"WHITE...is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black...God paints in many colours; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white." G. K. Chesterton
I hope that this letter finds you well and wrapped in all of the joyss of the season...and maybe enjoying some white scenery outside your window!
There is something quite spectacular about white...the wide open feeling, the purity, the light and brightness all contribute to the love of white.
The last Heirloom kit was created in shades of white...layers of different textures and shades of white were used to create interest and depth. Some of you had written to me, asking about whether or not you would be able to purchase some of the trims and fabrics used in the kit. I usually don't really know until the kits are all packed up and ready...and this time, I can say "YES", I do have some remaining trims and fabric left.
What I decided to do was to put together a trim package in shades of white. Here it is:
Here's what each kit contains:
1 1/2 yards of white 2 3/4" cluny white cotton crochet ball trim. This trim is hard to find and is fabulous for dyeing--tea, coffee, or walnut ink (or colored fabric dyes if you are leaning in that direction.
1/2 yard of clear bead fringe
1 yard of four different trims in shades of white...these will vary per kit...this is a total of 4 yards
2 ivory organza flowers
2 cream satin flowers with pearl centers (flowers are 2 1/2" wide)
1 fat quarter of script 100% cotton fabric
Doesn't it just get you excited to create a shades of white project? I know that I'm ready to start another one!!!!!
I have just a limited number of these Many Faces of White trim/fabric packs...I'm thinking that you won't want to miss out on this opportunity to create with some of the goodies which were in the Heirloom kits.
This limited edition trim pack is available for just $24, plus shipping. Shipping within the US is $4.50...and there are no guarantees that it will arrive before Christmas.
Don't miss out on this rare opportunity...head over to the top post on this blog. You'll see a Buy Now button...just click and PayPal will walk you through the steps and let me know that you've ordered. Then, start thinking about your next "Shades of White" project...because your trims/fabric pack will be heading your way!
Thanks for reading, for your orders, and for your referrals to friends and family.
From our family to yours...hope you have a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year,
Today is Tuesday, December 7th. As if you need a reminder, right?
There's the hustle and bustle of getting ready for the holidays, places to go, people to see, food to prepare, and flat out so much to do.
In the busyness of it all, there's also some reflection on the year and the people who have been a major part of our lives during the past almost 12 months...people who are special, who have impacted us, who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to help.
I thought that this time of year would be so appropriate to introduce you to this new Workshop to Go called "YOU & ME".
It's a repurposed hardback book with a brand new interior design...one that I've not done before.
There's no stitching, but plenty of pages for pictures and stories.
It's not been a monthly creatologie kit...just taught in a couple of classes with a few extra kits sold online.
There are so many things that you will love about this project!
First, it's a project that moves really fast. Both times that I taught it, the majority of people just about completed it...in about 3 hours! Can you believe that?
Then, many of the parts and pieces needed are available from large craft stores and with the approaching holidays, there are lots of discount coupons from these stores...that certainly helps to keep the project affordable.
Thirdly, the project cover is amazingly dimensional, which makes for a great display book for a bookshelf or coffee table.
A number of class attendees told me it was their very favorite creatologie project to date!
Maybe you need a holiday gift for a special family member or friend. Maybe you'd like to start the new year by acknowledging the impact that someone has had on your life. Or, it could be that you'd just like to remind yourself of one or many special people in your life and just make the book for yourself! This is the perfect book for any of those purposes.
Do you know what else is so cool about this book? It's a structure that you'll want to repeat, over and over again...guaranteed!
The book is based on the current graphic 45 steampunk paper line...but is adaptable to papers that you choose from your stash...or from your local scrapbook store. There is structure, yet lots of opportunity for you to exercise your personal creativity and design ability. I've provided lots of pictures in the instructions...and that will help you visualize each page. I've also given step by step instructions in the construction and in the decorating of the pages.
For just $14, these instructions can be yours.
Simply click on the Buy Now button in the top post of this blog and you will be taken to PayPal to process the order. Once I've received confirmation of the order, I'll forward the user name and password to the site so that you can download your instructions. Please allow 48 hours for me to provide you with the information.
ON DECEMBER 21ST, I'LL BE REMOVING THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE SITE IN ANTICIPATION OF THE NEXT WORKSHOP TO GO! So, as soon as I give you the access information, go to the site and download, print the instructions and save a back up to your computer. It's just that simple.
You will really enjoy putting this book together and, if you are gifting someone with this book, I know that they will absolutely love it! I mean, really, how can you see that little bottle on the cover and not smile, right?
You won't want to miss out on this one...but the time to order is limited...so don't forget to place your order today!
Happy creating...You & Me...it's what we love to do!
It’s a time for glistening snow and sparkling lights.
It’s a time for sharing and giving.
It’s a time for fabulous foods (and for hiding the scale).
It’s a time for indulgences…both large and small.
It’s THE TIME for the very best of memories.
More than any time of year, cameras will be out (complete with a charged battery J), ready to capture those sparkly eyes, toothy (or toothless) grins, gorgeous tablescapes, holiday decorations, family gatherings, and festive parties.
Such amazing memories and photos deserve to be showcased in style, don’t they?
Allow me to introduce Maison de Joie, the latest in the Heirloom Collection from the creatologie studio. Maison de Joie quite literally means “House of Joy” in French…doesn’t it sound so elegant? And, the beauty of this House of Joy album is that it’s both stylish and generic, allowing you to capture whatever holiday you celebrate.
You will be captivated by the dimensional, beautifully decorated, painted metal garden gate which graces the cover, and each richly detailed interior page of this hand created album will enhance those beautiful photos and will allow you to preserve the stories of this wonderful time for generations to come.
The look is shabby, vintage, casual elegance, one that is so typical of French country style. The colors are neutral…white, ivory, linen and brown. The trims are fabulous! There is sparkle from vintage pearl glass glitter, vintage crystals and vintage style tinsel. Old music paper, pattern tissue, and vintage images take you back in time…maybe to when you were the child with the sparkly eyes and toothy grin. Beautifully textured fabrics invite you to touch…again and again. There are pockets for the secret notes, pages that lift and flip, a cone begging to be filled, doors waiting to be opened, and even a mini hand made stocking, just for your special treasures. Snowflakes glisten and mother of pearl buttons gleam…
Oh, it’s really the most wonderful time of the year!
This Holiday Edition from the Heirloom Collection features a large album that will vary in size, depending upon the book included in your kit (my sample is approximately 10x11). You will learn how to sew inclusions into a larger sized album such as this one, plus learn how to add panels to your covers. There are hand made flowers, a clever stamping technique on fabric, an image transfer technique, and page after page of detailed and beautiful vignettes, each designed to bring a smile to your face and a sparkle to your eyes!
Rather than having me tell you, why don’t I just show you the magnificent pages that make up this album? Take a look at the video that Ashley put together for you…I hope that it tickles you as much as it has tickled me to create it!
Do you see what I mean? Twelve full pages and two half pages, gorgeously layered and beautifully appointed, with details galore…perfect for the very best of your holiday memories…and, perfect to inspire your artistic creativity! And, best of all, everything you need to create this album included in a kit, just for you!
This year, take time to celebrate the reasons that make the holidays so special. Celebrate your surroundings…celebrate the relationships that are meaningful to you…celebrate the things that bring you joy. And, record all of those things in an artistic and creative way that you will enjoy for years to come.
Think about this. I’ve combed antique malls, flea markets, ebay, craft stores, online sources and scrapbooking stores to bring you a coordinated collection of the finest products used to create this kit. I’ve designed and built the sample, photographed it and put together easy to understand, step by step instructions for you to build your very own special album. I’ve taken time to package the gorgeous products (and isn’t packaging half the fun?????) and, I’ll be shipping the kits directly from my studio to your home so that they will arrive before Christmas (shipping within the US). It’s convenient and hassle free and will save you a ton of time! Plus, you end up with a gorgeous and artistic album to admire and show off to friends and family. Wow, you just can’t beat that!
This Heirloom Collection album kit is available in very limited quantities and will be offered for the price of $187, plus $18 shipping within the US. The kits will ship out on December 16th by Priority Mail.
TOMORROW MORNING, TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 23RD, AT 7:00 A.M., ARIZONA TIME, I WILL BE OFFERING THIS VERY LIMITED EDITION HEIRLOOM COLLECTIONS KIT. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS!
I wish I could show you the album in person. You would want to feel the textures. You’d want to slip your hand into the pockets to see if there were any treasures. You’d finger the pearls and enjoy the cool smoothness of the mother of pearl buttons. You’d wonder how I made the snowflake embellishments. You’d be inspired to take the patterns and make more cones and stockings. You would experience true creative bliss!
Treat yourself to a small indulgence…or maybe have your hubby or significant other treat you to a very special gift under the tree. Either way, mark the calendar on your computer, program your PDA and slap the post it notes all over the house so that you don’t forget. Tomorrow morning, at 7:00 a.m. Arizona time, I’ll post the Buy Now button on my creatologie blog. It will be the top post…you can’t miss it. Pre-order your kit tomorrow morning…you’ll be so glad you did.
As always, thanks for your orders, and your referrals to friends and family. You are a special part of my creative community…I’m so excited to be able to share the joys of the season with you in this artistic way.
CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ALMOST AT THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER AND THAT THE HOLIDAYS ARE JUST AROUND THE CORNER? I know, I agree! How did that happen?
As memory artists, we love capturing the stories and photos of that oh so special time of year so I thought that I'd offer a holiday book as the brand new Workshop to Go.
Enter "The Many Faces of White: Holiday Edition". This was a monthly creatologie kit from back in October 2008--long before many of you actually started purchasing kits. It is one of my very favorite books of all time. You can see the details of the project here.
Many of the projects I have created over the past several years are dependant on having certain parts and pieces to make them look good.
This book is really and truly unique because of the special door panel that graces the cover. I really wanted to share this project, so began the search for parts and pieces to replicate the home decor piece that was part of the kit (but is no longer available). Can you imagine how thrilled I was when I was able to find easily accessible parts to come pretty close to what I originally created? Really, really thrilled, because I can now share the sources with you and you, too, can have your very own unique door panel to grace the cover of your own special holiday book.
I'll also share some ideas for the book structure...and for cool background textures and papers...and you will also receive several high resolution images to print and use inside your book.
This is a perfect book to use your stash...and to incorporate some of those cool flea market finds (like old keys!). I'll give you a list of supplies that you need--first for the cover, then for each of the individual pages or spreads that I feature in the instructions.
I will walk you through the step by step details of creating the cover and the door panel and there will be pictures of my first sample, as well as the new one I created from the parts and pieces that I found.
There's even a brand new "illusion" page that I created especially for this Workshop to Go--it wasn't in the original instructions--how COOL is that!
There are 17 pages of pictures, supply lists, recommendations for substitutions, how to's, and step by step instructions for various techniques.
You won't want to miss this one...
It's available right now for a limited time.
ON NOVEMBER 26TH, I'LL BE REMOVING THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM THE SITE IN PREPARATION FOR A NEW WORKSHOP TO GO.
This set of instructions is available for $14...such a great value for all of the ideas you will get...ideas that you can even use for other applications!
To order yours, simply go to the top post on this site and click on the Buy Now button. PayPal will walk you through the process and will notify me of your order.
Once I receive your order, I will email you the access information to the password protected site. (PLEASE ALLOW UP TO 48 HOURS FOR ME TO RESPOND AS I'M THE ONLY ONE WHO DOES IT!). Thanks for your understanding. When you enter the site, you will have two pdf. files to download, print and save to your computer, as well as several images to save to your photo editing program.
I can't wait to see your holiday book...or maybe a guest sign in book...or even a housewarming gift for someone's new home.
You won't want to pass up on this one...it's such a fabulously dimensional book...and wonderfully textured in various shades of white...a true winner of a project.
Order your "Workshop to Go" today!
Thanks for your orders and your referrals to friends and family!
Halloween has come and gone and, for many of us, it's the official start of the holiday season! We are starting to think about decorating, first for Thanksgiving, then for Christmas. And, of course, we are thinking about gifts..what to buy, what to make!
After receiving emails from many of you about the cupcakes I made for the last Heirloom Boutique Event/Workshop, I decided to put together a tutorial for the cupcake that I made.
Can you see this as a teacher gift, or something for a gift exchange with a group of friends, or even as a decoration for a baby or bridal shower, a wedding, a birthday...or even a holiday table?
Once you have your materials together (and I will share my sources for all of the pieces I used), you won't believe how quickly these cupcakes come together. And, once the basic cupcake is done, the decorating possibilities are endless...a great way to engage your creative spirit and make the cupcakes uniquely yours!
This tutorial is 13 pages of step by step instructions and photos...and not only will I show you pictures of this sample that I created for the step outs, but I will show you a couple of other cupcakes with different "icing" options and give you some decorating suggestions, too.
What I'm offering is an amazing value.
Several months ago, I picked up a small packet containing what I thought was a pattern for a tote bag. When I opened the zip lock plastic bag, much to my surprise, there were two 5x7 pieces of paper in the baggie. One page was a picture of the finished tote and the other was a typed instruction sheet, double sided. There were no illustrations included and no step by step photos. I've been teaching and writing instructions for a long time so you'd think that deciphering instructions would be a piece of cake...I have to tell you this. I could not figure out what I needed to do. So, I put away the instructions, pulled out some tissue paper and proceeded to make my own pattern and create my own tote bag. You know something, that was the biggest waste of $10...a real disappointment. What I subsequently learned was that the tutorials for the majority of similar type projects were handled the same way. Wow!
These 13 pages of cupcake instructions...I'm offering them for $7. Like I said, an amazing value, especially when you can create so many different looks from the same tutorial.
These are brand new, never previously offered instructions.
And, they are available for a very limited time. I will be keeping them on the password protected site for only one week. You can purchase your set of instructions by clicking on the Buy Now button in the top post of this blog. PayPal will notify me of your purchase and you will receive an email response from me 24-48 hours after you place your order. That email will contain your user name and password (which changes for each workshop). Log into the site and click on the download buttons, one at a time. They are large files and will take a little bit of time to download. You can print the instructions...and then save the file to your computer as a backup.
Fabulous cupcakes...to give away, to keep, to decorate...simply irristable!
Order yours today...next Monday, November 8th, the Buy Now button will be dismantled and the opportunity will be gone!
I can't wait to see what you do with your cupcakes...it'll be like going into the most creative of bakeries!
Thanks for your order and your referral to family and friends!
From my studio to yours,
P.S. Please let me know if you don't hear from me in 48 hours. Sometimes the response email ends up in cyberspace...and I want you to have the instructions just as soon as possible so that you can get started!!!!!
Over the past month, I've gotten quite a few emails from people asking if there were any remaining project kits. For those of you who are interested, I'm happy to say YES, there are 5 projects that each have just a few kits left. Because I'd like to reduce the inventory to zero :), I've lowered the kit prices...just in time for those of you who are preparing to snuggle into winter weather and need projects or for those of you looking for a special affordable holiday gift for a friend, or for those of you who are just in need of some creative inspiration.
Here's what I have...I will show a small picture, give you the link to the post which gave the explanation of the project. Below the picture and the small write up is a "Buy Now" button. Simply click on the button and PayPal will walk you through the order process. These kits are good to go so they will be shipped out after your order has been received.
"HE" DOUBLE ACCORDION HAND MADE BOOK:
I just want to say that people who have seen the book in person or have made one absolutely love it. For some reason, photographing it doesn't show the intricacies of this project. It's not a double sided accordion, but, instead, a double accordion which is stitched together. If you're looking for a fabulous gift for a special guy in your life...whether it's a hubby or significant other, dad, grandad, son or grandson, you will really love this book. I took 4 kits with me to New Jersey (because that's what I had left at the top of one of the boxes) and never even had a chance to present it to the group. The 4 people who were closest to the sofa where the kits were stacked snatched them up...much to the chagrin of the others. Anyway, there are still some left...you can view the details of the kit here.
Original Price: $49 plus shipping
Sale Price: $40 plus $11 shipping
SOLD OUT! THANK YOU!!!
"A JOURNAL FOR ANYTHING"
This funky handmade book celebrates the marriage of office supplies and scrapbooking supplies. It's an expandable file, which expands even further with the addition of a hand made tag flag book...lots of room for pictures and journaling in this one. I call it a Journal for Anything because it's just so...very generic...very lovely...very practical. See the details of this project here.