Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Hanging with Donna...

That is exactly what it felt like. I had the opportunity to take 2 classes with the AMAZING Donna Downey . She is so fun, energetic and down to earth. Felt like I was hanging out with an old friend. The first class I took was called my kind of "Beautiful". It was a layered mini book that we created with our own patterned paper and matching acrylic paint. Everyones was different and uniquely their own. Here are a few pics from mine:

The next class was called "unscripted". We actually made our own 6 X 12 mini book from scratch. I LOVED this! We used cardboard, acrylic paint, paper, paint chips, coin windows and transparencies. It was a very interesting combination. We also learned 2 new techniques (well, at least new to ME). The first was using crackle medium . Loved this process! It was actually a process of using 2 paint colors and the crackle. It gives it a cracked look. The finished product looks so COOL! I ended up going back and using it on my first project. You can see it in the pics above. The second was using the bind-it-all. I have to admit, I was very scared to try this machine. Once I got the hang of it, I thought it was the coolest thing! This little machine allows you to bind anything together to make your own mini books. I may have to get one of these! Again everyone used their own color choices. Here are some pics from my project:

I was so happy to have my friend Debbie join me in the "unscripted" class. She has been having a bit of a rough time lately. We had the best time! And she LOVED Donna:

I brought my 2 Donna idea books and she happily signed them for me:

Here I am with Donna. Can you believe she lives in the heart of Nascar country and she too, likes Tony Stewart ?! Very COOL!

Back in November, Donna did a Making Memories Noteworthy giveaway on her blog. I was the first winner. Check it out here and this is what I recieved. I was just amazed! I made her this little fold up album with some of the goodies I recieved. She LOVED it!

I literally spent the whole day with Donna and a few new friends that I met. I had the BEST time! I hope to do it again someday! Thanks Donna!! You ROCK!!!! :-)

9 comments:

Stacy said...

Looks like a great time. Sorry I missed it

Pam said...

How fun! Glad you and Debbie had a good time! I took a class by Donna a long time ago and she was a lot of fun! Your books are fab.

Dondrea said...

How cool!

rachel carlson said...

how exciting - looks like a great time! hugs, rachel

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Mye said...

Oh, Dawn where you at Scrapbowl? I was there. I took the Unscripted, & Journey of Me. As well as two Kristina Contes classes. Wish I would have known, we could of hung out!

Davinie said...

Very cool album. I'm loving your blog banner too.

Tiffany said...

Wow! YOu look like you had so much fun!!! How awesome!

ricanlaw said...

You are way too cool for me. I'm kind of jealous that you get to do these things and meet such fabulous and inspiring folks. But really happy cause I get to live vicariously through you. Thanks for sharing your wonderful work and your amazing adventures. ;)

Janna said...

NO FAIR...you are having too much fun girl!! jw