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Monday, 2 March 2015

It's all about the workshops! (Part 2)

Today I'd like to share a little about my Layout Workshops. I always found teaching scrapbooking a bit of a conundrum as everyone has a unique story to tell with their photos so need to create unique pages. So, my layout workshops are small, never more than six, always offer a free choice of papers etc and definitely encourage the creation of your own embellishments. The starting point is always three or four ideas or techniques which you are then welcome to alter to suit your taste and story.

Layout Workshop Sample February 2015

This month I had a couple of not very good snaps I took on my walk into work on a very bright and frosty December morning. The photos were definitely imperfect specimens as I am no photographer but somehow they captured my love of walking on a crisp and cold day.

I wanted to share the idea of hiding any imperfections in photographs whilst still retaining the 'feel' and although they were chopped up, using basic shapes of nesting dies, I did incorporate the 'leftovers into the layout too. As an addicted stamper I had to add in a couple of background stamps, and the technique we covered was alcohol inks on shrink plastic to create custom coloured embellishments.

Here's how the layouts turned out.

 

 

 

Unfortunately one of the ladies had to leave early so I didn't get a photo of her finished layout but every month it is wonderful to see how different each layout looks to the workshop sample.

Next month's layout is quite different as I do like to mix it up. It uses much smaller photos with the journaling hidden under the slightly larger, central photo, plus stamps, stencils, die cuts and texture paste on layers of paper. I'm not convinced it is finished so I may add some washi tape or some more stamping by time the workshop comes around!


Layout Workshop Sample March 2015
Full details of this and all our other workshops in March, with images of the workshop samples for each class, can be found at http://sosimplysnazzy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/march-workshop-schedule.html

 

Thank you for dropping by, I will be back later this week with Part 3 of this series of posts. I hope you will join me then x

 

 

Saturday, 21 February 2015

March Workshop Schedule

Welcome to the studio schedule for March. Spring hasn't yet sprung but it is nice to put the grey Winter days behind us and anticipate some brighter times so there is lots of lovely colour in these workshops to cheer us up.

Bloomin' Marvellous 2 Sat 28 March 10am to 1pm
 

I have had to make a couple of scheduling changes so, with apologies, AJ Sunday will move (again!) from the first Sunday of the month to the last, the bonus being there will be two sessions in March to make up for the inconvenience. Stop By and Stamp will move from Thursdays to Wednesdays and weekday workshops will be on Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons on alternate weeks. Saturday workshops remain as they are and from April there will be a Wednesday evening workshop too!

Sunday 1 March 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.

Wednesday 4 March 11am to 3pm

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.

Thursday 5 March 2pm to 5pm

Ombré Cards £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

One of the up and coming trends in crafting is ombré backgrounds. simple to achieve with a variety of inks, paints, Pan Pastels, Inktense blocks etc it is a wonderful base for cards suitable across generations and occasions. Come along and make some with me.

Bloomin' Marvellous 1 Tues 10 March 10am to 1pm

Tuesday 10 March 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp - Bloomin' Marvellous 1 £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

In this workshop we will be using a brand new stamp set from the amazing Lin Brown with three different techniques to create some beautiful and vibrant cards to cheer us upon a grey winter's day.

Wednesday 11 March 11am to 3pm

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.

Mixed Media Canvas Saturday 14 March 11am to 4pm

Saturday 14 March 11am to 4pm

Mixed Media Canvas £30/2 Snazzy Vouchers

Join me for a creative session with paints and inks, masks and stencils, texture paste and other media with lots of pretty wooden embellishments from Kaisercraft to alter and incorporate into your project.

Wednesday 18 March 11am to 3pm

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.

Envelope Book Thursday 19 March 2pm to 5pm


Thursday 19 March 2pm to 5pm

Envelope Book £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

In this workshop we will be using ordinary spare envelopes as the base to create a pretty little book with lots of pockets and tags to hold all your photos and journaling. Free choice of colour way, papers etc.


March Layout Tuesday 24 March 10am to 1pm

Tuesday 24 March 10am to 1pm

March Layout Workshop £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

Come along and create a unique and interesting layered layout incorporating stamps, stencils and dies. I have used one 31/2" x 31/2" photo plus six 3" x 2" in a mix of portrait and landscape but a selection of any smallish photos would work equally well.

Wednesday 25 March 11am to 3pm

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 March 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp - Bloomin' Marvellous 2 £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

Another brand new set of stamps from the super talented Lin Brown with lots more ideas for taming those rampant blooms and vines into beautiful cards.

Bloomin' Marvellous Hanging Sat 28 March 2pm to 5pm


Saturday 28 March 2pm to 5pm

Bloomin' Marvellous Hanging £15/1 Snazzy Voucher

A lovely gift if you can bear to give it away, but a beautiful piece of wall art for your own home if you can't. We will be using a combination of two of the new stamp sets used for cards earlier this month to create a mixed media hanging using paint, inks, stencils and a few surprises along the way.

Sunday 29 March 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.

Remember, to save 20% on your workshops in our studio all you need to do is buy a Snazzy Workshop Voucher in advance of the day you are coming to class, 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 very welcome to bring them along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

It's all about the workshops! (Part 1)

Three of the most common questions I am asked at shows, during demonstrations, in the studio, in the supermarket, and even at the local petrol station this morning is 'do you teach workshops?', 'do you still teach workshops?', and 'can you teach me to do/make that?'

You got it, I have been doing this for a looong time and it is, for me, all about the workshops!

So, I thought I'd share with you a bit about what I teach, where I teach and the sort of projects you could expect to make with me in my studio or on the road.

Bloomin' Marvellous 1 Tuesday 10 March 10am to 1pm

I teach a whole range of workshops in art journaling, mixed media, mini books, scrapbooking and card making. I am an addicted stamper and it is rare for me to teach a workshop that doesn't include a stamp somewhere along the way. I tend to structure workshops around a product or technique but it certainly doesn't mean that will be the only product or technique you will use in the class.

Today I thought I'd cover what you can expect in one of my cardmaking workshops using some of this month's class samples to illustrate.

The first workshop I taught in Wiltshire almost 15 years ago, I christened 'Take One Stamp' because that is exactly what we did. I wanted people to really look at the stamps they were buying, the whole image and the elements, and either see the potential in a new stamp or just leave it on the shelf. I am still teaching at least one 'Take One Stamp' each month, and the photo above is typical of one of these workshops using these fab newly released stamps from Lin Brown for PaperArtsy.

Card making workshops in the studio are generally three hours long and will involve three projects to really expand your technique arsenal plus one or two much simpler cards, often made with the leftovers from the first three. The projects will all use the same stamps but with several different techniques.

I will always demonstrate the techniques involved in my samples as we go along but you may choose to use different colour ways, greetings, size or shape of cards - we keep our workshops small so we can offer you that flexibility.

These stamps are fairly large and this is wonderful for mixed media artists, those who keep Art Journals and scrapbookers but cardmakers sometimes find larger stamps a bit overwhelming, so this class will focus on how to get the most from larger scale stamps by using part of the stamp, shrink plastic, masking and framing, with some quick colouring ideas thrown in for good measure.

Also this month I have some quirky cards using Darcy's new stamps, also for PaperArtsy but very different in feel.

I love these stamps and they are so very versatile, none of the elements have to just be used as they are and I always think that is what makes stamps exciting. I still have one card to finish for this workshop - I messed up the (very simple) masking on it and yes, I will take along the 'reject' to the workshop as it illustrates more easily than my words can what went awry for me!

These are the others.

Quirky Cards Saturday 28 February 10am to 1pm


I charge £15 for a three hour workshops like these ones, but don't forget if you pay for your workshop with a Snazzy voucher, bought in advance of the day of the class, you only pay £12, a saving of 20%, so with 4/5 cards to make in each class, great value for money too!

We supply everything you need to make the workshop projects but you are welcome to bring along your own tools if you prefer.

I have had to change around the original February workshop schedule a bit and have spoken individually to all the customers whose bookings are affected. You will find the revised version here, and the March schedule is on it's way.

Thank you for popping by, I will be back later with the lowdown on other workshops, I hope you will join me then x

 

 

Friday, 6 February 2015

What's happening this weekend?

Well, surprise, surprise Snazzys workshops this week have all had a Valentine's theme, but easily adapted to wedding/engagement too, and this weekend carries on in the same vein. Full details are over at http://sosimplysnazzy.blogspot.co.uk/2015/01/february-workshops.html

We are open 11am to 3pm today and 10am to 5pm tomorrow, and have three weekend specials for you this time, all from Ranger.

Distress Crackle Paints were £5.75/£4.75 now £2.85/£2.35

Adirondack Paint Dabbers were £4.75/£3.30 all now £1.65

Adirondack Pigment Inkpads all colours were £5.45 each now any three for £10

 

New in store are A5 PaperArtsy stamps just launched this week at £19.95. I am 'hard at work' today with one of the striking new Lin Brown sets ready for a workshop later this month, and had great fun with some of Darcy's quirky and very versatile stamps yesterday at our new weekly Stop By & Stamp session.

 

We also have re stocks of WOW's fantastic embossing powders, just £2.50 each or any five for £10 - and yes it included all the different whites!

That's all for now, back very soon with peeks at my new samples.

Hope to see you then x

 

Saturday, 31 January 2015

A Frugal Journey Through January Day 31

Thank you for joining me today on the final day of my frugal journey. I thought a little seasonal project might be in order but you could adapt it for any occasion by using different stamps to make your background paper. So, remember this, way back on day 8 ..........

..... I had to stamp an extra sheet as I forgot to photograph one of the early steps on the one page book project and never one to waste anything, I've used it for a different project.

I took a 5" x 7" mini canvas, painted it all over with black acrylic and cut a frame from one corner of my stamped sheet to cover the staples on the reverse as I wanted to use the canvas back to front, using the centre piece from the frame to fit inside the cavity. I stamped eleven six petal flowers and five rose leaves using some Wendy Vecchi stamps and cut them out. You could save yourself a whole lot of time by die cutting / punching out any six petal flower but I particularly like the roses you can create from this stamp and I don't mind the fussy cutting.

I coloured all the flowers and leaves with several shades of Distress Inks - I always leave them to dry for a bit before making the roses, less inky fingers and the various inks blend nicely together all by themselves as they dry. Whilst I was waiting I made a little 3d banner.

A fab Valentine's frame and I still have enough of the paper left to make a Valentine's card for the Headmaster!

Well, that's all from me for January, I do hope you have enjoyed my journey and it has made you take a fresh look at the stamps, papers and other bits and bobs already in your stash.

A huge thank you to everyone who has visited the blog, especially to those who have taken the time to like, follow and comment, also to those who have stopped by the studio or emailed to tell me they have been by. I do so appreciate it xx

 

Friday, 30 January 2015

A Frugal Journey Through January Day 30

Hello and welcome to the penultimate projects on my frugal journey.

About a year ago I was sorting leftovers from a workshop into my 'scrap' paper boxes and the Headmaster asked me when I might ever get around to taking them out again and actually using them in a project. Never one to admit he might have a point, either in private or public, I did quietly give the matter some thought.

I resolved to keep project and workshop leftovers in a tray on my desk for one week, try my very best to make something with them in that time and not just quietly sort them away. So, from this simple in concept but intricate in execution project designed earlier this year for a custom workshop....

......came these two very simple cards.

 

The first I just stuck a square of map paper to a kraft card, cutting along the land on the map to create a pocket. Grabbed some travel/postage themed stamps which I stamped out onto a scrap of cream card and added to the card with a compass stamped and embossed in cream onto the map. An easy card, no complicated techniques, made in less than 10 mins.

This second card took a whole 20 minutes, only because I took a bit of care to tear, distress and ink the edges of the paper and the tag. A second impression stamped onto the tag left a faded, vintage look image, a couple of other stamps onto cream scraps and a small off cut of printed twill and I was finished.

I realised afterwards had I kept the stamp set used in the original project on my desk too, I could have added some extra words etc. So I now only tidy everything I used in a project as far as my tray, and try very hard to create two much simpler projects either that same day or at least within a couple of days, when I do try to put everything away properly.

Tomorrow is my last day in my frugal journey when I have a fab Valentine/Wedding/Anniversary project to share. I do hope you will join me xx

 

 

Thursday, 29 January 2015

A Frugal Journey Through January Day 29

Welcome back, thank you for joining me. Can you believe it is Day 29, my journey is nearly over!

 

Today I want to share one of the pages inside my Altered Book Journal. One of the reasons I chose to use this as a journal is I love text, whether stamps, paper or in this case scrap pages from the book. I have decided to stick with the theme and have at least some book print showing on every page.

I started with a very thin layer of Picket Fence Distress Paint, applied with a plastic card. I could use a brush but I prefer the uneven, random look and very thin layers I can achieve using the card as a scraper. I then added layers of Broken China and Bundled Sage.

When dry I put a little Barn Door Distress Paint onto an acrylic block, used the lid of the paint applicator to stamp circles and the plastic card to add lines. I also had a stamps of a smaller circle both open and solid, so I added the open circle in Barn Door and the solid one in Broken China. I liked the colour combination much more than I expected to, especially when I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges!

I die cut some bunting from more leftover book print, stamping the letters and circles for this with Barn Door, then the other letters and circles in black. The letter A was a very old stamp from Hampton Art and I mounted it on a scrap of red card to make it stand out.

The phrenology head and the sentiment are both from Wendy Vecchi's Art Rules set and I added some red embossing to her lips and blue pen to her eye to make them pop. I restamped the flower part of the head and layered that on but felt there was still something missing so I added the half doily, also cut from book print.

I set it aside for a bit and later that day inspiration struck. I had some geek glasses paper lips I had bought for no good reason other than they were quirky, so I adapted them which I think is the perfect finishing touch!

 

I often leave pages aside because I don't feel they are finished, but can't think why, just hoping inspiration will come another day. Do you do that? Or do always complete a page in one sitting?

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my very frugal journal page, all from leftovers and will visit again tomorrow when I will have another project to share x