Friday, March 4, 2011

What I Made at the Expo

Welcome new followers! I'm always surprised and happy to see the numbers go up. But don't worry, I won't forget my my OG followers. 

I wanted to share with you what I made during the Scrapbook Expo last week.

Prima Make and Take:

     On the convention floor, different companies have a few seats for you to make a quick item using their products, next to their sales booth. You really have to work fast in hectic conditions as someone is standing behind you awaiting your seat. It reminds me of an experience I had with Dad and Jenn of eating dim sum in Hong Kong. Anyways, Jenn and I still managed to make a beautiful page using a ton of Prima flowers. I learned they started out in the floral industry before branching out to scrapbooking, I can tell by their innovative products, as you'll see soon. This page was only $3.00 and included all the papers, flowers, bling and lace. I encourage you to try make and takes at conventions if you have the time and patience.

Vendor make and takes
My Prima make and take page

SEI Class:

     I took an one hour class using a mini-kit from SEI. They have a monthly kit club and you can find the info here. Jenn and I did join for a while but couldn't keep up because they send you so much stuff each month, so we had to cancel. What I like best about SEI is that they are always innovative in how they use their papers and products. Whenever we take their class, they always have a new way to make a mini-album or an interactive element on a layout. I learned a new way to make an accordion album out of regular  papers. Here are the two birthday cards we made in the class. Who knows, you could be getting one of these next. 

SEI birthday cards

Prima Canvas Mini Album:

     The most elaborate class I took was the Down and Dirty Canvas Album by Prima. I had never taken any of their classes before. Each person had 20 masks and 8 bottles of glimmer mists to use within a small space. It was really messy and I was afraid of getting misted by my neighbors and vice versa. My hands were totally green by the end and I thought it looked like Elphaba. But the final product was super cute so it might be worth it if you don't mind the process. The class is entitled down and dirty. The pros of this technique is that the colors are very vibrant and it makes covering a page super quick, much faster than painting or papering a chipboard background. 

Elphaba hands

Prima canvas mini album cover

Here are some of the inside pages. The designs are the non-misted sections of the page, showing the original canvas color.

Mini album inside pages

If you haven't used masks and mists, here is a quick tutorial. You cover your paper with a shape or mask. Prima sells templates made out of plastic. I have a plastic snowflake on the paper. Then I spray with a colored, glittered spray. Mine is by Tattered Angles. The spray gets all over so I spray inside a cardboard box. When you are done, remove the mask and the negative space makes a white pattern on your paper. 

Remove the mask
Spray over the mask

Final product
You can really change up a plain piece of white paper or a plain canvas album.

original Prima album

Talk to you soon! I have to go to a teachers vs. JV boys volleyball game now.


ghsmcclure said...

You are amazing. I love the smooth cogent descriptions of the process.

Tammy said...

Wow, I'm really liking the new style of your blog! Did you get someone to draw that for you or did YOU do it? I'm amazed at your craftiness. :D

Miranda said...

Looks great!
Looking forward to work with you on the DT of Sketchabilities.

Unknown said...

love your works!! looking forward yo creating with you on the Sketchabilities DT

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