Back in August 2015, I saw a post pop up on my Facebook feed saying that places on a retreat in Melbourne would be open soon. My thoughts were there was no way my husband would let me go plus we had three children the youngest just about 4 months old but something made me want to go. So, I messaged my husband at work to see what he thought. You know, plant the seed. His message back was “when is it?”. I replied July 2016. His reply was, “Krisy, that is 11 months away, you won’t still be breastfeeding then and everyone will be fine, I can look after them. Just book it if you really want to do it.” I didn’t book straight away. I sat contemplating for another day. Could I leave my kids? Could I really afford it? Then the next day I decided “Just do it”. So I booked and paid my deposit.
That retreat was Scrap and Chat run by Malinda Gardner. I had never heard of it before but in was in Melbourne (I desperately want to go a plane again, it had been years!), it was Scrapbooking and it was with people who love Scrapbooking.
I then spend the next 11 months paying the fee off in bits and pieces. I was lucky enough that year to have a few layouts published in Scrapbooking Memories magazine plus my birthday and Christmas money went straight to that trip. It’s funny what you can afford when you really focus on it. I had a tally and I counted down all my fees and put money away for the classes too. I literally paid it off $20 here, $50 there. It was painfully slow but thankful Mal is great like that and lets everyone pay it off.
After I booked, I looked at who was going. I remember seeing names like Amanda Hartmann, Sandra Brimelow and Charmaine Kosh. One name I remember seeing and being a bit in awe was Sue Plumb. I had admired her work for such a long time as she is very much a staple in Scrapbooking Memories Magazine. We had chatted over the internet and I knew I loved her before I actually met her in real life. Little did I know about 8 months later I would be meeting her and my idol (Fiona Paltridge) at a workshop in Brisbane and that would be the start of a friendship I hold very dear. I remember saying to my husband “Did you know Sue Plumb is going to be there?” His response, “Where? And I don’t know who Sue is!” Oops, I forgot about that.
This is Sue and I meeting for the first time in person at a workshop in April 2016.
Then in February, the message went out – Qantas had a sale on and now was the time to book. I booked my flights. That was it. I was freaking going! Well, I was before but now it was real. My butt was on that plane.
The next thing was what to pack? I’ll go into that tomorrow in PART TWO