Wednesday, September 20, 2017

G45 Winter Wonderland Card Class

Where does the time go? Do you realize that Christmas is only a littler over three months away? At Scrapbook Essentials BC, we started making Christmas cards in July, but do you have enough cards yet? I think I am asking too many questions. Let's get to the class posting.

I love this year's Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland collection! And I'm pretty sure a lot of you feel the same. I had ideas coming out of the wazoo for this collection, but there just would not be enough time before Christmas, to make them all. We cannot forget the Christmas cards to give out to our family and special friends, and Winter Wonderland is perfect for that!

We will make four fancy square cards in this class, and I'm sure those that receive them will treasure them for a long time to come. These would also be great in a 6 x 6 frame to use as d├ęcor for 'decking your halls'!

Please Bring To Class: Paper trimmer, scissors, black, gray, or dark marker to edge our paper cuts, mini-glue dots, double sided adhesive tape, pop ups - Black 3D Foam squares or tape is best for this class, liquid glue for metal, & Buttercup Liquid Pearls.

Date: Saturday, October 21st (at the Langford Legion)
Time: 9:30 - 12:00
Cost: $35.00
RSVP: or 778-533-4290

Here is a closer look at each of the cards.

I know I mentioned how much I love this collection, but I need to say it again. Isn't this collection gorgeous?! Look for another class posting some time in October for a Layout Class using this same collection.

Happy creating!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Spellbinders Educator #7 Class - Fall Leaves

Hello everyone!

Some of you may be wondering why nothing much has been posted of late. Well there are a few reasons why. First, summer months usually are fewer posts due to people vacationing, etc. so we have fewer classes. Second, I am currently in the middle of a move, which does not give me much time to create classes and posts.

New Schedule of Classes

With my move, I will be living further from the Scrapbook Essentials BC Store & Studio. I have been teaching anywhere from 8 to 12 classes a month, and it has become too much for me. So I am taking a break with this move, and will be teaching only 3 to 4 classes per month for a while. Besides, driving from Sidney to Victoria means I need to cut down the number of classes anyway.

Now, on to the Spellbinders Educator #7 Class - Fall Leaves

October is a great time of the year for giving cards that use the beautiful Fall colours. Great for masculine cards too! Everyone will receive the Fall Leaves (S3-270) die set that includes words as well! And, we will be using the Floral Embossing Folder (SES-007) and creating a dual tone through an inking technique. Because it is easy to die-cut a bunch of leaves, we will have time to create three cards this time!

Please bring to class: die cutting machine, (if you have a Prizm, you might like to bring it as well), Tool 'n One, a medium to dark brown ink pad and ink blending tool, double-sided adhesive tape (Sookwang), mini-glue dots, black foam squares or tape, scissors, scotch tape, and liquid glue.

Date: Wednesday, October 25th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00
Cost: $45.00
RSVP: or 778-533-4290

ONLY 7 spots available!

Here is a closer look at each individual card.

Looking forward to seeing you all there! This is a great little die set!!

Happy creating!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Spellbinders Stamps & AquaBlend Pencils!

Make sure to mark Wednesday, September 20th on your calendar because this is going to be a real fun class with a Spellbinders stamp set chosen by Spellbinders Educator Canada! (Inspiring Others)  A class that will bring out the inner young girl in you while we create these cards. Remember loving to colour and paint as a girl?

I love working with watercolour pencils just a tad more than with alcohol markers. I think it is because you can create so many effects with it and it is easy to do.

As soon as I can get my photo upload to work, I will add individual card photos

Date: Wednesday, September 20th
Time: 6:00 - 8:00
Cost: $35 + GST and includes a $22 stamp set and all other products...
To register contact Stacey at

Many of you know that not only does Spellbinders have a ton of different dies to work with, but also has some pretty wonderful stamp and stamp/die sets to have fun with. For our 5th Spellbinders Educator class we will be creating two cards with one of the newer stamp sets! Not only that, we will be working with watercolour pencils!

We will go over some very basic watercolour techniques as well as have fun using a couple of background techniques. As Sabrina will be instructing Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolour classes this Fall, this will be a great time to come and play and see if you would like to add water colouring to your list of creative skills for some of your future card making adventures.

Be sure to take care going through this list so that you do not forget anything.

BRING TO CLASS: non-stick craft mat, washi tape, one of your smooth (not used) die cutting plates (or plexi piece about that size), a fine mist water mister, synthetic water brushes - 2 round (fine and med) & 2 flat (1/4" & 1/2"), and/or Aqua pens (brushes that hold water), a water bottle with water, an empty jar with a lid, a yogurt or margarine lid (or watercolour pallet), clear stamp blocks, a gray & black pigment ink like Archival or VersaFine ink pads, stamp cleaner, scissors, craft knife, heat tool, mini-glue dots, double sided adhesive, white pop dots/3D Foam Squares/Tape, a few pieces of paper towel, & a notebook and pencil. WATERCOLOUR PENCILS - You may bring your own watercolour pencils to this class, or start to purchase the Spectrum Noir AquaBlend water colour pencils through Stacey. There are 4 sets of 24 pencils, and the Primaries set is the one used for this class. If you wish to order these in time for class, you will need to do so ASAP.

There will be a limited number of watercolour AquaBlend pencils for you if you want to give it a go, but do not currently have any watercolour pencils.

Registration & ordering questions to Stacey -
Class questions to Sabrina -

Happy colouring!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Spellbinders Filligree Booklet And Class Photos

About a month ago I created these samples for the 4th Spellbinders Educator Class, and forgot to post them and the class info. And guess what? Last night we had this class. So today I am sharing the projects without the class info, and including the photos taken during the class.

Here are the samples using the "Filigree Booklet" (S5-289), and for the A2 card I also used the "Ferns" die set (S2-197).

Here is a closer look at each of the projects individually. First, the little booklet...

...second, the little gift card...

...and third, a A2 size card.

Here is our class. You will see that I created a 12 x 12 sample with a few of the ways you can use these dies. We also discussed some ideas that I did not make a sample for, and ideas that others suggested. A great exchange of ideas! I did however, forget to take a photo of just the sample sheet to include in my post, and now the sample sheet is at the store.

Now come the photos of everyone working on their projects, starting off with the gift card.

Now comes the little booklet, which everyone loved! We discussed different uses for this booklet from keeping track of your purchases so that you don't go home and find out you already bought it, to mini menus for special dinners or weddings, to just a handy notebook in your wallet/purse to jot down thoughts, quotes, etc. throughout the day.

And then the card. We embossed one of the dies and the class could choose which die and which side they wanted to use.

So there you have the projects we created in class using the Spellbinders "Filigree Booklet" die. Here are images of the dies I used in this class.

Thank you for checking in to share in these fun projects and the class photos.

Happy creating everyone!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Shabby Chic #7 - Sand & Sea from 49th & Market

I was so very excited when this paper collection arrived at Stacey's store! I purchased both the 12 x 12 pad and the 8 x 8 pad. But now I am showing you what we are making in our 7th Shabby Chic card class!


When: Thursday, September 14th
Time: 6:00 - 8:30
Cost: $30 + GST...

To register for this class, please contact Stacey -

I am so excited to finally get to the Sand & Sea collection from 49th & Market for this Shabby Chic card class! I fell in love with this collection when I saw it, and my mind filled with a ton of ideas for this collection. I saw albums, layouts, boxes, and for filling my planner using the 8 x 8 pad. And of course I also saw more Shabby Chic cards, and that is what we are doing for our 7th Shabby Chic card class.

For this class we will be using a couple of Gabi's stamps sets (Line Stitch, & Loose Threads), both of which Stacey has in the store. We will be mixing colour into the Stucco Paste to create a sand colour to it and apply to the cards. These cards are so Victoria! I would want to make a ton of them....

Please bring to class: Non-stick craft mat, scissors, Gathered Twigs ink pad and re-inker if you have, ink blending tool or sponge, paper distresser, a couple of tooth picks, margarine or yogurt lid, double sided adhesive, liquid glue, 3D foam squares or tape, your Liquitex Stucco Paste if you have, a palette knife, a couple of baby wipes for your fingers, and these stamp sets if you have them - (Line Stitch, & Loose Threads) along with a long clear stamp block at least 6" long.

A closer look at the cards and see if you can find the sand-like texture added to the cards. Everyone is going to have fun with that.

Being by the ocean here in Victoria, BC, seagulls are all over the place, so this is not an unfamiliar scene.

We are going to have so much fun in this class, and I am looking forward to seeing our Shabby Chic fans there.

Happy creating everyone!

Christmas in July Shabby Chic Style Class Photos

On Saturday we had our first Christmas card classes of the year which we always call Christmas in July! I taught the first of the classes for the day, and it was the "Christmas in July Shabby Chic Style" class. It was a full class, and everyone ended up with paper snow in their laps, gesso on their fingers, and glitter on their cheeks, clothes and hands.

Here is the first card we put together...

...and the second card assembled...

...and the third and final card.

Sorry that I can't remember who it was that I asked to put their three cards together so that I could take a photo of them, but here they are.

Stacey taught the second class of the day, and then I taught the third class of the day. All three classes were Christmas cards. Unfortunately I was so tired at the end of the day that I did not get any class photos taken to share with you. There were some diehards there that took all three classes! And some that took two of the classes. They must have been exhausted by the end of the day. I sure was.

Everyone have a great week, and happy creating!