Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Peace Love and "Rescue"

So, have you been hearing about Creativation 2017?  Well, Altered Pages was there!  This is the most exciting show in the arts and crafts industry and it happened this past weekend in beautiful Phoenix, AZ.  

There was so much to look at and take in (which you hopefully have seen over the last few days here on our blog.)  Networking with other artists and crafters was such a joy.  This certainly is one fun group of folks and some names you might recognize like Tim Holtz, Cathie Fillian, Mark Montano, Carolyn Dube and Dyan Reaveley.  There was even a David Tutera spotting.  The show floor was huge and the festivities lasted for days, so this is just a fraction of what I saw, but I hope it gets you excited for what is in store in the coming months here at Alteredpages.com.

It really is inspiring to be at the show.  Whether you are a mixed media artist, a painter, paper crafter, knitter, quilter, seamstress, stamper, scrapbooker or card maker there is something for all of us and Altered Pages is excited to bring this home and continue to help you alter your creativity! 

First, let's introduce our Intern Gabriella.  She assists with our classes and some of the behind the scenes work.  She is also my beautiful daughter!  She was looking forward to this for days. Look at that smile, can you tell she is a bit excited to get going on the show floor?

The displays this year were beautiful, as always.  The time and effort vendors and artists alike put into this event is amazing.  This "create" sign was made entirely out of 1000's of beads, big beads, teeny tiny seed beads and every shape and size bead in between. The time and patience this must have taken deserves a standing ovation.
Here is Gabby with one of her favorites...Dyan Reaveley, famous  for her "Dylusions" line of stamps, spray inks, journals and paints.  I always enjoy time with Dyan, she is a real hoot and is just as genuine as her sweet smile would indicate.  This year she brought English chocolates across the pond for all of us (so yummy). 
Prior to me snapping this picture of Gabby and Dyan.  Dyan stopped me and said, "wait I have to get my beanie on too and mine makes it look like I have horns". Mind you now that must be said with the best English accent. 

Both Dyan and Dina Wakely have amazing new things coming out this year, including a great journal from Dina...her first art journal and it is amazing with added signatures, fabric paper, canvas, watercolor paper, etc. It was all rolled out at this show, as well as all sorts of other goodies from Ranger.

Here is Gabby participating in a session with Gel Press and the super fun instructor Carolyn Dube, famous for her giggly yet ever impressive YouTube gelly plate videos.  We had a ton of fun getting messy and covered in paints while pulling prints with the new "Impressables" gel plates.

Head honcho, Jean, Gabby and I had a fun session with ClearSnap making this cute altered tin. 

We used their "Top Boss" ink pad for amazing blended results while stamping using the ColorBox Pigment Inks.  This combo created a great resist effect.  Final touches and assembly will take place after all the glitter, I mean dust settles.  
Graphic 45's displays were jaw dropping and so inspiring, 
as per usual.  This seamstress mannequin's dress was made entirely out of hundreds, maybe thousands of individual paper butterflies
and curled strips of G45 papers.
This pic and words just do not do it justice at all.  
Here is another upcoming line of G45 papers,
Midnight Masquerade.  Again, the picture just does not do it justice.  The deep jewel hues are gorgeous!

And, just look at this skeleton key/clock also from G45.
This is the Olde Curiosity Shoppe line.
Um, I want it all!!! 

We also attended a seminar on industry and color future trends.  This was presented by Pantone and one of the many topics we discussed was the Color of the Year for 2017 - Greenery.  A beautiful yellow green. 
Be on the lookout for this color to continue to be everywhere. It isn't going away any time soon now that there is a Shrek 5 in the works.  

One of the forcasted trends on the horizon is a term that will replace words like Recycle, Repurpose or Upcycle.  That new word is RESCUE and it has nothing to do with furry, four legged creatures in need of a home.  If you love thrift shopping, junk hunting and giving old things new life then this term applies to you!  Consider yourself a Rescuer!  Products made from reclaimed materials will be considered Rescued, no longer recycled.  I think this lends a special "all things have value" theme to repurposing and crafting. 

Here is a sneak peak of my post for Tuesday of next week where I am working on a "rescue" of my own.  It is an old law book (that was destined for the trash heap) turned art journal.  I started on this a couple weeks ago.  You can see the beginning stages of that here on the Diydesignstudio.com blog.  Here is a little peak of the progress...

I hope you enjoyed my little recap of Creativation 2017. 

Altered Pages will be going back to headquarters and processing every detail.  So be on the lookout for more inspiration and new products in the coming months.  We are excited to bring it all to you! 
Thank you!
Stephanie S. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The CHA Show opens ~ Day 3

Our Intern joined us on Saturday 
for a chance to meet her Artist heroes, Diane Reaveley put her beanie on to match Gabby,  Caroline Duda gave her artsy advice.   It was a real treat for a young artist.

Intern  Gabriella  aka  "G"  Diane Reaveley

Caroline Dube is an absolute riot.  She had Gabby help her with gel pressing at Creativation.

Clcik Here ~ Caroline is live with AlteredPages

Jean, Julie Kemper and Caroline Dube

Take a peek at this video - 

He was about 6' 7" and handsome as can be!  She was a strong woman with a great personality!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

What's going on at Creativation ~

Classes are so varied and great learning is happening for everyone.

We had wonderful instructors and fun times.

Meet Carmen from the Phoenix Fridas, they have a craft collective that meets monthly and does public events like the July celebration of Frida's birthday with art, cakes, dancing and more.   We will tell you more about creating your own art group in your town or neighborhood.  

Here is some of our gang being silly after a class, you are either walking your feet off or making your bottom tired from sitting....so we had to get up and laugh a bit.  

Meet some of the Team, see them say Hi to YOU

Much more to come from today's opening of the Show floor, meeting all the vendors and reconnecting with old friends.  See ya later!

Friday, January 20, 2017

At the Show ~ Day 2

Meeting new People, having fun!

Classes were all day long today.   Learning more about Pinterest and Pop-up Shops and events.

One new friend flew all the way from the Czech Republic.  She does Art Kits and sells in Europe.   Her name is Anna but at home they call her 'Anitchka', how lovely!

Met up with Andy Skinner and Tracy   ANDY AND TRACY HAVING FUN.


Diane and Dina

Today is a reunion day for AlteredPages.

Lyneen Arrives from Washington State, Stephanie and Jen will be here today. 

More to come, Stay tuned!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Classes all Day Photos to follow.

CREATIVATION is classes all day.

We will post Facebook photos as we attend....

Trish Alger has arrived from Texas.  She is taking classes every day.  She is a learning sponge!

Trish has many skills and talents.  And she is a really cool person!   Get to know her on our Blog.



birds and butterflies

It's the middle of winter here, so birds and butterflies, well, they help remind me spring is on the way.  I've been playing in an altered book/art journal lately, and here are two layouts using some of the sweet spring collage images available at Altered Pages:
my favorite bird colage page--these were trading cards found in baking soda in the late 1930s  Vintage Birds

Be sure to check back;  I'm looking forward to seeing what Jean and Lyneen are finding at CHA!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Create A Planner Dashboard

This new wave of Planner Fever has me in its grip. 
I've always been a planning, goal-setting, list-making kind of gal, BUT boy-howdy has it gone wild!
My online, digital calendar, and note-taking apps were not cutting it for me anymore so...

I ran out to buy the perfect planner. Oh, wait...that doesn't exist. My gal pal Lorri mentioned the Traveler's Notebook, great idea; yet I wanted it more personal. Yep, I needed to make my own.

The Dashboard was a great creative planner idea:

A Dashboard is just a way to hold your place with tabs or as a post it note holder or just to look cool.

I used:
Clean, flat, waste plastic cut to fit
Dixie Belle Paint  
Stretchy elastic cording

I cut the plastic to 4"x8" for my planner and rounded the corners:

I placed the stencil over the plastic and sponge painted the Dixie Belle Chalk Paint over it. Let dry.

Then I used a contrasting color over the entire piece.

I placed the solid colored sides together and used grommets to fasten.

Then I used the cording to create a band for inside my notebook.

There you go. I can't wait to create even more inserts for my planner. Stay tuned...

Please let us know what planner set up you use.
Ciao for now,
-Trish Alger

Monday, January 16, 2017

HeART Cards

When I think of Peace, Kindness & Love I think of HEARTS.  I decided to try resist painting with embossing powder and Gelatos.

Heart shaped stamps
Water Brush
Gold Embossing Powder
Red Embossing Powder
Cherry Mist
Wink of Stella Silver
Watercolor paper
Heat tool


Stamp with ink, heat emboss with gold powder on watercolor paper.

Use pink gelato, rub it on a palate and use the water brush thin it until there aren't any bits of the gelato.  Paint over the gold embossing.   

Spritz the card with the red spray.

Spray  with water, wipe the heart with a paper towel. Dry with heating tool.
 Love all the effect of the water on the card!

 Stamp with ink, heat emboss with red powder on watercolor paper.
On this card I first spritzed it with water, then sprayed it with the red spray and dabbed it dry with a paper towel.  Using a red gelato painted over the heart, then used the heat tool to dry.

Last  painted the heart with Wink of Stella.

Pull out your gelatos and play with them!!!