Travel with Intention

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN:

Winter is travel time and traveling, especially when it involves exploring new regions or corners of the world, is a rich source of inspiration for many craftspeople.  The next time you are planning a trip, purchase several clear plastic sleeves meant to hold slides or small photographs (available at office supply stores). These ready-made sheets are perfect for collecting miniature mementos such as coins, bottle caps, paper scraps, ticket stubs, magnets, and the like.  Then, the spoils of several trips can be stowed away in a binder, full of tiny items and trinkets to turn into some of your craftiest memories.

Can’t afford a trip right now?  Be a tourist in the place you live.  Get out and see new things and collect items from your own city or the cities around you.  You can share them with others by making a card and keep some for yourself.  Shadowboxes are a great way to keep some of these things.  Odds are you won’t live in the same city for the rest of your life.  Hold onto some memories.

MAPLE VALLEY EVENING-OUT CLASSES:

Puzzle Greeting Cards Feb. 11 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). In this class you’ll need a friend or two to help assemble a jigsaw puzzle. Then you and your friends will get to create unique greeting cards from the puzzle. You’ll go home with a stack of cards perfect for any occasion! Cost is $30 which covers you and a friend! Drinks are on you. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Reserve your seat here.

Watercolor and Quilling Mix Greeting Cards March 11 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). In this class you’ll learn how to use new distress ink watercoloring to create a greeting card background and then how to quill coordinating designs. You’ll go home with a watercolor brush to keep on painting! Cost is $35 which covers all supplies and a 12oz drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Reserve your seat here.

Iris Folding Greeting Cards April 8 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). You’ll learn how to create stunning yet simple iris folded (paper!!) designs into unique greeting cards. Cost is $35 which covers all supplies and a 12oz drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Reserve your seat here.

BEN FRANKLIN in BONNEY LAKE CLASSES:

Tatting Lace Greeting Cards March 16 10-12:30pm. We’ll spend the morning learning how to tat lace using a single shuttle. You’ll make a handful of unique greeting cards perfect for spring! Please register through the store at (253) 862-6822 and to obtain a list of supplies you need to bring. Cost is $20.

COVINGTON CLASSES:

After School Origami Classes: this class is designed for children ages 5-13. Each program is held at Jenkins Creek Elementary School in the Multipurpose Room. Registration is required and is available at http://www.covingtonwa.gov/parks/ . More information and details are available in the Parks and Recreation Guide. Cost for each program is $11.

Tatting Lace: this class is designed for adults. Learn how to tat lace and create beautiful greeting cards with your tatting pieces. Feb.10 1-4pm.  Registration is required and is available at http://www.covingtonwa.gov/parks/ .More information and details are available in the Parks and Recreation Guide.

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Singing in the Rain Feb. 9 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). In this class, we’ll make music-themed greeting cards with maybe a touch of raindrops. We’ll make everything from sheet music, musical symbols, music and more! Please bring double sided tape, detail scissors, optional: tweezers. Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Hints of Spring March 9 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). In this class, we’ll bring a single stamp to life with distress ink and “Stella” and quilling techniques. You’ll make a variety of whimsical cards perfect for any occasion. You’ll go home with a stack of greeting cards, a new stamp, a wink of Stella brush and instructions for making more cards on your own. Please bring double sided tape, detail scissors, your favorite greeting stamps, optional: tweezers. Cost $45. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Hints of Spring March 23 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. In this class, we’ll bring a single stamp to life with distress ink and “Stella” and quilling techniques. You’ll make a variety of whimsical cards perfect for any occasion. You’ll go home with a stack of greeting cards, a new stamp, a wink of Stella brush and instructions for making more cards on your own. Please bring double sided tape, detail scissors, your favorite greeting stamps, optional: tweezers. Cost $45. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

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MATH HAS TO DO WITH MORE THAN YOU THINK! 

HI Everyone!  

I just want to send a shout-out to Janice S. who was the first to reserve her seat for my DIY Papercrafted Greeting Cards’ class on July 19th from 6-8:30 pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso in Maple Valley.  Because Janice was the first to sign up she gets a free Quilling Kit!  Way to go, Janice!

Emily’s Bites of Fun:
Unlike origami, papercraft involves cutting up paper or cardboard and gluing it back together, although some folding and bending may be involved. Very basic papercraft is often taught in schools, so that children can bring polygons to life in the form of polyhedra. Simple papercraft does not require extensive math skills, but it can be used to illustrate basic math, or to get people excited about mathematics. More advanced papercraft can call upon impressive math abilities, which is part of the fun for some crafters.

Personal Note: My friend, who is a teacher, has used paper polygons over the years to bring to life, in the form of polyhedra, ways of teaching math to his  kids.  They actually would build a town called Polyhedraville! The kids love doing it!

Sign up for my Next Class Now!  DIY Papercrafted Greeting Cards, July 19 6-8:30 at Vintage Vino and Espresso in Maple Valley (next to Fred Meyer). Come learn how to use a die cut machine and quilling to create simple but amazing designs for any occasion. Take home up to 3 cards at the end of the class. Cost $30 total, $15 to reserve and hold a seat. Cost includes all supplies including a medium size hot/cold drink. Ages 12 and older are welcome to reserve a seat here.