I own Papercraft Clubhouse, the largest mixed media, stamping, die-cutting and scrapbooking store in Connecticut. These are my musings on art journaling, scrapping, stamping, owning my own business and life in general.
Lisa designed this cute kid's class to create homemade teacher gifts from the heart. For just $12 kids will make a card, matchbox and magnetic notepad. What a great deal! Class is June 13th from 12:30-2:30pm.
As I mentioned in the newsletter we've got Guest Instructors Danielle and Peggy Forma visiting on June
26th. Here are their class descriptions again along with one picture from each project. I'll post on the blog when the actual books are in store and available for a closer look. They're just spectacular!
"Naturesque", 10am-1pm. The inspiration for this book
comes from Danielle's love of nature and soothing blues and greens. We will
be learning many unique techniques using "nature-like" materials including
metal, cork, and wood. We will be stamping and embossing using Sizzix dies and
Tim Holtz alcohol inks as well as embroidering some canvas cloth. We will also
use some recycled items such as newspaper and bottlecaps in the layouts. $50
non-refundable class fee.
A Very Vintage "Glovely" Book, 2-5:30pm. We are taking a
used book and repurposing it to make it look like a beautiful vintage book! We
will be taking out the insides of the books and sewing in “signatures”. These
are pages made with beautiful papers and many different techniques. You will be
making envelopes, inking masks, building houses, covering birds and even
decorating branches. There are flowers galore, ribbons, buttons, and so much
more… You can add pictures to this book or just leave it as a work of (he)art
if you want. $50 non-refundable class fee. (samples will be in the store soon)
And here is a photo of the cover of Peggy's "Glovely" Book.
Lisa's busy teaching our AMuse card class right now, and as I walked by she was teaching the ladies a new technique I wanted to share. Lisa was playing with her supplies, specifically those tiny Momento Dew Drop Inks we all got when we were waiting for the large Momento ink pads to arrive for us to use with our Copic Markers. Anyhow, she realized that if she pulled the ink pad across the tree trunk she was stamping, she could get texture and shading as if she had colored it in... with one easy step! Here's a picture of the card:
And speaking of "playing" with our supplies, we had a great time in the second part of our Tim Holtz/Jennifer McGuire Creative Chaos class. Two young girls walked in with their Mom and they were quite curious about what the ladies were doing. "It's art class for grownups!" I told them, and it's really true. It's fun to play with paper and scissors. Instead of making paper chains and dolls, we're creating scrapbook pages and cards. And it's just as fun as it was when we were kids!
A friend in NY told me her kids were in love with Silly Bandz, so when I saw Memory Bands I knew they would be a hit. We've got Animals, Dinos, Fun Shapes, Vehicles, Love, Sports, Music and more. They're $1.99 for a dozen at the store. Get 'em while they're hot!
We just love these small-sized pads for card making and scrapbook pages. We've got a large order coming from Memory Box soon, but hopefully those pictured below, plus 8x8 Avignon from 7Gypsies, will keep us satisfied in the meantime.
The Papercraft Clubhouse has been open for exactly one month today. WOW! It is a blur, but a happy blur. I am home right now with my kids. Rachael just twisted her ankle and Will wants me off the computer so he can go on PBS kids. Hubby is taking his car to be serviced. Later I am teaching 15 women the art of scrapbooking while Lisa and Mary hold down the fort at the store and run the crop. It's just another day in Paradise and I love my hectic life!!!
Welcome to Social Club Thursday, where we highlight creations from this amazing community of stampers! As you know, Sally has been throwing a birthday party on the blog this week. She invited some of you to join her by sharing some wonderful birthday creations from the Flickr group pool. Let’s see who’s joining the festivities…
Time for a little Q&A, my scrapbooking friends. Question: What do China, Greece, Beijing and Cairo have in common? Answer: It is so hard to find cool scrapbooking items about these amazing countries and cities!
We've restocked our selection of travel papers and embellishments. The above are all represented, as are some places closer to home that we get lots of requests for: Washington, DC and Pennsylvania (think Hershey bars and Liberty Bells...) among others. In addition, I was able to find some nice coordinating First Communion, Godparent, Bar Mitzvah and Bat Mitzvah papers. Lots of requests for those lately, too. Here's an image of Stamping Station's Beijing travel sticker:
Another question: what subjects are YOU scrapbooking these days? Leave me a comment and let me know!