Thursday, January 31, 2013

Teresa Collins Stationery Noted Class 2/16

Hello there!

I'm really excited. In a few weekends, I'll be teaching my first class at The Mad Scrapper using Teresa Collins paper and embellishments!

If you haven't seen Teresa's Stationery Noted paper line by now, let me tell you about it. Actually, I'll just let the photos tell you. :) Two of my favorite colors (blue and red) are used in this line, and in classic Teresa style, there's a full sheet dedicated to huge flowers (one of my other favorites). The designs have a cool postage/office feel to them, with a touch of whimsy in the form of Mr. owl.

Handmade garland and a little bling for the front cover. :)

This mini album is jam-packed with pages. :)

You know me and fussy cutting ... 
Lots of fun stuff hanging out!

To help me make this book, I printed up my engagement photos that were taken exactly 4 years ago by our friend Tyler Gould. (If you live in Portland or Seattle, or you pretty much anywhere, this guy is a rockstar and happens to make everyone he photographs look like rockstars, too.) I figured it was time to print them and that they would make a heartfelt gift for my husband. To be honest, I was going to stick our photos in with some of Teresa's Vintage Finds paper, but oh my gosh, the moment I put one of our photos against Stationery Noted, I was in love and will be picking up this paper for myself!

These are only snippets from the entire album. I designed it so you have 30 pages total for tons of photos and journaling. :) 

(Note: We will use silver wire instead of copper to bind the albums. Also, your brads may vary from the ones in the photos since I'm splitting packages.) 

My favorite thing about Teresa's papers is that not only are they beautiful, but they really make your photos sing. :) I really love her paper and have already started my own 2013 Journal/Scrapbook/Project Life book with her December kit ... :) You can bet I'll be adding some of Stationery Noted in there, too.

Well, thank you for looking and have a wonderful weekend!


Class info

Date: Saturday, February 16th, 2013
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: The Mad Scrapper, Issaquah, WA U.S.A.
Call: (425) 427-8871

Monday, January 21, 2013

Webster's Pages "Best Friends" Mini Album 1/31 Class

There are so many wonderful paper companies out there. From vintage-inspired styles like Graphic 45 to the cleverly eclectic like Prima, I love them all! I've been so blessed to design classes for The Mad Scrapper using some of my favorite paper lines. And now, I'm adding my first Webster's Pages class - a funky mini album made with WP's "Best Friends" line!

Two of my favorite things about Webster's Pages are their cameo embellishments and their gorgeous ribbon trim. It's impossible not to use them on the front cover! 

I chose this paper line for my Valentine's Day project for a few reasons. First, the colors are a nice break from the traditional red and pink and they're versatile enough to be used for an Easter or other spring project. Second, the "Best Friends" theme can work anytime of the year! So if you don't complete the mini album in time for Valentine's Day this year, you can still gift it anytime. Finally, the papers and sentiments work for all kinds of best friends: a girlfriend, your spouse, child; even the family dog! 

Since the colors and imagery are so playful, I thought I'd make an equally playful yet simple book. I made the pages different sizes and heights, created a few fold out pages, and added a flap to the inside front cover. I also fussy cut some heart balloons, added some twine behind them, and popped them up.

I also made a few pockets with tags, and turned some of my page borders into flags. 

I love all the cute Polaroid-style photos mats and the text boxes! They're such a fun way to add journaling.

Very spring-y colors, huh? 

I told you this works for 4-legged best friends as well! I love how Webster's Pages chose a Parson Russell Terrier. That is my favorite dog breed and hopefully, I'll have one some day. :) But that's a story for another day ... 

Thanks so much for looking! For you ladies and gents who'd like to attend class, here are the details: 

Date: Thursday, January 31st 2013
Time: 6:00 - 8:00pm
Location: The Mad Scrapper, Issaquah, WA U.S.A.
Call: 425-427-8871

In addition to your basic supply kit, please bring a corner rounder. :)

Sunday, January 20, 2013

New Year, new resolution that I hope to keep!

Well, Happy New Year, dear crafty friends!

I hope 2013 has been very good to you so far. If you have any resolutions, hopes, dreams, or other goals for the new year, I hope all of them come true for you!

Recently, I shared with my fellow blog friend Sandra about a resolution I really want to keep this year: to make at least one project for myself every month! Specifically, I want to start scrapping my life!

I knew I wanted to start documenting everyday life, but I couldn't decide how to do it. Do I go the traditional 12 x 12 layout route, but then keep a separate journal? Or, do I try the quick yet thorough Project Life approach but nix the layouts? I love elements of both, so I decided to grab the December 2012 Teresa Collins kit and turn that into my journal/scrapbook/planner/Project Life book!

Teresa's kit came with (2) 10 x 10 covers, (4) binder rings, (2) pieces of paper from her "Now & Then" line, a package of trim, gorgeous blingy embellishments, and calendar and journaling templates. The original instructions were to trim the covers down to something like 5" x 7", but because I wanted to use this book for layouts as well, I ended up trimming my book to 8" x 10". I also used all (4) binder rings instead of the 2 suggested in the kit and widened the border. My last tweak to the cover design was to add a monogram die cut from Teresa's "Sophisticated" Cricut cartridge. Emilyn, if you're reading this, I will bring yours to the staff meeting tomorrow!

I am in love with Teresa's simple yet stunning style. She has lots of new gorgeous paper lines coming out soon! I can't wait to use some of her new designs as I fill out my 2013 book. :)

Another crafty friend of mine, Janna, has a new crafty resolution as well! Her new adventure is starting an art journal! Her first page is just awesome. I love how she's stretching her creative abilities and venturing into art journal territory. Do you have any new crafty goals?

I love how the new year always brings about new ideas and resolutions to live our lives more meaningfully. Thanks so much for stopping by today!