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Friday, April 29, 2016

Grow Where You Are Planted Layout

I have a layout with a "flower" theme up on the Pink Paislee blog today!
GROW WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED by Paige Evans

DESCRIPTION: I heart flowers! Any excuse to use them, and LOTS of them, on a layout is okay by me!

JOURNALING SAYS: Ice cream and flowers in a beautiful city in Germany... what more could a little girl ask for! :)

HOW TO: Die cut the Studio Calico "Film Club" flowers and leaves from white cardstock and leave them on the sticky mat while watercoloring them using colors pulled from Fancy Free. Paint a vanilla cardstock background with white paint swirls and flick black ink on top - let everything dry. Layer the die cut flowers and some fussy cut flowers from Fancy Free on the background along with a photo and embellishments. Journal below the photo.

SUPPLIES: Patterned paper, Thickers, tags, die cuts, dimensional stickers, chipboard stickers: Fancy Free by Paige Evans for Pink Paislee; Cardstock, pen, adhesive: American Crafts; Flower cut files: Paige Evans for Studio Calico; Die cut machine: Silhouette Cameo; Watercolors: Loew Cornell; India ink: ProArt

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Happy FriYAY!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Big Picture Classes - Paige's Pages 08


Paige's Pages 08 is now available to view at Big Picture Classes!
I'm especially excited about this class because it's all featuring Fancy Free - Big Picture Classes even ordered it and some of it is now in the shop! I know Fancy Free has been hard to find which is bittersweet - it's good because it means it's doing well, but also hard because people are having a difficult time finding it - stores will be restocked soon!
Here is a description of this scrapbooking series: Paige Evans' layouts often have us wondering - how did she DO that? In Paige's Pages 08, Paige will be sharing the inspiration and techniques she uses each time she starts a layout, and challenging you to look at your supplies in a whole new way."

 Big Picture Classes (or BPC) is an online learning platform for all things crafty, offering classes that cover all the crucial topics about crafting, creating, and documenting memories that you'll need to excel, and then some! Get access to as many classes as you want for only $9.95 a month - that's a stellar deal! Each class brings you a variety of topics and ideas, PDFs, prompts, and so much more! Check out the Big Picture Classes website to find out more about how you can learn everything you need to know to document your memories beautifully every time.

Like the previous lessons, in Paige's Pages 08 there are four start-to-finish scrapbooking videos showing how I used Fancy Free in new and inspirational ways.


I love teaching, I love making layouts and scrapbook videos, and I'd love to see you in the Paige's Pages 08 classroom over at Big Picture Classes!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Scrappies Recap

Yesterday I drove down to Scrappies in Eching near the Munich airport and taught a group of 13 lovely ladies a 4 layout workshop!
This was my first time using Fancy Free in a class!
 We started with the most time consuming layout first which was using the String Art Heart Templates and I love how everyone's layout turned out unique and her own.
We did some watercoloring before lunch and started another layout while it dried.
Demonstrating how to make big paint splatters.
There were a bunch of pink blossoming trees near the event so I quickly ran over and snapped to my hearts content.
We walked over to Scrappies for lunch and Sandra had set up Fancy Free for sale :)
Hilary came all the way from Cambridge to take this class - no pressure haha! She deemed herself my #1 fan and is just the sweetest lady in the world.
My desk: Tropical Red Bull, water, phone, class layouts, an album of newer layouts, mini albums and coptic bound books... the works :)
Group shot! Thank you so much to everyone who came and scrapbooked!
I had a great time teaching at Scrappies and am planning to be back soon! Oh, and, I'll share the class layouts after I teach this Saturday at Ebern Scrappt!

Friday, April 22, 2016

Sneaks

A little bit quiet lately - a whole bunch of stuff in the works, nothing I can quite share yet, so sneaks it is!










Tomorrow I'm teaching my first class with my first scrapbooking collection at Scrappies! Still so surreal to see my name on things, it really is a dream come true!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Polish Pottery 2016

Driving over to Bolesławiec, Poland to shop for Polish Pottery is like a "thing" here. I think the women of all the US Army bases in Europe single-handedly keep pottery in business - it was funny how many people we ran into whom we knew! I've been going once a year all three years we've been here: 2014, 2015, and now 2016! Have to go back once more in 2017 :)

Some girly friends and one baby came over at 4:30pm on Friday, we packed up, and headed out! We arrived at the Elim Mission Center just after 10pm and quickly went to sleep, anxious to get some beauty sleep before a big day!
 I love the morning views out the lace-clad windows.
In my first post I said this was an abandoned insane asylum, correction, it's actually an old abandoned hospital. I don't know which is creepier!
We were out the door ready to rock and roll at 8am. First stop: Ceramika.
It wasn't opened for another 15 minutes so we walked around and took pictures. I love how many colors there are in this one corner.
Dreamy!
  All the colors!
 Photo cred: Whit Wild.
Pottery as far as the eye can see!
 A ginormous cup and saucer used as a planter - so cute. Photo cred: Morgan.
Baby Eliza, adorable as ever. Photo cred: Maranna.
Photo cred: Stephanie.
The heart patterns!!! LOVE!
 If I could take home one (or 12) of each of these, I totally would.
The new desirable pattern is red white and blue. I wonder who they're catering to... :)
 For lunch the plan was to go to the Blue Beetroot (as always!) but it was closed for a party. Luckily Maranna knew of another place which turned out to be even better, note to self!
Beet soup. So good.
 The gals!
 Lunch is served.
 I got traditional meat pierogis. What are pierogis? Also known as varenyky, pierogis are filled dumplings of East European origin. They are made by wrapping pockets of unleavened dough around a savory or sweet filling and cooking them in boiling water. I could have eaten 10.
 Loot for my mom, a sucker for all things patriotic.
 Replacement plates for my friend Jami who taught me all there is to know and passed down this traditional excursion.
Always fun times with the ladies! Already looking forward to one last trip - hopefully with Chris and the kids so we can officially get a magnet for our travel board. And apparently, and I have NO IDEA how I've missed this all three times I've been to Bolesławiec, the town center is super duper cute!!! Exhibits A & B from the interwebs (I even did a Google street map view just to be sure this is true and actually exists!):

Now I really can't wait to go back!