{Craft} Paper and Digital Designer Workshop

Hello friends, I would like to share a workshop that is taking place in Salt Lake in February that my friend Carina Gardner has put together.

We are excited to host our first Digital & Paper Designer Workshop! We are staying at the elegant, four diamond Little America Hotel in Downtown Salt Lake City (think girl getaway meets creative design marathon!). On Friday, breakfast and lunch will be catered by this beautiful venue. On Saturday, lunch and a closing dinner will be served by the Little America as well. (Breakfast also served on Saturday morning). Your hotel stay and all classes/materials are included in the registration fee.

This workshop is built around skill-building techniques for creating beautiful papers and accessories for both novice and advanced digital and paper designers. It’s packed full of FUN creative ways to build papers and accessories! Get your creativity and mojo going along with practical one-on-one design advice!

There is a cap of 20 people for this event so that you receive one-on-one guidance with Carina to really help you develop beautiful papers and accessories. Classes include hands-on fun with brushes, design theory, working with color, working a paper over correctly, and developing collections. You’ll have so much fun with the process and receiving feedback as you work. This girls-trip-meets-design-learning experience promises to be an amazing adventure!

Registration is current open
Shared Room Registration is $850.
Single Room Registration is $1050.
Registration includes a 3-night hotel stay at the Little America, all meals during the event (Friday and Saturday) with the exception of Friday night (we will be going out that night! PARTY!), and all workshop classes and materials.

Payments can be made via check or credit card. There is a non-refundable $50 registration fee to hold your spot for the workshop (it goes towards your registration fees). The first half of the registration fee needs to be paid by November 1, 2011 and the second half February 1, 2012. You will receive a full schedule of classes, packing instructions, and more for the workshop in October 2011.

Frequently Asked Questions

What am I responsible for paying for?
Most of the event is covered by your registration fee including meals (catered by the Little America), your hotel accommodations, class materials, and instruction. After the registration fee, you will have to pay for your flight and Friday’s dinner out (and any other shopping you want to do).

When should I book my flight?
You will want to fly into the Salt Lake City airport sometime on Thursday (Feb 2) and leave Sunday (Feb 5). You can fly in and out as early or late as you wish. We begin early on Friday morning and end late on Saturday. We may have an optional get together Thursday evening for those that fly in early (depending on when everyone is coming in).

What do I need to bring?
Most of the classes require you to do design work on your computer (but some do not!). Because of this, you will need a laptop and laptop power cord. You will also need a version of Photoshop and Illustrator. All the other class materials will be provided.

Can I choose who I share a room with?
If you decide to share a room and you know a friend who is also going, you can request to share a room with that friend. We can accommodate 2 people to a room. We will do our best to accommodate everyone’s requests. If you don’t know anyone coming, we will assign you to another participant in the program.

Can I bring a friend or spouse?
If you decide to bring a friend or spouse who is not planning on going to any of the events, you will need to register for a single room to share with them. If the friend or spouse would like to participate in all the events, they will have to register as another participant. If they would like to just participate in one or all of the meals, we can give you pricing and times so they can join us!

Will we have fun too?
You bet! We have a shopping and relaxing outing on Friday night. But other than that, you’ll find the classes fun and hands-on. Not only will you grow as a designer, but this is an opportunity to connect with other new & intermediate designers, get one-on-one time with Carina and Susan, and build a community. Oh, and did we mention the pool? Ya, there might be a few late nights hanging out and putting on nail polish.

What is the Little America’s website and information?
The Little America’s website is http://saltlake.littleamerica.com/. We will be staying in the Tower Rooms.

How long do I have to register?
Until the workshop fills up. If we have more interest, we may add another session.

How does payment work?
We’ve tried to spread out the payments to accommodate participants. There is a $50 registration fee to hold your spot. If you are registering for a shared room ($850), you will need to pay $400 by November 1, 2011 and then $400 by February 1, 2012. If you have paying for a single room, you will pay $500 by November 1, 2011 and $500 by February 1, 2012. You will be able to pay by check or credit card.

Is there homework or things I can do to prepare before I come?
Only if you want to! We will have lots of materials for you before you show up and suggestions of things you can do so you can get some one-on-one time with Carina and your work (as well as improve it while you are there!). But if you don’t want to bring anything and want to come with a blank slate, you can do that too!

Can I come earlier or later for more vacation days?
If it is your plan to get in a day of skiing, snowshoeing, or other mountain fun in before the event, then you might want to come in earlier (or stay later). However, we can only book you for our allotted hotel space so you will need to book separately your rooms for before and after the event.

Hope to see you there! For any other questions, email info@carinagardner.com

{Craft} Gather Banner

Another great find via Pinterest

I love to make banners and think this one is just darling.

{Source Design By Kelli}

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  I absolutely love this time or year.  It is such a great time to snuggle in and refocus ourselves on family and friends.  I love to involve the kids when decorating.It creates fun memories and connects them to the special feeling of Thanksgiving!

Today I thought I would share a fun idea that is super simple and classy.  These are featured on
http://www.etsy.com/shop/funkyshique.  She can customize the banners or buntings to your liking.  The prices are very reasonable as well!  If you are a do it yourselfer, you could use burlap, stencils and a bit of paint and create your own. This would be a great project to involve the kids in as well. I know that you can purchase pre-cut burlap pendants at Joannes but it would be super easy and inexpensive to purchase burlap by the yard and cut your own!

Take it a step further and embellish your banners with buttons, bows or ribbon!

{Family History} Make a Family Tree

I love this creative idea to teach children about their family history. I like how visual the birds are in bright colors. This would be fun in a child’s room or playroom.

(Via Martha Stewart Crafts)

Help your kids visualize their extended family in a cute and colorful way. Use our tree template to transfer the tree onto a bedroom or playroom wall, and paint. Then use the bird templates to depict the grandparents and successive generations.

Step 1

Print the tree and bird templates. If you have a projector, use it to project image onto wall, and trace with pencil. Otherwise, print on multiple sheets of paper and tape together. Tape templates to wall and, with transfer paper taped beneath, trace outline

Step 2


Using transfer paper, trace birds onto limbs. (Start with owl grandparents at bottom, then branch up and out with children and grandchildren.) Paint tree; let dry.

Step 3


Paint birds; let dry. With fine-tip brush, write in names.

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Birds of a Feather Family Tree – Martha Stewart Crafts
Read more at Marthastewart.com: Birds of a Feather Family Tree – Martha Stewart Crafts

Read more at Marthastewart.com: Birds of a Feather Family Tree – Martha Stewart Crafts