So glad I took the Polaroid camera to the Trinity Haven Escape2Create mini retreat. It gave me the perfect opportunity for girls on our table to journal their thoughts directly onto the layout with a photo of them that I had just taken.
Funnily enough, the handwriting of their thoughts onto the layout proved to be more difficult than I originally thought.
The flaps, the pink spots, shower scene, eye protection and flies are memories that I hold dear, (the flies not so much) and the journaling of them will trigger the happy times we had when I'll look back on this LO in years to come.
I had an idea of using sequins in a shaker box as the title of this layout. I didn't really need to embellish a lot as the award is super bright and busy enough as it is. I used subtle a water colouring effect for the cardstock after I ran it through the silhouette to cut out the title. Originally I wanted to use clear transparency for the shaker box to really showcase the sequins, but as I didn't have any at the retreat I resorted to using vellum instead. This toned down the sequins which I think ended up being the better option.
To stop the sequins from sticking to the inside edges of foam tape that built up the shaker box, I lightly dusted the inside them with talcum powder. Worked a treat.
I had a whole bunch of fun a the #e2cminiretreat2014. I'm waiting for one more photo of our table to come my way before I make a compilation to show here.
But until then, this is a layout #1 started before the retreat and finished while there. The bébé word moved between the retreat and home so I just popped it there to be straightened after photographing the rest of the layouts.
The kids and I, and two other families headed up to Fowlers Bay last week. The other families have camper trailers and normally head out bush, so with the idea of going to Fowlers Bay I was able to hire the one on-site caravan park so we could join them. Pretty darn proud that I didn't need Kym to be around to make this happen. ''Fist pump'' for being the capable woman the kids think their Mum is. He had to work that he couldn't down tools for.
The kids and I had an absolute blast.
Heading up..... all pics from my instagram (the real ones are on the computer queued for post production.)
Penong's iconic windmills.
Highway one signage.
Glamping retro style.
Eating well (no scurvy here)
Swisho fire bucket
Day 2 saw us out on the water with a whale that had her calf only a couple of weeks ago. VERY late in the season for a newborn and its not yet strong enough to migrate back to the cooler waters. So Rod extended his whale tours by a week so we were able to go out and quietly watch their antics. By law he stays 100 metres away, but if they approach him, that's ok. (source). The mother whale was so relaxed and it seemed like she brought the calf over to show it off to us. (Pictures on camera)
That afternoon was up in the sand dunes with the kids, photographing them being kids on the sandboards wearing my gopro head harness as well as having it on a pole recording themselves. Lots of fun. And the Boccie tournament.
more healthy eating.
Day 3 was exploring, 4 wheel driving, taking in the sights. Mexican Hat and Scott's beach for a spot of Salmon fishing.
Fresh crunchy salads every night
followed by marshmallows
Day 4 was warm at Fowlers but lovely on the jetty fishing
and just awesome on Scott's Beach. I took the surfboards up with us, and they were used a lot. salmon fishing, beach cricket, boccie, chillaxing. Best day by far,
This is our second trip up to Fowlers and I would thoroughly recommend the place. Especially during whale season of August to end September.