How it all began...
My name is Kelli and I'm the owner of "Scrapbook Queen Getaways. "I've been Scrapbooking for over 22 years, and it's definitely become my passion in life. I have met so many talented and wonderful women through scrapbooking at Local Scrapbook Stores and by attending Crops, Getaways, & Scrapbook Conventions. I know my favorite kind of scrapbooking get together has always been "Getaway Weekends". With all the rushing around we do on a daily basis in our lives, it's hard to get those scrapbook pages completed. But when you get the opportunity to escape the everyday distractions in life to scrapbook non-stop while enjoying the company of others... learning new techniques...sharing ideas... eating great food... shopping your heart out ...and having tons of fun, who could possibly resist!(I know I can't!) I loved attending scrapbooking events but found the quality of some of the events to be quite disappointing. Details such as Cropping Space, Accommodations, Food, Activities and How Far I need to travel to even attend an event are all very important to me. When I started thinking about creating my own Scrapbook Getaway Company, I took all those things into consideration. After alot of planning and help from family and friends, Scrapbook Queen Getaways held their first scrapbooking event in Fall 2002.
Scrapbooking has created lots of amazing opportunities for me throughout the years. I got to teach Scrapbook Classes at both my Local Scrapbook Store & Conventions. My pages were featured in several Scrapbook Magazines. I designed for major Scrapbook Companies. My husband & I even traveled to assist Scrapbook Companies at Trade Shows demonstrating their products. I launched my own Scrapbook Page Kit Business as a result of all of the above and have designed & sold thousands of Page Kits throughout the years. Scrapbookers loved being able to purchase my precut ready to assemble layouts that were copies of my pages featured in Magazines, taught in Classes, or simply created around Popular Themes.
Fast forward 20 years later... we are excited to announce our latest & most exciting venture. This Spring we will be opening a Shoppe in Boardman,OH called "Baking Up Memories" which will not only feature my Signature Sweets n Treats & Custom Printed Cookies (My newest hobby!), but also Scrapbooking, Paper Crafting, and Memory Making Classes & Events. I feel like the past 20 years has prepared us for this moment. We are so excited and feel incredibly blessed to have this opportunity. The great news for you the scrapbooker is that we will once again be offering Page Kits as well as Growing our Onsite Store at our events! Plus you can Pre-Order your favorite Sweet Treats & we will bring them to the event for you. Having a commercial kitchen will also allow me to ship our treats out of state, so you can look forward to that option in the future as well.
My husband Mark and I reside in Austintown, Ohio. After 15 years of marriage we were blessed with our beautiful daughter Emma who is now 14. We also have an Adorable Labradoodle named Abbey. When I wasn't busy Attending Our Scrapbook Events(My Fun Job!)for the past 20 years, I was a Respiratory Therapist who specialized in Sleep Studies for 29 years at a local hospital. I enjoy Scrapbooking(of course!), Decorating Cookies (Kind of like Paper Piecing but with Food!), Traveling, and Spending Time with my family who make me smile everyday. Looking back, I often laugh when I think how 22 years ago my very supportive husband told me to "Get A Hobby". Little did he know what he was in for. It was great advice and a few months later his "Scrapbook Queen" was created!
The first photo of me Scrapbooking. Still one of my favorites!
So lucky to be surrounded by
Happy To Be Scrapbooking Together Again
2020 Was A Year Of Change For Us
When Covid hit, like many business owners we were scared about our future. Little did we know what a blessing our business would be to others during this crazy time. With travel being limited & many being cooped up in their homes for months, when our events resumed in July 2020 (with Lots of Precautions of course), the ladies couldn't wait to come! We had to recreate our wheel once again but it tickled my heart when our attendees told me it was the first time they felt "normal" since the pandemic started. One of My Favorite Things was I saw faces that I hadn't seen in years. Their crazy lives slowed down and allowed them to make time for themselves. One of the Ladies Favorite Things was they got their own table vs sharing! LOL We had a tshirt contest so we could wear matching shirts when events resumed & remember this crazy time in our lives. The lobby photo above is one of my favorites. Reminds me of what an Amazing Scrapbook Family we are & we can get through anything together!
Sharing Life's Moments...
One of my Favorite Memories
This picture was taken at our March 2008 Scrapbook Queen Getaway in Columbiana.
Not only was this the event that I told my "Scrapbook Family" we were finally expecting after almost 15 years of marriage, but also the BIG SNOW STORM of 2008 that shut the entire area down due to a State of Emergency!! Do you think that stopped a group of Scrapbookers from attending? NO WAY!! Every single person who signed up, except one, made it to the hotel before they were no longer allowed to travel. Some even drove through the beginning of the storm to get there, because there was no way the weather was going to stop them from Scrapbooking with Family & Friends all weekend. The hotel staff slept at the hotel all weekend taking care of us & making sure we were all fed. By Sunday morning the storm was over, dumping 10- 20 inches of SNOW (Mixed with Freezing Rain & Sleet ) throughout Ohio!! We got 12. The worst part was having to dig out our cars out. This was one of my FAVORITE SCRAPBOOK WEEKENDS EVER (being snowed in together!) & it showed how much these Scrapbooking Weekends mean to all these ladies. We still talk about it 15 years later & it always bring back great memories.
THE NUMBER OF YEARS I'VE BEEN BLESSED TO BE SURROUNDED BY SO MANY AMAZING LADIES THROUGH OUR SCRAPBOOK EVENTS
THE NUMBER OF QUEENS THAT HAVE BEEN CROWNED BY CREATING THE FAVORITE PAGE AT AN EVENT & WON A FREE GETAWAY WEEKEND.
THE NUMBER OF SCRAPBOOKERS WHO HAVE ATTENDED OUR EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS AT LEAST ONCE.
THE NUMBER OF SCRAPBOOK EVENTS WE HAVE HAD OVER THE PAST 20 YEARS!
(Includes Crops & Getaways)
Updated January 2023
Our Family & My Best Friend and Partner In Crime for over 32 years!!
“What a wonderful time we had at the Spring Retreat. The accommodations could not had been more beautiful and we learned so much. I have been recommending you to my friends who scrap, and have nothing but wonderful things to say about the experience.”
“Thank you for doing what you do. It brings happiness into my life. I’m never disappointed at one of your events. I wait until the next one!”
"Thank you for a wonderful weekend of scrapbooking. My mom and I felt so welcome even though we were new. We made new friends and walked away with alot of great ideas. Being in Amish Country at a beautiful hotel made the whole experience even better. We will be back next year and will be bringing more family with us. Can't wait!"