Monday, January 30, 2012

A Lovely Flag Book Class

I had a lot of fun teaching a flag book class at the Copper Country Community Arts Center.  You can see everyone working busily and intently!

Joanne is especially serious:

We were working with a technique I presented last fall on my blog to create embellished panels.

We then created a flag book to hold the panels.  It was everyone's first time making a flag book - see my tutorial if you want to learn how to make your own or my etsy shop if you want one for yourself.  Ronda and Bonnie very carefully glued the flags into their book.  Ronda was so excited that she said she was going home to make another book!

Ramona and Anna were very happy with the end result!

We joked that Cari should be our model for the class, since she had her hair cut just before coming to class.  She and her book both look fabulous!  Cari has her own blog and teaches zentangle classes - she thought this book would be great to hold tangles.

Cynthia had a great time, and toned down the pinks to make a more neutral book.  She plans on drawing in her book, and I hope to see it later after she's done more work in it.

I really enjoyed seeing how everyone used similar materials to create unique pieces of art. It was a great time, and I can't wait to teach again at the CCCAC.  If you live near the lift bridge, check out the CCCAC, and if you don't, try your local art center for some great classes and fun people.

Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 Calendar Easel - a tutorial

In the January 2012 Club Scrap kit, we received a nifty little calendar sheet.  I decided to make something that I could display, and since it's dated, I'd better do it now!

Want to see how I made it?  Keep reading!  Since this post has a lot of pictures, I kept them a little smaller than usual.  Click on any of them to see a larger shot and more detail.

Monday, January 16, 2012

How to make a tray to organize your supplies

When I ended organizing my desk, I was left with these open paper trays.

These are great, but I have lots of "bits" that need a home, and not so much letter sized paper (that already has a home in different places).  The container store sells trays, but they have dividers in the middle and I wanted something custom sized.  So, I made my own!

Monday, January 09, 2012

Accordion book with mixed media techniques

I just realized that I never shared this sweet little accordion book with you.

The covers are made from wood (from the Great Outdoors kit from Club Scrap).  I glued a piece of patterned paper (from a 6x6 Stampin' Up!) pack to the covers using gel medium, and then rubbed it off with water, creating the lovely translucent image transfer.

Monday, January 02, 2012

New Year - New desk organization!

OK, I'm fibbing a little bit, but I reorganized my desk in mid-December.  You might remember back to my last big organization, where my desk ended up looking like this:

This worked really well... for a while.  The rotating organizers hold a lot of stuff, but almost too much stuff.  The black one in particular would become unbalanced pretty easily, and started to get really tippy.  It also felt a bit like too much empty space - they need a lot of space in order to spin freely.  So, my desk more typically looked like this:


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