miercuri, iulie 10

The Avincis picnic - enjoying the little things in life

About 3 weeks ago, although it already feels longer, i got an invitation from my friends Yuki and Xaara, to join them on a trip to AVINCIS - a famous local wine producer. My friends have been there before and they described the place so nicely that i was mesmerized. From what Yuki described, i felt like being back in Tuscany, and i did not even need to close my eyes. I love Tuscany so much that i said to myself "i will not hesitate to go there, should i get the opportunity". And, what would you know, about 2 weeks later the opportunity arose. To go to Avincis, not to Tuscany. Hehe!!!
So i embarked myself on the bus, together with all the bloggers that were invited to the "party". I was looking forward to a calm, relaxing day, full of lovely sights, nature, nice people, music, dance and interesting things to find out about our region and this wine producer of which i know since a was a kid. From my father, who, as an engineer, was involved in building their wine cellars back in the day (before 1989), i know that their red wine is a strong one ;). But i usually go for the rose and white wines, and always the half-sweet ones. Im a "girl", what can i do?! Even so, i bought 2 bottles of dry rose wines when i left from the picnic, because i liked it too much and i could not miss the opportunity.
Now the time came to write about the experience. I knew already then how i could integrate this event in the specificity of my blog - which is a niche one, where i write about my hobby, scrapbooking and mixed media, and the workshops i organise. But one can scrapbook about anything, literally. 
Now, with such a full summer - all the courses and workshops that im involved in - i did not have the time to create an actual scrapbooking page about this. But i did make a digital one. The joy one gets during the creative process can not be compared to the digital process, but it was enough to wake up the memories from the day. However, reading around the other articles that my fellow bloggers wrote, i feel like they all graduated from some high literature school - kudoz to all of you. I've never been talented in expressing myself poetically, probably this is why i specialized in technical translations. But i guess my talent went somewhere else, as it seems i like to express myself more visually. 
Here is the page i created, in which i integrated some of the photos i took there. Hope you like it and that i managed to portray how nice i felt that day.

luni, iulie 1

Scrapbooking Estival la Aman

Bineinteles ca, pe langa toate cursurile si atelierele din timpul acestei veri de voluntariat, nu puteam sa nu ma implic si in propriile mele ateliere de scrapbooking. Si aici s-a vazut ca e vacanta si ca parintii vor sa isi tina copiii relaxati in mod activ si re-creativ. 
Incepem de miercuri, 3 iulie ora 18:00, iar primul atelier va fi dedicat verii si vacantei, anotimpul preferat al copiilor, right ;)? Dar bineinteles ca am stabilit agenda pentru toate atelierele de pe timpul verii. Si pot sa va spun decat ca la ultimele 4 ateliere, cele din august, vom crea albume pe tema toamnei...pentru ca le terminam chiar in prag de toamna, care este un anotimp atat de frumos si de colorat si de aromat, care merita celebrat. Si bineinteles ca la fel vor fi si albumele noastre. Divagand putin, o sa va dezvalui ca, incepand chiar de pe la 7 ani si pana pe la 30 de ani si putin, toamna era un anotimp care ma umplea de melancolie. Dupa ce am trecut de 30 de ani am simtit o "schimbare de paradigma", ca sa ma exprim pretentios :D. Nu stiu pe seama a ce sa pun aceasta schimbare radicala, dar am inceput sa iubesc toamna din ce in ce mai mult si nu mai sunt melancolica, ci din contra, ma simt plina de energie si prospetime. Iubesc toamna.
Revenind la oile noastre, cum zice francezul, la atelierele din vara asta vom invata sa cream felicitari cu format unic, pagini de album personalizate si albume complexe. Iar temele vor fi diverse si interesante, pentru copii si nu numai.
Va las aici cu agenda atelierelor din iulie si daca aveti intrebari, nu ezitati sa ma contactati fie pe pagina de FB, fie la telefonNe vedem pe 3 iulie, adica poimaine.

Pana poimaine, sa auzim numai de bine!

miercuri, iunie 26

O vara de voluntariat la Biblioteca Judeteana

Vara asta pentru mine va insemna voluntariat la maxim. In fiecare zi de miercuri si joi, timp de 2 luni, in iulie si august, ma veti gasiti la Biblioteca Judeteana. 

Din primavara asta, cand am inceput atelierele de scrapbooking, m-am indragostit de atmosfera de acolo. Si nu doar atat, dar mi-a reinviat si mai mult placerea de a-mi impartasi cunostintele cu cei interesati, respectiv pasionati. Asa ca m-am inscris la voluntariat. Voi fi acolo pentru cursurile de franceza si suedeza, pe de o parte, si pentru atelierele de scrapbooking pe de alta parte.
Pentru suedeza inscrierile s-au incheiat deja si s-a inregistrat un interes incredibil. S-au format 2 grupe, una de 10-14 ani unde s-au inscris 16 copii, iar cealalta de liceeni, studenti si adulti - 12 persoane. Cursurile de suedeza incep miercuri, 3 iulie, cand copiii vor studia in intervalul, 16.00-17.00, iar ceilalti de la 17.00 la 18.00. Ne vom intalni la American Corner. Materialele specifice sunt oferite de Scoala de Suedeza.

Cele de franceza vor avea loc la Ludoteca si incep de joi, 4 iulie, ora 10.00. Inscrierile pentru cursul de franceza sunt inca in curs, pana vineri 28 iunie.
Ambele cursuri sunt pentru incepatori, evident.
Atelierele de scrapbooking gratuite pentru copiii de 7-14 ani vor avea loc tot joia, imediat dupa cursul de franceza. La aceste ateliere vom crea pagini de album personalizate, pe diverse teme: Vacanta de vara, Prietenii mei, a 2-a mea  familie, Viata la tara/bunicii mei, Dance/Sport 4 Life etc. La fiecare atelier copiii vor putea aduce cate o poza personala pe tema respectiva, iar acasa isi vor putea inrama creatiile. Toate materialele sunt incluse.
Sunt atat de incantata si abia astept sa inceapa cursurile si atelierele. Nu va fi usor, dar satisfactia va fi mult superioara efortului, cred eu.

Tot miercurea, de la 18.00 la 19:30, timp de 9 saptamani, ne vom intalni la atelierele de scrapbooking. Aici materialele specifice sunt oferite de noi cei de la Atelierele COMCRAFTY si vom crea de fiecare data ceva unic si deosebit de frumos, pe diverse teme, de ex: A venit vacanta🎉!” / ”Live, love, CREATE!”🎨 / ”Iubesc sa citesc”📜/ ”Prietenii mei – a 2-a familie”🥤🏸/ ”Anotimpul preferat”🐛☀️☔️⛄️ / ”Bunicii mei / Viata la tara”🦆 / ”Dance, dance, dance! / Sport 4 life”💃🎾 / ”Vine toamna, bine-mi pare”🍁🍄. Vom crea felicitari cu format unic, pagini de album personalizate A4 (cu poza personala, acasa pot fi inramate), albume personalizate complexe (create pe parcursul mai multor ateliere), iar plata se face in avans pentru 3 ateliere.

Cred ca am spus tot ce era de spus. 
Ne vedem la Biblioteca, deci, incepand de pe 3 iulie ;).

joi, iunie 13

School is over, scrapbooking is forever

Hehe, that sounds a bit pretentious, right? But true, nevertheless. Hihi! 
Yesterday we had our last "school workshop", when we also finished our flip-albums. As you will see from the photos, one of the girls managed to break her wrist poor her, but courageous enough to still come to the workshop. And she did not want any help either. Moreover, she helped her younger sister to finish her own flip-album. And what is more important for me is that they were all so happy with the result. Teo, who came once before to the workshop and who subscribed to the summer-workshops as well, came yesterday as well and created her first album page ever. And she was wow-ed about it. That's one of the things  love most about these workshops: the awe and amazement that i see in their eyes, at first, and then the enthusiasm to create whatever i show them - and of course they go for the most difficult ones. And so now Teo is looking forward to her own first flip-album, that she will create during summer.

So, im really thankful to everyone who encouraged me, to those who kept coming from the 1st workshop to the last one, and to those who joined later and kept coming even with their arms in cast. Im more than excited about the summer workshops and i hope so are the kids who subscribed. And more importantly - that they will like what we do there and keep coming. We plan to approach cool themes and i think they will be very excited.

Will get back with details when i have some. Until then, have a lovely time!

vineri, iunie 7

Their 1st album ever - II

On Wednesday we continued working on our first album ever - the updated flip album. Updated how? I mean how can one update a flip album? Isn't it perfect as it is? Of course it is. Only, over time, i felt the need to send it to my dear ones, in a standard envelope. And i did not think about it before i started creating it. Only when it was done. And it was too big, of course. But now, for the workshop, i remembered this and updated the size so the kids can send it to their dear ones if they want. And if until now i did help them - like i said here - this time i let them cut the papers by themselves - and here im talking about the young ones, no more than 7 yo, who don't yet have a steady hand or patience to cut papers  and stick them down straight. Not like a 10 yo, for example. The difference is visible. But this is why they come to the workshops and this is what they gain: precision, patience, stability etc. Among other abilities.
This time we had an extra guest, a member of the Library's staff, who is also into handmade. And she wanted to create an album for her grand-daughter. Also, one of the girls missed the workshop itself, but she came for the photo shooting, and you gotta love that.
So now im leaving you with them and i hope you enjoy:

And for this one you have to put the sound ON:

joi, mai 30

Zero help with their first album ever

...or at least from now on, I promise you. 
I actually did this before, like 4 years ago or so, and then the kids worked together with their parents. Now the kids - as young as 7 yo only - only have me. And i must admit i help them when they feel they can't perform specific tasks, the more precise ones. But next time we start with decorating the albums, so that should be fun and i will let them do it all by themselves. And some of the papers might be crooked, but the satisfaction will be much greater than if i would have helped them with everything. After all, this is just the beginning, only their 1st album ever, and they are so young.
This is a slightly updated version of the classic flip-album. Because i always wanted to be able to put it in a standard envelope and send it. And so i updated the size to fit in a standard envelope. And this is the version we will create. So that, for Christmas for example, they can make new ones and send them to their dear ones.
I will let you take a look at the photos, bearing in mind that this is just the basic structure of the album, with no pattern papers in it, so it might look a bit boring for now. But i promise you they will look much more exciting next week ;).

And here's the video, with sound ON mandatory ;).

Until next time, have a lovely time!

joi, mai 23

Cele mai mici casute sunt intr-o felicitare

La atelierul anterior, adica cel de saptamana trecuta, le-am aratat fetelor ce urma sa cream ieri si la urmatoarele 3 ateliere, ultimele de altfel, avand in vedere ca aproximativ in acelasi timp se termina si scoala. Dar nu sunt ultimele, pentru ca intre 1 iulie si 31 august va invitam la ARTelierele de vacanta.
La atelierul de ieri asadar urma sa cream o felicitare gen scoica. Sau, ma rog, asa a vazut-o imaginatia mea de adult. Ele insa au vazut-o toate drept o casuta. In care si-ar putea pune papusile si jucariile preferate si pe care o pot inchide apoi in siguranta pentru a o lua cu ele peste tot. Casuta "la purtator", sau ceva gen melc, casuta mobila...continua sa zica imaginea mea de adult. Bineinteles ca interpretarea lor e mai frumoasa, asa ca am adoptat-o.
Si de ce zic "cele mai mici casute"? Pentru ca la final, inchise, casutele nu aveau mai mult de 7 cm. Va imaginati, da? Si stiti si ca e cu atat mai dificil sa lucrezi la un obiect mic. Ei, cu toate acestea, rezultatele au fost uimitoare. E adevarat, cu ceva ajutor si din partea mea, cartonul (baza) fiind destul de gros si greu de pliat. Dar va las pe voi sa evaluati singuri si sa fiti uimiti de ce pot crea niste manute dibace:

Speram ca va plac casutele noastre. 
Si va asteptam si pe voi la ARTelierele de vacanta unde temele sunt la libera alegere si vom crea lucruri minunate, ca de obicei.

joi, mai 16

Pet shop easel-cards...inversed

Hello everyone!

We are back from yet another scrapbooking workshop - this time dedicated to our favourite pets. Not to make things too complicated - the more options we have, the more difficult it is to make a choice - we went for the classics, and so the kids had to chose between their cats and their dogs. We made oblique easel-cards. And it was a first for all of them, but one of the girls was especially eager to make this card. Why one of them? Well, it's a...short story :)). And since it's so short, i will share it with you. 
Teo, 'cause that's the name of the girl, was one of the 2 girls who took part at the tearoom-workshop we had back in April. And then the plan was to create this type of card, but somehow we ended by making the classic easel-card. Which Teo, like everyone else, was happy and proud with. But she still ended up by asking why they don't look the same? Well, you know what i mean when i say that now, when she came to her next workshop, it had to be this card and no one other. Kids don't forget easily ;). And now she was happy - like she finally received something that was promised to her for too long. I was only too happy to "oblige", of course :). 
They were all very glad and proud of their cards and themselves, of course. Irina, our steadiest "client" (only 7 yo) amazed me yesterday when she said "when we go home after every scrapbooking workshop, we are...bigger". So right she is.
Well, that's the story about yesterday's workshop. So here are some photos from yesterday:

Next workshop will be dedicated to Children's Day and we will create cards again - a card they saw yesterday and fell in love with: they saw in it a house that you can close and in which you can put your dolls and your favorite things. The paper will be especially chosen so it matches their age and dreams.
Felicitarea inchisa si....                         ...deschisa

So, with this i leave you and wish you all a lovely weekend!

sâmbătă, mai 11

Easter scrapbook pages

Just dropping a few lines to show you all the lovely Easter page we made on Wednesday. Irina made, that is. And she was very proud of it. In the last photo you can see my embellishments box, that makes Irina feel creative every time.
We will see each other next Wednesday, when we will create easel-cards about animals.

 And here's a short video:

Until next time, have a lovely spring!