Monday, March 1, 2010

Mini art fat book - all the rage!

Just took another class with Wendy Vecchi at Scrapbook Friend'z in Bloomington, IL. I got to meet up with 2 others from the EWV group - always fun to meet like-minded folks in your groups! Lori and I had met before but Debby was 'new' to us. She knew who I was because I was wearing my Funky Flower Art (Wendy's stamps) sweatshirt*.

I got there early so I could put out place cards so no one would take our seats cuz we wanted to make sure we sat together. Wendy demo'd the hour prior to the class...pigment ink, mini misters, Perfect Pearls, new stamps, etc. Getting there early meant a chance to shop - and did I shop! Got some new Tim Holtz stamps, more Ranger Archival ink pads and re-inkers, Maya Road goodies and much, much more.

We spent 4 hours coloring Maya Road chipboard elements, cutting out and coloring grungeboard & paper images (that Wendy's husband stamped for us!) and adhering them all to Maya Road's Mini Scroll Layer Book. Our class was the first to use Wendy's newest stamps and the new distress ink colors. Yum yum! You can see how fat my book is; I used grungepaper scraps to lift the various elements on the pages. I prefer it to pop dots or foam tape because I can make the elevations more subtle.

If you've ever taken Wendy's classes you know she gives fab door prizes. I was one of the lucky winners and got a Maya Road House Album and a little suitcase of mini houses. We all got Maya Road keychains with the words 'art, read, create, simplify and imagine'. How cool is that!??!?!

Don't know about you but my eyes keep going all funny when I read the entry title today - I see 'fart book'. Oops - think I better drink some more coffee!

* I've been asked to teach a class on making this sweatshirt or making them to sell. Having been in the 'handcrafted items for sale' business once before I don't think it would be worth my while. Then again, maybe it would. Hmmmm...

Off to play with my new toys!


  1. Susan, I love your book. I wish I could leaf through the pages.
    Great idea using GP scraps I hate throwing stuff away, mind you that's why my craft room is bursting at the seams lol.
    Is that your place/name tag too it's lovely.
    btw, you made me check the title again, for a split second you were right too, lol

  2. Alexandra is such a hoot! I checked the title again, though, too. lol. This was so much fun! Hope to do it again in the future!

  3. Hi, looks like you had fun. I found you through Lori's blog, for sure I will be back. From another Wendy fan.

  4. The class sounds wonderful! And to be able to sit with EWV friends to boot! You're book came out fab, and congrats on the prize ... enjoy!

  5. Looks like you girls had a blast on your "fart book"! they look great and congrats on winning!