Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Next Week's Classes!

Our first classes of the Winter '08 schedule are next week and they should be fun! The first is:

Hero Arts Valentines
taught by Sheila
Wednesday, February 6th
Create darling Valentine cards appropriate for loves ones
and friends. We will be using a new set of clear stamps by
Hero Arts which will be yours to keep. Please bring your
own acrylic block.

Altered Edges
taught by Susan Beth
Thursday, February 7th
Create awesome pages using different edged papers, fun
embellishments, and more. A very artsy class you won't want
to miss!

Call the store to sign up for these great classes or stop by and
see the projects in person!

Monday, January 28, 2008

Winter 2008 Class Schedule

The Open House was a success! Lots of you stopped by to see the projects and sign up for classes and plenty of you took advantage of the store wide sale. If you missed the Open House, newsletter, or still haven't decided which classes you want to take, here is the Winter '08 Class Schedule. (Click on the image to open a full screen version)

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Another Sneak Peek

Only 2 days until the Open House!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

**ALL NEW** Kit Club!!

Here are some sneak peeks at February's Card Kit!! See the whole project at the open house on Saturday!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Book Club Projects - That's Life!

by Tonight was the big night for sharing our projects inspired by the "That's Life" book by Nic Howard. Here are the projects (I think most if not all of them) that were presented tonight, along with a brief description of what in the book was the inspiration for the project. This time all of the projects are scrapbook pages.

Let's start with Barb's pages. She brought three to share that were inspired by this book. First is this one with the heart sewn over the photo. The idea of sewing over photos and using sewing to frame elements in scrapbook pages is prevalent in the book, and really a great idea.

This next one by Barb is inspired by the subject of one of Nic's layouts - Caffeine O'Clock on page 103 of the book - it seems that Nic is not the only one who must get a caffeine fix during the day. Barb and her daughter turn it into both an infusion and a chance to catch up with each other.

Barb's got some great details going there with the numbers, the clock face, and a tag for journaling.
This next one is of Barb's son as he left for a long (I think a year or so) trip to Japan. It is inspired by Nic's account of world travel these days on page 59 of the book. Barb included that brilliant red sun because it is what she saw through tears as she drove home from the airport that day! So appropriate for sending off her son to Japan!
Now, switching gears to Jan's projects. Jan always impresses, and no disappointment here! She felt inspired by the layout on page 101 about a woman's husband's mental health issues. Here Jan bares her soul about her own wrestling with OCD after her son was born - and in class she warned us that it is not an uncommon postpartum issue ( I assume somehow related to the postpartum depression we hear so much about. Anyway, here is the two page layout:

And here are a couple of chances to see some of the details:

And this is another project from Jan, inspired by Nic's call to scrapbook about everyday things that will help those who see the pages to get to know the people highlighted a little better. This one is about the sleeping habits of her family - really, quite humorous when you get a chance to read all of the journaling!Take a look at this pull-out hidden behind one of the main photos! This is something Jan is known for, and it is well executed here!
Jan said these papers and embellishments were RAKed to her, and not what she would have selected left to her own devises, but look what a great job she did with them! Way to expand your horizons Jan!
For the first time tonight we were joined by Kristii, and is she ever a great scrapbooker. She was inspired by Nic's "Five" layout on page 57 of the book - especially by the circles! Great use of circles (and really, a stunningly beautiful daughter as well!)

But look at the detail in these three dimensional butterflies! They are gorgeous!
So beautiful, we have to get another look at them!

Wow! What a beautiful page!
Last, but hopefully not least are my three lay outs. Now, before showing them, I have to say that for me Nic and her book have been a huge inspiration since the day I got the book four or more months ago! I just love the distressing and sewing techniques she uses, as well as the paper layering. And I'm am really excited about the expanded horizons when I get away from event scrapbooking and begin to do something more about life in general. So, here are my pages:
This first one is inspired by the "Neighbour" layout on page 69 - using the idea of a block of multiple photos. Also, I love incorporating stitching into the mix of a page!
Next I've got a layout inspired by two different pages from the book. I, like Kristii was very impressed with the Five layout on page 57 - I got my circle on the side of this layout from that.

And I also love the cluster of elements and decor down in the corner, which was inspired by the "So Cool" layout on page 39 of the book.

These photos are of Jansse several years ago, before Halloween. We went on a hike, and he was so in love with his costume that he insisted on wearing it and bringing along the wooden axe accessory for the entire hike. So typical of Jansse, even to this day! He was just three, and seeing him dressed as some sort of knight/viking out in the woods was so magical!
Next is a layout that really is so inspired by Nic's style in general - distressed edges, sewing on each of the many layers of paper, and lots of layers! And, its just about Jansse carrying his package from the gate to the house! Not that he gets packages every day, but the idea of photographing this part of the surprise was so fun!

The detail shots show some of the distressing and sewing I'm so enamored with. Also, I got the idea of using layers of paper within the journaling from the "Beautiful" layout on page 96 of the book.

So, that's it for this month - several people were not able to attend tonight, so we don't have as many projects as we'd hoped. But, if they get me photos of what they've done, I'll be sure to post them so you can all get a good look at them.
Next month we meet on the 18th, and we are doing projects inspired by the book "Designing with Details" from the wonderful team at Autumn Leaves.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Sneak Peek - Valentines

Here's a sneak peek at one of the classes offered this quarter! You'll want to be sure to stop by the Open House next Saturday to get a look at all the great classes offered! We've got some new things coming your way in the next few months - some new things in the store and some new things on the blog - so you'll want to stay tuned! We're excited about the changes and can't wait for you to get a taste of what's to come!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Save the Date!!

Keepsakes Winter Open House!!

Saturday, January 26th

Come see all the new projects and sign up for classes!
You won't want to miss it!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Hero Arts Sale!!!

Special Catalog Sale

The wonderful new Hero Arts Catalog is here!!!
Stop by and check out the catalog full of hundreds of new images.
WHATEVER you like, we'll order for you
at 20% Off
Don't miss out, get brand new product at a great Discount!!!
Sale ends January 28th

Friday, January 11, 2008

Coming Soon!!

The design team has met, the classes have been chosen, and the schedule is in the works. So just bear with us as the newsletter will be coming soon!!

In the meantime, here's a sneak peek at one of the upcoming class projects. We've got good stuff coming your way, from Valentine's cards to layouts to home decor projects, so stay tuned!