The Gogo Getaway had a specific theme for its 10 year anniversary. The special guest designer was Shimelle Laine and all the products used in each and every class were from her latest paper range for American Crafts, A Box of Crayons.
Shimelle Laine is an American married to a Brit and lives in a lovely part of South East London. She is also what you might call a big noise in the scrapbooking industry, as she has collaborated with American Crafts for several collections. Shimelle taught a class at the very first GoGo Getaway weekend and was invited back for their 10th anniversary. There was a great deal of excitement from the delegates; so much so, there may have even been a few fan girl moments!
But Shimelle’s presence left me in something of a quandary … I didn’t like all of the patterns in the range and I didn’t particularly care for the selected designs she’d chosen for the two classes she was going to teach.
What to do?In the end, I chose an open mind, tried my best during class and then tweaked them once I was home.
On a personal note, Shimelle is absolutely lovely! She’s open and engaging, her teaching style is laidback and uncomplicated and she was patient beyond belief when it came to posing for a photo.