Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Snowhaven projects from my Product showcase at Convention

I know this post is long overdue for some of you, but I promise I was using my time this month to create tons of other artwork with the new CTMH paper kits. I will be showing much of that artwork over the coming months. I think I have spent even more time creating my "fancy" cutting guides and instruction sheets and am so excited to now offer this extra component to my workshop options.

I was so honored to be asked to teach a special kind of class at the Close to My Heart convention this year. I must admit that while I was excited I was also very nervous to present in front of all 1,000+ convention attendees. In the past I have been asked to present during the fast paced, and fancy artwork Extravaganza.

This year Jill asked if I would be willing to be one of four presenters that would present on the big stage during the Extravaganza time to half of the group while the other group was attending Extravaganza. Here is a photo of the four of us and I had the best time presenting with these talented ladies: Brenda Rose, Lisa Stenz, and Pamela O'Connor.

Instead of creating tons of artwork showcasing lots of fun and unique techniques, the four of us were asked to present a workshop based on the paper packet we were assigned and have cost and details on how we would conduct the workshop. We were also able to create some other items with our products and could include a few "wow" type projects. Stay tuned for my post later tonight in the Simply Inspired Blog Hop that shows my fun Menu Board using the new Red Chalkboard frame!

For my workshop, I decided to mainly present the Journaling Box and Die cut card set and designed a workshop that uses 1/2 a Snowhaven paper pack, and some embellishments. I also designed a custom cutting guide so anyone could recreate the cards and then present the same workshop to their customers. I plan to pre-cut all the papers and have them ready for my workshop date but will also send each of my workshop attendees home with my custom made guides and instructions. So they can re-create the projects with the other 1/2 of their kit or with another color scheme. I can also email the instructions to any long distance customers who wish to participate and create on their own time.
The Card Box
The five designs {the workshop creates 10 cards total}

Another fun addition to my workshop presentation was creating the same card kit with all the same paper cuts but flipping some patterns and using a non-seasonal stamp set called Funky Blossoms. Isn't this card cute? I don't think you can even tell that I used a Snowy/Wintery paper pack. I love that you can switch things up and yet keep the directions simple.

One addition to my workshops now is a custom cutting guide I created with all the cuts pictured and the paper color or pattern also pictured. I spent a lot of time through trial and error figuring out how to accurately create them and while they still take a lot of time, I believe that I have cut my time down by at least half {hopefully I can continue to get even faster}. I also created step by step written instructions, shopping guide, and cover sheet for my workshop attendees and other consultants. Pretty cool huh?
 Cutting guide, Step by Step instructions, and shopping list

While I was creating with the Snowhaven paper pack I decided to also create an adorable Star Tag Mini-Album using one of the tags in our Art Philsophy Cricut Cartridge. I loved how it turned out and I can now say that I have finally created a Star Album. I can't wait to put my photos in and then place it out on my mantel during the holidays.
Star album tied and closed.
Star album open and on display.

Cutting guide, Step by Step instructions, and shopping list.

If you love these projects and want to create your own you have three options:

Option One:
If you are one of my customers and want to create these projects just stay tuned for my Snowhaven workshop details that I will post later this month or early in Septmeber.

Option Two:
If you are a Close to My Heart consultant who is on my "Rockin' with Paper and Scissors" team then you will have access to all of my workshop info and guides completely FREE as a special perk for being on my team! I will have the guides posted on our team Facebook group, and can email any of you the guides anytime. Then you can order your own supplies and create some samples and get ready to teach the class to all of your customers. This is a great way to up your sales, gain more customers, and create some fun pieces of artwork.

If you are not on my team but interested in learning more about Close to My Heart and the fabulous products and opportunities we have then you can visit my website or email me to learn more.

Option Three:
If you are a Close to My Heart consultant or just someone who found my blog through Pinterest or online and would like my handouts and guides for these two projects so you can create your own.

Please visit my website and just place a $15 minimum order {before tax and shipping}, then email me at and let me know which guide you would like: Snowhaven Cards and Box OR Snowhaven Star Tag Album. I will then send the PDF guides/handouts via email within 24 hours.

Be sure to visit my blog in the next few weeks to see my Snowhaven Layouts and a few other projects I created for my Product Showcase presentation. I will also be posting my other scrapbook layouts that I have created using many of the NEW paper kits that are introduced in the new Close to My Heart annual Inspirations Book that goes live August 1st!


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