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Guest Post: Creative Escape Part 4, The Classes

This is the fourth in a series of guest posts about Creative Escape 2009 in Chandler, Arizona by Holly Attfield. Holly’s previous posts here: Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Thank you once again to Holly for taking the time to share her experiences with us.  Holly is actually in the midst of moving homes so is needless to say, a busy lady!  Read below for more on the classes she took at Creative Escape.

The second day of classes at Creative Escape was as jam packed with fun an inspiration as the first, with four classes from industry leading instructors on our agenda.  Our next class project put together by Paula Cheney and Debbie Crouse, two of the awesome crew of Gypsy Artists from the design team at 7Gypsies, was this beautiful book board wall hanging.  This class was the only one we were asked to bring a photo to class for, making each project completely unique, and each was as beautiful as the next, too.

It was great taking a class from Paula and Debbie, as they are dynamic and fun as team teachers, and they complement one other well with an awesome combination of inspiration and humour.  The slide presentation that served as an introduction to their class was so poignant that many were moved to tears.  The class itself was challenging and packed with tips and tricks.

We put this display piece together using pieces of 7Gypsies book board, attached together with ribbons, floss and eyelets (and a bit of adhesive!).  I love the adorable little key embellishment on the bottom panel, making it the perfect housewarming gift for someone who has just moved into a new house. As unexpected little touches, the panel with the photo on it is adorned with a 7Gypies crystal book knob which lifts up to reveal journaling beneath, and the panel with the tiny flower vase also swings open for hidden journaling to be revealed.  This is one of those works of art that allows the view to see something new each time, and it makes it such a special piece.

You can see the class sample prepared for this class here, and the other posts by Debbie and Paula about Creative Escape here and here.

It was a complete blast taking a class from the amazingly talented Tim Holtz. I don’t think I’ve ever met such an organized instructor!  Tim gave us a fantastic slide show introduction, provided everything we needed for class, was full of jokes, tips and inspiration, and at the end of it all we literally had nothing to throw away other than the holes punched from our crop-a-diles! And isn’t this little album adorable?

Tim shows more photos of this project in his blog post about Creative Escape here.

In Marah Johnson‘s class, we created this gorgeous altered box which holds 12 mini books (perfect for a year in review, 12 school grades, 12 days of Christmas, or so many other ideas).  Completing this project in the allotted class time took being very organized, and like Tim, Marah definitely is!  There wasn’t a wasted moment in this class.  We had a lot of glimmer misting to do, as all of the flocked paper was misted before it was adhered. I came quite close to finishing this project in class.  I simply need to ink the edges of the gold wings and attach a metal floral brad to the ribbon tab that opens the box.  Then, all I have left to do is complete the inside of each of the 12 little books.  So many ideas, too little time!

See what Marah posted about Creative Escape on her blog here.

In our last class, Debby Schuh led us in the creation of a souvenir album to house all of our Creative Escape photos, memorabilia, autographs and other collected memories. Debby has a passion for mini-albums, and you can see this one and so many more on her blog here.

As an extra little touch, I asked Heidi to sign a piece of cardstock for me to add to this book as part of my memorabilia from the trip. She added the words "Once in a Lifetime" to her signature, and I thought it was a fitting sentiment for my memories of this fantastic trip.  Creative Escape 2009 was a wonderful experience, and I’ll remember it for a long time to come.

- Holly Attfield


Holly Attfield is a wife and mother to 3 children. A Project Manager by day and a scrapbooker by night.  She is also a proud Designer for Scrapalicious and Just Cre8. Learn more about Holly by reading her blog, "Random Tidbet Series."

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