Tuesday, May 26, 2015

May 9 Meeting Pictures

On our May 9th meeting we had a different kind of workshop.  One of our members, Connie S opened her home to us to have a hands-on experience with many of the tools and materials she uses for books, cards and scrapbooking. We saw embossing and die cutting machines (Sizzix, Big Shot and Cuttlebugs, oh my).  Edge G said that the Cuttlebug is her favorite piece of equipment.  She made embossing samples and has already used them.

For those of you who make cards or perhaps a paper-pockets book (Diane W’s workshop in April), there is an envelope maker.  This one offers a myriad of envelope sizes and tells you where to fold.  Easy as anything (I have one of these). 

For the stampers, lots of things were available.  Stamp pads and ink stamp refills make stamping easy.  If you make multiples of things with stamps the MISTI enables you to repeat placement without effort.  And for cleanup, even a special Stamping Up stamp cleaning station.
Connie demonstrating the Misti for stampers and displaying stamping supplies

Paper cutters

Cutters and embossers

Seeing how these things work and happens with the paper is great!
And it wasn’t all about commercial items.  Connie showed us a tip about daubers. She showed us a dauber using a cut sponge, a binder clip and a simple little note.  At the end of the day, remove the clips, dump the sponges in the sink and another easy cleanup. 
A simple sponge and binder clip work wonders.

Michele K likes the way Connie set up her art areas: “She has a 2 bedroom home in Sunnybrae, and has made one of the bedrooms into her craft room. It is totally FULL! She said she doesn't have company, so why have a guest bedroom...and if she ever does get company, she'll happily put them up at a motel!”

Connie said that she's looking forward to next year.  She already has new things to show us!

You can read about Margaret B’s trip to New Zealand below.  Do you have any play days that you want to share?  Let us know.

The photos of the exchange books will be up on Flickr toward the end of the month.  Just use the Flickr photo button on the left. 

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