tami sanders * paper crafter

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

think ahead to mother’s day…

mother’s day will be here before you know it! i’m still trying to figure out what happened to march! LOL!

coming up may 1, i’ll be teaching a MOTHER’S DAY MIXED MEDIA class for jane at THE SCRAPBOOKING FACTORY at one of her retreats…

 in this class, you’ll create a COMPLETE 8 X 8 album, and i do mean complete – you get the album too! 

the album itself is by Prima; the cover is buttery soft and “leather-like” and the pages inside – a mixture of canvas and stitched page protectors – are tied in the album with ribbons and have been embellished with Glimmer Mists, Smooch Screens, Prima papers and flowers and some vintage bits to lend a bit of “motherly” charm.

you’ll get your hands messy in this class, so come prepared to PLAY! in addition to some “traditional” paper pages, we’ll be spritzing and stamping up the canvas pages.

there is lots of room to add your photos and journaling to mak this a truly special gift for that special mom or grandma!

call jane at 210-857-8697  or e-mail her at jane@thescrapbookingfactory.com for more info or to sign up. and no, you don’t have to attend the retreat in order to come and take the class!



last minute classes…

if you don’t have anything to do this saturday…

i’ll be teaching 2 layout classes at The Scrapbooking Factory’s retreat! this is a last minute addition to my calendar, so space is VERY limited. you don’t have to be attending the retreat in order to take the class, and kits are available. please call Jane at 210-857-8697 to sign up, or to get more info.

here are the two classes i’ll be teaching…

first, at 10:30 is “play MISTY with me”…

we’ll be tinting “invisibles” papers by Heidi Swapp using Smooch and Glimmer Mist – all the “printed” papers, ribbons and flowers started out WHITE! you get to chose your own color scheme — neutrals, pastels, brights or a mix – whatever combination you like. for this project – YOU are the product designer!

next, at 2:00, is “lotsa photos layout”…

this layout is NOT what it seems! it has a secret – well, actually a couple of secrets – it can hold 25 or MORE large to full size photos! its like getting FOUR 2 page layouts in ONE! come try this class to find out where the photos are hidden. and no – for those of you who might be worried – no page protectors will be injured! LOL!

i’ll also be teaching a couple of classes at Jane’s upcoming retreat at the rockin’ r, march 11-13. there are only a few spots left, so sign up QUICK if you are interested!



sprays, spritzes and mists OH MY!

are you overwhelmed by the number of sprays, spritzes and mists that are out there for you to use on your paper projects?

do you wonder which product would be best to use on YOUR project?

do you just want to know what’s the difference between them?

well… i’m hoping i can help you out a bit with my side-by-side comparisons of 3 of the most popular products out there: SMOOCH SPRITZ, MAYA MIST and GLIMMER MIST.

Smooch Spritz, made by CLEARSNAP is the newest “spray” -type product to be introduced… the colors are very vibrant and deep, and you get a lot of coverage and color with each spritz. each one also has plenty of bling and shimmer too and they come in small glass bottles that make it easy to tuck them in with your “transportable” supplies for crops and such.

Maya Mist , made by MAYA ROAD, is another spray that gives a nice application of color. is is really good on chipboard. the sprays come mostly in a matte finish, but there are a few metallics, as well as sprays in metallics and irridescent colors that you can layer over the matte colors. they come in plastic bottles about the size of an acrylic paint bottle.

Glimmer Mist, made by TATTERED ANGELS,  provides your project with a fine layer of shimmer and a kiss of color. these mists are the sheerest of all 3 sprays. these sprays are good for your vintage-inspired projects when you want a “shabby chic” look.

for my comparisons, i selected an assortment of paper products to test: a manilla tag, white cardstock, text weight printed paper, chipboard and a white paper flower. i sprayed three sets of these supplies using Smooch Spritz in Emerald Sprinkle, Maya Mist in pink and Glimmer Mist in Walnut Gold.  

i wanted to see how well the mists performed in these areas: coverage, color and ease of use. i also wanted to see if i had trouble with the sprayers or warping of the materials.

here’s photos of the tests:

i found that the Smooch Spritzes and Maya Mists gave the most even coverage, with the Smooch Spritz having the advantage of a more vivid color. the Glimmer Mists can “spit” a bit, but i think that adds to the “shabby” appeal. all 3 were pretty easy to use, and i didn’t have any trouble with clogging.

the cardstock and printed papers sprayed with Smooch Spritz stayed the flattest, both when they were wet and dry. the papers sprayed with Maya Mist curled a bit, but didn’t really warp, the papers sprayed with Glimmer Mist warped.  

each of these products has +’s and -‘s… it all depends on what your project is and what effect you want.  if you want color, coverage and shimmer in a portable package – then try Smooch Spritz, if you want a matte finish, try Maya Road, and if you want a ditressed “kissed by angels” look, then try glimmer mist.

i hope this little demo has helped answer SOME of your questions!

if you have more, drop me a line and i’ll try my best to find you an answer!