May was a month of little scrapping until last week. Life just keeps getting in the way of my creative pursuits lately, but a big step towards re-aligning the balance was made last weekend when my mum and I travelled over the Tasman to New Zealand to attend Creative Adventure Downunder 2013!
Late last year I saw this event advertised in Creating Keepsakes and with such an incredible line up, there was no way Mum and I weren’t going!
We arrived at the Novotel Ellerslie late on Thursday afternoon and collected our goodie bags (spoilt much!) and excitedly packed and re-packed our toolkits for the next day (I had a Pritt-splosion in my bag – thankfully nothing was ruined, but everything is just a wee bit sticky!).
First up on Friday was an almost full day class with the gorgeous Donna Downey. My experience with mixed media is quite limited, but I was really excited to try something new and thought, given my propensity for chaos and messiness, that it might just be down my alley – sure enough, I really enjoyed the class – Donna was an absolute hoot and really inspiring.
Upon later reflection, I realised that I had once almost failed art class when I was 14 for essentially creating a mixed-media “artwork”! Of course it was nothing super special, but it shows that it is definitely something I should be pursuing a bit more to see where it goes…
Our last class of the day was with Heidi Swapp, creating a mini book and wooden frame. Speaking for myself, but I’m sure a lot would agree, after Donna’s class I was half-dopey, but still really enjoyed getting back to more “traditional” scrapbooking, albeit with a twist. Heidi was adorable and made us all a bit teary with her story about the importance of scrapbooking and why it should be taken more seriously than “just a hobby”.
Although we didn’t get it finished, we made a good start on this project – looking forward to finishing it off this week sometime, hopefully. This video shows what we did – http://www.mycraftchannel.com/Shows/Create-to-Remember-with-Heidi-Swapp/Heidi-Swapp-Shadow-Boxes/.
After a good night’s sleep we were back for another full day on Saturday! Teresa Collins was first up with a travel album – Teresa Collins + Travel album = Very excited Claire!
And she didn’t disappoint either – she was so friendly, lovely and helpful, the class was so much fun! We got to use the Cinch Binder which was fantastic – when I win Tattslotto, that’s on my list 😉
I actually almost finished the album in the class – short of some journalling and a few photos, it’s done!
After lunch we had another Heidi class, this time using her Memory Files – oh boy, are these things going to be addictive! This video shows what they’re all about – I dare you not to be excited – http://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=71&sid=25072636#ooid=pvYWlmYjqnYJ12CxplrU-iaqhBao7B3j
Sunday morning saw two thirds of the participants all grouped together for a mega class with local teacher Maggie Ben – despite the massive group and everyone’s weariness, Maggie ran a great class which combined a “traditional” layout with some cool mixed media goodness in the form of bee’s wax and Perfect Pearls – and it was the only thing for the whole weekend that I actually finished!! I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but she was lovely too – so friendly and patient, which must have been hard with such a big group!
Overall, I have not one bad thing to say about the whole weekend – Michele and Jodi who organised the event did a fantastic job! The hotel was awesome, the food was divine, the classes and teachers were out of this world and we met lots of really friendly ladies – where do I sign up for next year?!