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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

November Layout Workshop

Hello everyone, I'm finally back, still no email but everything else is gradually getting back to normal.

Being November this month's layout gives me the chance to feature the photos I took of the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red installation at the Tower of London last month, just 10 days before the final poppy was placed on Remembrance Sunday. The day we visited was during the half term holiday and so it was incredibly busy but the thing that stuck you was how quietly and respectfully everyone was moving around, ensuring that anyone who wanted to take photos was given the opportunity. Us Brits at our best lol!

Of course this also gave me the opportunity to use one of my favourite colour combinations, black, white and red, which is featured on the Magazine Monday's Time Magazine inspiration piece this week too!

This workshop however was all about maximising your photos and I used mine, in black and white, to create my own background paper and, in colour, for the paper piecing of the poppies.

 


During this morning's workshop I created a double layout to demonstrate the idea of changing some aspects of the original (left hand) layout, background paper from landscape to portrait and the strip of small photos from the bottom to the top of the page, as a way of getting more from a single design idea rather than just creating a mirror image for the right hand layout. A great way to scrap lift a previous layout idea and generate a new layout on a day when your mojo has left the premises too I find lol!

So, from this....

.... to this.

A great morning's work and here's a peek at how my ladies' versions turned out.

Unfortunately due to illness two of my ladies missed their slot today but this workshop is repeated on Saturday 22 November 2pm to 5pm so hopefully they can catch up then, as I still have four spaces left in that class. The concept will be the same but I will be working with different photos as those of you who know me will know how I always avoid repeating anything!

If you are inspired by this idea and create your own version, do leave me a link in the comments so I can have a peek. See you next time xx

 

Thursday, 30 October 2014

November Workshops at Snazzys

Hello, here we are with the November workshop schedule with lots of seasonal projects to tempt you.

Sunday 2 November 11 am to 3pm
Art Journal Sunday £5

In it's new slot on the first Sunday of the month, we provide all the tools and products for you to use plus a smidge of inspiration too! Just grab your journal, come along, grab yourself a coffee and join in.

Wednesday 5 November 10am to 1pm

Poppies for Remembrance £15 or 1SWV

Everyone loves poppies and in this workshop I will share several very different techniques to enhance beautiful stamps from Chocolate Baroque and Hero Arts, which you can customise for the occasion of your choice.

Saturday 8 November 10am to 1pm

Christmas Backgrounds with Pan Pastels £15 or 1SWV

The new Pearlescent Pan Pastels and Mixatives really lend themselves to the festive season with beautiful rich pigments and stunning shimmer. I will show you how to blend them into beautiful backgrounds with stamps and stencils, using wonderful greetings stamps from Chocolate Baroque as the focal point for your Christmas cards.

Saturday 8 November 2pm to 5pm

Jolly Holly Christmas £15 or 1SWV

Using Basic Grey's new Jolly Holly papers plus the co-ordinating stamps and stencils from Hero Arts we will create at least five stylish, contemporary Christmas cards.

Tuesday 11 November 11am to 3pm

Stop by and Stamp £5

Join me in the studio for the lowdown on Embossing Powders. Plain or matte, shiny or metallic, even glittery I have the tips and techniques which will allow you to emboss any image no matter how solid or detailed. We provide everything you need so just pop along, no need to book, grab a tea or coffee and take the opportunity to perfect your embossing. Don't know what embossing is? Join me and find out, beginners very welcome!

Wednesday 12 November 10am to 1pm

Christmas Backgrounds with Pan Pastels £15 or 1SWV

The new Pearlescent Pan Pastels and Mixatives really lend themselves to the festive season with beautiful rich pigments and stunning shimmer. I will show you how to blend them into beautiful backgrounds with stamps and stencils, using wonderful greetings stamps from Chocolate Baroque as the focal point for your Christmas cards.

Saturday 15 November 11am to 4pm

Flip/flap Pocket Book £30 or 2SWV

Oh I do love a little book, and if it has lots of places to add photos, memorabilia and journaling I love it even more, and this one really hits the spot. It is 6" x 4" and each page has a pocket and either a fold in/flip out or a slide. I've been fiddling with this idea/design since mid Summer and am now happy with it, book your space and see what you think!

Wednesday 19 November 10am to 1pm

Jolly Holly Christmas £15 or 1SWV

Using Basic Grey's new Jolly Holly papers plus the co-ordinating stamps and stencils from Hero Arts we will create at least five stylish, contemporary Christmas cards.

Thursday 20 November 11am to 3pm

Technique Thursday £5

Is your texture past looking too dull and bland for Christmas projects, then pop along and join me as I share some tips and techniques to jazz it up using Luminarte Silks and Polished pigments and a smidge of glitter. Never used texture paste before? Here's your chance to have a play and see if it's for you! No need to book just drop in, grab a tea or coffee and have a go - all the tools, materials and consumables you need are provided as part of the fee.

Saturday 22 November 10am to 1pm

Last Minute Christmas Cards £15

In this workshop we will make a clutch of last minute Christmas cards which are stylishly simple so ideal if you are short of time or just like the really clean and simple look.

Saturday 22 November 2pm to 5pm

November Layout Workshop £15 or 1SWV

In this workshop we will be using a photograph to create our background and adding text, more photos and journaling. You will need one black and white photo, suitable for use as a background, printed as A4 plus three colour photos printed as 2" x 2" or 2" x 3".

Wednesday 26 November 10am to 1pm

November Layout Workshop £15 or 1SWV

In this workshop we will be using a photograph to create our background and adding text, more photos and journaling. You will need one black and white photo, suitable for use as a background, printed as A4 plus three colour photos printed as 2" x 2" or 2" x 3".

Hope to see you in the studio soon x

 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

October Workshops at Snazzys

Welcome back.

I can't believe it is October already, I think the amazing weather of the past few weeks has put all thoughts of Autumn and Halloween from everyone's minds. So, with the leaves only just starting to turn and my now not so new studio space still not completely finished....


.....the October workshops are outlined below, but I have a couple of general points to share first.
 

The normal monthly Wednesday evening Mixed Media workshop will be moved from Wednesday evenings to Saturday afternoons for the Winter.

Art Journal Sunday will move from the last Sunday of the month to the first, starting with Sunday 2 November. As I am demonstrating at HSNW Port Sunlight this weekend there will be no AJ Sunday this month.

Our monthly Stop by and Stamp session will move from the first Tuesday of the month to the second starting on Tuesday 11 November - this month will be on Tuesday 7 October.

The monthly Technique Thursday session will also be moved back a week to the third Thursday of the month starting on Thursday 20 November - again, this month's session will be on Thursday 16 October as usual.

I'm sorry to be shifting things around just as everyone has got settled, but I will be away at events more often in the New Year and so need to find a pattern for the 'drop in' sessions which I can fit around this without varying the dates too frequently.

I will continue to include the dates on the monthly workshop schedules so you don't have to remember them!

On with the workshops....

 

Tuesday 7 October 11am to 3pm

Stop by and Stamp Cost £5

This month we will be using the new Pearlescent Pan Pastels together with the new black and white mediums and colourless blender. So, if you enjoy using Pan Pastels and want to learn a few new tips and techniques, or have never tried them and want to know what they are all about just pop along, watch the demos and join in. No need to book, kettle and coffee jug are on!

Wednesday 8 October 10am to 1pm

A Very Elegant Christmas Cost £15 or 1 SWV

In this workshop we will be making some very elegant Christmas cards with beautifully hand drawn stamps from Chocolate Baroque. We will use pretty pearly embossing powders on vellum, the new Pearlescent Pan Pastels and so much more.

Saturday 11 October 10am to 1pm

Envelope Accordian Book Cost £15 or 1 SWV

This is the third book I have designed using envelopes as a base, this time accordion style. As ever I have included lots of pockets, flaps, flips and tags so lots of choices for photos, memorabilia and journaling. The papers are from Finnabair's Sunrise, Sunset collection which are full of beautiful warm tones, ideal for Autumn or Halloween!

Saturday 11 October 2pm to 5pm

Musical Mixed Media Cost £15 or 1 SWV

We will be altering a Mini Printer Tray with inks, tissue wrap and tape, stamps and some wonderful new embellishments just arriving in store, to create a wonderful piece of art on a musical theme.

Wednesday 15 October 10am to 1pm

Hero Arts Christmas Cost £15 or 1 SWV

This workshop is all about techniques with stamps and matching dies which you can do so much more with than simply stamping and cutting. We will be using the new Hero Arts Poinsettia and Holly stamps and dies together with a whole host of different inks.

Thursday 16 October 11am to 3pm

Technique Thursday Cost £5

This month the focus is on using embossing powders and texture pastes as a resist to create interesting backgrounds, some subtle, some striking. So, if you want to try something a little different with your pastes and powders just drop in, watch the demos and have a go. No need to book, kettle and coffee jug are on!

Saturday 18 October 10am to 1pm

Hero Arts Christmas Cost £15 or 1SWV

This workshop is all about techniques with stamps and matching dies which you can do so much more with than simply stamping and cutting. We will be using the new Hero Arts Poinsettia and Holly stamps and dies together with a whole host of different inks.

Saturday 18 October 2pm to 5pm

A Very Elegant Christmas Cost £15 or 1 SWV

In this workshop we will be making some very elegant Christmas cards with beautifully hand drawn stamps from Chocolate Baroque. We will use pretty pearly embossing powders on vellum, the new Pearlescent Pan Pastels and so much more.


Wednesday 22 October 10am to 1pm

Monthly Layout Workshop Cost £15 or 1SWV

Each month I try to design a brand new layout with different techniques for you to experiment with. The challenge this month is incorporating 12, yes I did say 12, 1" x 1" photos alongside 2 6" x 4" photos. So, look out your photos and book yourself a space!

....and just a little reminder!

Sunday 2 November 11am to 3pm

Art Journaling Sunday Cost £5

Grab your journal, we provide everything else. No need to book just pop along and join in, kettle and coffee jug are on.

You can book workshop spaces on 01793 629062 (new number) or by email at snazzy@snazzysstudio.co.uk, just tell us which workshop(s) you want to book and how many spaces you need plus a contact number should we have any queries about your booking.

I will get all the images up next week. Hope to see you soon xx

Friday, 5 September 2014

Snazzys Workshop Schedule September 2014

To book a workshop simply ring us on 01793 629062 or email us at snazzy@snazzysstudio.co.uk telling us which workshop(s) you would like to book, how many spaces you require, together with a contact number should we have any queries about your booking.

Tuesday 9 September

Stop By & Stamp

11am to 3pm Fee £5

The theme of this session is layers without layers and I will be sharing a couple of simple techniques for creating depth and dimension without actually adding layers. No need to book, just pop along, grab yourself a tea or coffee, watch the demo and have a go.

 

Wednesday 10 September

Clean & Simple Cards

10am to 1 pm £15 or 1 SWV

We will be making five very clean & simple cards using a variety of background stamps plus the very pretty papers from Teresa Collins new Nine & Co collection.

 

Saturday 13 September

Mixed Media Frame

10am to 1 pm £15 or 1SWV

We will be using Tim Holtz Cabinet Card die for the base of this project with hand made leaves and flowers using Ideaology Tissue Wrap, Studio 490 Clearly for Art and UTEE, all based around a musical theme.

 

Wednesday 17 September

One Layer Cards

10am to 1pm £15 or 1SWV

None of the cards in this workshop have any patterned paper, embellishments or ribbons but you would never guess that at first glance. Lots of tips and techniques to add dimension and depth without adding weight.

 

Thursday 18 September

Technique Thursday

11am to 3pm Fee £5

Building Backgrounds

Lots of ideas, tips and techniques to build your own backgrounds. No need to book, just pop along, grab yourself a tea or coffee, watch the demo and have a go.

 

Saturday 20 September

Junk Journal

11am to 3pm £30 or 2SWV

Join me for this fun workshop where we create a journal from scratch, suitable for including photos and other memorabilia, using different surfaces and media including canvas, cardboard, tissue wrap, washi tape, envelopes, file cards and so much more. We will cover lots of tips and techniques to make interesting embellishments including using dies to create layers.

 

Tuesday 23 September

Monthly Layout Workshop

2pm to 5pm £15 or 1SWV

This month's layout covers ideas for using a mix of portrait and landscape photos of varying sizes.

 

Wednesday 24 September

Monthly Layout Workshop

10am to 1pm £15 or 1SWV

This month's layout covers ideas for using a mix of portrait and landscape photos of varying sizes.

 

Wednesday 24 September

Mixed Media Frame

6pm to 9pm £15 or 1SWV

We will be using Tim Holtz Cabinet Card die for the base of this project with hand made leaves and flowers using Ideaology Tissue Wrap, Studio 490 Clearly for Art and UTEE around a musical theme.


Saturday 27 September

Take One Stamp

10am to 1pm £15 or 1SWV

We will be using Teresa Collins new Candy Cane Lane papers and stamps to make some stunningly simple Christmas cards.


Saturday 27 September

One Layer Cards

2pm to 5pm £15 or 1 SWV

None of the cards in this workshop have any patterned paper, embellishments or ribbons but you would never guess that at first glance. Lots of tips and techniques to add dimension and depth without adding weight.


Sunday 28 September

Art Journal Sunday

11am to 3pm Fee £5

Bring along your journal and we will provide everything else including a dash of inspiration and a sprinkle of know how.

Saturday, 2 August 2014

A lovely day.......

Noooooo, that wouldn't be today! That looks like this.....

My lovely day was yesterday.

A couple of my regular customers missed out on a space in last week's layout workshops so they popped along yesterday morning to catch up. There was quite a lot of cutting and sticking in this project, (you can see the original 'for instance' over at http://sosimplysnazzy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/a-word-or-three-about-layout-workshops.html,) but it was worth it as they all ended up with beautiful layouts, based on the ideas in my sample, but looking very individual and using colour schemes that really complement their photos.

A good morning's work I think.

Thank you for stopping by, I can't hang about as I have the remaining August workshop samples to photograph and the layout sample isn't even finished yet! I will try to get them added to the August Workshop Schedule over at http://sosimplysnazzy.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/workshop-schedule-for-august.html later today or tomorrow.

See you soon x

 

Monday, 28 July 2014

Workshop Schedule for August

Here we go with the new workshop schedule for August....

Tuesday 5 August 11am to 3pm Stop By and Stamp Fee £5

This month's session is packed with ideas to create layers on tags with inks, gesso, texture paste, stencils etc. Drop by, grab a cuppa and have a go!

Wednesday 6 August 10am to 1pm and Saturday 9 August 10am to 1pm

Clean and Simple Cards £15 or 1 SWV

We will be making three stylish cards using the pretty Summer release stamps from JOFY, from neutrals to vivid colours these projects make wonderful cards for birthdays and other occasions.

Wednesday 13 August 10am to 1pm and Saturday 23 August 2pm to 5pm

Bits of Stamps and Stamps and Stamps in Bits £15 or 1SWV

Some very new and different ideas on making the most of your stamps to create interesting cards.

Thursday 14 August 11am to 3pm Technique Thursday Fee £5

Give your stamps and stencils a new lease of life with this technique, useful for both backgrounds and creating a focal point. Drop in, grab a cuppa and have a go!

 

Saturday 16 August 11am to 4pm Tagtastic Tag Book in a Box £30 or 2 SWVs

We will make a great tag book with it's own wrap around box decorated to suit your story or occasion.

 

Wednesday 20 August 10am to 1pm and Saturday 30 August 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp Steampunk Travel £15 or 1SWV

Three great cards, ideal for the men in your life, using these vintage stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

 

Wednesday 20 August 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 23 August 10am to 1pm

Corrugated Trio Hanging £15 or 1SWV

A fun vintage mixed media project to hang on your wall using paints, stamps, inks, stencils and texture paste.

 

Tuesday 26 August 2pm to 5pm and Wednesday 27 August 10am to 1pm

August Layout Workshop £15 or 1SWV

Layers of paper plus stamps and inks make this a layout with a very modern feel to showcase your photos. I have used two landscape photos around 2"x4" but the layout can be easily adapted to suit a single photo or a number of smaller ones.

 

Sunday 31 August 11am to 3pm Art Journal Sunday Fee £5

Just drop in and have a go! if you have a journal bring it along, but if not, we will supply everything you need to get you started or to add some pages to your journal.

Bookings can be made by email to snazzy@snazzysstudio.co.uk, or by phone to 01793 629062. Just tell us which workshop you would like to book, the number of spaces you require and leave us a contact number should we have any queries about your booking.

See you soon x

 

Monday, 21 July 2014

A word or three about ...... Layout Workshops in Snazzys Studio

A few words about ..... Layout Workshops in Snazzys Studio

How do you teach scrapbooking? A question I've struggled with ever since I first introduced scrapbooking workshops at Snazzys some 12 years ago.

Scrapbooking is such a personal thing, you are recording your memories through your photographs, it's your story. How then can you have a dozen students come along to a workshop and create the same page using the same products but still retain that individuality? I know you have come along to try out new ideas, tips and techniques but I also want you to take away a layout you have enjoyed making, are pleased with and which you add to your album because it is a meaningful addition to the story you are telling. I even stopped teaching scrapbooking for a time as it simply seemed too tall an order to fulfil.

After customers kept asking me why I didn't teach scrapbooking any more I promised to re-start the workshops in 2014 but I knew I had to find a way around this dilemma. In all the workshops I teach I have always encouraged everyone to regard my workshop sample as a 'for instance' of what can be created using the products and techniques covered in the class, I just needed to work out how to make that concept work for layouts.

Then it struck me - it had already been done!

When I first started scrapping, many moons ago, I subscribed to a great American magazine called Simple Scrapbooks (sadly no longer published) which actively encouraged the concept of 'scrap lifting'. Simply take the ideas, tricks and techniques which appeal to you and suit your story, from someone else's layout and make it yours. Use different papers to fit with your 'photos, use a block of 'photos instead of a single, turn the layout through, 90 or 180 degrees, embellish more or less, the list is as endless as you choose to make it.

Below is my 'for instance' for this month's layout workshop...

The focus is on making a little paper go a long way with hand stamped flowers, tickets, journaling cards, titles etc to suit my 'photo.

One of our daughters, who always tells me she doesn't do any of this, wanted to make something similar for her friend Josie's birthday, and this is the 'scrap lift' she came up with...

I though it was pretty cool with the custom pop art background papers she created, with more than a little help from her Dad, reflecting the sense of fun in the 'photos and, as wherever she and Josie's are to be found there will also be many practical jokes and much laughter, so very them! The title came courtesy of their boss who sometimes has the misfortune of having them both working at the same time lol!

Two very different layouts from the same basic idea.

If you fancy a go, to keep the workshops limited to 4 - 6 so I can help you to make the layout that works for your story and photographs, there are two session Tuesday 22 2pm to 5pm and Wednesday 23 10am to 1pm just drop me an email or call me on the new studio number and bring along your 'photos.

Hope to see you soon x

PS You can find the last six monthly layouts over on our Pinterest page