Friday, March 9, 2012

Organize your Stuff Week 17 (round 5): CKC Portland…Scrapbooking Convention

WoW! First of all, thank you Fabulous Spouse for arranging for us to have this AWESOME weekend away.  It is THE best gift ever! Second, thank you Grandmother, for taking on the gargantuan task of child wrangler and actually making it possible!

Thurday Preview Crop
For those of you who do not know what CKC is… it is the Creating Keepsakes (like the magazine) Convention. There are a gagillion classes (yes, spell check , gagillion is a real word…ask anyone under 3’ 10”), crops, vendors, techniques. Creative Me was in heaven, OCD Me was stroking out, and the POW was doing everything within her power to keep the Inner Horder from busting the bank!

Friday Photoshop Class

Today the POW had us spend 6 hours (3 classes) learning about Photoshop Elements. Mrs. Patty Debowski (of was our super patient and fabulous teacher. By the end, even PA Me was getting the hand of it! *Yeah*

Here are our first 2 (ever!) digital layouts:

OCD Me loves this! Creative Me is still sitting the fence…(especially with her good friend the Inner Hoarder just salivating to buy some more tactile stuff!), but we must admit it is a pretty cool way to whip up layouts quick!

Also, while we were walking about in between classes, who should we run into…none other than Michelle Ogdahl…the COO of Avocado Arts (Clear Acrylic Stamp Company). She is super cool and super nice!

Now, we must admit, that we have been cyber stalking Avocado Arts for a LONG time now… (it made the favorites list LONG before the school district…with the printable lunch menus…did on the computer). However, the POW has always put her foot down when Creative Me and the Inner Hoarder wanted to buy them, because we did not know what quality of clear acrylic/ photopolymer with which they were made. (We are still recovering from our made in China crappy MME Acrylic Stamps that were SO cute *sad face*).

Let us tell you, these ROCK! Love them! This is a card that we made without conditioning the stamp at all! Fabulous ink acceptability! They are photopolymers made in the United States, and super sticky and pliable. Did we mention that Miss Michelle was super sweet and awesome in person too! She even let us get our picture with her!

Tomorrow is four more hours of Photoshop training…and an evening crop. Wish our bottom well…It is in serious danger of falling asleep…LOL!


Staci said...

I can't believe that these are digital! They really look like paper! Great job! Glad you're enjoying yourself!

WillieburgScrapper said...

LOVE that card! That's a fun stamp set. The two pages are wonderful as well.

Kathy said...

Wow your digi layouts are so great! I confess I have purchased Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 but have not done one thing with it!! Love your card and those stamps are soo cute. Must check them out:)

byondbzr said...

Love the digi LO's!

Erica said...

Looks like you had fun!