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EMILY’S BITES OF FUN:

Just one word: The reality of living a creative life is that some days the well runs dry.  The good news is that sometimes it only takes a single word or phrase to jump-start the process again.

You can also play with words, change the spelling to something fun like girlfriends to gyrlfriends and other play on words. 

During this season there are a lot of great words to play with and use for inspiration: Joy, Reflect, Create, Just Breathe, Believe, Let Your Light Shine, Beauty, Peace, Thanks, Grateful,  and many more.  Take time to write what you see, what you are thinking about, look through a dictionary and use those words that come to mind that may bring a spark of magic into someone else’s life today.  Then, make a card, a wall hanging, a magnet, or something else to reflect that/those words.

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LOTS OF CLASSES FOR NOVEMBER and december!

Check out all my classes and let’s get ready for winter with some fun techniques you may have not tried before!

Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price, get the 5th class half-off, or for $15.

MAPLE VALLEY EVENING-OUT CLASSES:

Iris Snowflakes Class Nov. 13 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). Learn a new papercrafting technique in this class as we make stunning snowflakes with strips of paper. 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.

Upcycled Holiday Class Dec. 11 6-8:30pm at Gravity Coffee in Maple Valley (across from Walgreens and next to Mod Pizza). In this class we’ll make all sorts of fun things by upcycling them, ranging from gift bags, gift bows, snowflakes, and greeting cards. Cost is $30 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:

Quilled Animals 102 Nov. 12 6-7:30pm. Come learn how to create and use the most basic quilling shapes to create adorable paper animals using quilling techniques. We’ll make 3 or more cards. Please register through the store at (253) 862-6822 and to obtain a list of supplies you need to bring. Cost is $20.

Quilling Snowflakes Dec. 10 6-7:30pm. We’ll spend the evening creating amazingly elegant yet incredibly easy quilled snowflakes. Once finished, the snowflakes make the perfect Christmas gift, tree ornament, or a little something extra for a package. 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 on page 5. Cost for each program is $11.

Nov. 14 1:45-2:45pm. We’ll make two traditional origami projects.

Dec. 12 1:45-2:45pm. In this program we’ll make two origami projects that move and are packed with action.

Preschool Stories and Papercrafts: this class is designed for children ages 2-6. Each program is held at the Community Room at Covington City Hall. Registration is required and is available at http://www.covingtonwa.gov/parks/ .More information and details are available in the Parks and Recreation Guide on page 6. Cost for each program is $10.

Nov. 12 10-10:45am. Today we’ll get a dose of Yoda and other aliens through our stories and everyone will get to make a Yoda to take home.

Nov. 26 10-10:45am. In this program we’ll read several stories about cardinals and seasons and make a cardinal to take home.

Dec. 10 10-10:45am. In our final program for 2018, we’ll make lots of noise and you’ll go home with a noisemaker!

IMPRESS CARDS AND CRAFTS CLASSES:

Quilling Magnets Nov. 4 2-4pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Learn the basics of quilling while making cute and easy magnets; the perfect gift any time of the year! You’ll make several magnets–it’s up to you how many you make! Please bring to the class: your imagination, tweezers (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Quilling Magnets Nov. 10 10-12pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Learn the basics of quilling while making cute and easy magnets; the perfect gift any time of the year! You’ll make several magnets–it’s up to you how many you make! Please bring to the class: your imagination, tweezers (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Snowflakes Nov. 10 1-3pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes. All supplies are provided. Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilled Snowflakes Nov. 25 11:30-1:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes. All supplies are provided. Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Bags and Bows, Oh My! Nov. 7 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Come learn how to make up-cycled bags, bows, greeting cards, and maybe even a snowflake! Please bring to the class: roller tape/double sided tape, scissors, a few paper scraps (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Bags and Bows, Oh My! Nov. 24 1-3:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village.  Come learn how to make up-cycled bags, bows, greeting cards, and maybe even a snowflake! Please bring to the class: roller tape/double sided tape, scissors, a few paper scraps (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilling Basics: Snowmen Nov. 24 10-12pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village. Come make some adorable and easy quilled greeting cards and tree ornaments. You’ll leave with a handsome and cute mass of elegant little “men.” Please bring to the class: roller tape/double sided tape, foam dimensionals, detail scissors, tweezers (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Quilling Basics: Snowmen Dec. 5 5:30-7:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E). Come make some adorable and easy quilled greeting cards and tree ornaments. You’ll leave with a handsome and cute mass of elegant little “men.” Please bring to the class: roller tape/double sided tape, foam dimensionals, detail scissors, tweezers (optional). Cost $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

The Beauty of Paper to create keepsakes and treasures

EMILY’S BITES OF FUN: 

The Beauty of Paper:  One reason papercrafting is so popular is because the essential material, paper, is available in such variety, abundance, color and pattern.  Paper is everywhere and it is not intimidating at all. It is a realistic staple that we reach for with purpose in mind – to jot down a note, make a list, write to a friend or family member.  We use it to enter into all manner of exchange with ourselves and others almost daily.  What is remarkable about paper is that it is simple.  Not meant to remain in its natural state, paper is about change – we can crease it, apply a thin line in shapely swirls that become meaningful words, brush on pats of color, cut into new shapes, or fold it into wonderful creations.  With a new and pristine sheet of paper in hand, we may hesitate just slightly before making that first crease, tear, cut, or drafting that first line, but once we have crossed over that threshold, there is little to curtail our progress as we manipulate or decorate paper to create beautiful keepsakes to be treasured for a lifetime.  What is your next project with paper?  Send me an email and let me know – I would love to see it!

A NOTE FROM EMILY –

Hey Everyone!  My gift certificates will make great stocking stuffers for Christmas or as a New Year Resolution gift to get “crafty?” I am offering specials on classes and gift certificates for classes now through November 14th only.  Use them anytime!

Check out my specials below:

    • First 8 people: If you sign up now for a class (the first 8 people) you will automatically receive a snowflake patter and paper to get started with your first snowflake of the season!
    • Gift Certificates for Classes: Save with gift certificates,  2 classes for $50 and 3 classes for $75.  This is a great savings.  See below also if you buy 3 classes here:
    • If you buy 3 Classes at Impress you get a free class at Vintage: If you buy 3 classes on a gift certificate above at Impress Craft and Cards, you will get a free evening class at Vintage.
    • NOTE: 1) My first November class at Impress is November 12th and my first Vintage class is November 14th.  2) All of these classes for these specials will have to be done through email with me and not through my site.  Please email me at Emily@emilyspapercrafts.com.3) The gift certificate classes also count as part of the loyalty program explained below.  Buy 2-2 class certificates and get that 5th class for $15.

CLASSES FOR OCTOBER:

(See December classes on my website HERE.)

Emily’s Papercrafts Class Loyalty Program. Some of the classes offered below (all “Evening Out” classes) qualify for a loyalty program. You take 4 classes at full price ($30), get the 5th class half-off, or for $15

NOVEMBER EVENING NIGHTS OUT AT VINTAGE:

Holiday Paper Flowers Nov. 14, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to the Maple Valley Fred Meyer). Come make your very own bouquet of holiday flowers to showcase your paper-folding abilities. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

Winter Greeting Cards Nov. 15, 2017 6-8:30pm at Vintage Vino and Espresso (next to the Maple Valley Fred Meyer). Come get a head start on your homemade greeting cards. We’ll make at least 3 cards during this class. Cost is $30 which covers all supplies including a medium-size hot/cold drink. This class qualifies for Emily’s Papercrafts class loyalty program. Reserve your seat here.

OTHER NOVEMBER CLASSES:

Holiday FlowersNov. 12 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Learn how to fold a simple yet beautiful bouquet of origami flowers using paper on-hand at Impress. You’ll make at least 4 flowers in this class. Please bring or purchase 2 or more 12″ square sheets or a 6″ Christmas variety pack. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Holiday FlowersNov. 25 10:30-12:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village(just north of University of Washington campus). Learn how to fold a simple yet beautiful bouquet of origami flowers using paper on-hand at Impress. You’ll make at least 4 flowers in this class. Please bring or purchase 2 or more 12″ square sheets or a 6″ Christmas variety pack. Cost is $30. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Elegant SnowflakesNov. 19 2:30-4:30pm at Impress Cards and Crafts in Tukwila (120 Andover Park E, across the street from Lowe’s next to the SouthCenter Mall). Do you want to make a snowflake? Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes and a snowman might join the snowflake party too! All supplies are provided. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 901-9101.

Elegant Snowflakes, Nov. 25 1:30-3:30 at Impress Cards and Crafts in University Village (just north of University of Washington campus). Do you want to make a snowflake? Come learn quilling techniques to create elegant and dainty snowflakes ideal for hanging on a Christmas tree or on a greeting card. You’ll make at least 2 snowflakes and a snowman might join the snowflake party too! All supplies are provided. Cost is $35. To register, please call the store at (206) 526-5818.

Loving paper!
~Emily

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.

Being Creative Means You’re Thinking!

Hi Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying some time to be creative this week.  I know it seems like you don’t have the time to stop and be creative, but if you TAKE the time to slow down and do some of the things you love, you will find that it helps with how you look at life and how you enjoy the things around you.

What Does being creative really Mean?

Being creative means changing your perspective, taking risks and ignoring doubt and facing fears. It means breaking with routine and doing something different for the sake of doing something different. It means mapping out a thousand different routes to reach one destination. It means challenging yourself every day. Being creative means searching for inspiration in even the most mundane places. It means asking silly questions. It means creating without critiquing. Being creative means you know how to find the similarities and differences between two completely random ideas.  Being creative means you’re thinking!

JOin a Class this Wednesday Night- A chance to branch out!

I read that Experts somewhere argue that getting into a state of flow can produce substantial happiness, the kind that lasts longer than the pleasure we get from eating a good cookie.

Let’s get creative together.  Check out my classes and I can’t promise a cookie but when you come to Vintage Vino and Espresso on Wednesday, June 14th from 6-8:30 for my quilled wallhanging class (or for any class at Vintage), I promise a free hot or cold drink – which might be just as good if you get a yummy flavor!  Save your seat now for tomorrow night HERE.