I've been home from Arizona for fifteen days and have left the house exactly twice during that time to go to church on Sunday. It's a "hunker down and get work done" time! Thankfully I work best under pressure!
How about a look behind the scenes...
For the first time, I chose the products that I wanted to use for new classes without seeing them in person and ordered them before Christmas this year. The scrapbook companies are making much less of their products now, so if I don't order early for the quantities I need, I'm afraid of not getting what I need later. It was a challenge to kind of have an idea in mind without really knowing exactly what I was doing.
Here's some of what I ordered... I went to the CHA/Creativation trade show knowing what I'd be working with but not what I would do with it! It was an interesting challenge. Usually I do it the opposite: I know what I want to do and then find the paper collection to use in the project.
Here's some of what I knew I had to work with...
The Pebbles Simple Life collection:
Pebbles Tealightful collection and Doodlebug Designs papers and clips and stickers:
Crate Paper Oasis collection:
and the Crate Paper Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams collection:
With so many days working at home, it's a lot of time for me and the kitty cats together! Some days they disappear to a dark corner of the house and sleep all day, and other times they are full of mischief and want to be in my stuff while I'm working.
Beau likes watching the birds in the bushes below from the second story window... he doesn't come around too much - he's more Dave's beau. :)
I was super excited about the things I found to use with these collections at the trade show! That excitement is so important for me - I need to be enthusiastic and love the projects I'm making since I'll be teaching them over and over for the next few months.
Using my favorite collection of the four and the biggest challenge (because I have to make it do something different than intended) was to take this Tim Holtz portfolio and turn it into something that hadn't been done before. I twisted it and turned it, trying all kinds of things - but I had to do that carefully because I only had one as a sample. Once I figured out that we were going to make a Midori style book on the inside, I had to figure out the design of the outside. As always, I encourage my students to make the cover their own, but I have to settle on a design that I like for myself and to be photographed.
I tried different things, taking a photo to see how it looks. It shows that there are limitless possibilities!
You can see the final result below. I love the ribbon with it! Everyone will be able to choose their own word for the front cover to personalize the book. I still have to put the final touches on the inside, but I'm excited about the concept for this new class!
Buddy is my buddy and comes around most often throughout the day to see what I'm doing and to see what he can knock off the table and walk away with. He particularly likes to steal my Tim Holtz Ink Blending tools - he carries them around the house by the spongy end like it's a mouse.
The next class came together so fast! I knew I wanted to put the Tealightful collection in this fun Anne of Green Gables book, but the challenge was to figure out the best way to do that. The result was the technique to make any book into a scrapbook, fill it with folded pages, interactive elements, and page protectors - and the pages of the book! I love this project and am calling it "Celebrate" because it doesn't have to be used for just tea parties but for any celebrations! It could just be a cute girlfriends book.
I finally got Buddy to lay in a box nearby since he was driving me crazy, walking back and forth over my work! Poor kitty! :)
Next up was the Oasis collection - I love the vintage look of this collection! We are using it in a Simple Stories album, filled with a huge variety of page protectors. Of course, my challenge is to do something different inside that you might not expect!
Again, designing the front cover is the greatest challenge. Here was one possibility...
I still may change it again... I might take off the gold word "shine" and use the same Thickers as SUN for that word, too. What do you think?
You can tell he REALLY wants to be up on the table!
My last project was using the Simple Life collection in this new 7gypsies journal... I love how it came together with the Tim Holtz cabinet card and tiny silverware! This class will be very limited - I'll only be teaching it at three stores and in Paris at Version Scrap in April.
After all that work, we are ALL exhausted!
I'll have the classes posted on my Upcoming Classes blog soon and list there which classes are being taught at each store on my schedule. The only place that will have all four new classes is at Version Scrap Paris (along with this past Christmas Joy class, the Secret Garden class, and a new version of My Story Book class.) I'm so excited to be returning to teach there in April - it will be my 10th time teaching at Version Scrap and it's the 10th anniversary of the event in Paris, so I just couldn't miss it this year. If you want to come take the classes there, I teach in English and my translator interprets them in French. How fun would that be!
On top of designing at least the covers of the projects and having a good start on the insides, I've been getting ready for my classes in Tel Aviv in just two weeks, packing 240 kits, and getting those class presentations ready. I've also planned a couple trips for the spring - buying lots of plane and train tickets - and finalizing those arrangements. I leave for Paris next Tuesday before heading on to Israel from there, so I'm working my way down my lists in the few days ahead.
I hope you have a great day! I'm thankful for God's help everyday and for you! Thank you for all the orders for retired class kits. The shop will only be open for four more days, if you want to grab some kits at super good prices during that time. The link to those kits is on the sidebar and HERE.