The Island News
May 22, 2017
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How to contact us:
phone: 408.402.3581

14090 Blossom Hill Rd
Los Gatos, CA 95032

Store Hours:
Monday - Friday
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
11:00 am to 6:00 pm
11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Illustrated Faith Bi-monthly Workshop
Layle Koncar (Simple Stories)
Friday, June 16th &
Saturday, June 17th

Ana Dabrowska
Saturday, July 22nd
Sunday, July 23rd

Frank Garcia
Friday, July 7th &
Saturday, July 8th

Summer Flea Market
Saturday, August 26th &
Sunday, August 27th

Kate Thompson
Saturday, September 9th
Sunday, September 10th

Frank Garcia
Friday, November 17th &
Saturday, November 18th
These dates are for planning purposes only and subject to change.

Want to be one of the first to know when class registration opens for any of the above designers? Go to our online class calendar, find the above date, click on their name, then sign up to add your name to the interest list. When registration opens, we will contact you via email with links for every class! You might even be given early access!
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Well, we're knocking the classes out of the field on this week's newsletter!  We have brand new classes from Ana Dabrowska, Lexi Grenzer, Liz Martin and new Lawn Fawn dates for the Fall release! It's really a slice of heaven for every possible medium, and we just love being able to offer such a wide variety of classes to you all!  So don't skip a single block, read up on all the new classes, they're just around the corner!

Here are some of the new goodies we've just stocked for ya...

We're kind of in love with the new magic color window..

We hope you have a great week and fingers crossed we see you soon!

Happy Crafting!  


Laurie Jimenez
This Week's Adventures

Layle Koncar with Simple Stories

Layle Koncar has been scrapbooking for the past 19+ years, since the birth of her first son. More than 10 years ago she was able to turn her love for all things paper crafting into a full time job. Since then she's worked for several leading manufacturers in the industry & is currently the Director of Marketing for Simple Stories; her boss jokingly refers to it as the 'fun & games' department and that's A-OK with Layle because it IS fun and she loves her job! She's has been teaching for the last 14 years & has had the amazing opportunity to travel the world teaching and making connections with other scrapbookers, paper crafters & planner girls that share the same passion for the hobby. Her work has been published in various scrapbooking publications over the years as well as authoring & contributing to the book 'Memory Art'. Besides scrapbooking, she loves traveling, reading, shopping, decorating, binging on Netflix, dieting (ok, not really!) and spending time with her husband and two teenage sons.

More Mickey with Layle Koncar
Friday, June 16th 
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm 

Cost: $60 - FULL CLASS

Join Simple Stories Marketing Director Layle Koncar in this Disney themed SN@P! Binder class featuring the brand new Say Cheese III collection.  In this class you'll create an interactive 35+ page 6x8 SN@P! Binder documenting your favorite memories with the 'big cheese' himself!
Get all the details, including student supply list,  see additional photo in class details online.

Feels Like Summer with Layle Koncar

Saturday, June 17th 
9:30 am to 12:30 pm 


Get all the details, including student supply list,  see additional photo and class details online.

Nor-Cal Planner Meet-Up with Layle Koncar
Saturday, June 17th 
2:00 pm to 9:30 pm 


Join Layle Koncar from Simple Stories for a Nor Cal Planner Meet Up with the Carpe Diem line! BONUS, this event includes a swag bag, make & takes, product demonstrations and pizza & salad for dinner!
Ana Dabrowska 
July 22nd & 23rd

Look who's coming to The Island's Creative Escape!!!

My name is Anna Dabrowska, also known as Finnabair. I was born in Warsaw, Poland, now I live in Ireland with my husband, Andrzej and my pets. 

I'm a full time designer and artist and as an experienced traveling teacher I offer a range of my own mixed media-based classes in collage, artistic scrapbooking, art journaling and more. I truly enjoy teaching and during my classes I focus not only on showing techniques, ideas and tricks but also I try to spread my love and enthusiasm for arts and crafts as I believe in therapeutic and liberating power of creativity.

I work with such international brands as Prima Marketing (design team member since 2011 and product designer since 2013) and 7 Dots Studio ( product designer since 2011). I run my own Creative Team who supports my creative Blog and I design for international mixed-media and scrapbooking magazines. My biggest pride and adventure of the last years is my own mixed-media line of products released with Prima Marketing which happen to be source of inspiration for a large group of creative people.

Book of Rust
Saturday, July 22nd

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

It is all about the inspiring power of rust! If you like worn-out, salvage look and would like to try exciting and effective techniques - this is a class for you! This finish is perfect for any vintage, steampunk or grunge inspired projects and will give you a chance to achieve more heavy, masculine look on any kind of project. Bring your own book for a complete mixed-media makeover which will change it into real, old and rusty treasure.

Get all the details, including student supply list and register on-line

Art Celebration
Saturday, July 22nd

3:30pm to 7:30 pm

Real mixed-media feast of transparency, textures, eye-catching elements and beautiful, rich metallic colours!

This project is a great way to try working with gesso and different kinds of gels from our Art Basics range, building a dimensional, baroque composition including an altered object and tons of intriguing details and finally painting and rubbing on the colors of your choice from my Art Alchemy line to create one-of-a kind, breathtaking collage.

Get all the details, including student supply list and register on-line

Poetry of Patina
Sunday, July 23rd

10:00 am to 2:00 pm

There is not a single touch of paint on this project - this large, beautiful collage on canvas is all about the rust, paint and metallic look!
What a great way to try many techniques at once: building some truly dimensional, intriguing composition, using two amazing and unique Art Extravagance sets: Rust Paste and Patina Paste and finally finish it all with really beautiful (and user-friendly!) Metallique Waxes. 

Denim Glamour
Sunday, July 23rd

3:30 pm to 7:30 pm

How to combine the rough beauty of rust and delicate, feminine elements such as lace, pearls, flowers? There is a way, and the results are simply stunning! During this class we will not only decorate beautiful, denim folder, which may be later used as an art journal, traveller's notebook or simply storage for your favourite scraps and photos but also learn tons of useful, inspiring techniques which will be easy to apply to many other projects! We will focus on multi-layering, creating rich, dimensional compositions including elements created with moulds, working with Finnbair Art Mediums and finally -  working with Rust Paste, stencils, Art Alchemy Paint s and more!

Get all the details, including student supply list and register on-line

Kate Thompson Debuts at The Island's Creative Escape!!!
September 9th and 10th

Kate's experience as a fiber artist was working with fabric and fibers to create abstract 3-dimensional forms. In 2009 she started painting and hasn't stopped since. Her current work is the combination of the two disciplines. Using watercolors, acrylics, inks and pastels she paints on substrates such as layered vintage linens, fabrics, laces, plaster, paper and wood. The portrait or figure is the focal point and she works at creating images that parallel her spiritual and personal life.
She teaches art online and on location. She is as passionate about teaching as she is creating. The creative process is where all the energy is and she loves and gets energized by sharing her artistic journey.

Want to learn more about Kate? Check out her
blog !

Fancy Lassies  
Two-Day Workshop
Saturday, September 9th
Sunday, September 10th   
11:00 am to 5:00 pm  
Cost: $175
In this class we will be creating fanciful girls using watercolors, pastels and acrylics. These girls are created in a somewhat whimsical way but with some understanding of a more realistic approach. There will be exercises in creating a more realistic portrait which we will then use and abstract to something more fanciful.

Class samples just arrived!! You have GOT to see these beauties in person!!!

Mixed Media NIGHT

Mixed-Media Night with Lexi Grenzer

Cost: $15.00

The newest adventure awaits at The Island's Creative Escape!! You've been asking for months for a special night just to work on your mixed media projects, and we heard ya! We're so excited to finally offer something special for all you amazing mixed media peeps! 
Please make sure to sign up early to reserve your spot.
Saturday, May 27th 5:00 pm to 11:30 pm

We only need to fill 1 more seat on this adventure, so come join us!!!


Friday, May 26th - 11:00 am to 11:30 pm

Cost $35.00

You love to crop - we love to have crops - so we are throwing an Island Bash!!!

This will be a fun-filled day filled with all kinds of fun, including:  
  • Snacks throughout the day
  • Pizza dinner and dessert
  • Perhaps a prize or 2?
Don't delay - Sign up today!!! 
Creative Escape Saturday
Cost: $52

You asked for a stand alone Saturday craft day - and you got it! What could be better? We've added new little perks to make your day extra special!

Please make sure to sign up early to reserve your spot.

Saturday June 03, 2017 
9:00 am to 10:30 pm

Get all the details and register online! 
Creative Escape Saturday

Come beat the heat at the Island's Summer Stay-cation! 

Friday, June 23rd - 11:00 am to 11:30 pm
Saturday, June 24th - 9:00 am to 10:30 pm
 Sunday, June 25th - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $124.00

Join us for a weekend of fun at the Island!!!

  • The event is being held in the store's spacious classroom area
  • The fun begins on Friday 11:00 am!
  • Head on home at 11:30 pm Friday night and sleep in your own bed! No need to pack up - all your goodies get to spend the night at the store.
  • Return bright and early Saturday morning at 9:00 am and craft while staying warm & cozy until 10:30 pm.
  • Once again, your goodies get to spend the night at the store Saturday night.
  • Head on back to the store for another day of crafting Sunday at 9:00 am.
Your weekend will also include:  
  • A roomy table with lots of space for you and all your creative goodies
  • Pizza dinner on Friday night
  • Light Breakfast on Saturday & Sunday
  • Catered Dinner, including dessert, on Saturday night
  • Snacks and drinks throughout the weekend (starting on Friday)
  • Seat Favors
  • Perhaps a prize or two
IslandGetawaysIsland Getaways
tropical retro beach setting decorated with hibiscus flowers
Schedule yourself a weekend away for non-stop crafting fun!! 

Our getaway weekends are the perfect opportunity to see old friends, meet new friends, share stories, techniques and laughs! We welcome all types of crafters who are looking for time to getaway and concentrate on their favorite hobby.

Highlights of the weekend include:
Debbie Vaccaro as your hostess
Weekend starts Friday afternoon at:1:00 pm and ends on Sunday night at 5:00 pm
Tables with lots of room for you and all your crafting goodies
Buffet Dinner on Saturday night
Mini Class
Discounted hotel rooms rates 

Save your spot today with deposit! 
Balance due 30 days prior to event.


2017 Scrap Pink - Breast Cancer Fundraiser
October 19th to 22nd, 2017
Scotts Valley/Santa Cruz Hilton

Flea Market Sign Ups - Fall 2017

Attention Potential Sellers!

Have you been cleaning out your old supplies? Are you finding some Scrapbooking, Stamping and Mixed Media supplies that you're not going to use any more? Do you have totes or idea books collecting dust? Well, gather them up, so they can be sold at our Island Flea Market! Just to let you know, you do not need to be here to sell your items, we sell them for you! Easy!

Please stop by or call the Island at  408-402-3581 for further registration information and to sign-up. Once you sign up, you will be given a copy of the   Flea Market Rules that will give you all the details you will need, including all the important dates. New: We are limiting the number of sellers to 100, so don't wait too long to sign up!

Sign-up fee: $10.00 non-refundable participation fee per person. Other costs will apply, please read the Flea Market Rules sheet for more details. 

We hope you participate and sell items you don't need any more!

Lawn Fawn Summer Card Class
Lawn Fawn Fall Card Class 
Sunday,September 24th
Cost: $28.00
Join Julie Kelly and create 4 all new fun & lively cards using Lawn Fawn's cute stamps and versatile dies. As the Island's exclusive Lawn Fawn sales representative, she has a close relationship with Kelly Marie Alvarez, owner and operator of Lawn Fawn. Kelly Marie will be designing cards for Julie using the newest Lawn Fawn stamps and dies released August 24th which are just as cute, whimsical & quirky as all their other releases!! These cards will be fun and lively and sure to bring a smile to your face!  
Session #1 - 10:00 am to 12:00 noon  Register Online  
Session #2 - 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm Register Online
Session #3 - 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm 
Register Online
Finally Friday AdventuresFinallyFriday
Friday Night
The Island is the place to be on Fridays!!!! 
Friday Fun Day Adventure
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Cost: $15.00
Sorry, craft cards can not be used for this adventure

Craft cards - we are no longer selling or accepting craft (previously crop) cards. Beginning April 1st, we will be updating our adventures and craft cards will no longer be accepted.    
Please note: We are no longer holding Finally Friday Craft Adventures every week. The weeks they are held will vary depending on other events scheduled at the store. We typically announce the dates for the upcoming month around the 15th of the current month, so check back to learn when you can schedule your day at the Island.

Get all the details and register online for the following dates:

The Island Playground  is always open! IslandPlayground
You are welcome to play at the store whenever there are no other events or classes going on.

Monday - Thursday
Fee $10.00 -  no minimum purchase required
Receive 10% off all purchases made during the day!!

Please see the  Finally Friday Craft Adventures above for details regarding these events. Please note that we are no longer holding Finally Friday Craft Adventures every week. The weeks they are held will vary depending on other events scheduled at the store. The Saturday & Sunday rules will apply to all Fridays when formal Finally Friday Craft Adventures are not being held.
Saturday & Sunday
Fee $10.00 -  no minimum purchase required
Receive 10% off all purchases made during the day!!
Between now and April 1st, we will accept craft cards for day crafting. However, you will not be eligible for the 10% discount.

PLEASE call ahead of time   to make sure there is space and/or no classes, etc going on.
This is a first come, first served playtime.

Please note the minimum age of crafters is age 8 and must be accompanied by an adult. However, you must be 18 or older to attend a Friday Night adventure.
Please sign in at the front desk upon arriving.

Thanks in advance for playing with us at the Island!
Local Designer Classes
Leather Travel Journal  
Thursday, May 25th
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: $45   
Whether you're a mixed media, fine art or simply crafty kind of person, book binding is a "must have" kind of technique. Join me for the easiest binding style out there & one you can easily apply to any size journal or book going forward! Just imagine using those insanely yummy scrapbook pages you've been wanting to use & can't figure out what to do with! Or you're the mixed media girl/guy who wants to put those painty pages to use in one-of-a-kind books! The options are endless!!! Either way, you WILL leave with a finished traveling journal that will inspire you in your next crafty adventure! 

Watercolor Wreath  
Saturday: May 27th
12:00 (noon) pm to 4:00 pm
Cost: $55    
We know you're all very excited about your watercolors and with the latest offering of Daniel Smith watercolors at The Island, it's hard not be jumping out of your seat excited! For that very reason, we thought we'd sweeten the pot by offering some fun watercolor workshops following Lexi's 4-Weeks of Watercolor classes. Keep building on your skill level, challenge yourself with this Springy Watercolor Wreath and get comfortable with painting flowers! 

Simply Succulent   
Wednesday: May 31st
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Cost: $45    
I am absolutely obsessed with succulents right now, and I'm pinning ideas like crazy on Pinterest!  This week, I'm going to share three of my favorite succulent ideas with you & you don't have to bring a thing, I'll bring it all! 

Four Weeks of Watercolor: Landscapes 
Thursdays: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
June 1st, June 8th, June 15th, June 22nd

Cost: $120    

In this consecutive 4-week course, we will go through a series of exercises & paint 1 to 2 - 5" x7" watercolor paintings with a landscape theme each week.

Galatea's Diary  
Sunday, June 4th
12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Cost: $55

You don't have to be a fan of Greek mythology, you could simply love mermaids and all things nautical. I just really loved the idea that this book was found buried in a chest beneath the sea and holds all things near and dear to the goddess Galatea. Ever the romantic here...

We will explore Finnabair Patina Pastes and Waxes, Cut and Embellish our book pages and walk away with a fabulous Nautical themed scrapbook, journal or diary. Our pages and embellishments are inspired from the latest Prima release, the St. Tropaz line!  It goes without saying that this project is absolutely delightful, and you'll walk away completely smitten with all of Prima's offerings! 

Color Layering & Cards 
Tuesday, June 6th
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Cost: $30

Calling all card makers and scrappers! Color layering is a hot trend right now and Hero Arts has made it so easy for you to add this technique to your scrapbook layout, card or decorative art work. Using their coordinated inks, stamps and dies, color layering is a fun technique with many variations, giving you a different look each time. Join us to learn the ins and outs, tips and tricks of this new way to add interest and dimension to your projects. An added bonus: we'll be playing with Tim Holtz's Distress Oxide inks and stencils. 

Love Express Discover   
Saturday: June 10th
11:30 am to 5:30 pm
Cost: $75    
Join Lexi for an all day workshop introducing you to all the latest Prima products. This all inclusive workshop will give you the opportunity to play with the Finnabair acrylics, waxes, sand pastes, metal mechanicals, Frank Garcia powders,  IOD molds, molding paste, hand dyed silk ribbon and stencils.

This is an intensive workshop, so seating will be limited to 10. 

Cancellation Policies
In order to receive a refund for any event or class, please read the following cancellation policies.


Craft Adventures & Play Dates: Cancel by Wednesday at 5pm prior to the event (applies to Friday and Saturday events) to receive a refund in the form of store credit.


Classes: Cancel one week prior to class to receive a refund in the form of store credit. This is due to the extensive preparation the teachers do in order to get the class kits ready. Thank you for your consideration


Please note that some classes and special events will include a no cancellations policy. The cancellation policy is explained during the online registration process. 

Playground Rules
Here are those Playground Rules that everyone needs to know:
  • Please make sure to call ahead to reserve your spot for any Friday Night Craft Adventures or Island Play Dates. You don't want to miss out because we didn't know you were coming!
  • Please do not move tables during events. Thanks!
  • To sign up for any classes or craft events, please follow the link to sign up on online at anytime, or stop by the store or call (408-402-3581) during store hours to sign up.
  • Please remember that ALL Craft Events and Classes are for Adults 18 of age or older (unless other specified, ex: "Mommy & Me Craft Adventure", etc). Please, no babies or children at these events.
  • Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate any sign ups via email or voice mail at this time. 
The Island's Creative Escape
14090 Blossom Hill Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032