Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sketch #9

Here's a sketch I posted for the online crop at MSS this weekend... it also happens to be part of my 'Inspiration Everywhere' class from CSC4K (sponsored by Tinkering Ink and Prism papers). I look forward to seeing what you create!

Layout credits: Tinkering Ink papers and Finery; Maya Road chipboard letters; Colorbox chalk ink; Zig pen

Thursday, October 18, 2007

My experience at CSC4K...

yes, I know I said I'd do this Monday... and now it's Thursday... oh well.

So, first I want to say I was so excited to be a part of this event. As soon as I found out that it was happening, and so close to me, I knew I wanted to support it. Even if that only meant attending classes or volunteering, I wanted to help. Morgan wouldn't be here with us today without the Children's hospitals here in London and Toronto and I'm excited to give back to them by being a part of the Crop for Kids.

This picture is from the Wednesday before CSC4K started... a few of us had to go through all the class kits (that had been packed at kit parties through the summer as product came in) and make sure everything was in the bags, and add instructions. The amazing thing is that all of this product (and there's more you can't see in this picture) was donated by scrapbook companies and stores so more money could go to the hospitals. Multiply this by the 6 events across Canada, and you get a lot of product! So thanks so much to all the sponsors! It was a full day of work to check all these kits and then take them to the hotel.

There were so many fantastic teachers and classes, and I wish I could have taken more, but my schedule was jam-packed as it was... I took three classes with Vicki Boutin (Take Flight, Stepping Out and Layer it On) and a super cute mini-album class with Jen Backler. I can't wait to finish my Hambly mini-album (Marci Lambert and Anja Wade) and another mini-album about my childhood. I learned a lot in Ashley Calder's Water Colour & Hand Lettering class, and definitely want to incorporate more of those techniques in my layouts. I finished two of the three layouts in Tracy Kyle's Too Many Buttons class (I love buttons!!!) and need to make time to finish the last one. It was very interesting to take all these classes and see the different teaching styles.

I also taught three classes over the weekend. My first one was Saturday night (A Year Full of Memories) and there were a couple little glitches with the kits, but thankfully I had enough extra kits to get everyone what they needed. I cut some more chipboard Sunday morning to add to the kits that were missing it. We didn't even come close to finishing the calendars, but we got a good start and I hope the directions and sketches will help everyone finish. Sunday morning, I had my Altered Tin and Cards class, and I learned from the night before to make sure everyone had everything they needed before we started... The stamps from Technique Tuesday hadn't arrived in time, but I brought enough of my own stamps for everyone to share, and we did okay. A few people finished in class, and a couple others stayed a little bit longer to finish before they left. Right after, I had my last class, Inspiration Everywhere. There were only 3 people in that one, and it went really smoothly... everyone finished their layouts and card before the class was over. I had a lot of good feedback from my classes, and I'm hoping I have the opportunity to do it again...

A highlight of my weekend was spending time with the other croppers and teachers. I got to meet some message board friends in real life. I was lucky enough to get a room at the hotel at the last minute, and my roomates ended up being Vicki Boutin, Jen Backler and Kim Nunez! It was so much fun meeting them, and they were all super nice. Vicki Boutin is one of my scrapping heroes, so that was an extra little boost for the weekend... I tried not to be too stalkerish and scare her off... lol. I intended to take tons of pictures over the weekend... pictures of my students while I was teaching, pictures of Sarah and the other volunteers, pictures of the teachers, pictures of me teaching... I was so busy and had so much I was carrying around so this is the only picture I got:
Vicki and Jen came to my last class before they were leaving on Sunday so I could say good-bye and get a picture. Since it's the only one (and I didn't even take it--thanks Tammy!!!) I'm just glad it turned out!

Thanks so much to everyone who made this weekend so special to me... I had a great time and I hope I get to do it again!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Better Late than Never...

Just got the word from Sarah... the Simple Sentiment stamps for my Altered Tin and Card class arrived from Technique Tuesday today (I predicted they'd arrive yesterday, so I was close!). They were shipped September 24th, so I don't understand how they arrived so late, but I'm just glad they made it! Soooo... I'm e-mailing all of you who took the class, and we'll figure out how to get them to you. If you don't get an e-mail from me by tomorrow, leave me a comment.

Altered CD Tin and Card Class...

Finally! I got the photos of the tin and the cards uploaded to my blog gallery. You can see them here and I'm hoping they'll enlarge if you click on them. If not, you should be able to right click and save them to your computer to print them. I had a lot of fun teaching this class, and I'm really hoping that the stamp sets from Technique Tuesday show up this week and I can get them to you all.

A Year Full of Memories class...

Okay, I managed to get all the photos from my calendar class uploaded to my blog gallery, so anyone who took that class can go here and see them. Unfortunately, right after that, blogger decided it didn't like me after all, and it won't let me get the photos from my Altered Tin and card class up, so I'll have to try again later...

Monday, October 15, 2007

So much fun!

I had so much fun at CSC4K... met great people and took great classes, plus had the fun experience of teaching 3 classes to some great students! Full update to come, but I just wanted to thank everyone who took my classes (or bought the kits after) so much... you were all great, and I enjoyed the classes so much. You made it so easy! I also wanted to say that the photos of the projects I promised you are coming, but I'm having a hard time with Blogger right now. I tried a few different times today, and kept getting error messages and I'm finally giving up for the night. I'm hoping I'll have better luck tomorrow. I did manage to upload 3 pages from A Year to Remember (February, November and December) and you can see them here in my blog gallery ... I really apologize for the delay.

I'm also going to post a sketch again this week... maybe from my Tinkering ink class. Last week was just crazy trying to get everything ready for the crop!

Friday, October 5, 2007

Sketch #8

Another week, another sketch... I made it easier for you 12x12'ers too. ;)
I'd love to see if you create a layout using this sketch, so link me up in the comments!

product list: Basic Grey papers, HS file folder and journaling spot, Prima flower, MME rub-ons, MM foam stamps.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

October kits...

later than I wanted to post this, but better late than never... Great kits again this month! From MSS, the Fall-ing For You kit is a great mix of Basic Grey, Daisy D's and Scenic Route papers, Hambly transparancy and MME Bohemia Transparant accents, plus ribbons, Narratives stickers, Thickers and more... too much to name it all. Here's what I did with it...

and you can see what Anita, Jen, Leigh and Marcy did with it here.

Shannon and I traded designing months at BYOM, so I'll be designing in November and December, which suits me just fine! I'm crazy right now with CSC4K, but I did get a couple things done with the October BYOM kit, and just picked up some more pictures today to work with it tonight... It's a beautiful kit, with Cosmo Cricket Gretel papers, yummy buttons, shimmery flowers, brads, scalloped bazzill, Thickers, and a crocheted flower. Carmen and Krystn asked me to design some journaling cards to co-ordinate with the kit, and I'm thrilled with the way they turned out... I have my fingers crossed that the members like them as much as I do. Here's what I've done with the kit so far:

and you can see what Carmen, Colleen, Kelly, Krystn, Laura, Monica and Shannon created here!