Debby is a memory collector – from the time she was a little girl, she has collected the bits and pieces of her life and stored them in scrapbooks and all kinds of creative projects. Debby’s years as a school teacher and as a teacher, designer, and author in the scrapbook industry have led to a busy career teaching classes at stores and events in the US and several other countries around the world. She travels regularly, teaching classes at stores and events, where her inspiring classes feature innovative techniques with paper and a wide assortment of mediums to preserve our stories and photos., She has inspired students all over the world to record their lives and take the techniques that she teaches and play in their memory-keeping and art projects.
Debby lives in Buffalo, New York, with her husband and has two married sons who live too far away… she misses them all every day!
You can read more about Debby’s classes and adventures on her blog at debbyschuh.typepad.com.
Debby-dori: Beyond the Book $60
Friday December 4th 6-9pm
In class we are going to do what Debby likes best – take something apart and put it back together again in an unexpected, new, creative way! This time we will take a Tim Holtz Ideology Configuration Book Box completely apart, using the cover to refashion it into a Debby-dori book with elastic Midori-style binding that will hold the two scrapbooks that we will make, and then add the boxes back in to make a clever pocket to hold another fat mini book for recording your hopes and dreams and inspiration or keeping track of the blessings throughout the year… or whatever you’d like to use it for! It’s super cool! The colorful Shine collection from Crate Paper and Tim Holtz products will be the stars of this project – the possibilities are endless for you to use both the scrapbook and the journal components of this unique book.
Student Supply List: Please bring the following items to class… 12” paper trimmer, ruler, scissors, scoring tool, stapler, strong tape adhesive (I use Scor-pal 1/8”, ¼” and 1” most often), foam adhesive, Crop a Dile, Distress Ink (I use a dried out Vintage Photo ink pad), ink blending tool, non-stick craft mat, sanding tool, corner rounder, scallop scissors. Optional supplies: needle and thread, Ranger Distress paint – Antique Linen.
December Story $65
Saturday December 5th 10am -1pm
It’s time to get ready for the holiday season once again and create the perfect place for all your special Christmas memories – your photos and stories and your cards and mementos. Using the darling new October Afternoon Under the Tree collection in one of their Daily Flash albums, we’ll fill the page protectors of the book with interactive pages and additional beautiful papers and embellishments from Simple Stories, Shimelle, Crate Paper, Tim Holtz, Ranger, and May Arts. There is SO much to play and create with in this huge kit! You’ll have lots of choices for the design of your cover and to document all your special memories during the holiday season with your own style. We’ll learn to use the awesome Fuse tool, too.
You will have a choice of the color of the fabric on the binding section of the album cover: either black or yellow. Both colors coordinate beautifully with the papers and give a different festive look to the cover. Please specify your preference when you sign up.
This book is perfect for a daily record of your December stories or you can do like I do and document the people, the activities, and the traditions that you love during the Christmas season. The kit contains instructions with color photos, so if you cannot attend an in-person class, you can still purchase a kit and do it on your own or with friends!
Student Supply list:
Please bring the following items to class: 12” paper trimmer, scissors, pencil, ruler, scoring tool, strong tape adhesive (¼”, or ½” and wide tape, if you have it), liquid adhesive, Crop a Dile (or 1/4” We R MemoryKeepers Power Punch), non-stick craft mat, sanding tool, stapler, foam squares, corner rounder punch, paint brush, red paint for book cover – I used Ranger’s Dina Wakley Media Heavy Body Acrylic Paint in the Ruby color, 1.25” circle punch. Optional: painter’s tape if you want to insure that the paint doesn’t get inside your book, We R MemoryKeepers Fuse tool, powder for making stickers “unsticky”, scallop scissors.
My Life Album $65
Saturday December 5th 2-5:30pm
Do you remember what your daily life was like 5 years ago or 10 years ago? Time slips by so quickly and our lives and our tastes and our perspective changes with the years. I love to have albums that give a snapshot of my life for my own record but also to share with future generations. I did this project ten years ago, and it is so much fun to look back and see what I was doing and what was important to me at the time. In this album I’m documenting the most important parts of my life: my family, my faith, my friends, my work, and me – a snapshot of who I am today!
We’ll make our own albums that will hold 6×8” and 8×8” page protectors and product from the nostalgic Crate Paper Wonder collection and lots more goodies. You’ll be able to customize your cover with the many options in your kit – you can do yours just like mine or change the colors and the embellishments in the wood grid on the front. Inside our books, we’ll use a “formula” to give a cohesive look to all the sections of the book. You’ll be able to add your photos and memorabilia to your book at any time.
This is one of the favorite projects that I’ve ever done, and I’m so happy to share the ideas and techniques with you! You won’t be sorry that you took the time to document your life right now – it really helped me appreciate my life more – it becomes a gratitude journal, in a way!
The kit comes with instructions with color photos, so you can do this project on your own or with friends, if you can’t attend class in person.
Student Supply list:
Please bring the following items to class: 12” paper trimmer, scissors, pencil, ruler, scoring tool, strong tape adhesive (1/8” and wider tape, if you have it), liquid adhesive, Crop a Dile (1/4” We R MemoryKeepers Power Punch), ink pad for distressing (I use a slightly dried out Ranger Distress ink in Vintage Photo color), Ink-Blending tool, non-stick craft mat, sanding tool, stapler, foam squares, corner rounder punch, file tab punch, black stamp pad, black markers: .05 or Illustrated Faith pen and Slick Writer Medium. Optional: powder for making stickers “unsticky”, personal embellishments you might want to use on the front cover, sanding file.