Willis Family Photos

The challenge for Mosaic Moments this time was to be inspired by Pride and Prejudice.

Here is how my page turned out …

MM_Willis_Candy_Spiegel

To see my inspiration and how I created this page, visit Journella, here.

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Upcoming Classes

Happy Mother’s Day!

I hope all of the moms out there are having a nice day, today.

I wanted to share my latest heritage class … Home.

This page is perfect to highlight a family home, your grandparents’ house or you own house for future generations. It is simple, but filled with layers punched from pieces of paper, a Lifestyle Crafts’ die, a Cricut title and two different Crafter’s Workshop templates. It’s scheduled for Wednesday, June 6.

Don’t forget, I also have a Copic 101 class and my custom-made supply book class scheduled for May. Be sure to call Capture A Memory at 810-733-0716 to reserve your place.

Classes, classes and more classes

Learning is fun — if you know where to look. And crafting classes are always great fun.

Personally, I like real classes — not ones that are more like project kits — but ones where the instructor provides tips and tidbits while helping you make a project or learn a new technique. It doesn’t really matter what I make, it’s the process that is rewarding.

I could listen to Wendy Vecchi, Colleen Schaan, Tim Holtz or other experts teach all day long. I could take the same class again and again and always learn something new.

Sure, I can follow the directions and place a brad at a certain spot, I don’t need an instructor for that. But when the instructor adds tips for lining it up just right or telling you what not to do (because they’ve done it and it was a minor disaster), well, that’s what I expect to pay for when I take a class.

I remember taking a class from an EK Success rep years and years ago. We were working with products that aren’t even made anymore and the layouts I created never did receive photos or make it to my album. But, that rep taught me how to tear paper — a simple technique that you wouldn’t think you would need help with, but I’ve taught it over and over again and everyone seems thankful for the tips.

It’s moments like that that make the class worthwhile. And, since that is what I expect, that is how I model my classes.

And, I have quite a few classes on the horizon … I’m going to add a space to my blog for them to reside permanently, but for now, here are the classes I have coming up:

Art Glitter Lace Notebook

Sunday, Jan. 22 1-2:30 p.m.

Copic Airbrushing

Tuesday, Feb. 7 5:30-7 p.m.

Heritage: Holding Documents

Sunday, Feb. 19 1-2:30 p.m.

Adding Texture with Copic Colorless Blender

Sunday, March 18 1-3 p.m.

Cricut: Layers & Masking

Tuesday, Feb. 21 5:30-7 p.m.

To register or for more information, contact Capture A Memory at 810-733-0716 or click here …

I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Spring Fling

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. I love the soft colors, the chicks and bunnies, the buds on the trees and the return of the birds.

For the monthly heritage class, I wanted to do something that would celebrate all that I love about spring, but be versatile enough that it could support anyone’s photos on any subject relating to spring.

Using Graphic 45 papers, here is what I came up with …

Some of the techniques included in this class are making charms with shrink plastic, working with Adirondack Color Wash and layering paper flowers.

The class is the third Friday of May at Scrap Tales in Brighton. Call the store at 810-225-9636 to register. See you there!

Bo Bunny’s Timepiece Collection

I absolutely fell in love with this new collection by Bo Bunny while making these pages for Scrap Tales.

In fact, making these pages actually inspired me to create this …

Click here to visit Scrap Tales blog where I tell the story of how this paper inspired me to create this layout.

Heritage Classes

I love working on heritage pages. It was, in fact, the thing that encouraged me to try scrapbooking in the first place.

In a scrapbook, you have room to go beyond the names and dates of your ancestors. You can share their stories, show the places they lived, their handwriting, what they looked like and more.

Heritage pages are also fun because you can used different styles of paper and embellishments from what you would normally put in a scrapbook. While I may not be willing to spend a lot of time or money on a page about yet another choir concert my daughter performed in, for example, I am willing to do whatever it takes to make a special heritage page — especially since I may have only one photo of that person.

So, I began teaching heritage classes. They are held on the third Friday of each month at Scrap Tales in Brighton. The cost of each class varies, depending on the supplies used, and I try to teach different techniques in each one.

Here are the ones we have done so far …

Baby — using the new birdcage die by Tim Holtz.

At the Beach — using these amazing papers from Graphic 45.

Grandfather — uses more papers from Graphic 45.

Military (this can be customized for any war or military service) is August’s class. It uses papers from Reminisce.

The folder opens so you can include additional journaling or memorabilia. I included a copy of my grandfather’s service record and copies of the ribbons he earned. (I found photos of each on Wikipedia)

And this is the page for September. I didn’t include journaling because I haven’t found much on this couple, YET. These are my great-great grandparents and I prefer to wait until I have more information before I finish it. But, I love this line from Graphic 45.

October’s class will be a Family Tree. I haven’t completed it yet, but if it turns out anything like what it is my head, it will be great. I am using the Heritage cartridge from Cricut to create it.

And, by the time November roles around, the new vintage Christmas line by Bo Bunny should be in the store so we can do a heritage holiday page.

I am also planning on holding a 5-hour crop/class on a Saturday, where we talk about creating pages for the family members without pictures and then have time to work on our individual pages. Perhaps I can find a date in September to hold that one …

It’s lots of fun … you should join us!