Yes, hello there! How are we ladies (and gents)? It's Beck here, ready for a catch-up, and some more exciting news.
Sorry, its been a bit busy around here lately, as some of you are already aware, I was the Area Co-Ordinator for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation's Street Appeal throughout Timaru, Temuka, Pleasant Point, Geraldine and Fairlie on October 10th-11th, the week immediately after our Crop'n Classes event. Kept me outta trouble, that's for sure! I am pleased to say that with the help of some awesome volunteers, South Canterbury raised $5051.70 over those two days. Wahoo!
Right, back to the task at hand... Pop the kettle on, pour yourself a cuppa and settle in for a wee read.... Got your calendars ready? Wait, hang on, what am I forgetting? That's right, a debrief of how our first Crop'n Classes went...
It was AWESOME! Here's the Hall, all set up the night before, ready for some eager scrappers to arrive:
And here's the lunch our ladies enjoyed... along with pretty china cups and saucers to drink their tea/coffee out of. (I swear it tastes better out of real china, *wink*).
So, aside from the food table (which let's face it, is everyone's favourite table, hahaha!), we had cropping tables and a separate class area alongside, so the ladies could move freely between the two.
Here's the ladies doing class two with Rosie, making their gorgeous Tim Holtz vintage mini albums:
Rosie sure kept them busy inking, texture pasting and scrunching things up to their hearts content! So, what did they end up with, well, they ended up with their own take on this:
It's a super cute vintage-themed mini album, with lots of lovely manila tag pages and pockets, inked and decorated by the ladies, as well as some pocket pages filled with Prima Epiphany papers.
All of the pages were then decorated with buttons, ribbons, remnant rubs and lots of scrummy Prima ephemera pieces too. Cute huh?
So that was the afternoon's entertainment...
During the morning, I led some ladies through my Prima Two-in-One Layouts class. This is what we worked on:
The first layout used the beautiful Prima Cigar Box Secrets range of papers and flowers, as well as some Prima leaf dies and alphas. Here's a couple of close-ups:
As you can see, there is plenty of the typical sewing, paper curling and layering that I am known for. Plenty to keep the ladies busy, sorry gals! The second layout was more straight forward. Using Prima's Epiphany papers, we had a play with some texture paste and Tim Holtz layering stencils, and did a whole bunch of fussy cutting.
We also made a secret envelope pocket, and a couple of journalling cards to tuck into it. The journalling cards can be used to tell more of a story about your photo, or to pop some extra photos on. You know, the kind of photos you want to tell a story with, but don't want to show the whole world? Ha ha ha! Pop in and see me sometime and ask to see the photos hidden inside my journalling pocket - they're still Jacob's selfies, but not the most attractive ones, LOL!
And what did our lovely ladies think of their day? Well their comments on Facebook said it all:
"What a cool day...I am shattered...but who cares. Rosie I love the kit. I will work on it after the kids go home. The food...the foood...the FOOOOOD...mmmmm yum..."
"Thanks so much for the awesome day. Love my mini book! And the food was delish!! Can't wait for the next crop"
"I really did have a ball and learnt such a lot..."
Well, thank YOU ladies for coming along, and making our day!
Now, if you managed to still be with me at the end of all that waffle, I have MORE news!
We have a date booked for the next Crop'n Classes event. Wahoo! Book it in your diaries ladies:
Saturday 29th November, from 9am - 6pm.
Rosie and I are busy ordering more stock and planning new kits for y'all. Pretty much the same format applies as it did last time. One class in the morning, one in the afternoon, with a light ladies lunch in the middle... dainty sandwiches and yummy home made baking to whet your whistle and rolling tea and coffee available all day. Ladies doing classes may bring along their gear and crop the day away before/after class for free. Anyone else who would like to come and crop for the day and join us for lunch is also welcome. Casual crop fee is $10 for the day.
We also have a growing amount of stock available for sale (with more on the way!). We will certainly have this with us on the 29th, but if you want to have a nosey earlier, just flick us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Facebook message.
So.... what now? Well, Rosie and I will continue to plan the next kits. We'll let you know nearer the time a few more details about what's in the kit (once we decide... decisions, decisions.....think 'kid in a candy store'!!!)
As always, kit numbers are limited, but there is no limit to the number of ladies who may crop with us on the day. If you would like to book a place, please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you :)
Phew! That's it for now. We'll be in touch again later next week with more updates. Until then, let us know if you want us to save you a seat on the 29th of November ok? Good.
Beck and Rosie xx