We had the BEST time last night at the Mother-Daughter "MY Style" Class featuring the new This & That journaling product line from Stampin' Up. I honestly do not remember an event with quite the delightful atmosphere as this one. I always do my level best to make each class a home run, but this one took on a personality all its own. I think it must have been the uniqueness of the interactions between the moms and their girls. They were so delighted to be crafting together. I think for some of us it was the first time we had really viewed our offspring as a creative individual in their own right, apart from being our child. Does that make any sense? The first time we'd maybe explored the complete separateness of each other.
That may be a little deep considering I've not finished my coffee this morning... but anyway, I LOVE having a daughter and I LOVE crafting together, and I LOVE that I was able to have a little part in helping foster the special relationships between these lovely moms and daughters. We will definitely be doing more of these types of events in the future!
And it was just awesome to be able to reconnect with a couple of dear scrapbooking friends I used to see on a weekly basis. Life changes! But with this new type of "as it happens" smash-style books, it's a lot easier and less guilt-inducing to scrapbook now. I MAY be a little addicted to them, now that my first one is 95% finished!!
Natalie was so tickled to have discovered this trick. Her little hands have trouble with the flat punches, and she found that if you don't punch the butterfly out completely, you can get a cool look by raising the wings up from the still-connected paper. She told me to put this on my blog so she could be famous : )
We made a Glorious Mess, but it was SO FUN... look for more "junk journal" events in the near future! I'm thinking a recipe book class and a Praises & Prayers one. If you're interested in a private smash book class for you and your friends, I can do those, too, with any theme you'd like. [email protected]
Lovin' my new Instax Mini instant camera... it's just like magic! Each attendee got a photo of themselves and their mom or daughter to put right into their album with washi tape. It was so fun to see how each person's journal began to take on their own personality.
Lyssa - this looks like it was a great class. Your pictures convey how much fun the mom's and daughter's were having creating these keepsakes. I'm ready to start my journal now! Thanks for sharing.
Posted by: Kim W. | 05/11/2013 at 10:27 AM
I think Natalie is famous - I think her idea is great! I would love to see more photos of the pages that were done.
Posted by: Sue Bishop | 05/11/2013 at 01:42 PM
What a fun night this looks like! I bought 3 TNT journals for my girls and we had our own crafting night here in PA. They LOVED it so much that we are having another crafting night tonight while watching the Pens play.
Posted by: Nicole Steele | 05/11/2013 at 03:37 PM
What a GREAT idea and it looks like it met with great success!.
I had to "run" from the computer and try the "famous" butterfly one. Unfortunately, I do not have such a special touch. However, after i punched out the "whole" middle butterfly I put dimensionals on it and put it back. With punched out butterflies on each side and mounted on pumpkin dsp - I love how it turned out. So thank the artist for the inspiration!
Posted by: judi | 05/11/2013 at 04:16 PM
I LOVED Natalie's idea with the not fully punched butterfly and love how she lifted up the wings. I'm going to have to try that. Thanks for the fun pictures and ideas. I, too, would love to see more completed pages for inspiration. I have a journal but haven't "played" yet. Thanks for all you share!
Posted by: Mary Lou Kleveland | 05/11/2013 at 08:35 PM
This was a great class. Brycelynn worked on her book again today. She can't stop talking about it.
Posted by: Kelly | 05/11/2013 at 09:59 PM
Natalie has a brilliant idea! and I'm loving the idea of this class. might try something similar for our ladies' craft night. Any advice would be much appreciated. =)
Posted by: Tamra | 05/12/2013 at 07:29 PM
Lauren and I loved the class and couldn't believe how the time flew by. We would LOVE to do a recipe class in the future.
Posted by: Gina N. | 05/13/2013 at 09:45 AM
Love love! this speaks to me! Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience! And tell Natalie that I love the super idea of half punching a butterfly! love the look so much! have a great day!
Posted by: Jannette C | 05/15/2013 at 06:00 AM
Natalie is famous in my house already!! As is Dan :-)
GREAT idea for a class - will definitely be borrowing this idea, Lyssa!
As always, thanks so much for sharing your ideas and inspiration!!
Posted by: Jeni Szmyd | 05/17/2013 at 09:53 AM