#BibleArtJournaling @AllisonOrthner @CSMscrapbooker…the journey has been revived.. #yourstampinscrapbooker style

This past weekend I attended an annual crop at Spruce Meadows in Calgary hosted by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine called the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival, and a carnival of fun it is!  Between the usual scrapbooking, socializing, eating, shopping, and prizes, I had time to think.  I’ve been meaning to do more scrapbooking at home, create more things just for me, and have really wanted to dig out the Bible Art journalling supplies I have acquired over the past year, all still in the packaging.  After my recent craft room make over resulted in the Bible art journalling getting its very own drawer, I it was been starring at me for weeks.  I knew the day would come very soon when I will sit down with it all and dig in.  That day was this weekend.

If you’d like to read my previous post of my Bible art journaling journey, please click here so you can read the background story to this post.

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As the days drew closer to the crop, and I watched Allison Orthner’s (that’s Allison in the photo above) posts regarding her excitement about having a Bible art make n take table, I knew the Holy Spirit was really trying to work his wonders through both Alison as well as my love of all things crafty.  I went through the first day of the crop doing some scrapbooking, and shopping up a storm (watch for an upcoming post of all the goodies I bought!) but as I left at the end of that first day, and walked past Allison’s table, I knew that I had to rethink my plan for the next day.  I went home and dug out a bag and packed up all my Bible art journalling goodies and off I went for day two of the crop.

I started the day off with Allison and playing with gesso, Ranger oxide inks and water, as well as stamps, washi, and stickers by Illustrated Faith.  Alison had brought some old hymn books from her church for us to be inspired by as well as to play with the products.  Stamping or doing any form of art in the Bible can be scary.  No one wants to do something to a book so special that they are not sure will turn out as they hope.  That being said, any time you get out the gesso to do mixed media, it will be an adventure and you will never be able to do the same thing twice, accept that now!

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We played on the hymn book sheets and I also created a beautiful bookmark too.  What are Distress Oxide inks? Check out this video from Creative Scrapbooker with a quick overview of what they can do! 

I bought an Illustrated Faith Praise book (had been debating for a while but the shipping to Canada is insane) so when Scrap Addicts had it for cheap, I was sold!! I was so excited, proud and inspired by the experience!  Here is a glimpse of my creations:

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Today I reflect on what I have begun and am revived and inspired to continue this Bible art journey!  Today I even discovered (via the Canadian Bible Art Journalling Facebook group) there is a Facebook group for Catholic women that do Bible art!  So, after saying it hasn’t really been something the Catholic world has embraced, I am proven wrong but this social media discovery.  As I write this, I’m awaiting approval to join the group, so I will follow up with my thoughts and feelings on the group.

#dowhatmakesyouhappy is something I’ve tried to keep in mind as it is easy to become bogged down with all the “have-tos” of teaching classes.  There is always another class to prepare and supplies to organize.  It can easily become a “chore”.  Years ago (in my younger fitter days), I feel in love with aerobics and even went on to teach for several years.  However, by the end of it, I was tired of having to be accountable to my classes.  I wanted out.  I really don’t want that become the case with my Stampin Up classes and crafting.

So last night I told myself I to need to make myself accountable to me!  I know myself well enough to know that that will be good for me on many levels.  My crafting skills will grow, and my relationship with Christ will grow.  Not teaching and being in the Catholic schools on a daily basis, does lead me away from the church since I’m not involve in it on a daily basis.  I know I have to more actively take ownership of that part of my faith journey.  I would love to hear about your faith journey surrounding the Bible art journalling experience.  I would especially like to hear from other Catholics that are Bible art journalling, so I don’t feel so alone in this journey.

Want to learn more about Bible art journalling?  Click here for Allison’s blog post on how to get started!! 

Need some Stampin Up supplies? water color paper? journalling pens? stamps? Stazon On ink? All of these supplies can be purchased online in my store!  SHOP here!

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#StampinUp Labels to Love #MerryChristmas Card Class #1

“All I want for Christmas is you!”, yes, Mariah will be belting out her tunes in my house soon enough, especially with snow headed our way tonight…. Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, no, I do not put up my tree until after Remembrance Day and usually my birthday on the 15th, then it’s free game!!! But in the mean time, my Christmas card club starts next week!! For several years I have run a club consisting of 3 classes of 12 cards each for a total of 36 cards completed over 3 nights.  A class at the end of the months of September, October and November so they are done early enough for that that want to send in the mail.

I always plan my classes based around a combination of what inspires me (if it doesn’t, who is coming up with the ideas for the class?) and what I think the ladies that have been coming to my club for years will enjoy.  This year I chose the Label punch with the Labels of Love stamp set to match the punch, the Carols of Christmas bundle, the Christmas sweaters and the Christmas in the Making (I love to color and so do many of my ladies) so there had to be a set where we get to color.  I am loving the new embossing paste so that will get in the mix and I always do some heat embossing in my classes too; there is so much wow factor to heat embossing, it makes anything pop!

For all my event information and to RSVP, please like my Facebook Page!

So where are my three samples for my upcoming class that is this Tuesday.

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I have decided that I don’t really like this on the soft suede card stock so I’ve decided to stick with whisper white.

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Posts to follow with detail each card with the supplies required for the card.  I’m working on becoming a YouTube sensation (yeah, right!) so once I have that under control I will regularly film as well.  Here is my YouTube channel, click here!!

So as a reward to myself for getting my samples done and all my cutting/prep work, tomorrow I get to pack to head of to a 2 day crop!  On Friday and Saturday you will find me at Spruce Meadows in Calgary at the Scrapbook Carnival hosted by Creative Scrapbooker Magazine.  Watch for a post of all the fun!!

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Getting started #scrapbooking? #wheretostart

I recently have been meeting lots of new ladies online via my #Outlander fan group on Facebook.  As a result, of course there are many out there that are card makers, crafters, and interested in learning what it’s all about.  Especially with the discovery of the #Outlander stamps that have shared in a previous post: click here. 

So when one of the ladies told me she’s love to learn about scrapbooking and where to start, I thought, I need to get back to basics.  I have only been blogging for about a year and am still learning so much and constantly trying to better my creating, posting, social media-ing (if that’s a word) and really hadn’t thought about making sure I cover some very important information, where to start?

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So for today I’m going to start with a few basic tips and the most essential basic supplies to get to started recording and scrapbooking your memories, because that’s what it’s all about!

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  1. Ask yourself why you want to do this? to make something pretty?  to preserve memories? to create something to be left behind for your children or family?  to enjoy the process?  For me, the answer is all of the above.  Your answer to this is what will inspire you to do this and give you direction on where to start.  If it’s memories, gather those photos and moments that you want to preserve and go from there.  TwinBirth
  2. Understand that you cannot do this wrong!  Everyone has a different style and expectation for themselves.  There is no wrong way to scrapbook.  What you create is yours and creating something means you are that much further ahead that before, right?  Do not be too hard on yourself to start, we all grow and change with the process, enjoy the experience and be proud of what you create!
  3. Gather a few basic supplies to get you started (see my recommended list below).
  4. Create on your own, or with others, again, no rules!  Perhaps you want to do it with your friends, at a class, at a crop (because as a newbie you’ve heard about these things but are not sure what they are all about, watch for a post next week as I’m off to a 2 day crop next weekend), or on your own at home with a coffee in hand.  Do what makes you happy and comfortable in your scrapbooking journey.

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#yourstampinscrapbooker recommended supplies to get started:

  1. Paper Trimmer – Here is our Stampin Up trimmer but feel free to pick one up at Michael’s with a 50% off coupon to get you started
  2. Adhesive of choice – tape runner, glue stick, liquid glue – don’t over think it, I’d suggest a tape runner as it’s the easiest thing to use if you are scrapbooking using photos – Here is our Stampin Up Snail adhesive tape runner (you can purchase refills for this later)
  3. Scissors – A good pair of scissors is important so you get your best creations – Here are our Stampin Up Snips, they come with a cover for the cutting part and are the sharpest best scissors I’ve ever had, I can never go back…
  4. Paper – Do not get overwhelmed by the amount of paper that out there.  I’d suggest starting with some card stock in colours you think are appropriate for whatever you are scrapbooking, ie. winter theme, silvers, blues, very vanilla (like a cream color) or summer theme, yellows, greens, etc.  If you would like me to advise you specifically, please ask! Here is our whisper white card stock (a fancy name for white).  You are welcome to start with some cheap paper from Michael’s but if you have ever touched or used some paper from Stampin Up or other companies, you will easily see it is much stronger.  That personal preference will come with time.
  5. Journally pen and/or markers – An essential piece to any scrapbooking is the journaling.  Scrapbooking is more than just glueing photos to some paper.  It’s about preserving the memories and recording the information that go with the photos.  Whether it’s just the date/place or a paragraph of what happened on that special day including memorable quotes, you will need to write some journaling.  Here is a link to our Stampin Up journaling pens (they come in a 2 pack). 

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That is pretty much the basics, from there you will want to add embellishments, stamps, ribbons, 3D items and grow in your confidence in your abilities to scrapbook.  REMEMBER: you cannot do it wrong!  Enjoy!  Please contact me if you’d like any personal advice on where to start, where to go from what you have already or how to take your scrapbooking to the next level.  Email: janleygrant@hotmail.com

Would love to hear if this helped you at all.  Veterans, did I miss anything?  I didn’t research or review for this post, just wrote off the top of my head, so if I forgot anything , please let me know 🙂

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Janley

 

 

 

Pick a Pumpkin #Stampin Up Thank You Card

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The best creations are those that you don’t plan to do, right?  Well, half true, I did buy this bundle for the girls to play with and most likely use on my Halloween layout and when the need for some thank you cards arose, I found a way to use it!! Thank you cards are definitely the most used in my craft room and I find it weird to give them out if I haven’t made them, just feels off to me.  I needed two cards for the girls to sign and send in the mail so I got started and (as you should always do) make several more in an assembly line!! I took photos of the process, see below.  I am also going to do a video of the creation.

What’s also awesome? I bought this hardwood background stamp last year and had never opened it, what better time, right?  Isn’t it gorgeous?  I am in love for sure!

Here are a few photos of the process, follow this link for the detailed instructions to create the card: https://www.thesearemystamps.com/cards/pick-a-pumpkin-thank-you# 

Video HERE! Be kind, I’m new to filming 🙂

Hardwood Background stamp on very vanilla card stock

Burlap ribbon

Pick a pumpkin stamps

Patterned Pumpkin Thinlits

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Lay out your die cuts to place as you desire on burlap

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The final product! Please comment below if you were inspired by the card.  I was inspired by Pinterest but it was definitely a rarity of different ideas that lead me to this creation.  Watermarked1(2017-09-17-1450)

Products used are listed below with direct links to my shop!! Note: I did use a retired burlap so have linked you to the current burlap ribbon, it is not as wide as the one I used, so you would likely need two strips to create the wider look I have on mine.

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Another Thank You Photopolymer Stamp Set

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Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information or to place an order for you locally to Okotoks, Calgary and the Foothills area.  I also offer card classes in my home so please look through my posts for more information or go to my Facebook page for all the events!

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Janley

#StampinStars Coffee Date @ #94TaketheCake tomorrow!

I’m super excited to be trying out a new location for our stamping fun!! There is a new coffee and cupcake shop in #okotoks and it has great tables to stamping, that’s at 94 Take the Cake on Elma Street!  My team and those that would like to learn about joining my Stampin Stars will be meeting tomorrow morning at 10am.  Find more info on the event on my Facebook Page, click here!coffeetime

We will be chatting about the new catalogue, hostess bonus, fall schedules and all things holiday fun! We will get to play with some of my new Spooky Night goodies and the much anticipated cat punch!

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RSVP appreciated but don’t let it stop you from joining us!! The first drink is on me!! Want to lear more about joining my team? CLICK HERE!

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#prayersforirma Thinking of all those impacted and will be impacted #prayersforhouston #highriverstrong

Those who know me, know I’m a huge weather watcher; I’ll chalk that up to growing up in a house where our lives revolved around the weather. My Dad worked for Natural Resources in forrest fire watch and suppression my whole life.  Roomies in uni and after, and now my husband, would find me watching the weather network, like it’s TV show.  Cory actually calls it my “favourite channel” and I’ll be honest, it’s a pretty big staple in this house.  Just this morning, the first thing I did was get up and put it on to see Irma’s progress overnight and more updated images coming out of the aftermath.  I’ve always found something exciting about wild weather and storms.  For sure, I’ve said, in another life I’m a meteorologist.  The upcoming hours and days draw me to my phone and TV to follow the progress of the storm.

So when we hear about storms like hurricane Irma, I feel the excitement, fear and simple awe of such powerful forces of mother nature.  Here is an overhead image of Irma from NASA.

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We could get into a huge discussion about #climatechange but I’m feeling somber today and I pray for these people, not up for a debate or analysis of climate change.  That being said, as we watched the devastation hit Houston, now the Caribbean, in the form of Irma, and Jose right behind and a third in the Gulf, the whole scene is quite overwhelming and I think we all need to sit back and observe the power of our world.

As a Christian, I feel especially prayerful today and I reflect on how these millions of people must be feeling and how I can only do what I can control and that is to pray for them all to find safety, shelter, and strength in their days, weeks and months to come.  Having watched the aftermath of the High River flood in 2013, the physical was hard, but it was the psychological impacts that are still evident many years later.  People will lose everything, there will be divorce, loss, and fear for years to come.  So I also pray for those that will take others in, help in any way they can, love, serve, and be good people to fellow man.  I saw so much of that generosity after the flood, we even had a friend and little guy stay with us when the entire town was evacuated.  Now, I am by no means comparing the flood of a town of 10000 to that of the millions impacted by Irma, but humans are humans and loss is loss, we all have similarities.

Please join me in prayer for all those impacted and will be impacted in the hours and days to come, and for the recovery effort to follow.  Also, support the Red Cross, either Canadian or American as your disaster relief charity of choice.  I know there are various organizations matching donations so it’s always a great option.

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I have been blogging for around a year and have never posted much besides crafting and my #Outlander love, until today.  I really just couldn’t not share my thoughts and prayers today and I sit in my craft room creating with my girls and thinking about how blessed we are to be safe, dry and healthy.  As there was after the High River flood, feelings of guilt sets in because it’s not you.  Please know you are not alone, feelings of empathy and caring are what spur many to serve others and help fellow man.  We can only do what we can for those impacted, donate, pray, serve, love.

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#prayersforFlorida

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#Outlander stamps! #droughtlander ends in 2 sleeps! #yourstampinscrapbooker

2 sleeps! I can tell you for us #Outlander fans, months ago we never thought this day would come!! So what am I doing on Sunday? Going to an Outlander season 3 premiere party, of course!  We are heading to the Kilt & Caber in Calgary and I’m just about counting down the hours!

So what is happening in my craft room to get ready?  Well, if you saw in previous posts, it was in the summer I spotted the Outlander stamp set by Kindred Stamps and didn’t have to think too long on making that online purchase!

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Was a struggle to get them in my hands, between back order and USPS taking it on an adventure and then Canadian customs, weeks and weeks had gone by and I was just about ready to throw in the towel and they arrived!! Ironically, just the day I was down at the post office asking if there was anything they could tell me, which they said they couldn’t, I came home to find them in the box that same day!  I have to say Kindred Stamps was super good about the issue, they were very apologetic and refunded me all myself shipping fees for my inconvenience.  Really appreciate that, thanks, Kindred Stamps!

So what do you make for book readers, a bookmark, of course!! Here are some play by play photos of my creation and even my twins colouring their own Jamie & Claire!

I used whisper white cardstock for the base cut at 8 inches by 2 inches.  I used our current punch the Scalloped Tag Topper, page 206 in the annual catalogue for my bookmark topper.

Next I used a retired designer series paper called Maritime DSP and I just barely had enough.  I cut that at 7 inches by just less than the 2 inches. I adhered it to the card stock bookmark with Snail adhesive.

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I used the 1 3/4 circle punch for the sentiment in the middle (from a retired stamp set called Going Global), between our cutie Jamie and Claire. I used a retired scallop punch to matte the sentiment. The sentiment is stamped in real red and matted to a real red card stock.

I punched out Jamie and Claire also using a retired tag punch but you can use many different sizes of our framelits in various shapes.  Above you will see the colors I used for them are as follows:

Claire – chocolate chip hair, dress is night of navy and soft suede.

Jamie – cajun craze hair, chocolate chip belt/pants, basic black boots, and baked brown sugar (retired) on the coat.

There are absolutely no rules on colouring these little guys! I just wanted to share because I was keen to get their hair as accurate as possible.  The rest I just kind of winged it and I chose the Night of Navy because it matched the DSP colors which were real red and night of navy. For the bookmark tie at the top, I used a retired vintage lace but I’d recommend our current products of the linen thread or the burlap ribbon.

So here is the finish product!!

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What do you think, Outlander fans? Will my fellow fans at the premiere by happy to go home and add this to their #Outlander collection on their bookshelves?

The twins very much enjoyed Jamie and Claire too!

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Thanks! Watch for upcoming posts about the premiere party and a craft room makeover reveal to come!

Shop here for all the current products I used and recommend, thanks for the support!

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Fall into Savings Ends Sept 10 #PaperPumpkin

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Don’t miss out on the Paper Pumpkin 50% off deal that ends September 10th!  That’s the deadline so you can get your first shipment in the September Paper Pumpkin!! This 30 minutes of fun Stampin Up kit arrives directly to your door, delivered by Fed Ex, and comes in a cute little box each month!

It comes complete with the exclusive stamp set, and ink and even the block to start the subscription!  It is always a surprise, that’s part of the fun, and can be a card kit, bags, 3D projects, even a calendar.  Perhaps you’d like to subscribe and have it sent to a friend or family member as a gift.  It’s perfect for that someone that wants to build up their stamp collection, likes to do kits and preplanned crafting activities and/or a crafter that doesn’t have the time or money to shop for all kinds of supplies.  Do you know that someone this would be perfect for?  Click here and go directly to the site where you can sign up with me as your demonstrator! Thank you for the support!

Here are a couple of past Paper Pumpkin kits that were awesome!

A birthday card kit for gift cards!

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Easter bunny “Happy Spring” card and Easter Bunny gift bags! Adorable! My girls took these bags with some treats in them to their teachers at school before Easter holidays, was a hit!

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Have questions! Contact me anytime! 403-618-9949 or janleygrant@hotmail.com

Time is running out to get in on the deal and ONLY FOR NEW SUBSCRIBERS.

Sign up here!!!!

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3 Year #StampinUp Anniversary

Wanted to share in my celebration of my 3 year anniversary with Stampin Up!! Got this adorable card in the mail from our Stampin Up Canada Director, Dale Hampshire.  It’s the small things that put smilies on faces, including your handmade cards!  I very much appreciate when others give me handmade items as I’m sure you do, and this was a delight to get in the mail! (after more Outlander post cards, of course!) Did I mention it’s just 5 sleeps to the season 3 premiere!! More to come on that tomorrow!!

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Also want to send out very special thanks to my team and customers, I wouldn’t be here without you!  You all share in my love of all things crafty and I value our friendships, creative times together and your inspirational creations!!

I cannot close without a special thank you to my amazing husband.  He supports me daily in everything I do, especially in my #StampinUp addiction, and my Outlander addiction, basically, all addictions, and with a smile on his face.  I truly have found my soulmate.  Thanks, Friend!

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Fall Schedule #Christmascardclub2017 @ Your Stampin Scrapbooker #Stampin Up

Welcome to September and if fall won’t come to us, I’ll bring us to fall!! That’s right I’ve posted my Christmas card classes as events on my Your Stampin Scrapbooker Facebook Page!

So what’s the scoop? So firstly, here is my fall calendar including both the classes per month as well as my Stampin’ Stars Coffee Meetings.  Our next one is coming up on Thursday, September 14th @ 94 Take the Cake in downtown Okotoks.

Each card class is a link to the event on Facebook so click and RSVP, followed by contacting me for payment.  Scroll down for all the details about pricing, information and FAQ.

Fall 2017 September October November December
 

Themed/

Technique Classes

 

Christmas Card Class #1

Tuesday, September 26

Time: 7pm

 

Theme: Labels of Love

 

RSVP before September 12th

Christmas Card Class #2

Tuesday, October 24

Time: 7pm

 

Theme: Carols of Christmas

 

RSVP before October 10

Christmas Card Class #3

Tuesday, November 28

Time: 7pm

 

Theme: Christmas in the Making & Christmas Sweaters

 

RSVP before November 14

Possible Tags Class TBA
Stampin’ Stars

Meetings

(Current & Interested Demonstrators)

Thursday, September 14

Time: 10am

Location: 94 Take the Cake, Okotoks

 

RSVP appreciated

Thursday, October 12

Time: 10am

Location: 94 Take the Cake, Okotoks

 

RSVP appreciated

Thursday, November 9

Time: 10am

Location: TBA

 

RSVP appreciated

Stampin Stars

Christmas Party

TBA

 

RSVP required

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So what is my Christmas card club, you ask?

FAQ – Here is the details of my club:

What will we make?

36 cards total – 12 Christmas cards for you to create each month—4 of each of 3 designs for a total of 36 cards ready to be sent out in the mail (yes, envelopes included, if desired

How much time will I need?

The club will meet once a month during September, October and November (last date is November 28 so you have sufficient time to mail out)

What are the dates?

We will meet on Tuesday nights:

  1. Tuesday, September 26
  2. Tuesday, October 24
  3. Tuesday, November 28

What size is the class? 

I prefer to keep a class maximum of 6 people, 8 may be an option, depending on the cards planned. If there were more demand, additional dates may be offered.

How much does it cost?

Club price: Pre-pay to attend all 3 sessions – $85 due by September 15 (or $35 for individual classes) The fee covers all the supplies needed for 36 beautiful handmade cards and envelopes as well as the entertainment/fun you’ll have making them with friends new and old!

****There is a bundle deal on class #2s Carols of Christmas, for club members you can purchase the bundle for only $50 even, that’s more than 25% off from me and on top of the Stampin Up deal of 10% off for being a bundle.

How can I pay?

Payment can be made in cash, cheque or email transfer for the classes or club. (janleygrant@hotmail.com)

Can I select individual classes?

Yes, you can opt to RSVP for individual classes and the cost is $35 a class and please feel free to let your friends know they can join you at any time with 3 days advance notice, so I can prepare.

When do I need to RSVP for the club?

Please RSVP by September 15th if you would like to receive the club price.  If you would like to attend individual classes, please RSVP at least 3 days prior to the event(s). Please also RSVP on the facebook events, it assists me with my organization and planning. Thanks!

Where are the classes located?

All classes will be held in my home: 94 Lock Cres., Okotoks from 7pm-10pm. These classes usually take the majority of the 3 hours, so please take that into account if you have other commitments.

What if several of my friends and I would like to have a class on our own?

Absolutely! Please don’t hesitate to request a private class with your friends, in your home, at the same price for the Christmas card club or classes.

Thank you so much for supporting Your Stampin Scrapbooker and I look forward to making holiday memories with all of you as we create together!

So now what do I do?

  1. Contact me to sign up/payment – janleygrant@hotmail.com, www.yourstampinscrapbooker.com 
  2. Go the Facebook events and RSVP that you plan to attend.
  3. Get excited to get in the holiday spirit!

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Thanks, Everyone!! Look forward to seeing you all at my classes and ordering your holiday goodies online! Click here to shop from home!! 

Thanks!

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