Monday, 19 October 2009

Wight Craft Circle Retreat

The Wight craft circle held its first ever retreat at the weekend! We had 16 ladies attend and our venue was Totland Bay youth hostel on the Isle of Wight who went out of their way to accomadate us and all of our stash!It was a lot of hard work to organise but well worth it. So I would like to say a big thank you to all the nice ladies that came and made it an unforgettable weekend. New friends were made and bonds were formed and loads of wonderful crafting was enjoyed! Also a big thank you must go to Katie from Cre8tive online who came at the last minute with her shop so all of us IOW ladies could spend our hard earned stash money, you were great Katie!
Heres some pics of us all down at the beach on saturday afternoon. I am waiting to get copies of the photos paige took of the group shots.

Paige, Center front!

Faya, Anna & Nicole

Debs & Julia

Mandy & Paige

Zoe & Me

Before this weekend I had quite a naive attitude that all ladies who scrapped would be nice! Looking back I dont know why I just assumed this, Probably because everyone I have met so far in the scrapping world has been. When we started our crop new people came and have been nothing short of wonderful, when I post on UKS people are helpful, polite and willing to go out of their way to help you so I think it was a natural assumption. That theory has certainly been challenged this weekend so I would like to say again a big thank you to most of the women that attended and pulled together to make sure our weekend was not spoiled by the actions and attitudes of a few. The Wight Circle group will be looking forward to seeing you again in February at our next retreat.

I managed to catch up on SLYMI at the retreat as i was far, far behind! I did 5 of the LO's shown here and managed to make a mini book, I thought i had done quite well until Paige counted up her LO's and had done 12 plus 2 mini books!! Some of the photos are a bit blurry, sorry!

SLYMI Wk 30- scrap your independance

I chose this photo of me and my son because i think it sums up when i really became independant! I cant remember what the PP is, alphas are adornit, prima, gem and ric rac.

SLYMI Wk 31- something old, new borrowed, blue

I didnt go with the wedding theme for this one. The barn is old, the bridge is new and so is the PP (craft), the C/S is blue and the stamp was borrowed! I used a free programe called Rollip for the polaroid effect photos. The chipboard frame is MM and they were one of my purchases from the retreat!

SLYMI Wk 32- write in white

This is a photo of my dad and my son taken at a wedding a few weeks ago.PP is some left over doodlebug papers, a flower punch and thickers and doodlebug alphas.

SLYMI Wk 33- Scrap a square in a square

This pic is a bit blurry! This was a trip to a local theme park that my son won at school. I had already made a mini book but wanted to do a LO aswell. This was scraplifted from Paige! The PP's are all scraps and i have used stamps and primas aswell. The big letters are some I bought at the retreat.

SLYMI Wk 34-scrap from the sketch

This looks nothing like the sketch but i dont care!! The pp's are scraps again with a jornalling tag pinched from paige (its such a good job i was sitting next to her at the retreat!) pm alphas, riff raff chipboard and some buttons.

SLYMI Wk 35- scrap a bank holiday weekend

I did this one a while ago, just had not got round to posting it. The PP is Fancy pants rough and tough, circle stamp is stamps away and the arrow stamp is PM. The alphas are American crafts remarks which i coloured in to match the page.

SLYMI Wk 39- Scrap with your own handwriting

I had to use my new papers by My minds eye that i bought at the retreat, and thought this was the perfect photo for them. The pack is called bloom and grow and there was 36 papers for £10-bargain i thought! I have used some corragated carboard that i distressed and inked to put my title on. The little stamp at the side was by Crate paper Lillian collection but it was exactly the same design as the papers.

I have forgotten to take a photo of my mini book so will post that next time.

Thanks for looking!


Carmen said...

C'mon, dish the dirt. Is Paige really that annoyingly tidy when she scraps as she seems? You can tell me - I wont blab ;) She's really as messy as the rest of us isn't she? Eh? Eh? :D

You got me intrigued about the goings on at your retreat now. (That's the gossip in me) But I know what you mean I thought the same about crafters... then you go somewhere like Ally Pally and though the majority are fabulous and a right laugh you get the odd few that tinge the day.

I love your pages - espescially the patchworked squared one.

LadyBug said...

Loving all your pages Sam! I know how much time you spend making sure allof them are just as you want them so don't feel bad that i rushed through and made so many. yours are all lush and I wish i could slow down a bit (might not keep running out of photos) and you had better tell Carmen just how tidy i am when i scrap ;)

Sam said...

Yes Carmen Paige is that annoyingly tidy when she crafts!!When i get the photos off of her from the weekend i will post a pic of her table...totally tidy and mess free!

lyn said...

ain't retreats great i have one coming up soon and can't wait love the LOs

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