Saturday, November 8, 2008
My page is on the top row of KWerner's "Top Fifteen" selection, 4th from the left. Here is my page:
I did this page as a DT assignment for The Scrappin' Table using the new MME Laundry Line of papers, a fun sticker I got in my Zutter goodies box, and some vintage lace from my Grandmother to do this page of my DD and my Great Grandmother.
This page also features two techniques I'll be sharing tutorials on later 1) glimmer misting flowers and 2) making glittered brads. I also used the Zutter Bind It All to make a notebook style edge on the patterned paper I used, though it is a bit difficult to see in this scan of the page.
Tomorrow I'll be heading down to Wildomar to visit Now & Then Scrapbooks where I am teaching my "Our Family Recipes" class. I am putting the finishing touches on it tonight. I don't like to wait until the last minute to prep stuff but prepping that "Twenty Pages In One Day" Class took about 2 full weeks so I am wayy wayy behind. It was fun but next time I thin I need to plan it further out to allow me that extra prep time! LOL
If you plan on being in the area, please stop by the store. I have free stencils from Kaiser Craft to give to everyone in the class and everyone who stops by the store. Scrapbook Royalty is doing an "Innovations" Contest using the stencils so you won't want to miss out on that!
I have scheduled a 5 week "Off" period for myself starting at the beginning of December and going through mid-January. I need some time to put my room back in order!! And to get caught up on emails, prep more kits, and maybe even get some goodies in order for Christmas sales in my Etsy shop. I have had several requests for some mini banner kits that can be ordered for gifts so I have been mulling over designs for those and hope to get the ball rolling this week. Oh and I want to spend some quality time with the family. We are heading up TG and Christmas this year so I've got to make it good!
Anyways, just wanted to let you know why my blog posts have been kind of sparse! See you soon...
Friday, November 7, 2008
1. Make Page Kits. I cannot say it enough. Get the base design done at home. Place the pics, matching paper, cardstock, ribbon, stickers or whatever you have that goes with a layout. This is actually BEST done when you buy something, not when you decide to crop. The moment you pull the stuff out of the bag from the store, set it up in a page kit instead of sticking it in your main stash.
You may buy football stickers for instance. Put them in a bag with a note that they are for Bryce’s football practice page. If you can, pull some paper from your stash that matches the pictures (in this case, the football uniforms) or the stickers themselves- that way you are still using some stuff out of your stash too. Put it all in a bag. Then when you get your pics, slip them into a bag and you’re ready to go.
The above items are what I would have in a typical page kit. Sometimes I have more paper or more ribbon than I need. I just know I might not use it and I understand that if I don’t use it, I will have to put it all away later when I finish the page. Just something to consider when packing page kits-don’t put too much stuff in it cuz you have to put it all away later! These are the actual items in this page kit:
I have several rubbermaid tubs of page kits ready to go. Whenever I need to go cropping, I just pull some kits out of my tubs and I am ready to go.
Don’t get scared—this is way more kits than a sane person should have. I’m just crazy about making these kits I guess. A normal person should have like maybe 10 kits on hand, not like me…I don’t even want to know how many are in here!
2. Let the Colors Lead You. Try to stick to a set of colors so you don’t have to bring EVERYTHING. You can sort your page kits so they focus on a few colors. Your page kits might have mostly red, orange, and blue stuff in them. So only bring the embellishments and alpha stickers that are red, orange, and blue and leave the rest at home. You likely won’t need purple embellies on these pages! Basics like white and black alpha stickers or rub-on alphabets are always a good bet too.
3. Save Some For Later. I don’t bring some things to crops because they take up too much space, are heavy, or they are expensive and I don’t want to worry about theft. For instance, I usually leave stamps (too many blocks and inks), sizzix dies (heavy and costly), heat guns (what if I can’t find an outlet?), and Quickutz dies (costly) at home. I can use those tools at home after the page is done.
If that tool or technique is an integral part of the page, maybe that layout just isn’t good for a crop or retreat—it might be one I should just do at home. You can even cut titles and diecuts BEFORE you go to the crop and put those in the page kit instead of trying to lug $4000 worth of Sizzix dies into a crop room. Better yet, see if a friend or the store/retreat/crop location, has the tools you like to use so you can just use theirs instead of bringing yours.
4. Keep a “Ready Bag”. I have a tool tote filled with adhesives, scissors, and all of my essentials at all times. When I go to crop it is ready to go. Sometimes I am missing stuff out of it because I used it in a class but I try to make sure it is always well stocked. And if I run out of adhesive at a crop, I buy new stuff and put it in my bag so it is there the next time I need it. I also have other items “packed” that I always bring. Inks and my embellishment cases (Dot Boxes by Cottage Mills) usually go with me to all the crops.
I also use Scrapbook Royalty tote hooks to keep my bag and purse off the floor and off the table. With the tools within in reach and easy to see, it makes cropping go faster. And I have more cropping space, especially at those events where you only get 3-4 feet of space!
Here are the usual contents of my tool tote:
3D Foam Squares
Foam Paint Brushes
Craft or Exacto Knife
Scissors, at least 2 pair, usually my Fiskateer Scissors and Tim Holtz Tonic Scissors
Tiny Alpha Stickers and word stickers for journaling
Wet Adhesive (I like PVA)
Dry Adhesive (Tombo or Kokuyo runners are my faves, I use the ATG when I have refills for it which I am out of right now)
Glue Dots (in sm, med, and large)
Craft Glue Dots
Stick Pins (to unclog glue, poke holes, clean out the crop a dile)
Crop A Dile
Holes punches for brad holes
Slit punch for tags
Needle Nose Pliers
Rubon tool or Quickutz QuickStix
Black Journaling Pens in several sizes
Brown Journaling Pen
White Journaling Pen
Notepad for ideas, phone numbers
Post It Notes
Lotion for hands (I like the Tinkering Ink ones)
Business Cards – in case I make friends!
Woman Stuff in a discreet case (in case Mother Nature visits – I’m being real here. It also doubles as an anti-theft device. Who would want my bag with a big PAD in it?!)
Meds. If you need to take meds, keep ‘em in your crop bag! That goes for Tylenol or Motrin too.
Scrapbook Royalty tote hook case and tote hooks
Extra blades for my trimmer on a binder ring
5. Get a Bag that Fits Your Stuff and Stick With It. The limited space of one or two bags helps you pack lighter and stay focused. Every time I deviate and start bringing sacks of stuff, loose items, and more than 2 bags I get very little done because I am distracted by all the stuff around me. Your trimmer, tools, embellishments, and page kits should FIT in your bag—if you have loose stuff everywhere it will be EVERYWHERE while you are trying to crop and you won’t get much done because you’ll have a cluttered workspace. Not to mention your cropping neighbors won't like that they have to climb all over your stuff to get to the ladies' room. Right now my Trimmer does not fit in either of my favorite bags and it kills me—it is always in the way when I am cropping because I don’t have a spot in my bag where I can put it when I am not using it. Uggh!!
Hopefully these tips help you to be a more efficient cropper and to have more fun. Gabbing is great but getting pages done is great too!
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Here are some more pics of the page I did, all with goodies from the October main PDW Kit:
I embellished this pic of Katie with ribbon and glitter on the candy apple!! I love how it turned out:
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Here's a little sneak peek of the recipe book I am working on for my class at Collective Journey next month!! I am using the brand new Quickutz Jolly Set for the title and of course, the Zutter Bind-It-All!
Also, tonight is the last meeting of Book Club for this current cycle. Don't forget to bring your little notebook decorated to hold fun sketches to use for future pages. We'll be working with Glimmer Mist and Glimmer Screens so bring gloves!! The best projects are the ones where you get "dirty". See you tonight...
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
I voted and here in California I know my vote usually doesn't "count" for President because California's electoral votes are historically all given over to the Democrat candidate but I will still go and vote because I believe in our system. I signed up to defend our country over 10 years ago in the Army, including the right to vote, so I figure I'd better use that right whenever I can. I like to think that I have always been a free thinker, make my own decisions, and can be analytical about things. I am neither Democrat or Republican in case you were wondering.
But I am concerned over the news that Barack Obama is President. I just can't find it in myself to get excited about it. I think the race was awesome and really made some history--we had Hillary, Sarah ... WOMEN in the race in a way that was really visible and made an impact...then there was Obama, the First African American to be elected President. Wow. But I am still really uneasy about him being the best man for the job. No, you don't need to try to convince me, I have heard all the talking points, believe me. Here's is what I'd like you to do:
Just pray for Obama. Pray that he makes the right decisions and that he leads this country to where it needs to be. Thanks in advance for praying for us all and good night :)
Monday, November 3, 2008
Notice the black glitter and paint on my Pink Bind-It-All V 2.0?? I broke that puppy out of the box right away, put it in the bag and it went to class with me yesterday. We were using the Kaiser Craft wood crown books in the class and guess what? The Pink Bind-It-All V 2.0 went through the WOOD! I'll be submitting the finished crown book to the Zutter Zisters Gallery later this month so keep an eye out for that!! Now off to play...
Sunday, November 2, 2008
We had blast! Everyone brought so much food we had a full-on buffet in the back of the store!! I had tons of prizes to give away and I am pretty sure everyone got a prize. I met so many new ladies too--such a great group. Some good friends also took the class so it was nice to spend some time with them too. Tran had the cutest apron on that she bought from Treasures for Charity and Lola was super cute in her cape and tiara!!
I prepped 350+ pages for this event!! I have a couple extra of some pages (because I can't count) so I will likely be making those for my nephews' Christmas books...
In the class we made 301 pages (that's 20 pages each for 15 people plus 1 page that I made Anne "speed-scrap" in the morning--hehe. If you know Anne, she does not like to scrap fast and crazy like me).
We had SEVENTEEN people sign up for this class--amazing!! I am so happy that we got so many people to take this class. It isn't one I do too often and it is so great to actually have that many finished pages leaving the class. Not everyone finished every page and some ladies did some pretty awesome improvising but overall, most everyone left with a stack of 90% finished goodies!!
Tricia from Canon was AMAZING! She is so sweet and patient and we just loved seeing everything the two Canon printers she brought could do. Over half the class brought in their memory cards to get pics printed and it was great to see them putting pics on a page right there in the class--talk about a truly "finished" page!!
All in all the day was great. Anne did a great job helping out too, especially with the really awesome, techinque filled, snow page she designed. Michelle and the Table staff were so helpful all day long as well. Thank you to everyone who came to the class!!! A big thanks to Gina, Heather, Cindy, and Maria for helping us get set up!! And a big thanks to Anne for helping out with this class!!!
Well, off to get ready for my"Glamour Girl" clas today!