This past weekend I teamed up with fellow demo & good friend Paula to run our third Great Welly Paper Caper! Also known as Stamp Camp, it’s a whole weekend of crafting, classes, chatting, sharing and FUN! We stay at Silverstream Retreat which is a fabulous venue – lots of space, fully refurbished rooms, nice gardens, spectacular food (honestly the food this weekend was phenomenal!)
Everyone arrived Friday afternoon/evening and this year everyone was straight into their crafting:
We always have treats available all weekend for people to nibble as they need to:
Saturday morning we kick off with the first of 3 classes. I was up first this year sharing everything I know about Project Life and ways you can use it to preserve your memories:
After an amazing lunch (honestly we rolled back into the crafting room!) we had class number 2, which was Paula showing us the Bokeh effect and also shaker cards! I loved this class – I’ll share the beautiful cards with you later in the week!
The rest of Saturday is just free crafting time – everyone brings their own projects to work on. This is by far my favourite part of the weekend – I actually managed to get some projects completed this year (go me!) – but what I love the most is listening to everyones happy chatter! Everyone was so generous with their knowledge, time and expertise – sharing with each other the projects they were working on, giving little impromptu demonstrations of different techniques/tools/ideas to each other etc. It truly was wonderful to walk around and see what everyone was doing! This year we also introduced a share table where everyone could display the projects they completed over the weekend for everyone to see – it was AMAZING! The talent in the room was so good:
We always have lots of giveaways during camp and this year was no exception – 11 prize patrols, an all-attendee giveaway, and beautiful pillow gifts for everyone too!
By Sunday morning everyone is looking a little worse for wear – but still smiling! Each year we have a guest tutor to teach a class and this year we were incredibly lucky to have the wonderful Rachael van Rij sharing her typography tips with everyone! Unfortunately I missed this class as my Miss 7 had her ballet exam at the same time so I needed to pop out and put my Mum hat on for a short while. When I got back everyone was RAVING about the class and enjoying creating their projects -here’s a little peek of some of Rachael’s projects, I’ll share them all later in the week:
We finished up with another wonderful lunch before packing up and heading home – tired, but VERY happy! This year we finally remembered to get a group picture of everyone:
We have rebooked for next year so if you would like to join us for a fun weekend of crafting, book 16-18 October into your diaries now!