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.
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.
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.
Midnight Masquerade. Again, the picture just does not do it justice. The deep jewel hues are gorgeous!
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!