Sunday, February 27, 2011

Anna Griffin Classes at Scrapbooks-Plus!

I've had a long enough hiatus from teaching so I am starting a series of Anna Griffin classes at Scrapbooks Plus in Chantilly! With brand new lines that are fresh and funky yet still elegant and vintage, there's a whole lot of neat new designs on the way.  I'm pretty excited since I haven't taught since last May and I am really enjoying some of the design ideas from the crafty artists at Anna Griffin.  The Anna Griffin designs inspire my interpretation of the first page of the layout while I design the second complimentary page.

This first class is entitled "Carmen - Cool Flamingo"  It's the first of two layouts using the Carmen papers that I plan to teach.  In this first class, I used playful honeycomb, geometric and floral patterns reflecting a vibrant, south-of-the-border style. I selected the cooler combination of pink and greens complemented by shimmery gold foil. Featuring colorful hues popular in 1930's South America, there is an accordion fan (made by hand of course) that was used as a backdrop for a perfectly framed photo with a vintage flamingo diecut. The second page features gold edges and a large journaling block with retro stamps and flowers.  I'm scheduling this class for Sunday, March 27, 10am – 12:30pm. And as always, I will donate my teaching fees to a worthy cause, this time to one of my employees who was recently diagnosed with a very aggressive brain cancer. 

In the next few months, we'll use the spring-themed papers of the Fifi and Fido, some family pages from the Willow line and create a warm and sunny second Carmen layout.  I might just switch things up in the summer to a couple of lines from last year including Cecile and Calisto (which are just perfect for weddings and vacations at the shore).  Exciting stuff!!

Sunday, February 6, 2011

New Years in Florida

Its been a while...that's how it goes with blogging I suppose, especially when you have four boys to keep track of and a company to run!

We spent the week after Christmas and New Years in Jupiter, Florida.  I put together a quick spiral bound book using a packet of double-sided K&Company card stock, a number of coordinating embellishments and silk flowers and butterflies I bought on sale at Michael's.

The pages were simple in design with most of the focus on the photos and the journaling.

There are about thirty pages in the book - too many to post them all, but it was a fun, simple project that I was able to do at the kitchen table while my guys were watching the NFL playoffs in the family room.