The Nicest Scrapbookers on the Internet

by Lain Ehmann on December 9, 2010

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Aloha75/Flickr

I don’t know how long you’ve been around the Internet scrapbooking community, but there were some times when it wasn’t a pretty sight. There was a mean blog. And another mean blog (both are gone now, thank goodness!). Some online forums weren’t very nice. Some would flame you if you came in and said you used non-acid-free (in other words, acidic) items in your scrapbook. Some would jump all over you if you didn’t do things “their” way, or if you asked beginner questions or didn’t know your eyelet from a hole in the ground.

I have just one thing to say about all that:

Ick.

While things in general seem a little more civil these days, there are still plenty of sites where you feel like a number, not an individual. Where yours is just one of 5000 layouts uploaded in a day. Where you feel ignored, overlooked, or just plain “not one of the cool kids.”

If it makes you feel any better, I never felt like one of the in group either (not even in high school!). I hate exclusion. I hate being ignored. I hate “us vs. them.”

And so I decided to take things into my own hands and I created ScrapHappy. (Actually, a lot of things happened in between high school and ScrapHappy, including losing my bid for Freshman Class Rep, for the Short Flags team, and for homecoming queen — but I did make drill team and get elected student body VP… crazy how I still remember this stuff!).

Anyway, I digress. The point is, I couldn’t find the community I wanted online, so I made one.

A place where everyone feels welcome, whether they digiscrap or use altered books as your album base.

A place where scrapbookers of all levels would feel comfortable, whether they’ve created 1 layout or 1000.

A place where the focus is on the story, not on how many products you can layer on your page.

A place where you could tune in once an hour, once a day, or once a week and find a community waiting for you.

A place where we could connect, share ideas and inspiration, and bond over our love of memory-keeping.

And so ScrapHappy was born in August 2010. And I love it! Though we’ve only been around a few months, we’ve got hundreds of images in our online gallery, dozens of threads on our message board, and tons of fun!

Right now, we have about 100 members who pop in and out to get the monthly project ideas, 15-minute layouts, monthly sketches, and an occasional dose of you-know-who. Oh, and ScrapHappy members get free enrollment in all monthly Layout a Day challenges (which are $30 per month and currently run three times a year)!

Consider this your invitation to come check us out and see if you might want to join the family. We’ll leave the light on for you.

P.S. I almost forgot the time-critical part! The intro price was $9.95 per month. That special enrollment deal will expire at 12 midnight on 12/31/1o, when the monthly price increases to $14.95/month. BUT if you enroll before the clock strikes 12, you’ll keep the intro price as long as you’re a member, no matter what the “normal” price is. So check out the details and let me know if you have any questions.

  • Heather P. – scrapmomof3

    And thank you for doing it, Lain!! As folks get more and more involved on ScrapHappy I hope to see more chatter on the Flickr discussion board. In fact…I’m going over there to add a topic now… :) I AM scrap happy. :) :)

  • DaniNYC12677

    would be lost without my scraphappy family!

  • Anonymous

    You are so sweet! :) We’d be lost without you!

  • http://twitter.com/IAmMikki Mikki

    I also discovered Challenge Masters http://www.challengemastersonline.com/forum/index.php a little over a year ago. They seem to be the type of group you were looking for so I thought I’d share. I have really enjoyed being a part of their group.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for letting me know! I’m pretty busy with ScrapHappy but I will definitely check out ChallengeMasters.

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