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Monday, 28 July 2014

Workshop Schedule for August

Here we go with the new workshop schedule for August....

Tuesday 5 August 11am to 3pm Stop By and Stamp Fee £5

This month's session is packed with ideas to create layers on tags with inks, gesso, texture paste, stencils etc. Drop by, grab a cuppa and have a go!

Wednesday 6 August 10am to 1pm and Saturday 9 August 10am to 1pm

Clean and Simple Cards £15 or 1 SWV

We will be making three stylish cards using the pretty Summer release stamps from JOFY, from neutrals to vivid colours these projects make wonderful cards for birthdays and other occasions.

Wednesday 13 August 10am to 1pm and Saturday 23 August 2pm to 5pm

Bits of Stamps and Stamps and Stamps in Bits £15 or 1SWV

Some very new and different ideas on making the most of your stamps to create interesting cards.

Thursday 14 August 11am to 3pm Technique Thursday Fee £5

Give your stamps and stencils a new lease of life with this technique, useful for both backgrounds and creating a focal point. Drop in, grab a cuppa and have a go!


Saturday 16 August 11am to 4pm Tagtastic Tag Book in a Box £30 or 2 SWVs

We will make a great tag book with it's own wrap around box decorated to suit your story or occasion.


Wednesday 20 August 10am to 1pm and Saturday 30 August 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp Steampunk Travel £15 or 1SWV

Three great cards, ideal for the men in your life, using these vintage stamps from Chocolate Baroque.


Wednesday 20 August 6pm to 9pm and Saturday 23 August 10am to 1pm

Corrugated Trio Hanging £15 or 1SWV

A fun vintage mixed media project to hang on your wall using paints, stamps, inks, stencils and texture paste.


Tuesday 26 August 2pm to 5pm and Wednesday 27 August 10am to 1pm

August Layout Workshop £15 or 1SWV

Layers of paper plus stamps and inks make this a layout with a very modern feel to showcase your photos. I have used two landscape photos around 2"x4" but the layout can be easily adapted to suit a single photo or a number of smaller ones.


Sunday 31 August 11am to 3pm Art Journal Sunday Fee £5

Just drop in and have a go! if you have a journal bring it along, but if not, we will supply everything you need to get you started or to add some pages to your journal.

Bookings can be made by email to snazzy@snazzysstudio.co.uk, or by phone to 01793 629062. Just tell us which workshop you would like to book, the number of spaces you require and leave us a contact number should we have any queries about your booking.

See you soon x


Monday, 21 July 2014

A word or three about ...... Layout Workshops in Snazzys Studio

A few words about ..... Layout Workshops in Snazzys Studio

How do you teach scrapbooking? A question I've struggled with ever since I first introduced scrapbooking workshops at Snazzys some 12 years ago.

Scrapbooking is such a personal thing, you are recording your memories through your photographs, it's your story. How then can you have a dozen students come along to a workshop and create the same page using the same products but still retain that individuality? I know you have come along to try out new ideas, tips and techniques but I also want you to take away a layout you have enjoyed making, are pleased with and which you add to your album because it is a meaningful addition to the story you are telling. I even stopped teaching scrapbooking for a time as it simply seemed too tall an order to fulfil.

After customers kept asking me why I didn't teach scrapbooking any more I promised to re-start the workshops in 2014 but I knew I had to find a way around this dilemma. In all the workshops I teach I have always encouraged everyone to regard my workshop sample as a 'for instance' of what can be created using the products and techniques covered in the class, I just needed to work out how to make that concept work for layouts.

Then it struck me - it had already been done!

When I first started scrapping, many moons ago, I subscribed to a great American magazine called Simple Scrapbooks (sadly no longer published) which actively encouraged the concept of 'scrap lifting'. Simply take the ideas, tricks and techniques which appeal to you and suit your story, from someone else's layout and make it yours. Use different papers to fit with your 'photos, use a block of 'photos instead of a single, turn the layout through, 90 or 180 degrees, embellish more or less, the list is as endless as you choose to make it.

Below is my 'for instance' for this month's layout workshop...

The focus is on making a little paper go a long way with hand stamped flowers, tickets, journaling cards, titles etc to suit my 'photo.

One of our daughters, who always tells me she doesn't do any of this, wanted to make something similar for her friend Josie's birthday, and this is the 'scrap lift' she came up with...

I though it was pretty cool with the custom pop art background papers she created, with more than a little help from her Dad, reflecting the sense of fun in the 'photos and, as wherever she and Josie's are to be found there will also be many practical jokes and much laughter, so very them! The title came courtesy of their boss who sometimes has the misfortune of having them both working at the same time lol!

Two very different layouts from the same basic idea.

If you fancy a go, to keep the workshops limited to 4 - 6 so I can help you to make the layout that works for your story and photographs, there are two session Tuesday 22 2pm to 5pm and Wednesday 23 10am to 1pm just drop me an email or call me on the new studio number and bring along your 'photos.

Hope to see you soon x

PS You can find the last six monthly layouts over on our Pinterest page



Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Workshops and Workshop Timetables for July

Firstly a thank you for your patience, we still haven't got everything back up and running but we are making progress in the background.

We have also been having difficulty with our phone and answering service for some time with the message recording being a bit hit and miss. What we really wanted was a service which followed us around, and offered an effective answering service, but unfortunately we have had to change service provider to achieve this.

The new studio number for booking workshops etc is 01793 629062 and if there is no one in the studio available to take your call, it will automatically forward, at no additional cost to you, to the studio mobile number where you can leave a message too. You can also book your workshops by email at snazzy@snazzysstudio.co.uk - just tell us the date and time of the workshop you would like to book, the number of spaces you need, and for whom, together with a contact number should we have any queries.

Don't forget you can save 20% on your workshop if you pay with Snazzy Workshop Vouchers (SWV) which must be bought in advance of the workshop you want to use them for.

Now without further ado, if a little later than planned, here is a REVISED workshop timetable for July 2014 - I am returning to the old format for these timetables as I have had so many hitches with the new layout.

Thursday 10 July 11am to 3pmTechnique Thursday Fee £5

This month's session is all about layers of stamping to create beautiful backgrounds for your scrapbook layouts, cards, journal pages, mini books or mixed media pages. I will be sharing lots of tips, techniques and ideas to get you past that scary blank surface. Just drop by and join in, all tools, consumables and materials are included, kettle is on for tea/coffee and biscuits which are included too!


Saturday 12 July 10am to 1pm

Layered and Distressed £15/1 SWV

We will make a selection of cards using distress inks, stamps, stencils and water to create beautiful backgrounds to showcase your stamping. I have used Lynne Perrella stamps by PaperArtsy in the workshop 'for instances' which stamps will you choose?

Saturday 12 July 2pm to 5pm and Wednesday 16 July 10am to 1pm

Take One Stamp £15/1 SWV

Using the pretty Wisteria Lane stamps from Chocolate Baroque we will use four very different techniques to create cards suitable for all occasions.

Wednesday 16 July 6pm to 9pmDylusions Divas £15/1 SWV

Create one of these quirky hangings using stamps inks and paper.



Tuesday 22 July 2pm to 5pm

July Layout Workshop £15/1SWV

In this month's layout I am using a paper blocking technique, shared by Hels Sheridan, as the base for the layout using a single photograph but which can easily be adapted to include multiple smaller photos.

Wednesday 23 July 10am to 1pm

July Layout Workshop £15/1 SWV

In this month's layout I am using a paper blocking technique shared by Hels Sheridan, as the base for the layout using a single photo but which can easily be adapted to include multiple smaller photos.

Saturday 26 July 10am to 1pmMini Wallet Book £15/1SWV

Here's a little wallet style book which you could use for all your leftover Project Life style bits which is an ideal mini scrapbook or journal to document your Summer with lots of space, pockets and tags to take your photos, memorabilia and journaling.


Sunday 27 July 11am to 3pmArt Journal Sunday Fee £5

Join us and have a dabble with Art Journaling. We supply all the inks, paints, stamps, masks and stencils, you just fetch your Art Journal - or if you are just starting out and are not sure it's for you then, we will provide the paper too!



I will add the missing photos of the layout workshop sample as soon as I have them and will be back with the August workshop schedule very soon. I will include a couple of longer workshops too for those who prefer the all day format.

PS I am struggling a bit with the photo placement so do bear with me until I get a bit of practice in xx


Join us again soon