Last March 8, 2014, I was given a chance to attend Gourdo’s After-the-Holidays Halloween & Christmas Scrapbooking Workshop. I wasn’t even aware that Gourdo’s was already organizing such workshops so I was really excited to attend.
Admittedly, I am not that much into doing crafts, not because I’m not interested in them but only because I don’t think I’m creative enough. But, as explained to us during this workshop, it’s really not about making something perfect. It’s all about making something and putting our personal stamp into it. And at the end of it all, I was pretty happy with what I was able to accomplish.
Like most moms, I take a lot of photos of my kids. However, I seldom get to organize them into physical albums or scrapbooks. So, I was hoping this workshop will inspire me to unleash the creative spirit in me and motivate me to start scrapping for real. My last attempt at scrapping was a few years ago, during Ziggy’s first year of life. And even then, I only did digital scrapbooking.
We were asked to bring some Halloween and Christmas-themed photos. The goal for the whole-day event was to teach participants how to make 4 scrapbook pages: 2 Halloween themes and 2 Christmas themes. However, since us mommy bloggers were only able to stay til noon, we were only able to make 1 Halloween-themed page, the left one here on this photo below.
The instructor was Ime Oranga, a fellow mom who has been scrapping for 9 years already. She loves to combine art materials in order to create textures, as well as trying out new products and experimenting with them. She has been teaching classes for almost a year already mostly specializing on mixed media projects such as shadow boxes, canvas, mini albums and layouts.
Here are some of Ime’s creations. They were all really beautifully done and made me a little bit worried about how my own creation will turn out. Haha! But Ime was really very patient and explained to us what the materials are for and how to use them properly. The techniques she taught us were actually surprisingly easy.
Here are some of the materials we used. There were all sorts of card stock, stencils, punchers, acrylic stamps, glue, tape and a whole lot more.
This is called Glitter Flocking Powder, which was supposed to be used in the Christmas-themed designs.
This one is called a Snowflake Large Punch.
This is the Leaping Reindeer Large Punch.
This is called a Clear Extra Large Block. This is a mounting block that lets you combine several stamps. We got to use something like this during the event.
These are also stamps with uppercase alphabets.
We also used assorted card stocks, tags, Martha Stewart crochet star patterns, Martha Stewart Glue, Martha Stewart Stencils, Paper Trimmers and a lot more. You can find all these items at Gourdo’s Fort, Promenade, Robinsons Manila, Living Well Podium and Aura and World Market ATC.
So, are you curious about my finished product? Here it is! I’d say I did a pretty good job considering I’m really a newbie at this. Well, my kids loved it anyway. Haha!
They were so excited when I showed them all the materials I was able to take home so that we can continue scrapping.
I think all the other mommy bloggers and media people enjoyed the event too. Just look at all our pretty creations!
Gourdo’s will be having several workshops lined up for this summer. So do stay tuned for announcements over at their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Gourdos or here on the blog!