Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Scrapbooking classes @ Bookem

Hi everyone :)

Last Saturday I taught my first classes at Bookem (Tauranga).  It was a really full-on day too!!  Luckily I remembered to take my camera and got some great ‘working’ photos :)

The first class was creating two boys layouts involving a bit of doodling!  The ladies all seemed to enjoy learning some new techniques and were very pleased with their finished layouts.

Here’s a few photos from the morning session:

And here’s my layouts so you can see what they were creating – the first one is called ‘On a Mission’layout 1_1Lots of stamping on this one plus a little bit of doodling to get the idea.  Then we moved into the doodled layout called ‘moment’layout 2_1 The doodling was super easy to create with the use of Crafters Workshop templates!

After lunch we held a second class doing a little project called ‘More than just a card – Vintage Valentine’… and let’s just say that it was WAY MORE than just a card and took a lot longer than we expected!!

Here’s some of the photos taken during the class:

And here’s a few shots of my sample:IMG_3834As you can see there’s a bit of stamping and embossing in this project.IMG_3835  And what would a vintage project be without some lace, flowers and a hat pin?IMG_3836 And don’t forget about ribbon!  We also used lots of gorgeous graphic images :)  Here’s my personal favourite… the front cover:Front coverWe created a gorgeous flower out of sewing patterns along with a really groovy microscope slide!

A HUGE thank you to all the ladies who attended… the classes were pretty full!  I hope you all really enjoyed your projects and thanks for the lovely warm welcome… I really appreciate it!

Shell xx

Thursday, January 21, 2010

I’ve been a BAD blogger!!

It feels a bit like I should say: Hi my name is Shell and I’m a bad blogger… it’s been 3 months since my last post!

In all reality life has simply been busy and blogging just didn’t get done… but I’ve found this fantastic little program called Windows Live Writer that I’m trying out and so far I really like it… hopefully I’ll be blogging more regularly now :)

The school year ended really well… I actually got my butt into gear this year and made presents for all my kids!  Check out these little treats:IMG_3633 Chocolate chippie cookies and rocky road… somehow I just knew the kids would love it!  Mikayla helped me bake all the chocolate chippies too so it was quite cool working on this project together.

Then I set to work and made individual name tags for all the kids (54 in total):IMG_3627 Here’s a close up:IMG_3628 By the time they were all done I felt a bit like Little Red Riding Hood with my basket of goodies!IMG_3642 Then all of a sudden school was over and it was time for Christmas.  This year our family actually had ‘Christmas Day’ on the 5th of December because we couldn’t all get together on the 25th so I decided to make things a bit special for my girls.

In the week before Christmas I found this fantastic Christmas train.IMG_3751

Here’s a close up of the front of the train… really love it!IMG_3563

So I wrapped each little present individually and used the carriages to hold the presents: IMG_3712 p.s. One of my nephews thought Santa’s train was pretty cool too… in fact he didn’t want anyone else to even play with it!

Then it was onto Scrapfest 2010… what a blast!  I had a fabulous time catching up with everyone and teaching the classes.  I really love that Scrapbooking is all about trying out new things and sharing ideas!

Here’s a couple of photos from Scrapfest… first ‘Miss Barbie’ aka Brenda who arrived off the plane dressed like this:BarbieThis one is of some of our forum girls: (L to R) Shell, Tricia, Rangi, Esther & Brenda.Crop night 2Here’s Makuini… such a wonderful lady and very, very funny! 

Makuini

Here’s a ‘sneaky’ one taken during my layout class… it’s amazing what you find on cameras after the event!

Layout classMy sister was there with all her Cricut stuff too!

Creative bugs

And this is what happens when you’ve got friends with too much time on their hands!!!

The green machineIt certainly gave the guy at the petrol station a good laugh!!

In between all of this I’ve actually done a few layouts too!  This one was for the January sketch challenge at Scrapbook Dreams:

WhatMiss Krystal went off to a Venturer camp in Wellington on New Years Day and she was so busy organising herself that she didn’t really think about the fact I ‘might’ actually scrap it!  I was ‘kind of’ forgiven when she got home :)

And this one was for the Scrapbook Dreams January mid-month motivation… the theme is ‘Friends’:

FriendsAnd here’s two layouts for a class that I’m teaching at Bookem in Tauranga:

layout 1_1layout 2_1 The double layout class will be from 10 – 12 Cost: $25

And then in the afternoon there will be another class called ‘More than a Card – Vintage Valentine’

Front coverpag page whole It’s going to be a 3 hour class packed with hints, tips and LOADS of techniques! Time 1-4pm Cost $30

If you’d like to attend either class please phone Carol on 07 5790576

So that’s it from me today… I’ll be back!