Scrap Diva Arrives at CHA 2016 Mega Craft Show & Mixed Media Canvas

Hi everyone, I just arrived at the Convention Center in Anaheim California for the 75th Anniversary CHA Mega Show conference. This is my 3rd time attending the CHA show and this time I plan on doing tons of spontaneous LIVE periscopes so be sure to follow me on #Periscope at @scrapdivakelly if you want to see all the excitement!

This is where over 400+ craft manufactures showcase over 12,000 new products! This is seriously Disneyland for craftahoilcs like myself! I’m so excited to be spending 4 fantastic days checking out all the new supplies and learning from the best designers in the industry. If there’s something you want to see at Scrap Diva Retreats let me know and I can see about buying some for our scrapbook retreat.

I’m thrilled because this year I’ve hired Karen Osborne to assist me with checking out all the awesome new craft supplies so we can share them with you when we come back! The first class we took was an amazing mixed media class taught by Marjie Kemper from New York.

 

Mixed Media

 

Marjie Kemper

Marjie was a very “together” teacher, everything was well organized and the class ran smoothly. I’ve seen Marjie’s amazing work online and I was so excited to be taking a class from her in person! I love all the gorgeous colors she uses. WOW… her portfolio is amazing! Take some time to look at her work, it really is a great site. WWW.marjiekemper.com.

Mixed media class

We made these gorgeous 5 x 7 mixed media pieces of art using a canvas board, paints, stamps and fantastic 3d elements. I especially liked adding the earring by punching a hole through he canvas using a cropadile. What a brilliant way to add dimension! I can’t wait to design a similar class to teach at Scrap Diva Retreats!

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After the mixed media class I took another amazing class by Helen Bradley and learned some awesome tips on how to take better photos. Here’s a few things I learned tonight about using my DSLR camera:

  • There are 3 things you can control the ISO, F-stop & white balance
  • Inside the showroom floor under fluorescents if you’re taking someone’s portrait you can try the following settings (depending upon the lighting)
    • AV =  Aperture priority
    • White balance = fluorescent
    • ISO = 1600
    • F 5.6
  • The smaller the F-Stop the more light it provides
  • You can set up an easy basic light box to take pictures of crafts with two inexpensive lights with daylight bulbs. Here’s the general settings for this:
    • AV =  Aperture priority
    • White Balance = daylight
    • ISO=200
    • F 3.6 (or lowest)

Take better photos

Be sure to check back tomorrow! I’ve got an phenomenal class itinerary lined up… Are you here at CHA? Tweet me at @scrapdivakelly or #scrapdiva! I would love to meet you 🙂

 

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