It’s class time – come join me!

It’s Marathon time! Gather your scrapbook supplies, some bits and pieces from your stash along with lots of your pretty papers and join us in this next Scrap your Stash Marathon set for Sunday, Oct. 20.

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You’ll learn to use papers and embellishments you already have in your stash. Dig deep and bring those buttons, numbers, washi tapes, threads, lace and more to use in your layouts. I can help show you how to incorporate those things you’ve been holding onto into your page layouts.

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Bring a couple border punches and see how to use them to create pretty paper edges on your layouts. Use Ranger’s Distress Inks and edge distressing tool to create a worn, vintage look.

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I’ll show you how to make flowers from your scraps! Or bring all those pretty packaged flowers you’ve been saving for a special layout and use them up!

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So gather your supplies and invite your friends to join us for a full day of scrapbooking classes. You have the opportunity to complete four beautiful layouts from the supplies you bring with you. It’s a fun-filled day with crafty people! Class runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20.

Register in my online store where you’ll also find the supply list (click ‘view more’). Photos can be any size – mine always vary in size depending on my mood. Additional photo can always be added to these layouts as well.

Peace & Love, Hippie-Style

And if scrapbooking isn’t your thing, how about art journals? My next Adventures in Art Journal begins Monday, Oct. 28 and continues each Monday through Nov. 18. Classes run 6-8 p.m. at the CoBACH Center in Brighton.

This series (No. 10!) is all about Peace & Love, Hippie-Style. When I sat down to play with my paints and stamps it just happened. That old hippie in me came out! The colors, the style; it just happened.

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I really hope you’ll join me and let your inner hippie out too! Feel the freedom to play – just play! You’ll use paints, stamps, markers, bits-n-pieces of this-n-that creating lively, colorful pages that will just make your heart feel good. This series ends with a twist and you won’t know till the very end just what that twist is – it’s a secret!

So go buy your mixed-media paper or journal, toss your paints, brushes, markers and gesso in a bag and get ready for class. Register for this Peace & Love series in my online store where you’ll also find a supply list (click ‘view more.’)

I’d love to have you join me for class. Let me know if you have any questions. Come have fun with us! Follow me on Facebook and Instagram.

Free time & demo for Art Journal students

I’ve set up two hours of free play time for my students who have taken my Adventures in Art Journal. Bring your previous pages to work on or finish, products you might have questions on, or a demo you’d like to see. I’ll be there at the CoBACH Center at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 and we can stay until 8 p.m. Let me know if you’ll be there.

Enjoying the craziness

Like most of you, I feel November and December can tend to get pretty crazy. But we wouldn’t have it any other way would we! I have so much fun creating and yet, I’ve had my days where I get up with so much to do, then just sit and stare into space because I just don’t know where to start, completing absolutely nothing! And you know what? I really don’t give a damn! Usually by the next day those feelings are gone and I’m back to life-as-usual.

I still have several Christmas gifts to make but right now I only need to work on the ones that need to be shipped this weekend (the others I have till Christmas Eve). I’ve learned to break everything down into little jobs and not to worry if something doesn’t get done. It’s not the end of the world – just the holiday as I imagine it. No one will know that I planned on making 27 dozens of cookies and didn’t get it done. Or that I intended to make 125 Christmas cards to send to everyone I know (but actually only mailed 30)!

But here’s what I have accomplished over the past few weeks.

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I sat one night while watching TV and hand cut these stars. Stitched them together, stuffed them, lightly painted and glittered, and added some cute messages to them. I call them my message stars and they’re for sale in my booth for $5 at The Vintage Farm House. I love them! They’re just cute little bowl fillers or attach a string and hang them from a cupboard knob.

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I’ve made several holiday and seasonal banners. I love banners hanging in the house. They can be used to announce a season, holiday, birthday, love, or hung just to make someone smile.

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This is a large one and it sells for $18 in the booth, but I also custom make these and can ship them anywhere for you!

While working and creating for the booth I also teach scrapbooking and art journal classes in my home. Those keep me on my toes and very busy. I have a good number of great students and I know they’re always looking to learn new techniques or to get some photos scrapped. Art Journal has become my favorite class to teach this year. It’s just a joy to watch the students grow and learn.

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These pages are from my Heart & Home Art Journal series that we’re finishing up next week. I’m taking January off to develop and work on classes and then we’ll start back up in February. Hopefully the break after the holidays will bring everyone back with a fresh and renewed energy for learning and sharing.

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Last year I started what I had hoped would become an annual event. I host a Christmas gathering for a small group of friends, co-workers and teachers that met and formed friendships through Scrap Tales years ago. We don’t always have the opportunity to visit and catch up so this evening is all about us, good food, friends, and playing catch-up. We added the PJs this year and, Oh my gosh!, it is a game changer! So comfy!

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These guys, my family, and my students, are the most important things in my life right now. It’s so much fun getting together with them for the holiday for a few hours. Plus, I’ve been making plans with the family too. The old guy and I started off right after Thanksgiving with a Mystery Dinner Train Ride – just me and him and three train cars full of people we didn’t know (it was fun!). Last week was Frankenmuth chicken dinner and the lights. This week we’re heading to Crossroads Village and the train ride with Rachel and Kevin, and tomorrow we’re meeting family from out of town at the Veteran’s cemetery in Holly then out for lunch.

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So if a gift doesn’t get made, or the cookies don’t get baked, it really is no big deal. I’m still going to go out and have fun and make more memories with friends and family this holiday! You should too!

 

A little birdie told me

My Art Journal sessions are broken up into four weeks. Each four-week session is themed. These cute little birds are from Art Journal-Fly Away where we worked with creatures that had wings.

These background pages started out with just a few stripes of acrylic paint colors and some water. Pretty darn boring! But we learned to work it into a beautiful background to display our winged birds on.

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DecoArt acrylic paints spritzed with water.

Combining other mixed–media products with stamps, stencils and more, we were able to create the most beautiful backgrounds.

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Die-but bird added to background.

It’s just so much fun and very relaxing to just sit and play with no end-game in sight. Your page may never be done or it can feel complete in a quick 10 minutes.

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Die-cut birds stacked atop each other create a colorful scene.

Art Journaling requires no art background, just a willingness to express yourself while playing with paper and paints.

Loving this art journal thing!

Teaching classes at the CoBACH center in Brighton came to an abrupt halt back in October when the center was closed for building maintenance. With no word on when it might reopen I decided to try the classes in my  home. I won’t lie, it’s been cozy but it’s also been fun and rewarding.

My most popular has been my Art Journal sessions. I never thought I could enjoy something as much as this form of free-form crafting. It’s a way to incorporate products you most likely already have and chances are haven’t used much.

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From Art Journal-Fly Away

My Art Journal classes are offered in four-week sessions. Each week I teach a different technique and the students play with that technique, experimenting to make it their own. They’re able to see how other products they may have at home or items found around the house can be worked into their art journal.

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It’s fun to watch the students grow each week and become a little more free in their interpretations of the projects.

We’ve had to limit class size for these but hopefully the CoBACH Center will reopen early next year and I’ll be able to accept additional students. The sessions have continually sold out.

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Heat guns, acrylic paints, tissue papers, glazing mediums and more!

In the meantime we just keep plugging along having a grand ol’ time right here in my living room where I set up extra tables, push the furniture back, put out the chocolates, and we all get nice and cozy to play and socialize.

Creating is good for the soul

I never claimed to be an artist. I couldn’t tell you which colors will play off each other nicely, how to draw a face, the fundamental concepts of composition and design (heck, I don’t even know what that means!). What I do know is how to sit and create (play with my stuff).

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Such a whimsical beauty from Funky Flora Art Journal class.

I also know that when I take the time to sit, create, and play, I can lose myself for hours and totally forget about the world around me and just totally relax and let go. It’s something I feel a lot of us feel guilty about the taking the time for. We need play time, whether that be creating art, gardening, cooking, reading. We just need it. It’s good for the soul.

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I love the vibrant yellow used on the background of this Funky Flora Art Journal page.

Getting back into teaching forces me to sit and play with all my pretty (and ugly) papers, paints, inks, tools and all those products I bought and can’t remember why. Those who attend my classes are also forced, if only for two hours, to sit, create, play, and socialize. I actually call it creative playtime for adults. They make new friends, they get messy, and they relax and have fun. Some even continue with playtime once they leave class because there is homework – if they choose to do it.

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These hexagons were all cut by hand from photos – The creativity is amazing!

I’ve been teaching Art Journaling and Scrap your Stash at the CoBACH Center in Brighton; hoping to develop even more classes soon. I am a member of the Brighton Art Guild. Yep, thrown in there with all those talented, crazy-good creatives. It’s been wonderful.

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Using what’s in your stash. Mix and match papers and embellies with some technique.

Join us for an upcoming class; we’re always looking to make new friends. Check out my offerings in my online store. To see an even greater sampling of student works, stop by my Facebook page. Give it a Like!