To kick off the Summer this year I've decided to offer a PRE-ORDER SPECIAL on my MEMORIES OF THE BEACH CANVAS FLIP BOOK. This has been my most popular class ever and I've received an overwhelming amount of emails requesting this kit over the past year...so for a VERY LIMITED TIME I am offering this kit again in the Studio Store of my Blog. Not only that...but when you pre-order this kit, you will receive FREE Access to the on-line class that accompanies this project (normally $30). This on-line class includes 8 detailed videos with tons of bonus techniques that walks you through the entire step by step process to complete the project. It's like having a private class with me!
I will only be taking pre-orders for the Beach kits THIS WEEK and will begin shipping in the order they were received around June 18th. Access to the class will be sent to you in a separate email once your kit has shipped.
For only $38 + $7 shipping you will BOTH the full kit plus the On-line class...but remember this offer is only valid for another few days. After June 18th, I will no longer be taking orders for the kits and they will be gone again so don't wait to order!
It's that time again and I have piles of kits everywhere getting ready to head west on Monday for a big road trip! My schedule on the right side of the blog has been updated with links to all of the stores I will be teaching at along the way...but just so you can get the full visual, check it out all mapped out...
This is a brand new class that I will be teaching in stores around the country this year...however I've had so many request for this kit, I just added it to the studio store for purchase. Be sure to scroll through the additional photos of the book as well as the other kits and on-line classes available!
This time of year is always hectic...new product arriving from CHA, new classes to develop, teaching schedules to finalize for the year, road trip season beginning to go in to full swing...and in the middle of it, crazy snowy weather! My first quick trip of the year went really well...once I got past the slushy snow and ice storm in Washington DC to get down to North Carolina.
Check out this craziness...
Thank God for 4 wheel drive! It took 18 hours in one day to make the (what should have been) 8.5 hour drive. Thankfully, I made it safely and had another fabulous time at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro!! From there, I headed back up to Virginia to to visit with my Uncle and a girls night with my cousin to see 50 Shades of Grey : )
Then spent my last day with some wonderful ladies and 2 canvas classes at Photo Scraps in Maryland...great times!
So now I look forward to the snow melting in New Jersey - though this is my view out my back door right now (lol) ...
I just updated my teaching schedule on the right sidebar through the beginning of May (and I have a LOT more to add after that too!)
I have 2 teaching weekend in March...Next weekend (March 13-14) I will be debuting 2 brand new classes at Joys of Life Scrapbooking in Mechanicsville, Pennsylvania (plus 2 more classes).
BE HAPPY mini-book
and INKA GOLD CARD BONANZA
The photos are just sneak peeks (more coming soon) as I had some more new product arriving to add in to the samples but I am SO excited to start teaching both of these and share all of these techniques!
Two weeks later, March 27-28 I will be visiting Creativ You in Syracuse, New York for 2 days of classes. The Be Happy Mini-Book will be a part of that weekend as well!
The following Friday, April 3rd I will be at my closest store, PAPER ANTHOLOGY in Kenvil, New Jersey (only 25 minutes from my house...LOVE that!) to spend a night with my local peeps teaching the new Inka Gold Bonanza Card Class...Can't wait!!
So hopefully, by then the snow will be melted and the BIG trips go in to full swing!
I will be heading out to the Midwest the last 2 weeks of April and in to May to celebrate National Scrapbook Day! Here's the line up of the fabulous stores I will be teaching at along the way. (links to all are on the right sidebar on my schedule)
April 18 Creative Chaos - Circleville, Ohio
April 22 Scattered Art - Newburgh, Indiana
April 23 Soul Sentiments - Columbia, Missouri
April 24-25 Stampers Ink - Shawnee, Kansas
April 26 Imagine That Scrapbooking & Gifts - Columbus, Nebraska
April 27 A Walk Down Memory Lane - Rock Valley, Iowa
April 28 Heirlooms By Design - West Des Moines, Iowa
April 30 Scrapbook Store & More - Greenfield, Wisconsin
May 1 One Paper Place - Chicago, Illinois
May 2 (NATIONAL SCRAPBOOK DAY) Cafe Crop - Merrillville, Indiana
May 3 Scrappy Chic - Livonia, Michigan
May 4 From Moments to Milestones - Sturgis, Michigan
I'm excited to be heading out tomorrow for my first little road trip of the year...This Sunday (2/22) I will be teaching again at Betty's Creative Studio in Greensboro, North Carolina. Last time I was there we had a full house and a great day doing 2 of the 3 classes in my Mixed Media Boot Camp. This time, we will be doing the 3rd class in the series...Stencil BootCamp plus one of my favorite Gatebooks as the second class. Space is limited, but there is still time to sign up if you would like to join us : )
My second stop on this trip will be at another fabulous store in Maryland...PhotoScraps in Eldersburg. This will be my 4th time teaching here and I am so happy to be returning. This time we have a day of VIva Decor canvas. I will be doing 2 different classes during the day on Tuesday, 2/24. If you are in the area, I will be dropping off samples of both canvases tomorrow morning that will be there for a few days until I get there on Tuesday.
I found myself watching a video which had been posted on Facebook of a beautiful studio...I mean this room looked like an interior designer came in with a team of prefessional organizers. There was not a scrap or paper out of place, nothing on the pristine granite counter tops or floors. I found myself thinking that it was obviously so staged, who REALLY works like that?! Well it looked like no one had ever worked in there...at least not creating art! LOL
A few hours later I came across several of my artist friends posting studio table reveals...all inspired by a blog post by Seth Apter who is a fabulous mixed media artist and just about the nicest guy you could ever meet.
Loving that fellow artists were being so real, unsensored and revealing their individual creative messes I felt inspired to run downstairs in my jammies this morning to show mine as well. My main work table actually wasn't too bad for some reason. I recently cleaned up some of the potential avalanches to make room for a vintage tool box I have been painting so in order for you to really get the full effect of what I like to call my "Creative Chaos" I made this little video tour. It is an ongoing work in progress and to be honest I have not spent much time down there over the summer while recovery from surgery so it's pretty raw and very unorganized at the moment, lol.
***WARNING: for my very organized, Type A friends...this may be stressful for you to watch!!***
Just a little update on me....
I have been missing in action all summer to take some much needed time to focus on me. If you have seen me limping around for the past few years, you might have known that I had severe osteoarthritis in my right hip (one of those lovely family traits I inherited). I was told a year ago by my Orthopedic surgeon that it was bone on bone and the pain was only going to get worse...that I was putting off the inevitable and if I waited too much longer to address it that I may not regain full range of motion.
That being said, with the crazy dream/goal of actually being able to put my own sock on my right foot by winter (A feat I have not been able to conquer for about the last 3 years) I made the decision to have a Total Hip Replacement on June 30th. I went to an inpatient rehab facility for 10 days after surgery for intense physical and occupational therapy and have been going to outpatient PT since then. I have to say, although I've had what I consider a few minor set backs, this was one of the best decisions I have ever made. The extreme pain I had just learned to live with was just GONE when I woke up from surgery...AMAZING!!
My plan was to take off from teaching until October, but honestly I don't think I have much patience with myself or sitting still too long, LOL. Since I have been feeling so good, I started teaching a few weeks ago with a day of classes at Joys of Life Scrapbooking in Pennsylvaia and more this week and next locally at Paper Anthology in Kenvil, NJ. It feels SO good to get out and start reclaiming my life...to get back to my normal lifestyle! I am very very lucky and grateful to have such a wonderful family support system here. My poor husband who had to deal with every pain, struggle and set back, but celebrated with me with every new milestone I achieved! My Mom and sister were an enourmous help taking the kids to the beach for me so they didn't have to lose out on enjoying their summer too. My family is amazing and I love them very much for putting up with me : )
(Mike hanging out with me in Rehab after a long day of PT)
I even did a little doodling while I was icing my hip in Rehab...although Ryan looks a little like he is on pain meds in this drawing too I think, LOL. But I had fun doing it and it felt really good to just doodle for me : )
So I still have to be aware of my hip precautions for about another 2 weeks and I continue to do all of my physical therapy daily. Every day I feel a little bit less pain or stiffness, a little more confident and a little bit more normal. I'm ready and hitting the ground running (yes, maybe really actually running!) mid October with a teaching trip in Arizona then a massive road trip from NJ to Texas , teaching all along the way...and guess what - I WON'T BE LIMPING!!!!!
I'm getting ready to head out to the airport...this road trip is starting out with a flight to Portland, Oregon. I will be teaching at Memories of Time in Coos Bay, OR May 1-3 for National Scrapbook Day, then 2 days teaching at Runaway Art & Craft Studio in Salem, OR before heading up to Washington for a return visit and another 2 days of classes at Urban Scrapbooker! This time I boooked an extra day so I can actually explore Seattle...and of course make the pilgrimage to the original Starbucks!!!
Hope to see you there if you are in the area!!!
The craziness of my Spring teaching schedule is in full swing and the first road trip of the year was simply awesome!
So after a winter that looked like THIS in New Jersey....
(Yes, that is the view from my front door and that little bit of black under the mounds of snow is my Pathfinder!)
it's probably no surprise that I like to book my first road trip of the year heading SOUTH!!
This trip was especially exciting for me because aside from getting to see relatives and some of my best friends along the way, I was debuting a brand new class series that I had been working on for some time.
MIXED MEDIA BOOT CAMP
consists of 3 different classes or can be done as an all day event.
Paint Boot Camp
Colorful Effects to "DYE" for Boot Camp
Stencil Boot Camp
Using a combination of VIva Decor, Art Anthology and Ranger...along with lots of other products and mediums along the way, the focus of all three of these classes is the "MIXED" media aspect of each technique. Learning not only the basics of each product, but on how each works together with other products to form different techniques and stunning effects. It's all done in a 6x6 format with instructions to go on the back of each little masterpiece so you can create a mixed media technique reference. I keep all of mine in a decorated 6x9" Basically Bare Binder with chipboard tabs to seperate out each class. It works great for me!!
So I set out heading south on March 1st. Here's what my journey ahead looked like...
(if you click on "view larger map" you can see the whole itinerary!)
I debuted the classes at PhotoScraps in Eldersburg, Maryland and it was packed with ladies who spent the entire day with me emersed in mixed media heaven! It was a blast!!
The next day we did the whole series again at Scrapbooks Plus in Chantilly Virginia, then I QUICKLY headed down to Florida to outrun an ice storm that was coming! (Never a dull moment on a road trip! LOL)
I stayed with one of my best friends Laura, who had recently moved to Florida for a few days before spending the day in Crystal River for classes at Scrap & Stamp Art Studio. (Laura and I were having so much fun I forgot to take pictures!) Then made my way over to Plant City to hang out with my Aunt Joan for another few days while I taught at WhimSoDoodle
I was so happpy that my friend Roxanne Dondanville from the Art Anthology Design Team came to play, giggle and be my helper while I was in Florida....LOVE this talented and extremely funny lady!
From Florida, I started heading north for my next stop in Marrero, Louisiana at Scrappin Friendzee (and of course spent a little time in New Orleans on the way). I have to say...I LOVE the ladies in Louisiana. I laughed for 2 days and we had so much fun!!
From there, I taught at 2 different stores in Alabama...first stop was Kat & Junebugs in Enterprise
LOTS of creativity and smiling faces here : )
Then up to Scrapbook Princess in Moody. Both stores I taught at last year and just had to come back because the ladies here are just so wonderful!
I even got to go home with my own "Keep Calm and Scrap on!" shirts! LOVE it!!
The next morning I made my way over to Georgia where I spent a all too quick afternoon with one of my very most favorite giggle buddies Lauren Ferguson...Damn, I love her and we never have enough time!!
My final stop on the trip was in Greensboro, North Carolina at the fabulous Betty's Creative Studio and it was a amazing end to the trip. Crazy creativity going on at Betty's and her store is as awesome as she is!
The lovely Teena just grinned and giggled the whole day while emersed in painty bliss and as I was leaving gave me the sweeetest goody bag of artsy yumminess to keep me busy during my upcoming hip surgery...made me smile all the way home! Thank you for your thoughtfulness and wonderful gift Teena : )
I love my students!!
Looking forward to my next trip!
I was recently honored to be invited to do a Guest Artist Blog post for Altered Pages in Arizona. Their blog is full of yummy inspiration, she has a fabulous mixed media on-line store and also a store front now in Phoenix! You MUST check them out!!
Here's the link to my blog post and fun little canvas tutorial I did featuring ALL Art Anthology!