-smaller than Hobby Lobby - and with less furniture/ decor items (although they do have a really fabulous decor section, just not isles and isles
-better stocked with paper craft supplies but with less fabric than Jo-Ann's
-and with a better mix of scrapbooking companies than Michaels.
It is a fantastic place to take crafty kids.
My daughter and I have made a tradition out of going to the Holiday open house.
|Raffle to win gift card. We didn't win but still had fun.|
|Fox that inspired me to create two layout's based on his sweet face.|
|Design Team examples that inspire me to spend money.|
|I want to make one of these.|
When they had their call for new guest designers I decided to give it a go. Why not? Hundreds would apply, my chances weren't great, but - WHY NOT?
I couldn't believe it when I got an Congratulations letter. Really. I Could Not. I almost didn't believe it until I got my box of crafting goodies just after Christmas.
What is a design team?
A company sends product and I get to play with it, take pictures and blog about it. What can be more fun that that? Seriously. I can't imagine anything more fun than that!
I'm not going to tell you everything that Craft Warehouse sent in my box - but i need to gush about one item right now. I need to gush extensively.
They sent me a Large Dylusions Journal.
I did not have one. These babies usually retail about $24.00. I thought it was too expensive. I thought the paper was too thin for paint, I thought it wouldn't lay flat, I thought it wasn't all it is cracked up to be.
Journaler's Everywhere. Listen to me. It is CRACKED UP, JACKED UP! It is AWESOME.
The papers are done in sections - I can't remember what book binders call them, but the sections help the journal lie flat. It opens to a big, nice page - I like a 12x12 surface. Using both pages you get about (just guesstimating here,) about that much space to work.
The paper is unique. It is smooth like manila. It feels a bit like manila. I love the way the clean unused journal feels under my hands.
Untreated with gesso or anything the paper can withstand a ton of water. I've been playing, trying to figure out my design team layout and seriously. A lot of water. Using the Dylusions Ink Sprays and a water spray bottle, to stretch the ink and move it about, I have put these pages through their paces. And they can take it. They don't absorb the moisture. It stays on top.
One drawback - because of the binding the middle of the book is "weaker." This area will absorb color if you don't sop it up or stop it with tape. However, the Dylusions Ink Sprays I have been working with are messy, imprecise, and slightly sloppy in that highly popular color-grungy way everyone is loving. You are suppose to mess this BoOk up! When I forget to tape, or just don't want to, this interesting, organic thing happens and just adds a streak of "character" to the page later.
|Testing Dylusion sprays and stencils.|
|Test page, mixing colors adding water -using stencils|
|Test page, blue and yellow made green, and I had some of this bead gel that I thought I'd try...|
I want another one of these books. Or five. And guess what? These Dylusion Journal's are on sale at the Vancouver Craft Warehouse right now!
Do you have a Dylusion Journal? What do you think of them? Have you thought about exploring art journaling? GO GET ONE!