Monday, March 19, 2012

Scrappin Patch Retreat Weekend- Wahoo

Hi Everyone,

well what a weekend! I had just the best time and sooo much fun! The Scrappin Patch retreat was once again held at the beautiful conference centre at Glentui- by the Ashley Gorge- just north of Oxford in North Canterbury. The setting was green and luscious and we had bellbirds singing in the trees outside and beautiful sunny warm weather - it was a shame to be sitting inside scrapping on such a fine day- so i enjoyed teh outdoors at morning tea and lunchtimes! The food was amazing as usual - i felt so full after all the morning and afternoon teas that i had to skip a few and a few desserts as i was so FULL!! It was so nice to just be able to enjoy nice food and not to have to organise and cook meals for a change- i could just eat and enjoy!

We were so lucky to have the gorgeous and talented and super friendly and nice Trina McClune ( Prima, Spellbinders and Get Picky design teams etc) come along and teach 3 classes as part of the retreat. I did the amazing layout class on Friday night with a lovely bunch of ladies and then Trina ran 2 Smash Album classes as well -

me and the lovely Trina

All the lovely ladies at the retreat

This was the amazing class that Trina taught on Friday night using the beautiful My Minds eye papers and some Prima goodies - naturally

My wee cutie
I loved this layout - i loved that it showcased the new trend of hexagonal shapes and that  it was so ecletic and had such gorgeous clusters of embellies dotted around the page. I love this range but would be nervous about cutting all the papers up as she did- but doesn't it look great! Such a lovely lady and a great funny teacher!

I really love the social side of retreats too - getting to catch up with old friends and meet new ones- all the ladies at my group of tables were wonderful and friendly and it was a pleasure to sit and chat and share ideas and advice and tools and products between us all. Its always nice to inspire others and be inspired in turn- that for me is part of what the retreat is all about! So thank you to Mrs P, Lyn, Rochelle, Megan, Sally and Luana for making the retreat a friendly and fun place to be too!

Anyhoo- as often and what you hope will happen the mojo flowed and i got about 12 layouts done over the weekend and did 2 awesome classes! I have shown you Trina's layout class but i also did an exploding box class with the uber talented and vertically challenged Megan! Boy did she pull one out of the box for thus class - it was totally gorgeous- mindblowingly so!! When she showed me the class the night before - i was so stunned all i could mutter was WOW- you want me to make that !!!!!

I haven't quite finished the inside yet - just have to add a couple of photos and it will all be done- i will try and get the box finished and photographed so i can show that tomorrow! It is absolutely beautiful- so thank you soi much Megan for designing and teaching such an inspiring class! Can't wait  to see what she will teach us next!

Anyhoo - i managed to get quite a few layoyts done and i am really happy with all of them - which rarely happens either! I have had quite a love affair lately with cardboard and hessian- and lots more tags and tickets and things so they featured strongly on my layouts this weekend!! Here is the first layout that i did for the weekend - i think that it is one of my alltime favourites! I love the idea of doubling up the photos like Georgia Heald does so copied that idea.

Anyhoo must dash - visitors awaiting a cup of tea and a catch up - back soon with more to share!



Vicki said...

Wow would have to agree that all your layouts were stunning. It sure was a fantastic weekend and I had a lovely time catching up with my online friends at last.

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