Thursday, August 11, 2011

10 Reasons to Love Summer Inspiration and GIVEAWAY


As I mentioned before, I'm currently completely immersed in prep for my 10 Reasons to Love Summer class. This week it's all about putting kits together and working on the website. So. much. left. to. do.  Ahem.


When I started working on the concept for this class, I decided to use my smashbook (black) to play around with ideas. I found the use of one single location for my visual workbook to be super inspiring and useful. Here's the actual page spread:


This has definitely been a useful exercise that I'm applying to other projects being worked on. But  you can see a bit how some of the ideas translated into the actual work.

Here's a bit of a preview of some class content that was inspired by the smashbook ideas:



I also wanted to take the opportunity to share a few more photos of the finished book details:


Please note that you can still sign up for a spot at the Tukwila class for this Saturday 08/13 or the University Village class on 08/27. Please call the store directly to sign up. It's going to be super fun.

If you are attending live and in person, we're going to be making the book without photos, so please don't worry about that. The companion journaling prompt workbook you'll receive (and it's five pages long, btw) is intended to help you select your photos for the book AFTER you've made it. :)

However, if you are attending and you don't like to share tools, I'd recommend you bring your own adhesive, scissors, and hole punch. Other than that, I've pretty much got ya covered.  

And seriously, if you can get over here, for a class, you totally should. I mean, look how much fun we had at the Bellevue store last weekend? My students got so much done and I am SO proud of them!

Thank you so much ladies! You inspired ME. :)

And  for my non-local peeps, I promise that there will be some kits going in the Etsy on 08/15. A companion blog with the instructions, journaling prompts, sketches, and more will also be made available, as soon as I can get all of the hundreds of photos edited and coded. Oy.

And now, for reading this far down the post, I think you get a treat!

I'm going to give away either an unfinished kit or a finished class sample book (your choice) to one of my lucky readers! Please leave a comment on this post to tell me what your favorite summer treat is and I'll randomly pick a winner by EOD Saturday 08/13.

Thanks for reading and hope you are having a happy summer!

38 comments:

Kristin said...

That class looks so awesome! I would live a kit!! I'll have to pick one up on Etsy when they go on sale!

TwoHeartsPath said...

I Love the finished book and would love to win a kit!!! The class would be so much fun,wish I lived close so I could attend...TFS Patti

Elisa said...

love that project :)
I´d love to win the finished class sample book since I quite far away to attend the class.
thanks for the chance

sharyncarlson said...

I love your mini books and this one is definitely a favorite!! For summer treats, I love grabbing iced Starbucks and taking our pug for a long walk in this great weather. Thanks for the chance to win! :)

themathchick said...

Your class and kit look fabulous! My favorite summertime treat is definitely fresh, local strawberries :)

Tara said...

Beautiful little book :) I love all of the little tags you've created.
I don't drink much any other time of year, but I must confess that I love a good lime cooler in the summer ;)

Joanne said...

Your books are always so gorgeous Christina! I absolutely love the layers!

Favorite summer thing - definitely the sun! We don't see it enough here in Portland!

Chiara said...

I love the kit is wonderful! My summer treat is to use my bike for everyday shopping!

Miriam Prantner said...

Having my husband, a teacher, home during the day to help with errands, getting dinner together, etc.

Nathalie said...

Your inspiration smash book is just as cool as the project itself! Thank you for the eye candy!
Favorite summer treat: Frozen yogurt from Golden Spoon!

Rebecca said...

This looks SO FUN!!! You have done a fabulous job!!! I wish I could attend your class in person!

My favorite summer treat? I just like a good chocolate shake. Thanks for the chance!!

Cindy said...

I live too far away to attend your class, but I would love to win the finished class sample. I truly look forward to reading your blog. You have inspired me to get out my supply of stamps, scrapbooks and papers...and get busy on projects again. You inspire me!! Favorite thing about summer-getting together with my friends and family for "Tuesday Nights in the Plaza". It's our small town (Healdsburg, CA) summer concert series. Wine, food and memories are made. I look forward to Tuesday nights all winter long.

fawn.r said...

I really love the book. You have a great style.

Favorite summer treats are strappy sandals and seedless watermelon.

Michelle*G said...

What a fab book! Thanks for the chance to win it (and the heads up that I can get one in a few days!). My favorite part of summer...ice cream cones at the local stand (current fave is passion fruit sorbet!)

Joanne said...

what a great book. the class sounds awesome. my favorite summer treat is going to the beach of course and then getting some ice cream (baseball nut).

Jennifer said...

don't need to enter me in the drawing since I'm signed up for Saturday ... but I'm super excited - the mini is fabulous!

Danielle said...

Love this book & all the details/layering. I've got a smash journal just waiting to be used. Thx for the giveaway. My fav thing about summer is farmer markets!

Juanita said...

Looks like a fabulous kit! My favorite summer treat, frozen lemonade. Thanks for the chance to win.

bandit said...

Love your style and your mini books are amazing. Summer treat ice cream.
I will be stalking etsy for a kit.

AllyW said...

Oh my goodness this kit looks awesome! My favorite summer treats are watermelon and hawaiian ices. Serious yum!!!!

Michele S. said...

I'm looking forward to meeting you in class on Saturday in Tukwila! Even though I will get my own book that day, I'd still love to win a kit to give to a crafty friend who would LOVE it.

My favorite summer thing is my annual weekend trip to Leavenworth (in Eastern Washington) with two girlfriends.

Tarren said...

My favorite summer treat is soft vanilla ice-cream with rainbow sprinkles! MMMMMMMM!

Melissa Mann said...

Me, me!! I would LOVE to win it :-)

Country Mouse said...

Wow! What an awesome project! Looks like a fun class. My favorite summer treat has to be cold, sweet watermelon with a little salt sprinkled on top. Thanks for the chance ton win.
Audrey

Christina said...

Favorite summer thing: The smell of the sea.

Lydia said...

I love your kits...I got the Bits and Pieces one. Anyway...my favorite summer treat this years was (is) Tim Hortins Moca Ice Coffee!

Sandra said...

That looks great! I'd love to win. :-)
My favorite summer treat are berries and fruits.

susanne said...

love the project, so totally different than i usely make! So i hope i win this...
I would love to win the finished class sample.

My favorite summer treat is going on holiday to Italy...but this year we won't leave our country.
But i also love to bbq with friends & family in our garden!

Susanne from Holland

Jessie May said...

You make the most awesome books, I am always inspired by your blog and would love to be in with a chance of winning a kit (I'm from England, can I still join in?). Enjoy your weekend :)

Danielle said...

Yay! I've been waiting for this post every since you mentioned the class! It looks amazing! I'll be stalking your Etsy shop! Oh, and my favorite summer treat is cubed and chilled watermelon. For some reason it just tastes so much better in those bite sized pieces and icy cold. I'm 7 months pregnant, and I've been inhaling the stuff. :-)

Green Mountain Realty said...

Wow, I would love to win a kit... You are so talented, keep the great ideas coming

alissa said...

this class looks amazing!
would love to win a kit and, if not, will hopefully be able to pick one up on monday in your etsy shop.
my favorite summer treat i get once a year. and that day is coming! :)
funnel cake at the fair!
yum!
a

tnt521 said...

My favorite summer treat is probably fresh berries! And I am wishing I could make your class...for your talent and I would love to meet you but I don't think it's going to happen!

tammy t

sylv said...

As always, I love your mini's!! Summer, spring, winter or fall, my treat for any season is always ice cream!

cococricketsmama said...

agh, so wish this was at my LSS...

Katey said...

This is totally my style! I want to make this!

Donna Cartagena said...

I soooo wish I lived in the area .. I would be taking your class in a heartbeat ! I love the theme, layouts, colors.. everything about it !!! I sure hope I am able to get one of the kits from etsy :)

Kim said...

Hands down my favorite summer treat is s'mores! Thanks for a chance to win:)

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