Sunday, 6 April 2014

Version Scrap - #PATwits on tour!

I've just got home from four days in Paris with my good twitter/blog friends Sam, Emma and Lin.   We were lucky enough to get tickets to go to the Version Scrap show in Paris and decided also to sign up for a class whilst we were there... Warning - picture heavy post (one of many!) ... the photos of Paris itself will appear over the next few days on my photosbyh blog (link to the right, click the fountain picture)  but this post is about the Version Scrap show and our class.  The show starts properly on the Friday but has a "VIP" night on Thursday,and we were kindly given tickets to that by Leandra.

 We walked through this pretty park (Parc de Florel) to the venue for Version Scrap though on the show days proper, there is a little "noddy train" that takes you up the road from the Metro stop.
where we found some familiar faces!

it was lovely to meet Sally, in the middle here, from twitter - she lives in France and goes along as interpreter for Lin and Leandra.

Leandra and Lin both working hard away!

The stands are beautifully set out, they seem to take so much more trouble than here.  (Read the Paperartsy review  here)

 Lin off on a shopping mission!!
  I think I surprised her with this one, lol!!
 You can't actually see from this very well, but these are all hung on a sort of tree...

 and there are huge pieces of artwork on display - they were fantastic!

On the Friday, we went back to the show, where we spent 3 inky painty messy hours doing a tag class taken by Birgit Koopsen   Here we are setting up our spaces..
 I can't get this the right way round, even though it is rotated in my pc!!  As you can see, even away from home I make a mess quick!!  These inks we used were fabulous!

 and look, Sam journalling!!  (admittedly, only mopping up some spare ink in a little journal Emma had bought, but hey, it's journalling!)
PATwits - the 4 of us and Linda and Christine standing, thanks to class teacher Birgit for taking this one!

 and then it would have been rude not to shop !! - gorgeous 12x12 papers
 stencils (and class kit to the left - unfinished yet, so I haven't taken it out of the bag!)
 those are the inks we used... stamps, another stencil (Memory box) and some glass pebbles on the red mesh bag.
 some wooden bits and pieces - Lin and I both loved the book with the flexible spine.
and some bits from Paperartsy - ATC cards, Paris ones, fabulous! flowers, little birds, oh and more flowers!

I don't go back to work till Tuesday so will try and blog some of the sights we saw round Paris tomorrow...

I highly recommend Version Scrap if you ever go to Paris in April (which I also recommend!!)


Lin said...

Brilliant post!! brilliant show!! brilliant picces (well some of them lol!!) and brilliant company!!xx

Hazel Agnew said...

Loved following you around Version Scrap. Thanks for that Helen, new stash looks amazing. Very jealous. Xx

Anonymous said...

Thanks Helen! Very good of you to do a blog post so soon after getting home. Not surprised you enjoyed yourselves, Version Scrap looks amazing. And you got some seriously cool stash too.

Unknown said...

I bet you had a great time, love your stash those steampunk papers look amazing x

Julie Lee said...

This is such a lovely post! What a feast for the eyes that show looks! I really must try to make it next year. I love what you bought, especially those papers - they look just amazing! Thank you for sharing your experiences so vividly on this post! Julie Ann xxx

jojo79 said...

Looks like you all had fun, thanks for sharing the photos.

sam21ski said...

Fabulous post Helen, you've captured some great photos which tell the story perfectly. Thanks for the company, had a great time xx Great stash by the way too!!

craftimamma said...

What a fab time you all had and lovely piccies to tell the tale! Love the stash and those inks from the class look like really pretty colours. You've done amazingly well to get two blog posts done since you got back. I'd still be editing photos, lol!

Lesley Xx

massofhair said...

Looks like you all had a ball, that's the best bit of your trip.Pictures as always are fab Helen:-) xxx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I've never been to a craft show in my life, but I followed you around at Ally Pally, and now at Version Scrap in Paris. What a wonderful time I'm sure you had. Your photos impressed me, and I look forward to seeing your photos of Paris, too. After all, I live vicariously (grin).

BTW, glad you had some decent time away and time off work.

Virginia said...

Oh you look like you had a fabulous time!

Michelle Webb said...

Wow, loving your photo's Helen, amazing stash and great workshops. Everyone's always gotta mop up, sometimes they produce the best backgrounds. Looks like you had so much fun, really wish I could have been there to join in the fun. Lovely memories to have. Michelle xxx

Artyjen said...

Thanks for sharing ;) What a fab time you must have had.
xoxo Sioux

Julia Dunnit said...

Oh great post, so much enthusiasm! Looks like a fab show, must say the decor is fabulous. I really like the idea of all you twitterers getting together, how fun!

sally said...

Hello Helen: I just arrived back home in the south of France after such a grand V.S. with Leandra, Linda & Mark. It is such a privilege to be part of the P.A. team there and I love every minute of it -- even the aching legs, knees, feet & back!!!!! Ha ha! This is the only show I get to visit and so my P.A. stash is admirable and precious. If I had a blog, I would show you all!!!
It was really fun to meet you after all those tweets we've made in the past, and I hope to see you all again sometime soon.
Big hug to you, Helen, and the rest of the gang who made it to Paris & V.S.
Sally xo

Deborah Wainwright said...

What a grand time you seem to have had with with the others in Paris. Sounds like it was a lot of fun. Turning green at the sight of all you new stash. Great post Helen a Thanks for sharing xxx

Carmen Wing said...

Oh blimey, I'm so behind! Look what I've missed! Paris eh? Such gorgeous pictures, I love that piece that looks kind of tiled. Looking forward to your photos of Paris. I shall be back tomorrow, armed with a cuppa for a mega blog catch up 😁 x x

craftytrog said...

Fabulous photos, lots of great artwork & stash!
Count me in if you decide to go next year, looks great!
Alison x

Belinda Basson said...

Now I feel the need to go to Paris in April...Oh my bucket list gets ever longer.

JoZart Designs said...

What a great report of a wonderful trip. You managed to get a huge, fab, stash still even though you said it was a small show.
The stands look so creative, more like CHA in America. Great decor.
Jo x

Gabrielle said...

OMG! You bought some amazing things! You must have had a truly wonderful time! It is fabulous to see Version Scrap through your eyes!

butterfly said...

It looks like such a fab show - thank you for sharing all these great photos... even more determined now to make it along one year. Fingers crossed for 2015!
Alison x