I am currently taking three classes at Big Picture Classes along with a Creativity class by Amy Tangerine. Here is an update on how the classes are going.
Class #1: Saving Your Santity: Throughout The Holiday Season - Jen Molher
This class has been great. The pre-class assignment was to alter a small memo pad to hold ideas and thoughts for the holiday season. Here is mine:
Another great thing about this class is all the ideas that are shared on the message board for decorations, recipes, home decor and gifts. At the end of this post I will show you my Halloween crafts.
Week two consisted of Holday projects: cards, a fall wreath, and Christmas Canvas. I don't send out cards for halloween and i did a halloween wreath this year instead of a fall one. These two projects have been filed in my box as possiblities for next year. I have yet to do the canvas but its on my list to complete next month after all the halloween parties are over.
Week three just started and the first two assignments are a halloween tin gift and a shadow box decor. The tin holds a mini album and the shadow box is for thanksgiving. These are both being filed for next year also. Before the class started I purchased the shadow box but decided to use it to display last years holiday layouts. Right now it holds trick or treat from 2009.
Class #2: Fun With Fabric - Donna Downey
Although we are will into week 3 of this class, I have yet to do one of the projects. I have been following along with the videos and message board, but i am waiting for the week when we do the apron and fancy ladies. So more on this class to come.
Class #3: Cut The Crazy Out Of Christmas - Georgana Hall
This class just started this past thursday and already I am quite exicted. The premises behind the class is to put together a christmas binder to organize to-do lists for the upcoming season. Plenty of print-outs are provided. I will post a picture as soon as my binder is decorated.
Amy Tangerine's "Get Those Creative Juices Flowing" Class
Amy is hosting an online class right for the next two weeks. Already I have learned so much: How to sew a journal, make your own washi tape, and handsewn lettering on layouts. She has also shown us what she packs to scrap when she travels. I tried this on our last trip to california this past july. I brought way too much and had too high of expectations. Here is the link to the posts for my creations in the class: http://moleskineadventures.blogspot.com/2010/10/get-those-creative-juices-flowingday-1.html
I am in the process of putting together a scrap kit for Isabelle for her birthday coming up on the 23rd. More to come on this.....
And Finally HALLOWEEN DECORATIONS
With three upcoming halloween themed parties: Isabelle's B-day, My Sis's Costume Party and Trick Or Treat at my House, I have been having a pretty crafty month.
Isabelle's party will be halloween themed with costumes and a trip to the museum. I have been helping my aunt get ready for this!
My sister and her roomates are having a adult costume halloween party on the 30th. I offered to help with the decorating.
Trick or Treat this year is being held at my house in the neighborhood. I will be using the same decorations for both parties.
Below are pictures and links to instructions. I will also include the recipes for the food i will be serving at the party.
Spooky Letters from AC Blog: http://americancrafts.typepad.com/studio/2009/10/spooky.html
This was mentioned on the message boards of the SYS BPC class. I was so easy to make. Instead of using the paper plates and paint, i just cut the circles out 12x12 cardstock and rounded the edges with my rounder punch from the Paper Studio. This would be a great craft at a school halloween party.
Halloween Hangups: http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/halloween-decorating-and-craft-templates#slide_19
Candy Corn Wreath: http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Family-Lifestyle/Holidays/Halloween-Craft-Candy-Corn-Wreath.html
Treats on the table:
I covered some hershy bars very similar to this post from the AC Blog: http://americancrafts.typepad.com/studio/2009/10/halloween-party-with-beth.html
These are so easy and so cute but the last two times i have been to Michaels, I couldn't find the stickers. I will try once more this weekend.
I have the ingredients but not quite put together. Its on the list.
I might get to this, I have extra candy corn left from the wreaths.
Party Menu: I did some of these last year and they were a hit!
Witches' Brew Punch: http://www.pillsbury.com/recipes/printrecipe?RecipeId=9dfbc67b-db88-403b-ad70-1eb889cbc451