Monday, March 19, 2012

Please Join Journella!!!

Hey ladies - If you've been on the fence about joining the Journella community, I hope you will consider joining NOW!  Aside from the fact that Journella is an awesome online journalling site and creative inspiration, Tami Potter instituted a new Design Team challenge where the DT member who gets the most "cheers" will be awarded a prize each month!  So, yes, my reasons for asking are selfish - I want you to cheer for ME!!  But, I promise you will love the rewards of seeing all the awesome layouts everyone posts! 

Here's the link to my first March challenge -

Saturday, March 10, 2012


Tami Potter is offering her consultants a GREAT opportunity to teach our students the classes that she taught her students at Creating Keepsakes Conventions across the country in 2010.  This layout is called "block party" because ot the block style layout.  There is an adorable quote on the page that says "If we were meant to pop out of bed, we would all sleep in toasters."  This class would be a great way to learn the mosaic technique.  I would love to share it with you.  The cost of this class is only $13 (starter tool kit not included).


This is another great layout designed and taught by Tami Potter herself at the 2010 Creating Keepsakes Conventions across the country.  As you can see - this involves using close-up photos in a mosaic pattern to mat and frame your photographs.  I have a lot of great ideas about how I would use this layout.  Obviously it would be great for St. Patrick's Day, Celtic Festival or Irish Dance scrapbook layouts.  But, I'm thinking I would use for a page of things I'm "lucky" to have in my life - special people, special places, favorite things, etc.  What do you have in mind? Schedule a class with me for only $13 (not including starter tool kit).  


Yup, you guessed it, another Tami Potter CKC Class!  This one was designed to show off photos of your own family tree and features a lot of 1" mosaic photo squares on the left side and 2 1/8" squares on the right.  Maybe you could show off a family crest or heritage photo of your grandparents in that center 4 3/8" square.  What other ideas can you come up with?  Cost of this layout is $13 (not including the starter kit).


I can't tell you enough how much I love the lattice cornerstones Tami Potter used in this pinwheel style layout.  I think this design would be fabulous to showcase any number of spring or summer pictures.  It offers a variety of mat sizes - both portrait and landscape.  With all of the small 1" photo tiles, this would be an excellent beginner level class to learn the mosaic technique.  Cost of class $13 (not including starter tool kit).


The Mosaic Moments system focuses on showcasing your photos more than embellishments and "do-dads" used in more traditional scrapbooking, but that doesn't mean you can't spice it up a bit and add your own bling.  This class will include the materials needed to create this layout and stitch on your pages - including the needle, thread, and templates.  Cost is $16 (starter tool kit to be purchased separately).


Another fun way to brighten up your mosaics is by incorporating stamps.  This Tami Potter CKC layout uses bright, fun colors of patterned paper, mixed with stamped elements.  The class will include stamps, 3 ink colors and a mounting block.  If you're new to scrapbooking in general, this class would be a great way to learn several techniques in one great class!  Cost is $36 (starter tool kit sold separately).


Do you have some panoramic photos that you've been dying to scrap?  This may be the layout for you.  Tami Potter focuses on some beautiful fall scenery pictures in this layout.  In her book, Tami talks about how creating mosaics changes the way you take pictures.  It helps shift your focus and cue you in to the smaller details that sometimes get overlooked in your photos and in your layouts.  She explains how, by keeping the horizon line consistent, you can line up a series of photographs to create a mosaic.  I would love to share her ideas with you.  If you're intrested in this class, it's only $13 (starter tool kit sold separately!)


This is the 14x14" cutting mat that is the core of the Mosaic Moments system. This self-healing mat is different from other cutting mats that you may have because it measures everything in 1/8" increments. Mosaic Moments cardstock has 1" squares with 1/8" gaps between the squares so this mat helps to properly measure your mosaic tiles to cover the right number of squares.

Your first class is considered a starter class, and it is slightly more expensive because it supplies you with the basic tool kit that you will need to create mosaics. The starter class costs approximately $40 and includes the following items (plus shipping and tax):

Cutting Mat ($24.99)

Paper Pack ($7.95) (you will have 4 sheets left over after the 2 page class layout)

Lil Chizzler tool ($3.49)

Quick Glance Cutting Guide ($3.49) - I supply this to thank you for attending/hosting a party

The tools you will need to bring are as follows:

- Craft Knife (Tami Potter recommends a Fiskers Coastal craft knife, but any that you are comfortable with is fine. If you would like me to order one for you in advance, the cost is $6.49) You will not use a traditional paper trimmer because, again, it's all about the measurements! Everything is done with the craft knife and the mat.

- Hermadot Removable/Repositionable Adhesive (available at Michaels, Hobby Lobby, JoAnn, etc. - or I can order one for you in advance for $12) - this adhesive is a necessary part of the process and substitutes just won't work!)

- cork backed or non-slip metal ruler (Tami Potter recommends 15" size, I can order one for $6.49)

You may also order any of these items, as well as base cardstock, decorative cornerstones, etc. at any time from the SnapNCrop link to the right.

I look forward to doing business with you.