We Were Always The Girls

At the beginning of June I was lucky enough to attend my first Go Go Getaway Retreat in Hertfordshire.  My friend Sarah (from Lottie Loves Paper) and I signed up as soon as we heard that the lovely Shimelle was going to be there as a guest teacher to celebrate their 10th birthday, as she been a teacher at their very first retreat.  I’m going to be making a mini book about the event when I can finally get back to scrapping after my Achilles surgery but for now I can share some of the layouts that we created there.

This one turned out to be one of my favourite layouts ever.  It was the second of the two layouts we did with Shimelle and she’d suggested that we use photos that were 10 years apart to coincide with the celebrations.  I chose the most recent picture of me and my girl on her 9th birthday and one from when she was only about 4 months old so it was close enough.

We used the Box Of Crayons collection for the whole weekend which at first I thought was a bit overkill but I ended up loving it!  I hadn’t actually bought any of the collection myself even though I loved it when it released, because the patterns are so bold that I usually find things like this difficult to work with myself.   I’ve ended up with some gorgeous colourful and bright layouts though and a commitment to using more colour and random motifs on my pages.

One of the parts of the lesson involved Shimelle coming around to each table to talk us through some brush lettering techniques and helping us create the focus word for our layouts.  Then we practised for a while before choosing the best word to add to our layouts.  I definitely want to do this again!

I wanted to keep to the blues and purples because of what we were wearing and there are so many colours in this collection that it was easy to achieve that.

I really love the way this layout turned out and I love what I learned.  I would never have scrapped two photos from different life stages without this prompt but I’m glad I did.  It reminded me of how close Miss B and I have always been and how much we have always held each other close, and of how we have always been “The Girls”.

I hope you’ll pop back soon and see some more of my Go Go layouts now that I have finally started adding to my poor neglected blog!

With colourful wishes,

Lisa-Jane x

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