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    2020WKSP-23

    Festive Blizzard Book


    Instructor:  Barbara Helander
    Location: ONLINE - Using Zoom
    Duration: Monday afternoon, November 9
    Hours: 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern time zone (Toronto/NY Time)
    Course fee: $45 members / $105 non-members (incl. one-yr CBBAG membership)
    Prerequisite: none

    MAXIMUM ENROLLMENT: 10 students

    Presented by: GTA Chapter


    Registration closes Weds, Nov 4 11:59 PM EST


    What is your favourite holiday tradition?  Gather with friends and family... potluck suppers... cookie swaps... Sadly, these traditions are out the window this year! 


    Put a smile on the face of your loved ones by making this Festive Blizzard Book. Write out the recipes that you would have served your guests and present them in this wonderful set - book, slip case, and chemise. 


    All thumbs in the kitchen?  Fear not, this could also be used as a little photo album or a collection of little paintings instead.  A handmade gift this year will soothe the soul!


    The workshop is live, so you will be working alongside Barbara as she demonstrates how to make the book and the slipcases.


    Online Workshop process:

    The invitation link to the workshop will be sent by email from the instructor prior to the date of the course. Any required instructions for the materials prep work will be emailed after sign-up from the instructor. 

    Please note this is a live workshop only - nothing will be recorded. 


    REQUIREMENTS FOR PARTICIPATION: 

    Technical requirements:

    ·       Access to the internet

    ·       Screen large enough to follow instructor’s video feed (cell phone is not ideal)

    ·       Microphone or Headset / Webcam

    ·       Download the Zoom app ( for more information please consult this link: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193 )


    Required tools for workshop:

    ·       self-healing mat

    ·       pencil

    ·       scissors (fine point)

    ·       18" ruler

    ·       mat knife

    ·       bone folder

    ·       awl

    ·       dividers


    Recommended materials for the book:

    ·       3M postal wrapping paper (kraft paper) - 3M postal wrapping paper is available at Michael's Stores and also Amazon.ca. 3M advises that this paper is a 60lb kraft paper and is .008" MIL.  If you make a substitute, please endeavour to get this weight and thickness paper.  


    ·       5 pcs white card stock (8 1/2 x 11) - 4 of these card stock sheets will be for printing the recipe cards.  If you prefer to use your own recipe cards or use photos instead, then this is fine!  The dimensions must be 4"x 6" (height x width).  This means you will require fewer pieces of card stock.


    ·       double-sided tape or glue stick


    Optional decorative embellishments:

    How you plan to embellish your blizzards is largely up to you.  You will be supplied the instructions for the specific embellishments in the pictures.  To create these, you will need the following:

    ·       fine paint brush

    ·       white glue

    ·       sewing thread (bookbinding thread, size 18)

    ·       festive wrapping paper

    ·       5 pcs white card stock (8 1/2 x 11)

    ·       fine glitter - red and clear

    ·       1/2" / 12.7 cm wide ribbon – approx. 25" / 64 cm in length

    ·       scrap papers in colours - red, brown, yellow, tan


    Participants are encouraged to indulge their own ideas on how to decorate their blizzards, by using craft paint, stamps, washi paper, coloured pencils, markers, etc.  The only limit is your imagination!


    Barbara Helander holds two degrees (B.Ed., M.Sc.) and her major in both was Clothing & Textiles. Her professional career spanned over 35 years where she worked not only in apparel manufacturing but also as a professor of textiles at Seneca College.  Over the years, Barbara has been nurturing a small keepsake business that involved the creation of one-of-a-kind books; but now that she has formally retired, she can finally take bookbinding and the book arts off the back burner!  Barb has worked her way through the core CBBAG courses and was pleased to earn her certificate in the spring of 2010.  Barbara is one of the core instructors for CBBAG - she teaches BB1 which is the introduction to the fundamentals of the craft.  She is also a mentor for CBBAG Home Study.  


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