29 January, 2012

Intermediate Copic Certifcation Class

 Saturday, Jan 28th I went to the Intermediate Copic Certification class in Anaheim. The whole CHA thing was going on, and I think that's why we got so lucky, but though Sherrie Siemens was officially teaching the class, Marianne Walker was also there to teach and entertain us! I took my first class from her and she remembered me, which is pretty cool. The picture above is all my things packed up to go to the class. It's a good thing I brought my own markers cos there weren't a ton of sets and it was pretty much one set per four people which really made colour choices a bit difficult.
 Since Marianne's book had just come out when I took my original cert class, they were hard to find and she only had 5 there to sell. I was not one of the 5 that got one, and then subsequently got them signed. My jealousy knew no bounds. But I eventually got one, and then got another at Jenn Dove's retreat. Well, I sold that one to my seat neighbour, and Marianne was kind enough to sign my copy for me. Isn't her handwriting pretty?
 Mickey Jack learned a lot.
 Marianne is a fun teacher. She's nutty like me, in the fun way, so it's cool. And I love when she goes off on a tangent. The room was set up perfectly, all of us in a U shape, and basically Marianne and Sherrie each started at one end, met in the middle, and then went around with the samples and answering questions that anyone might have on the techniques we were doing. We covered a ton of stuff. Some of it new, some of it I knew from Jenn's class, but it was good to hear other teachers teach it. I think my brain was a bit numb by the end though, and I've been exhausted all day from the overload or from just talking and socializing so much. I met some fun gals, Laura to my left, Laura to my right, and Kathy were my seat mates and they were cool. It was Kathy's first time with Copics ever and she did a real good job.
 And boy did we get swag! We got our regular booklets, we got a pot of Opaque White, that kind of thing. We got out certificates and this neat little pin, but the feather in the cap was they gave each and every one of us a Copic Carry Case. New, in box, completely free. Since I already have this case, I'm selling mine to a reader (first come - first serve, just email me at aerynkelly@gmail.com) for $70 plus actual shipping, but it's still an *awesome* gift. The reception was kind of similar to the Oprah car thing. hehe
 I had to get a picture with Marianne this time, just cos, why not? You know? She was cool enough to indulge everyone in a little "star treatment" and took the time to answer any questions we might have on specific projects or anything that might have been troubling us in general.
And here's my certificate. The best thing was that since Marianne was there this time too, my name on both of them match cos she did the Calligraphy for both. Both of them are now framed and I'll hang them above my closet. I didn't want them to get all bent up or lost, so framing them seemed the easiest way.

23 January, 2012

Studio Monday: New Stamp Shelf

 And it's finished! All my stamps are hung up on yet *another* stamp shelf made by my very lovely, amazing, wonderful husband! Look how handy he is. For the first time in history the stores in Big Bear had what we needed and we were able to get all the supplies to build me another shelf this morning. He got it up in about 15 minutes and I just spent the last half hour getting all the little clips up and organised with their stamps on them. On the top shelf are all my SBS stamps together (all on the right side), and on the left side of the middle clip are seasonal stamps and lesser used general stamps. On the bottom shelf are my Papertrey Ink stamps all together (all on the right side) and on the left side is background stamps, general images that are more common, and all my Penny Black and Lawn Fawn stamps because those are the ones I reach for most often. On the very, very left I have my stamps that are best for my Project Life. Things like date stamps, letter stamps, and journalling spots.
And here's my neglected little Iris case. It's been emptied out! The only stamps that remain are the Greeting Farm ones, still mounted, and I haven't decided if I want to unmount them or not. I mean, there's no reason not to, they're not "more special" than any of the others, I'm just conflicted about them and for now they have their own space so that's fine. Also at hand I have the little bin for my acrylic blocks, the little bin for my Spellbinders and miscellaneous dies, the little pail for my embossing powder, the empty pail I use to show you the markers I've coloured an image with, and a tiny pail that's filled with random pony parts to be altered with clay.

I hope you enjoyed *yet another* peek at my storage, and since it's done now I promise this will be the last one, lol!

21 January, 2012

Studio Monday: My Evolving Stamp Organization

 We went to Michael's today and finally found the proper, best clips there. They're part of that whole Recollections storage stuff. All the cubes we all have? Well one of the cubes must have some sort of hanging device because they sell a baggie of 24 clips and all their stuff was 40% off today so we got a bunch of those packages. 5 to be precise. 
 Of course, the problem is that I have so many stamps and still quite a small closet. Apparently 20" just isn't enough space! Look how crunched together these stamps are! Mike and I were considering coating the metal bar in some sort of lubricant so that the washer will move on it more easily, so I can page through the stamps, but the amount of stamps I need to put up on there is SO much that they just have to be crammed in and won't be able to move in the slightest!
 Here they are all hung up. That's *nearly* every stamp that I own.
 
All my wood mounted stamps have been unmounted and the wood disposed of to save space, almost all the packaging of clear stamps has been disposed of, all the cling mount has been ripped off the backs of mounted stamps, it's all gone! These are the only stamps that still remain untouched in their original packaging and with their cling mount. My Lawn Fawn, Greeting Farm, and Penny Black stamps. And the only reason for that is I've run out of room! If I had room on my shelf they would be up in there as well. I'm toying with asking Mike to build me another shelf tomorrow, above the current one. These stamps are not small in number, and then if I happen to add to my collection once the Scrapbook Expo comes to town *those* stamps will need somewhere to live! OMG! Finding space for stamps is nearly as difficult as finding space for paper and embellishments!!

But it's okay, cos I LOVE organising!