossing powders. You'll learn what they are, what they do, what surfaces they work best on and how to choose the right ink for your projects.

Working mainly with Ranger product lines you'll explore the differences between inks such as dye, pigment, alcohol, archival, Distress, Colorwash, and more. We will make a technique reference book with 6x6" mini-layouts/card fronts with instructions for each page and type of inks used. This class will give you the knowledge to use inks properly and to their full potential!  Please wear OLD clothes as we will be incorporating bleach in some of the techniques.

**Bring to class: heat gun if you have one, variety of adhesives, acrylic block, scissors, pencil and paint brush.
$40 (3 hour class)
1:30pm July 25th

This comfortably distressed 6x9" mini-book will be created with a mix of fun materials and media including denim, corrugated cardboard, chipboard, kraft paper, Basic Grey new "Out of Print" line, burlap, Crafter's Workshop Templates, embellishments made from Tim Holtz dies and texture fades, a little paint and more...

During the creative process, we will concentrate on techniques using Tim's new DISTRESS STAINS, creating some interactive elements plus some fun and unique stamping techniques...Oh, and just wait until you see how we are going to distress the denim!!

By the end of class you will have a great chunky book brimming with techniques!

**NOTE** PLEASE wear OLD clothes as we will be incorporating bleach in to some of the techniques!!

Please bring to class: a variety of adhesives (Fabri-tac or Beacon's 3 in 1 works great for denim and burlap is you have it), Heat gun if you have one, paper trimmer, scissors and something to punch holes such as a Big Bite or crop-a-dile.

$35 (3 hours)
5pm July 25th

Cards are not only fun to create but a great way to learn a variety of techniques on small and individual works of art! You will make 4 different 6x6" cards in this class focusing on elements that will add texture and interest....and of course we will be altering these items with lots of Ranger inks, stamps, embossing powders and more!

**Please note: if you are strictly a scrapbooker and don't make cards, the techniques and designs you make in class could also be incorporated in to a mini-book. I promise I won't be insulted : )


Creative Passage into Art Journaling

Are you having inspiration overload?  Needing some artistic playtime?  This all new monthly class is your opportunity to enjoy being creative without any rules!  Each month you’ll acquire some new supplies, learn how to be creative with those goodies, and get the chance to use that inspiration in your own personal Art Journal. 
No skill level required – Beginners to Advanced will find these classes both fun & refreshing; making new friends in the process.
Art Journaling 101
The first class is $45 and includes over $25 worth of products including: 
  • 9” x 6” Flexi-Sketch Art Journal Book
  • Claudine Hellmuth Studio Gesso (white)
  • Journaling Pen
  • 5” x 8” Dylusions stencil
  • Getting Started handout
You only have to bring your scissors and liquid/wet glue with you!
Each month thereafter will be a new Art Journaling class which will feature a variety of techniques based on specific supplies; and will include product you'll be able to take home & play with.  Class prices will vary depending on products used, but will be a mid-range of approximately $25 (Art Journaling 101 is a prerequisite for attending monthly technique & product AJ classes).
Art Journaling Monthly Perks
Each month will introduce new supplies, some of which you will be taking home with you.
"Technique Sheet" reference handouts for each class.
A variety of materials & mediums will be available for your use while in class.
Special non-advertised discounts for specific product lines will be given on day of class.
Enjoy meeting new friends, and sharing ideas with one another.
Art Journaling Tidbits
Art Journaling is meant to be a fun, stress-free, relaxing way to get creative. Some pages you’ll love, others you’ll learn from. You’ll become familiar with creating unique backgrounds, you’ll acquire new products,  find out fun ways to use them, and practice with a variety of techniques.  But most of all … we’ll just have fun!
Special Group opportunities for groups of five or more – if you'd like to have a monthly Art Journaling class and have a group of 5 or more please call (618) 628-8877, or leave your contact information at the front desk, and our instructor will get in touch with you regarding which day of the week would work best for your group.
Sunday, May 20, 2-4pm   (last day to sign up, May 17)
Tuesday, May 22, 5:30-7:30pm   (last day to sign up, May 19)
Saturday, May 26, 10am-12pm   (last day to sign up, May 23)
NOTE:  Starting in June we'll have sign-ups for Art Journaling classes for students!


2012 Cutest Pet Contest

Jolee’s Cutest Pet Photo Contest
May 1st – June 10th 2012

Between May 1-20, bring your Favorite Pet Picture to:
 Scrapbook Factory
2004 w. Hwy 50 O’Fallon IL 62269 
(618) 628-8877

Then stop in and vote: May 21-June 10
4 votes for $1 or 24 for $5. 

Winners receive Scrapbook Factory Gift Card:
1st Place: $50
2nd Place: $30
3rd Place: $20
4th-6th Place: $10

 All money raised will be donated to area animal non-profit organizations. 

Pictures must be brought into the store, 4x6 preferred, no digital submissions please.  Include your pets name, your name and phone number on the back of your picture
Pictures will be displayed in store for voting.  Pictures can be picked up after June 10th. 


Exclusive Class Opportunity!!!

Join us in welcoming Stayce DeWid to St. Louis.  She will be teaching 3 classes at the Scrapbook Factory for ONE DAY ONLY - April 20th.  

Here is a little more information about Stayce:

I was born and raised in California. I’ve been married to my sweetheart
for 15 years and together 20. We live in Surf City USA, which is also
known as Huntington Beach, CA. We have 5 children ranging from 11 – 26 and 1 gorgeous little granddaughter named Bella.

I've been scrapbooking for over 11 years now. I’ve been educating for 7
of those 11. I worked with Creative Imaginations for 5 years and have
been with Tattered Angels for 2. My job has taken me to some incredible places and I’m hoping for many more. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been published in several publications such as Memory Makers, Scrapbooking and Beyond and Gift Maker Magazine.

I’m blessed to have been given so many great opportunities. I truly love what I do!

Check her out at her blog: www.staycedewid.com

Here are the Classes we will be featuring on Friday, April 20th:

Bucket List Mini-Album ($40)
Create an inspired, elegant, and grungy feeling book to showcase your personal "Bucket List" or other treasured thoughts. Various techniques and products from leading manufacturers are featured in this delightful and gratifying mini album. (You will receive a full package of letters so you can change the title to whatever you want.)

Class Time: 9 am - noon
Class Price: $40 (materials included)

Bliss Mini Book ($40)

Take a walk on the creative side while creating this beautiful canvas mini book.  It makes a thoughtful gift or piece of art for the coffee table.  Stencil, mist and more in this blissful class.  Prepare to get your creative on.

Class Time: 1-4 pm
Class Price: $40 (materials included)

Journey with Canvas ($35)

Join Stayce in taking a step outside the norm in creating this 2 page layout using canvas (only 1 page is shown above).  You will mist your very own background while creating a truly beautiful canvas ready for your pictures.

Class Time: 4-6 pm
Class Price: $35 (materials included)

Sign up for all 3 classes, and we will provide lunch for you.  This is the only opportunity you will have to take these classes in the St. Louis area.  Call or come in today to reserve your spot - spaces are limited.


Inky Antics Class - April

You have 2 chances for the Inky Antics Class with Sandi this month:

Saturday, April 7
10 am - Noon

Friday, April 27
6-8 pm

Here is the sample of what we will be making in the Inky Antics class 

Call today to reserve your spot! (618) 628-8877


What's New in the Store!

Have you been into the Scrapbook Factory lately? We have a lot of wonderful new stuff in the store. Everything from glitter to teas to kids crafts. 

Check out what you may have missed...

There is always new stuff coming in.  Check back soon and see what's next!

See you soon at the Scrapbook Factory!

Spring Yard Sale

Spring Clean Your Scrap Supplies to
Make Room for Some New Goodies!

Sign Up for our Spring Yard Sale
Saturday, March 10th at 9 AM
Hurry in, space is limited!

For $10 you get:

      • 80 tags with your number
      • 10-12x12 bags
      • Gift card for the total value of everything sold
      • Hassle free selling of your items!

Items need to be dropped off at the store on April 12-13. Sale starts early April 14th.

It is as easy as that!

Upcoming Classes - Spaces Still Available:
March 8 (Today!) - Magnetic Board with Adrienne
March 10 - Rubber Stamp Tapestry with Sandi
March 11 - Gypsy with Lorie


Black Friday deals start at 8am



We have just received the new line "Breathless" by Marah Johnson, and it's to "die" for!

Whether you are a Twilight fan, or a True Blood fan, this line is perfect for your next "vampy" project.


"A Crop to Die For"

Can you guess the suspect? What is the motive? Did you catch all the clues? Who is the killer KiKi, Leslie, Joey, Martha or Angie? Join us at 6pm Sat. for dinner demos and find out which scrapbooker is murdered and who is the killer.............


A Crop to Die For this Sat. May 22nd

Scrapbook Factory will present "A Crop to Die For," a special dinner mystery play and scrapbooking event on Sat. May 22nd at 6pm. Tickets for the event are $10 ($5 will be dontated to a local pet resuce center) and can be purchased at the Scrapbook Factory through Friday.
The play stars "Kiki Lowenstein," the scrapbooking protagonist of Paper, Scissors, Death, which was nominated for the prestigious Agatha Award. Attendees will be invited to participant in solving the crime. Prizes will be given for those fingering the correct suspect, and a special prize will go to one lucky sleuth.
Ticket prices includes pizza dinner @ 6:15 as well as dessert, drinks, prizes, discounts and demos.
The play was written by award-winning author Joanna Campbell Slan, who says, "I was a bit stunned to realize that Kiki is more of a phenomenon than a character in a book! She certainly has her own fans. And they sure are ardent. I've had to make pledges to people about Kiki's love life and the safety of her rescue pup, Gracie. I mean...these women are SERIOUS about Kiki and her world."
The action starts when Kiki Lowenstein brings a group of women as her guests to this crop. Little did Kiki know, long-time conflicts have been simmering in this group-and they are about to boil over. All the women are neighbors, and their husbands work together. They've been friends for years. But that will change when dark secrets are revealed. Somebody is going to die! For more information, call Scrapbook Factory 618-628-8877 or email us.


New Tim Holtz Papers, Inks and much more!

Lots of New things are arriving daily! We now Have Tim Holtz papers

Our Tim Holtz wall is over flowing with new arrivals :)

New Cricut Cartridges Just in!! Including Limited Edition Summer Vacation, Summer in Paris and Independence Day . We also have Create a Critter, Heritage, Nursery Rhymes, Robots, Sentimentals, Once Upon a Princess and Give a Hoot back in.

In Celebration of May Day, we are marking special products down to 50% off for Today ONLY! The New Zutter Distrezz-It-All is $10 Off Today! We have many new products including the Yellow Bicycle "Free Spirit" Line, We R Memory Keepers "Old GLory" line, Over 300 colors of the oh so wonderful Copic Sketch Markers. Just in, an unbelievable selection of Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Alcohol Inks, Tim Holtz Papers, and much much more!
Stop by the store today to meet our special guest from Sizzix! Come see the live demonstration of the Amazing New Eclips Machine. You don't want to miss it! You will be able to pre-order the machine for June arrival. Be the first to see and get your hands on this machine. I watched the demo and have fallen in love with it. I'm ready to sell my Cricut to get it!
You won't want to miss out on the May Class Line up! Check out our Class Calendar at http://www.localendar.com/public/scrapbookfactoryhttp://
The wait is over, TIM HOLTZ classes are finally here! Learn some of Tim's amazing techniques with metal, grunge board, alcohol inks, distress inks and more! Lori is doing her
Every Friday night we have Scrapbook Therapy (crop) until 11pm. Always a good time scrapbooking/card making and chit chatting with fellow croppers.

Check our our super online store at http://www.scrapbookfactory.net/