What to bring to class

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So you are coming to a Creative Eclectic event.

Woo Hoo! I can’t wait to see you!

We are going to have so much fun together!

To make the most of your experience at this event, here are a few things you need to know.

Coffee, Cake & Cards

Everything is provided at Coffee, Cake & Cards.  You don’t need to bring a thing! However, if you wish you can bring your own basic tool kit, please do.

The class price includes a mug of tea, coffee or hot chocolate or a glass of soft drink, and you can choose from any of the cake selections in the cake cabinet. Even the expensive ones on the bottom shelf!

Please arrive five minutes early so that you can check in, wash your hands, say your hellos and get settled.  It’s important that we start on time as we only have the table for an hour and a half.

Other Face to Face Classes and events

When you arrive at The Creative Electic’s class you will receive a kit containing the materials that you need to complete the projects. Your class kit will also include product to take home so you can continue creating.

While most things are provided, you will need to bring a basic tool kit.  This will reduce your waiting time for tools and allow you to work on your projects at your pace. It also a COVID safe strategy.

There are a few things that you’ll need to do to get the most out of the class:

  • Please arrive at least five minutes before the scheduled class start time to give yourself an opportunity to get settled, say your hellos, wash or sanitize your hands and be ready to start on time.  If we don’t start on time, there is no guarantee that we will get all the projects completed.
  • If it is a step by step class, don’t be tempted to race ahead. Often this leads to missed vital steps and the projects not turning out as intended.  The last thing we want is for you to be unhappy with your completed project.  Of course, you are welcome to make changes if you wish.
  • Everyone is here to create beautiful things in an environment that is safe and welcoming. So please be respectful, courteous and kind to others.
  • Follow the one person speaking at a time rule.  This enables me to hear everyone’s questions and allows all participants to hear the instructions when they are given.
  • Adhere to any COVID Public Health Directives and restrictions so that we all stay safe.

The Basic Tool Kit

Your basic tool kit doesn’t have to be fancy.  I recommend grabbing a large pencil case and filling it with essentials.   At the very least, your basic kit should include:

  • a bone folder to ensure crisp folds
  • paper snips (scissors) for cutting ribbon and paper
  • Take Your Pick tool, piercing tool or picker for piercing holes and picking up those tricky embellishments
  • Stampin’ piercing mat or foam mat – this is a great base to get crisp images when using photopolymer stamps as well as for placing under your project when piercing holes.
  • a good quality adhesive of your choice – I prefer glue dots, seal+ and multipurpose glue but you can use tape and whatever brand you choose.  Don’t forget to have refills if you are using a tape runner.
  • tweezers – these are great if you are using glue on small items.
  • a pencil and eraser (rubber) and
  • plastic or metal ruler with measurements in inches and centimetres

Here’s a snapshot of the Stampin’ Up! products that are currently in my basic kit:

Additional Class Tools

Occasionally, you will be asked to bring additional items to class as it is a tool based class or to reduce waiting times. You will get plenty of notice and a reminder beforehand. Below are some examples of tools you may be asked to bring

You can bring equivalent brands of these tools. However, you MUST make sure your tool does the same job as what you’ve asked to bring. For example, many paper trimmers do not have a scoring blade and a cutting blade. Some brands of die-cutting machines are not as wide as the Stampin’ Cut & Emboss machine or Big Shot so they cannot be used with the wider embossing folders. If you don’t have a particular tool, please let me know before class so we can work something out for you.