Escape 2 Create 2015

26 March 2015

Escape 2 Create... Oh my gosh...
Its impossible to even describe how wonderful this retreat is for the soul.
Meredith and Amanda do an AMAZING job...
the decorations...
the organisation...
the FOOD!!
the generous goodie bags..
the inspirational teachers..
and their down to earth country hospitality...
make it the BEST weekend possible.

Just being in the company of all of these paper snipping ladies for an entire long weekend...
recording memories..
sharing ideas...
and swapping stories is incredible.

This year I shared a table with these beautiful and hilarious girls...
We seriously laughed until our stomachs were sore...
Thankyou SO much Meredith, Marika, Amanda, Lauren and Sue for making my weekend so absolutely perfect.

I took all four classes this year....
I wasn't going to miss the chance to scrap a layout created and taught by these talented ladies..

Fiona Paltridge... and her wonderful mixed media ...shabby...layered style...I was quite out of my comfort zone... but one of my absolute faves once I finished.

Leanne Allinson....Who I was super excited to meet. I feel like I've known Leanne forever...even though this was our very first time meeting in person. I adore Leannes style and she is a sweetie too.

The beautiful Kim Price... who pushed me to my messy limits.... with some crazy techniques for creating a layout background. I also did a first...I used purple on a layout...and kinda liked it.

Chantalle McDaniel ... what an energetic soul this little chicken is..and I loved Chantalles class...and my layout...with its sneaky hidden little flip book tucked inside.

I think I scrapped the most layouts ever.... 5 class layouts....and 10 of my own!!
I also chatted to my jaw ached...
laughed to my stomach split...
filled my inspiration cup to brimming...
and even managed to dip my toes in the ocean one afternoon (Thanks Lauren..mwah)

THANK YOU Meredith and Amanda for all that you do...
all your time and energy in the preparation and throughout the weekend...
and for being the loveliest friends I could ask for.


  1. I am so excited that we met and I am totally thrilled that you enjoyed getting messy with me! I don't know what you were worried about girl ..... you absolutely ROCKED that layout and I LOVE it in the smaller size. I will definitely be doing more of this size in the future. I do believe you may have converted me too!! xx

    1. Seriously I LOVED meeting you....and doing your class.... I was a tad freaked by all the rips...layers..and gesso... and then BAM! it all came together. You are a superstar sweetheart.... loved that we had the chance to meet.
      PS...I have earmarked a couple of your tutorials to have a go at... who woulda thought!
      Mardi xx

  2. It sure sounds like an incredible weekend. I am SO thrilled you had such an amazing time. LOVE your class layouts too, they look amazing!! Can't wait to see your other 10 layouts as well.

    1. I had an amazing weekend my friend.....and thanks for the reminder....I must share my other layouts soon x

  3. What an absolute joy to have met and spent time with you Mardi. I hope it won't be too long before we get to do it again x

    1. Ditto!! I really hope that somewhere in scrappy land our paths cross again.... I loved your inspiration and your energy... thanks for sharing it with us all...
      Mardi x

  4. oooh yay - i just love our annual catchup. Only bummer... i WISH with all my heart it wasn't only once a year. I need you next to me more often. Love your friendship so much. You are one incredible, inspiring, clever, kind and beautiful soul. x

    1. Awwwww.... I wish it was more often too...
      I always come away feeling like I have learnt a lesson in life from you..something I treasure about our friendship. I also think you are the most modest and humble creative soul I know.... never once do you realise or accept what an amazing talent you have. Its all true though!..mwah xx Mardi


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