Welcome to the Gardeners' Digest, a monthly update from the Garden Girls, the design team at Two Peas in a Bucket. We'd love it if you'd "hop" by each of our blogs today to see what's in bloom in the Garden this month. If you've been following the hop so far, you were just visiting with Marcy Penner. If you'd like to go back to the beginning, it all starts on the Two Peas blog.
Summer is nearly here, and as many people make summer plans that will likely lead to scrapping lots of travel-themed layouts, it's the perfect time for a reminder (since I will be continuing a long-standing summer "tradition" of not traveling anywhere) that travel-themed products need not be limited to travel-themed pages. In fact, you can get more mileage out of those products than they might earn on actual travel layouts. This is precisely the focus of my most recent Scrap Your Stash project:
This layout features an "elemental" approach to the self-portrait page. If you'd like a peek into my process, check out the full video at Two Peas.
Lately I have been bookmarking layout after layout in the gallery! Here are a few that have called out to me recently, begging for a closer look:
|"Spring Showers" Cambridge Court Kate & Co. Paper from My Mind's Eye It's even prettier in person, if you can believe that! I used it on my Two Peas NSD layout.|
|Painted Circle Woodblock Stamp from Hero Arts. I'm envisioning a layout with this image stamped multiple times, each enclosing photos and accents.|
|Daubers from Hero Arts. These are going to be so much fun to play with this summer!|
|The Pier slides frames, from the Crate Paper Pier collection. These just arrived in my last Two Peas order, and I just keep picking them up and staring at them. I've challenged myself to use them on my next layout. Let's see if I can move past the hoarding phase (if it is just a phase, that is).|
|"Stargaze" paper from the Pebbles Lakeside collection. This paper called my name the moment I saw it, and when I finally held it in my hands, it was even more amazing. The possibilities!|
To thank you for visiting today, I'd love to offer you a chance to win a spot in Jen Gallacher's new Two Peas in a Bucket workshop, Tool School.
Here's more about the class:
We all have them: punches, die cut machines, die cut shapes, and even our most basic tools. And while some of these tools get more use than others, some get completely neglected. Garden Girl Jen Gallacher comes to the rescue with this workshop designed to help you use your tools in creative new ways.
The "Tool School" workshop includes over 100 creative ideas for using your tools. Some basic knowledge of how to use a digital die cut machine, a manual die cut machine, and paper punching are required.
In the following chapters, Jen focuses on teaching new ways to use each type of tool system. Full step-by-step instructions are included for all of the 102 techniques found on the 30 layouts for this workshop.
Chapters are divided accordingly:
Chapter 1: Punches
Chapter 2: Die Cutting
Chapter 3: Other Tools
In addition to the 37 page PDF, Jen has incorporated many of the techniques in each chapter video (120 minutes of video!). Learn how to die cut a shape from Washi Tape. Punch and layer two of the same photo. Hand stitch an embossed pattern. Or staple ribbon to your page. There are so many techniques to choose from! Each video also includes a full start-to-finish layout so you can see how Jen approaches designing with tools into her design process.
Samples include 12x12" and 8 1/2" x 11" layouts and feature seasonal celebrations, family outings, and special memories.
Whether you're looking to purchase and use new tools, or whether you're looking to stretch your tool supplies even further, this fun and exciting workshop will give you plenty of ideas to choose from. Lessons can be completed at your own pace. A private message board forum is also available to ask questions of both Jen and to connect with other participants.
Join in on the fun!
If you'd like to be entered to win a spot (a $12.00 value), please leave a comment below before 6:00 p.m. Hawaii time on Monday, May 27, and I will select one lucky winner. If you purchase access to the class and end up winning the drawing, the fee will be refunded (or you can "regift" the class to a friend).
Your next stop on the hop is Janna Werner. Happy hopping!