Friday, May 07, 2010

Pedal to the Metal

I'm at it again: I'm sewing another wee ROD journal...perhaps even two. Yes, I'll admit it's become an addiction. I find myself salvaging even the most mundane of scraps at this point. I've got a box that sits next to my desk and I tuck whatever ends up on my desk at the end of the day into it for later. Lots of good stuff ends up in that box and now it's getting used. It's the perfect project for a paper monger like me.

I got a sweet early Mother's Day gift from my husband-he gifted me with for Mary Ann Moss' Stencilry and Stitched & Stenciled classes. Right now she's got a super deal on-both classes for $65 US! How could you possibly go wrong? I signed up earlier in the week, after my husband told me to "Go for it!!" but I haven't started anything yet-I need to get some spray paint and a mask (safety first!) and a few other odds and ends before I dive into those classes. I'll be doing some shopping this weekend and with sunny skies scheduled for the next two weeks, you'd better believe I'm going to be arting up a storm!

If you haven't taken one of Mary Ann's online classes, I highly recommend it. She's a wonderful teacher-organized, through and extremely helpful and generous. Her classes are the best I've ever taken, to be honest. She's a gem.

One thing I've been enjoying about her classes is that there's a Yahoo Group for her students, so we can talk about what were working on, share ideas, trouble shoot (sewing machines can be testy at times!) and swap ephemera if we want. It's been wonderful getting to know other artists and everyone is very helpful and supportive of one another.

If you want to see some ROD journals in varying stages, you can pop on over to the class Flickr group and have a peek. There's tons of yummy eyecandy there.
Okay, back to sewing pages for me! Time to crank up the tunes!


Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

These are incredible! I am dying to learn how to make one...just haven't been able to afford the class...someday...until then, I'll drool over your cool creations!

babeyruth said...

Yes, the ROD are addictive, so fast and easy! I love your idea of a mini ROD journal for a gift! I have to remember that one!

Ruth said...

You're gonna love stenciling! I took Mary Anne's class last summer. And you absolutely must have a mask! I started out without a good one, and soon found myself dizzy on fumes. My favorite stencil was from the fabric store. Buy the cheapest lace you can find - it makes an amazing stencil.

Laura Bray said...

I love the journal you made Pip! From the looks of it, we have similar styles. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment on my Arbor Day post.

My SIL lives in Vancouver, so I know a bit about the area. It's one of my fav places to visit.

Happy Mother's Day!

Claire said...

How fun that so many of us from the ROD class have made the switch to the Stenciling class! I signed up for both too. I have not "sprayed" much but having so much fun finding things to use as stencils and masks. And yes, get a face mask. Even outside its a smelly process!