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Wednesday, 13 January 2016

A few words about......Croptime

Hello, and welcome to my little studio.
As a small specialist Artstamping studio with a strong tradition of teaching workshops, I currently offer around six brand new formal workshops each month which can be booked by email, telephone or in person at the studio, with full details on this blog each month.

I also feel crafting is a social experience too and "Croptime" is our now, weekly drop in session where the focus is on Scrapbooking and mini books. It runs between 11am and 3pm every Tuesday, you choose how long you want to stay, and each week there is either a 12x12 layout idea for you to use with your own photos etc or a mini book to try your hand at, but you are very welcome just to bring along whatever scrappy project you want to work on.
Yesterday I was remaking a mini book originally intended as a little Christmas workshop but that I wasn't happy with, so it morphed from this......
....to this.

So, how do these sessions differ from our formal workshops? Firstly, they are not taught sessions, more about sharing techniques and ideas, with a sample to follow, a studio album to browse through and a demo of any technique you are not sure of, if you are looking for inspiration. You also don't need to book your space, if you fancy joining me just pop along. The sessions cost £5 and you have access to all our workshop tools, equipment and stash, I also include the base cardstock for the 'bones' of a mini book or a layout, and as with all our taught workshops, the kettle and coffee pot are on with accompanying biscuits/cake.

A good value session with a bit of chat and laughter along the way, not a bad way to spend a Tuesday!

Hope to see you soon.

Val x

 

 

 

Monday, 11 January 2016

February Workshops @ Snazzys

Welcome to February's workshop schedule packed with lots of lovely tips, techniques and ideas with seven original workshops plus loads of drop in sessions to choose from. We have fab new projects with stamps from Impression Obsession and Dina Wakley, papers from Graphic45 and 7Dots Studio and new dies, papers and stamps from Prima. I do hope you will join me!

Tuesday 2 February 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Thursday 4 February 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!


Saturday 6 February 10am to 1pm

Layered Peonies £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

I used these stamps in a magazine project last month and was so impressed with them I thought I would share them with you in a workshop. They are very simple to use and the finished effect is simply stunning so, five beautiful cards including a Valentine's wreath.

Saturday 6 February 2pm - 5pm

Valentine's Heart Frame £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

What could be better than a Valentine's card? How about a pretty mixed media Valentine's frame to hang on the wall and admire. Lots of clever little techniques and touches to this project which I am sure you will enjoy, and it's easy to adapt to celebrate an engagement or wedding too!

Tuesday 9 February 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Thursday 11 February 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 13 February 11am to 3pm

Steampunk Heart £30/2SWVs/£24(if paid at time of booking)

We will be using a range of mixed media products including Clearly for Art Blackout, texture paste, embossing folders, dies, paint and Treasure Gold to create this funky steampunk heart for the one in your heart.

Tuesday 16 February 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 17 February 10.00am to 1.00pm

February Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

I have used one large photo cut up to better focus on the subjects, dies and stencils from Tim Holtz, glass beads and papers from the fab Lost and Found collection by 7Dots Studio. What will you use?

Thursday 18 February 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 20 February 11am to 4pm

Flip/Flap Book £30/2SWVs/£24(if paid at time of booking)

This is a fun book with lots of spots for photos or journaling, I have used my treasured Graphic45 Steampunk Debutante papers for this, you have a free choice of cardstock and papers. The photo above is just one of the three sections of the album fully open.

Tuesday 24 February 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 24 January 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp Scribbly Birds on Branches £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

Love these stamps from Dina Wakley and we will use them in five different ways in this workshop with a bit of shrink plastic, Color Bursts and Distress Markers just for starters!

Thursday 25 February 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 27 February 10am to 1pm

Lost and Found Tags, Cards, Postcards & ATCs. £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

We are going to use the 7Dots Studio Lost and Found collection in beautiful neutral greys, greens and ochres to make five cards/tags of your choice. Great for men's cards!

Sunday 28 February 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started. We have lots of new mixed media products in the studio for you to try, from Tar and Glass Bead Gel to Fluid and Hi Flow Acrylics.

Remember, to save 20% on your workshops in our studio all you need to do is buy a Snazzy Workshop Voucher from the studio in advance of the day you are coming to class, or drop me an email telling me you want to pay in advance, and I will send you a PayPal invoice for the reduced amount which must be settled at the time of booking. Easy!

In all our workshops and drop in sessions we provide everything you need to complete the project including tools and basic consumables such as adhesive. If you would prefer to work with your own tools, you are of course very welcome to bring them along.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have found a workshop to inspire you but if we are not teaching something you want to learn, then drop me an email and I will do my best to cover it in a future timetable.

Val x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, 4 January 2016

January Workshops@ Snazzys

Happy New Year everyone and welcome to our January Workshop Schedule. Just five brand new workshops this month featuring new projects with loads of new stamps, new papers and new mixed media products, it's just new, new, new all the way!

There are still lots of the things you love too, although with some small changes. Drop in sessions such as Stop By & Stamp and Art Journal Sunday continue, weekly for the former but now on Thursdays rather than Wednesday's, and last Sunday of the month for the latter. The popular monthly Croptime session where the focus is on scrapping and mini books will now have a weekly slot every Tuesday. This will allow me to teach formal workshops on a couple of Wednesdays each month for those who find Saturdays difficult and increasing the overall number of workshops on offer from February.

This also means the regular monthly layout workshop will move from a Tuesday back to it's original slot on a Wednesday and, in future, there will only be one timetabled class for this as one of the groups prefer to book a slot as a custom workshop at a date and time to suit them each month. Don't forget this is an option for any group of four or more for any workshop, from the timetable or designed specifically for you and your friends, your venue, my studio or for larger groups the breakout space.

Tuesday 5 January 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee jug are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Thursday 7 January 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Tuesday 12 January 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm every week on Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee pot are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 13 January 10.00am to 1.00pm

January Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

In this workshop we will be using pre printed acetate as the key feature of a layout featuring your favourite Christmas photos.

Thursday 14 January 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 16 January 11am to 4pm

Masterboard ATCs £30/2SWVs/£24(if paid at time of booking)

We will be using a range of mixed media products to create an original background which we will cut into 12 individual ATCs and decoratewith Dina Wakeley's Scribbly Birds and Scribbly Birds on Branches or Prima's new Bloom Birds. You can combine these into a pretty hanging to keep, use them as card toppers or simply swap them with your crafty friends.

Tuesday 19 January 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? Want to try your hand at a mini book. If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee pot are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 20 January 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp Maya £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

I love words and fell in love with this plate from Impression Obsession because of the sentiments, usable and in a really pretty font, but have been surprised at how versatile I have found the large flower. We will be paper piecing, resisting, overstamping, watercolouring and so much more with this beautiful stamp set.

Thursday 21 January 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 23 January 10am to 1pm

Introduction to Postcard Art £15/1SWV/£12(if paid at time of booking)

Guess what! This is exactly what it says on the packet, we are going to create several pieces of postcard sized art which you can use as a card topper, display in a frame, pop in the post to cheer a friend (as part of a swap, or not), or perhaps leave on a coffee shop table as part of a 'found art' project. Lots of techniques in this one from simple masking to bleaching, colour layering, stencilling and more using Color Bursts, distress inks etc.

Tuesday 26 January 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm every Tuesday. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee pot are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Thursday 28 January 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Saturday 30 January 11am to 4pm

Create Your Own Planner £30/2SWVs/£24(if paid at time of booking)

We will be using Hero Arts' range of planner dies and stamps by Kelly Purkey, combined with Kaisercraft's My Year, My Story collection to create your own custom planner - if you wish you will be able to buy a stunning Kaisercraft planner complete with dividers which the papers have been designed to fit, as an extra, they should be with me the second week in January.

Sunday 31 January 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started. We have lots of new mixed media products in the studio for you to try, from Tar and Glass Bead Gel to Fluid and Hi Flow Acrylics.

Remember, to save 20% on your workshops in our studio all you need to do is buy a Snazzy Workshop Voucher from the studio in advance of the day you are coming to class, or drop me an email telling me you want to pay in advance, and I will send you a PayPal invoice for the reduced amount which must be settled to at the time of booking. Easy!

In all our workshops and drop in sessions we provide everything you need to complete the project including tools and basic consumables such as adhesive. If you would prefer to work with your own tools, you are of course very welcome to bring them along.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you have found a workshop to inspire you but if we are not teaching something you want to learn, then drop me an email and I will do my best to cover it in a future timetable.

Val x

 

 

 

Monday, 28 December 2015

Snazzys Annual Winter Sale 2015

We only have one sale each year, it's always a good one but this year's one is a real biggie!


We try to stock products and brands that are not available elsewhere locally so, whilst some lines are generic and will be stocked by any stamping store in the country, if we find that brands we carry are becoming more widely stocked then we tend to retire them and actively seek out interesting new ones. We have therefore decided to retire some brands we have previously stocked - nothing wrong with the brands, we just need to freshen up our product lines and make room for some exciting new lines for the New Year. In addition to this, there are always product lines which are retired by the manufacturers and brands which are no longer distributed in the UK so, from 11am on Tuesday 29 December you will find fantastic reductions on..........

Stamps from PaperArtsy with all A4 sheets reduced from £19.95 to £12.95 and all Minis from £4.80 to £2.95.

Stamps from Dylusions all reduced from £19.95 to £12.95.

Stamps by Tim Holtz all reduced from £24.95 to £17.95, £19.95 to £12.95, and £5.95 to £2.95.

Stamps by Teresa Collins all reduced from £4.75 to £2.50.

Chocolate Baroque stamps all A4 sheets reduced from £22.50 to £14.95, all A5 sheets from £16.75 to £9.95, DL sheets from£13.95 to £6.95 and all A6 sheets from £9.95 to £4.95. Selected sheets are even less!

 

Darkroom Door stamps no longer have a UK distributor so regretfully we are reducing their rubber sheets from £19.95 to £12.95, their background stamps from £15.20 to £7.60, the collage stamps from £13.25 to £6.95 and the photo stamps from £12.50 to £6.25. Some of the rubber sheets are in the iconic tins which are no longer available and all of them are beautifully detailed.

Hero Arts not in the current catalogue,or going forward to the 2016 one, from as little as £5.

Chapel Road Artstamps have two sale price points with A plates and all plates in retired packaging at £5 and all B plates in new packaging at £6.

All Artistic Stamper sheets are half price or less.

Now to papers, all 12x12 sale papers and Bazzill Canvas card stock are any 10 sheets for £3. All sale corner sticker sheets and specialist acetates and vellums now just 50p. All 6x6 paper pads and stacks by MME, 7Dots Studio, Bazzill, Teresa Collins, Simple Stories, Photoplay, Prima etc are reduced to £4.25.

In the inks, powders and paints aisle we have........

All full size inkpads from Tsukineko, Eco Green and Ranger (excluding Distress pads) are on buy 1 get one free for the duration of the sale - lowest price items free!

All Ranger Distress Stains are also on buy 1 get 1 free.

All Ranger Adirondack paints are £1.65 each, any four for £5 or any ten for £10 way less than half price!

All Ranger Crackle paints are half price too.

Sadly no UK distributor for these lovely creamy paints so all Eco Green paints, including the metallics are reduced to just £1.25.

Selected WOW Embossing Powders reduced from £2.50 to £1.50.

All Pan Pastels, including tools and accessories have 25% off and all Cosmic Shimmer Mixed Media bags will save you more than 50% from the original prices.

All Herma items are also half marked price....

....and finally, all our blanks, Tando, MDF, Creativ, Graphic45 plus all Grungeboard are half price too, with all Ideaology Configrations reduced by 25%!

There are the usual bargain baskets starting at just £1 and we have two Marvy Fingerguard Trimmers with all the fancy edge blades reduced from £47.95 to just £25. Sale ends on 2 January (we are closed on 1 January) so just four days to bag a bargain as when it is gone, it is gone!

We will be closed on New Year's Day but open on the other sale days from 11am to 3pm, hope to see you then x

 

 

Monday, 7 December 2015

December Workshops @ Snazzys

Hello and welcome to a rather short December workshop schedule. Over the years it has become clear most of you are way too busy to commit to attending workshops at this time of the year so although all the drop in sessions will run as usual, plus an extra Tuesday Croptime drop in on 8 December, there are no formal workshops other than the regular monthly Layout Workshop.
Anyway here's what we are up to in the studio in December.
 

Tuesday 1 December 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm on the first Tuesday of each month. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee pot are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 2 December 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Tuesday 8 December 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm on the first Tuesday of each month. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee pot are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome. This is an extra session this month and from Tuesday 5 January 2016 this will become a weekly session!

Wednesday 9 December 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Tuesday 15 December10.30am to 1.30pm

November Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

Time to select your favourite photos from Autumn and we will make our own leaves, pockets, tags etc to add to a beautiful background and create a page which preserves your Fall memories. I have used a 6" x 6" and a 3" x 3" photo but the layout can be adapted to suit the photos you select.

Wednesday 16 December 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go at the last sessions of 2015!

I am sorry I couldn't make a slot for Art Journal Sunday this month, I simply ran out of days, but it will be back in 2016.
 
Now a few words about Christmas arrangements and or course our Annual Winter Sale Event!


Christmas Opening
Wednesday 23 December CLOSED
Thursday 24 December CLOSED
Friday 25 December CLOSED
Saturday 26 December CLOSED
Sunday 27 December CLOSED
Monday 28 December CLOSED
Tuesday 29 December 11am to 3pm
Wednesday 30 December 11am to 3pm
Thursday 31 December 11am to 3pm
Friday 1 January CLOSED
Saturday 2 January 10am to 5pm
 
We only have one sale each year and this year our Annual Winter Sale Event will run from 11am on Tuesday 29 December to 5pm on Saturday 2 January. As usual all stock we are retiring will be on sale at up to 50% off the original price with some products offered at even larger discounts to make way for the new seasons lines which start to trickle into the studio from week commencing 4 January onwards. Watch out for a couple of brand new stamp lines we will be introducing, just saying ;0)

And finally........ as our drop in sessions are gradually increasing in popularity, space can sometimes become an issue so, from Tuesday 5 January we will run three sessions every week. The Tuesday Croptime will become a weekly session 11am to 3pm, and the Wednesday Stop By & Stamp sessions will remain weekly at 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm. I have been asked about a Tuesday evening Croptime session but feel I want to wait and see how the weekly daytime one works out first, but I am not saying no and will keep you posted! The Art Journal session on the last Sunday of the month will also continue in 2016.
The January Workshop Schedule will be published later this week and there are some beautiful projects in the pipeline so do keep an eye open for that.
Hope to see you soon x

 

 

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Star Book Tutorial

Hello, December is with us again and way back in 2003, very disappointed with a kit version I had bought, I designed this very simple version of a Star Book which I made, and then taught a variation of almost every Christmas since. This year's has die cut snowflakes cut through the front layer and for a more contemporary look made in Kraft card with Echo Park's Hello Winter papers. As I have decided not to use the project as a workshop again - enough already! - and, as it is nearly Christmas I thought I would share this tutorial - I simply ask no one uses this as a workshop project or for any other commercial gain. Here goes...

The 'bones' of this book is simply 15 pre-scored square cards, I tend to use quite heavy cardstock for this, around 300, as I like to think having invested the time in creating it that is robust enough to last a good number of Christmases used either as a hanging ornament or a 'coffee table' piece. The measurements I will give are for 5" or 13.5cm square cards but you could adjust them for other sizes.

 

If you think of the book as 5 segments each containing 3 cards, pre-scored crease to the centre pointing away from you. I lay them out on my desk as in the photo above which I find helps me focus on which patterned paper I want to put where in the next stage. Now for the first set of 5 cards, the back row here, taken straight out of the packet folded, always with a bone folder for crisp perfection, and stand them in a row in front of you - I told you is was really easy! Second set of 5 cards, the middle row in the photo, fold and use your trimmer to cut 2cm from the open end and stand in front of the first row. Third set, front row in the photograph, fold and cut 4cm from the open end and stand in front of the previous two rows. There you have the bones of this book and I'm pretty sure many of you will have worked out where this is going.


You are now ready to select and cut the patterned paper for your pages. Firstly you will need 2 pieces 13.5cm x 13.5cm for the first and last pages (back row, facing away from you in the photo) which will become your front and back covers, plus 10 pieces 12.5cm x 12.5cm, one for each back row page facing you. The second row needs 10 pieces 10.5cm x 12.5cm for the pages facing away from you, and another 10 for those facing you. The front row similarily needs 10 pieces 8.5cm x 12.5cm for the pages facing away from you and another 10 for those facing you. I usually stand all my cut pieces in front of me, in the places I intend to fix them, to check I like the overall effect.

Before I stick anything, I figure out how I am going to decorate front row pages which become the outer segments of the star when it is displayed. In this version I stamped, embossed with WOW Bright White embossing powder, and hand cut some wonderful Hero Arts Monogramme stamps I have had in my stash forever plus a 'merry' stamp from Stampendous of a similar age. You might die cut them or do something entirely different.

Having decided the position for each word/letter I then die cut two different snowflakes using really beautiful dies from Impression Obsession the larger from the patterned paper, with the smaller lined up and cut from the card base underneath so you are peeking through to the paper on the reverse of the paper on the back of the page. I love double sided paper for this!

You are now ready to stick all the patterned paper in place except for the front and back covers.

Once this is done and using 3mm ultra clear tape (the red backed stuff) for strength, tape along one edge of each segment in the back and centre rows, then line up and stick each edge as above. Repeat with the other edge of each segment and you have the five star segments complete and ready for assembly.

Close the first segment (merry and C in mine) and use the same tape to stick the second segment H and R in mine) on top, I do what will become the points of the star first then go back and stick what will be the centre, rather than both sides at the same time, as I find it easier to keep everything perfectly aligned this way.

Your star is complete and all you have left to do is add the ribbon, the paper for the front and back covers and any decoration, I used yet another snowflake.

Here is my book tied closed, I will make a box to present/store it in....

..and here it is tied open.

It is currently in the glass display in Snazzys Studio but it might yet have to spend Christmas at home with me.

Well I hope you can follow my rather lengthy instructions for what is actually a very simple project, perfect for cosy winter afternoons by the fire, and you are inspired to have a go yourself. I have made this book with photos, with pockets and tags between the layers, with flaps to hide journaling and with removable hinged photo mounts - how will you make yours, I would love to see.

I will be back early next week with step outs for my Snow Queen canvas which I will post over on my own blog http://inkyexploits.blogspot.com/ as it was a piece I made just for me rather than as a workshop for Snazzys.

Thank you for joining me, if you make your own version of this then do leave a link in the comments below as I would love to see it x

 

Thursday, 29 October 2015

November Workshops @ Snazzys

Hello November and welcome to chillier, shorter days and longer, darker nights but with the richer colours of Thanksgiving and a bit of sparkle and shine ready for Christmas. No Double Cardmaking workshop in the Studio this month I'm afraid but they will be back in the New Year, meantime two very different mini book workshops and some brilliant last minute Christmas cards ideas plus our usual monthly layout workshop too. So, very different workshops and six drop in sessions to choose from, why not have a browse and see if there's one just right for you!
Tuesday 3 November 11am to 3pm

Croptime £5

Are you a scrapbooker? Thinking about trying scrapbooking? Got lots of photos but don't know where to start? Stuck for layout ideas? If this sounds like you then why not pop along to our new Croptime drop in session between 11am and 3pm on the first Tuesday of each month. It is not a taught workshop but more of a social session where we are happy to share all our tools and equipment with a few ideas thrown into the pot too! Kettle and coffee pot are on so just bring along whatever want to work on, beginners very welcome.

Wednesday 4 November 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go!

Wednesday 11 November 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.


Saturday 14 November 11am to 3pm

Christmas Mini Book £15/1SWV

At this time of year it is always useful to have a mini book prepared ready for your seasonal photos, which can then be slipped in the post to far flung friends and relatives so they can share in your Christmas cheer. The number of pages in this little book can easily be adapted to match your needs, and it can look quite different depending upon the papers used.

Tuesday 17 November 10.30am to 1.30pm

November Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

For this workshop you will need six 6"x 4" photos of very similar landscapes (or six copies of the same photo) and we will be creating a mosaic layout. Skylines, beautiful scenery such as beaches all work really well for this.

Wednesday 18 November 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.

 

Saturday 21 November 10am to 1pm

Last minute Christmas Cards £15/1SWV

Worried you haven't got enough time left to create your own stylish Christmas Cards? We have the answer, five cards your friends will imagine have taken hours to create but with our ideas, hints and tips will see you make them in double quick time!

Saturday 21 November 2pm to 5pm

Monthly Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

For this workshop you will need six 6"x 4" photos of very similar landscapes (or six copies of the same photo) and we will be creating a mosaic layout. Skylines, beautiful scenery such as beaches work really well for this.

Wednesday 25 November 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 9pm

Stop By and Stamp £5

Whether you are a beginner or an experienced crafter, make cards, scrapbook layouts, art journal pages or create Mixed Media pieces, stamps are a great addition. In these sessions we make all our workshop tools, stamps and consumables available to you so you can have fun experimenting and creating without having to buy all the bits and pieces. Why not drop by, enjoy a cuppa and have a go.


Saturday 28 November 11am to 4pm

Snowflake Star Book £30/2SWV

I designed and made my first original star book project way back in 2003 and 12 years on it is still my most requested Christmas workshop. After a break of two years from the workshop schedule I have re-designed it to include snowflake shaped apertures for a different look and I am delighted at the effect of depth this has created. Great as a coffee table decoration or to hang up.

Sunday 29 November 11am to 3pm

Art Journal Sunday £5

Drop by the studio between 11am and 3pm and join in the fun with inks, stamps, stencils, masks, paints and other media all provided. Just bring your journal, pour yourself a cuppa and get started.

Well, there it is, the November schedule with a whole host of Christmas and Thanksgiving projects to choose from. Booking is simple, either ring the studio on 01793 629062, or email us at snazzysstudio@gmail.com - I do hope you can join me.

Val x

Remember, to save 20% on your workshops in our studio all you need to do is buy a Snazzy Workshop Voucher from the studio in advance of the day you are coming to class, or drop me an email telling me you want to pay in advance, and I will send you a PayPal invoice for the reduced amount which must be settled in advance of your workshop. Easy!

In all our workshops and drop in sessions we provide everything you need to complete the project including tools and basic consumables such as adhesive. If you would prefer to work with your own tools, you are of course very welcome to bring them along.