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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year everyone!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas and Crafty Santa brought you lots of pretty goodies! Crafty Santa was good with me and brought me an ATG gun and a huge crop bag! I have now started using the ATG gun and it’s amazing, so much time saved compared to the double sided sticky tape that I was using! And the crop bag I’ll get to use this coming weekend! Yay!

crafty santa

I didn’t scrap at all since my last post about the Glynn Barton book back in the middle of December and I must admit that I really missed scrapping during the whole Christmas period and the first couple of weeks of January.

I kept being active on Facebook for the most part of it, and I kept seeing gorgeous layouts posted to all the scrapping groups that I belong to, and I also kept watching process videos on youtube (although not so many, as December Daily was taking over and I am not into December Daily – yet), and I was so jealous! I wanted to have time to sit down at my desk too and have a play myself. But it wasn’t to be! The first time that I got to create just last Saturday!

However, all this time that I didn’t create, I did have lots of opportunities to think about what I want to create and achieve in the new year, and I reached lots of conclusions!

The first decision that I reached was that I no longer want to work chronologically. It is so restrictive! I have loved creating the twins’ first few books (four so far: 2013, 2014 part one, 2014 part two, and 2015 part one), however, now that I have almost finished the first 2015 one, I am not very inspired to start the second one! I love seeing other people’s layouts, with photos that vary greatly in years or seasons or events. I want to have this freedom to jump from a Christmas layout today to a summer one tomorrow. In order to stop scrapping chronologically, I need to stop using the Hobbycraft prebound books. Again, I have enjoyed using them until now, and I may still use them for mini albums (like the Glynn Barton one) but no more.

The second decision is very closely related to the first one, and it’s that since I am not going to be restricted to prebound albums, I am also going to stop scrapping on 8×8 size and move towards 12×12. I have already created two layouts on this size (blog posts coming soon) last weekend and I have loved every minute of it.

Another benefit of moving to 12×12 is that now I can just send 90% of my pictures to print just like they are, without having to edit them first in photoshop to get two or three smaller photos on a 4×6. It is so time consuming! I suppose sometimes I may still do that when I want to use two or three photos on one layout, but that would be the exception to the rule rather than the other way around.

At the same time, my other objectives for this year are the same ones that I talked about in this post (except for the First Communion order, which has already been done. I will blog about it very soon). The book of me, however, is going to have to be rethought. I was looking again at the prompts that I came up with, with each letter of the alphabet, and I don’t know how doable some of them are. I have already decided that some layouts would be photo-less, however looking at them again has made me realise that tons of them would not have a photo, and that is not what I want. So I may ditch the whole letter of the alphabet idea and just scrap the photos that I already have, but telling a story, from childhood to current likes and dislikes.

In this new year I am also going to try to attend at least one crop every month, two if possible! I talked to my husband about it and he agrees that I need this time for myself. The dates for the Artful Angels crop in Winchester are great this year and have already been put in my calendar. The dates for the Scrap Cafe crops however are not so good. Especially the dates for Bracknell, which would be my preferred location, happen to be not so favourable. Also, I won’t be able to attend their first retreat in March, which is a shame, but I already have something else planned for that weekend.

Oh, and did I mention that I will also be attending the new Paige Taylor Evans workshop in March? I have seen some reveals of her new collection and I know I am going to absolutely love it, so I’m really excited about that! We will be going to spend the weekend at the in-laws and I can travel to the venue on the Saturday, just like we did for the November workshop. More info on the Birds of a Feather website 🙂

And the last thing… Last year I applied to become a Design Team member for the Lottie Loves Paper kit, and I really hope I get chosen! I think being a DT member would push me to try new things and I am sure it would broaden the way I scrapbook, so it would be a fantastic challenge for me! If I don’t get chosen is not the end of the world, but I would very much love it!

I’ve got a couple more things to talk about, but I will save them for another blog post… I am aware this one is already very long!

Read you soon!
Mx

Paige Taylor Evans and BoaF event

On Saturday I attended the first Birds of a Feather event in Coventry, with the gorgeous Paige Taylor Evans as guest designer.

The day itself was beautifully organised. I arrived at the hotel (the lovely Ansty Hall) and I was greeted by James, who ticked my name off the list. I went into the room and I was shown to my seat. On the table there was a bag with the included kit and some extra freebies. The kit included for the workshop consisted in quite a lot of goodies from the Paige Evans newest collection for Pink Paislee “Take me away”. I must admit that from all her previous collections, this is probably my least favourite because it features a lot of violets and I am not keen on violet for scrapbooking at all. However, there are lots of other amazing papers, so I am happy to work with it.

Kitansty hall

Paige designed four layouts exclusively for this workshop and we were given photos and instructions for every single one. In addition to this, Paige also gave more detailed instructions and other tips on design, composition, etc.

The good thing about being given almost a full collection with papers, embellishments, etc, rather than just the exact materials that we would need, is that if you didn’t like a certain element of the layout or you wanted to personalise it a bit more towards your own style, you had plenty of papers and other bits and pieces to choose from. For the second layout I had chosen a photo of Eric, and the layout that Paige had designed used lots of “girly” papers, so I was just able to pick my own papers to make it a bit more boy-ish. I like having done this in a couple of the layouts, because now my layouts are kind of more unique than everyone else who followed the layout to the T.

I tried so many new techniques on the day! I did stitching (which I struggled with at the beginning, but it got easier towards the end), I did lots of fussy cutting (I’ve done fussy cutting before, but not to this extent!), a die cut piece with lots of different patterns underneath… Things that I don’t normally (or ever!) use on my layouts but that look so stunning!

I also enjoyed working with 12×12 layouts. I have said in the past that I struggle with 12×12 because of the amount of space to fill, but Paige’s technique is about filling the background with big, bold patterns and elements, so it is not so overwhelming.

Another great thing about the day was the the ladies who run Hey Little Magpie set up a pop up shop at the event! And it wasn’t just a small table, no… It was a huge display, organised by collections, with tons of papers, embellishments, inks, stamps and so many more things! I must admit that I have never bought from their online shop before, just because their prices are just slightly higher than Papermaze. The difference is that HLM are official American Crafts distributors and always have the latest collections straight away. As I have mentioned in the past, I don’t really care that much about the latest must-haves and always buy what I like and what I can afford. But we were given a £10 voucher to spend on the shop so I felt like I needed to spend a bit more! I ended up buying some thickers, embellishments and some 6×6 papers. I think I spent around £30 in the end… Naughty me!

shopThere was another bigger table on the other side of the room

I attended alone, although I did recognise some of the ladies as the organisers had created a private facebook group for all the attendees, so we could interact a bit before the day. To my right was a lady called Leisa, who I already kind of knew from the scrappy groups on facebook and next to her were Mimi and Rubina, who I got on quite well with too. To my left was Lisa, who came with her sister. I didn’t talk much to her, but she seemed like a great laugh. She had this very contagious laughter… I had no idea what they were talking about half the time, but when she laughed, I laughed too 🙂

room  room2

So, finally, here are my four layouts! My favourite ones are number 1 and number four (Elisa and Pepper), however, I must admit that I love all of them. I am specially happy with Eric’s layout, as I much more prefer the colours and papers that I used than the ones that Paige selected for hers.

Too Cute

Awesome

love this

pepper

 

The ladies of Birds of a Feather are organising another event in May. This time it will be a full weekend retreat but the are also bringing a special designer… Wilna Furstenberg!!! This is specially exciting as Wilna uses lots of mixed media and I would absolutely love to attend one of her classes, however, due to the fact that it is a full weekend retreat, the price for the event is quite high (over £350 – that includes accommodation, obviously, but a bit pricey!). I have enquired about coming for a one day only to attend the workshop with Wilna, and apparently several other people have asked the same, so they are going to look into it. Or I could start saving now!

And a last couple of photos:

Paige and the ladies Paige and me BOAF and me

Birds of a Feather event

Apologies for the lack of content lately! This weekend I am going to be away and hopefully I will get a chance to write a couple of extra posts that I have in the pipeline…

But, most importantly, on Saturday I will be attending the first event organised by “Birds of a Feather“. This is a UK company, just formed, that create events like scrapbooking workshops, retreats, etc. Their first event is a workshop with renowned designer Paige Evans. She currently designs for Pink Paislee and her collections are super cute.

She has created four exclusive layouts for the workshop, which at the moment are top secret! We have only had a small sneak peek and the whole layouts won’t be revealed until the workshop starts. All the materials for creating the layouts are provided and the only thing we need to bring (apart from basic tools like trimmers, glue, etc) is the photos.

The workshop is taking place in Ansty, near Coventry, so the whole family and I will be spending the weekend near Banbury with my in-laws, which is only a little drive away from the hotel (around 45 minutes drive)

So, I’m really excited and I can’t wait to see what I create on the day!

Birds of a Feather