I've been looking forward to this scrapping class with Ali Edwards for weeks and wow did I have a rockin' time. I have so much fun with my new stampin' friends Pushpa, Maren, AJ, and Linsey. We were all over the top excited to meet Ali. We had our books ready to be signed and cameras ready for photos. Can I tell you how good it felt to not have someone look at me like I've lost it when I tell them I'm taking a class with a "Famous Scrapbooker"? I can geek out with these girls over crafts and debate American Crafts paper patterns and which gel pen is the best...and they really think about it as much as I do!
So we made these really cool 6 x6 clear albums. It was new ground for me and I'm ready to embrace it. Working with clear pages adds new challenges to your layouts for placement since you do have to make them match. But it can also work to your advantage since a scalloped border can be seen through both sides so it pulls double duty. She showed us how to cut down a baseball card holder sheet and use that for journaling tag inserts...so cool!
The acrylic pages were decorated with alcohol inks used in a new way for me. I've been playing with these trying to achieve a marbled look and haven't been thrilled with the results. But Ali showed us it's ok to just drip them and play. I sure like the look of this much better. There's another supply that will be resurrected from my drawer. Here is what the pages looked like in progress. We stamped flourishes on them with Stazon when we finished.
This is the first time I've ever gone to a crop and actually finished something, let alone an entire album! I've been hit with the flu all week and still am not over it. I own the flu to enabling me to keep my mouth shut and hands busy at the crop. I'm sure it also helped me control my spending since I just didn't have the energy to stay for the crop after class. I did still manage to make it home from Ben Franklin with quite a haul.
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Thank you all for the great movie suggestions. I have seen Juno and have to agree with you all it's great. I've filled my queue at Netflix and look forward to watching your suggestions!