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Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Bit of Vintage: The Times of My Life

Fashion may call it "vintage", but I call it my history. Last week I completed a two-page layout using Graphic 45 Communique and Romantique papers which revisits our most unusual wedding day. At the time, I was more focused on the marriage than the wedding. I prepared this page from an historical perspective (36 years after the event). My title is a "Memories" stamp from Heartfelt Creations that I received as part of class I took at CKC Valley Forge in August. I colored the flowers in the stamp with Copic markers. This layout is one of about 12 in a scrapbook I'm building titled The Times of My Life.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Change of Plans

I am totally excited about my Copic Class at Clare's. After conducting a customer poll, we discovered that a Copic card class would be a bit more appealing than a scrapbooking one, so we're doing two cards with four images. I changed up the colors so my students would have some greens for their Christmas card-projects between now and holidays' end. I used two colors one one card -- G21 Lime Green and G24 Willow on this card and B93 Green Gray and RV21 Light Pink on the other. I also took advantage of Michael's big sale last week and purchased 24 sheetsof K&Company's Addison Collage paper for about 16 cents a piece. As with the my scrapbook page project, I'm using flowers from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Blossoms Stamp Set #429. My black-glittered buttons are from Recollections which I purchased from Michaels. My class at Clare's Keepsakes is October 12 at 1 PM. The $25 fee includes everything but the markers, adhesives, and cardmaking tools. The kit contents are cut and loaded with everything but the directions. How exciting is that?

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Clare's Copic Classes -- Sneak Peek

I had a wonderful time meeting with Clare at Clare's Keepsakes and Scrapbooking Cove in Bethany Beach, Delaware several weeks ago. I will be teaching scrapbooking and Copic classes there in October. I'm really excited about the Copic project because I'll be incorporating the art into scrapbook page designs. I decided that 8"x8" scrapbook pages will work well for our Copic-centered projects. I structure my classes to introduce about four new colors every month. This allows my students to gradually add to their Copic collection In this project I used YR02, R12, R14, and BG05 to color two flowers from Sparkle N Sprinkle's Blossoms Stamp Set #429. I built the pages with discontinued Close to My Heart (CTMH) papers and two CTMH Cardstock Papers -- Pacifica and Cocoa. I used my Plantin Schoolbook alphabet (1 1/4 ") to cut out "PATHS" from Recollections Cream cardstock. I took the photo the day I received my new Canon Rebel, a digital SLR. My friend, Melissa, says I should call this the "calm before the storm" because I took the shot shortly before Hurricane Irene dumped on Delaware. My first Copic class at Clare's is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12 at 1 PM.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Too Much To Chew

I feel like it's been forever since I've worked with my Copics, but I took time out to do Outlines Posy Collage as a sample for a beginner's class I'll be teach at Clare's Keepsakes Cove in Bethany Beach next month. I think that it might be a bit much for a Copic beginner. My challenge was keeping it to four colors -- but I did it! I will encourage
my students take this on as a challenge before the next class. Each person who brings it in will have their name entered into a prize drawing.
     I'm going to be doing something a bit different -- my Copic Classes at Clare's will be part of a finished 8"x8" scrapbook page. I used four markers to create this project: V12 Pale Lilac; V15 Mallow; V18 Amethyst; and 100 Black. I also used Vival Pearl Pen C7 Lilac to create the pearl bling effect on the flower centers. I used three basic techniques in colorizing this collage -- Basic Blending, Feathering and Tip-to-Tip Blending. Now, back to work. I have to decide what to do in class . . .