Thursday, June 26, 2008

Scrap Class

This week I stopped by Now and Then Scrapbooks and I picked up a class schedule. They just happened to be doing a class today on acrylic books which I own but have never tried to use. I talked my mom into signing up for the only class (9am) and away we went.
I just had this feeling even before we got there that things werent going to go smoothly (probably due to them not having the price or the time right in the flier) and I was right. The teacher had not been informed that we had signed up (we did it only the day before) so she hadnt planned on coming in. Well after an hour of wandering around we agreed to come back to the 4pm class (which didnt exist the day before). The lady also suggested that we stay for the crop night afterwards.
While at home my mom looked through a Paper Trends magazine I had picked up there and saw a cute decorated cupcake bag and decided to make that her project after the class. So that meant we had to run to Michaels and pick up all the needed supplies. Since my mom doesnt scrap I figured I should make one to or I would never get my own project done anyway since I would be helping her.

I wasnt as thrilled as I thought I would be with the outcome of our acrylic crown albums but I think I can fix it up since everything is just fastened with glue dots. It was a good experience anyway, and now I just gotta buy some Staz on ink so I can use it on the albums I have at home.
Here is our finished project....

My mom and I working on our albums

After the class ended we joined two other ladies in a crop night, I guess most of the regulars were on vacation. They were very nice, both of them were CTMH consultants and doing cute projects.
Of course we forgot to take a picture of us working on our albums but Corrina took a few pictures of us when we got home with our projects.

Decorated gift bags

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

CTMH Order

My CTMH order so I dont forget what Im getting!

C1276 Adventure
C1203 Totally Chic
*C1270 Pure Love (free)
*C1234 Simply Stitches (free from workshop)

D1189 Floral Delights
D1200 Adorable Backgrounds
*D1011 In the Wild (free)

A1094 Make My Day

Z819 Circle Window Charms
Z726 Sponge Daubers
Z1298 Texture Tools
Z261 Double Scrubber
Z1038 My Acrylix Organizer
Spritz cleaner

I cant wait for it to come in!

Friday, June 20, 2008

CTMH Workshop

I went to my first Close To My Heart workshop this evening. One of the 'old' members of SWF was having one and I couldnt wait to try it out. I managed to be early since I didnt know how bad traffic was going to be going to LA and the other ladies were late which worked out well because it gave Shemaine and I some time to talk in person and get to know each other even better.

The other ladies that came were very nice and made me feel welcome. The projects were even better! We made a decorated bookmark/bag tag with stamps. It was fun to see how each of our were different even though we all had the same supplies and the same demo to look at. I was lucky because I was last to get started so I got to learn from everyone else's 'mistakes'. Though of course in scrapbooking there are no mistakes, everything is just a learning experience.

The next project we made was an acetate card. I had never worked with this either so it was a fun learning experience. We used special ink that dried immediately. So fast in fact that some of the ladies had trouble using it because it would dry before they got it on to the card. The hard part about using the Stayz On ink is that it really stays on. You have to wash the stamps as soon as you use them to prevent the ink from remaining on them. But it made a nice ink that would not smear on the acetate. Now I have something new too add to 'have tried' list. And new way to make cards.

One of the ladies discovered that though the ink dried quickly it was easily removed with a baby wipe so if we didnt like the placement of a stamp it was easy to wipe off and start again. Shemaine was nice enough to give us an extra piece of acetate so that we can experiment with making cards again at home.

Our final 'arranged' project was a glitter card. This card was fun to make, we placed the stamp on a glue pad (rather than ink) and stamped the image on the paper. We then immediately added glitter. The only issue we ran into was no matter how dry it was the glitter still came off. Even though the card didnt turn out perfect I fell in love with the glitter and plan on grabbing one of every color when I head to that scrap store with Shemaine!

While everyone was wrapping up their projects we were working on 'freestyle' cards. This is what I came up with. I always need blank cards and figure I cant ever have too many laying around.
All in all it was a great night. It was a lot of fun to 'get away' (while on vacation, lol) and do what Im used to doing frequently-scrapping!
I appreciate so much being invited and if it works out before I leave I may just get to go again. There is always more to learn and Im eager to do it.