In case you don't know anything about Finn, she's from Poland, she designs for Prima and Sizzix, amongst others, and she is super talented, warm, funny, and a great teacher. Just click on her name above and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Back to the class. It was an all day event. And when I say all day, I mean we started at 9am and finished up a bit after 6pm. Michele provided lunch, so no one even left the studio for food; we just kept working. Why do we say working? It's really playing. SO MUCH FUN!
So many goodies included in our class kit. Most are Finn's creations for Prima. This isn't even the entire haul:
We used a Prima journal (Finn's design), took it apart and started decorating the covers.
In addition to all the embellishments Finn brought, we also could add our own favorite bits of grunge, so some rusty, crusty odds and ends from my stash found their way onto my journal covers. In the above photo the covers had scrapbook paper glued on, the elastic closure was protected with masking tape, and we were ready to embellish. I don't have any step by step photos, but here are some works in progress from around the room.
Marjie really isn't bored. She's just waiting for glue to dry. Click on her name to see the gorgeous pieces she created.
Diane showing off her autumn colored beauties.
That's me in the middle, putting my journal back together. In the back, Kelly, Karen, and Finn. One of the (many) reasons I love taking classes at Michele's studio is the opportunity to create in the company of so many like-minded peeps in such a warm and inviting place. Trust me, not all venues are so welcoming.
Finn, demonstrating a technique:
Aren't those sleeves the coolest? They keep the paint and glue off her arms (and in the winter, off her shirt sleeves).
Marjie took this photo of me with my finished cover. The color is a bit off, but I have more accurate pictures coming up.
Here are my front and back covers.
You can see how color unifies such a bunch of diverse elements.
The covers took all morning to complete. In the afternoon we worked on some pages, and each double page layout featured different techniques. All deceptively simple. Deceptive, because they look like they took forever to do, and they really went very quickly. Most people brought photos to use. I didn't. I brought some of the images I've collected. I'm not even sure I'm going to insert them into this journal. I like them well enough to mount and frame them.
Finn taught three layouts, but by the third I was done. Exhausted. Happy, but exhausted. So I only have two to show.
I love the technique of using scraps cut into squares and rectangles to create a graphic background. Quick, easy, low-tech, low-cost, and very effective. We also used stencils, sprays,shading with soft pencils, and some stamping. In the third layout, the one I didn't do, Finn demonstrated adding fibers and embossing to the pages.
Great picture of Michele and Finn:
And as always, we ended the day with a group photo.
Finn will be teaching in the US and Canada all summer. If you can get to one of her classes, do it! Here is her schedule: