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! You can order them here...
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!
(2 different examples from my Mixed Media Canvas Class)
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 : )
They even kept me pumped up on Starbucks...which is extremely important on a roadtrip!!
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 : )
Spring is always the busy season for classes and this year is no exception! Just in the last few months I have taught in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Massachusetts, Toronto, and I just had a fabulous weekend celebrating National Scrapbook Day with my friends in West Virginia at Almost Heaven Scrapbooking! Lots of fun ladies, 5 classes and as usual lots of laughs and memories...thanks again for having me back Beverly!
I have a busy day of last minute details and I'm heading out on one of my biggest road trips of the year! I will be driving from New Jersey...all the way out to Nebraska, then down to Arkansas and back...teaching all along the way for most of this month. The schedule is updated on the right side of my blog with all of the fabulous stores I will be visiting along the way. I'm so excited to see the many friends I have made on previous trips out that way...it's going to be a crazy busy trip - wish me luck that I find lots of Starbucks (or some Tim Hortons!) every day : )
I've got several fun creative weekends planned for April...starting with 3 classes at Scrapbooks Plus in Chantilly, Virginia this weekend! I'll be teaching my Artful Anthology Flip Book Saturday from 2-5, then on Saturday from 11-1 is the Viva Diva Techniques class and the new Memory Art Journaling Class...my current favorite : )
The following weekend I will be heading up to Toronto, Canada for a REALLY fun few days! I'll be teaching at one of my favorite stores Bizzy Bs Stamp & Scrap...FABULOUS store (with even more fabulous owners!)
I will be teaching at the store Thursday night (4/11) the Viva Diva Class, then on Sunday (4/14) the Artful Anthology Flip Book as well as the Butterfly Pennant.
In between (Friday and Saturday) I will be "bizzy" getting all painty at their booth at SCRAPFEST in Kitchener, Ontario. I will be demoing Art Anthology as well as Viva Decor and have lots of fun techniques to share!! Can't wait to see all of my creative Canadian friends!
I've been getting a lot of e-mails from ladies who can't make it to one of my classes or just don't live close enough to any of the independent stores i will be teaching at...I usually don't put up my new classes right away but because I've had so many requests I just added 3 kits to my Studio Store...2 of them are brand new! if you can't make it to a class in your area...go ahead and grab a kit! I e-mail complete step by step instructions for each kit once its mailed out and i'm always available via e-mail or facebook if you have any questions along the way!
New kits in the store are as follows...
Canvas Butterfly Pennant (which is 3 feet long!!) $35
I got home late Saturday night from my first teaching road trip of the year and it was just awesome!!
I spent time with one of my best friends and lots of family along the way. I taught at some of my favorite stores...Whimsodoodle in St Petersburg, FL, Scrapdoodles in Virginia and Altered Angel in Georgia. FUN classes with some wonderful ladies (and one great guy!)
I was also able to teach in 3 stores that were new for me...Kat & June Bugs in Alabama, Everything Scrapbooks & Stamps in Lake Worth, FL and The Paper Trail in Fayetteville, NC. As always, I made new friends and had a lot of laughs along the way.
I taught several brand new classes over the last 2 weeks...lots of Art Anthology and Viva Decor in my new line up. Here's a peek at 3 of the new classes I will be teaching this year (OH! and I started updating my teaching schedule on the right side of my blog so you can see where you can take these classes : )
ARTFUL ANTHOLOGY FLIP BOOK
and here's a different color combo (I do it differently every time I make one!)
CANVAS BUTTERFLY PENNANT
(this is 3 feet long!)
here's a close up...
VIVA DIVA TECHNIQUES!
I will be showing more classes soon and also will be putting up kits for sale for the Butterfly Pennant and the Artful Anthology in my Studio Store...so check back soon : )
So many wonderful things have been happening over the past several months and I feel like I have been in such a transition and finally starting to feel like i am settled and seeing results of a lot of hard work.
First things first...I am simply giddy to update you on my weight loss journey.
I have officially lost 100 pounds !!!!!
It seems completely surreal saying it out loud. I truly never thought I would get this far and my only goal was to be out pain...and guess what...still NO back pain! I still have a long way to go but it's an amazing feeling to be out of pain and I have never been happier or felt better.
CHA was awesome! I spent the show at the ART ANTHOLOGY Booth and we had an amazing response. Aside from being the Creative Director, which has been SO much fun...I was so excited to debut my own signature line of DIMENSIONAL CRYSTAL Paints at the show along with 6 colors for the Coloration mists. I am thrilled with the way they came out!
They are an ultra blingy dimensional paint that can be applied with a brush, palette knife or used with the detail tip fron the bottle...SO much fun!!!
The paints at the top are Sorbet, Dimensional Crystal in the tall bottles in the middle and the awesome Velvet paints at the bottom. I have several brand new classes that I will start teaching with my March road trip down south...Virginia, Georgia, Alabama, Florida and North Carolina. I will be updating my teaching schedule on the right side of my blog in the next few days as all of the details are decided. Lots of Viva Decor in my new classes as well as Unity Stamps!
I'm so excited about all of the changes, transitions and additions I have made and can't wait to share it all with you...ALL GOOD THINGS!!