Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Big Picture Classes -- "Living the Dream" online workshop giveaway!

I have some exciting news to share today!  I had the opportunity to participate in the creation of an online scrapbooking class for Big Picture Classes.  The Creating Keepsakes Dream Team members have teamed with Big Picture Class ("BPC") to create the Living the Dream online workshop.

Each DT member has focused on a different topic within the theme of "Living the Dream" and we have each created our own separate layouts, instructions and inspirational materials.  So it's like getting 10 different classes from 10 different instructors for the price of 1!  Here's a little bit of info about the class:

We're willing to bet that much of the life you're living to day began as something that you only dreamt of yesterday. Big Picture Classes and the Creating Keepsakes Dream Team, have joined up to help you acknowledge the dreams that you've had in the past, while discovering and documenting the way that your dreams have been fulfilled (…not always in the way you thought they'd be fulfilled!). In this new workshop, the Creating Keepsakes Dream Team will inspire you with 10 days of emails with a photo and journaling prompt. This will be followed by 10 days where you will receive a handout from each Dream Team teacher that will give you instructions and inspiration to complete a layout that documents the different ways that you're living your dream.

The class will go live on June 28th, but registration is open now.  Please check here for registration information:  Living the Dream.

Good news . . . I get to give away a spot in this class to one of my lucky blog readers!  To be entered to win, simply leave a comment here before the end of the day on Sunday, June 3rd and I will draw a random winner.  Optional (just for fun):  Share a dream of yours that has been fulfilled in the recent years OR a dream that you have for the future. 

For more chances to win, go visit and leave a comment on the blogs of these talented ladies (please be aware that if a single person wins more than one spot in the class, another name will be drawn).

Friday, May 25, 2012

Back to our regularly scheduled programming . . .

After a couple recent blog hops and giveaways, I'm back to my regularly scheduled programming here on my blog.  My DT term with Prima is almost over, but I still have many Prima layouts and other projects that I haven't shared here yet.   I better hop to it!  Here's a layout I did using April's PPP (Prima's Product Pick):

I used Prima's oh-so-lovely Meadow Lark collection.  I couldn't resist using my new favorite page accent: doilies!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Washi Workshop Winner

Washi Workshop Winner
{Try saying THAT ten times fast!}

According to the Random Number Generator, the winner 
of a spot in the Washi Workshop is . . . Christa
Congrats Christa!  I'll contact you to get your full info.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Maggie Holmes Photography Class Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Would you like to take your photography skills to the next level?  Then you absolutely must check out Maggie Holmes' online photography workshops!

Maggie Holmes has been a professional photographer for 7 years and has created two online workshops in which she gives you all of her tried and true secrets, tips and tricks with you. She shares her knowledge in a format that is candid and easy to understand. Past students rave about how much they learn in such a short amount of time and that the workshops more than pay for themselves because the progress they make is invaluable!  Maggie's photography skills are nothing short of AMAZING!! You can see some examples of Maggie's beautiful work in her online gallery.

Maggie will be offering two fabulous workshops:
Photography 101: July 9th - August 18th, 2012 -- This is a 6 week online course that will cover the basics of photography. You will learn things like aperture, shutter speed, iso, exposure and how to shoot in manual mode. You'll also explore creativity, style, composition and lighting.
Advanced Photography: August 20th - September 29th, 2012 -- This is the perfect follow-up to photography 101.  You will take your skills to a higher level and learn how to edit your photos so they are magical!  This 6-week course also covers things like advanced lighting and when/how to use your external flash. Video materials are included so you can see exactly how Maggie edits her photos.

Registration for these classes has just been posted here. These are the last two classes Maggie is offering in 2012 and class size is limited, so  register now in order to guarantee your spot!  Maggie is offering an early bird discount of $50 if you register before May 31st.

Now for the GIVEAWAY info!  Maggie is giving away a spot in each of these classes on her blog:  Maggie Holmes Designs.  PLUS, a bonus spot in Photography 101 will be given away to one lucky winner who will be chosen at random from one of the blogs on the hop. To be entered to win the bonus spot, leave a comment here before Wednesday, May 23rd.  Note: If you purchase a class and then are drawn as a winner for that class, your registration fee will be refunded. Does not apply to purchases made for previous classes. Be sure to visit and leave a comment at each blog on the hop to increase your chances of winning.  The next two blogs on the list are Megan Hoepnner and Kim Watson. Good luck!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Washi Workshop Blog Hop!

If you've come here for the Washi Workshop Blog Hop, then you're in the right place! If you haven't heard about the Washi Workshop, you'll definitely want to check it out!

This workshop is all about -- you guessed it -- creative ways to use washi tape.  Megan Hoeppner of Creating Keepsakes magazine is full of ideas to share for digging into your stash to make amazing new projects. She'll be joined by a gaggle of talented contributors, including Nicole Samuels, Kelly Purkey, Allison Waken, Sasha Farina, Julie Ebersole, Tina Aszmus, Lisa Truesdell, and Amy Tan.

They'll be providing brand new layouts, mini albums, cards, and other great projects.  You can get more information and sign up for this class on the Studio Calico classroom page.  At the end of this post I'll tell you how you can win a spot in this class!

I have to confess.  Up until about a week ago I was a complete "washi tape virgin".  I had never even touched the stuff!  But all changed when the lovely owner of Queen & Co. (for whom I sometimes do design work) sent me a box of her adorable new Trendy Tapes and asked me to make some cards for an upcoming trade show.  I said, "but of course!" and jumped right in.  After playing with it, I totally get the whole washi/decorative tape craze!!  This stuff is awesome!  It's perfect for an indecisive scrapper and cardmaker like me who moves things around a gazillion times before finally settling on where to put things.  You can remove and reposition it many times.  How cool is that?!?

Here are a few of the cards I made using the the Trendy Tape (aka Washi Tape):

{Credit for this washi tape pinwheel idea:  Virginia Nebel}


I am now officially hooked on this sticky stuff!!!

Megan's Washi Workshop will be filled with many more ideas and lots of inspirational projects.  I get to give away a spot in this class to one lucky blog reader! To win, simply leave a comment here by next Wednesday, May 23rd.  For additional chances to win, visit the the Studio Calico Blog and the Creating Keepsakes Blog.   Then continue along the Blog Hop and leave a comment on these blogs for even more chances to win . . . 

Allison Waken:
Tina Aszmus:

Monday, May 14, 2012

Monday, Monday

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope all you moms out there had a wonderful Mother's Day.  I'm so behind on sharing layouts and projects I've made this year.  I probably have several dozen projects that I haven't posted here yet.  Here's a pair of paper shoes that I made for Prima's CHA booth back in January:

I made these using my shoe template.   Follow the link for the downloadable shoe template and full instructions.

Have a wonderful week!

Monday, May 7, 2012

More "Clean and Simple" scrapbook pages

Today I'm sharing a couple more layouts that I created for Creating Keepsakes' Simple Scrapbooks issue.  Going "Clean and Simple" is a little bit of a challenge for me.  I have to resist the urge to put more "stuff" and layers on my pages.  But I do like to play with different styles from time to time, so I enjoyed stepping out of my box and creating layouts that were a little different for me.  

This first layout was for an article about using a limited number of supplies -- same as the two page "Age of Innocence" layout I shared earlier (two blog posts down).  Part of the challenge was that I couldn't use any  patterned paper on this layouts.  I made up for the lack of patterned paper by using textured cardstock and colorful premade embellishments.

This next layout was created for an article about scraplifting.  I was given a layout made by the very talented Suzy Plantamura, and I was asked to simplify her layout.  Suzy had made a very lush pool-themed layout with a large wave behind the photos.  This was my simplified version:

Hope your day is "simply" wonderful!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Simple Scrapbooks winner and Creating Keepsakes' NSD Celebration!

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winner of Creating Keepsake's special issue: Simple Scrapbooks. Without further delay, the winner is commenter #24 . . . Patricia!  Congrats Patricia!  I'll email you to get your mailing info.

We are celebrating National Scrapbook Day on both the Creating Keepsakes Blog and the Club CK Blog.  The theme is "scrapbooking around the house."  There are activities, tips, challenges, and prizes, on both blogs.  Each day this week we have been focusing on one room of the house.  I volunteered to do the Living Room challenge on the Club CK blog.  My challenge is to decorate a frame with flowers.  I decorated my frame with a plethora of handmade roses that I made from gorgeous Melissa Frances patterned paper:

SuppliesPatterned paper and resin frame: Melissa Frances; Small paper flowers and alphabet stickers: Prima; Die-cutting machine: Silhouette; Flower die: Lifestyle Crafts; Punches: EK Success and Family Treasures

I started with a $1.00 naked wood frame from Michael's, painted it white, then covered it with the paper roses I made.  I filled in the empty spots with small white Prima flowers.  You can find this paper rose tutorial (and the original source of this great tutorial) back on my blog post here: paper rose tutorial.  The tutorial shows how to make the roses with flower punches, but I also used a flower die to make some of the roses seen here.

The challenge on Club CK is to Decorate a frame using any type of handmade or premade flowers (or a combination of both).  Because flowers are my favorite embellishment, and I tend to go a little "flower crazy" with my projects.  But you don't have to use nearly as many flowers as I did!  For the full details about the challenge and the great prize you can win, be sure and check out the NSD Countdown/Living Room on Club CK.

What are you all doi