Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Get Crafty with Amy Tan Class at Paper Tales

On Saturday (5/19) I had the pleasure of attending my first real life scrapbooking class taught by Amy Tan (Amy Tangerine). I was very excited for several reasons.  I actually had never been to Paper Tales, a local scrapbook store in San Diego (Point Loma).  I had heard great things about it and was excited to check it out.  I was also excited to be taking a scrapbooking class live in person.  And I was excited to meet some local girls who love scrapbooking as much as I do!  :)

The day before, I gathered my tools for bringing to class.

Upon arriving, Amy greeted me with a warm hug.  We each got a kit bag full of awesome goodies.  This photo was taken by Amy.

This was my bag.  The green chevron bag had tons of taffy and smartie candy in it!  How sweet is that??  :)20120519-IMG_0716_600

Opened up my baggie to spread my stuff out onto the table.

There were eight people in class.  We each got half a long table to spread our stuff out.  I loved how much space we got to work on our projects.  Amy and her mom even brought waters for everyone. 

We worked on two layouts at the same time.  I had never done that before!  I have to say that I loved it.  I brought enough pictures to scrap two layouts and get a good start on my mini book.  The class was three hours and I felt so productive.  I had never scrapbooked 2 pages plus get a start on a mini book in three hours before.  Plus, we took time out to socialize, chat, and goof around a bit.

And we took time to take photos, of course!  Here’s one of me and Amy.

Me and Amy’s sweet mommy Chiao Tan. 
“Mommy” helped put the class kit together and walked around to make sure we knew what we were doing with the embroidery needle and thread.  (Yes, we got to hand-sew on pages!)

I met the wonderful Caz Hancock (whom I know from Studio Calico), who was there all the way from New Zealand!  Well, she was on an almost three week vacation to SoCal, but I like to say she came just for the class, LOL.

I also met quite a few other local gals.  This is Heidi.

We got to play with Amy’s infamous washi tape collection.
This photo by Amy. That’s us perusing Amy’s large washi tape collection, and her box of sequins!  She brought her Pivi printer to class and printed out a group photo for each of us! 

And she later emailed us the photo also.
I love it!  Each of us holding up our projects.

The three hours went by so quickly.  When it was over, I said goodbye to everyone (sniff) and went shopping inside Paper Tales.  On the day of class, you get a 10% discount on everything you purchase.  Here’s what I got.

Todd had spent the morning at a Toastmasters Conference at the Catamaran resort.  We met up at Phil’s BBQ for a late lunch! 
I had trouble finding it and got lost, even though it was only like a mile away! But Todd already got seats in the bar area and ordered our food (he knows what I like there), so my food had just arrived when I finally got there!  So awesome to have such a great husband!  :)

Check out the line at Phil’s BBQ for a table.  It’s insane.
The first time we went there the line was that long and we waited over 1.5 hours to get in. We were lucky to grab some bar seats in the bar area this time.

After I got home, I put the finishing touches on my layouts.  I machine-stitched and added a little more embellies.

Here’s layout #1.

I dabbed ink on the wood veneer heart and then covered it with Glossy Accents.

Sprayed the wood veneer camera with Mr Huey Piglet.

Here’s layout #2.



And my mini book, which I still have to add some photos and finish up.  I loved the stitching technique that Amy taught us in class, to bind this mini book pages together.

I had so much fun in class.  I loved meeting everyone.  I loved how I learned to hand-sew on layouts and to hand stitch mini book pages together.  I loved how productive I was in class, despite lots of socializing and goofing off.  I loved everything about it and would definitely take another live class with Amy Tan again when she comes down to San Diego.  This was such an awesome experience! ♥

Oh, and remember these crafting calling cards?
Everyone took one and they liked it!  :)  Yay!


  1. Looks like a fun class! I'm definitely envious. Hope you had a great weekend!

  2. So sad I couldn't go to this one! Did you like the store too? I can always find something fun and new there.

  3. Cassi - I liked the store! They pack a lot into that little space. I like how they display things, very cute. I found those Studio Calico camera wood veneers, which seem to be sold out everywhere. We should go together some time!

  4. I've been waiting to hear about this. Sounds like you had such a wonderful time. I love what you worked on. The cover of your book is adorable.

    I also love that you were able to include a lunch date with Todd. :)

  5. Sounds like so much fun! I love Amy, would love to take one her classes someday!!!

  6. love your wrap up! thanks so much for spending part of your saturday with me and mommy. we really had such a great group! and you need to correct something in this post - we all LOVED the cards you created. LOVED.

  7. Can I just say how in love I am? This post was great to chronicle your day in class. I love all that you created and how you made them your own a bit at home.

  8. Definitely looked like so much fun! I love those SC camera wood veneers too!

  9. All the pages are great, but I especially love the one with you and Todd!

  10. What a fabulous post, it sure was an awesome day. I need to finish my mini album off and will do a similar post. I just don't seem to have stopped since i have got home :(

  11. What fun! Who of us out here in blogland wouldn't covet a class w/ one of our favorite stalkees??? Thanks for letting us experience it through you--now I'm even more certain I'm ready to travel across however many states it takes to attend one. Also, so very impressed with your production that day!


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