Next week I'm heading to Massachussetts for The Collins Rep Group's Spring 2013 Education event. This event is for retailers to gather education ideas to use in their stores. I will be teaching a Pop 'n Cuts class using the new Journey collection, shipping in June, 2013.
There is also an evening with Make 'n Takes. Retailers can make their way around a large ballroom making quick projects from all the manufacturers. With the popularity of the Accordion Album and companion Frame & Label Bracket dies, this is a set of dies that I'd like to see in every store with a display sample to show how the dies work. My Make 'n Take will be this simple Accordion Album project. Retailers can choose to make the album in the red color scheme or the yellow. Bazzill provided my favorite cardstock for this album - the ultra sturdy and smooth Card Shoppe, which now comes in 12x12 size, meaning you can make a 4-page album from one piece of cardstock! AWESOME! The patterned papers are from the new Bazzill Mac collection, by Heidi Lynn Schreiber. The "Celebrate" greeting is a Hero Arts stamp.
Now, the title of this post promised some "spots" and spots you shall see! I'm going to dedicate this post to the Accordion Album die, which is back in stock at retailers if you act quickly. Check with your local store first - we really need to support our local retailers or we aren't going to have any! Just sayin'!
First up, Donna Gibson's absolutely AMAZING Parisian album. She has close-up shots of each panel set on her blog post, so don't miss the opportunity to click and drool. She even decorated the back of the album! For this album she used both the Album and Frame & Label dies and linked together 6 panels of the album.
While you're falling in love with Donna's blog, make sure you also check out her Be Yourself Doublehigh Album Card. This is a perfect illustration of how versatile this die is. You can use it standard height (see above) or double height (see below) by following my Doublehigh Accordion Album tutorial. You also get to pick how many panels you link together. Donna used 6 panels for Paris and 2 panels for Be Yourself.
Speaking of doublehigh albums, this project by Anna-Karin Evaldsson made my jaw drop doublefar! You simply must click over and see a close-up of that globe. Everything about this project is amazing!
Kelly Booth shows yet another adaptation of the album, which is to fold the inner panels with the same valley fold as the outer frames. This creates a fifth panel (the back of the first panel) for the front of the album. Click on over to see the fifth panel, featuring more of her incredible Copic coloring!
Shelly Hickox and I have decided we have synergy, which I always thought meant "loves to procrastinate with text messages and Scramble games" but apparently it means we feed off each other (creatively, not zombie-ly) and have been known to come up with similar ideas.
A while back and unbeknownst to either we were simultaneously working on versions of the Accordion Album cut from a clear material to achieve a floating effect.
My project was a belated birthday card for Kelly. I chose to keep the outer frames as the "clear" part of the album and added the Tim Holtz Pediments die on top of the album.
Shelly also used clear panels in her Time Machine Birthday card, but used the inner panels as the clear parts, even adding another pop-up die to the mix to give her even more clear platforms for her gears.
The other great thing about synergy is that it is contagious! After these two clear projects were posted there was a wave of great clear album projects and clever adaptations showing up on blogs worldwide!
Wendee Deal's It's Spring card
Helen Cryer's Butterfly Card
Torrey Moseley's Heavy Metal Album
Sandy Diller's Dad Green Album
Fran Sabad's Wonderful Mother Album (notice she used clear paneling to make the hearts float and line up when the album is closed!)
Well I could go on spotting all day, but I've got to finish up some class kits for tomorrow's "You Make My Heart Sing" Album class. What will you create with the Accordion Album and Frame & Label, Bracket dies?
Have a crafty weekend!