Artists always want muses without realizing they are a big responsibility, demanding regular walks, a ticket to every sunset, and smoothies made of old pastels and greek yogurt. Cultivate your creativity an easier way with today's Groupon: for $10, you get a two-hour card-making techniques class at Lila's Scrapbooking in Everett (a $20 value). Classes are currently scheduled for daytime on Mondays and evening on Fridays; call ahead to verify dates and times for each offering.
The design team at Lila's Scrapbooking conjures up artful strategies for preserving memorabilia, and transmits their techniques unto aspiring artists. Students burn creative fuels to produce eight cards using store-provided materials while learning a variety of decorative skills. Help homely pulp blossom into blooming paper flowers, or add impish sparkle to a card with a misting of pixie dust. Wet and dry embossing are sure to impress, and stamping allows artists to leave their mark without making incriminating fingerprints. Alcohol inks are on hand to imbue paper with the look of stained glass, and other techniques in Lila's arsenal include cutting and paper piecing. Class sizes are capped at 12 students, so each artisan can peep the step-by-step instructions and receive personalized feedback.
Workshops take place in a haven for paper-lovers, stocked with a wide array of scrapbooking and card-making supplies including products by Karen Foster Design, Echo Park Paper Co., Little Yellow Bicycle, and Best Creation. Special sections such as travel and sports ensure that customers can find the perfect paper with which to say "Happy Birthday!" or "With Sympathy on the Loss of Your Keys." Students are required to bring their own scissors, trimmer, bone folder, and adhesives.