Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fun Times at Create Your Retreat!

Good Morning, crafty friends!

Wow, what a fun weekend at the annual Create Your Retreat! I was so honored to be the guest artist at this year's event. For those of you who don't know, this annual scrapbooking and crafting retreat has been held for years here in Oregon, drawing in hundreds of crafters.

Ladies and gents can craft all day Friday and Saturday, shop vendor booths from Pacific Northwest-based companies (such as Art Impressions, Close To My Heart, and Paper Wishes [to name a few]), and take stamping, card making, scrapbooking, and other paper crafting classes.  

Hanging out with the amazing ladies behind Create-Your-Retreat: (left to right) Julie, Kim, and Suzi.
The event is held at the Seven Feathers Casino in Canyonville, Oregon, which is about a 3.5 hour drive south of Portland. The ladies book out a huge conference room so there is plenty of space for you and your friends to set up camp and peruse vendor booths.

I was totally floored at the number of crafters at the event! 
Suzi, Kim, and Julie who put on the event every year put so much detail and hard work into making Create Your Retreat an enjoyable event for both crafters and vendors. They raffle off some amazing prizes all throughout the event and also give crafters fun goodie bags. Bathrooms and ice water are nearby, along with the exit, so you can run to your car in case you've forgotten anything.


As the guest artist representing Graphic 45, I was given my own booth, which I made into an inspirational area using some of my earlier design team projects. I brought many of my pastel-themed creations for a springy feel and to offer inspiration for anyone crafting with Botanical Tea. (Graphic 45 brought this beautiful paper line back as a Deluxe Collector's Edition, yay!)





I also brought a fun little make and take, a square tag adorned with the gorgeous new Sun Kissed line.  





It was so fun meeting ladies at my booth. And it was a blast teaching my altered photo stand class as well! We had a sweet group of crafters, many who are longtime Graphic 45 fans, and some who were just discovering G45's vintage-themed collections. 



My helper, Suzi's awesome grandson, Trevor.  



Proud of her work!


The best part though of teaching classes is the ladies. I love talking to them and learning little tidbits about them, like where they're from and what their favorite types of projects are. Here's just a handful of some of the sweet gals I met at the retreat.







Well that's a wrap, crafty friends! Thank you so much for stopping by. If you'd like to attend next year's Create Your Retreat, you can grab a ticket for yourself and a friend right now for the 2019 event! Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Surprise and Graphic 45 Little Women Layout

Happy Thursday!

Today I'm sharing a Graphic 45 project that I meant to post on Monday, January 8th, but this happened instead ...


That's right! For those of you who don't know yet, my husband and I welcomed our beautiful baby boy into the world two and a half months ago. Words can't describe all the feelings and emotions I have about him. He's also napping right now, so I'm determined to post my project before little man beckons. ;) 


This is a layout I made for Creativation using Graphic 45's Little Women collection. The colors and designs in this collection are so gorgeous! The theme was perfect for capturing a photo of my sister and I back when we were living in the greater Seattle area years ago (for the second time).







Thank you for stopping by! And hey, if you're coming to the Create Your Retreat event this weekend in Canyonville, Oregon, please be sure to stop by and say hi! I might have a couple spots left in my class, so be sure to check that out, too. Everyone who's coming is getting a surprise! 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Come to my Graphic 45 class on March 24!

Hi crafty friends!

It's been a little while - I've been busy cooking up a very special project; I will post about that hopefully within the next few weeks. :)

In the mean time, I wanted to let you know about a fun event I will be teaching at in the spring of 2018!

I'm honored to be a guest artist representing Graphic 45 at the 2018 Create-Your-Retreat event about three hours south of Portland, Oregon. This annual two-day expo runs from March 23rd to the 24th and features classes, crops, and vendor booths. It will be held at the 7 Feathers Casino in Canyonville, OR right off I-5.

Here's a sneak peek at the type of class I'll be teaching on Saturday, March 24th: a Graphic 45-decked out photo stand. This fun project doubles as a pretty home decor piece and a functional album to help you showcase some of your favorite photos!

Cost is $40 per person and you can sign up here. Note that seating is limited, so if you'd like to come, be sure to sign up soon! And yes, lodging is available at the event.









Here are those details again (and some more):

Class: Graphic 45 Photo Stand
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Cost: $40 per person
Location: 7 Feathers Casino, 146 Chief Miwaleta Ln, Canyonville, OR 97417

Tools and supplies to bring: 
Paper trimmer, ruler, hole punch, detail scissors, craft knife, craft mat, wet and dry adhesive, 3D foam adhesive. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland Album

Happy Tuesday!

I'm sharing another project I made for Graphic 45's booth this summer - a rectangle tags & pocket album decked out with Winter Wonderland!


Friends, I think this may be one of my favorite Christmas collections. I love the Scandinavian designs   and woodland animals throughout. And you can't beat the traditional red and green color scheme! 


For the cover, I used some beautiful Petaloo flowers that I got for Christmas last year. My hubby did well. ;) 



I couldn't resist making a shaker window emphasizing a snowy scene.


Even though I kept the album fairly simple, I pretty much used nearly all of the sample paper that Graphic 45 gave me. Whenever we make special projects for the trade shows, we usually only get a limited number of the new designs - hot off the press - so it's crucial to get the most out of the papers we receive! And to try and limit re-dos. ;)


I added some fun Graphic 45 Staples that coordinated quite well with Winter Wonderland, such as the red policy envelopes and alpha tag banner.





Well there you have it! Thanks so much for stopping by. This project will be on the Graphic 45 blog today, so be sure to head over there for more inspiration! 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Graphic 45 Baby Banner and Tag

Happy Solar Eclipse Day, crafty friends!

Where were you today when it happened? Did you travel far for it, or was it rather close? We happen to live in the path of totality, so all it took was a few steps outside to see it! Too bad our iPhones didn't pick up how amazing and perfectly intense that ring of light was surrounding the moon ...

That's why this blog post is happening later in the day than planned. (Well, and I also had another fun G45 monthly class project to wrap up!) I have some fun projects on the Graphic 45 blog today - you should stop by and leave a comment to be entered in a fabulous Midnight Masquerade prize package!

Here are the projects we shared today - a baby shower banner and a new baby gift tag, both made with G45's new Penny's Paper Doll Family collection!


What I love about this new paper line is that it can work for all age groups, including the littlest of little ones! 












And, a gift tag: 







Be sure to leave a comment on Graphic 45's blog to be entered for a fun Midnight Masquerade prize pack! Thanks for looking!