Sunday, December 9, 2012

Organization is Key!

Finally, the room is organized, everything has a place and is put away except for the current project.  I decided to put my paper in separate drawers based on the color wheel. This means all the blues are together, then purple, then red, then orange, then yellow, then green, then the nuetrals - blacks, browns and whites and tones Gray and cremes.  Put all the patterned background papers by themes - floral, butterfly, sports, etc.  That alone has made life so much easier to locate things for projects!  It took me almost a week and a half to do it but well worth it!

I strongly recommend that you take the time to get your scrapbooking items organized.  Yes it is a hassle but it is also a good time to sort out those items you really will never use and donate them to a good cause - the local thrift store, a kids club.  If you are not sure about something like a rubber stamp - make a black and white print of it on white paper.  Fill it up and then you can copy whenever you need it.

A good way to organize your stickers is to use the 12 x 12 clear containers or snap folders.  They will handle a HUGE number of stickers and embellishments.  Again organize by theme is the way that works best for me - Letters in one bag, floral in another, sayings in another.  I even put borders and titles in their own spot.

Organizing the photos is the hardest - for right now I have everything by year.  As I go along I will organize within the year or across the years for a themed project such as Father and Son vacations, Firsts!, etc.  Again, I like the 12 x 12 clear containers as you can fit larger photos flat and then stack the smaller ones to fit everything in.

Staying organized is the trick.  This means when you are done with something put it back immediately.  When you acquire something new - put it away within 24 hours of getting it home. (Do I hear my mom's voice in the background of this?????)  It really does help to keep the clutter down.  Most importantly - go through your things at least once a year and get rid of the things you don't like or are iffy about.  Be ruthless!  Look at it this way - why waste space on things you don't really care about when you could use the space on new things you really love.

Well, off to go deep clean and organize another part of the house - think I will tackle the kitchen next and see what space I can free up.

Remember - Take the best and Toss the Rest!    

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Classes I will be teaching at Joanns on Gilbert in Mesa

 I am supposed to be teaching for JoAnns in Mesa on Gilbert and on Dobson.  Basically the classes are the ones in the flyers that you get in the mail. The store sets the prices and require a minimum number of students which so far means none of the classes have gone as of yet.   But I remain hopeful.    All the classes are a one time class so you only need to take it on one of the days listed unless you want more of the same.

Currently I am teaching the scrapbooking, papercrafting and crocheting classes at the store on Gilbert in Mesa and the scrapbooking, papercrafting classes at the store on Dobson (Marketplace).  The store requires a 3 person minimum for the class to go so I would suggest getting a group of 4, and purchasing the classes during the buy 1 get 1 free ads and then splitting the cost of 2 classes between the 4 of you.  You need to provide the materials for most of the classes so take that into consideration as well.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Interactive Scrapbook Pages - Wheel of photos

This page is different from the one below - can you see why?

There is a wheel behind the page that turns - this allows an additional 8 photos on the page.
Can you see it now?
I hope to be teaching some classes on this technique soon.  Will keep you posted so you can learn a fun and simple way to get lots of pictures on a page that is fun for the viewer as well!

Interactive Scrapbook pages - Pages that Pop! Literally

Interactive Scrapbook Pages are fun and easy to do.  This is just one example.  These photos are behind the Darth Vader Mask.  

Here is what is behind Anakins Picture (top Right of photo)

I will be teaching how to do this very fun technique soon and will keep you posted as to where and when. A great way to get more than a couple pictures on the page - plus a Popping way to get some fun for the viewer!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Scrapbook classes I will be teaching!

Here is one of the classes that I offer!  Contact me for details and the location is your choice.

Template Design:

If you have templates but have never really used them – this class is for you.
If you are a quilter and would love to apply your quilting designs to photos – this class is for you.
If you are liked arts and crafts in Kindergarten – this class is for you.
If you own any kind of a stencil – this class is for you.
If you want to make your photos into other than squares and rectangles – this class is for you.
If you want some easy mat techniques – this class is for you.

Learn some easy shortcut techniques for designing pages, mats, and cutting photos – unused background papers all using those templates you bought way back when.  Any kind of template will work – Fiskars shape cutters, Puzzlemates, Design a page, Wall stencils, quilt block templates, etc.  Any shapes from basic geometric to trees and dinosaurs. Whatever you have, this class will give you quick easy ideas on how to use them.

What you need to bring to class:
Scissors – one to cut straight and then one or two of your favorite decorative edge.
Templates – Bring at least one and up to 5 if you like.  Any shape, any kind.
Photos – bring 6-10 
Paper – bring some scrap cardstock (or those background sheets you have no clue what to do with) to practice on.  Be sure your scraps will fit your templates.
Adhesive – I highly recommend Dotto repositionable simply because it is also removable which makes it easier to mat items and hold templates down if needed.
A pencil or pen – does not need to be archival – I like mechanical pencils best.
A fine tip dry erase marker ( wet erase will not work so be sure to check the label)
Background paper that matches the theme of your photos or the theme of your templates.  If you are not sure – bring some 12 x 12 cardstock in neutral tones.

This is a beginner class.  No special skills required except being able to cut on a line.
Cost: 15.00 per person.   

Some pages from back in the 8.5" x 11" days using templates:

Friday, April 20, 2012

Pictures from the classes I took

Here are some pictures of the layouts from the classes.  I have to say that we only completed the pages in Queen and Company's class.  Everything from the other classes was started but finished at home.  I think the instructors need to be more realistic in what can be accomplished in an hour long class.  Click on the pictures to see the full layout.

From the color design class.
From the color design class - have to say I do not like the background
 paper used - will change it out later thanks to doing everything with
 repositionable adhesive.
And Here it is:
From Kitchen Supply class - the lace is actually paper doilies
 cut and or dyed.
From the Kitchen Supply class - flowers are paper cupcake
Queen and Co class - all done in class - way to go instructor!
I would have loved to have purchased their other kits but at $20 - $30
 each that was a bit too high.  I did get plenty of supplies however
 and will try to recreate some of the pages I saw at a later time.
Lickety Split Disney Mania class - the only thing that got finished
 in this class was putting the castle together.  I added the black
 lines later at home as well as finished the layout.
Lickety Split Disney Mania Class - the only thing done here
 in class was that we were told to be sure and line the plaid
 sheets up before cutting them.
Keller Creations Travel Class.  We did not make a single page
 although the class boasted that 12 pages would be completed
 in the class.  Did learn a lot of great techniques for double
 layout pages and cutting circle photos and adhering vellum
 so that was good.

I did the rest of the pages that were supposed to be with a
 white background with yellow instead.  I think they came out
 way better - the reds are much richer.

 These next ones are the pages with a black background.
All the thin circles are supposed to have pictures behind 
them eventually.

 I have to say that even though we did not do the pages in 
class, we did get the materials to complete 12 pages which 
gave a lot of pages for the cost. Unfortunately, several of the 
pieces needed were not included but I was able to use pieces 
I already had to finish the layouts.  The instructions for these 
pages were the absolute most unclear instructions I have 
ever seen.  I took the class and knew the terminology (stackers, 
spacers, etc.) and I still had trouble figuring things out.  Even 
though I had colored pictures of the layouts to follow the 
instructions did not help and neither did the lack of several 
items needed.

The last class that I took was making a mini recipe book.  Since 
I plan to make a 12 x 12 book I will be readjusting the pages 
from this class to 12 x 12.  When they are done I will post them.  
I did learn a lot of techniques in this class and will do my best to 
describe them when I post the pictures.

My favorite class overall was the Queen and Co Magic class as
 we finished the pages as described.  My next favorite was the
 recipe book class because I learned the most new techniques 
from that.  Looking forward to taking more classes next year.
Happy Scrapbooking!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Recycle Calendar Photo Pages - Scrapbook them

Finally figured out what to do with those oh-so-cool calendar pages.  You know the ones I mean.  The calendars that have the pictures of the things you collect, like, or wish you could go to.  The ones you hate throwing away at the end of the year because you really really like the pictures.  Why not make a scrapbook out of them. I love butterflies.  I hate throwing the calendars out - so this year I came up with a great way to recycle and keep the pictures.  Since Pictures speak louder than words here are the pictures.  The pages were made using a variety of methods - silhouette, photo mosaic method, and simple cut out mat.  I even used those little pictures on the back of the calendar to show what each month's page is.  See if you can find them in the completed pages.

Hope you enjoy!