Thursday, 27 September 2012

Mini book instructions

Hi All

Hope you are drying out after the abysmal weather at the start of the week! You know how I hate rain so I will move on swiftly before I get into my usual tirade.

I have been as busy as a very busy bee this week. Our birthday demo day last weekend was a resounding success - thank you to all those who came. I know from many of you that you thoroughly enjoyed all the demos.

Then I really enjoyed my shows on Sunday at Create & Craft. I am currently prepping for demos for tomorrows Polkadoodles show at noon. So many have asked for instructions for the mini book I made in the morning show so here goes (still working on the video tutorials!!).

The above photo shows the book fully opened and both sides can be used for photos, journalling etc.. The photo below shows the bottom right panel folded in as the first step to closing the book up.

The bottom two flaps then get folded up so you have one row of what looks like three squares. The book then concertinas from the right. My picture of this stage is missing!

Sorry they are scrappy photos but the above shows the three pieces you need. Fold an eight inch square in half one way, open up and then fold in half the other way so that you have four quadrants.

Cut one 8" x 4" piece and fold in half.

Cut one 8.25" x 4" piece and score at 4" and 4.25" to make a quarter inch spine to take the bulk of the book.

Attach the two pieces as shown above - the spine piece is top left.

Hope this makes sense. These are not official instructions - just my interpretation. You can resize or fold up any way you wish.

Have fun.

Rosemary x

PS tune in at noon tomorrow to see two mini books and one layout demo I have planned using Polkadoodles Gingerbread Twist.

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Happy Birthday to us!

Believe it or not Lady Heyes Centre has been open 13 years this month and we have photos of Georgia (aged 4!) with Bob Carolgees and Spit the dog at the official opening to prove it. I am truly gobsmacked at how fast that time has gone and the roller coaster ride it has been.

So we are celebrating in style this coming weekend with a day full of demonstrations in a room packed with demonstrators:-

Kay, who owns Indigo Blu, will be with us demoing her stamps, flitterglue, flakes and pan pastels.

Dorothy, from Woodware, will be showing us how amazing the jumbo rollagraph from Clearsnap is.

Debi will wow us with washi tape! You won't believe its versatility.

Dawny (Pink Piggy Wiggy) will be showcasing the new Stampendous Kiddo Christmas stamps and answering all your colouring questions.

Nige will be demonstrating how ultra thick he is (play on words there - I am not just being mean). His skill will amaze you!

I will be hosting the day and showing you some new products that are only coming in this week:-

- "A Year in Cards" CD from the designer of plush pals and 12 cards of Christmas

- Wild Rose Studios Annabelles Christmas stamps and paper pads

- Craftwork Cards new themed paper and diecut pads

- Crafters Companion compendium
......etc, etc.

The best bit is that all the demos are free, there will be free refreshments and there will be an opportunity to get in on entering a very special prize draw (details later in the week). I can't give you any more excuses than that for a day out.

Off to plan my three hours of Create & Craft shows for Sunday - kits not arriving though until tomorrow (yikes!).

Many crafty wishes to you,

Rosemary x

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Saturday, 15 September 2012

'Happily Right Now'

Hi y'all

I learned a valuable lesson yesterday - well a reminder really - not to just focus on the 'happily ever after' but to live 'happily right now'. I have been watching a series of inspirational videos from respected scrapbookers and this was the lesson yesterday. It really struck home and made me think about a negative influence in my life that has been dragging me down and become a 'thorn in my side'. I know a song called "Heart Home" that talks about our heart being a house that has plenty of rooms and having a clear out. So, I have put this 'thorn in my side' in a cupboard in one of the smallest rooms and will only get it out when I need to. Some weeks it might have to be brought out daily but it will go straight back in that box in that cupboard! Okay,so now you know I am crazy but I feel a whole lot better!

Below I have given instructions for one of the cards I demoed on air the other day. Some of you had requested specific measurements so I hope this is clear. Once you have the basic principle you could resize it to suit.

This is the finished card.

The shaded parts are to be cut away completely - the jagged lines show where you need to cut.

Wrap the band around the card when it is folded so you know where to glue it together.

You need to use double-sided tape to make a strong bond.

Decorate as desired. Voila!

Nige and I are recharging our batteries over the weekend ready for another busy week that includes a trip to the lovely little village of Grassington for a retailer event, 3 hours of shows on Create & Craft and our 13th birthday demo day that has five demonstrations running all day (see the website for details).

Have the craftiest of weekends,

Rosemary x

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

A busy nights sleep!

Do you ever wake up more tired in the morning than when you went to sleep? Me too. I spent the whole night making bolshy phone calls to some headmaster about a girls right to wear skirts as part of their uniform and that they should not be forced to wear trousers. Random because 1. I hate making phone calls. 2. Georgia is in sixth form and wears her own clothes. 3. I am not generally a bolshy person. 4. I rarely wear skirts and wear trousers 99% of the time.

That aside I spent a great morning yesterday with these lovely ladies from a craft group in Liverpool.

They were so good humoured and polite - even when Nige led them in one of the projects. The photos below show two of the cards we made.

I also wanted to show you a couple or three of the numerous beautiful cards I received last week. As you can see there is a theme running through some of them!

Pan pastels.

What a great way of making a triple easel card.

Our October workshop schedule is released today. Nige and I slaved over it last night to put it into our usual Autumn booklet form containing workshop descriptions too. Don't miss our Autumn coffee morning showcasing new products. Always popular so book early.

Hey ho off into the day. My day today consists of some Parchment Craft and some birthday shopping for the two men in my life - Nige and Joel - and whatever else life throws my way. Bring it on.

Hope you're having the loveliest of weeks.

Rosemary x

PS Note changes to my Create & Craft hours. Correct ones are shown in the right hand column.

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Monday, 3 September 2012

Bye bye Summer!

Oo I love this time of year. Don't get me wrong - I love warmer days and light nights but September is a time of fresh starts( like new satchels - showing my age - and notebooks) and autumn days. Thinking about it I have only loved this time of year since I left school!!
This is my new birthday notebook.

Anyhoo first of all thank you for all my lovely birthday messages, pressies and cards. I had a lovely few days of relaxing and family and had some great presents. Thanks Annette for the chappie below!

This past weekend saw our new Autumn workshop programme start with a bang. On Saturday we had a 12 hour crop with plenty of pastries and pizza and I entertained with a spot of craft knife juggling. Seriously it was carnage at Crab Apple - I even had blood on my shoes. I will be running a new class on what not to do with a bunch of craft knives!

(should be photo here of craft knife wound)!

Yesterday I had a lovely morning teaching a layout class to a great bunch. What a relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning. We used 10 techniques on one single page layout! You can't tell from the photo but there were flaps and pockets galore.

We have some beautiful new paper ranges in the shop - my faves have to be the vintage white textured 'Peaceful' from Authentique and Simple Stories new Christmas range 'Handmade Holidays'. These photos show the pads but we have single 12 x 12 sheets.

If you are free this coming Saturday afternoon (8th) come along to our workshop preview afternoon and see what classes we have coming up in the next few months. Or just come for a natter and some cake and coffee!

My Create & Craft dates for September are Tuesday 11th at 8am and 1pm, Friday 14th at 10am and 4pm, and Sunday 23rd at 9-11am and 5pm. These are all on Create & Craft (and not Ideal World) as far as I know.

Off to prep for a very varied week - a private Christmas card/mini book class for a new group of ladies tomorrow and then parchment craft classes later in the week. How lucky am I to call this my job?

Check the website in the next few days for details of our Birthday demo day 22nd September with Kay from Indigo Blu to mention only one of the five demonstrators on that day.

Off to make a few notes in my new notebook with my new pen! I am so easily pleased.

Happy days to you,

Rosemary x

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