I'm home now from a wonderful week in Paris with three very full days of classes at the scrapbook event Version Scrap. It was my tenth time teaching at Version Scrap in Paris and Lyon - my favorite thing by far is seeing the friends I've made there over the years!
I traveled very light... not! :) I get three suitcases for free and it was half the price to pay for an extra suitcase than to ship the class kits, so these four suitcases weighed 70 pounds each! Yikes! It was one of my main concerns - how I would lift them to stack them on a cart this way to take them out to a taxi at the airport in Paris. Of course, I didn't need to worry since a very nice Frenchman lifted them for me and then the kind taxi driver lifted them into the car and then into the hotel. THEN a very nice Uber driver lifted them into his car and helped me get them into the venue for the classes. What a blessing and a relief! (Good tips for all! :)
The event actually takes place in the suburbs of Paris in Vincennes. On my walk to the Metro station to go into Paris, I passed so many beautifully flowering trees in the neighborhood. I love wisteria!
The pink blossom trees that I love the most there were already finished blooming but this tree was spectacular!
It was great to see fellow teachers there again as well - Sharon Laakkonen from Prima here in the US and Birgit Koopsen from the Netherlands.
People gathered outside my classroom window for lunch...
I taught eight classes - I wished I'd remembered to take photos of every class!
I love reconnecting with girls that I've become friends with over the years like Isabelle. I loved the beautiful gift that she gave me! Thank you, Isabelle! You are so kind!
I love seeing Cara from Luxembourg - she does wonderful planner classes online with Big Picture Scrapbooking.
These three sisters have been taking my classes together for years - how fun to see them again!
The two girls on each end in the next photo came from Denmark! Next to me is my wonderful translator Catherine. I couldn't do an event like this in another language without the help of a translator! Catherine was so helpful to everyone (and even repeated my silly jokes.) It always amazes me that people come and take a class from someone who doesn't speak their language - a great translator is key! (Emilie, who usually translates for me, was busy having a baby this year!)
It was so nice to see Karine again too. I saw her in January when she took my class in San Diego and it was good to see her again here. She has become more and more famous in France for her workshops and her products that sell out the minute they become available!
She brought me some samples of her fun products... I can't wait to play with them! If you want to follow her on Instagram, she has great style and you can get super ideas for scrapbooking from her posts. You can see her work HERE.
The French word for stamps is tampons - which my 12 year old mind thinks is pretty funny when you see signs like this at the show! :)
I hope to see everyone again next year - whether at Version Scrap or somewhere else - I love my French (and all) my students! Thank you for your kindness and warm welcome - you are a blessing to me!