Just a quick note to let you know I just started updating my Spring schedule on the right sidebar of my blog... SO excited to hit the road for the first Southern trip starting March 1st!
Classes will be announced very soon at all locations. I've been working like a madwoman to get in some of the new products just introduced at CHA so it's been a tight turn around time trying to figure out all of the shipping dates, etc for the new goodies I plan to use. Planning on having the new class list out to all of the stores by the end of the weekend so they can choose their classes and get the details out to you all : )
see you soon!!
Only a few hours left to get in on the EARLY BIRD RATE for my next on-line workshop starting tonight. All of the details on how it all works is in the On-Line Class tab above and to register, just go in to the Studio Store. This workshop is taught completely in video so it's like having a private class in the privacy of your own home : )
Not only will you learn and be able to make the original version of this project but I've bumped it up a bit (or a lot) for the on-line version so there is a lot of new product incorporated and LOADS of techniques that I never had the time to do in the "in store" class setting!
It's that time of year again and I am madly working on all of my new classes for 2014...which means I am taking inventory and will be retiring some of my current classes.
I just marked down most of the kits in MY STUDIO STORE and some at blow out prices!
In addition, for today and tomorrow only (through the end of January 1st) if you purchase any 3 kits I will give you access for my first on-line class, the Mixed Media Christmas Book.........
When you are in the Studio store, make sure you click on "ALL" on the right sidebar so that you can see all of the kits I have available : )
Most importantly, I hope you all have a wonderful and creative2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
I've been working hard on getting my on-line workshops up and running by the end of the year and they are just about ready to go LIVE!!! AAgh...as many of you might know, this is a big step for me as I consider myself to be a bit techy-challenged. LOL Although I do have to admit I have been kind of proud of all that I have learned in the process...thanks to a lot of help from friends. Still, there is always more to learn and improve on but I am excited to announce that they should begin going up on my website within the next week.
In the meantime, to get some of the excitement going and to also incorporate the on-line workshops in to my Christmas kit sale I have decided to throw an additional promotion in to the mix in addition to the current FREE SHIPPING on all kits now through Christmas.
My very first on-line workshop will be the Mixed Media Christmas book that I currently have the kit for in my Studio Store. Now through Christmas, if you purchase 3 kits (with at least one of them being the CHristmas book) you will receive access to the on-line class for FREE when it goes live!!! This class includes 9 instructional demo videos where I walk you through each step close up and personal with a ton of techniques featuring Viva Decor, Art Anthology and Ranger plus an 11 page pdf of written instructions.
I've been doing more organizing in my studio and found FOUR more Canvas Beach Book Kits! I have taken it off "sold out" status in my studio store above...first 4 to order gets them and then they are totally GONE!
UPDATE: The kits are now completely sold out and I will no longer be teaching this in stores...but you can now purchase the online class here....
NOTE: this is now an ON-LINE CLASS ONLY AND DOES NOT INCLUDE A KIT...it is taught completely using several detailed videos. I've even included lots of bonus techniques and alternative supply ideas that I never had time to include in the live in store class setting!
I'm so excited to be heading up to Quebec for my first time to teach at SCRAPBOOK CENTRALE for the weekend of September 7-8. Natalie picked all 4 of my favorite and best selling classes...which just makes me giddy to have them all in one weekend!
I'll be teaching Imagine the Possibilities and my Butterfly Pennant on Saturday (both of which you can see in the videos here if you scroll down). Sunday is going to be AWESOME! A FULL DAY OF TECHNIQUES!!
The morning will be the Viva Diva class and then my all time favorite class, Ink Boot Camp which is jam packed with techniques and so many different products to learn about...I'll warn you, it may possibly go a little later than 5:00 because I keep adding to this class, not to mention, the more excited I get, the more I keep talking!! LOL
This is going to be an amazing kick off to the busy Fall teaching season and I absolutely can't wait!!!
Just uploaded a quick little video showing and explaining my Canvas Butterfly Pennant Class. if you can't make it to a live class at your local store, kits are available in my Studio Store in the tab above : )
So I finally did it...I decided to embrace technology and (try to) get some videos out there. I don't think I'm totally as "techy challenged" as I thought, more that I'm a slight perfectionist who likes instant gratification and lacks the patience to sit down to learn it all to my satisfaction! LOL
I can't tell you how many times i hear "the photo didn't do the class sample justice" or "I didn't realize how unique the project was by a still picture" so this morning I charged up my little Flip camera, grabbed Mike to help for a few minutes before he left for BoyScout camp and we made a video of me going through the insides and explaining some of my class samples. I do videos quite a bit when I travel or of the kids, etc...I just never post them, especially when I am on them! I make silly faces,usually say stupid things (or some random curse that I would have to edit, lol) and I nit pick everything! In my decision to embrace it all...I am also going to embrace all of my imperfections and just GO with it or I will never get it right or do it at all.
So that being said...its nothing fancy, it's unedited, I repeated some words too many times and I have way too much cleavage hanging out (which I'm sure it going to make my mother crazy! LOL) But hey, I'm a curvy girl with big boobs and my husband was in charge of the camera...need I say more?! LOL he was already gone by the time i realized it so I'm just going with it and embracing that too : )
So please bare with me, I'm going to be practicing this all summer. I am setting up a YouTube channel (not sure if I'm doing it right but it's there and I'm sure it's going to be a work in progress, lol) and every video I do will be a learning experience I'm sure...for example, I know for next time to sit down and put the books in front of my chest or keep me out of the shot altogether, LOL
** The kits for these classes are all available here on my blog. If you click on the "studio Store" tab at the top it will bring you to the listing and shopping cart. I just put the Memories of the Beach Canvas Flip Book kits on sale and lowered the price to get rid of the last few I have...less than a dozen left and when they are gone, they're GONE. I also want to mention that I wasn't very clear in the video on whats inlcluded in the Beach book kit...not just canvas and sand, lol. All precut papers, chipboard, die cuts, seaglass,shells, mother of pearl flakes, sand, waxed linen and all materials for binding, both canvas, etc and I will e-mail you full color instructions with lots of pictures and details to put it all together and customize it if you want.
So here's my first little video, if you have any questions feel free to e-mail me or friends me on Facebook!
I've been home and enjoying summer for a few weeks now and someone made a comment to me the other day that they thought I had fallen off the face of the Earth because I hadn't updated my blog since May! LOL Well for those of you who know me, you know that if you want to see me post several times a day you need to friends me on Facebook because I'm a lot more active (or maybe obsessed is a better word) with that! So if we are not already Facebook friends, click on that link on the left side of my blog and go on over and friend me : )
So that being said, on with the updates...
This year has brought so many new opportunities with Art Anthology and Viva Decor. I've been working with new products which is always exciting for me, making new friends, teaching and demoing at different events and teaching/traveling more than ever before... with a lot more to come! The HUGE response we've gotten to Art Anthology has been absolutely amazing and I am so happy to be working with one of my best friends, Stayce DeWid...that makes it all so much more fun to have a friend to get all painty with. In fact, Stayce and I have BIG plans in the works for an Artful Journey teaching trip together and taking our classes out of the states again. Just a tease, I can't tell you exactly where YET, but I can tell you its somewhere that neither of us have been and we are VERY excited about it!
Working with Viva Decor US this year has been keeping me extremely busy as well, which is a good thing : ) I got a little "promotion" of sorts and am now their Senior Educator! The products are absolutely amazing and unique but the best thing is how well they compliment Art Anthology's lines of mediums!
May was a completely crazy teaching month. I started out with a weekend at Almost Heaven Scrapbooking in Charleston, West Virginia for National Scrapbook weekend. The last time I drove through those mountains I came across kind of a crazy yet cool thing...they are reconsructing Noah's Arc at the top of the Allegheny Mountains!! Yes, you read that right! I almost crashed trying to see it the last time and this time I was prepared and pulled over to get proof!!
From a certain angle I swear it looks like the front of a cruise ship and it's enormous! Amazing.
I've been to Almost Heaven several times to teach and they are just the most warm and wonderful people...I love going there and can't wait until my next visit so I can see their brand new location! Congrats Beverly!!
I was home for 3 days and was off again for a massive road trip through the Mid-West.
It began after driving across PA and OH to get to one of my favorite stores for 2 days of classes at Cafe Crop in Crown Pt., Indiana. Tina and Ken are always great hosts and I LOVE that they even have a camera all set up which projects what my hands are doing on the a big flat screen tv on the wall behind me as I teach. Incredible!
I had a day off on Mother's Day so I decided to take a little drive through the Amana Colonies on my way to West Des Moines, Iowa to teach at Heirlooms by Design. Funny, it kind of reminded me of a slightly more modern Amish community so I totally enjoyed my little relaxing side trip.
I made some great friends in Iowa and can not WAIT to go back in October! Marj, who owns Heirlooms by Design is just a great lady with an outstanding store! The whole day there was amazing as is my new friend Marta, who I felt like I have known forever when I got there...love when you come across new friends like that : )
Next I was off for 2 days of craziness in Nebraska at Imagine That Scrapbooking...holy cow, what a funny group of ladies they have out there! SO MUCH FUN in Nebraska! Audra's store was especially dangerous for me because she had jewelry and bags too...my biggest weaknesses aside from good coffee, LOL
I was greeted with this...
This gigantic basket was overflowing with EVERYTHING from Nebraska and awesome goodies from the store - very cute apron, t-shirt, travel coffee mug, flavored coffee stirrers, popcorn and almonds, etc...it was AMAZING and I was beyond blown away with their gift! THANK YOU so much Audra!
Can't wait to see these crazy ladies again!!
Well about halfway through a roadtrip, my Pathfinder starts to look like a bomb went off inside and I occasionally belt out the tune from the Sandford & Son theme song to amuse myself on the long drives, LOL It looks really unorganized, but really by then I have gotten it down to a good system. Unfortunately, I think I was either starting to get dilirious from the slim pickins of coffee in the midwest or maybe my camera was lost under the huge gift basket I had in the front seat next to me like a passenger while I snacked on the goodies... but for some reason I didn't take my camera out for a few days in the middle of the trip, but I returned to Scrapbook N Memories in Harrisonville, Missouri where Kourtney's Mom almost talked me in to bringing home the cutest boxer puppy (aside from the fact that I made the mistake of telling mike and he immediately said NO, I just don't think he would have had enough room in that gift basket! LOL)
From Missouri I headed back to Arkansas for 2 days of classes at Just Scrap It! Another great store and owner! Cori had me teach my favorite class, the Ink Boot Camp the first night and we had a ball!
So if you've ever heard any of my crazy stories about weird things that happen to me on the road, you won't be surprised by this one...Driving through the mountains in Arkansas at night after class I was sitting in roadwork traffic. Suddenly, I see a flash of bright light out of the corner of my eye. I thought I was losing my mind but I swear on my father's grave that I saw a HUGE fireball (comet, ateroid, I have NO idea) but it was enormous! It flew across the sky (REALLY CLOSE) and seemed to go down on the other side of the mountain. CRAZY!!! I checked Google the second I got to my hotel to see if anything had been reported but found nothing. I have no idea what in the world it was but I'm telling you it was enormous and freaked me out! LOL
So back to the roadtrip and more weather craziness...from Arkansas I headed up to O'Fallon, Illinois to teach again at The Scrapbook Factory...Fabulous store! I had a day off so I took my time and pulled over to take a very hazy picture of the St Louis Arch so I count that as a little sight seeing along the way : )
That was the day the tornados hit Oklahoma so badly...and my phone was bonging off the hook with Mike texting me as he was watching the radar and those storms heading directly my way. You all know how much I just love tornados...NOT.
So cut to me exhausted and obviously completely dilirious at 3am sitting up wide awake keeping myself entertained by taking silly selfies to send to the kids while I listened for sirens and watched the weather channel freaking out....waiting and watching...
Oh yeah, I will admit it. Tornados scare the hell out of me and I had lost it!!
Thankfully, we just got some rain and I survived another tornado scare during a roadtrip.
By the next morning i was fine, though tired. I suddenly remember that I had a "find a Starbucks" app on my phone and was thrilled to discover a Barnes & Noble near the store so I stocked up on my Hazelnut Macchiato and had an awesome day of classes at The Scrapbook factory.
Indiana was next...have I mentioned that I absolutely LOVE teaching in Indiana? I do.
The people in Indiana are just warm and friendly and extremely down to earth and easy to talk to. EVERY store that I have taught at in this state has been like that and I make it a point to get out to Indiana as often as I can. Anyway, my first stop was at a brand new store (which are always my favorite!) called Creative Dreams in Evansville. This store was GREAT!! Oh wait...AND it has a salon attached to it. How cool is THAT?! I so wished I had time to get a pedicure while I was there!! Everyone had a fun and very creative day and I debuted a brand new class (the mixed media canvas above). I even got to meet Ken Oliver's Mom - I can see where he gets his sweet personality and talent from, LOVED her!
(we were having fun texting Ken pictures so he wouldn't feel left out while I got inky with his Mom : )
I had off the next day and guess where I decided to go do a little sight seeing...
and guess what else...everything was closed except the famous Post Office and one gift shop : (
So even after my Santa disappointment, I was knew I was going to have a fun last day of classes at The Doodlebug in Jasper. Hannah and Melanie are hysterical and there was laughs all day. I have been to their old location a few times to teach but this was my first time there since they moved to their new space and they have done a fabulous job! Amazing store and amazing ladies. It was a VERY fun day!
I drove almost to Cincinatti that night to start my long drive home and then mapped out my drive the next day to make a very specific stop...
I LOOOOOOVE Timmy's coffee and boy did I ever stock up for the drive home!! If you are not familiar with Timmy's it is a huge Canadian coffee chain and there are only a few states where we can find them here, usually closer to the border, but there are a few in the middle of Ohio and being a proper coffee snob I knew EXACTLY where they were and put it right in to my GPS that morning!
I drove straight home that day only stopping to take a break somewhere in Ohio for that much needed pedicure that I had been yearning for! The perfect end to a perfect trip : )