What a fab weekend we had at Scrappers Paradise!! Lots of laughing, scrapping, cropping, learning, shopping, painting, getting messy and not so messy, cutting and sticking- a truly wonderful weekend!
Here's Natalie, just doing her final talk.
This is the crop room, where we cropped in between classes and late into the night! I only stayed Saturday night, but loads stayed Friday night as well. I stayed up till gone midnight (vvlate for me!!!) and there were quite a few still up!
Here's Alison, Natalie's partner in crime! They did a really good job of organisng the weekend. The classes ran like clockwork, everybody was where they should have been at the right time, no hanging about waiting for rooms to be ready or teachers being late. The only things that went wrong were the hotel's fault (like not having a room booked for Anna, and horrible cold food and cold coffee!!) In the end Natalie and Alison had to go and stay the night at another hotel!
This is in the crop room too. Look at the LOs on the wall. They were part of a challenge, 'Autumn Bling'. We were given a small kit (£5) when we got there, so we didn't know what was going to be in it, only the title. I entered 2 : Autumn Bling and The World Goes Round and Round.
Here are the helpers, Zoe and Nura. They were brilliant! They made sure we all had what we needed (and fetched more when we cut the papers wrong!!!), cleared away our rubbish, and were really helpful.
To the left of the pic is Tracey who also goes to the Crawley crop that I go to with Natalie, Zoe and Nura among others.
Here are Caroline, Lorna and Jackie. Lorna goes to my Brighton crop, and we sat together. She is so lovely! Friendly and interesting. (She has led a very interesting life, which makes for very interesting LOs!!!) She met Caroline and Jackie at a previous SP, and we sat with them in the crop room. I had a very interesting chat with Caroline on the Saturday evening. C and J have a huge scrap 'barn' for crops and have invited Lorna and myself up there next year!
Here's MJ and Maria (hiding behind her tote!) We were pointing our cameras at each other and I just managed this shot! MJ runs the Newbury crop that I have been to a few times, and came with Maria, Angela, Anna and Liz.
MJ's crop is still the best crop i have ever been to, and I just wish it was nearer! She has wonderful stash in her shop too, and is about to open an internet shop - watch this space!
Here we are in the classroom, being taught to decorate an MDF Chrsitmas tree by the wonderful Dyan Reaveley from Blonde Moments (www. blondemoments. org)
and her shop: Art from the Heart. She is a top teacher! I loved her paint effects class, in which we made inspiration cards.
Here's Dyan in full flow!
Here are some of the goodies I made:
And here are the goodies I bought! (I really loved those mdf Christmas trees when i was in the shop, but now I've got them home, I am wondering why I bought them! Am I really going to get time to do them before Christmas???)