June 3, 2010

Scrapbooking with Donna Downey

If you're involved in the world of scrapbooking, you probably know the name Donna Downey. With over 10 years in the business (in addition to photography and journalism), she is something of a scrapbooking guru, while also being fun, entertaining and oh so inspiring!

My youngest daughter called me a few months ago, practically hyperventilating because Donna Downey is coming to town and we have to take a class and she is so amazing and it will be so much fun and will you please go with me??? How could I resist?

The workshop was held last weekend at a wonderful scrapbooking store in Chandler, Arizona, called Paper Vineyard.


We spent over 6 hours with Donna (in the white glasses) and her assistant Rebecca in a fantastic workshop called "Fabric Scrapbooking," learning new techniques to create a canvas album.






Here are some of the tools and pages laid out. Donna does a lot with painting techniques. We were using both acrylics and watercolors.


Something I have wanted to do for a long time is create an album about all the wonderful Yorkies we've been lucky to love over the years so this was my theme ...


Masking was a lot of fun to do ...


This was our disastrous work space  - geez, looks like home ...


All of our pages sport cute little embroidered canvas tabs. This one says "dream," which worked well with the photo of Miles and Louie napping ...


We used modeling paste to create texture ...


As well as embossing powders used with stamps and set with a heat gun ...


Although I still need to add flowers to this page, this is the "dog house" which makes me smile ...


Here we twisted a length of wire into a heart to frame a photo ...



Even with all the hours we were there, we still have more pages to complete and I want to add pictures of Buddy, Skyler and Reggie, our first three Yorkies. We also need to paint and embellish our album covers. Lovin' this scrapbooking stuff.

If you get a chance to take a Donna Downey workshop, please don't pass it up! http://www.donnadowney.com/


9 comments:

Mama Sammi said...

I love the wire heart/frame!! I love to scrapbook too. Haven't for awhile. I should dig it back out.

I wanted to let you know I have an award for you at my blog. http://tinyurl.com/258ezer

Have a great day!!

Duchess said...

I love the wire heart frame! It's so beautiful - I want to hang it on my wall :0)

I love your puppies - They are adorable. I've always wanted a Yorkie!

kayembee said...

Wow, you guys are scrapbooking Rembrandts! Really nice. I would make people wear white gloves to look at my books if I did that kind of work! LOL

Cleo said...

Looks like a WONDERFUL time!
I really enjoy scrapbooking. However, when the second child came along, scrapbooking-time became almost non-existent. After the third, not at all. It's taking longer than I thought to adjust to raising 3! Just doesn't seem to be time enough...:)
LOVE the doghouse and wire heart!
Talk about CREATIVE!
We've been thinking about adopting a Yorkie from the local Yorkie Rescue.
BTW, bequeathed you an award. Well-deserved! :)
Go to my latest post to view/accept:
http://wemmicks-in-training.blogspot.com/2010/06/acceptance-speech.html
BTW, bequeathed

donnadowney said...

totally loved you guys!!

Bricela said...

i love you puppies
that one w/sock

lisaschaos said...

Very cool! I love all that you got accomplished!

The first part of my spam word thing was fibi - tha'ts my dog's name! lol

Loren said...

WOW!! you did awesome! I love your pages :) your puppies are just adorable !!!!!!!!

Tina said...

that looks like good fun. you made some cool creations.

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