Sunday, October 26, 2008

swapping for silver bella

Did Oscar Wilde really say, "Ambition is the last refuge of failure"? In the face of that ironic statement, I'm glad we have long, leisurely autumn weekends to make sure we treasure taking time off from the ambitious daily grind to enjoy the really important stuff.

It's now Sunday evening, the windows are all still wide open, inhaling the end of another beautiful day out in my colorful neck of the woods, and I am settling in after a weekend of family visits, a vigorous college hockey game at Ballston Ice Arena late Saturday, and a leisurely drive over to MD to see my once-again-healthy friend Patti at Queen's Ink (where I'll resume teaching classes after the holidays).

Right now, before starting tomorrow's early and earnest plunge into finishing some class samples for Scrapbooks Plus and swaps for Silver Bella, I'm surveying the quiet gathering of swap supplies at my small but comfy workspace. This is not my u-shaped scrapping table nor my broad painting table, but just my in-between "idea" space, where I relish any free time to stare dreamily outside and check the treeline for roaming inspiration :). Two of my red blown-glass Finnish birds, acquired during a private visit to the Marimekko studios in Helsinki a few years ago, have gleefully fluttered in to join the fun.

The two glimmering jars are part of my growing collection of green depression-era glass shakers. I think they are ideal for inspiring a liberal use of glitter on any project that happens into my workspace, especially with the holidays coming. The darker wintry days arriving soon after the fall are meant for the reflected light of glittery surfaces, don't you agree? And who doesn't benefit from a "sugar plum fairy" to oversee proceedings, like this one on a Paper Relics card straight from the generous Hope fairy herself.

Hope your weekend included some daydreaming in your special spot before the ambitious pace of the week comes rushing back.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

some fall color


Taking a quick break to enjoy the beautiful Virginia fall colors. And I wanted to share this quote I found on a small piece of paper in one of my "treasure stacks" (ha!):

"Women are the keepers of fun --
we keep the family together through fun, not just love --
fun is the active gift."

This quote is from somewhere not scrapping-related, would you believe? Hope life is treating you well, no matter how busy!

Monday, October 06, 2008

debby schuh at queen's ink early november

This morning as I was juggling my calendar to clear a day this week for playing in my messy "studio" with my sweet and inspiring friend Amy as we prepare for Silver Bella, I noticed another very important date coming up in November. Back in April when Debby Schuh was visiting with me, we trekked over to Queen's Ink in MD to have lunch with owner Patti Euler and set some class dates. Now it's only a month away till Debby teaches a full day of her wonderful classes there.

On Saturday, November 8th, starting at 10 am, Debby will be teaching three gorgeous classes at Queen's Ink (301 497-9449) that you won't want to miss. The morning class is a beautiful 8"x 8" album titled Wonderful Things, full of products from Heather Bailey, Scenic Route, American Crafts, Basic Grey, Heidi Swapp, Anna Griffin and more. I saw this delicious album when Debby taught it at Melrose Vintage in Phoenix, where Heather Bailey joined the class and loved how Debby had used her papers.  Of course, there are lots of Debby's trademark pockets and folds and enclosures. The album's theme allows you to pay homage to all the wonderful things and people in your life, a practice that can really enhance your perspective.

After lunch, Debby's second class will be a clever twist on the 7Gypsies ATC card holder. During her visit here in April, as we were leaving friend Kitty's house and signing her guest book, the idea for remodeling this spinner into a guest log popped into Debby's head.  Using Amy Butler ephemera and products from 7Gypsies, K&Co, October Afternoon, Making Memories, Jenni Bowlin, Beaux Regards, Hambly, Scenic Route and Nunn Designs, the Be My Guest ATC Holder will have 30+ cards decorated with tiny layouts plus 70+ blank cards for your guests. By the way, Debby is now a consulting designer for 7Gypsies, who will be sponsoring her classes on her Mediterranean Cruise next fall with ScrapMaps.

Debby's evening class, the Christmas Joy Album, will be a tribute to the holiday season, an interactive keepsake album with pockets, secret fold-outs, flip-ups and more, and room for lots of holiday photos.  Products include Hambly, Jenni Bowlin, October Afternoon, Anna Griffin, American Crafts, May Arts, Beaux Regards, Zutter and more. Techniques will include using the Bind-It-All and the Fiskars Threading Water Punch.

Luckily for me, when Debby visits it's always another play date, and we're looking forward to some serious shopping therapy in MD before her day in the classroom. Then the following weekend Debby, Amy and I will eagerly join lots of creative ladies, including my roommate and co-vendor Carol Wingert, in Omaha at Silver Bella for a glittery holiday crafty time.  Teresa may still have room for you, if you'd like to join us.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

anna griffin carolina ruffly party layout

Are you in the mood for a bit of girly ruffles and flowery colors? There is still room for you in my next Sunday's (October 12th) Anna Griffin class at Scrapbooks Plus. We'll make a luscious 2-page layout using her beautiful Carolina papers, with rows and rows of ruffles and bows and three-dimensional flowers, perfect for showcasing a garden or birthday party or any girlfriend gathering.

Although these layouts are not your quicker everyday pages, wouldn't it be fun to highlight that special occasion by adding the special flair of your own paper techniques? Come laugh with us as we measure and fold and layer our way to flowery goodness.