Sunday, 21 August 2011

Scrap Retreats

Have you ever been on a Scrap Retreat?
I have only been on a couple of them. One of them as a guest and the second one as a teacher. And I had a ball both times.
If you haven't been you don't know what you're missing. A full weekend of nothing but scrapping. Classes provided as part of the package and lots of free time to sit and work on your own creations. Lots of lovely like minded ladies. No kids or hubbies to interrupt your creative juices. No feeling guilty that you should be cooking dinner instead of finishing off your page. Just uninterrupted time to sit and emerse yourself into your passion.
I have just come across a Scrap Retreat in Italy that looks divine.

Now all I need to do is win lotto to allow me to retreats I have been on have been nothing like this. The accommodation has been school camp quality and  the rest of the venue has been of the same standard. But was still fun.
If  you haven't been on a retreat, I urge you to do it. Just enquire at your local shop. If they don't run them, there will sure be somewhere in your area that does.
My next retreat I am teaching at is in October and I can't wait. I had better get onto designing  the classes I guess.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Scrapbook Beginnings

I am teaching a class tonight on the Basics of Layout and Design for scrapbooks. It's a regular class held twice a month. As I was printing off the student handouts I got to thinking - what were my first pages like. So I pulled out my very first album from nearly 11 years ago.
Back then I had no clue about what I was doing. I didn't even know that 12" x 12" was the standard size and you had special 12" x 12" albums. I used to scrapbook in a spiral bound art journal I got from my local department store. Stickers were big back then and so was hand lettering for headings. Boy oh boy were the pages basic. But I won't go back and change them, they are part of my scrapbooking journey. I have done other layouts with copies of some of the photos. In fact that is on my To Do list. I wasnt to recreate a proper scrapbook as I know them now using the same photos and themes. So I can compare how far I have come.
Who would of thought that looking at these  old layouts that I would one day be teaching the craft. 
I had no idea back then that I was doing anything wrong. Well  not until a cousin came over one day and I showed her my album. She politely invited me along to a Creative Memories party at her place. Boy were my eyes opened, and I must say I was very embarrased at what I had shown my cousin. But we have had some good laughs about it over the years.
And I don't believe I am doing this, but here as some of those first pages.

Sunday, 14 August 2011

My attempt at Cinderella.

Sorry it's been a week since I finished my daughters Cinderella outfit for her Book Parade. And I have been really slack and haven't posted any photos yet. Probably because eventhough I am very proud of how it turned out, I was also slightly embarassed. This was because by "sewers" standards it is not very good. But I guess that I needed to come to terms with the fact that I am only a beginner and I could actually follow the pattern. I modified it a little bit, I just couldn't get the waist to gather before adding the casing. So as I was running out of time, I just turned the top over a few times to make my own casing and then threaded some elastic through. It sort of looks the same in the end.
But I guess all that matters  is that my daughter loved it and was very proud to wear it in the parade. So I suppose I met my clients brief . Just don't look too

Sunday, 7 August 2011

I sewed something!!!

For most people this wouldn't be a big deal. But for me, well it is.
My Mum has been a sewer for as long as I can remember. She used to make all my clothes when I was little, and saved me a pretty penny when I started working. Like any young woman I wanted all the latest fashion but couldn't afford it, so Mum came to the rescue and made it for me.
I have dabbled with a bit over the years, but just didn't have the patience to learn the tricky stuff, like putting in sleeves etc. Mum even bought me a Horn sewing cabinet, her old sewing machine and an overlocker. All in the hope that I would follow in her footsteps. And I so wanted to. But for some reason papercraft was more my calling.
So we come to today.  And I am proud to say that I have just sewn my first complete item. Yeah for me. The kids have a character parade for book week at school next week. So I had the hairbrain idea that I might be able to sew them something to wear rather than buy. And I thought it would be cheaper. Well after spending lots of $$ at my local material shop, I'm not so sure that it was the cheaper option.
Anyway, my son wanted to go as Count Dooku from Star Wars the Clone Wars. Easy I thought, I just have to make him a cape. And I did. And it's lined!!
Now for my daughters costume. Cinderella. mmm I am procrastinating on this. But it is Sunday and the parade is on Tuesday, so I had better get cracking. If it doesn't turn out then at least I have Monday to go buy
Here is my sons cape. I am as proud as punch with it.

Work in Progress

Wow I don't believe it. I have officially entered the world of blogging. How exciting. And this is my first ever blog. It's not very exciting I'm afraid. It is the wee small hours of the morning and I have just finished designing what my blog will look like. So I best be off to bed now. Will be back to play tomorrow.
Cheers, Narelle