Hello blog reader. It has been a little quite here recently due to some troubles in real life however things are about to get much busier because I have just come back from a retreat in Noosa run by Queensland Scrapbooking Retreats. Long-time readers may recall I participated in this retreat last year and I had such a good time that I just had to go back. I roomed with Chantal again, which was nice, and two of her friends from her home town. I took part in two classes and created seven layouts.
Ann gives everyone goodie bags at the start of the retreat and these contain two challenge packs, amongst other things. The first challenge came with one double-sided piece of greenish paper, one brown cardstock and a raw custom chipboard title for the retreat. You had to use 70% of the supplied material and could add anything you wanted from your stash. Here is the layout I created:
If you want to compare it to my layout from last year, you can find that one here. I like the little banner I created. I was in Melbourne last weekend and popped by Paper Squared which claims to be the largest scrapbook store in Australia. While there I picked up some bits and bobs and challenged myself to actually use them on the retreat as I really don't need more things just sitting unused on the shelf. The Tim Holtz metal tags were one I was tossing up on, but I used three this weekend! The tiny pegs are so on trend right now and I found a big pack for $2.
I have used this month's sketch over at Stuck?! for inspiration and just rotated it to suit the photo.
Here are all the layouts created by everyone at the retreat. Looks like flowers were a pretty popular embellishment. :)
At the end of the retreat everyone voted for their favourite two layouts. I was very happy to have my layout voted in first place! Here I am with the second place winner. I won a great Kaisercraft collection pack.