I want to begin by pointing out, I still cannot leave comments on any blog with embedded text. If you aren't sure what "embedded" is, simply look at how your comments are shown. If you see the words "Add a comment," I can't leave you one. If you see "Post a comment," it means your comments should come up in a new window or page. If comments don't show below your post, I can leave you a comment. So, please be aware, I try every time to leave a comment, hoping against hope that Blogger will stop torturing me, especially in this time when so many blog hops are lasting an entire month. It's simply NOT FAIR, because it's a BLOGGER issue, but ultimately it makes it MY issue, too.
Now that I have that off my chest, these are the final entries from my students. I hope you found them as creative and enjoyable as I did!
We'll begin in the order they came to me from the links, which I still can't see unless I use my Bing translator. For the most part, I don't reference any specific lesson, although I do tell what lesson it is from (such as transfers, folded pages, etc). You can find each lesson on my right sidebar. They cover Lessons 11 (pockets) through 18 (student's choice), although there is some overlap as some of my previous lessons were used in conjunction with these lessons. Please enjoy!
Dawn at Pesky Little Sister:
Not content with her lovely folded pockets, she added this spread
this is a perfect example of interactive pages and decorative edges!!
Susan of Susan's Art and Inspiration, who is from the Netherlands and the only Susan now playing had these offerings:
BJ from C Craft Corner:
Elle of Elle in da Coop:
Debbie at Craftymoose Crafts:
The back of her color wheel was equally adorable, but the fun was in the Rat Pack "mice" photos.
on an ocean voyage.
Paula at Paulaexuk:
Paula's Christmas scones and table scene were the perfect backdrop for her zipper page.
I couldn't believe she was able to stamp the berry border so flawlessly, as well as the "let it snow" in white ink and glossy accents on that fabric. Even the sequin snowflakes were made of fabric (ribbon).
For the lesson on polymer clay, Paula dipped her "Visit From Santa" stamp in pearl ex before stamping the clay. The holly and berries at the top were treated similarly, but she enhanced the colors with felt tip pens. She also embossed metal tape packages (along the bottom center) and colored them with alcohol inks.
I apologize if I have missed anyone. These are the students who completed this course (short of decorating their covers). They have all made me extremely proud because they all did such a fantastic job taking the basics I taught and turning them into their own creations.
My philosophy is to teach the basics, what has been known to work, and what to avoid. Then I show examples that should never look like what a student makes. I don't sell any products, nor do I encourage students to use the same supplies and materials I use. That is because much of what I make comes from found objects and cast offs. I give basic tools, most of which the students have more of than I. Having said all that, you can see how awesome all these books came together over the months, and how each person followed her theme and used her art skills to complete her book. Thank you to all.
And those of you who started, I congratulate you, too. The hardest part was taking the first step. You now have the information (on my right sidebar), great student examples, two altered books I've made in the past (here and here), and I believe the skills to finish your books, too.