tami sanders * paper crafter

tami sanders is a paper crafter that teaches locally and does design work for a few companies…


{dicken’s christmas} altered book class

hello all!

i am BUSY getting ready for the {dicken’s christmas} altered book class THIS saturday, november 7!

dickens altered book wm  dickens christmas - collage 2 

there are still a few spots left for the class!

if you have been wanting to try out on of my altered book classes, this one would be a GOOD one to start with.

the structure is a little simpler – we are concentrating more on embellishing and fun elements like the “12 days to christmas” countdown CENTERFOLD!

we are also doing some stamping and spritzing elements during the class.

it also looks like the actual number of the people in class will be smaller than usual as there are a lot of students electing to purchase class kits instead. so i’ll be able to give students in the class more individual attention and there will be a little more “room to groove”.

you can call scrapbook n’ more to sign up for the class: 830-214-1690 to sign up or get more information. and if you can’t make the class, kits ARE available for $5 more. kits will have any stamping or spritzing done for you and include full written directions as well as color photos.

you can find the complete supply list for the class here: CLASS SUPPLY LIST

we will have a snack about halfway through the class and anyone who can arrive by 11:30, please do so. i’ll get you started on some of the stamping and spritzing elements. but you WON’T miss anything if you can’t come early!

please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

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UPDATE: dicken’s christmas altered book class

the book is all finished! YAY!

signups for the class have been going well and the class is almost half full already – thanks to those who signed up early!

so without further ado, here are pics of the next book in my altered book series… dicken’s christmas {click to enlarge}

dickens christmas collage 1 - use me

dickens christmas - collage 2

if you have been wanting to try one of my altered book classes, this would be a good one to start with. i’ve kept the structure of the book simple, but we are doing more embellishment and more stamping and inking. I’m hoping the balance will still make the project challenging for my “regulars”.

the “centerfold”, always a main attraction in my books, is something special in this book. the center opens up to reveal a “countdown to christmas”, which consists of 12 mini postcard pockets which hold tags. you can jot down treats or activities that your kids or family can reveal one day at a time.

the book is full of goodies from my “junque” stash: ribbons, charms, flowers, tags, a vintage postcard, christmas trims and custom printed ephemera.

you can view the complete supply list HERE.

in addition to the general supplies, i am recommending a few extra supplies. these are not NEEDED to complete the project, just suggested if you would like to amp up the bLiNg factor! all of these items, as well as most of the general supplies, are available at Scrapbook n’ More. if you would like any of the recommended supplies (or even any general ones), you can call ahead to reserve them to make sure they are available for you to pick up the day of the class. limited quantites MAY be available the day of the class if they are not all sold in preorders.

NEW! ColorBox Teresa Collins Pigment Inks

Gold Shine and Platinum Silver – great new metallic colors that will add a pretty glimmer and shimmer to any of your holiday projects…

   

i used these inks to distress the edges of the photo mats, tags and some of the printed papers pieces…

bling 3   bling 5 bling 2

ColorBox Stylus & Tips, great to use to apply inks to paper and embellishments – especially when using full size inkpads…

  

the styluses & tips are available in packs or individually – just ask.

and lastly, Smooch Glitz in Frost, Smooch Glitz is an easy way to add glitter accents to your projects. you can use on porous or non-porous surfaces. quick drying, you can add multiple layers to add even MORE shimmer!

i used the Smooch Glitz throughout the book to add some frosty glitter to snow, berries, snowflakes, flowers and more…

bling 1   bling 4

here are the details for the class:

Dicken’s Christmas Altered Book Class

saturday, november 7

12:00 to 5:00

$65

you can call Scrapbook n’ More to sign up and to reserve your “extra” class supplies at 830-214-1690.

if anyone can come a little early to class – 11:30 or so – i will get you started on stamping and inking, that will hopefully make the process quicker for the other attendees. i have a previous engagement for later in the evening, so i will need to leave by about 5:30-6:00. i am trying – more so that usual – to make sure that everything runs smoothly in class and that we get as much of the book finished as we can during class time. PLEASE DON’T think you are going to miss anything if you don’t come early! but PLEASE DO be on time!

for those of you who have not taken an altered book class from me before, we always finish the basic structure of the book and anything that needs to be done DURING class. but usually a lot of the finishing – adding ribbons, bits, tags, etc. is done on your own. i do provide complete written directions with full color photos to make finishing the project simple. i also leave the sample book at the store for those that want to come in and work on their book there.

if you can’t make the class, kits are available for $70. the extra $5 fee covers extra prep to finish stamping and such for you that is usually done in class.


dicken’s christmas altered book class

hello!

i’m happy to report that the sample book for the christmas altered book class is just about DONE!!! i need to add tags and a few little bits here and there, but it’s about 95% complete.

here are some pics…


  
  
  

i’ve got the cover planned out, but haven’t adhered it yet as i wanted to wait until i finished the inside…


i appreciate all the voting! it was close between G45’s Christmas Carol and Authentique’s Christmastime – the deciding factor was Christmas Carol had shipped and was available and Christmastime had not. since time was getting short, i had to get started!

so here are the details:

Dicken’s Christmas altered book

saturday, november 7

12:00 to 5:00

$65

at Scrapbook n’ More in new braunfels

you can sign up now! i appreciate those of you who sign up early as it helps me with prep knowing about how many class kits to make.

if you can’t make the class, you can order a kit. anything we do in class like stamping, spritzing, etc will be done for you. you’ll also receive complete written directions with color photos. cost of kits is $70 – the extra $5 covers the additional prep work.

class supply list, along with pics of finished book will be coming soon!

— tami


upcoming classes and dates…

hello all!

this month’s photoFULL and money $aving $ketches class will be held on tuesday, september 29 from 10:30 to 1:30 at Scrapbook n’ More in new braunfels.

another date to add to your calendar is for a Christmas themed altered book class tentatively scheduled for november 7. details to be announced soon.

i am trying to decide on a collection to use for the Christmas book, right now the collections i am thinking about are (please click on link to view the whole collection):

G45’s Christmas Carol

g45 christmas carol use

Authentique’s Christmastime

authentique christmastime

Authentique’s Tidings

authentique tidings

i was also very taken with a new collection from Graphic 45 titled Mon Amour….

g45 mon amour

we’ve only done 2 “love” or “valentine” themed altered books and i’m wondering how much interest there would be in doing one using the Mon Amour collection sometime after the new year.

i’ve set up some polls below, please feel free to play along. i would ask that you ARE somewhat interested in taking part in the class or classes that you are voting for.

 

voting will close a week from now on 9/29. i appreciate your input!

thanks,


altered book, mixed media & crop notes…

WHEW!

both BIG altered book classes are behind me! they are SO much work and SO much fun!

this is the first year i have done 2 MAJOR books so close together and it was a REAL challenge to get everything done.

BIG thanks to all who took these classes and for those of you who sign up in advance!

i had a few kits halloween kits and 1 christmas kit that hadn’t been spoken for and i left them with susan at Scrapbook N’ More saturday. i also left the sample books for viewing.

if you are interested in either of these class kits – LAST CALL! just call Scrapbook N’ More at (830) 214-1690 and let them know.

i’ve been gathering things for a Texas altered book, been searching – without much luck yet – for items and papers for dog and cat books, and considering a mother’s day book. there were also a few requests during the christmas altered book class for another valentine’s day book – but not sure if there is enough interest in that or not – LET ME KNOW! it might be a good theme to do a DE-constructed book on.

coming up on november 8 will be 2 events…

first, i’m doing an altered canvas class at Scrapbook N’ More using stencils from the Crafter’s Workshop, lots of inky goodness and more from Clearsnap and teaching you techniques to transform a plain white canvas into a unique decor piece for yourself or for gifting {holidays are RIGHT around the corner!}

i am trying to get the sample canvas finished early this week – so keep an eye out for more info.

then – after the class from 5:00 to 11:00 – you’ve asked for it and you’ve got it! a crop hosted by me! you can bring your unfinished altered books, photoFULL and M$$ layouts or anything else you’d like me to help you with. cost is $10, but if you sign up and pay by wednesday, oct 5 – you’ll get $5 to spend saturday night! susan needs at least 6 people to sign up for the crop in order for it to make – so if you are interested, PLEASE plan to sign up early! and why wouldn’t you sign up at least by the 5th – you get a FREE $5 to shop with!


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supply list for “holly jolly” altered book…

hello!

i have added the supply list for the “holly jolly” altered book class; you can find all the class info here: HOLLY JOLLY CLASS INFO

if you haven’t signed up yet, there are a few spots left. a light lunch is included in the cost of your class, so you will have the energy for this 5 hour class!

but you’ll have a project that you can fill with your holiday photos and be proud to display. or maybe you can gift it to that someone who has “everything”…

book cover and side views

collage pic - closeups

here are the deets:

when: october 4

time: 12:00 to 5:00

where: scrapbook n’ more in new braunfels

cost: $72

if you signed up for this class during the halloween altered book class, please call scrapbook n’ more at (830) 214-1690 to confirm your space and to pay or schedule payment. there were 15 advance signups and i have room for 21 in the class – and 3 kits for a total of 24. if you are interested in the class and didn’t sign up already, please call to sign up.

i do also have a few of the “eerily enchanted” halloween kits left if anyone is interested, please contact me for more info…

eerily enchanted collage 1

thanks!


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it’s here! {HOLLY JOLLY} Christmas Altered Book!

it’s FINALLY done! and just like Santa, this one is FAT!

i’ve just finished putting the finishing touches on the Christmas Altered Book – {Holly Jolly}. i pulled a LOT of goodies for this book and BELIEVE me, i tried my best to cram as many of them in as i could! papers by Graphic 45twas the night before christmas.

if you are wanting a “skinny” santa book, then skip this class. but if you like your book like “fat” santa, then you DEFINITELY want to sign up! i raided my VAST vintage Christmas stash and have included lots of little treasures and trinkets. some of the original items you get include: a 20’s feather tree mercury glass miniature ornament, a vintage christmas postcard – most date from 1900 to 1910, a cute plastic glitter bell from the 5o’s, christmas seals from the 30’s-50’s, silver foil bell seals from the 30’s and vintage ornament hooks from the 30’s-40’s. this book is like an overstuffed stocking!

here’s pics of the book…

book cover and side views

and here is a collage of closeups pics of some of the details…

collage pic - closeups

the fan fold tree at the center of the collage is the books centerfold! i also made some custom charms using images from vintage christmas items from my stash.

here are the deets:

when: october 4

time: 12:00 to 5:00

where: scrapbook n’ more in new braunfels

cost: $72

if you signed up for this class during the halloween altered book class, please call scrapbook n’ more at (830) 214-1690 to confirm your space and to pay or schedule payment. there were 15 advance signups and i have room for 21 in the class – and 3 kits for a total of 24. if you are interested in the class and didn’t sign up already, please call to sign up.

i will be posting the supply list in the next few days.

i do have a few of the halloween kits left if anyone is interested, please contact me for more info.

thanks!


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thoughts on upcoming altered books…

i’ve been checking out new paper lines and considering them for upcoming altered book classes.

one subject that keeps being requested is pet, so i was excited to hear about g45’s new Raining Cats and Dogs collection – and i love it – and the colors are great for most pets – BUT…

and there is a but, i think this collection would work well for people with both cats and dogs. i don’t think it would work for those who are strictly dog or strictly cat people. the papers feature both dogs and cats together, there isn’t “cat” paper and “dog” paper. so unfortunately, i will still be hunting for a pet collection to use. if you see one you like, drop me a note and i’ll check it out.

as for christmas, since there seemed to be enough interest for both a halloween AND christmas book this year. again, i was both excited by and a little disappointed by g45’s twas the night before christmas collection. there are only 8 papers instead of the usual 12 in the collection, and although i love the colors, and the more 50’s style santa {that is my FAVORITE decade for the vintage christmas goodies i collect), i’m just not sure there is enough paper choices. but i DO have tons and TONS of vintage christmas, so i may be able to supplement with ephemera that i have. i am going to print of swatches and sit down and play with it. i would like to use it as it would have a very different look from the other christmas books we’ve done so far. if you have an opinion on this collection – i’d love to hear it. i don’t believe authentique has released a new christmas collection yet – they are another company i like to work with.

other suggested subjects are: family, recipe and texas – at least those are the requests i get most often. if you have some suggestions for themes, please let me hear them!

off to bed, it’s been a LONG WEEK and i have a LOT of work to do this weekend – including an altered book to finish :)


“sweet dreams of Christmas” altered book class

at long last! all the deets for my “Sweet Dreams of Christmas” altered book class!

Sweet Dreams of Christmas” is next in my series of altered book classes and the third Christmas themed book. the book features papers from Graphic 45’s latest Christmas collection… Nutcracker Sweet and inks and more from Clearsnap.

also featured are lots of one of a kind, dare you to try to find them, vintage treasures that i’ve spent hours scouring flea markets, estate sales and online sites to find just for you, to make this project special.

i’ll show you techniques that i’ve created to take the “complicated” out of making altered books. techniques that you can use to make altered books of your own design.

refreshments will be served about halfway through the class.

the class will be held at Stamp Antonio on sunday, november 11 from 12:30 to 5:30, cost will be $48. please call Stamp Antonio at 210-764-7900 to sign up or for more info. if you called and left your number to get on the list, you should have received a call today to officially sign you up. if you did not get a call, please call back to double check!

i promise we will not have these same problems for the next altered book class. and i DO – REALLY DO – appreciate all of you hanging in there!

thanks again,


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something sweet…

i want to share an upcoming class project with you…

i’ve just finished up my newest altered book…

“sweet dreams of christmas”…

i’ve been working on it for days; trying to add all those special little touches that you have come to expect and using as MANY goodies from my vintage stash as possible!

here’s a peek at the latest book in my series of altered books and the third christmas themed book in the collection…

this class will be taught at Stamp Antonio; i will be working with them to set a date and time and will post all the details when available.

thanks for your interest!