Saturday, 9 April 2011

What!!?? Who'd drive more than 4000km just to go to a scrap retreat??

Me! Me! Me! (and, with luck, Me! again next year!)
Yep, it really is an Escape 2 Create.  A round trip of a whisker over 4000km from here in Sydney to Port Lincoln, SA and back again, the third year in a row.  It's become a trip my husband and I look forward to, knowing the best places to stay, to stop for fuel, food and (respectable) bathroom facilities along the way.  We had the car loaded up with materials to teach my stamping workshop, lots and lots of papercrafting stuff for creating into the wee hours, and a back seat snooze zone with blanket and pillows for resting between driving stints.

Words can't quite express how much I appreciate being able to participate in such a great event.  Amanda, Meredith, and Sue have created an extraordinary retreat, to fill a need in an isolated pocket of Australia that is simply brimming with creativity and resourcefulness.  There is quite a few more people working behind the scenes, including Val and Kathryn the volunteer kitchen goddesses and the Eyre Peninsula papercraft retailers.not to mention each and every e2c participant!

It was indeed an honour to be invited to teach, and I'll move heaven and earth to be there again in 2012, if you'll have me! Nabbing a teaching spot might be the only chance I have, this year booked out within an incredible 15 MINUTES!  It is worth every single kilometre and more to share in the wonderful 'thing' you have created together.  I'll bribe you if necessary, dangling my "man in pink" like a carrot....  LOL!  Thank you to all the brave ladies who faced their stamping fears at my workshop, we made a delightful mess, and I hope you are all inspired to go home and dig out your neglected stamping tools and materials. 

I was sorry I didn't get myself organised in time to book into the scrap classes, being taught by legendary Australian scrapbookers Fran Tynan and Tatum Woodroffe.  Their creations were AMAZING!  It was nice to soak up the inspiration just by being seated close by though, and to wander around seeing how everyone's layouts looked so subtly different!  I did however get to take part in the incredibly fun workshop by 'upcycling' legend, Lou Nelson, using texture paste, stencils, gauze, glimmer spray, plastic bubble packages and dress pattern tissue to create a deliciously textured scrap 'page'  It's not yet finished, but I love how it looks so far!  Stay tuned...

And, being that it was a scrap retreat, I created an honourary scrap page.  I feel like I haven't scrapped in years, finding the bite-sized canvas of a card to be easier to fit in amongst my busy life.  But, I do enjoy creating a few special memories with selected photos.

Going from last photo to first:

A4 Scrap page - inspired by Amanda Hall  's hallmark size, as well as the awe-inspiring A4 talent of fellow teacher, Fran Tynan.  Just as the scrappers were thinking of their stamps as re-useable rub-ons, I was attempting to think, "it's just an oversized card"  The background is Pear Pizzazz, the paper scraps are from the Greenhouse Gala DSP, and the journal panel is cut using the Scallop circle BigShot die from the Hostess pack of In Colour paper.  The splodge stamp is from Extreme Elements, the Friends stamp from Vintage Vogue, and the flower is punched using the Scallop Circle and Butterfly punches, on scraps of brown paper stamped with images from the Friends never Fade stamp set that matches the Greenhouse Gala papers.  I secured the flower with an Antique brad, and added a mini vintage tag to trim.  Up the top, I added a Clips Assortment clip with a snip of Pear Pizzazz twill ribbon.  Around the outside I doodled a border of Early Espresso marker.  I chose the colours based on the photo, taken in the Central West of NSW, hope you like!

Next pic up: Dawn breaking, towards Wilcannia.  Taken at speed through a grubby windscreen unfortunately, due to there being a Road Train not far behind me...

Sculpture of oversized park bench, Broken Hill Line of Lode Miner's Memorial.  Love the light in this one, SOOC.

The rusted, tunnel like Miner's Memorial - inside are the details of the more than 800 men who have lost their lives in mining accidents at Broken Hill since silver, copper, tin and zinc were first mined there in the 1800's.  This complex has won many architectural awards, and is perched on top of the giant "mullock heap" that dominates the town-scape.

Next up - what's country Australia without a bit of "Big Kitsch"??  This is Kimba, which claims to be halfway across Australia.  Not sure of the validity of that, but hey, it's got a Big Galah!  Freaky looking really...  And it is in close proximity to the curiously named town "Iron Knob"

Next up, third from top - something a LOT more aesthetically pleasing!  The escape 2 create girls go to extra-ordinary effort to createa theme for each year's retreat, this one was 1950's housewife humour, complete with vintage colour scheme, old-style magazine adverts in the table number frames, pinwheel decorations and great pop-art style graphics.  The goodie bags contained all kinds of curious snippets, I look forward to creating with them at some time in the future (when I clear my desk of Constructivism essay papers...*)

Second from top - the shed, what a fabulous creating space!  High ceiling, expansive width, room to move, and an airy feel.  This was taken quite early during setup, it didn't stay this peaceful looking for long.  It was simply buzzing with creative energy!

And, at the top, somewhere near Nymadgee, northern central NSW.  Bugger!  I forgot to take a photo of the to-die-for Vanilla Slice from the 5 Loaves Bakery in Cummins, SA.  Long way to go for coffee and pastries, but we WILL be back!  Like I said, worth. every. kilometre

* yes - I have done it again, a nice loooong post, with lots of pics, when I should really be investing time in wrapping my head around the "vast and woolly" topic of constructivism.    Now my typing fingers are nice and lubricated, I'll take a break and enjoy a glass of wine  :P


:) Tiff said...

hey michelle. my stampin a thing a jimmi (lol) got dirty today. horray.

love the pics of your trip. been down the mine at Broken Hill. MIL lives up there. if you get the chance next time, take a moment to go see the 'big picture' while in BH. its worth it.

cheers and take care of that man in pink!!!!


Carolyn Gibbs said...

Sounds absolutely awesome. Might have to see if I could justify a trip next year, if only to get me scrapping again!! Your man in Pink is definitely awesome.

amanda hall said...

awww yes we will definitely have you back!! Thanks for just about EVERYTHING. You and Andrew are part of the furniture now and it wouldn't be the same without you. Love your layout and the photos. Brilliant. xx

Fran said...

It was SO lovely to meet you, Michelle (and Andrew) - I'm still in awe of your mammoth trip but I fully agree with you on it being absolutely worth it!!
Love your page!

Fran xx

Louise said...

Ooh right bak atcha!!!! I so cant wait to see your page :) :) :)

Lou :) xx

Bev Mantle said...

It was great to sit next to you a fellow year we will get our act together with

Erin said...

OOh...I would LOVE to attend something like this. Is there a website to get information?