Aquila Scrapbook Convention

Wow, did I have an amazing, scrapful weekend!!! The short and sweet of it is that we were +- 100 ladies who spent 3 whole days in the company of Jeri (BoBunny USA), Andria (Reminisce USA) and Erika (Aquila SA, representing Hot Off The Press), making AMAZING paper-thingies! 😉

And here is the layout I made especially for the convention competition – it got third place:

"Precious" scrapbook layout“Precious” (click image to enlarge)
[photos © Appel Photography]

The only rules were that your papers and stickers had to be from one of the 3 represented companies. I used Hot Off The Press papers (and BoBunny ribbon, because it’s gorgeous). The rest are from all over, and mostly from my existing stash. The only stuff I specially bought for this layout were the flowers, blue brads and blue card stock. The list of supplies are at the bottom of this post.

And here’s me with the really awesome teachers:

Me and Andrea (from Reminisce)Me and Jeri (from BoBunny)

Me and Andrea (from Reminisce)Me and Andrea (from Reminisce)

We made a LOT of scrapbook layouts, as well as cards, mini-albums, chipboard books, and then some! I have not made that many ‘things’ in such a short time! The most hilarious part was how fascinated these Americans were with Afrikaans (which was spoken by 98% of the attendees) and the South African culture. It gave them hours of amusement making lists of the differences between their English and ours – all the “strange words” we use for common objects (like calling traffic lights “robots”… yeah, weird I know) [Andria even made a game out of this on her blog!] But it went both ways – they kept us amused by learning some Afrikaans words and then using them in the classes – Jeri quickly got “sakkie” (pocket) because she could remember the Japanese word Saki, and eventually also managed “strepe” (stripes)… but everything else kinda got lost in translation and laughter :-p Not to mention Andria’s attempts to try and make sense of rugby… (she has my fullest sympathy)

Well, that was a long post, but it was the highlight of my year so I’m not apologizing!

SUPPLIES for “precious” layout • cardstock: Bazzill Basics • designer paper: Vintage Sarapapers™ paper pack by Hot Off The Press • vellum • rub-ons: ‘Love’ by Kelly Panacci for Sandylion (quote on tag), Wholy cow ‘Periphery’ by Basic Grey (bird), ‘Moments in time’ by Upikit (black swirls), ‘Bella Journee’ Passport Brown by BoBunny (scallops) • ribbon: aquamarine double dot ribbon by BoBunny • paper flowers: Bazzill Basics (brown, whirlpool, french vanilla) • brads: ice blue ‘bling brads’ by Bazzill Basics, antique copper mini brads by Making Memories • inks: ‘Moonlight White’ dew drop brilliance pigment ink by Tsukineko, ‘Chestnut Roan’ fluid chalk cateye by ColorBox, ‘Tea Dye’ distress ink by Ranger • Metal words by Making Memories • tools: Cricut & Base Camp cartridge, foam tape, circle cutter, printable transparency, Times New Roman computer font, large scallops scissors from Creative Papercraft magazine


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