Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Kicking it up a notch...

 PHEW! I hadn't realized that I didn't do an update all summer! WOW! Well... I must have been pretty busy (actually I KNOW I was) and it was absolutely fabulous too!

In June, we purchased a vintage camper that required an overhaul to get it up and ready for our many planned summer excursions so that took a little more time and effort than I suspected but the end result was definitely worth it! Here's a peek at some of what we did... 

Our Skipper trailer is an oldie (1972) so she was definitely dated and needed a major facelift. We still haven't done anything on the outside (that's a project for next year).



We started with the obvious and ripped out all cushions... the idea of sleeping on someone elses 40+ year old foam mattresses was obviously out of the question so I had to learn in a hurry how to sew. After watching a couple You Tube videos I thought I could tackle it. Well, I may have been just a wee bit ambitious but I gave it a good solid try! 


I even went so far as to sew my own piping.... yeah. That was actually the easy part! 

At the end of the day I didn't do too bad for my first go at sewing upholstery. I will admit though that I brought all the cushions in for me to give it another go over the winter months when I have nothing to do. I am a perfectionist and there are a few things that I can fix now that I have a better idea of what I am doing.


I also sewed all new curtains for our camper.  They were the easy part and truth be told... I actually did it the morning we were leaving on our first trip!!!! A couple could use a bit of tweaking but no one would notice if I didn't say something! When it was all put together it looked pretty cute!


Another cool feature which totally added some class to the trailer was my backsplash in the kitchen. They are actually peel and stick tile sheets and admittedly were a pain in the tush to get to stick and STAY (they kept falling off... perhaps I shoul have been more patient and let the fresh paint cure for more than a day or two). In the end though I got it to stick and I really hope no one ever wants to remove them as they are there to STAY! I have also since this pic was taken put on a chrome like trim around the counters.

Little details made our camper as cozy as could be... like simple little toss cushions. They drove hubby nuts but the bed sure looks a lot cuter!


Now the nest part hands down was the decorating for me. I LOOOOOOOVED finding coordinating bits and pieces to make our camper that much more fun. Everything was based off of the teach/turquoise colour scheme with a few black/white swirls to break things up.


In the end I am pretty sure that we succeeded in having one of the funkiest campsites at each location and took plain old fashioned camping up a notch!


Quite frankly, putting the initial effort into all of those special little details made our GLAMPING (aka camping) experiences so much more memorable. I cherish my early morning coffees when the world is quiet before anyone else woke... wouldn't you?


 The best part of the entire summer though? Spending so much time with my husband and two kids. They are 14&15 now and I know I have very few opportunities to have them all to myself anymore so I am squeezing in as much time as possible with them!

We also shared many of our trips with my best friend since big school and her family.... sure makes it even more fun when there are a bunch of other crazy folks to share in the fun, eh?

Anyways, life is back to normal. I am back in the studio creating away. Stay tuned for all the details of kits that are up for grabs! DOn't want to wait for the blog post? Be sure to check the Facebook page HERE for all the details!


 Happy Scrapping!
Trisha




Tuesday, June 10, 2014

June Class Kit

Hi all!
It's that time again where I happily get to share the Artsy Adventure Class Kit Club project and this one makes me giddy with excitement.

As you may or may not know I have had a long time love affair with Prima and with so many exceptional products in their most recent release I had to work it into a class kit once again!

This months class kit features 9 full sheets of 12X12 paper, chipboard stickers, 2 packs of flowers, tags, clips, trim, flair, trim, etc. It is jam packed and I am sure I will be able to hear the squeals of delight from here!

 This month you will be creating a 6X12 album showcasing some fun techniques for housing some of your most cherished memories. It is neutral enough that you can customize it to suit near any occasion.
 Working with a combination of various Prima products that perfectly coordinate allow you to create a wonderful project with ease!
 As always, this project is also complete with numerous techniques that you can apply to future paper crafting projects.

This is a GREAT time to get on board with the Artsy Adventure Class Kit Club if you haven't already done so! There are three ways for you to join so there is sure something that appeals to you!

1) Monthly: Enjoy kits as you wish... pick and choose what months you want and so long as there are some extras available you are in! $60/ month plus shipping

2) 3 month subscription: 3 monthsX$60-10% discount= $162+ shipping

3) 6 month subscription: 6 months X $60- 15% discount= $306+ shipping PLUS for a limited time (this promotion will be ending soon)... you will receive a FREE Bonus kit. This has been by far the most popular of options thus far by ladies around the world! 

All kits come complete with a powerpoint with detailed written instructions with plenty of photographs that are mailed to kit club participants each month.

If you are interested in this kit... be sure to let me know ASAP! Drop me an email at trisha.lado@gmail.com and let me know your shipping address so I can determine shipping rates and I will then send an invoice via paypal OR you can do a bank transfer if you are in Canada!

There you have it! Details coming soon on additional kits available along with some exciting news regarding upcoming events... stay tuned :D

Friday, April 4, 2014

Days of Yesteryear...

I know I say it near every time but seriously, I think this has to be one of my favourite projects as of late! Tim Holtz never ceases to amaze us paper crafters with his collections of vintage inspired products and this latest release is no different.
After anxiously awaiting the newest arrivals to land on my doorstep I cleared my desk and calendar for a few days so I could set to work in my studio to complete one of my newest class samples designed for my Artsy Adventure Tour in Australia next month.
I chose some of my favourite pieces and set to work constructing this interactive Folio Album.
 So many little details throughout to really take your paper crafting to the next level. With every turn of the page or flip of the flap there are little bits to make you stop and look closer.

 Sure to become one of your favourites as it captivates you and any who looks though it. This is definitely one album that will be proudly displayed for all to see and enjoy!

Classes are confirmed for Scrap N Patch in Toowoomba, QLD May 16-18, 2014 and Scrapbook Secrets in Maddington, WA Australia May 23-25, 2014. Spaces are filling so contact them today to be sure you do not miss out!

If you are not in Australia to take the class but are wanting a kit, drop me an email at trisha.lado@gmail.com and that can be arranged! All kits come complete with the products needed to finish the project and detailed written instructions with plenty of photos to get you through the project with ease will be emailed via powerpoint pdf.

Have a great weekend my crafty peeps!





Thursday, April 3, 2014

Class Kit Club April Reveal

Hey friends!

I have been super busy in the studio again... you may have seen a few of the sneak peeks posted this past week on Facebook and Instagram but in case yo missed it.... here are the sneak peeks for the APRIL kit for the Artsy Adventure Class Kit Club!

This month we are working with the Stationer's Desk Collection from Prima as we create TWO stunning 12X12 layouts.


The kit is bursting with the coordinating papers, flowers, chipboard, flair bits, stamp, tags, paperclips and wooden pieces along with a few other bits and pieces.

 Everything works so well together and in true Trisha form there are plenty of "Lumps and Bumps" and "Layers a-plenty!!!!".

Each layout incorporates some beautiful embellishing that enhance not only the focal photos but also the slide outs that are perfect for adding extra photos or hidden journaling.

These dimensional layouts are perfect for mounting on a canvas or framing as they are far too pretty to hide away in an album (unless of course you want to).

There are a limited number of extra kits available if you are not already a subscriber so drop me an email at trisha.lado@gmail.com.

If you are not a subscriber to the Artsy Adventure Class Kit Club yet and wish to be here are your options:

1. Monthly: $60CAD + Shipping
2. 3 month subscription: $60/ month X 3 months - 10%-= $162+ Shipping
3. 6 month subscription: $60/ month X 6 months- 15%= $306+ Shipping PLUS get a FREE BONUS kit (this is definitely the most popular option!).

To all current subscribers... a special offer for you :D Have a friend sign up for a 3 or 6 month subscription and mention YOUR name as the one who referred them and your name will go into a draw for a prize package valued at $100 on May 31, 2014. This is a GREAT opportunity to bring a friend on board so you have someone with whom you can work on your monthly projects with! With each new Subscription you refer April 3- May 31, 2014 you can also earn $5 (3 month) and $10 (6 month) credits towards other class kits that are not a part of the Monthly Kit Club. These are redeemable for up to 50% off a class kit you see advertised online!

Anyways, stay tuned as I will be doing the Tim Holtz DAYS OF YESTERYEAR Post next. The photos have been posted on Facebook and Instagram but it's worthy of it's own post!

Happy Scrapping!
Trisha

Friday, March 28, 2014

Finally....

The class sneak peeks for the Artsy Adventure Tour Australia are starting to make an appearance! In case you haven't seen them on Facebook or my instagram... heres's a few glimpses into what you can expect as part of my upcoming classes down under!

First up... this is the EVERYDAY STORY class that will be at Scrapbook Secrets in WA, Australia on Sunday May 25 and Treasured Memories here in Edmonton, AB, Canada on Saturday, April 26.


Featuring the Daily Stories Collection by Teresa Collins Designs we will create a one of a kind album with an unbelievable amount of interactive components. These unique parts of the Memory File album are perfect for giving more real estate so you can easily document those precious memories of yours through numerous photos and journalling. With every turn of the page and flip of the flap you will find something else that captures your eye and your interest. With this kit for this class being one of the best I have ever offered this is surely one class that you do NOT want to miss!

Ephemera bits, chipboard and epoxy elements make this a project with lots of fun textures.
As always, there are loads of layers throughout.
The perfect combination of trendy colours makes this a fabulous palette to work with!
This project has plenty of space for numerous photos and plenty of journalling so you can document your Everyday Stories. 

I will also share with you a few sneak peeks from the triple Threat Class that will be at Scrap N Patch and Scrapbook Secrets in Australia. Read on for the fun description...

A throwback to the earlier days of scrapping when we actually scrapbooked multiple photos on a page and more often than not we even created double pagers! As a professional designer for many years it is indeed a rarity for me to create these types of layouts anymore but due to popular demand from scrapbookers everywhere I have decided that your wish is my command! I am taking you up on your challenge and designing what is sure to be a huge hit with ladies who just want to scrapbook and get their photos into their albums yet still incorporate the intricate details and fun techniques you are sure to appreciate. My promise to you is this...3 layouts each with a minimum of 3 photos and at least ONE of the layouts will be a double pager! Anyone who has taken any of my classes knows that this may be more of a challenge to me than to you but I am up for it and I hope you will join me and play along! To top off the whole "Triple Treat" theme I will also use products from three different manufacturers to appeal to an even broader group of crafters... that way there is surely something for EVERYONE!


My first trip to Australia was par of the Prima Road Show and it's been awhile since I have created a class using their products so I was sure to go crazy on one of the layouts using their "Princess" range. I LOVED the feel of this collection and hope you will too!

 In the Triple Threat class I also created a DOUBLE page layout! I now... shocking, right? It's been a request from students for a long time but I haven't actually created a double pager in YEARS! This is a special treat for my friends down under who want to join me.
 Isn't the "Sew Lovely" Collection by Carina Gardner for Carta Bella GREAT?! I loved it too and I think you will like how it was used.

The last little sneak peeks I will show for now is the Authentique Elegant Collection used in my Cards for all Occasions class at Scrap N Patch in Toowoomba, QLD.

After so many trips down under, it has occurred to me that I still have many friends to meet who may not yet have joined in on the Artsy Adventure Fun so I have designed this Cards for all Occasions class for the Card Making Crew! Join me as we create some technique based cards featuring some of the most beautiful papers available today while incorporating some fabulous interactive components leaving you with mini masterpieces that you will not likely be able to bear parting with! Have no fear though as we won't stop at just creating cards in this class! We are also going to alter a fabulous file folder holder in which you will have a lovely place to sort and store many of your cards that you create for others (or perhaps want to keep for yourself!).
 The details are insane and this colour of blue in this collection is jaw dropping! I will post more snippets of this one soon but know that it is a limited edition class with stunning elements throughout the cards and holder!

So what's next? Well, currently on my desk are the starts of my next class featuring the newest releases from Tim Holtz!!! This pile of goodies will become a fabulous folio album entitled "Days of Yesteryear". 
There will be more pics posted soon. If you want to be first to see those pics, e sure to follow me on instagram (@trishaladouceur). I am not diligent with the blogging so you will always see the sneak peeks there first!

Now, I should also mention that ALL classes are available as kits so if you cannot make the class in person know that you can order a kit and it will come complete with fabulous instructions to walk you through step by step! Drop me an email for more info... trisha.lado@gmail.com

Alrighty my friends! Time to get off the computer and back into the studio! Now that most of my items are FINALLY here I MUST finish designing my classes! I hope you like what you have seen and I would love to know your thoughts! Leave a comment to let me know!

Have a GREAT weekend!
Trisha
xoxo

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Class Kit Club...


It's long past due for an update to the Artsy Adventure Class Kit Club! Things have been changing a bit and I am happy with the good things that are to come... new and improved projects around each and every corner... loads of fabulous goodies in each and every kit and excellent instructions to walk you through fabulous projects!

The March kit is how I am going to kick off the kit club (version 2) with a bang! Featuring the Color Wash Collection by Pink Paislee, you will create a stunning interactive album that is so soft and delicate looking that you will be able to customize it to numerous different themes! I am not sure where you are in this world, but here in Canada, I am more than ready for Spring and this album reminds me that it's just around the corner (thank goodness!)
 This kit is a class that was also taught recently in England and it received rave reviews! We managed to finish it the class (long class yes, but those who have done a class with me know that there is usually homework so needless to say we were excited to have it finished!)
 Kit contents are out of this world! Each March class kit contains:
10- 12X12 Color Wash papers
2- Memory Files
Seam Binding
String
Vellum Banners
Chipboard Letters
Chipboard Words
Layered InstaFrames
Canvas Stickers (I didn't use them BUT you get them anyways to personalize as desired!)
Paper Flowers
Paper Butterflies

Class Kit Club price options are as follows:
1. Just interested in this kit? No problem! $60.00 plus shipping
2. 3 month subscription gets you a 10% discount!
3. 6 month subscription: 15% discount AND a BONUS kit!!!!

If you are interested in the March kit, shown above, please drop me an email at trisha.lado@gmail.com.

I will also mention that I have a few February kits too available! This is a mini gated album that features some terrific techniques using gorgeous patterned and Coredinations Cardstock papers and Tim Holtz, Vintaj, Pink Paislee and Prima embellishments!

Beautiful yet simple elements added throughout the project while at the same time, giving you space to make this an album that is easy to personalize to any occasion that you see fit!
 Lovely clusters enhance the cover of this keepsake album!
 Numerous materials combined the give the perfect mix of various tactile elements!
 Surely, this is a project you'd love to do too?

So there you have it folks, two different kits to tempt you! Both complete with full colour instructions to walk you through with ease! We also will be doing a Ustream to show some of the techniques and where you can tune in live to ask questions as needed!

February Kit: Monday, March 17 (7pm Alberta time)
March Kit: Wednesday, March 19 (7pm Alberta time).

These will be recorded and uploaded to Youtube too!

Hope to hear from you soon!
Trisha


Sunday, February 9, 2014

Class Descriptions for Australia

Today's is the day! Here is the list of classes for the Artsy Adventure Australian Tour in May 2014!

All classes will also be available as kits should you be unable to attend the events at one of the following locations:

Scrap N Patch, Toowoomba, QLD May 16-18, 2014
Scrapbook Secrets, Maddington, WA May 23-25,2014

Junque in the Trunk- 4 hours (15 minute break) Scrap N Patch,  Scrapbook Secrets
A whole lot of shabby and a wee bit of chic is the best way to describe this fabulous mini album encapsulated in it's very own trunk (aka box) for safe keeping. Showcasing the products from Marion Smith Designs brand new collections, this is one class that is bursting with a plethora of charming elements reminiscent of yesteryear. Immerse yourself as you learn to perfectly distress this project so that it looks to be like something your grandmother treasured in that vintage trunk in her dusty attic. Work with the hottest tool to hit the scrapbook scene, the Bloom Impressions Tool, to create stunning dimensional flowers that will perfectly compliment not only this project but any project the beckons for fabulous flowers to be added. This IS that class that you do NOT want to miss!

Triple Threat- 4 hours (15 minute break)Scrap N Patch, Scrapbook Secrets
A throwback to the earlier days of scrapping when we actually scrapbooked multiple photos on a page and more often than not we even created double pagers! As a professional designer for many years it is indeed a rarity for me to create these types of layouts anymore but due to popular demand from scrapbookers everywhere I have decided that your wish is my command! I am taking you up on your challenge and designing what is sure to be a huge hit with ladies who just want to scrapbook and get their photos into their albums yet still incorporate the intricate details and fun techniques you are sure to appreciate. My promise to you is this...3 layouts each with a minimum of 3 photos and at least ONE of the layouts will be a double pager! Anyone who has taken any of my classes knows that this may be more of a challenge to me than to you but I am up for it and I hope you will join me and play along! To top off the who "Triple Threat" theme I will also use products from 3 different manufacturers to appeal to an even broader group of scrapbookers... that way there is surely something for EVERYONE!

Chalk It Up- 4 hours (15 minute break) Scrap N Patch, Scrapbook Secrets
You don't have to look far to know that Chalk Art is all the rage at the moment. Everything from home decor to scrapbook papers show off this fun and whimsical art form and prove that chalk art no longer means the colourful drawing by neighbourhood children on the sidewalk. Most people may be intimidated to try their hand at creating their own chalk art but after participating in this class you will be inspired to go all the way! I's actually a lot easier than it looks. We will explore many of the various chalkboard mediums available while learning the numerous techniques to create your own chalk masterpieces. You will walk away inspired to apply the techniques not only in your paper crafting projects but home decor as well! We will be creating multiple smaller projects to practice your new found skills on assorted foundations using various mediums.

Days of Yesteryear- 4 hours (15 minute break)Scrap N Patch, Scrapbook Secrets
It's the little things we cherish most about the days gone by and this is that one class where we will record the most cherished of memories in a stunning Tim Holtz Folio album. With interactive components that are exquisitely embellished using the most sought after pieces you will be able to create a work of Art worthy of becoming your families next new heirloom. Perfectly distressed using a variety of techniques you will be hard pressed to determine if this is a project recently created or if it was a treasure discovered in your grandmothers attic.

Cards for all Occasions- 4 hours (15 minute break)Scrap N Patch,
After so many trips down under, it has occurred to me that I still have many friends to meet who may not yet have joined in on the Artsy Adventure Fun so I have designed this Cards for all Occasions class for the Card Making Crew! Join me as we create some technique based cards featuring some of the most beautiful papers available today while incorporating some fabulous interactive components leaving you with mini masterpieces that you will not likely be able to bear parting with! Have no fear though as we won't stop at just creating cards in this class! We are also going to alter a fabulous file folder holder in which you will have a lovely place to sort and store many of your cards that you create for others (or perhaps want to keep for yourself!).