Tuesday, March 17, 2009

debby schuh here april 18-19

In just a month, my talented scrapping friend Debby Schuh is coming to visit, shop, and play for a couple days before teaching her latest classes at Scrapbooks Plus in Chantilly, VA (near the Dulles Expo Center). She'll be teaching three mini-book classes, with two classes on Saturday and a third class on Sunday, April 18-19.

Saturday starts with Debby's Family Matter 7gypsies Album. Open a door, peek through a window, check inside a pocket in the home you’ll create in this fabulous 7gypsies album full of techniques and surprises. The kit will be filled with gorgeous 7gypsies products to play with!
             EDIT: Class full!

Saturday afternoon's class is Debby's colorful Just Be Album. This 5x7” album is filled with lots of paper engineering ideas you'll love plus places for the reminders you need to just BE.

This class uses the new Girl Friday collection from Cosmo Cricket, along with products from American Crafts, Scenic Route, Maya Road, Prima, Creative Imaginations, Bazzill Basics, Hambly Screenprints, Tim Holtz, My Mind’s Eye, and more.

Sunday's class allows you to record the sweet moments of love that come your way each month of the year in your Love Story Album. When you are on the lookout for love, you’ll be surprised how much you find!

This class will use a fun combination of products in Debby's favorite colors from October Afternoon, Cosmo Cricket, KI Memories, Jenni Bowlin, Hambly Screen Prints, and more!
             EDIT: Class limited spaces left!

Check out Debby's blog for more info about these albums. And look under the "Classes" category on the Scrapbooks Plus website to find out class times and other details.  You can take both Saturday classes and then stay for the evening crop, or you can sign up for all three classes and get a $25 store gift certificate.  Debby will also be teaching at CKU Nashville and Provo, at Creative Escape 2009 in Phoenix in August, and on a Mediterranean Scrap Cruise in late September.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

anna griffin flora springtime layout


Here in Virginia, this weekend's tantalizingly warm temperatures have certainly put me in the mood for spring. The birds are chirping, the ground has thawed, and the daffodils are poking through to the sun.

For my monthly Anna Griffin class at Scrapbooks Plus on March 24th, just a few days after the official start of spring, I'm celebrating with this delicate two-page layout. Besides using the fresh spring colors of Anna Griffin's new Flora line of papers, we'll make our own butterflies, pleats and bows to add to the fun.


Wednesday, March 04, 2009

art journal for moving house


My granddaughters in Boston will be moving soon from their current house (sold earlier than expected) into their new house (not quite ready), so I thought they would enjoy a little portable entertainment while everything is being packed up. This past weekend during the House of 3 online Open House, I purchased their large printable download kit called House Warming. Heidi Swapp, Rhonna Farrer, and Janet Hopkins all contribute to this site, and each did a sample version of an album using the kit downloads (check them out). I decided to make my version a clean and bright art journal for the girls, who love to draw and paint.

Keeping with the cheery yellow primary color of the kit, I printed the cover on a yellow file folder, cut narrower for the front door and wider for the back to provide more protection for the page extensions. The front cover dimensions are 10+3/4 inches high by 7+3/4 inches wide, to give you an idea of size. This allowed all the subsequent pages to fit in my regular-size Epson printer. Not all the pages you see are printed from the Housewarming kit. Some are scrapbooking papers and ledger papers, and some are printed composites of different papers, but most are from the kit.

Because I wanted pages with room for the girls to draw, I altered some of the House of 3 files just a bit, removing their black cutting lines and shifting some image positions. Instead of adding my choice of embellishments, I wanted to compile a fun art journal with pages of various sizes, lots of open spaces and interesting hand-punched borders. The borders are made using Fiskars, Martha Stewart, and Stampin' Up punches.

The journal is loosely bound with rings that will allow the book to lie flat for working on the pages. And of course, there's plenty of room for the girls to add many more pages as they create. Although I've distinguished the books with their initials (Making Memories felt alphas), they'll want to add their own ribbons and other embellishments to make each journal their own.

Although he isn't moving house, my grandson also loves to draw, so he gets an art journal, too, with a few different pages. The fun advantage of the printable download kit for "hybrid" paper projects is being able to make modifications in size and arrangement to suit your project and then making multiple prints as needed.

These two close-ups are examples of the slightly modified downloads from the House of 3 kit -- the yellow stripe is excerpted, the chair is repeated, and the damask background is lengthened and centered on the page with no cutting lines.