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A huge thank you

to all 23 of the gals who took my Christmas Album class yesterday.  You were all very patient, diligent & creative!  Hopefully, everyone finished the 20 page album in class - or just about finished - with the exception of a couple of Stickles here and there! 

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I brought my camera to take a photo of all of you - and completely forgot.  If you're taking my January 8 class (bookbinding) remind me!  I want/need your class photo please.

Thanks again girls.  You're terrific and very much appreciated!

Gotta get this approved

but in the meantime, here's a peek at the Boys Will Be Boys class.

Thursday, February 12: 10:30 a.m.

Create a 2 page 12x12 inter-active layout that features a popular technique direct from Ranger University.  Using a Dabber (color: Juniper) you will alter letters of any color to match your layout as well as alter grungeboard to look like weathered wood.


    Sign up for this class by calling For Keeps Sake (314) 487-8131


Save the Date!

Here's a list of what I'm currently working on.  Look for these class samples in your favorite scrapbook store - soon (I hope!).

Thursday, Feb 12: 10:30 a.m.:  Boys Will Be Boys: a two page 12x12 layout featuring those amazing men in our lives. Suitable for boys of all ages.

Friday, Feb 20: 10:30 a.m.:  Book of the Month.  Learn how to create another book from scratch complete with bookbinding techniques!

Saturday, Feb 21: 10:30 a.m.:  Tim Holtz Tags of Christmas.  Today: Days 3, 4 & 5 of 2007 tags.

Saturday, Feb 21: 2 pm:  Ranger Techniques.  Features one Ranger University inspired technique applied to a layout!  Add this one to your "Ranger Recipe" book.

Thursday, Feb 26:  10:30 a.m.:  PRIMA altered mini-book filled with techniques!

Lunch Bunch - Thursday, Jan. 22

Lunch Bunch is a day-long class I've been teaching for several months.  It's made up of a fun group of gals (anyone can jump in and join at any time) who get together once every couple of weeks to learn something new and create something wonderful.

Lunch, of course, is included.

The class begins at 10:30 a.m.

We usually break for lunch around 12:30 pm

when the group meets up at Quizno's for an included lunch.

Then return after lunch to finish up the project(s).

Thursday, Jan. 22 the class subject is Copic Markers.

If you're a stamper, this is THE marker to use when filling in your stamped image.  These markers give you professional looking results without covering up your stamped lines.

In the morning, learn all about Copic Markers (an alcohol based marker) and how these little gems work.  Of course, a practice session will ensue.

In the afternoon, create 4 beautifully colored cards with the techniques you learned in the a.m. including: shadows & highlights; blender pen (which is actually not a blender at all!), choosing colors and why choose Copics over regular markers. 


To join this class call For Keeps Sake @ (314) 487-8131

PS: I'm a Copic Marker Certified Instructor. So sorry, but since this is a technique class, no kits available. BYO Copic Markers if you have them.

If you are interested in purchasing your own Copic Markers today during For Keeps Sake sale, try to choose 3 different shades of the same color.  For example: 3 shades of red; 3 shades of blue etc.  Make sure the colors are far enough away from each other to create a contrast:  3 - 5 color numbers difference between shades.

Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas Tags

Join me

Saturday, January 17

when we begin to create the 12 Days of Christmas tags

by Tim Holtz.

This class incorporates so many techniques  -  too many to list!

If you're technique oriented, then this is the class for you!

I'm posting this now because I know

For Keeps Sake is running a sale tomorrow.

And just in case you want to BYO supplies,

here's what we'll be using in just the first class alone!

You will need:

  • Ink blending tools with 2 sponges
  • Paper Distresser
  • Glossy Accents
  • Mister filled with water
  • Heat gun (we have 2 at the store, but if you have one, please bring it with you)

You may want to BYO:

  • Distress Inks: Black Soot; Faded Jeans; Broken China; Fired Brick; Scattered Straw; Tea Dye; Peeled Paint; Vintage Photo
  • Distress Crackle Paint: Fired Brick; Old Paper
  • Dabber: Snow Cap

We will be using the following Stampers’ Anonymous stamp sets:

  • Winter Wonder
  • Just Believe

    Just so you know, we will actually be creating the

  • 24 tags of Christmas.

    (all of Tim's tags from 2007 and all of the tags from 2008!)

    Don't miss out!

    Sign up by calling For Keeps Sake

    (314) 487-8131

    The first class is $20 (and includes a mini-book to store all 24 tags)

    Each class after that is $18.

    Watcha doin' Monday Dec. 29?

    If you're in my Christmas album class, just a reminder to BYO:

    • Brown bag lunch: you may use our refrigerator & microwave
    • Basic Supplies

    • Adhesives suitable for paper as well as wet glue for chipboard

    • Glossy Accents

    • Glue dots

    • Pop-ups (those spongy little things)

    • Distress Inks: any shade of brown + Fired Brick

    • Stickles: Anything sparkly that looks like snow (unless you want to complete this step at home)

    • Copic Markers for coloring in stamped images

    • Sparkle gel pens for coloring teensy stamped ornament border

    If you have:

    • Fancy scissors (scalloped, deckle or similar)
    • or a cutter with a fancy blade

    and you don't mind sharing, please bring those as well.  I'll bring mine if you bring yours!

    If you have:

    • 1" or 1.5" square punch and don't mind sharing, please bring that also.


    Get ready for a fun class where you'll complete an entire album!  Now that's the way to start the new year!

    Sharing Christmas Moments

    Breakfast at my sis-in-laws.


    Dinner at Mom & Dad's.


    Wee people on both sides of the family.


    4 Generations: My niece, Elizabeth; her daughter (my great niece) Isabella; my mother-in-law Erna (92 years young!); my 2nd great niece Ava; my sis-in-law Bonnie.


    Cousins & best friends.


    Poetry in motion!


    and sometimes the best gift of all is the simplest:


     Another great Christmas Day with family!

    Tim Holtz Tag Class

    only you have to settle for me instead of Tim.  (I know it's not the same so take a sec for a huge moan.)

    Teaching the

    12 days of Christmas Tim Holtz tags

    beginning Saturday, January 17

    & continuing once each month (on a Saturday).

    In the first session you will create a mini-book to hold all 24 of Tim's tags.  Then learn techniques as you create the first 2 tags.  Each month, join me in the classroom @ For Keeps Sake as you create 3 - 5 tags (depending on the complexity) until we complete all 24 tags (12 from 2007 + 12 from 2008).

    Tag Book Photo

    If you're technique oriented, you won't want to miss

    these classes that contain tons of techniques.

    Reservations required by calling For Keeps Sake


    (314) 487-8131

    Here's a list of supplies you will be using in just the 1st class alone!

    • Grungeboard
    • Just Believe & Winter Wonder Stamp Sets by Tim Holtz for Stampers' Anonymous
    • Distress Inks: Fried Brick; Black Soot; Scattered Straw; Peeled Paint; Vintage Photo; Tea Dye; Faded Jeans; Broken China
    • Dabbers: Snow Cap
    • Mister for water spritzing
    • Glossy Accents
    • Ink Blending tools (need 2 sponge applicators)
    • Distress Crackle Paint: Fired Brick; Old Paper
    • Paper Edge Distresser by Tim Holtz for Tonic
    • Embossing Powder
    • Heat Gun

    All of the above will be supplied for your use in class.  However, if you'd like to BYO, you are welcome to do so. Note: you'll have to share when using class supplies.

    The cost of the 1st class is $20 (which includes the book). 

    Each additional class is $18 per session.

    Hope to see you in these fun-filled learning technique classes!


    Silhouette from Quickutz

    Playing with my new Silhouette today and love it completely. 

    Just downloaded some awesome patterns from the Quickutz site.  Was it ever easy! I thought I was going to have to go through a million steps to get the patterns from their site to my computer - but NO!  I chose the patterns I wanted.  Paid for them and VOILA - there they were inside my Silhouette library. Just like that.  No downloads for me at all.  They simply appeared.

    Easy Peasy.  I'm now cutting crowns  & borders. 

    I needed German Scrap Paper.  Making my samples for a Tim Holtz tag class I'm teaching @ For Keeps Sake.  Unfortunately German Scrap Paper would be too expensive and trying to keep this class cost down.

    Enter the Silhouette.  And here's the results:


    Is it German Scrap Paper


    my new Silhouette!

    Join my Tim Holtz 12 Days of Christmas tag class and find out!

    Did you know For Keeps Sake made a special purchase of Silhouettes?


    That's it.

    Get out there and create your own German Scrap Paper!