Thank you to our Guest Poster, Holly Attfield for providing an inside look as an attendee at the scrapbooking event, Creative Escape. If you missed Holly’s previous posts, you can find them here: Part 1, Part 2. Please do visit Holly at her blog, Random Tidbit Series!
Amidst all of the fun and scrapbook supply shopping, all the chatting with old friends and making new ones, the most intriguing reason to go to an event like Creative Escape is the opportunity to attend classes taught by some of the most sought after instructors in the scrapbooking industry. The classes at this year’s Chandler, Arizona event were both fun and diverse, ranging from colourful mini-albums to an elegant pyramid home décor piece, from a tiny suitcase album to gorgeous wall displays. In my next two posts about Creative Escape 2009, I will highlight each of the class projects for you.
Creative Escape attendees were split up into eight groups, and rotated through each of the instructor’s classes together. Morning classes came early, with the 8am start coming on the heels of a 6:30am breakfast! Our group began Friday morning with Heather Bailey’s class. Heather as sweet as she is tall, and the bright colours in her sweet beautiful paper collections for Autumn Leaves gave our morning a vibrant start.
Fabric designer Heather Bailey‘s husband is a professional photographer, and not only did he give the sweetest intro to Heather’s class, but he also took photos of her teaching, some of which you can see on her blog here. We created an adorable mini album with Heather, and most of us managed to finish the entire project in class. The class kit included lovely colourful ribbon to tie around the binder ring, (which I still have to add when I get a chance). I think this album is awesome for spring or summer vacation photos, or would make a fantastic teacher’s gift.
Each class was unique and each teacher brought their own style, personality and creative touches to the project we created with them. In Carol Wingert‘s class, we created this lovely pyramid display with a matching mini album. We made this project completely from scratch, including cutting the triangles to make the pyramid (which we now know how to re-create again and again). We also learned traditional bookbinding techniques while making the mini album. Carol posted various ways that this project can be completed on her blog, which you can see here. I love the little bird’s nest pyramid she created. For my project, I think I may make a few more, smaller pyramids and create a Christmas display with lit mini Christmas trees inside the pyramids. I’ll leave some pyramids open, some closed, and perhaps bring in a few twigs or evergreen boughs from outside; and set them all up on a snow-look covered table. I can’t wait until Christmas now!
Taking a class from Heidi Swapp was a real treat, as her positive outlook on life and endless energy totally rubs off on everyone she meets. Her slide presentations throughout the weekend were always both inspiring and humorous. Since I am in the process of moving right now, hearing Heidi’s tales of moving 3 times in 18 months (and twice across the ocean!) was very encouraging. Can you believe she has 19huge boxes full of completed scrapbook albums! I can only hope to be that productive one day!
Heidi’s project was this beautiful cascading display album, which flipped up to display layer after layer of pages for photos and journaling. Heidi had her own version of this project on display at the class, and it was overflowing with colourful with family photos. I can’t wait to finish mine.
You can see more views of Heidi’s album on my blog, here.
We created this stunning wall hanging with Lynette Carroll, and I have to say, I don’t think I’ve seen anyone have a project more organized than Lynette. The wall hanging had six panels, and the materials required for each panel was pre-cut and placed in labelled, sealed bags to make assembly quick and easy. It’s a good thing, too, since Lynette packed a lot into our class time, and with everything so precisely arranged, almost everyone finished their project.
This wall hanging would be beautiful with formal wedding photos, although Lynette’s had everyday colour photos of her family, and it looked fantastic!
After a full day of Creative Escape classes, I think each of the attendees came away with a feeling of great productivity, a handful of new tips and tricks to use back home, and a readiness for an evening of fun, which was certainly to be had that night. The resort did a fantastic job of all of our meals, and with bus tours of scrapbook stores and some optional workshops in the evening, we hit our beds that night exhausted! I’ll have another post coming up with Day 2 of our Creative Escape class projects coming up, so check back soon!