Yesterday I got to teach another bookbinding class at Scrappies near Munich, Germany!
Not gonna lie, I had several nightmares and hardly slept a wink the night before because there were 25 people registered - that's 12 more than I've ever taught at one time and I kept thinking I was going to forget to bring something and we wouldn't be able to complete the workshop and I honestly thought we were going to be there until midnight! A couple days ago I had a thought: I would have everyone gather around me and I'd demonstrate a step, then I'd take apart what I'd done, have everyone sit down, and we'd do that step all together.
I think it worked because we started at 10am and finished at 4pm with an hour lunch break - that's faster than any other bookbinding class I've taught and there were so many more people! Going forward, I will continue with this technique. Also, everyone helped each other out along the way, which also helped me out tremendously! Danke schön lovely ladies :)
It was so fun to see so many familiar faces from previous workshops and classes! Love all these ladies. Even a few of my local friends tagged along to learn how to make books.
At 1pm we took a break and walked over to the shop to eat lunch.
I was like, "I'm starting back up again at 2pm sharp with or without you! LOL." But really, everyone was in the middle of sewing her book and I couldn't move on to the next step anyway. And everyone was back well before 2pm anyway - I love enthusiastic students! Hopefully that means they were enjoying themselves and were eager to continue making her book.
Pretty pliers?! Yes please.
Sometimes I forgot I had to make my own book to continue to demonstrate on so I had to hurry and catch up!
We added charms and pearls and jewels and other ephemera to the binding - doing this makes the process a little more tedious and complicated, but I think it adds so much more character, I'm glad everyone was willing to give it a go.
They all finished pretty much around the same time so we lined them up and I had a proud moment :)
This is what I call success! All my worrying was for naught :)
They may all be the same size and have the same papers, but the order of papers and painted color covers, embellished fronts, and chosen charms are all different and make each book unique and individual.
Thank you SO MUCH to all who came! I hope you continue to make books for the rest of your life :)
I’m from Seattle. Chris is from Denver. We met at BYU and got married in 2007 in Nauvoo, IL. Chris graduated from the USC School of Dentistry in 2013 through an Army scholarship and now we owe 4 years of dental service. We are stationed in Grafenwöhr, Germany and we LOVE to travel all around Europe! I’m a stay-at-home-working-mom to our son Fox and daughter Jane. Scrapbooking is my passion and I have my own signature collections with Pink Paislee called Fancy Free, Take Me Away, and Oh My Heart. I’m a blogger for Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, a teacher at Big Picture Classes and Craftsy, on the design team of Scrapbook & Cards Today and Kerri Bradford Studio, and I have an Etsy shop on the side. I love teaching in-person scrapbooking and bookbinding workshops whenever and wherever I can! Thanks for stopping by!