1. I did indeed join the editorial advisory board for Legacy Magazine (soon to be Somerset Memories). I just love what they do. Thanks for the congrats.
2. I am trying to get caught up with my emails (so, if I owe you one, expect it today).
3. Yes, I will be designing a new class kit using my CHA Winter release. In fact, my goal is to design two - one that should be ready April 1st (I've already designed the projects for this one and think their pretty dang cool, if I do say so myself) and another that should be ready in May or June.
4. I haven't shared the digital editing process of my photos on my blog because I really feel like I stink at photo editing and have a ton to learn (and so I don't want to steer anyone in the wrong direction). That said (don't say I didn't warn you), I usually just use a few actions from ittybittyactions (I'm still learning the whole process of "actions", but basically, they are a set of steps that you take to edit your photos - all you do is download the actions, open your photo and then press the "play" button in the actions section of your photo editing program and it does the editing for you). Sometimes I still decide to do a little bit with "levels" after the actions (in Photoshop: select "image", "adjustments" and "levels" - there are much more advanced ways of doing this that I haven't mastered). I also end up doing this little photo sharpening trick on a lot of my photos when I want the eyes to be sharper (this may not make sense, but once I have the sharpened "layer", I usually erase the entire layer with the eraser tool, except for the eyes). That's about all I do (because that's about all I know how to do)!
5. I'm planning on updating my class schedule here soon. Just waiting to firm up a few more dates and then I've got lots of great stuff to add (it's in the right hand column of my blog). Lot's of classes coming up in the next two weekends (all in Oregon). I think the closest I will be to Portland in the next few weeks is St. Helens (about 25 miles north of Portland) at Small Town Memories (used to be my hometown store and I LOVE going back there).
7. CHA was a super-quick trip for me - hardly even got any time to see anything, but the highlights of my trip were finally meeting Maria Grace and some of the cool new stuff from Fancy Pants, Maya Road and Delish Designs.
8. Also wanted to share this antique window frame I worked on a couple months back. I worked on it as a sample project for my Scrapbooking Outside the Box class and now it's hanging on my living room wall. I picked up the window at an antique store. I liked that it was old and that the paint was peeling, so I didn’t do anything to the window other than clean the glass. I printed my photos to 8x12’s and 4x6’s (at Scrapbookpicture.com) and sprayed a light mist of spray adhesive directly to the photo and then attached it to the back side of the glass. The spray adhesive didn’t work as well as I had hoped, so to keep the photos in place, I also used mini glue dots hidden in places where you couldn't see them (under embellishments and rub-ons). I decorated the glass with rub-ons (rub-ons don’t seem to go onto glass very easily and some brands won’t go on at all - Basic Grey and Autumn Leaves rub-ons went on the easiest). I also attached buttons, metal bookplates, decorative tape and photo corners to the glass. The letter “F” is a Making Memories chipboard letter that I decorated with patterned paper and rub-ons to signify the word “Family”. I attached patterned paper to the frame using Matte Medium (which you can find at most craft stores - it's the same thing as Modge Podge). I sanded the paper a bit and then applied a thin layer of cream colored acrylic paint over the top of it. I found the ornate wooden scrolls and corners at a home improvement store (Lowe’s).
9. And my best friend Jill made this really cool window (she got the idea from Rebecca Sower).