Monday, May 2, 2011

retreat results....very 'stitchy'

I spent this past weekend away in Grand Bend at the Two Scrapbook Friends Spring Retreat. I had a fantastic time as always. What's not to like about a weekend full of scrapbooking, great food and 70 women??
I realized when I got there that I didn't really bring a whole lot of patterned papers with me so I picked up some new papers from MME and a few from Fancy Pants. I also had to purchase the jillibean dutch mustard collection before I came. Just can't get enough of the 'bean!

My friend Darcy took this pic of Holden last year and I've been hanging onto it for just the right layout. This is the first layout I did of the weekend and I blame it for the stitching obsession!
Of course I had to scrapbook Wyatt's recent stitches and I used the Sew Easy tool to create the zigzag. I tied off the end to mimic how the stitches are tied.
Oh look, is that stitching on those die cut stars? Yup. MME also brought out baker's twine with each of their new collections and I bought at least 4 colours. It's a little tougher to stitch with but the result is pretty cool.

Jillibean. I bought some Maya Road mini spools and wound floss around them to coordinate with my layout. A little glimmer mist added to the kraft to take up some of the 'white' space

For this layout I was inspired by Dee's crimped squares on a design team layout. I love how the texture looks (thanks Heather for letting me use your crimper!) Thanks Darcy for helping with the stitching of the squares!

I stitched this one around 4:15 am Saturday morning! I covered some old chipboard for the title and popped up some clouds. I LOVE these new MME papers!

I was a bit stumped on what paper to use for this one so Joanne came to the rescue and found me these papers on the flip side of some Fancy Pants summer papers. I bought the fence in the US back in Feb and have been itching to use it. I inked my chipboard letters (thanks Cathy for the faded jeans ink!) then covered in Glossy Accents. The rolled flower and butterfly were leftovers from my jillibean design team kit and I used Jenny's Martha scissors on the grass.

More jillibean along with a Prima canvas title which I love. Wish they'd do alphas in plain canvas! more stitching!

All in all a productive weekend. I used the few lines I had as much as I could. My wrist and shoulder hurt a bit from the stitching but I think it was worth the pain! LOL!

I get to spend all of this coming Saturday scrapbooking at the store for National Scrapbook Day too. I feel pretty lucky!


Regan said...

sweet JEEEBUS always do have a theme at reatreats..see ya Saturday!


Kelly Codd Greatrex said...

Simply stunning stuff Shelby! AWESOME!!
Looking forward to seeing you this weekend at 2SF!

Darcy said...

you always...can't decide which is my fav!

Avril Tanner said...

gorgeous layouts! And man you must have worked hard to get them all done!!

Joanne said...

Oh Shelby! I love them all! Your style continues to amaze me and the weekend was amazing - wasn't it? So glad you enjoyed yourself :)
Joanne xo

Deanna said...

Amazing girl! Love your crimped squares! :)

Lori S. said...

Love 'em all!!

Veronica said...

love them! see you this weekend!

JoAnn Heinbuch said...

Shelby your brilliance inspires me... Love them all too, but the stitches play on words is a fav... Only a true scrapbooker grabs the camera before the kids lol

JoAnn Heinbuch said...

Funny my word verification for that post was 'messes'

Carolyn Wolff said...

These are all so amazing. I am 'sew' glad you are hooked on stitching. I don't think I can pick a favourite, but the stitches layout is brilliant.

It was a great weekend and we are looking forward to the fall retreat.

Dr. J said...

Looks like you had a fun and very productive time at the retreat Shelby!