Ok, so this will be a looooong posting. So you have been warned.
I spent last weekend in Gent, Belgium, attending the Scraptastic event. I’ve been contacted by many people who wanted me to share my thoughts of the event and show as much as possible from it. So here’s my litttle story.
I had some really inspiring classes and met a lot of wonderful people. Some of you might remember that I was going on my own. The closer the event came the better that felt. It’s always easier to get to know new people when you are traveling alone. Of course I was looking forward to six spectacular classes, but I also wanted to get to know some new friends.
I went to the airport on Thursday evening and took a flight to Brussels. From there I took a train to Gent and arrived late that evening. Since the Flanders Expo is in the middle of nowhere there was nowhere to eat except for the (really expensive) hotel. So I ate my panini with a huge portion of devotion and went to bed.
Since the first classes started at 9 AM I was convinced the shop area was opened as well. My mistake (and I wasn’t alone). It didn’t open until 10, but the only information I could find on the blog about the opening hours was in Dutch, so no wonder I missed it. I came back later and strolled around the stores for an hour. They weren’t that many so it went rather quick and surprise surprise. My scrapbooking purchases ended up with 59 Euros in total. I made up for that later at the airport. He he.
Luckily there was an IKEA department store just across the road so I went there for some lunch. Not what I had expected, but I didn’t want to spend 30-40 Euros on every meal I ate and that was my only option.
My first class, Mixed Media Journal, started at 12.30 with Sharon Laakkonen. I love Sharon’s style, I even have the same dress she wore during class! This class fitted me perfectly and I loved every minute of it.
I came in rather late and took a seat in the back. A couple of minutes later another girl, Katja, shows up and asks if the seat next to me is taken. Next thing I knew we were babbling away, probably disturbing everybody else. Sorry if you were in my class and read this. It turned out she was Swedish too. There was supposed to be four more of us, so it was kind of funny that she ended up next to me out of 200 people.
Katja’s playing around with Pan Pastels. One of many things I found out this weekend that I can’t live without. When you really think you have “everything” you are constantly reminded of what you don’t have. Well. Let’s put it this way. There will be no trouble finding Christmas presents for me this year. That list is LONG after Scraptastic.
We made a book out of a mixed media kit by Prima. Here’s how my book turned out…
I just love the package we got for this class.
First spread has been made with Pan Pastels (so has the resist cover) and texture paste.
Second spread made with Heidi Swapps new Color Shine sprays. Another must have. Since I don’t have any spray paints back home. Hmmm… I can feel my nose growing an inch or two.
This one has also been made with Pan Pastels…
And this one with water colours…
The backside of the book.
Me and Sharon…
I haven’t taken that many photos since my camera was on during the entire flight and ran out of battery. I had left my charger back home since I usually charge it twice a year. So I’ve had to be really quick with my camera or let someone else take the photo so I’ve been collecting photos this week.
My next class was with Iris Babao Uy. It’s called Dreaming In Watercolor. We made a canvas and was supposed to make a layout as well, but I never got that far so I finished it back home. Iris was a real sweetie. Really caring and helpful.
So here’s the canvas I made…
And the layout. The backgrounds have been made with Distress Stains.
Me and Katja met up with two really sweet Germans and had dinner at…. IKEA. Surprise. 😉 All three of them spoke in German, I spoke English. I studied German at school years ago so I understood what they were saying, but I preferred not to speak it myself.
I got a horrible migraine in the evening so when I was taking Finnabair’s class Industrial Baroque I was really perplexed. That was one of the highlights that I had looked forward to SO much, so it was a bit disappointing. I don’t remember much of the class at all, my head was really at a different planet. My layout turned out as expected, not that good. I managed to finish the class, but was the first one to leave. I do have a memory of Finn as a person with a fantastic personality and energy. She was a lot of fun and even though I wasn’t feeling well I’m honoured to have met her.
And here’s how the layout turned out…
Saturday morning I wasn’t feeling very well so I rested at the hotel. I stopped by the event to do some make and takes, but they weren’t as good as I hoped for so I left pretty quickly. I was having another class with Iris, Palette Of Memories, in the afternoon and that went better then Finn’s.
And of course I found some neat stuff amongst Iris’s supplies as well that I just NEED to have.
Me and Iris. It was quite funny. I don’t know if it’s because Iris is very short or me being extremely tall, but she looked like a dwarf next to me. So I’m standing on my knees for this photo, but she’s still shorter then me!
And here’s the palette I made.
In the evening there was a crop party and then I had my first class with Donna Downey, Vintage Chic. Poor Donna. Me and Katja babbling away in the back as usual. We must have disturbed everyone at every class we had in common and those were a few. A Brazilian girl thought we were sisters, not that many people believed us when we told them we had just met.
This time we really had the time of our lives. The book pages we were about to use for our album were more or less soft-core porn! Donna kept telling us we shouldn’t read it, but we were laughing like crazy about all the delicate details. It wasn’t very easy to use the text without showing what it actually said. When I came to my last page I had it. The only thing I had was a chapter about group sex and it would be clearly readable. So I asked for some new pages.
So here’s what my Paris album looked like in the end…
I’ve always been a romantic fool. I think I was eight years old when I decided that I wanted long curly hair and a huge dress on my wedding day, which I had. 😉 I also wanted my honeymoon to go to Paris, but hubby wanted to go to Africa instead and so we did. I had been avoiding Paris for years so I could go there on my honeymoon. When we celebrated our 6th anniversary this summer he took me to Paris so I got to see it anyway. But life never turns out the way you plan, does it?
And the last one. Without the group sex page. 😉
I also got to take some photos during the Saturday.
Me, Finn and Iris.
And then Gerry (Van Gent) came running from the make and take table to join us.
I only had one class in the afternoon on Sunday, so I took a walk in to Gent and back in the morning. It was really nice weather and it was nice to get out for a change. The last class was another Donna Downey class, Inspirational Journal. When I booked it I got the last seat out of 40. Now we were only 14! Don’t know what happened to the other 26, but they sure weren’t there. I must say that this class was the only one I didn’t like. It really wasn’t my thing. Too much kindergarten for me. But at least I tried it and now I know.
We basically made a journal with different technique tests. I’m not showing them all, since most of them are not that fun to look at. But here are a few of those I made…
Donna was actually the one who drew this tulip. Nice isn’t it?
Some stamped poppies on canvas…
And some more flowers stamped on cardstock.
Me and Donna…
Our little gang of four had dinner on Sunday night, discussing how we were going to get our hands on all that stuff we now needed. Spread out all over the world, some of it quite hard to find.
I also think the word reispuffen will forever be in our memories and spread a smile on our faces.
We had breakfast together the following morning before parting. Katja went straight to the airport, Sandra and Kerstin had a six hour drive back home. I took the train to Brugge and spent a wonderful day there.
So my conclusion from this event… It was worth every single Euro. The classes were great, the hotel was good, it was very easy to get from the airport to the Expo. The tables were really spacious (compared to what we usually get in Sweden) and everybody were so kind.
On the downside… Well. The goodie bag consisted of ONE pen. The crop party was so so and the lack of nearby restaurants wasn’t so funny.
However. I still think the positives really surpasses the negatives and I would definitely consider going again.
Thanks for stopping by. If you want any details about the stuff I made, please don’t hesitate to ask. I left out the details since this posting is long enough as it is.
Hope to see you in Gent next year and don’t forget about my giveaway that’s still on!