Today my good friend Trina and I headed to Papermaze for a workshop with the talented Louise Collins. The sun was shining, we didn't get lost, and we spent several very happy hours scrapping, shopping and eating cake - what a perfect day!
I love Lou's work, so it was great to meet her in person today and pick up lots of brilliant tips, ideas and inspiration. As you can see, my page is not quite finished (I am always a slow scrapper!) - I didn't have any photos with me for a start, and anyway for me more is always more and less is never enough, so I probably won't be able to resist a few little tweaks and additions, but I was very happy with what I managed to achieve in a couple of hours ...
Louise showed us lots of clever techniques - we used some Tim Holtz dies to cut the clockface and cogs from vellum, used them as masks with Distress Inks to create a grungy background, then layered them over the top. We learned how to create perfect splats and dribbles with a Dylusions Ink Spray. Most fun of all were the stitched elements - brilliant! And not a ready-made embellishment to be seen!
Afterwards, we got to have a look around the shop, and with a 10% discount for attending the workshop, it would have been rude not to pick up a few bits ...
Some gorgeous Heidi Swapp enamel shapes and alphas, a beautiful Memory Box stencil, a zipper edge punch from EK Success, wood veneer hearts and sweet little birds from Studio Calico and some cool chipboard slide frames from The Pier. Lots of stuff I really really needed!
After a delicious lunch at The Crockery Barn, we headed back to Norwich, stopping at Hobbycraft on the way, just to make sure there was nothing else we really really needed ...
... and funny enough, there were just a few things I couldn't live without - the little stamps bottom left were only £1 each, the fun Amy Tangerine alphas, the beautiful Curiosity Corner wooden frames, a set of alphabet stamps in a cool typewriter-style font, the pack of three irresistible decorative tapes, the unusual kraft colour photo corners and flowers, the bargain pack of 50 self-adhesive felt flowers at only £1, the small circle punch I've needed for ages, a huge pack of brightly-coloured buttons and last but not least a pack of all-white loom bands.
What a fantastic pile of goodness! Which I really really REALLY neeeeeeeded :o)
Thanks for popping in today, see you again soon