For the last few years I've been helping my friend Kristi Coy of Dollarscrapbooking.net with convention class designs. Kristi teaches the classes at nearly every CKC, so check the schedule at the end of this post to see when she'll be in your area.
For 2014 Kristi commissioned a third Cool Closures class, after the previous two years' Cool Closures classes were sell-outs. We decided to make this year's album a Christmas theme. This will make a great keepsake album or gift album and you'll end up with a ton of leftover paper and die cuts, making it easily expandable with more pages. I love the idea of having a mini-album all ready for Christmas when December rolls around.
Kristi asked me to do a little video preview of the class so you can see how the three closures work:
In this class you'll be mixing some fun shaped chipboard pages with rectangular chipboard pages to make an album with a mixture of 5" x 8" and 6" x 8" pages. The first closure is on the front of the album, where hidden magnets hold a decorative metal buckle in place.
The second closure is an elastic bead closure with a snowflake stopper. The bead keeps the elastic cording from getting lost behind the stopper and makes it easy to release this closure.
Behind each closure is a ton of extra space for filling with photos and journaling. You'll have a lot of leftover die cuts for embellishing, too.
The final closure I lovingly refer to as the "Pac Man Closure" - a notch is cut from a spinning circle that will line up with the decorative edge to allow the page to open. Spin Pac Man's mouth away from the page and the circle will trap the page closed.
Once again there is a ton of space for photos and journaling behind the closure.
Here is a shot of the back of the album:
Kristi always puts together impressive kits by purchasing in large quantities enough for a year's worth of classes. This kit includes a lot of leftover paper and die cuts - certainly enough to expand your album with more pages if you choose.
Here are the CKC's where Kristi will be teaching Cool Closures 3. The first several have registration open already, so visit the CK Scrapbook Events website to register.
When you register for the class the description will tell you to bring these supplies to class:
Supplies to bring to class: Trimmer, Scissors, Dry Adhesives (tape runner and strong double-sided tacky or score tape), Wet Adhesive (fine line glue pen), Mini glue dots, Pop dots, Paper Piercer, Scoring tool and straight edge
The "what to bring" list is due before the classes are designed so I always guess what I think you'll need. That's a pretty good list, but I have some additional suggested supplies to bring. Please also bring a Crop-a-Dile, stapler & staples and a Craft Knife w/Cutting Mat to class. I used a tape runner for adding papers to my album, but a lot of students prefer using a strong glue stick (Uhu is great) and a brayer. Also, if you like the look of inked edges you can bring a red ink pad, but inking can also be done at home. This class is only an hour long, so the class time will be spent on assembling the album and the pace is going to be brisk, but manageable.
Kristi is a fabulous instructor, very organized, and I know you'll have a great time in this class. Hope you can make it!