Sunday, December 5, 2010

Class layouts

Hello everyone
I thought I would share with you the layouts that were produced as a result of Angella Peardon's class at the Retreat last weekend. Even though we all had the basic layout to do, the end result from the ladies was just fantastic. So many different pages, but all with a common theme. Both Angella and I were really impressed with the results and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the class.

The paper we used was from the Bella! Ancestry range. This one is called Origin and we used two pieces; one as the background and the other we cut the design from and foam mounted them to give some dimension. A combination of Green Tara paper flowers and lace flowers along with some velvet buttons, Kaiser pearl flourishes and pearl strips, leather findings made from the Tim Holtz Findings Sizzix die, Dusty Attic vintage clock were the basis for the layout.

This was Angella's layout:-

Here are the pages that were completed:-

Aren't they great!!!

More layouts from the weekend to come soon. Take care, Ann :-)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Back home after the Retreat....

Hello there
Well we all had a wonderful weekend away on our Retreat at Brookfield and now it is back to reality and thinking about the coming festive season.

Thank you to all of you who came along and made the weekend so much fun; I hope to see you all at the next one in April at Kilcoy. More information to come when costs finalised.

In the meantime, here are some photos of the class with Angella; it was a big hit and many of you learnt something from her class which was FANTASTIC.

I will post some more photos of the layouts etc shortly, especially the class layouts....they are so diverse which was great to see.

Enjoy your week, Ann :-)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Here's the sneak peek.....

Hello everyone

Well here is the layout we have all been waiting for and I must say that I really like it. Angella will be teaching this class at the Retreat on Saturday 27 November commencing at 9:30am, so if you haven't already booked to come along to the Retreat or the class, then now is the time to do it!!

Lots of inking, distressing, layering and background stamping. It is very much a male inspired layout which is something that we all seem to struggle with at times but you can apply it to a feminine page as well as the embellishments will suit both if you so desire.
Let me know what you think - I know you will enjoy this class.
Looking forward to catching up at the Retreat - only 14 sleeps to go!!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Day participants welcome....

Hello everyone
Now that we are getting closer to the Retreat, I am now able to provide spaces for day participants to come along and attend Angella's class on Saturday morning.
The cost will be $45 which includes the class kit and morning tea; should participants wish to stay for the day, the can do so for a cost of $70 which will include Angella's class, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea.
So if you have been thinking of coming along but can't do so for the whole weekend, then this may be an option for you.
Please call Ann on 0413 21 6096 or email to let me know of your interest to attend for Angella's class.
Sneak peaks of Angella's layout will be posted soon.
Not too far away now.........

Monday, October 18, 2010

Counting down....

Hello everyone
Well November is fast approaching and it will be only weeks away before the Retreat. For those of you who haven't yet registered to come along, please don't leave it too much longer before you book as places are limited.
It would be lovely for you to organise your group to come along and we can guarantee that you will have a lot of fun and keep occupied the whole weekend and go home with lots of goodies and inspiration.
Visit the website for further information and make your booking, or email us on and we can provide further information and direct deposit details if you would like them.
If anyone has any ideas for the Retreat to add a bit more fun to it, please let us know.
TTFN, Ann :-)

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Photoshop Basics 101 - Top 10 Class

Hello everyone
Well the time is counting down to the Retreat and I would like to remind you that as well as the great activities we have planned scrapping, the challenges, workshops, eating and having fun, we also have the gorgeous Melissa from Point, Shoot, Play coming along to teach her fantastic class Photoshop Basics 101 - Top 10.

Melissa provides the laptops, tablets and pens required to help you learn how to use Photoshop Elements and enhance your photographs to make them look fabulous on your layouts. This class is an additional cost to that of the Retreat weekend and will be held on the Sunday morning at 9am. The cost for this class is $55 which is great value for a 3 hour class especially considering all of the tools are provided and the class content is quite extensive.

Please email me if you are interested in attending this class via email address You will love what you can do with your photos!!

See ya, Ann :-)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Only 5 days to go...

Hello scrappers
Just a reminder to let you all know that you have 5 days to book your place for the Retreat in order to receive your $10 voucher to spend at the Retreat shop. You need to book by 30 September to get your voucher.
The date for the Retreat is 26-28 November and will be held at the beautiful QCCC at Brookfield. So if you live in the S.E. Queensland area, it will be a short trip to Brookfield for a great weekend away scrapping and being taught a wonderful class by Angella Peardon.
For more information have a look at the website and book your place. Numbers are limited so don't hesitate any longer.
We would love to see you there. Welcome to my new follower Tina - I hope that I can meet you at the Retreat.

TTFN, Ann :-)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Hello everyone
Here are some pics of some gorgeous feathers that I will have available at the Retreat shop. Lovely ostrich & peacock feathers that will look fantastic on your layouts. I can see some great vintage pages done with these.

Great colours available......and something different for your pages.

TTFN, Ann :-)

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

I have some gorgeous feathers to show you soon - oh my goodness, I can see some fabulous vintage pages coming up with these....check back in a couple of days to see them.

In the meantime, Multi Photo Scrapbooking Layouts Gallery is going to be conducting a challenge in a couple of days so you might like to participate. The Blog details are
Would love to see your layouts here.

TTFN, Ann :-)

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Blog....

Hi there

I'd like to let you know about a blog that is now available showcasing multi-photo layouts. If you would like to contribute to the blog, please have a look. It is brand new and just waiting for your gorgeous pages to be uploaded.

Let's show our talents to the world!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Hello everyone
Here are some more goodies that will be available at the Retreat. I hope you like them. Keep checking back as I will post more items as they come in.
Enjoy your day.
Ann. :-)

These cute yo-yo flowers are 6cm in diameter.....

These stick pins are 12.5cm long......

Hello there
I will have some more goodies to show you over the weekend of items that will be available at the Retreat shop.....very pretty goodies!! Stay tuned.

To those ladies who have earned themselves a $20 voucher to spend at the Retreat.....congratulations.....I am sure you will find some lovely things to buy with it. If you wish to earn a voucher for yourself and you haven't already booked your place at the November Retreat, do so by 30 September and you will receive a $10 voucher to spend there. All you need to do is pay your deposit to book your spot, so check the calendar and make your booking - a great time is planned for all!!

Chat soon, Ann :-)

Monday, August 30, 2010

Hi everyone
As promised, I would like to show you some
samples of stock that will be available at the Retreat shop. These are a little different to what you would usually find in your LSS, so if you are looking for something out of the norm to add to your pages/OTP projects, then you might find something here.
Enjoy your week, Ann. :-)

Gorgeous acrylic flower with a rhinestone centre

4mm & 6mm pearl in cream, white & irridescent....

Fibre ribbon.....lots of different pages with this product.....

Great for whimisical style layouts.....

Adds a pretty touch to your feminine pages...pearls & rhinestones...don't you just love those rhinestone butterflies......

Lot of colour combinations with these raffia flowers....

Bright chenille flowers for kids layouts, 70's themes, or just to had a fun touch to your pages....

These acrylic flowers would look fantastic placed on top of a few paper flowers to finish them off....adding gorgeous dimension to your layout....

More bright coloured raffia flowers......lots of other colours many different applications for them too.....

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hello there
You might want to keep an eye on the blog over the weekend as I will be posting images of stock that will be available at the Retreat. My mission is to have some items available that you won't usually see at your LSS. I'm shopping tomorrow for some more goodies.
So check back on the weekend and have a look.
The end of the month is almost here; so if you want a $20 voucher to spend at the Retreat Shop in November, you need to book your spot before 31 August.
Take care. Ann. :-)

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hello everyone

I thought it would be good to get to know our guest tutor for the November Retreat, Angella Peardon, so I put some questions to her about her scrapbooking and would like to share her responses with you:-

Q. How did you start in Scrapbooking and how long have you been doing it?

A. I think we are born with Scrapbooking in our blood; from an early age I started making Scrapbooks but about six years ago, a friend invited me to a Creative Memories party and I discovered there was so much more. I still to this day remember walking into a Scrapbook store; I was in awe of it all!

Q. What do you enjoy most about scrapbooking?

A. I love taking photos, then making the story come alive onto a page.

Q. What is your style?

A. Shabby whimsical best describes my style....

Q. What are your favourite three products at the moment?

A. Pretty papers, flowers and mixed mediums

Q. Where do you find inspiration for your layouts?

A. Magazines, online, ads, patterns in paper....actually everywhere

Q. How do you get through Scrappers Block?

A. I pull out some of my favourite layouts, turn them in a different direction and scraplift to a degree. Also, sketches are good to get you going again.

Q. What is the best advice you would give to a newbie scrapbooker?

A. I think the best advice is to have fun and be adventurous. Always remember to not get too stressed about it all - Scrapbooking is a fun, stress free hobby.....and always scrap copies of your good photos so that you always have the original.

So there you have it, a brief profile of Angella who is really looking forward to coming along to teach at the Retreat. I'm sure you won't be disappointed with the class that we have planned and we will be giving you some sneak peeks of the layout a little closer to the time.

In the meantime, I thought I would show some samples of Angella's work below.

Just a reminder too, that the end of August is fast approaching and if you want to receive a $20 voucher to spend at the Retreat shop in November, you need to book your place by paying the $50 deposit via the website Then you can pay off the balance at your leisure as long as it is all paid by 26 October.
I would love to hear from you if you have any ideas or requests for the Retreat. You can either leave a comment or email me at email address
Have a wonderful weekend, Ann :-)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Hello again
I just wanted to recap on the Retreat happenings - a wonderful class with Angella Peardon, challenges, demonstrations, a couple of workshops that will add to your Xmas gift stash, lots of scrapping and wonderful food, a fun theme night on Saturday evening, prizes and well as some
fabulous pampering by indulging in a massage, a great digital enhancement class (both at an additional cost) what are you waiting for? Remember that you will receive a $20 voucher to spend at the Retreat shop if you book your place before 31 August - that's free product as well as the very generous scrap pack that you will receive at the Retreat that contains all of the goodies for the challenges...and a whole lot more!!
The weekend is guaranteed to be a lot of fun - to book, go to the website link below; all you need is a $50 deposit and you can pay the balance off in $50 increments. Easy!! Just as long as the full payment is received by 26 October.
Have a chat to your friends and organise a group or come along on your own - it's a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and learn new things about the craft.
Welcome to Tracy - I hope you enjoy following the blog and hope to meet up with you again soon.
Until next time, take care, Ann. :-)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Hello there.

Well all is going well with plans for Brookfield. For the lovely ladies who have already booked their place at the Retreat, you have earned yourself a $20 voucher to spend at the Retreat shop! Don't forget, to earn this you need to book your place and pay the $50 deposit by 31 August 2010;it is almost August goodness where has the year gone...... so if you are thinking of coming along then don't hesitate to book your spot soon! Organise a group or come along on your own and make new friends - retreats are ALWAYS a lot of fun!!

If anyone has any ideas for a theme night, or workshop/demonstration, please let me know.

Welcome to Phillipa and Vicki.....thank you for following my blog...I would love to hear your comments/ideas regarding the Retreat.

Have a great week.

Take care, Ann. :-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Hello and welcome to another week, doesn't the weekend go quickly!!

I forgot to add the early bird special for August - silly me...doing too many things. Anyway, for anyone who books a place at the Retreat by 31 August, they will receive a $20 voucher to spend at the Retreat shop...or by booking by 30 September, they will receive a $10 voucher to spend at the Retreat Shop. So check out your calendar ladies and circle the Retreat dates on it so you have the weekend free to attend and then pop on to the website and book your place by paying the small deposit. The earlier you do this, the more you get to spend at the shop.

I have some great gift workshops organised for the weekend, just in time for Christmas; I will post details of the kits closer to the date, but knowing that you will go away with at least two Christmas gifts from the weekend is a bonus and all included in the cost!!

By the way, I would like to welcome the lovely ladies who are following my blog. To Debra, Shell, Sue, Nina and Kylie....welcome....and I hope that you enjoy my blog and that we can catch up some time soon at a Retreat.

Take care, Ann. :-)

Friday, July 16, 2010


I hope you have had an enjoyable week.

I thought I would let you know that there is an early bird special for anyone who books their place at the Retreat before 30 September 2010. You will receive a $10 voucher to spend in the Retreat shop on the weekend.

The masseuse has been booked for the weekend, so if you are up for a bit of pampering with a massage or reflexology session (or a mix of both), then let me know when you make your booking.
Her rates are:-
Massage - $30 for 1/2 hour and $60 for 1 hour massage; and
Reflexology - Feet $20 for 1/2 hour and
for Feet, hands and facial $50 for 1 hour.
Sounds good doesn't it?

More news to come soon.

Take care, Ann :-)

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Well things are moving along quite nicely with the Retreat. We have a fantastic major door prize available - the lucky recipient will just love it!! Stay tuned for more details.

We have also been thinking about having a theme night on the Saturday night where we can all dress up in something relevant to the theme, play a few games and scrap the night away. Prizes will be given for the best dressed and winners of the games. It will be a lot of fun - don't forget the camera...oh that's right, we are scrapbookers...the camera is never too far away!

I thought I would also mention that bookings need to be made and fully paid for by 26 October, 2010. Don't hesitate to make your booking as places can fill fast. If you haven't been to a Retreat before well now is a great time to find out what you have been missing out on. You will go home from the weekend enthused and counting down the days until the next one.

I have also been asked whether we will be doing card-making workshops throughout the weekend. I will certainly consider it if there are a few interested in doing this. By the way, just because it is called a Scrapbooking Retreat doesn't mean that card-makers can't come along for the weekend. I'm sure you would enjoy the scrap class we have planned.
Please leave a comment via the link below and let me know your thoughts.

Have a great week and happy scrapping.

Take care, Ann :-)

Monday, July 5, 2010

Hello again.
Well all the costs are now finalised for the November Retreat and the Buy Now carts are available for you to make your booking to attend. I have decided to keep this Retreat to 2 days, but what a two days it will be! There will be plenty to keep you occupied and you will go home with a bag full of goodies; lots of layouts that you have scrapped and some wonderful memories of the weekend as well a learning a new technique or two to apply to your future pages.

Keep checking back for updates on the blog and in the meantime let your friends know about the Retreat and organise a group of you to come along.

I have been looking at a number of great venues to hold future Retreats at - some of them are just fabulous! I would love you to post a comment and let me know just how far you are prepared to travel to a Retreat. I am trying to keep them at no more than 2 hours travel from Brisbane, but if you are prepared to travel say three hours, well that just opens up the venue possibilities even further. Please click on the link below to leave your comments.

Chat soon, take care, Ann :-)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Welcome to Queensland Scrapbooking Retreats

Hi there and welcome to my Blog.

I conduct several Scrapbooking Retreats in the South East Queensland area a year and the next one is scheduled for 26-29 November 2010. It will be held at QCCC Brookfield and I am offering 2 and 3 day packages.

The Retreat commences at 5pm on Friday evening and concludes at 2pm on Monday afternoon (5pm Sunday for those on the 2 day Retreat). All meals and accommodation are included in the cost, as well as a class taught by the very talented Angella Peardon who has had her work published in Scrapbook Creations and Scrapbooking Memories magazines as well as being a member of several Design Teams.

We are also offering you the opportunity to learn the basics of digital enhancement of your photos by attending a class conducted by one of the fantastic tutors of Point, Shoot, Play teaching the Basics 101 Top 10 class. This will be an additional cost and is completely optional, but if you want to learn some fantastic techniques to make your photos look that much better, then this is the class for you.

Final costs are being worked on in the next week or so; please check the blog for further updates soon. In the meantime you can register your interest to attend this Retreat by emailing

If you would like to get away on a fantastic weekend scrapbooking, eating yummy food, having lots of laughs and learning some great techniques and ideas with like-minded scrapbookers, then come and join us.

Stay tuned for further info soon.

Take care, Ann. :-)