Sunday, December 30, 2012

photo request for e2c

Hello hello retreat attendees.

I have a very small request for decorating purposes. If you are able to supply us with a head/torso photo, can we please use them for e2c shed tizzying? These photos can be snaps, non perfect, non professional, and no specific file size or colour.

Once i have printed them for our retreat decorating i will then delete the file so nothing will be kept on my computer.

If you can be involved (and we would love a snapshot of all attendees as this would be most effective) please forward your photo to me at

I know how hideous it is to be IN FRONT of the camera, but any old snap will do - i have used an iPhone selfie...and i promise that they will all look amazing hanging out in the shed together. It will really look best if everyone's photo is there… so please don't be camera shy.

Here is a great blog post about 'selfies'… and how to get a good one. You don't have to wait or ask someone else to take it for you. Do it yourself :)

The best thing about doing it on your smart phone or digital camera is the DELETE button quickly becomes your best friend. Also don't be afraid of feeling like a knob posing in front of your camera/phone… it's all part of it and no matter how many times you do a 'selfie' you still feel knobbish!

Remember these shots don't have to be perfect portrait shots… the more uniquely YOU that they are the better.

Please don't be scared by this request (as a few horrified emails to me have indicated) - it is meant to be a fun decorating idea for e2c 2013!

Hope you can help me.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

e2c 2013 classes & info

woodgrain + white - Marika

"Hi Amanda

I have finally done some scrapping my page for the white wood grained challenge plus a few colours

Thanks Marika"

Heck that blue-y purple with the white is stunning Marika. The pokes of green against the strokes and splats are fantastic. What a super cute photo and great use of woodgrain in the title. That yummy little banner finishes it all off nicely. 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Quick challenge - inspired by...

I just saw this on Facebook on the Magnolia Tree page (a gift ware shop in Port Lincoln)

and thought -

"white + woodgrain = yummy"

can you incorporate those two elements on a scrap page over the weekend?

Send your creations in for us to upload and inspire others. I can't wait to see what brilliance comes into my inbox.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

e2c 2013 teacher announcement

Meredith and myself are very excited to announce our 2013 teachers:

Each of these inspirational Australian scrapbookers have their very own, unique style and we hope you are as thrilled as we are. We cannot wait to see what scrappy goodness these girls are going to teach us!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

rub-on challenge - Sue

on this hot windy day i got to i decided to get that tub of rub-ons down and see what i could come up with. I used a page of 7 Gypsies number rub-ons, some Kaiser ink splats and Luxe red arrows....all of which i have had for a verrrry long time!! ( quietly glad they all rubbed off without too much drama too!!)

Thanks Amanda for this was good to get those rub-ons out again!!

Friday, November 9, 2012

quick challenge...

just prior to our e2c registrations opening...

let's whip up a layout using :

old rubons....

nothing new and snazzy here.

Old. Crappy. Half wrecked.

get creative.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

e2c 2013

We would love you to join us over on Facebook ... lots of chatting and ideas for the up and coming retreat ... click here ... E2C

Otherwise ... comment here and we will get back to you ... the build up to the retreat is lots of fun :-)

If you are interested in sponsoring our retreat for 2013 we would love to hear from you ... please leave a message on this post or email me ...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mini retreat layout - Mel

"Please see attached the page I most liked from the E2C Weekend.

It is not my normal style, but I am pleased with how it turned out. :)

Thank you so very much for another great weekend :) You girls are amazing and I had a fantastic time



Mel what a gorgeous photo and love the banner across the bottom :-) It's fun to try a different style hey :-)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Escape2Create mini retreat thank yous ...

A very big thank you to ...
Sandra for collecting the groceries and doing odd jobs for us
Carrie for donating the delicious desserts for the first night
Tania for helping with set up and pack up
Sue for everything she did to help us
Kathryn for the beautiful food and help
Sonia for her help in the kitchen and packing up
Amanda as always for being a wonderful co-organiser and friend
to the wonderful shops Sheoak Craft Cottage, Scrapworkz and Shabby Chic Shack for bringing their goodies for us to peruse and purchase
and finally everyone that attended and helped with pack up and so many of you for offering to help throughout the whole weekend ... we really do appreciate it.

If you created a layout over the weekend, that you would like to share with us, please send it through ... 

Monday, August 6, 2012

Colour inspired Challenge

I found this on pinterest last night and it just popped out at me. I fell in love with it instantly....i'm not sure what it was....i love the colours, i love those angled  shapes or just i thought i would start this month with a challenge from this it the colours, shapes... or the background, whatever you like.

Hope this inspires you to combine papers with photos and products and to share it here with us. Hopefully during this busy week i can cut, glue and stick down some paper!!

I have officially stepped back from the E2C team recently but i will still be popping around in the background - here on the blog, with setting the occassional challenge here for you. It has been a busy and fulfilling 5 years with Escape 2 Create but my life is too busy to fit everything & everyone in. So i hope you will all continue to pop in the blog here and to mine to say hello, particpate in the challenges and share the scrapping love!!

So i hope you all have a good week- and keep on scrapping!!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Trends challenge - Trish

Here is my LO on the subject of trending. Hexagons being one of them..
Thanks for the challenge. 

Wow Trish!! Love the painted background effect!! The kraft and white look fantastic together and the sneaky hexagons!! Totally love this ... I need to scrap soon!!

Thanks for joining in :-)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Hexagon Trend - Sue

This challenge of Meredith's has inspired me with hexagons. I have been spying and loving the use of hexagons on layouts lately. Here i have used a WOW chipboard to use as a mask, and then used MFT hexagon die to cut my patterned papers which happened to fit exactly over my masked area.

What have you seen that you like lately with the trends???

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Trending ... are you onto it?

So over at Studio Calico they have an on line class coming up ... Trendspotting!
So these are the trends they are focusing on ...
  • triangles
  • ombre ... Ombre
    n. A French term meaning "shaded." Usually a multicolored stripe, with colors graduating from light to dark. The color effect is woven into the fabric. Generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.
  • woodgrain 
  • metallics
  • sunburst 
  • confetti
  • neon
  • arrows 
  • banners 
  • typography
  • mist 
  • hexagons
So lets see your takes on one or several of these trends on a layout ... :-)

PS If you want to do this on line class head over to Studio Calico for some fun :-)

Friday, June 15, 2012

Inspirational Title challenge - Sue

This quote led me to this photo of Rob & i taken by AmandaH some time ago....but the page itself  was a trial of using my oil pastels (hence the scrappy art paper backgound), so i added some yummy embellies from Amy Tangerine and some doodly rubons.....and a very bright layout was created....quite outside the box for me but lots of fun!!

Thanks for the inspiration & the challenge Amanda.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

retreat 2012 photos

So i've finally gotten around to looking at the photos on the disc from Mum from the retreat.

oh there are some doosies!

Love this one of our teachers :

and of course our trusty kitchen helpers:

Sue, Meredith and myself:

and the group:

gone wild:

So i have sent these group images out in an email tonight to all retreat attendees- hopefully it's in your inbox right now.

 If not, let me know with your email address and i can try again.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Lou - Pennants & flags challenge

HelloHello Amanda, Sue and Meredith :)

Please find attached my layout for the B's & P's challenge. I have used handmade calico banner from A lil Something.

Cheers and Ta Muchly, Lou xox

Louise Nelson
[aka] Lou  loolabelle  bell & fess
Blog: An interupted view

Wow Lou....this is fantastic as always!! Love your paint work and dribbles :) and that cute calico banner with the paint over it looks very effective!!....a fantastic setting for that lovely bright photo.

Love it all Lou !!

...and Thanks Muchly for joining in here!!xx

Friday, June 1, 2012

Pennants & Flags - Tiff

hey Sue,
one more, then i won't pester you anymore :0)

the pennants are punched with a Stamping Up punch (can get these from Carrie Speed). Ive off set the bottom layer to look like a shadown. October Afternoon Rocket Age was PERFECT for this LO.

cheers, Tiff.
I love the colours n papers on this Tiff. I loved the Rocket Age range too, so much fun and good for boys!!
I love your pennant banner, the cute little flag, and those yummy orange alphas. Gorgeous Layout!

Thanks for joining in with this challenge Tiff, love to see your pages!!


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Inspirational Quote Title - Ali

Hi Amanda, my LO is based on a fridge magnet I have had for as long as I can remember... 

I'm not free until I believe in me.

I slapped this down in record time. Used what ever was right there. Which wasn't much, but great to sit and create for a short amount of time! 

Thanks Ali Mc

oooh Ali  look at your SUPER SASSY photo  - love it you hot mumma.

Also loving those splashes of teal paint that are perfect with the pink and the embellishments. 

I am so jealous that your random, quick layouts look as awesome as this.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Tiff - Pennants & Flags challenge

Hi Sue,

I've attached a LO that i've used a string with pennants on them. The photos arn't flat on the page, they take a bit of a sweeping dip in the middle with either end raised off the page.

cheers Tiff.

Wow, this is a great LO the photos hanging on the string with the pennants- with the 3D effect!! The colours are very effective on the green background....and a touch of paint splattering too i see?!! Love it!

Thanks for joining in with this challenge and sharing with us!!xx

Monday, May 28, 2012

Amy - Pinterest / Inspirational Title challenge

hi Amanda. this is my LO for the inspirational titles challenge. I used my March studio calico kit 'story hour'. Now to move onto the pennants & banners challenge......... Amy F

oh i love the colours you have used here Amy! Those yellow letters just POP!

Great title too! Love the alphas and the stitching up the top! Fabulous use of space too… delish!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Pennants & Flags Challenge

This trend has been floating about for awhile now- and this challenge has been looming in my mind for some weeks.......but i still love it!! At the E2C retreat i saw a number of layouts donned with the pennants or flags & there is still plenty of pennant & flag inspiration in the magazines & on blogland. They can be at the top of the page, or the sides, a row of them under a photo- horizontally or vertically, big or small, they are used in alsorts of ways.

So i challenge you to show us your layouts with pennants or flags - and they can be pages from the retreat (which i'd love to see still) or new ones.

This is my page(one from the retreat):
Hope this inspires you to get scrapping in this wet cold indoorsy weather!!

Have fun,


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Challenge - Inspirational Titles

I just stumbled upon this little board at pinterest:

Inspirational Titles.

We all know that sometimes the title is the hardest part of your page…and it is also one of the most important. It links the photo to the journalling and brings the whole page together. Without a strong title, one that is punchy and sparks interest right away, the layout lacks oomph.

This particular pinterest board has some wonderful words and mottos to live by, like the one below   :)


 See if you can find some words, pictures, fonts from this pinterest board only and use it as a jumping off point for your next layout. 

A Picasa Collage ... how to!


I don't make time to work out Photoshop but I think I could do this!!

You need Picasa ... a free download :-)

Go here for the details!!

Monday, May 14, 2012

more about the scapathon 2012...

So Meredith has given everyone the date of the e2c scrapathon for 2012 and a few details here.

Apparently there is some chat around town regarding it clashing with the Cummins Show, and a wee bit of bad feeling regarding this.

For one, i am really sad and disappointed to hear of this second and third hand as no-one has actually said a thing to me.

However, I wanted to let people know that date wise, there wasn't much left to choose from when we made our booking at Trinity Haven in October last year.

The choice we were faced with was

a. the weekend of the 13th and 14th of October


b. not have a scrapathon at all.

We apologise that the only weekend free for Trinity that is suitable for farmer's wives (ie. not too late for windowing), free from the long weekend (family holiday time), dodging school holidays and free from sport (footy/netball finals) just happened to coincide with the Cummins Show.

This was not at ALL planned to be this way.

We understood that it would impact a few but we also hope that you can understand that this is the only date free for our venue.

Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Retreat layouts - Marika

Hi Amanda,
Thanks for the most amazing weekend everything was perfect you girls do an unbelievable job and we all thank you for it. I completed i think a record for me 15 layouts mostly scraplifts i find it hard to make up my own layouts in that atmosphere i have enclosed the one i did sunday using a few scraps and the left over paper from Mardis class and one of my favourites of Eli a lift from the cover of the August 2011 ST.
Thanks once again

wow wow wow Marika - i love them both. Those scallops with the funky backgrounds look fantastic in your page of Eli and i ADORE the design in the red 'grandies' layout. It pops so much against those papers and the kraft - delicious!!

I am itching to use that little banner from Shabby Chic Shack too - so beautiful here.

Thanks for sharing and for your e2c support.

Teeny tiny challenge - Meredith

Goodie bag items ...

Flower from Scrapapple
Ribbon and chipboard heart from Sheoak Craft Cottage
Chevron bag containing 2 doilies and chevron badge from Greatest View
Rubon purchased from Scrapworkz
Brads from American Crafts
Tape, apple button, large button bought by E2C

Extra bits ... alphas, label, vellum, cardstock and date stamp :-)

Monday, May 7, 2012

E2C retreat projects - Kylie S ...

Hi Meredith,

Just sending through some snippets of my Retreat Projects !

I made an album for Ted's and my parents to give to them before we head off on our trip. I bought the albums from Bridgette H at the last retreat so it was great to finally put them to use. I've just picked out a few pages of each album ... and have plans to try and attempt some 'home photo booth' style family photos to pop under the back covers (the last page opens out so I'll sneak them in there just for fun).

The photos were taken by my niece Lisa, she did a great job with her little cousins !

Thanks again to you, Amanda and Sue for such a wonderful retreat !!

Kylie :) x

Wow Kylie there is a lot of beautiful work there!! Your families will be thrilled to bits to receive them I am certain :-)

You are so good at doing special projects (remembering the frame you did at another retreat :-)

The photos by Lisa are gorgeous too ... well done to her :-)

Thank you for sharing :-) and be sure to let us know if you set up a travel blog ... we would love to follow your adventures :-)

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Teeny tiny challenge - Ali McD!!

Hiya Meredith, here is my LO for the teeny tiny challenge....

I used my ink from the goodie bag around the edge, Scraps from Kate's class, paper doilies and flowers, wooden plain button and wooden apple button and other button from the bad. I also had the enjoy today tag in there but am unsure if that was included in the bag or I popped it in there as a quick place to put it.  
The black letters are american craft, the little ones are unknown as I've ripped the top of the package and ditched it. Oh and the little butterflies are Studio Calico.

Feels good to be unpacked and having a slap down on a page again!! 

Oh and also added a photo of my washi tape holder. Kate had the cutest wire coathanger with all her washi tapes on it at the retreat. 
While at my Mum and Dads last night I asked them for a wire coathanger and Dad came out with a plastic coated one, I asked him to make it so I can open and close it, and voila, I have a speccy washi tape holder too!! Loving it!! 


Ali xxx

Go girl!! Loving everything about your post!! 

Those tapes look amazing ... I bought something from Ikea that I thought I might use but haven't got it rigged up yet!!

Beautiful layout and use of bits and bobs from the weekend!! The photo is VERY special hey :-)
Love your handwriting once again :-) 

Thank you :-) xxx

Scrapathon 2012 ...

Okay chickadees ... this is not the sign to email me but just a heads up FYI and to put it in your diary or book your husbands / baby sitters / etc!

The Scrapathon dates are ...

Friday 12th October - Sunday 14th October 2012, with a chance of an extension until check out Monday morning but will need to confirm that later :-)

Shopping anyone ... ??!!

I think I'm doing this the wrong way around LOL

I post an idea or something inspiring on the Escape2Create facebook site and then think I should share it here too when in actual fact if I post here first it will pop up on our FB site anyway ... oh well I'll get it right soon!

So I came to share this one ... flair badges that are a little different ... I have ordered from this site myself :-)
Etsy shop

Fontalicious ...

If you are crazy about yummy scrummy, delicious fonts and get inspired by their fantastic-ness

go and check out this Norwegian site ...

Trondheim Type Club says HelloTypo™

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Teeny tiny challenge - Mel Forbes's canvas take!

Loved Kate's class so inspired by her - used a canvas that has been floating around my scrap room for quite a while..... and created this with $3.00 napkins from Ned's WA equivalent Red Dot..... and some chippy - also in bag I think!! (butterfly from Imag Designs..) along with the rubons both in the bottom right and under the tree. Also used the alpha's from Mardi's class Smile emoticon 

Will be a special present tomorrow for a 90 yr old Smile emoticon

xxxx Got my scrap on today - and very E2C inspired - you guys simply throw the best retreat ever... Bev I know was just so blown away by it all - she never felt like an outsider and everyone welcomed us with open arms... It was wonderful to have so many welcome me back and remember me and know what I have been doing since rofl! Will do a special post on my blog when appropriate as I don't want to share it with other required posts!!  I will help any way possible!!!! Just let me know even if you just want my muscles rofl!!! Smile emoticon 


Mel's blog ... Mel's Place

Thank you for sharing Mel - so beautiful and very inspiring ... great additions to the base canvas to create a wonderful variation on Kate's class!