Friday, October 05, 2007

happy to go, happy to be home

Yesterday afternoon Paul and I arrived back home after 8 days away. We left last week to go to Versailles, so I could teach at the Paper and Co Show. What a wonderful, amazing experience! It was our first time in France, and the beauty, history, art, and architecture were nearly overwhelming at times.

I taught two classes at the show, one on hand lettering and one on watercolour techniques. The girls were so friendly, and I hope that they had as much fun as I did. :) It certainly was a learning experience for me -- I took my first class the same morning I taught my first class -- but it was so wonderful to see students come to my classes and discover something new, or see a new side of something they already knew. I love watercolour, hand lettering, and scrapbooking so much, it is just so awesome to be able to share it with other women who are just as passionate about it as I.

The show was run by a seemingly tireless team of volunteers headed by Celine Hidalgo, and I have to say, I was impressed by their energy! My helpers Stephanie, Victoria, Lydia, Charlotte, Juliette another Stephanie, another Lidia, made my classes and the weekend run so smoothly and pleasantly. Many thanks to each of you for your efforts, help, and translation! (And I apologize if I have accidentally missed anyone here who I should have mentioned!)

I also had the chance to take a travel mini album class with Margie Romney-Aslett, which was totally fantastic! She is such a great teacher and brings to much energy to her classes, her love for what she does truly shines through. If you ever have a chance to take one of her classes, make sure you do! She is inspiring! :)



Anonymous said...

Dear Ashley,
I am Juliette and was an assistant at the Paper & Co Show (as well as I took both your classes). I hope you remember me, although you saw many persons !

I really found your classes great with enough techniques for us to carry on.
Anyway, I am trying to get your coming book referenced at some French & Swiss online shops. I hope they'll sell it, because I definitely want to get one.

One question though : would you be OK if I showed your hand lettering technique to some of my scrapping friends (not a course, and obviously for free) ?
You can answer me at my email pcpjb@hotmail.com

Catrine said...

I took your Handlettering class at the Paper&Co show - and just want to say I loved it! I usually use handlettering for my journaling, but learnt a lot at your class! And got so inspired! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashley, I have finally got a new computer (after a month) and to my excitement I can now comment on blogger blogs again!

I'm glad you enjoyed your trip. Like you I was pleased to come home. Iain lost his first tooth while I was away (you can see a pic on my blog), so I was a little bummed to miss it.

THANK YOU for your wonderful classes, and it was an absolute joy to meet you and get to chat.


Kristina said...

Hi, Ashley! I was happy to discover some beautiful new posts on your blog (it having been lonely for so long!). I am so jealous of those who got to take handwriting and watercolor with you! I would love to do that. i'm waiting with bated breath for your book to come out.
your biggest fan,