Recently I was reminded of my hire date at my local scrapbook store (timeless treasures).This september will be 10 years! Every single month for the past 10 years i've taught a card making class... I love those that come to my classes... some every month, some once in a while, some in the summer when their schedules are more open, some when their moms are in town. There are alot of different senarios and i've made so many friends. A few years back I started offering my kits to customers out of the area and last year I launched MY SHOP. It's always alot of fun and always alot of work! I thought it would be fun to give you a little look in to "how" I come up with my kits every month.
So here we go!
First up I scour catalogs for papers that i've ear marked when I was at CHA. Back in the day I would make random cards and put them all together. These days I like my whole kit/class to color/theme to coordinate. It's a delicate balance between what I really "want" and what I think is appealing to everyone and I pay special attention to what my local store will carry, so I can support them as well. Then I order paper and matching cardstock and wait for them to arrive.
After the paper shipments arrive I like to fan them out and pull out ribbons and buttons or embellishments that match. I keep a pretty good supply of these kinds of supplies on hand. I pick them up as I find them and eventually find a kit that they will coordinate with. This gives me an idea if I need to be on the lookout for anything extra.
Next up I design sentiments and supporting paper embellishments on photoshop. Every month I try to learn one new skill. I really enjoy playing around with different fonts. I also start looking at any die-cuts, punches or things I can use as an accent on my cards.
Next up I start on all my samples. I cut the card bases to size or sometimes die-cut the bases. Then I match up the patterned papers to the cardstock bases and figure out which ones coordinate best. And then I do the same with ribbons. Then I like to plan out my sentiments, I've started to include a bunch of extra sentiments in my kits so they can be subbed out or used to make some extra cards.
These supplies/photos are from the MAY KIT, i'm knee deep already making the June kits which have an awesome muted color scheme. Grey, yellow and a sea green color!
Hope you enjoyed my little peek and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!