Retreat!

I’ve had a very productive scrappy weekend at a luxury retreat with Dragonfly Scrapbooking.

It’s so lovely to get away from the real world for a weekend and have nothing to worry about except what to scrap next. No cooking, no dishes, no cleaning, just scrapping!!

The venue is a gorgeous place out in the countryside amongst beautiful gum trees and vineyards. It’s so peaceful wandering around outside (well, between the restaurant and the scraproom!) and the smell of wood fires in the air is divine! We’ve been very spoilt with the food with amazing cooked breakfasts, eye fillet steak and sticky date pudding – I’m sure I’ve put on at least a kilo just in the two nights since I arrived!

No internet access though, what a crisis!!

I didn’t come along with any ideas of what I wanted to do specifically, I just brought a bunch of paper and a box of goodies and thought I’d play it by ear. From all of that, I managed to put together three single layouts, a double, a mini-book and a frame… I ran out of steam by Sunday afternoon though, must have been a big comedown from all the chocolate!!

One of the best things about retreats is getting inspiration from all the other ladies – there’s so much amazing talent out there!

I’ll have to take some decent photos of my layouts when I get home (I forgot my camera – bad scrapper, going somewhere without a camera!!), but I took a couple with my phone…

Crazy Cat Lady Frame

I bought this frame a few weeks ago and I have been looking forward to doing it ever since. I started the frame by painting it with Tim Holtz crackle paint, then painted over it with glimmer mist to really bring out the crackles. I wasn’t sure what photos to use for a start but once I’d covered it in paper, I thought it would be a perfect way to showcase my little cuties for the wall. As my brother says, I’m one husband away from being a crazy cat lady!!

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Materials: KaiserCraft frame, Prima papers, Kaisercraft wood elements, silk ribbon, Prima chipboard stickers, Tim Holtz crackle paint, glimmer mist, Dimensional Magic, KaiserCraft bling.

Tiger Island Mini-Book

I made this book from scratch with some corrugated cardboard covered in Bazzill for the covers, then filled with double sided Echo Park papers. The tigers at Dreamwold on the Gold Coast are just beautiful – I can’t recommend visiting them more highly – I’m still annoyed that Aaron thinks that having a tiger as a pet is a bad idea 😉

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Materials: Corrugated cardboard, Bazzill, Echo Park papers, silk ribbon, Distress Ink, KaiserCraft rings, glimmer mist, Dimensional Magic, Collections Elements tree

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