Autumn Escape 2017 – Disney Magic

This year’s Atumn Escape has been a blast…the amazing team and tutors have worked together to bring Disney magic and an array of classes to life at Taupo’s gorgeous Wairakei Resort.  Here are just some of the highlights of this fantastic retreat.

Welcome to New Zealand’s Autumn Escape 2017! There’s my lovely room mate, Sarah welcoming us.  She is a pro at setting up shop and she’s been really missed at the Scrapaholics shop.

Setting up inside the conference room which has been transformed into a massive crop room.  All the registered ladies can craft/scrapbook to their heart’s content on their assigned Disney table throughout the weekend.

Each table have different Disney characters, which have each been lovingly created from the team.

Each attendee gets an awesome welcome goodie pack.

There’s a Mickey Mouse candy bar especially for our attendees for extra sustenance.

We were at the shop to help you out with your crafting needs.  Tinkerbell was looking out after us too. 🙂

We also sold kits from our lovely tutors.  Check out the team’s fun Mickey Mouse ears, straight out from Disneyland.

Me and Jodi (Jodi is the maestro behind the event…bless her) took turns in teaching make and take cards to add to the card compendium that each attendees got at the last day of the retreat.  A little thank you gesture from the team for being part of the event.

The breakfast buffet was a hit during the entire weekend.

Myself and the lovely Sheree from the team assisted and helped Aida Domisiewicz on kitting and setting up before, during, and after each class.

Each tutors taught at least three different classes, and each tutors have their own designated helpers throughout the event.

Aida is one of the loveliest person I’ve ever met.  Hopefully I get to catch up with her again some time.  I adore her work and array of 13Arts products.

First of Aida’s class done and dusted.

All smiles after a great set of classes with great turn out.  The ladies have enjoyed learning Aida’s techniques and playing with her media products and paper collections.

Saturday night we had heaps of fun in the crop room with games.  First game was Mickey on a plate.  We all had a good laugh as the ladies drew Mickey on the plate on top of their heads, and prettied them up with anything from their rubbish bags only.  The best Mickey on a plate table won an amazing goodie bag.  Well done ladies!

Then we played what’s in your tote bag.  The ladies were given a list to tick what’s in their tote bag, and then they have to write what is the strangest thing in their bag.  The top three ladies with the most ticks and strangest things received some awesome prizes.

Throughout the event we drew prizes.  In this photo the lovely Gerry Van Gent is drawing a lucky winner, alongside Trina McClune who hosted the retreat.

Gerry Van Gent has a lovely clean and floral style, and designs for 49 & Market.  She came here with her hubby which is great, as Jodi’s other half was there really helping out as well.  It was nice having a couple of gentlemen around the event.

The fantastic tutors were given a special remembrance gift each, which is a cool Kiwiana tablecloth.

Natalie May, our third tutor took the group’s 110 people selfie.  She sure is a pro and knows lots of tips in taking selfies.

Natalie May has a cool grungy style with touches of mixed media.  She’s a full time Aussie papercraft instructor with a lot of sass.  She also designs for Lindy’s Stamp Gang.

All attendees can enter the event’s Red, Black, and White layout competition.  There were heaps of fantastic entries and the tutors judged the best layout.  The lovely winner won the grand prize of Autumn Escape, which is a Pandora Bracelet with three gorgeous Disney beads included.  Congratulations and very well deserved!

Some fun photo booth pictures of the Autumn Escape 2017 team.

Last but not the least, the Autumn Escape tradition of taking photos of the whole group outside the hotel.

By the water fountain with the tutors Aida, Gerry, and Natalie.  And the brains and machine behind it all, the amazing Jodi Tomlin.  This would not have been possible without you! Michelle have been Jodi’s main sidekick in helping organize the event.  And of course here you’ll see all the tutor’s assistants Denise, Antoinetta, Sheree, and myself.

Thank you each and everyone for making this the best Autumn Escape yet!!!  Registration’s already open for Atumn Escape 2018 at the Scrapaholics website HERE.   Yet again, the line up tutors are fantastic.  We’re already working on year 2018’s theme and we can’t wait to make it another fun and memorable Autumn Escape.

Next up, SENZ – New Zealand’s largest Scrapbooking and Paper Crafting Expo.  Tickets/passes are on sale now.  All classes will go live for VIP Pass Holders on May 9 at the SENZ website.  I’ll be teaching a 2 hour class and a 3 hour class and I’m really excited to share my ideas with you.

Majority of the high quality photos courtesy of Sherre Depree.  She’s our lovely photographer for the whole weekend, capturing all the Autumn Escape memories.

And that’s a wrap for Autumn Escape 2017!



4 thoughts on “Autumn Escape 2017 – Disney Magic

  1. Thank you soooo much for every kind word. It was so lovely to meet you and spend this amazing time with all the wonderful pople around. Thank you for this post, I have so many wonderful memories. ❤

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