Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Retreat scrapping.

I was really excited and very nervous when Sarah and Lianne asked if I would teach at their first retreat, I had never taught before and standing up in front of a room full of people is not something that I would usually choose to do!
Sarah sent me some gorgeous papers by Bella BLVD which were lovely and girlie, we wanted all the classes to be technique based so I decided to focus on adding depth and dimension. There are so many easy ways you can do this like layering, inking, distressing and raising elements up.
I taught the class three times over the weekend and hopefully the ladies enjoyed it and even if the layout was a bit too "pink" for them I hope they were able to take away ideas to use on their layouts in the future.





















I am definitely not a quick scrapper, most of my pages are a work in progress over the course of a few days! I was actually quite impressed with myself for completing two layouts.
The first one I used some lovely new papers by MME, one of my favourite manufacturers. I do think I need to stop doing such girlie pink pages though!
When Rebecca was little for some reason her Aunty called her Becca Boodles and it stuck for a couple years, poor child.





















Sarah took such a vast amount of stash to the retreat with lots of new ranges including the new prima which I have to say are just gorgeous!! I bought these papers and even some prima flowers which I have always struggled to use. I was also tempted by this Martha Stewart butterfly punch which I used on both pages, I just love it!
I am hoping that Sarah is going to be getting restocks of Prima as it was so popular over the weekend a lot of it sold out, I will definitley be getting more of these papers.















Looking at these three pages I am setting myself a little challenge, on my next page I will not use butterflies, I will not distress any paper and I won't put my photo on the left hand side of my page!!! Tracy did challenge me to do my page "boodles" without using my butterfly punches but I just couldn't do it...watch this space!!
TFL

13 comments:

Lou Collins said...

Love all these LO's Rachael! Totally gorgeous! I love the new MME line too. ish I could have been in one of your classes. Good luck with the 'sans butterflies' thing!
Lou X

Claire Crompton said...

Your layouts are beautiful Rachael. I'm also a slow scrapper and can have a lo unfinished for days.

Cx

Jill said...

Despite being a bit too pink for me (!!) I still they are gorgeous LOs Rachael. Jill x

Sally said...

Rachael - these are stunning - and I really hope to go to one of these retreats one day!

Julesaroony said...

Your finished pages look fabulous Rachael - espeially the Prima one :) It was so lovely to meet you at the weekend and I lvoed your class, pink and all! Look forward to seeing you at the next one!

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous layouts Rachael. Wish I could have joined you, I bet they all had a wonderful time. All my layouts seem to be blue as I have 5grandsons would love a pink one.

nikki said...

Really enjoyed your class - it definitely wasn't too pink for me :) - look forward to seeing your layout with the challenges you have set yourself - I am planning to challenge myself to do a layout with more layering and distressing so have ordered an edge distresser - think I may be hooked on distressing and inking lol

Susy Rudy said...

stunning LO - much admired at the retreat and just as beautiful on here - once again thanks for all the technique tips - I am trying to use them LOL xxx

Sam said...

Lovely LOs Rachael, your class at the retreat was fantastic - if a little pink for me!! ;) But am happy with the finished LO in blue.
Was a pleasure to meet you. xx

Jackie xxx said...

FAB, FAB FAB - what more can I say, glad it all went well at your retreat. Esp. love the LO using the Prima range. Good luck with your challenge - LOL

Amanda said...

Beautiful los all your hard work shows in every one i really love your work and really enjoyed your class and was lovely to meet you in person i may have a go at scraplifting the boodles lo if you dont mind

Sally said...

Beautiful layouts. Exactly the style I love and wish I had been there to do your class.

Craftyangel said...

gorgeous layouts Racheal.........glad your class was a success, knew it would be, as your layout are fab and you are very talented lady