Saturday, February 14, 2009

365 Album

After making so many fantastic friends doing Anna Bowkis' 365 challenge last year and then getting to meet them all in November, I decided to use a Papermania album kit to make a 8x8 album about them.
The front page journalling reads:
In January 2008, I found a new challenge on UK Scrappers by Anna Bowkis. It was a photography challenge with daily prompts and then doing a scrapbook layout a week. I joined the forum created for the challenge. Lots of people signed up to do the project and there was lots of chit chat and excitement about the challenge ahead of us.
Slowly people started to drop out and soon there were just a few of us left. We fast became friends and we would all chat on a daily basis and post up our photos according to Anna’s prompts. We would share our problems, our good news and our sad news or troubles. We never judged each other and we were always there for one another
Some of us got the chance to meet up during the year at various craft fairs and I met up with Kay and Lynne down in Poole in the Summer. It is the strangest feeling to meet up with someone that you feel you know really well but have never actually met.
In November we organised a retreat in Oxford for the weekend. This was the chance for all of us to finally meet up – rather than a few of us at a time. We all had such a great time – lots of crafting, scrapping and chat. Anna came along and taught us a class - I even got her to sign my scrapbooking magazine that she was featured in that month.
All the photos in this album have been taken by Anna herself – hence them being so good and professional looking.
The only person who couldn’t make it to our retreat was Karen due to ill health and hence there is no page for her. But I hope to rectify that...
I am organising another retreat in June 2009 and we are all hoping that Karen will be able to come to this one. This time we are having a cottage in the New Forest for 3 days. There will be 16 of us – for more craft, scrapping and chat! And it is Shirley’s birthday, so maybe the odd glass of wine or two!!
Claire (Me):


Mary B said...

Wow Claire this is brilliant makes me think I ought to do one as well

deb said...

Claire- what a lovely idea - your album is beautiful.

Shirley said...

Love the way you have done the album Claire.
So pleased to have taken part in the project with you and making so many new and lovely friends.
Looking forward to June now :o)

Sarah said...

Claire this is fab! and Ican't wait until June either!! Lovely troll beads too :)

Lynne aka retired nana said...

A lovely album and thank you for my page, LOVE IT!!

Summer Sunflower said...

Great Album Claire, love the papers that you used, really like my page too!! Thank you!!