It’s been already a week that I am back from the crop into May – march edition. Yes, this year, it was a bit earlier, the crop, not May. As always I was so much looking forward seen one or the other again, for the first time live or get to know someone new at all…and it was wonderful as always. This year, I booked 3 workshops:
Of course, I was looking forward to each of the workshops but I also had concerns. Normally, I am done after one workshop. My brain is surcharged due to sensory overload….and there is no way to scrap or be creative anymore for that day. Thus, I rarely brought scrapbooking supplies with me (my luggage was still completely full *LOL*)…maybe this helps to stay creative for the workshops.
The day started with the scrapbooking tags and Julia’s workshop. I love her tags already since years…there was a youtube video once where she showed how she made two tags, one with a fawn, another one with a fox (both from Glitz design). I loved those two. Unfortunately, I do not find the video in order to link it for you. Anyway, it can’t replace the workshop; of course there are design rules one can easily learn and we also have enough material at home to start right away, but live is different…nicer…more personal…with atmosphere. At the beginning, Julia explained how she creates her tags by creating one. And along the way we also got an intro into designrules. Then, it was our turn. Julia brought a lot of material from Alexandra Renke. It has a little different style than most scrapbooking paper. At first my brain was a bit overwhelmed by this fact until I saw cute foxes in circles. And then I had a flow…I only needed Julia’s advice at the end for the placement of the text elements.
Later that day was the mixed-media workshop by Frau Pony. Often, I find mixed-media and art journaling a bit difficult. The beginning is easy…here, I am not afraid of white paper or canvas, respectively. But I got stuck in the middle. Either I dislike what I have created that far or I don’t want to continue as I like it too much and fear to mess it up. This time, the latter was the case…I loved my first layers…how they where shining through with different patterns here and there. And after having added another layer, I didn’t like it anymore…also my attempts to rescue didn’t help…it got worse and worse…. Frau Pony was walking around from one to the other helping here and there. When she ended up at my place again, she realized my discontent. And then the pony-power-magic happened…some tips here, a motivating word and psychologic-therapeutic phrases there…while I was still working on the canvas…and then I started liking it again. I only needed to find the right letters for adding my text and done. Then, I had time to see what the others are making and realized that most of them ended up where the disliked what they did. And again, after some pony-power-magic, some minor changes here and there, some words the canvas and the mood was rescued. I can’t say what exactly is this pony-power-magic…but it doesn’t matter in the end. I have learnt that, when reaching the point where you want to through away your work, you just need to continue…intuitively…which might help more than an scientific analysis and project rescue plan.
The mixed-media layout workshop on the next day was without any crisis on my side, but I have seen some successful pony-power-magic here and there. Time flied by so fast that I didn’t finish any layout, at least I have 4 backgrounds waiting for being used as background.
The weekend passed by too fast. At the end, I had learnt a lot…have had many inspirations…slept too little….chatted too little…and, thanks to all the sponsors, brought home a lot of material. As it even was too much for the photo I am showing just a selection here. Thank you for all the goodies to Alexandra Renke, Marabu, Kreul, Dani Peuss, carabelle studio, Scrapbook Adhesives, Steckenpferdchen, buntbox, creative depot…
What a pitty that the crop into May – March edition – is already over. I am already looking forward to next year. In case you want to read more, here are my posts about crop into May 2017 and crop into May 2016.