Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Moving On....

From All Day Card Class on now to thinking of Christmas Card Classes.  Before we were finished with two very successful and happy card classes we had booked our venues for the All Day Christmas Card Classes. 

So...clear you're calendar...don't be disappointed and find you can't get into the date that works best for you.  Class sizes are always limited and once we open registration, it's a first come first served opportunity. 

The dates will be Saturday, October 26th.  Tuesday October 29th and Saturday November 2nd.  As I said we aren't taking registrations just yet, but clear your calendar and be ready in a few short weeks to drop in or phone to register.  Each class will be held in the Community Room at Your Independent Grocers.

Remember too to clear your calendar for the Mega Crop Weekend. We have dates for that which are October 18-20th, Friday through Sunday. The venue for that will be The Rotary Centre for Youth
Lots of people have told us that they are planning to attend, so watch your newsletter for the notice of registration.

New friendships were made and old friendships once again shared during the All Day Card Classes that we held, it was indeed a happy time. Here are a few of the cards that we made in the All Day Card Class.

Two lovely stamps for colouring and one making use of masks and the ever popular Distress Inks.
To see the other seven we made, pop over to our Flickr site here.

Have you been busy crafting this past week? Rachel and Emily have found the love of friendship bracelets once again.   Rachel has been making knotted bracelets and Emily has been weaving different designs on the weaving wheel.

I mentioned to one customer that it isn't summer unless they make a few friendship bracelets and she agreed.  

If you want to make some bracelets, or use the weaving wheel idea to make belts, straps, necklaces as well as bracelets, then hop back here for some great links to ideas and patterns like these.

If you prefer knotted bracelets such as these to the left, then there is a great tutorial to be found here.

We have one customer who developed a "bored" board for her three boys. They chose things that they liked to do and put it on their board. 

Subsequently when they were "bored" they had only to look at their "bored" board to find something to keep their little hands busy.

With all the crafting ideas available to us, we should never be bored!

I was thinking I should try to inspire all our scrapbookers too, ready for October.  I was shopping the other day and saw Krista who told me that she would be scrapping with us for sure as she had two birthdays and a trip down east to get done.

So here's a great article on how Nathalie works on a new layout.

I realised when I read her post, that many of her tricks are ones I use myself too.  She has a bunch of copy paper cut into different photo sizes that she uses to get the feel for her layout before printing her photos. 

I like to start with a sketch and then I do the same thing, pulling out my copy paper to the suggested sizes on the sketch and making sure it works for me.  I'll often fit another photo into the layout, or maybe change the suggested size of a photo so that the layout becomes my own.  

Here's a lovely one page layout that Nathalie put together.  
Take careful note of her detailed embellishments. 
The feathers which are still so very popular right now. 
The stitching that enhances the page in a number of places and pay attention to the little "you & me" button that you could easily re-create with a large jump ring glued on top of the printed or stamped words of your choice, then filled with Glossy Accents.  

We've shown this technique in the past at one of our Mega Crop Weekends.

Make  sure you bookmark this article so that you don't forget it. I had something to say about forgetting things in this post here.    

Just scroll down a little and you'll see what I mean.

I'd like you to re-look at these two lovely layouts that Linda made for the Spring Mega Crop Weekend too.
Here's one titled Wonderland and you can find the other one here, titled Coco Cay.  

Again scroll down just a little and then click on the photo for a larger view.

I love the bright colours of the papers above along with the detail of pinwheels, banners, circles, the subtitle on the tickets the various sizes of the photos that keep my interest on a page.  

With Coco Cay I love the way Linda incorporated so many small embellishments that again keep you looking.  The beautiful ombre design she made with her large punch, the stitching that made you think of the sun in the photos.  The clever use of the otherwise plain border sticker all add up to make a really eye catching page. Last but not least I love the fact that the photos are sized differently and grouped together making it easy on the eye to look at them all.

Linda was kept busy last Friday with customers receiving more instruction from her on their Silhouette machines.   Such an in depth machine that you will continually learn new things you can do with it. If you missed that free lesson opportunity on Friday, then talk to us about creating another opportunity for you to learn more about your machine. 

Have you signed up for the Indoor Garage Sale at the store....a great opportunity to pass along the sweetness from your stash that you no longer use and perhaps exchange it for newer product.   
Don't delay it will be here before you know it.

Until Later.....Happy Crafting,


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