Monday, September 12, 2011

What a Weekend- Scrappin Patch retreat 2011

Well - what a fabulous weekend i have had at the annual Scrappin Patch retreat this year! Set in the beautiful Ashley Gorge north of Oxford we stayed in a beautiful tranquil setting surrounded by trees and native pigeons! I had been looking forward to this retreat for months and wasnot disappointed! Adrienne had organised for the amazingly talented Steph Devlin to come over from Australia to teach us 3 classes- an OTP canvas and 2 layout classes! Steph had even designed another class for us-  (this page opposite) as well!! It was a real thrill to meet someone of her outstanding reputation and skill in the international scrapbnooking world- she was so lovely and friendly and down to earth and boy was she a great teacher and all her classes were packed full of techniques and product! I learnt sooo much and had so much fun putting my pages together! This layout above was the extra one she had designed for us using the new SCrapcake papers and Mansion House flowers! The other layout class was absolutely beautiful - so much in fact that i had to buy a frame to frame it when i had finished! I can't share that one with you yet as we were lucky enough to be using unreleased products!!! Boy were we lucky! It was a very humbling experience meeting Steph and also seeing all the amazing work that the other 40 ladies were creating over the weekend- what a talented bunch! Now i have to wait for another year for the next one- the only bad part of the weekend is knowing that you have to wait for so long for the next one now!! Adrienne did a fantastic job of organising the retreat - it was such a mammoth job and hugely stressful to try and pull something that big together but it all went off without a hitch! So a huge thank you to Adrienne at Scrappin Patch!

Simon coped very well with the 4 girls over the weekend. They had a rugby world cup party on Friday night as it was the opening night for the World Cup - so nana and Grandad both came in the late afternoon to give him a hand with getting the girls to bed and  stayed for the oepning ceremony and fireworks and the opening game!

Simon took the girls to the Antarctic Centre on Saturday with Jo and Callum which was a great success judging by the girls excited retelling when i got home on Sunday- and the photos! They loved seeing the penguins and playing in the snow and going on the Haglund ride was awesome- although Hollie thought it was "too bumpy mum". It was very sweet when i got home as Lucy was out on the road waiting for me to come home and never left my side for the rest of the evening and Hollie wouldn't let anyone else sit on my knee or have much of a cuddle! The 2 big girls were more excited about seeing what i had done- i had made sure that i had done 2 layouts of each of the girls! So i will have lots to share with you over this week- including one of my very favourite layouts that i have ever done- am really pleased with it!

Well off to try and catch up on some more sleep- not much sleep over the weekend naturally and scrappin from 7am - 1.30am makes you pretty tired!

Back soon with more to share



vickiparker said...

Wow thats a pretty one. Can't wait to see all your class ones. Sounds like a great weekend.

Rochelle said...

Love that layout, can't wait to get some time to put it together! It was a fun weekend :)

Today for Tomorrow said...

Hi Francine, it was lovely meeting you in the weekend. I agree that it was a fabulous weekend. Love your layout - it is so pretty. Look forward to seeing your layouts.