Mini Folio

Summer is officially here! There are lots of workshops around the Metro from swimming lessons to piano lessons. For me though I was thinking of picking up a watercolour lesson workshop but I was too slow and the slots filled up very fast. I did however tried this class of Ime from Lasting Impression one of the few LSS here in the metro.

Though admittedly I hate going their because its too far from me but all the scrapbookers who wants to crop goes there so I packed up my materials and went. I, of course was late and wasn’t able to hear the full lesson. Ime the instructor was nice enough to teach me what to do. I, of course since it was my first time doing a grunge looking mini album was a bit lost. Since everyone seems to be doing their own thing. I tried to make mine at least passable. I did however made a mistake of bringing a new AC tape runner but I think its an old stock or something cause I swear it does not stick! I had better luck with a cheap ass tape runner that I got in the bookstore.


In this workshop we used Tim Holtz folio as the base, prima butterflies and flowers as embellishments and some Maggie Holmes embellishment die cuts. Though this class is no way for beginners in the sense that beginners would probably get overwhelmed specially for they shy type. Its more of a question and answer type of thing or probably because I was late I didn’t see the step by step instruction if there is one. In designing the folio itself though, the instructor gives you freedom to choose what sort of designs or layout that you want to do whatever floats your boat. Which is nice but I tend to panic and get lost on what I should do. Luckily in the end I did manage to calm down and made a passable folio. Its surprisingly cute but its not something that I would say me. I did like the fact that it felt like I was crafting since the process of making the folio was messy. All in all, it was a nice way to spend an afternoon.

The environment is another story, most of the attendees are friends and they know each other already probably known each other for a long long time, so they have their own little clicks they chatted about anything under the sun while creating. That part I love, I can’t wait for the time that I get to walk into the room and people would recognize me and chat with me. Anyways, what I found a little bit off putting is that since they already knew each other for so long there are those people who are whiney, jokingly I know but to hear a whiney voice for more than 30 minutes? when I went there to relax and learn some new technique is a bit off putting. Another thing that I noticed that since it is a rather informal workshop, participants can come and go as they pleases and it is a bit nerve racking for newbies like me! Lol! I’m being such a cry baby I know.

My personal verdict? The class was straight forward and having no background at all about mixed media I would say it was worth attending at least once, just to give you ground rules.

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