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Le Pritemps du Scrap :: Toulouse :: Mars 2o15

Bonjour a tous! I can’t be more proud and happy that I will be there in Toulouse with you in March! Yep – this is an announcement of my next spring class in France. SCRAP a Sauce organizing next edition of Le Pritemps du Scrap and I will be one of the guest of this disco event!

For our meeting in March I prepared three different scrapbook pages. I would like to introduce you to them in this short note.


First layout is made with the most neutral colour scheme and it suits to girlish and boish projects. I used here one big, vertical photo ( 10×15 cm). I think that a pale, black and white photo will be the best for this page. You will find here a strong mixed-media feeling and I will try to present you how to use arylic paints in few interesting and easy techniques.
What you will need for this part of the class: gesso, acrylic paints (grey, navy, salmon), dimentional foam, glue, scissors, black precision pen (or different black marker), uni-ball white pen, a pencil, acrylic block for the stamp, black or grey ink pad, two flat, hard brushes, a piece of thick paper or an old creadit card, palette knive.


The second project will be very girly. A mix of pink, red, orange and yellow shades combined with embossing flowers will make this page fabulous. I used here one black and white photo, but you can bring more than one picture, we will use it as well if you will want to!
I mixed few techniques here – stamping with white embossing and watercolour cloud technique.
What you will need to create this project: gesso or gel medium, embossing ink pad, white eembossing powder, a heat gun, glue, scissors, watercolours of your choice (typical, custom watercolours, ecolines, peerless watercolour papers, gelatos, neocolors, various Mister Huey’s mists), two small, raound and smooth brushes, a jar of water, paper towel, an old credit card or palette knive, a ruller. If you have your favourite stamps with flowers, leaves or other floral elements please bring them with you. Variety is so interesting and your projects will be different thanks to your own embellishments and stamps. Don’t forget about them.


And the last, third layout – typical colour for the boy page (as you can see all of you will find something interesting). This page is not that messy as previous ones. This is something more about the construction of the composition, using a stencil and acrylic paint with some elements of stitching. Of course if it won’t be enough for you we will add some more mixed-media action to this, no problem 🙂 To create this project I used two almost simmilar photos cuted into the triangles.
What you will need here: small, sharp scissors, glue, white uni-ball pen (a white gel pen), black precision pen, a pencil, a needle with various threads. Take something to make small holes. If you have any stitching stencils – bring them as well! Acrylic paint of your choice – it would be a good idea even if I will have the basics on my table. Don’t forget about the ruller – it will be needed to create the construction.

OK, I think this is it. This is all what I have for you today. I hope that you find these sneaks interesting, that you want to be introduce to the new acrylic techniques, get a ‚master level’ in watercolouring and get to know how to mix all the various scrapbooking techniques into one, extraordinary project during my classes with a big smile, lots of fun and remarkable translator – one and the only – Celine Navaro! See you there in Toulouse soon!



Mini book – winter theme.

It happened. This is a first ‚snowy’ day in Poland. Tomorrow I’m leaving to Madrid for a weekend so I hope I will grab some sunny weather before I will be freezing here. As I mentioned in a few posts earlier, I am going to teach classes in Bambola Casa Creativa once again. This time we will make two layouts and a winter theme mini book! I prepared the project almost month ago and today I want to share it. Becasue we had a fabulous and sunny autumn this year I didn’t have any ‚winter feeling’ photos to create the album. I decided to use some of my favourite Pinterest peeks and placed them into my mini.


This album is not very typical for me. Why? because it has a complicate construction which is usually ‚not my thing’. It consists of three tiny albums folded into one… it’s even hard to explain how I made it, but you have to believe me that it works, it’s possible to combine everything into one, fancy mini book. You can spy some letterpressed elements on the pages, also blind prints, lots of stitching and tiny watercoloured elements. I used inspiring Oh Snap Boutique journal cards and my favourite October Afternoon ‚Silent Night’ stickers.

Winter theme album 1

Oh Snap Boutique cards were my main inspiration here, but I think that October Afternoon embellishments suits great to this album. I mixed them with lovely Amercian Crafts, Dear Lizzy, Amy Tangerine and Crate Paper papers sponsored by ArtWorkshop, added few die-cuts made with Big Shot stencils and Studio Calico dies…

winter theme album 2


winter theme album 3

That’s all for today. I have to pack my lagguage and prepared for Saturday. If I won’t forget I will make some photos from the classes and will share with you after I come back. Spanish ladies are always so creative! I’m sure they will combine something spectacular with the kits. Wish me good luck and safety trip to Madrid and I wish you fabulous and creative weekend guys! See you next week!


Last sneaks :: classes in Tres Cantos

This is my last post with sneak peek of the projects prepared for my upcoming classes in Spain (November 22nd). I’ve already posted informations about first layout from the morning classes >>> HERE, and close-ups and instructions to the mini book class >>> HERE. Today I share sneaks and some important facts about the second layout preapred for morning classes.


Thanks to my fabulous sponsore – October Afternoon – you will be able to work with awesome supplies from the ‚Silent Night‚ line! I was so inspiring by these muted colours, the mix of warm pink and cyan with a pop of green – georgeous. I mixed various media and different techniques in this project. I will show you basic acrylic techniques like impasto and dry brush, next we will add some watercolours but this time we will be using October Afternoon ‚Sprinklers’ which are special mediums and they work like any other in this industry. Then we will add stamping, shadow stamps, doodling, there will be lots of layering and a teeny tiny construction work as well. I will also instroduce you to the silk screen and show you how to work with it using acrylic paint.


WHAT YOU WILL NEED FOR THIS PART OF CLASS: first of all – calipers (calibrador, compás), a ruler, pencil, various brushes (smooth and tough, rather small and flat), an old credit card, give card, any card or palette knife (spatula), glue, double sided tape, dimentional foam, a cup of water or little jar. You can bring your own media – watercolours, gelatos, neocolors II, mists, sprinklers… If you have any ink pads which will suit to this colour palette from the picture – take them. I used one big photo – 10x13cm. You can bring one big photo or two small ones – I will help you compose them together and suit them into the composition.

It’s all! See you there in Tres Cantos in two weeks! 🙂 Can’t wait to meet you (bring some tinto de verano and churros!) haha!


Tis’ The Season :: mini book classes :: Spain!

Hola chicas!!! It’s only two weeks left till our meeting in Tres Cantos! I know that there are only few more places to sign up so if you are still of the fence you can make your decision after reading this sneak peek post.

Bambola Noviembre kopia kopia

En esta ocasión la tendremos en la tienda de Tres Cantos en Madrid (Comercio, 13 28760 Tres Cantos Madrid) , será  el 22 de Noviembre y tendremos talleres distintos por la mañana y por la tarde. Así que si quieres pasar todo el día empapándote de las novedades y tendencias en scrapbooking, estos son tus talleres!!!

To sign up for the classes please write here: to Bambola shop or call:  91 786 41 78

Last time I updated the information post with some sneaks of one of the layouts from the morning classes, if you want to get the details please click >>>  HERE. Today I would like to introduce you to the close ups of mini book classes.

TTS mini book 1

First of all – it won’t be a typical mini album with a hard, mixed-media feeling. This time I decided to make something more complicated in the structure and more elegant just with some subtle mixed-media elements inside. The construction is combined with three mini albums gathered together and closed into a mini book.

The techniques I incorporated into this project are: basic letterpressing made with ink pads, some dlicate watercolours and splashes, die-cutting using BigShot, creating some hande-made embellishments using stamps,  lots of stitching and elements of construction.

TTS mini book 2

You will be working with lovely supplies from various companies: October Afternoon, Crate Paper, American Crafts, Oh Snap Boutique, Studio Calico and Studio Tekturek.

TTS mini book 3


Basics like: long ruller, sharp scissors, glue, strong double-sided tape, craft knife. You will need NEEDLES!!! Don’t forget about it. If you have any threads in various colours – please take them as well. I will bring the colour which I used in my project, but maybe you will be interested in other as well so please take them with you. Other thing – crop-a-dile or something to makes holes, punching, sets eyelets. Stamps of you choice – I will bring mine, but it will be your project so probably you will want to use any spanish words which I don’t have in my drawer, so you can organize them by yourself. If you have ANY embroidery stencils by Amy Tangerine or any other please bring them. I will have mine but if we will have more your work will be faster, please help me with it!
Besides – you will need basic brushes, watercolours or mists or gelatos or neocolors II – whatever you have at home. Of course a cup of water and paper towel are always welcome during my classes 🙂

TTS mini book 4

Oh, if you have any gold media like mists or acrylic paint or gold glitter or gold foil – whatever – bring it! The gold colour suits perfect to this colour palette I propose you for this album. Remember – this is only the example what you can create from the kit. If you are more mixed-media scrapbooker it’s ok! I will bring more letterpress plates than I used in my album, we can add more gesso and watercolours if you want, I can work with you in this case and help you create something with a strong mixed-media feeling. I want you to be happy and staisfied during the class. I will be there for you so I will make anything you want for a few hours at that Saturday.

TTS mini book 6

PICTURES:  I had no time and no proper pictures from last December in my drawer, so used few peeks from my Pinterest boards. I count on you taht you will bring some of your favourites! Remember that it don;t have to be typical december topic, you can preapre also pictures from november or other winter mood. You can also treat this project as a Proejct Life becasue we weill be working with typical PL card size – you use supplies from the kit and hande-made journal cards created during classes in your PL spreads! It’s not needed to close these memories in a mini book. During this workshop you will get to know how to create special journaling cards with your own photos, using letterpress, blind prints, layering, watercolours…

In my project I used eight photos in typical, small 7×10 cm size. You already see the colour palette for the project – try to find something what will be rather simmilar to these colours or use just black and white pictures.

TTS mini book 7

The last information is – you can treat this mini book as your this year December Daily album. You will find lots of christmassy ‚October Afternoon’ ‚Silent Night’ goodies in you kits so your project can looks like typical DD album. The decision is yours. Hope you will enjoy the class. I will be back with the sneaks of the last layout next week. If you have any questions please ask in a comment below or send a message to Sandra Padovano  or the Mer Gayo Val. Besos!


First 2o15 workshops announcement.

There is a city calls Valladolid not far away from Madrid where one nice girl has her own scrapbooking shop. This lovely, tiny shop will have its first birthday in January, and… Saray (Tiffet – the owner of this place) invite me to be her guest at the b-day party!!! Primer aniversario de TiFFeT Scrapbooking event will take place in Valladolid at the last weekend of January. I will be teaching mixed media classes together with my dear friend Maria Blazquez from Barcelona! Two days of various techniques, layouts and mini albums.

tiffet with Maria

I will prepare two layouts and one mini album especially for those classes. I am going to organize new supplies, papers, special embellishments to make these classes remarkable. I will share with you with some new acrylic techniques, repeat some basics about watercolours and mix it with something new… I will share sneaks and more informations in December when the projects will be ready. You can be sure that there will be lots of various colours, different mediums and lots of fun! Join us for these two days of joy in the middle of Spanish winter. All the details on Tiffet’s site >>> HERE.


Anna-Maria en España!!!

I am extremely excited that once again I will be able to spend time with YOU my Spanish chicas! This time I prepared some new techniques, new media and new tools for the classes!!!

Bambola Noviembre kopia kopia

En esta ocasión la tendremos en la tienda de Tres Cantos en Madrid (Comercio, 13 28760 Tres Cantos Madrid) , será  el 22 de Noviembre y tendremos talleres distintos por la mañana y por la tarde. Así que si quieres pasar todo el día empapándote de las novedades y tendencias en scrapbooking, estos son tus talleres!!!

These classes will take place in brand new Bambola shop in Tres Cantos (believe me, after renovation this space look amazing!!!) at November 22nd (Saturday). We will start at 10.00 with TWO layouts classes. During this workshop I will introduce to to the new media and techniques related to ACRYLIC paints. I will focus at the easiest ones – for a good start – like ‚impasto’, ‚sgraffito’ and dry brushing. You will be also improving your watercolour skills. I will repeat the ‚watercolour cloud’ technique to those who didn’t attend my class earlier and help to be a master in this topic to those who already know how it all works.

During the second class in the afternoon we will combine a mini album. As well as during morning classes we will try to incorporate some Christmas mood using fun and fancy embellishments. It will be a tiny, A6 mini book with December elements in the oryginal, sophisticated palette which you didn’t try before for sure. I will prepare nice paper, awesome journaling cards, nice die-cuts and some interesting letterpress plates. I will also show you how to use various nibs and colour inks to create some extraordinary inscriptions in your mini albums.

At the end October I will share some more informations and sneak peeks. This time the sponsores of the classes will be my beloved Studio Calico and brand new european American Crafts Inc. distributor from Poland – ArtWorkshop! If you have any question please ask.

To sign up for the classes please write here: to Bambola shop or call:  91 786 41 78

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Hi girls! This is a first layout sneak peek! As I wrote you earlier I’m preparing two layouts for a first class – one with some new acrylic techniques and the second to move your watercolour skills to the next level or to introduce  this technique to those who don’t know it all. In this christamsy layout we will be working with gesso base and various watercolour media: mists, sprinklers, ecolines and watercolours plus – things you will bring in your stash!



We will be painting, scrabbing, blending colours, make splashes and watercolour clouds! Important thing is – that you will need good, sharp and small scissors for this class!” I hope that this first sneak make your decision. Soon I will come back with next close ups and directions about new techniques.

Another important information for you is that some new, amazing companies joined to this class!!! I can officially announce that not only Studio Calico and ArtWorkshop AC Inc. distributor will bring you class supplies… In you class kits you will be able to find remarkable and your favourite October Afternoon ‚Silent Night’ goodies!!! The last company which will join us I will leave for the next announcement, but I can only say, that you will be excited!


‚Autocomplete’ event sneaks and informations.

I will start from that I AM SO HAPPY that I can visit Italy once again!!! And it will be an amazing pleasure for me that I will be able to work with my very best friends: Lory & Celine!!!

Prato scrapbooking event
This time I prepare for you a mini-album class. The main subject during classes will be drawing using various nibs and colour inks! Of course I will add some typical for me watercolour elements – especially for those of you who didn’t attend in my February classes in Rome. There will appear some stitching elements as well. We will be playing with the die cuts and letterpress plates. The mini book you will combine during classes will be quite simmilar to my latest ‚Summer – Baltic Sea 2o14‚ project.

The kits will include Studio Calico and October Afternoon supplies, all of you will get a small kit with various nibs. Colour inks for shared use are sponsored by Studio Calico, as well as letterpress plates.

summer mini by AM detail3
This project are best for keeping vacation memories or other happy, sunny moments, please prepare a bunch of various photos in different sizes. They can be squares, ractangles or both; small or big ones, everything will be good [the size of the album will be an A6].

summer mini by AM00

You will also need glue, scissors, various smooth brushes (rather small ones), gesso, mists/ecolines/watercolors/neocolors/gelatos or other watercolour media of your choice, stamps of your choice, needles (with a small and with a big whole inside), paper towel, baby wipes, various ink pads or other things you like to use in your projects. I like when you adding something ‚yours’ to the kits prepared for the classes, it always give that special element which shows ‚YOU’ during classes.

I’m sure that we will spend a great time together. We will be laughing, taking photos, eat italian delicious food (YES!) and many others. This weekend will be magical and I raelly can;t wait to meet you all there in Prato. See ya!


‚AUTOCOMPLETE’ exclusive classes in Tuscany!!!

Are you ready to get your hands dirty? Loredana Bucaria, Celine Navarro and ME together will be happy to accommodate TQO DAYS dedicated to scrapbooking & mix media! New techniques, oh yes, because the world of the media mix has no boundaries except those of your imagination!
We will play with lots of products to learn how to use them your own way, adapting to your way of scrapbooking, nothing more beautiful is not it? Gesso, watercolors, fabric, canvas, neocolors, gel medium, gelatos, letterpress just to mention some of our playmates! Three classes full of nuances and secrets to discover and more!
A little bag full of tasty little things as gifts will wait for you, an evening crop with the three of us and so many prizes offered by our generous sponsors: Studio Calico, Sizzix, Entreartistes but not only … we can not reveal everything at once! Places are very limited so hurry up to reserve your chair in class with us! Join us!
For reservations and information please feel free to contact:
Prato scrapbooking event
Siete pronte a sporcarvi le mani? Lory, Cèline ed Io  insieme saranno liete di ospitare due giorni all’insegna dello scrapbooking! Ci divertiremo ad imparare nuove tecniche, eh sì perché il mondo del mix media non ha confini se non quelli della vostra fantasia! Giocheremo con tantissimi prodotti che imparerete ad usare a modo vostro, adattandoli al vostro modo di scrappare, niente di più bello no? Gesso, acquerelli, stoffa, tela, neocolors, gel medium, gelatos, letterpress solo per citare alcuni dei nostri compagni di giochi! Tre classi piene di sfumature e di segreti da svelare e non solo! Una borsina piena di cosine appetitose in regalo, crop serale con noi tre e tanti premi  generosamente offerti dai nostri sponsors: Studio Calico, Sizzix, Entreartistes ma non solo … non possiamo svelare tutto subito!! I posti sono limitatissimi per cui affrettatevi a riservare la vostra seggiolina in classe con noi!

Studio Calico class HEAVEN!!!

OMG! I just checked Studio Calico Classroom – OMG! I’m in heaven! So many amazing classes are going to be available soon! Adn there are some amazing offer as well, so I decided to post about it as soon as possible because there is no time to wait until all these goodies will be out of stock! OK, so let’s start with these splendid ‚things’.


Learn 20 new ways to get more from your stamps with Inked 2.0! Lisa Spangler and Tina Aszmus will show you the secret of skillful stamping with a series of videos and in depth tutorials sharing their favorite techniques. Spend 4 weeks exploring twenty new and inventive ways to add unique patterns and designs to any paper project.

Inked 2.0 is enrolling now through June 30th at 11:59pm EST. Class will start on July 1st, and 1 video and 4 tutorials will be posted each Tuesday through the 22nd.


Take 10% off class supplies when enrolling in Inked 2.0!

To take advantage of this offer, put the Inked 2.0 class in your cart, and then shop for your class supplies here. Enter the code INKED10 at checkout to receive 10% off class supplies.

Not valid on previous purchases. The Inked 2.0 class must be in your cart along with class supplies in order for promo code to apply correctly. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. Offer expires at 6/2/2014 at noon EST.


While supplies last, Inked 2.0 students will receive an exclusive 4x6in stamp set desgined by Life.Love.Paper. This stamp set ships free, no matter where you live. Quantities are limited, so enroll now to reserve yours! We will update this page when this stamp set is no longer available.

And look how amazing set of stamps are appeared in Studio Calico shop! I love them all – especially this remarkable alphabet! It has to be mine, now! (well – it is mine already, ha!) 🙂

Studio Calico stamps!

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And NOW – a bomb!!! This is something for what I was waiting for years. I still don;t have my own CAMEO becasue I was sure that my ‚computer skills’ (I don’t have them at all.. no computer skills here!) won’t let me use that magical machine. And now – there is a chance for me to try! How exciting is it?!

Join Kelly Noel for Cameo Basics. This new workshop will give you an in depth look at how Kelly incorporates her Silhouette into her creative process, and show you five fun ways for using digital die cuts and the Silhouette Studio Software to create custom titles, embellishments and backgrounds for layouts, cards and pocket pages. Special guest Natalie Elphinstone will be sharing a bonus technique using the Silhouette Sketch Pens.

Cameo Basics is enrolling now through June 30th at 11:59pm EST, and the all of the class content will be live on July 1st. For more information or to register for Cameo Basics, please click here.

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NEW TO Digital Die Cutting?

(YES! I am totally newbie in this world!)


Check out our Digital Die Cut Bundle! With this bundle, you’ll receive access to Cameo Basics AND Cutting Edge with Susan Weinroth, which originally ran in October 2013. Cutting Edge includes 4 videos, 4 step by step tutorials, and 30 exclusive projects made using a Silhouette and digital die cut files. While supplies last, students enrolling in the Digital Die Cut bundle will receive a bonus class kit originally available with our Cutting Edge class. Click here for more information or to enroll in the Digital Die Cut Bundle.


To take advantage of this offer, place Cameo Basics or the Digital Die Cut Bundle in your cart, and then shop for your class supplies here. Enter the corresponding class code at checkout to receive 10% off class supplies.

For students enrolling in Cameo Basics use code CAMEOBASIC

For students enrolling in the Digital Die Cut Bundle use code DIGITALDIECUT

Not valid on previous purchases. The Cameo Basics or the Digital Die Cut Bundle must be in your cart along with class supplies in order for promo code to apply correctly. Must enter code at checkout. Refunds will not be issued for misused or non-entered codes. Offer expires at 6/8/2014 at noon EST.

CAMEO bundle

My choice – my CAMEO bundle for class! Keep your fingerst crossed for me!


Say ‚hello’ to April :: mini album

Today I want to share with you my latest mini album which was prepared for my mixed-media classes in Barcelona (Conesa). Tomorrow I will be teaching the same project in Prague – I can’t wait to meet with my Czech friends! It will be my first workshop in this beautiful country and everything is organized my Anna Norman from Paper Amo 🙂

Anna-Maria mini book

I think that it’s a good time to show you this mini book. I created it using fabulous materials from my great sponsores: Studio Tekturek, October Afternoon and my beloved – Studio Calico. I used this amazing, BRAND NEW line designed by Studio Tekturek for this project and my girls are FIRST in the whole world who get these papers! How cool is that?!

One Way Ticket

In this project I mixed various kinds of letterpress techniques and different watercolour media like mists, sprinklers, custom watercolour, Neocolor Crayons (woodless watercolour crayons) and colour inks. This mini is made in typical workshop ‚style’ – but I hope that you will like it anyway 🙂 These are the pages:









I was so happy during classes in Barcelona when my fabulous students were creating their albums! It’s one of the best things in this job – watching like ‚my girls’ are growing! 🙂 Love it. Anyway – this is not the end of this post.

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I prepared a small giveaway for my new Pinterest and Instagram followers and for all of my hitherto followers as well. I have TWO ‚TODAY’ letterpress plates designed by Studio Calico!!! YAY!

TODAY giveaway


All you have to do is to start follow me on Pinterest and on Istagram – I will choose one of you from the group of the people who will start follow me during the weekend. You have time till the end of Monday, ok? 🙂 Than I will be back from Prague and I will choose one of you. If you would be so kind and publish the giveaway banner at your Instagram (with @annamariawolniak ) I would be grateful – but it’s not necessary.


I would like to ask you to publish the giveaway banner (above) and tag me at this post (@annamariawolniak). Thank you so much for your instant support and your lovely comments! The second ‚TODAY’ letterpress plate will go to one of you 🙂 The deadline is the same – till the edn of Monday (7/04/14).

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I hope you will enjoy this giveaway as much as I will! I wish you an amazing weekend. Please keep your fingers crossed for my safety travel to Prague and for the successe during classes! I know that it will be fun and full of creativity!

Mixed Media class yellow!

Oh – by the way… We already start with Celine our Mixed Media classes at Studio Calico, but you still can sign up! You have almost a whole month (to the end of April) to enroll. I think it’s a good idea if you can’t meet with us in person during classes in various cities of Europe… so, think about it, we are waiting for you there!!!

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