It’s such fun to live in a city where the Creating Keepsakes Convention (CKC) comes to visit me!
At this year’s convention I did a little shopping at the Vendor Faire, and I also took a Creating Keepsakes class called Clever Clusters and Lovely Layers. Clustering and layering product doesn’t come naturally to this clean-and-simple girl, so I expected to learn a lot from this class. (And I did!)
In the class, we were to create a double-page spread (the sample is shown above) plus a single-page layout. As we began to pull the fabulous papers from our class kits, I began to PANIC. I haven’t done a scrapbook page in a really, really long time. I was excited to dive into the Notable collection from My Mind’s Eye, but I didn’t want to create a darling project that I wouldn’t use.
Then, I had a moment of boldness and I decided to change things up a bit; after all, our sweet-as-pie instructor, Micaela, encouraged us to make adjustments to suit our style. (She probably didn’t anticipate me changing it up quite so much though!) As the class began to trim patterned papers to assemble the first layout, I began cutting cardstock into 4-inch strips to create card bases instead.
I really wanted to practice clustering and layering the elements in our kit, and I stuck closely to the clusters the class was creating. You’ll notice the three distinct areas of layered embellishments on the layout above. Instead of placing my clusters on a layout, I created three cards, one for each cluster.
Here are the three cards I created based on the double-page spread.
I will admit that it wasn’t easy for me to do something different from everyone around me. I was a little worried what people thought! But as I began to let go and create, I really enjoyed it, and I loved the way the cards came together. The best part was that I was still learning great ideas and practicing the techniques we were being taught. And by the time we started the next layout (the cute sample page is below) I was moving and grooving, and seriously embracing my layout-turned-cards project!
And here are the three cards I created, based on the clusters from this layout.
During this class, I practiced skills that apply to scrapbookers, card makers, and all crafters in between. There’s always something to learn! This class absolutely jumpstarted my creativity, and I came home and made EIGHT more cards using the leftover kit materials, with only the addition of some cardstock. (How’s that for a generous class kit!?) If CKC comes to visit your town, or a town near you, go! Be bold, and have fun with creative people and fabulous products!
Laura Williams, Paper Crafts Go-to Gal
PS. The Go-to Gals are hosting a Designer Challenge today! Come by and visit each of us as we feature products from Elle’s Studio! (I practiced some more layering on my Elle’s Studio project! I hope you like it!)