The 2021 Board of Directors for the Robson Papercrafting Club were elected at their annual meeting on Dec. 3: President Pat Serveiss; Vice President Debra Fosnight; Treasurer Michelle Skinner; Historian Jaine Toth; and Project Coordinator Georgia Brosnihan.
The club began officially in 2012, growing out of a handful of women who used to meet around Pam Costner’s dining table.
“I love making cards and scrapbooking. I knew that others enjoy crafting, so I decided to seek out others who might want to make cards. It’s a way to socialize over a hobby,” Pam said.
When asked, “Why make your own cards?” she explained “I like sending cards with handwritten notes. I was raised to send a thank you card, not a phone call or, nowadays, an email. It is always nice to go to the mailbox and find happy news—be it your birthday, anniversary, or just because.”
As a consultant for the paper crafting company, Close to Your Heart, Pam brings expertise that she gladly shares with others. She holds occasional classes where members can purchase kits that make anywhere from 12 to 16 cards using four or five different designs. She also holds a session each year to familiarize members with various tools and machines.
“I love seeing people succeed in anything. I enjoy teaching. With card making I love seeing all the different styles that come from the same supplies. When beginners realize that there are no mistakes, only opportunities to add an embellishment, that is awesome. I have seen ladies that had never made a card before and now they are making cards easily—and actually mailing them to friends and family,” she said.
During the last couple of years, the club expanded our charitable work at Pat Serveiss’ encouragement, and made cards for residents in assisted living facilities and the Tucson Veterans Hospital and Living Center. We’ve also donated thank you cards to the Pinal County Animal Shelter that they can give to people who adopt a pet.
The club members appreciate that the Robson HOA helped get this club off the ground in the beginning. We received money the first two years to help buy equipment and the various paraphernalia needed to create and embellish our projects. Over the years we have received numerous donations from individuals that have boosted our supplies.
Coming up in 2021, Sunday, Jan. 31 is set to be a Charity Card Day where members will come and make cards for donation to chosen groups. Various classes being planned include making a desk calendar, a heart shaker card, and learning how to use some of our machines for various techniques.
Our club has experienced paper crafters, newbies, and various stages in-between, all exploring their own talent and creativity. No matter the level, all are willing to share their knowledge, offer tips and suggestions, and find joy when others master a new technique and/or complete a scrapbooking or greeting card project. Come check us out on Thursday afternoons where we learn, play, and make cards and friends.