Thursday, May 15, 2014

Time for a prize

Hi everyone
Only one more sleep until our weekend retreat at Kilcoy and I would love you all to leave a comment here or on Facebook to let me know what you are most looking forward to this weekend at the retreat.
Everyone who leaves a comment will go into the draw for a prize.
See you soon!!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Hello there

We have just 2 weeks until the Kilcoy Retreat and I would like to advise of the additional activities that will be held over the weekend.

Firstly, there will be additional classes held and these will be at a cost of $15 each which includes the kit materials.  If you would like to do the class, you can pay on the weekend, but I do need to know if you want to do it so that I can prepare the kits.  Please email me with the class layout title that you would like to do.  The details of these classes are as follows:-

Class 1 – LIVE, LAUGH, LOVE – Saturday 17th @ 2:30pm

This is a single page layout and will suit any theme.   I have adhered a B&W photo but you can see the colours if you wish to match to photos.

You will need:-
1 / 6x4 portrait photo (preferred)
Basic tool kit
Gel adhesive
Foam tape

  Class 2 – MOMENTS – Saturday 17th @ 8:00pm

This is a two page layout and will again suit any theme.  You will need to bring the following:-

Basic tool kit
Gel adhesive
Foam tape and dots
Pokey tool
Corner rounder (if you have one – available in shop if required)
Rubon applicator (available in shop if required)
Sewing needle with medium size eye (for threading bakers twine)

You will have enough materials to complete a double page layout and you will need 6 photos 6x4”, ALL PORTRAIT ORIENTATION preferably.  All of the photos need to be the same orientation for this layout to work, they can’t be a mix of both – all will be revealed at class !!

Class 3 – OFF THE PAGE PROJECT – DIVA SHOE – Sunday 18th @ 2:30pm

Something a little different for those of you who love everything crafty!!  This shoe can be used as a pretty decoration on your dressing table, or perhaps your craft room, but it can also be used as a phone holder on your desk, or if you are really clever, you can make an insert to hold dress rings. 

The kit will include the shoe and embellishments and I will provide paints to coat the shoe with, however, if you have a particular colour that you would like to paint the shoe with, then by all means bring it along. 
You will need your basic kit and strong gel adhesive (Helmar 450 is perfect which I have available in the shop).  A foam paint brush is also required which are available from the shop from 50 cents.

 Our Theme Night Activity
We will hold our usual fun theme night on Saturday night after dinner and this year’s theme is “PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN” – aye me hearties!!  Grab your eye patches, parrots, big hoop earrings and bandanas for a great dress-up fun night.  Fab prizes will be given for the best dressed and the winner/s of our group activity – it is just a great opportunity to take a bit of time out from our scrapping (not too long though) to have some fun and laughs.  So start preparing your costume for the night – it can be as simple as you like or you can go all out with your costume – it’s always a good night!!

Pampering by Nicole
Nicole will be coming along to the retreat again to provide some well-earned pampering by way of relaxation/remedial massage should you like to indulge.  Nicole has been busy updating her skills and can now provide deep tissue massage if you require it.

Her rates are:-
1 hour massage $45
½ hr massage $30

Very well worth every cent I can tell you!!  Please let me know if you would like to indulge as soon as possible, so that we can organise a suitable timetable.  Massages will commence Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday but will finish at 6pm each night – so it is first in best “pampered”.

Please note this is an additional cost and payment is made directly to Nicole at the time.

If you have any questions, please email me and I will be forwarding more info to you closer to the retreat.

Chat soon, Ann

Monday, April 7, 2014

Introducing Chantalle McDaniel.........

Hello everyone

Our guest tutor for the Kilcoy Retreat on 16-19 May will be Chantalle McDaniel.  

Chantalle has created a great layout for us with a few techniques to learn and I'm quite looking forward to seeing her in action and learning her style.

As I usually like to do in order to get to know our tutors, I asked Chantalle for a bit of a bio about herself, her style and how she started in scrapbooking......please read on to learn a little bit more about her.....

1.       How did you start in Scrapbooking and how long have you been doing it?
I started scrapping at the end of 2011. I was introduced to it by a good friend and well known scrapper who helped me bring a project I wanted to do, to life. It was my sister’s 30th birthday and I wanted to send her 30 individual memories to open. They turned out to be thirty mini 6x6 layouts, each with a picture from the past and message/memory. After the project was finished, I was hooked!

2.      What do you enjoy most about scrapbooking?
Being a creative by trade, I enjoy the creative freedom that comes from documenting a moment in an aesthetically pleasing way. I am so bad at filing and organising, my photos made it onto hard drives, not albums! Now, the whole family can relive that little moment, I have written the information down (so it’s not forgotten!) and my children are open to new ways of memory keeping.

3.       What is your style?
I used to worry that I didn’t fit into a particular ‘box’. There is so much to be inspired by, across all the various styles, that I want to have a crack at anything that takes my fancy!

4.      What are your favourite 3 products at the moment and what can’t you do without?
I am never very far away from my iPhone. Most of my pictures are snapped quickly. I will always be drawn to strong prints and bold colours. At the moment, I’m quite in love with acrylic shapes, scripted titles and things that sparkle.

5.      Where do you find  inspiration for your layouts?
It sounds like a cliché, but inspiration is everywhere. We are so lucky to have mountains of information at our fingertips. Who hasn’t lost a couple of hours on Pinterest! Most of the time, my photo dictates the route I take. I like to have a connection between picture, title and products used.

6.      How do you get through Scrappers block?
If I feel a bit stale, I turn to a sketch. It can be nice to get a bit of a leg up! Sometimes, there is nothing more to be done than just walking away from it for a few days. Get out, clear the cobwebs, get a few early nights in and I’ll come back fresher.

7.      What is the best advice you would give to newbie scrapbookers?
I think it’s important to just go with what makes you happy, rather than stressing out about trying to define your work. In trying many things, you’ll see what you enjoy the most. If you are going to showcase your work on blogs or social media etc, spend a little extra time on your photography. A well lit, clear photo can do wonders for your projects.

8.      Info re design teams, published works etc.

Currently, I am honoured to be in the middle of my term as a Scrapbooking Memories Master. It is a dream come true for any scrapper! Seeing your work in print is the biggest thrill! I sub for Scrapbooking Memories, as well as wonderful online publications like Jot Magazine and Life.Paper.Scrapbook. At the moment, I am also designing for an online store called Sassy Scrappers as well as Jenni Bowlin Studios, 2Crafty and Greatest View. 

Thanks Chantalle - I hope that you are looking forward to the class as much as I am.  Not long to go now.

If you haven't already booked your place at the retreat, please go to the website for details - go on, you know you want to!!

TFL, Ann :-)

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Noosa Retreat 2013 - wrap up........

Hi everyone

Well the Noosa Retreat has come and gone and we had a fantastic long weekend of scrapping, fun and laughs.

Thank you to all of the wonderful ladies who came along - I really enjoyed your company and was amazed at all of the layouts and projects that were created over the weekend. 
The class with Sue Smyth was amazing and even though quite intense the final results were just beautiful. Sue taught so many great techniques and it was good to see that many of you continued using those techniques with your creations during the weekend.  The technique using the Distress ink pads and glossy accents/dimensional magic was very popular and used not only for titles but embellished chipboard beautifully - Chris' owl's looked amazing even though the eyes weren't finished yet - so very clever!!

Here are some images of the layouts created during Sue's class:-

Thanks very much to Sue for coming along to teach her class - her expertise was inspirational.

The Photo and Sketch challenges were embraced by almost everyone and it was great to see such diverse layouts even though the same pieces of patterned paper and cardstock were provided in the kits.  This is the sketch that the girls were given and the resulting layouts follow:-

These are the layouts created by the Photo Challenge:-

Our Theme Night on Saturday night was so much fun - I don't think we laughed as much as what we did that night.  It was great to see everyone joining in and wasn't it comfy scrapping in our PJ's for the rest of the night!!

We played a game of Alpha Body which was just hilarious - we paired up and had a 5-letter word that we had to spell out using our bodies.....

Hmmm....a mirror imaged "E" 

There's always one in the crowd isn't there!

What letter are we doing again??

Accessorising is really important!!

So, we are all looking forward to our next retreat and all the fun that will come with it.

Thanks again to everyone for making the weekend so special - you are all a great bunch of ladies!!

Take care, Ann