Tuesday, 3 December 2013

WOYWW - Finnabair Fun !

Well after months of waiting, finally the day dawned for me to head off for my workshop in Derbyshire with the talented Anna - aka Finnabair or Finn.

I have admired her style on her blog & in articles from afar - so it was wonderful to have the chance to find out how she goes about creating her lovely highly dimensional designs !

The weekend was ably organised by Jamie & Sharon of the Artist's Trading Post and the venue an Eco Centre in the Peak District - we enjoyed good facilities & the room was just the right temperature all day which is always a blessing at a workshop !

The only small feedback would be that the space we had to work in was very cramped given how much glue, paint & embellishments were involved - but when so many people want to attend I suppose it is inevitable !

Our main project for the day was to create covers for a journal - we were given great big kits of goodies to play with - loads of dimensional embellishments from Prima & were free to choose our own colour schemes - just encouraged to make sure we had a bold colour & a contrasting a highlight colour.
As you can see I chose deep blues, greens with a hint of purple and gold as a background. I was very happy with how my designs came out considering it was my first attempt !!

I always much prefer this as it is rather dreary to work a whole project up in a colour scheme that doesn't appeal just because you have been allocated it !

Finn was a charming tutor & clearly explained each step before we set off to complete it .. we had a completely free hand to create our design exactly as we desired - and we were kept seriously busy all day !

It is always great to see how everyone in the room, whilst ostensibly creating the same project turns out a complete different creation - each composition was unique and every colour scheme completely & utterly different !

After we had created our covers we went on to create a couple of Finn style journal pages - it was good to have some inspiration on new ways to compose a page as it is so easy just to keep trundling round in a loop & getting stale - this is what I love about classes & workshops - as well as the fun of the day, you get the inspiration & spark of new ideas to take home !

So when Journal Your Christmas started this week & it came to creating a cover - are you surprised it is looking Finn style !!

Feeling a bit sorry for myself today as took a fall in the dark carpark at work last night !
So apart from going to an emergency appointment at the dentist to have the big cut inside my mouth checked out, I have been huddled in the house nursing black & blue knees, aching hands & arms & a swollen face that looks like the result of a bad botox session !!
I'm hoping the swelling will go down by tomorrow so I can get back to work - and eat something solid !

Hope you all have a great crafty week !
Ali xx


  1. OH NO! poor you! I saw your photo on Twitter with Leandra from Paper Artsy. I fear I will have to travel to your neck of the woods to attend a Finn class as it is just too expensive to get her here to South Africa. We have tried...

  2. Oh Ali, your starting to fall like me....LOL You poor thing and your going to be so stiff and sore for a couple of days.
    How wonderful to meet Finn, AND take one of her classes. Your journal cover is wonderful......LOVE IT!
    Krisha #41

  3. Oh My, your album cover is so beautiful, LOVE IT! and the journal page, simply gorgeous. Thank you for sharing, can't wait to see what you do next. Happy crafting and WOYWW DeDe #8

  4. Hope your starting to feel better from the fall
    Well what a lucky lady you are .... I so want to do her workshop that is my next goal!
    Thanks for the pictures gave me a taste as to what it would be like
    Jackie 45

  5. We've turned green with envy at you attending the workshop. We love what you've made. Hoping you're not too battered and bruised from your fall.

    The bears@66

  6. OMGoodness - poor you. Such an awful thing to happen. I hope you are getting better all the time today - I will send some healing vibes !!!
    Your journal cover is just AWESOME beyond words :-D I am soooo lusting over it here at my desk !!!

    HAPPY WOYWW #235

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  7. Poor you Ali, hope you feel better soon. Love your journal, amazing colours too, very envious.
    Off out for a curry with Mary and Chris tonight, they are only down for two days.

    Jan (84)

  8. Oh Aali, you poor thing, am sure you must be feeling very shocked as well as bruised and hurt, how horrid. Heal fast, please! your Finn style work ism just fab! I love love love the covers! colours are luscious and the detail is incredible.

  9. Boo to falling....poor you, it always shakes you up. Hope you heal fast xx
    I'm so glad you enjoyed your course...the results are brilliant. Love the colours you chose.
    Hugs, LLJ 36 xx

  10. I am so sorry to hear about your fall, please take it easy from a person who doesn't listen and retards her healing. You are so lucky to have done a workshop with Finn, something that I have wanted to do for years. Your pages are truly amazing and yes i really like them, excellent creation, I might have to give it a go myself one day when i have a new crafting area.

    Happy WOYWW & Happy Crafting
    Eliza & Yoda 2

  11. Happy WOYWW and hope you are mending after your fall. Loving your covers and journal pages. Gorgeous colours. Ali x. #46

  12. Oh my goodness! I hope you are okay after your fall. A friend tripped over her feet crossing the road the other day and fell forward onto her arms and both both arms in both upper and lower! Luckily she's not a crafter... I love your covers and I'm looking forward to seeing you popping up in my JYC travels too. #49

  13. Oooo lucky you to have a class with Finnabair, I love your cover and pages.
    Happy Wednesday to you,
    Karin #98

  14. Good work mam!! well I so glad your work. This is really hard worker blog.
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  15. Hello, dear Ali! So sorry to read from your fall! I hope and wish you are feeling better!!!
    Vielen lieben Dank für Deinen Besuch und Deine lieben Wünsche, ich freue mich sehr von Dir zu lesen. Für Dich auch ein very very happy New Year, love, health and creativity as I see here in your post and blog!
    xoxo Erika