I have a brand new class debuting this weekend at The Paperie – Perfect Pearls Playtime!
I’ve had lots of people ask me what else they could do with Perfect Pearls so I designed a tag mini album with space left for pictures or technique practice.
We’ll be working on black and manila Ranger tags and using the holiday release of powders from Ranger – Celebration. Plus, everyone gets a Celebration kit to take home with them, as well as full instructions for each of the seven (yes, 7!) techniques we’ll be doing.
To make the day even better, the Paperie is following up the class with a crop night. So you can take the class and then stay and play some more until midnight! And since class doesn’t start until 2, you have the morning to do all those other weekend things that need doing.
Can’t make it to class? We can get you a kit and you can still go to the crop night anyway!
This album is specifically designed for people who own a bunch of powders and also for those who don’t even know what they are so don’t feel intimidated – come play with us!
Hope to see you Saturday!
…I am grateful.
I have a new class coming up at The Paperie on October 23 – a gratitude mini album. This is going to be one jammed packed class with work, fun products, and stuff to learn!
The album itself is based on a mini I did of our beach vacation this summer. I did it on the road with minimal supplies and actually had it finished the day after we got home. Anyone who knows me realizes what a huge deal that is! So friends, if I can do it, you can definitely do it too!
In class I’ll show you how to put the mini together, using an awesome 6×6 Basic Grey paper pad, fun Doodlebug enamel dots, great washi tape, and some exclusive digital die cuts that Mary Ann and I are designing just for this album. I’ll run through how to switch it up and do it “on the go” if you want to make a travel album in the future, as well as how to resize photos, add text, and get them on your pages in a fun and interactive way.
As if that wasn’t enough, I’m going to give you some photos prompts now, so if you’ve signed up or are thinking about it, you can start your picture taking now! Also, if you wish you could come but the time isn’t right, or you live out of town, give The Paperie a call – they can always put a kit together for you, with full instructions!
Since it’s Thanksgiving in Canada this coming weekend, it’s a good time to get some photos for a Gratitude Album. Here are some ideas for you to run with:1. a family photo 2. turkey dinner 3. a glass of wine (that may be just me, but I do appreciate a good cold glass of Pinot!) 4. leaves on the ground 5. a beautiful sunset – we get amazing ones here this time of year 6. kiddies playing 7. your current book 8. raindrops on the trees 9. sunshine (crossing my fingers here!)
10. your dog or cat sleeping in their favourite spot
I’m really looking forward to this album and am super excited to see all the things that people are thankful for. With all that gratitude in one room, we’re bound to have an amazing time!
Well, I ended up with a nasty head cold last week and so this didn’t get posted on Friday as planned – sorry!
It’s all here now though, so be prepared for a bunch of photos (you may want coffee. Or tea. Or something decaffeinated. Go ahead, I’ll wait!)
I made this album to highlight a few of my favourite summer pics. I put in 6 tabs, one each of June, July, and August for Molly and Gabe, and then added the photos of them that I loved from each month.
The album is a bit sturdier than usual – I used super heavy chipboard for the covers and spine and a Tim Holtz small ring binder to hold the pages. I decorated the cover with some of the Farmhouse Paper Company stickers and used the included stamp set with gold embossing (my favourite thing lately):
And hung a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Key from the spine:
For the first page I cut down one of the envelopes and misted it. I then decorated it with one of the Farmhouse flowers (sidenote: not a flower lover here but these ones are gorgeous!) and a bit mist. It holds bits and pieces from the summer.
The main pages are cut down and then folded up to make pockets where I put additional photos. The back of each pocket has a full size picture:
And the mist I used on the envelope and pocket pages is, of course, shimmery gold to match the embossing on the cover!
Each of the small photos is mounted on a 7 Gypsies library card (not included in the kit but the Paperie carries them, fabulous for PL!). The date is written on the tab and there’s a small line about the photo on the back:
That’s it! You made it to the end – whew! If you live locally and want to see the full album, check it out at The Paperie, along with the rest of my LO’s and Wendy’s cards.
Come back tomorrow, my post is ready to go with the October Simple Scrapper templates and a bunch of the SS girls are joining in too!
Here’s the final piece from my July Card kit – in September! 🙂
I used the Simple Stories 6×6 paper and cut it in half, then folded to make a tiny 3×3 album.
I love the stamp set that was included in the kit and that camera was perfect for a focal point on my front cover. I also used the speech balloon stamp throughout the whole book.
My Donna Downey for Unity Stamp Co. stamps were the perfect size to fit in them and they were also perfect as quotes in a book for my daughter.
I kept this super, super simple because I really wanted the sentiments to stand out.
There were also a couple of great papers that said everything I needed to say with almost no other work.
I also believe that no album is complete unless you put something on the back cover so I used the same stamp set to put a little camera on there.
The new card kit is debuting on the Paperie blog Friday, so be sure to check that out – I know Wendy made some fabulous cards, as always!
Another month, another Simple Scrapper blog hop and giveaway! We’re doing the giveaway a little differently this month so make sure you scroll to the bottom of this post and use the Rafflecopter link below to enter a giveaway for a one month trial membership at Simple Scrapper. There are three ways to enter and three winners will be selected. To be eligible, you must enter by 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, March 6.
I used one of the Story Starters this month – the theme is Adventures – to make a mini album of Pirate Day on my dad’s boat a couple of summers ago.
Super quick and easy to do when using a kit and one template!
For the template sketch, I made a letter size, interactive LO of Miss M who actually wanted me to take her picture for once!
Adding the additional pictures behind the top one allowed me to keep them all at a large 4×6 size while still keeping the LO fairly simple and uncluttered. Plus, there’s loads of space for journaling too!
Again, you can see additional pictures in my gallery over at 2peas.
Make sure you check out what the other design team members have done – they have some amazing LO’s this month! The list is below if you have lost your way or want to start at the beginning. And don’t forget to enter to win the giveaway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway <–click here to enter!Simple Scrapper (Jennifer Wilson) Jeryn Carlisi Lisa Corbin-Polak Ronnie Crowley Kim Gehring Michele Holcomb Margrethe Aas Johnsen Amy Kingsford Samantha Landay Pam Lozano Aimee Maddern Jean Manis Van Nguyen Melissa Priest Celeste Smith Sara Case Strickland <– That’s me!
S.The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects.
But then the word Blessed (and to a slightly lesser extent, Grateful) began following me around. Seriously, they just popped up everywhere! So I finally gave in and decided to see where One Little Word would lead me this year.
The reason I mention this now is that Simple Scrapper played a role in those words cropping up. First, I did a giveaway for the Home Blessings Class at Big Picture Classes and that came through Simple Scrapper. Second, Jennifer asked me to work on a new Gratitude mini album that debuted in the shop today.
See? Blessed and Grateful were definitely meant to be mine for 2013. And that’s only two examples of how these words have infiltrated my life!
This mini album is going to be an ongoing project for me during 2013 and I’ll be sharing updates here and there as I add to it. It’s everything I’m grateful for and feel blessed to have from Signal Hill, to my kiddies, to teaching classes, and all the other things in between.
I’ve turned my book on its side since most of the pictures I take are landscape orientation. The problem is that many of the journaling cards are portrait so I’m having to be creative to make them work!
Check out the Flickr gallery to see more closeups of my pages, plus the albums some of the other DT members made. And then go get this kit – it’s a good one, and if you live outside the US, shipping is pretty reasonable, especially considering the price hike from USPS recently!
I love how easy and stressfree this album is – whenever I have a photo during the year of something I feel blessed to have in my life, I’ll simply tuck it into a pocket, add a precut journaling card and embellish if I want.
I’d love to see what some of you make with this kit – whether you use it for One Little Word or to make a Gratitude Album, it’s bound to be a mini that really means something to you and aren’t those the projects we love to look through the most?
In other crafty news, I’m binding my Card Organizer this evening and will be back tomorrow with pics of it and the 4 cards we’ll be making on Saturday. Last time I checked, there was one spot left so hurry and call the Paperie if you want it! If you can’t wait until tomorrow to see what we’re doing, I’ve posted a couple of pics on Instagram and Twitter.
I have another new class coming up at The Paperie on February 9 and have been asked to post some pictures.
Unfortunately, the papers for the project haven’t arrived yet so I can’t show you exactly what we’ll be making but I can show you the inspiration!
This is another Orlando class, and another mini album from the daylong Bazzill class I took. When we presented all our projects in a sneak peek night at the store, all the customers loved this idea but wanted brighter colours, hence, the wait on papers!
Also, the store owns a Bind-it-All so the binding will be another style but essentially, the book itself will be the same – it will just look completely different! 🙂
This will be the biggest change since we’ll have a brighter element sheet to work from with varied stickers. And what’s the fun of a new class if I don’t change it up a little? The size will be the same though, 6″x 8″ so not too big but large enough for your cards.
The inside will have 6 pocket pages with monthly calendars and lots of storage for the cards you’ll need over the year.
We’ll also be making 4 cards in this class to put in your book and start you off on the right track. All you need to do when you go home is write in your dates!
There will be a limited number of spots in this class due to product availability so call The Paperie ASAP if you’re interested and hopefully, I’ll see you there!
Well here it is, the last sneak peek into this weekend’s classes!
And this might be the class I’m most excited to teach – the tag mini album! I made a similar one in Orlando but amped it up and added a few more techniques especially for this class – I hope people are ready to get inky and messy!
I stuck with red, pink, orange, and yellow for mine, and added one of my favourite Dylusions sentiment stamps to the front:
Along with the main manilla Jumbo #12 tags, we are also using kraft:
And just for fun, here’s some little sneaks of a couple more pages!
We’ll be stamping, with my favourite waterproof ink, Archival:
And colouring with Ink Sprays:
Have you signed up for any (or all!) of the classes yet? You should, we’re going to have a blast! And, as a bonus, you get to go home with some great product, especially in this class! 😉
I’ll try to find time to tweet and instagram some pics over the weekend so if you’re too far away to attend or have to work all weekend (we’ll miss you Lori!) then check out my feeds to see some of the fun!
Please don’t kick my ass.
I know you’re going to be a busy month.
Remember in December when I did 5 new classes in 10 days? Well January, that is kind of what you’re going to be like.
On top of the 6, count ’em, 6 new classes I’ll be teaching at The Paperie, I have my regular Design Team work for Simple Scrapper and am working on a special project for them as well.
And I still have Paperie Picks posts to write and of course, this place here.
So please be kind to me, January, I’m going to need it!
I’m looking forward to the final Yearlong 2012 class and to just being able to say goodbye to that one after a year.
I’m already planning, planning, planning for the new one and can’t wait for all the fun techniques we’re going to do in the 2013 class! I do know that brand new Crafter’s Workshop stencils and mixed media gels and gesso will be a small part of the new kit!
And I’m really excited for the 4 classes I’m teaching in one giant fun-filled weekend. Ranger, Impression Obsession, Dylusions, canvases, cards, mini albums, and more on January 19 and 20 for what I call the Orlando classes. There will be great products included, awesome techniques, and fabulous projects. I know I’m going to have a blast but boy oh boy, I have some major prep work to do!
But first, I’m teaming up with Cathie once again for a Designer Duo class in Mixed Media! She’ll being using those techniques on a LO while I’ll be teaching a canvas. This is my favourite type of project to do so I’m stoked to get everyone else loving this art form too.
So yes January, I’m excited and looking forward to you but please, don’t throw anything else my way for a week or two!
You can learn more about all of my January classes at the Paperie here and call them to sign up for any or all. Sign-ups are still open for the new technique filled Yearlong Album 2013 too but call quick if you want to be part of that always sold out class!