Sunday, July 14, 2013

Fall Retreat with Debby Schuh

I promised some great creative opportunities this fall and here is the first- we decided to go big! Join the Paper Crown the weekend of Sept. 6th & 7th for four wonderful classes with the talented Debby Schuh. Think of it as the first day of art school; why should our kiddos get all the excitement and fun. Debby will be holding two classes on Friday, Sept. 6th and two on Saturday, Sept. 7th. For all you OU fans, you will be done in time to head down to Norman for the night game. It will be a great opportunity for all of our local and out of town followers to enjoy a special weekend of crafting with fellow artists, fantastic discounted shopping for retreat attendees, the best treats in town and the chance to experience a retreat where you are treated like a queen.

I met Debby years ago at Silver Bella; I actually think I had purchased Paper Crown just a few months prior to our meeting. You will enjoy her friendly, welcoming personality and be amazed at the projects she is teaching. Debby is a frequent teacher at some of my very favorite scrapbook stores from coast to coast. Here is a short bio so you can get to know Debby better-

Debby can’t remember a time when she wasn’t tucking her photos and all kinds of “stuff” into scrapbooks… she still has her scrapbook from when she was two years old! After teaching school for many years and working as a staff designer for Anna Griffin, Debby now shares her love of  memory-keeping and story-telling with students at stores and events around the world. Her class projects are known for their clever techniques, design details, and meaningful themes. She says she is most gratified when her students are inspired to fill their creations with their own stories and photos and treasures – to use the projects they’ve made!

In addition to a busy teaching and traveling schedule, Debby has had her designs published in many books and magazines through the years and is the author of the book Kids Scrapbooking… Easy as 1, 2, 3.

Debby feels incredibly blessed to do what she loves – travel the world and meet wonderful people, do a little shopping along the way, and share her passion for preserving our stories and our treasures. She lives near Buffalo, New York, with her husband David. Their two sons are living on opposite sides of the US now… one in California and the other in the Army, stationed in Virginia.

You can read more about Debby’s classes and adventures on her blog at
As you can see we are so very lucky to have Debby at Paper Crown and am glad we get to introduce her to our talented Paper Crown customers and our "Oklahoma spirit."

Little Me
 Friday, Sept. 6th
Debby, $60.00

If you could go back in time and give advice to the little girl you once were, what would you tell her? What stories from your life would help her know that things were going to be all right in the end? What advice would you give her? What insights could you share? This nostalgic little journal will be a special place to keep those thoughts and stories.

Using a Tim Holtz Worn Book cover and ring binder with the gorgeous Trousseau Collection from 7gypsies, we’ll make pages and pockets and even our own vintage-looking papers to fill our 4” x 7” journals. A photo of you as a little girl will be featured on the cover of your book and will remind you to appreciate the woman you have become.

Of course, the album can be used for anything you’d like – It would make a lovely wedding or baby album or for any pretty pictures you’d like to use. It would also be a perfect gift for someone special!

Student Supply List: Please bring the following items to class… 12” paper trimmer, pencil, ruler, scoring tool, scissors, strong tape adhesive, regular tape runner adhesive, Crop a Dile, Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, ink blending tool, non-stick craft mat, sanding tool, a special small button about ½” or less to use on the front cover of the album, a picture of yourself as a child for the oval frame opening which is 1 ½” x 2 ½” (other pictures will be available to use), foam squares, Glossy Accents or glue dots, scallop scissors or border punch.
Oklahoma Keepsake Album
Friday, Sept. 6th
Debby, $75.00
Bear with me ladies- this is an exclusive class for Paper Crown and therefore we don't have a stock picture. Use your imaginations, it will be Oklahoma. Those of you from TX will be able to do this album. We will have our own Red River battle- I think I will have to do both!


Debby Schuh has designed a special class just for Paper Crown! You will create a beautiful Oklahoma Keepsake album that is perfect for all your photos and memorabilia of the Sooner state. Using a fabulous screen-printed and embroidered Oklahoma tea towel, we’ll make a 10 ½” square album full of pockets and pages and textures that will house all your favorite photos and memories of our great state. Your kit will be filled (to overflowing!!) with products and choices for you to use as you assemble your album in class. You’ll have a huge amount of product leftover to add to your album through the years. This one of a kind album makes a wonderful gift for yourself or someone special.
This is a custom, limited edition class – Debby is making a very limited number of kits. If you cannot attend class that day, the kit will contain the directions with color photos to follow to do the kit on your own.

Student supply list: Please bring the following items to class… 12” paper trimmer, pencil, ruler, scoring tool, scissors to cut fabric and paper, strong tape adhesive, regular tape runner adhesive, Crop a Dile.


Memory Collector
Saturday, Sept 7th
Debby, 70.00

We are all “collectors of memories” and “dreamers of dreams,” aren’t we? In this delightful class Debby will show you step by step how to transform Tim Holtz’s new Configuration Book into a darling “suitcase” where you can keep treasured mementos and record the stories of the special moments that you want to remember.

Your kit will contain a variety of papers to customize the look of your 12” x 9” suitcase. The sample shows a vibrant color choice in the lively “Liberty” fabric style, but there are other prints in your kit to choose from that are more subdued, if that is your preference. Inside your suitcase, the choices are practically limitless! You can customize the arrangement of the boxes inside your case, personalize the trinkets you place in each section, and choose the papers that you will feature in the removable album we’ll make for inside our case. We will even make a second darling little album out of windowed envelopes – it’s so cute! Each will person receive a full 10 yard roll of washi tape to frame the edges of your case as well as other products from the Maggie Holmes collection from American Crafts, the Basic Grey Mint Julep collection, and more from 9 different companies.


Student Supply List: Please bring the following items to class… 12” paper trimmer, pencil, ruler, scoring tool, scissors, strong ½” tape adhesive, regular tape runner adhesive, Crop a Dile, Distress Ink – Vintage Photo, ink blending tool, non-stick craft mat, sanding tool, foam squares, Glossy Accents or other strong liquid adhesive, rub-on tool or popsicle stick, and a favorite charm to hang is one little section of your “suitcase.”



Great Adventure Album
Sat., Sept. 7th
Debby, $60.00

Life is an adventure – whether traveling far from home… or venturing out on a road trip… or enjoying getaway time with girlfriends, there are so many stories to tell with the photos and “stuff” you collect along the way. This adorable 7” x 8 ½” album using the new Travel Girl collection from October Afternoon features their versatile new Daily Flash page protector assortment for a modular “daily life” approach to documenting your adventure.

Along with making our own canvas-edged album, we’ll make fold-outs and pockets and lots of pages for our book as well as explore ideas for using divided page protectors in fun ways to add more photos to your album. With a mix of whimsy and vintage design elements, you’ll have lots of creative opportunities for customizing your book and plenty of leftover products in your kit to use as you complete your album with your photos and mementos.

Student supply list: Please bring the following items to class: 12” paper trimmer, pencil, ruler, scissors, Crop A Dile, strong tape adhesive (I like Scor-Pal tape), regular tape runner, glue dots, foam squares, scallop scissors, scoring tool, stapler.
Sign up for Debby's Retreat Weekend will begin tomorrow morning, July 15th at 10:00 am. A deposit of half the class fee will be charged when you sign up and the remainder charged the day of class. Class registration is final; however, if for some reason you are unable to attend, you will receive a class kit with instructions.
As a special treat from Debby, if you sign up for three classes, you will get $10 off your total purchase. For each class you sign up for, Paper Crown will also include a $5.00 gift card- sign up for all 4 and you have $20.00 to shop with after your class!
Class seats are limited so sign up will be on a first come basis. If you have additional questions please call the store at 405 848-2389. We are also happy to provide a list of nearby hotels for those of you from out of town. Thank you everyone, I know you will show Debby a warm Oklahoma welcome.


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