Sunday, 17 June 2012

A Fabulous Class with Julie van Oosten

Whilst I was in Brisbane for the Scrapbook & Papercraft Expo a week ago I took a class with the wonderful Julie van Oosten of Collections Elements.

This was the first time Julie had taught at the Expo - and she did a brilliant job! The project she taught was her 'Mini Printers Tray' and we managed to construct, paint and fill the tray in the two hour class time slot, with Julie steering everyone gently and confidently through the project.

I had been struggling a bit with some of the other classes I had attended at the Expo where teachers had basically left everyone to follow the written directions for the class, without much input from them. Coming from the needlework world where it is expected that the teacher drives the class, I found this lack of input rather frustrating. Julie's class was a breath of fresh air! And, the proof was in the pudding - most people finished their project, whilst in other less driven classes, most students walked out of the class (like me) with unfinished projects.

I totally fell in love with the understated and muted colours of Julie's palette for this project, and enjoyed the challenge of making white and black and cream work without the addition of lots of colour to create something that grabs the eye.

So, this is my printers tray all finished and I am really thrilled with it. I had several little black plate stands left over from my days of exhibiting my needlework designs at shows, so I used one of them to hold the printers tray upright. I think it's black chunkiness works well and serves to make the dark parts of the tray 'pop' quite nicely.

One of the lovely things I have discovered about going to papercraft classes is the wonderful 'leftovers' that you end up with at the end of class. Often in a class project there is one image used in a sheet of images, and one or two words in a sheet of words - and the rest are left to play with at a later date!

Friday, 8 June 2012

Went to Class Today with Tim Holtz

I had the very best day today!

After meeting up with Chris, a lovely friend I have made on the Pazzles facebook page, and with whom I am attending classes at the Expo tomorrow, and having lunch with Chris, and Cecilia and Fran who we found reading the menu at a nearby cafe, Cecilia, Fran and I attended the afternoon session of  Tim Holtz's class 'Artful Flight'.

And take it from me - Tim is the most amazing teacher - and Mario, his business manager, must be the most organised person I've ever met.

We didn't have to take anything to class - everything we needed was sitting there on the desks waiting for us. (Such a great thing, considering all the other stuff I have had to bring from Perth to attend the other classes I am booked in for over the Expo weekend) And the project - Artful Flight - is just gorgeous. I've never used little canvases before - and everyone got their projects finished before we headed home due to quite a bit of prep work by Mario prior to class (God bless you Mario)

So ... here are the pics!

And so class begins ...

And here is my completed 'Artful Flight ' 
(sorry about the pic - had to take it in my hotel room and the lighting isn't very good!)

And a very excited me with Tim
(in my totally excellent Ranger Inks apron - everyone was given one - how wonderful is that!)

And me and Mario
(the guy who stays in the background, but who makes it all happen!)

Oh ... and guess what else we got!

Oh yes! A Tim Holtz satchel. And no ... you can't buy these anywhere - 
you have to have attended a Tim Holtz class to get one!

I'm SURE I'll be taking this little loveliness with me when I go to the Expo tomorrow - me, a showoff? no, surely not!

But seriously - Thank you so much Tim and Mario, and to Stamp-It Australia too for organising everything so beautifully. I had a blast.