“…the other is about an upcoming scrapbooking club. I think the latter was the better written of the two, personally, and I have a good feeling about it this time. No, I haven’t heard back about either (yet) and yes, I submitted the articles on the last day possible but that’s not my fault. Well, for the most part- things just worked out that way. Fingers crossed!!”

I wrote this in this very blog on the entry dated November 16th.

And guess what kiddies. No, I never received a call. So, yes, I didn’t expect to open the December issue of The Buzz and see my name in print, along with the photo I submitted to go along with the article.

They published the scrapbook article, the one I had a good feeling about to begin with. So, today was a very good day for me. I plan to take a trip into the office of the paper and thank the editor for putting my article in. I know this sounds corny, but it’s a really good feeling- to have one of your goals accomplished. It feels damn good.

Here’s the article for your viewing pleasure:

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Scrapbook club
Gina Ruprecht starts monthly meetings
By Jillianne Hamilton

scrapbook-ginaScrapbook 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.”

Anyone interested in joining the club can call 902-314-8386 or email gina.and.chris@hotmail.com. You can also visit Ruprecht’s website at www.ginaruprecht.myctmh.com.

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Two articles in The Surveyor

November 27, 2008

In last week’s issue of Holland College’s newspaper, The Surveyor, I had my article on the new Fundamental Arts program (and the new instructor that is teaching it) published. So, that was pretty cool.

This week, my interview with Cape Breton musician Carmen Townsend was published. I only wish the photograph was a little better.

My newest myUsearch article was published last Friday: Online Degrees Now Accepted by Employers. It was written on very short notice but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I recently submitted two more articles into The Buzz for the editor’s consideration. One article is about a young woman who is the editor of an independently-published community arts magazine and the other is about an upcoming scrapbooking club. I think the latter was the better written of the two, personally, and I have a good feeling about it this time.

No, I haven’t heard back about either (yet) and yes, I submitted the articles on the last day possible but that’s not my fault. Well, for the most part- things just worked out that way. Fingers crossed!!

I interviewed Dee, an attorney and soon-to-be mother of a college student for my newest myUsearch blog article. Click here to check out Avoiding Helicopter Parenting When Choosing a College.

Tomorrow, I plan to take my first official trip down to The Buzz and beg them to publish one of my articles in their December issue. Wish me luck!