Monday, 4 October 2010

Back from the retreat

I am home from the Wight craft circles 3rd retreat and surrounded by a pile of craft stuff that needs packing away!
I had a wonderful time and managed to get 8 LO's done. I bought way too much stash from Katies wonderful shop (cre8tive online) and it was great to catch up with all the ladies that come to us from the mainland, Deb's, Julia, Anna, Nicole, Diane, Alison and Katie and to meet Julia (WOYWDW Julia over at Stamping ground) and Linda who attended our retreat for the first time. I must say we have the best ladies at our retreats!!! Everyone had a great weekend, loads of fab scrapping was done and lots of laughter was had (especially the story I cannot repeat that Alison told us, which had me rushing to the loo for fear of wetting myself!!). Everybody has already booked up for our 4th retreat in February.
Unfortunately I didn't remember to take any photos! Paige took a few which I expect she will post on our Wight circle blog. We normally go out all together on the Saturday afternoon and get some silly group shots but as we had torrential rain for most of the weekend we didn't get the chance.
Paige and I would like to say a big thankyou to Katie for bringing her shop so us Isle of Wighters could purchase and drawl over some wonderful stash (most craft shops on the Island are dismal!) and also a huge thanks to all of our lovely ladies who make the retreat such a pleasure to run and bring such inspiration and friendship to us.
Here are the LO's I completed (sorry they are not in order, blogger was not playing nice!). I had saved quite a few challenges from the Wight craft circles scrap with us challenge to complete at the retreat. Paige and I also worked on a couple of LO's for our upcoming scrap with us so I am giving you a bit of a sneak peak!
WK 30-10 things about....
10 things I'd like to be. PP is October Afternoon, thickers and adorn it's.
I was going to do 10 things about me, but couldn't think of 10 interesting things so ended up doing 10 things I'd like to be!

WK 27-What makes me happy?
PP -WRMK show and tell
My family make me happy and as Mr Ladybird (Paiges husband Trav!) just did some lovely family portraits for us I had to use one of them for this LO.

WK 28- Traditions and focus on journalling
PP-Bo Bunny (raided from Alisons scrap bag!)
Another of Trav's photos. We don't have many traditions in our family, unless it's xmas ones, but the kids and me do have 'I love you' sayings that we use all the time!

WK 29-Things you've lost and found
PP-prima & college press
I have not the journalling yet for this as Im afraid it might be a bit mushy so didn't want to do it at the retreat!

WK 31- How I feel about....
PP-WRMK 72 and sunny
This Photo was also taken by Trav at my Dad's 'I'm in remission ' party! He was diagnosed in January this year with non hodgekins lymphoma, went through chemo and was told he was in remission in August so we had a big party to celebrate. The journalling will be about how scared I was and how pleased we are that he came through it. I made a tag to pull out from behind the photo so the journalling is not on view.

WK 32-could it be magic
PP-Echo park
These photos are from a handfasting I performed a couple of weeks ago.

WK 34- The great outdoors
PP- My little shoebox
This pic is a little blurry, sorry! My daughter could not get up the tree without me giving her a little shove, then she realised she couldn't get down either!

WK 35- Me in 2010
PP- Bo Bunny
Photo taken at the handfasting. This Lo is about how I need to be photos and I need to scrap them! I hate photos of me but I have to remember that my kids will want photos of me when Im gone. At the retreat Julia told me that when my kids look at photos of me they will just see their mum, they wont see all my insecurities like I do- so thank you Julia, i will remember that and try and be in more photos!

WK 38- Proudest moment
PP-Jillibean soup
My son in his uniform on his first day at high school

The next two were done at our last crop and I forgot to post them! They are not challenge LO's, just for fun!

Thanks for looking,
Sami x


laurie b said...

you did a lot of work last weekend! and it sounds like you had some fun, too. :-) your layouts are all so different. i enjoyed looking at each and every one.

Sarah said...

Lovely to see your completed LOs on here. I only saw most of them upside down across the table as you were doing them. I love the tree one and all those family portraits Trav took are gorgeously accessorised on your LOs too. Thanks for a lovely weekend. I had such a good time. And Mum is super excited about coming to the next one. xxx

LadyBug said...

What a great weekend!!!!! I don't think we could have had a better one if we tried do you? well maybe the sun could have put in an appearance but never mind the wind and rain it was great to see everyone and how creative we were!!! Loving all your LO's can't wait now until Feb 2011!

Jamie said...

Great layouts

Carmen said...

First of all, in regards to your first LO, things you'd like to be. I personally think you ARE beautiful and no I'm not just saying that because I like you. You have a fantastic smile and such twinkly eyes. I wish you could see it. Plus your beautiful personality just shines out as well.

All the pages are lovely :) I met Julia at her calender workshop - she's so funny! I bet you all had a right laugh! Your retreats always sound so much fun!