Friday, July 27, 2012

Scrapbookers in Red Deer

UPDATE: For any of you searching for a local scrapbooking store in Red Deer, we still currently do not have one as of January 2016. I get questions about this, so thought I'd update this post in case you are searching the net on where to shop in Red Deer. We only have a Michaels and then private distributors like myself show sell Close to my Heart and Stampin' Up.

I host many classes and events in the Red Deer and the Central Alberta area. To see what's new, follow me on Facebook at Personal Touch Scrapbooking.

This week has brought some huge changes for scrapbookers in Red Deer. With very little notice our major scrapbooking store, Scrapbooker's Paradise lost their lease and are now closing their doors as of August 18, 2012. It is always sad to see a local store close, but even more so when you have a "family" of staff and customers that are so close.

I do want to let everyone know that I will be continuing to teach classes from my home and at Scribbles and Giggles in Rocky Mountain House. I will have new classes posted periodically here on my blog under the classes tab and on my FaceBook page. I am also on Twitter, YouTube and Pinterest so there is lots of ways to see what I have coming up and stay in touch. You can click on any of my links on the rights side of the page to take you to my different social media sites.

I have a weekend retreat booked for November 16-18 (see events tab for details) and I still have some spots available for that.

I will also be hosting an open house in September so you can see the fall classes in person and visit with some scrappy friends.

I won't be going far and would love to stay in touch with all the great friends I've made at the store! We have such a great group of ladies I hate to see that come to an end. If you have product questions, class inquiries or you just want a scrappy chat :-) You can contact me by email at or by phone 403-348-6342.

Upcoming classes I'm teaching:

Playing with Distress Markers at Scrapbooker's Paradise (either August 7 or 8). See class tab for details.

Summer Memories Mini Album August 11 from 11-3pm at Scrapbooker's Paradise. See class tab for details.

Intro Copic Class with date to be announced (it will be a monday night in August at my home studio).

Altered Canvas class Sunday, August 19 1-5pm with possibly more dates to come at my home studio.

Fast and Fabulous Card Class at Scribbles and Giggles August 23.

I will post more details, dates, costs, etc in the classes tab as soon as I know more.
Thank you all for your patience as we transition through this very sudden change. If you have and ideas or requests for events, crops, classes, etc. please email me. I always love to know your ideas and have everyone's input.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Memory File Album

This Winter at CHA I had the pleasure seeing Heidi Swapp's new line of Memory Files and all her lovely accessories first hand. However, it wasn't until I started playing with them a couple of months ago that I truly fell in love! I think it's brilliant how she takes the idea of traditional scrapbooking layouts then mixes it in with an interactive mini book style and adds a splash of something completely new. It's a great way for card makers to cross over into scrapbooking/memory keeping without feeling so overwhelmed. The Files can be completed in a relatively short amount of time and once you finish a file you have the satisfaction of a completed project. There are also two storage boxes for the Files so everything stays together and protected from light, dust, etc.

Now don't get me wrong I adore 12x12 scrapbooks and I don't think I'll ever stop making them. However, Memory Files allow me to use all the interactive elements that I love without having to cut holes in my page protectors.

To top off the whole amazing system, Hedi came up with Color Magic...the best line of paper and embellishments for me because I get to ink, mist and paint to my heart's content! The papers have a clear resist pattern on them so when you apply ink (or any other color medium) only the areas of the pattern with no resist hold onto the color. How cool is that! Totally custom paper and embellishments.

I decided to take 3 Memory Files and create a mini album to show some of my students how you can use these files as they are intended or you can create other things with them. This post is very picture heavy so that my students can always come back to it after the class and get a close up look at all the details. I'm not going to write all the details of what I used, colors, etc. but if you are interested in something or have a question, please leave me a comment.

If you are in my area and are interested in learning more about this album, check out my classes tab here on my blog.




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Friday, July 13, 2012

Playing With Distress Markers

I'm back from summer holidays and working on new classes for the rest of the summer and into the fall. A little while ago I purchased the full set of Distress Markers. These are an excellent water based marker that match the traditional Distress colors from Tim Holtz/Ranger. I love the Distress line, so I got the markers thinking they would probably be a nice addition to my collection. Well I finally had a chance to play...and I'm totally in love with them! The are very juicy, vibrant colors and they do amazing things with water just like the rest of the Distress line.

After coloring a few images I would have to say that these markers are faster, easier and less expensive than Copics but you can achieve almost a comparable image. I say almost because they are blended with water so they do look a little more like watercolors, but if you dry each layer and keep adding color you can get some very intense images. If you aren't sure about investing in Copics (because they are a very large investment) I highly recommend the Distress Markers as an alternative marker. Just keep in mind that Copics are alcohol based and permanent whereas Distress Markers are water based and can be reactivated with water at any time.

For my cards I used water color paper, which I found gave me the best results. You can use regular cardstock, but I found the colors appeared brighter and the paper didn't curl nearly as much with the water color paper. The only difference was with the Wish card I used Specialty Stamping Paper, which worked really good for that technique (no water involved in this one).

Here is a look at what I created:

I cannot say enough how much I enjoyed coloring with these markers and I think they will become my new first choice for coloring. This is mostly because I'm usually in a hurry and it takes me a long time to color with Copics. However, I still love my Copics so I will continue to use them as well, there are just some great benefits to both types.

I will say I have had a couple of problems with my Distress Markers and the colors changing. When I first got the set, all the reds looked kind of brown. After they sat for a bit, the colors changed back to normal except for the Fired Brick marker. Again just recently (after making these cards) my Brushed Corduroy marker turned completely green! This is a pain, but it doesn't bother me too much because Ranger is awesome about replacing faulty product. If you have that problem just email them with a photo like the one below and they will send you a new marker.

I hope you found this helpful and make sure you pick up some of these great markers. If you are in my area, I will be teaching this as a class on August 16th. Click on the classes tab for more details.
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