Creative Adventure Downunder

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…

Creative Escape - Donna Downey

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 –

Mum, me and Heidi Swapp

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!

Mum, Me & Teresa Collins

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 –

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?!

One thought on “Creative Adventure Downunder

  1. Couldn’t have said more it was a really great weekend hope we will be able to get to the 2014 event. Just sad that it is all over so quickly but we have left with lots of inspiration and very happy memories.

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