Thursday, March 15, 2018

Spellbinders "Poppies" II Class - Different Cards

Welcome Friends!

Hope you are having a good week so far, and that you have some creative time scheduled for yourself. 

Today I am sharing with you another Spellbinders Poppy Class. We have so many Poppy dies that showed up, so we are offering another class with two different cards!

WHEN: Saturday, April 21st
WHERE: Langford Legion (at the Crop)
TIME: 2:30 - 5:00
COST: $45.00 + GST (includes $28 die)
To register for this class, contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290
For those of you that wanted to get the Spellbinders "Poppies" die and make cards with it, but did not get the chance in February, we are offering you another chance to have fun with this die. We will be making two entirely different cards this time using the more traditional red Poppy. 
If you already have the die and wish to make these cards, you are welcome to sign up at a reduced price since you already have the die.
** We will be giving priority to those that do not have the die yet. 
You will learn how to line up dies for a three layer cut that lines up perfectly, how to double layer dies cuts for added depth and strength, and how to use your alcohol markers on coloured card stock to add detail and dimension.
PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: your die cutting machine and plates, double sided adhesive tape, white & black foam tape and pop ups, non-stick craft mat, liquid glue, Nuvo Crustal Drops Ebony Black, Spectrum Noir markers DR5 (red) & CG2 (green). If you are bringing Copic markers, you will require a darker red without brown tones, and an olive-like green in the mid range.It might be a good idea to bring wash tape, just in case you need it. A class notebook and pencil to take notes if you wish.

Before I show a closer look, I must acknowledge that I cased the black card created by Elena Salo. She created many stunning projects with this die set.

Here are more photos of these two cards.

First I will begin with the white card. I love cards that use a script background stamp. The next best thing is to show the handwriting of the sender. Now I know some of you will say, "Oh no. My handwriting is not the greatest." And I say, "Have you seen some of the script writing on stamps? Some of them do not have great style either," So as long as you use a black ink pen (gel is the blackest) it will look wonderful! Trust me. That is why I designed this card with a cut through all the front layers. The black ink script you write in the card, will really make this card, and poppy, pop!

If you are observant, as most creative people are, you will have noticed some embossed tape lines on the front of the card. This had never happened to me before, and I can only say that it is one of two reasons. 1) I used Post-It tape which is paper and thicker than Washi tape, which is much thinner, or 2) because I thought the two layers of card stock where thin enough to to die cut together creating a thicker layer between the plates and imprinting the tape into it. I will not do that in class, ladies! L.O.L.

So on to the ceased card from Elena.

I did not mention with the last card, the additional colour and detail done by using an alcohol marker. But then you may have noticed since  you are a creative person.

Well, that is it for this class posting. For those of you that live here, I look forward to seeing you in class. 

Happy creating, and have a great day!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Class Photos - G45 Fairie Dust I

Hope your week is off to a good start. Also hoping that you will have a little time set asisde to be creative this week.

Saturday was a great day at the crop, where I also taught the Graphic 45 Fairie Dust Diorama card class. I took a few photos that have since been posted on the Scrapbook Essentials BC Facebook page, but am posting them here on my blog as well.

Everyone enjoyed the class and look forward to creating their own diorama cards. Here are the photos from class.

We decided to put everyone's cards together at the end, so you can see how they all turned out and see their different creativity. Did they not do a wonderful job!

Well that is it. If you wanted to be there, we missed you. 

Happy creating everyone!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Another G45 Fairie Dust Card Class!

Today we are having our G45 Fairies Dust Diorama card class, and the good news is that we are having another Fairies Dust Class in April! And these are the cards we will be making!


WHEN: Saturday, April 21st
WHERE: Langford Legion Crop
TIME: 9:30 - 12:30
COST: $35.00 + GST
To register for this class, contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290

We have had the Fairie Dust Diorama card class, so now lets have a class creating more traditional types of cards. These pretty colours and fairy images make great cards for girls, Mothers' Day, and more. What can be more fairy-like than using gauze. And what is more fun than creating a "Z" card!
There will be homework which will be available after March 28th. Sabrina will be away the first 18 days of April, so that is why the homework will be available sooner than usual.
PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: your fussy cut homework, paper trimmer, scissors, double sided adhesive tape, mini-glue dots, white foam tape or 3D Squares, a score board and scoring tool, and a shimmer pen or Wink of Stella.

Let's have a closer look at the cards, shall we.

On this card all four stamps from the theme page 'Fairies Dust' are used along with one of the violet stems.

This card focuses on the little card on the same paper along with fussy cutting from the page border.

We are making a 'Z' card as well with a bunch of fussy cutting from the theme page (Fairies Dust) as well as mushrooms from 'Tiny Toadstools'. 

On the blank space above, as well as on the back, a person may write to the receiver of this card.

The last and fourth card, has a few popped up layers.  I think it is amazing that with one leftover fussy cut mushrooms, popped up layers, and a sentiment banner with some gauze, you can make an eye-catching card.

These are the card for this class on April 21st. It will be just 2 1/2 days after I arrive back from visiting my son and his family down in Phoenix. 

See you there! And happy creating!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Spellbinders Educator - 3D Grand Dome Card - In Striking Black

Good morning everyone!

Back today with another card class sample to share with you. This is for the Spellbinders Educator class we have every month.

Spellbinders Educator Class # 12 - IN STRIKING BLACK

DATE: Wednesday, March 28th
TIME: 6:00 - 8:30
COST: $55 + GST (Includes the $40 die)
To register for this class, contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290

This die creates a domed diorama-like card, and has many options. In class we will create one card as the die was designed to do, and one that will use a portion of the die to set up an easier version of a card.
These striking cards in black will have you wanting to create more cards in black. As the first card may take more time than usual for our Spellbinder Educator classes, I am willing to stay later if anyone needs the time to complete your cards, you can.

PLEASE BRING TO CLASS: your die set if you were able to get it before class, cutting machine and plates, Spellbinders All-In-One Tool, non stick craft mat, scissors, black pop ups/dimensionals, liquid glue, Platinum Liquid Pearls, ink blending tools with different sponges for different colours, the following ink pads (or like colours) Crushed Olive, Worn Lipstick, Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac or Oxide Wilted Lilac.

So let's have a closer look, shall we.

Here is the second card. We can use parts of the set to create easier cards, or cards needed in a hurry.

This is what the die set looks like.

You can see why this die set has more of cost than some of the others we have used inner Spellbinders Educator classes, but I can say it is well worth the cost because of the different ways you can use this set.

Hope to see you in class, or if you do not live here, I hope you are inspired by these class samples.

Happy creating!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Watercolour Pencil With Altenew "Hello Sunshine"

Hello again!

You get two posts today! The class was posted at the Studio so I have the info needed to post it on my blog.

For this class we are using another Altenew stamp set, and these are the two pieces we will create with our watercolour pencils.


Saturday, March 24th
TIME:10:00 - 12:00 (12:30)
COST: $25.00 + GST
To register for this class, contact Stacey at  or  778-533-4290

For this watercolour pencil class we will be using the ‘wet pencil’ technique.
First we will watercolour a leaf filled background and colour flowers separately, after which, we will then fussy cut them out and pop them up over the leafy background. This will be all set and ready to attach to a mat onto your card.

Second, we will create a quicker piece with a sunshine background with leafy border edges at the top and bottom.

Both pieces will be stamped with the stamps from the Altenew “Hello Sunshine” stamp set. If you would like your own set, a very versatile set that also can be bundled with a die set, be sure to order it from Stacey if you would like to have this set for further creative projects.

BRING TO CLASS: Your first class sampler, all your watercolour pencils, watercolour brushes & water or Aqua brushes, scissors for fussy cutting, and pop ups/dimensionals. Note book and pencil if you wish.

Here we can have a closer look at each piece.

As you can see we are painting a leafy background with the stamps first and then painting the flowers, cutting them out and arranging them over the leaves.

For the second one we will be painting with yellows and greens.

I think you are going to love the wet pencil technique in this class. Here is a look at the very versatile stamp set from Altenew, There is a die set bundle as well if you are interested. Just let Stacey know.

Thank you for stopping by a second time today to have a look at this next watercolour pencil class at the end of the month.

Happy painting!

March 2018 Bullet Journal Set Up

Hello friends!

Turns out that I did not get a quote for the classes I promised to post for you today. I have all the sample photos done, but just need to hear back on the class costs, etc.. So for those of you that wanted me to keep posting about my bullet journal, I will share my set up of March with you.

Now, remember when I said I was going to try to keep things more simple, yesterday? Well, I once again got carried away. I prefer soft pastel colours for my journal, but because I had decided two things; 1) a feather theme, 2) to print and make stickers to add rather than drawing, I ended up putting too many feathers in and in colours that I am not happy with. I wanted to coordinate my colours with the feathers I chose and printed.

Well, let me just go ahead and show you what I did.

The left page is still waiting for my quote, and the right page is my "Hello March" page. I used a printable page, made it smaller, and coloured it in with my watercolour pencils using the same colours as the two large feathers that I had printed out in those colours. A turquoise, and 2 different pinks, all with gold. I also printed out a sheet of outlined feathers in different patterns to colour in. I used the same colours, and a gold marker.

Then on the March Calendar page, I got too carried away with adhering different feathers...and using those shamrock stickers!

So much for my simple layout.

I kept it calmer on the next layout, my Habit Tracker pages, but still used the brighter colours. Don't get me wrong, I love bright colours, but for some reason, in my bullet journal, I prefer the soft pastels. I like this layout better than the last one as it is in a wider journal, and it makes it fit in better.

I did do something different again with my Habit tracker. As you can see, rather than putting a dot in the centre of each square, I decided to cross off the box. The other change is the marking of my mood, and pain levels. Rather than colouring in the square with coded colours, I decided to try writing in a letter form my code. I love the look of the colours, but it took time to get out my makers and fill them in. So, I thought the letter codes might be the way to go. I will determine at the end of the month, if it works better for me or not.

I may as well show you the first week of March, or the 10th week of the year.

I continued in the same colours and with the feather theme, but once again attached one or two too many feathers. You can see that I have been using my gold marker on all of the pages.

I forgot to take a photo of my "Learned Something New" layout, but now that I have written on the page, will not be taking a photo of it to share with you. It is the same layout as it has been for February since it worked well for me.

I know I do not have a different layout to show you and they are all the same for each week, but for now I am really liking the layout that I have. It works great for me! Next week it will probably be the very same layout, but I will be doing it in softer colours and perhaps using some real narrow wash tape if my order arrives in time.

Happy creating everyone!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Migrating to a New Bullet Journal

I learned a lot from my first bullet journal; what not to include, what modifications I needed to make in my set up, and the decision that I should have two bullet journals. The reason I decided this is that I used one entire BuJo just for a year set up and two months. There are things I included that I like to refer to a lot, but did not want to set up and migrate every two months! I will get into the details of this a little later.

Today I will show you the set up for my new BuJo starting with the migrated layouts. First let's start with my choice for my new bullet journal. After viewing a few journal comparisons on YouTube, I decided to go with a 'Dingbat' journal. They are hand crafted and I love the feel of the cover. I chose the blue whale not only because I like the colour blue, but because I live by the ocean and thought it fit well with that part of my life. I also love the fact that the pages are a little wider than the usual bullet journals which helps in setting up layouts with more room for writing.

I will skip the index and key at this time and go to my Year-At-A-Glance. Even if I only get two or three months into a journal, I like to be able to see the year calendar. This is how I set it up this time. The blank space to the left, I plan to add a quote.

Since I did not end up needing my 6 month 'Future Log' in the last journal, I decided to make more room for each month and cut it down to four months. I think I prefer this vertical layout over the horizontal one I did in the last journal.

Something different for me is that I kept it simple. I love how it looks, and hope I can learn to be more simple with my layouts. If any of you know me, you might laugh about that, because I love to fill in space and go a little overboard at times. I hope I am learning that once you fill up the pages, then it gets to be too much.

I migrated the "Classes-At-A-Glance" because I really need that. I decided to create a little more space for this to include a little more info for each (which I have not completed yet). That meant I needed to figure out a way to title this spread without the usual space at the top. So I created the repeated text around the edge as a border and indicator of what this spread is about.

Then I decided to include my "Projects" spread in the yearly section rather than include it in my monthly. This includes the Future class projects you see below and what I used before, but I also created a few pages like this for Studio Kit Projects as well. Because they are identical in layout with just a different title, I did not include a photo of them.

Just a note that I did not complete these pages yet. I have a list of things to add in the lower left portion of the layout. But you have already seen these from the previous journal, so I did not think it mattered much.

Well, that is it for this part of my new journal. Tomorrow and the following day, I will be posting class samples I have completed and are coming up soon. After that I will show you my March set up.

So take care everyone, and happy creating!