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Scrappy Sunday – Donna Downey Class

Happy Easter everyone!!!!  Last weekend I was lucky enough to be able to attend a Donna Downey class at Scrapbook Centrale in Montreal.  I was beyond thrilled.  I love going to Montreal for any reason but to be taking a class from Donna while there was pretty special.  We packed up the family and made a weekend out of it.  We even got to visit my cousin and her family.

We made a gorgeous little mixed media scrapbook album.  Here is the charismatic Donna in action.

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The album was filled with linen, burlap and book pages.  Three of my favourite things.  I brought pictures of our last anniversary snowboarding trip to Stowe, Vermont.  I printed them all in black and white on plain paper so I could wrinkle and distress them.

The framed picture on the cover is of Chris in front of the covered foot bridge in the village.

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The album was filled with Donna’s canvas goodies, some of which are no longer available like the letter titles.

Chris and I strolling around the village trying to take a picture of ourselves.

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The awesome watch piece is a Tim Holtz Pocket Watch.  I loved the feather wings and NEED to get my hands on some more of those.

The picture is of me at the Burton factory being inspired to go snowboarding, haha.

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Before adding all of the goodies we applied gesso to the cardboard pages.  I didn’t apply it evenly because I wanted some of the cardboard to show through which you can see a bit of on this page.  Isn’t that ruffle great under the title?  It is made from cash register tape, that Donna, so creative.

This is a picture of our favourite coffee shop that we head to every morning we are there.

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Donna is all about the masking tape and shipping tags which she calls “brown holes”, haha.  I am not daring enough yet to start using masking tape so when I got home I used washi tape here and there to ground the pictures a bit.

  The pic is of snow falling on the gondola at Stowe Mountain.  It was a beautiful day and trip.

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I never have any problem going to any of the classes by myself as everyone always tends to be pretty friendly.  They usually sit the “singles” at the same table as well so most people are in the same boat as me.  I was seated with a great group of ladies.  Here is one of my table mates Katerine.  She was pretty adorable as this was the first class she had ever taken and it was with Donna Downey, so lucky.  She seemed to enjoy herself and did an amazing job.

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Donna kept everyone laughing and thoroughly entertained.  Here she is helping another person at my table who was also from Ottawa.

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I forgot scissors so my lovely neighbor Nancy loaned me a pair.  Thanks lady!!

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Here are some more Ottawa ladies.  You might recognize the one on the left.  It is Stephanie Pouliot who used to teach at the Scrapbox.

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It was such a pleasure to meet Donna and her husband Bill.  I realized after I left that I hadn’t gotten a picture of him :(  True salt of the earth people.

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If you ever get a chance to take a Donna Downey class I highly recommend it.  You won’t be disappointed.

Hope you are having a great long weekend!  Don’t forget to get some creative time in to nourish your soul!

Scrappy Sunday – Paris Mini Book

Paris Mini Book

I was watching the classic “How to Steal A Million” the other day starring one of my favourites, Audrey Hepburn.  The entire thing is based in Paris and it made me remember my Paris trip many moons ago and how I still hadn’t done anything with my photos.  So, I thought it was about time to make a Paris Mini Book to put all of my memories in (before I forget them:) and to have out for all to see.

I found this old Paris picture book at a school book sale a couple of years ago and was keeping it for just this occasion.

I took the entire book apart, cutting off the front and back cover with an x-acto knife but keeping the inside pages to add to my book later.  I had what was supposed to be a wall hanging (sold at a dollar store), took it apart and used it as a stencil for both sides of the front and back covers.  I love this thing because it is much bigger then a typical 12″x12″ stencil and a lot less expensive.

For the title I grabbed my chipboard letter jar and picked different letter types to spell Paris.  Partly because I didn’t have all the letters in the same font and partly because I like the randomness.  I just added a bit of black ink to each of them to make them a little more cohesive.

I just cut my Eiffel Tower out a piece of scrapbooking paper I had and added Layerable Flowers from Maya Road.  But first, I took the layers separately and rubbed them right onto an ink pad.  The largest one in black as the background is red, then the next layer in red.

Then just topped it with a Basic Grey button.

I wrapped a vintage inspired ribbon all the way around the front cover and added a couple Industrial Chic charms.

On the inside cover I pasted a map of the Paris Metro and the first page is from the original book and is covered with pictures from L’arc De Triomphe as that was my first stop off of the Metro when I arrived in Paris.  My pictures will be added later.

The insert pages are from the original book, scrapbook pages and a linen mounted map of France I cut up.

Then the back of the book is a plastic sleeve that I put my itinerary in and the cover has an arial view of the entire city, super cool.

I just popped two holes in everything and bound it together with two rings.  Now I finally have an inspiring place that is worthy of such a trip.  Layouts to come soon!