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Limited Edition, Storyteller & Dreamscapes 2021

Finally have time to plan something special for yourself this year? The promise of some well deserved time to relax and get creative is a fabulous place to start. Mel has some amazing scrapbooking class options for the year ahead and there is something for every skill level and every budget. Make sure you pop by the store to see all of the samples for these classes in person, being able to see them up close gives you a sense of all of the amazing details that aren’t always seen in a photo. Here’s what to keep an eye out for….

“Limited Edition” is a fully kitted class with full instructions for 2 double page layouts, and is amazing value for money. Each month the kit inclusions change and it is perfect for people who are wanting to learn fabulous techniques all while learning how to make the most of the patterned papers and the embellishments. During class we create one of the double page layouts, leaving one for you to take home and work on at your own pace. We offer this class once a month on the 3rd Saturday of the month at 9:30am till 12 noon. Any remaining kits are available for purchase at the store if you are unable to make it to class.

Our “Storyteller” class gives everyone a chance to reimagine the divided page protectors and turn them into a beautiful home for recording those personal stories and giving your layouts a much needed interactive element. We are finding that people are using these double sided elements as an additional way to use even more images and add to pre existing layouts. It really has become a firm favourite for our customers on a Saturday so we have added a mid week class on a Thursday to give more people a chance to join the fun. A small kit of basics is included in the class cost, you get to add whatever patterned papers and colours you like. Mel has created invaluable ideas on how to make your storytelling even more special with a fabulous journalling prompt to help advance beyond the basics. Storyteller is on the 1st Saturday of the month at 1pm till 3:30pm as well as the Thursday, please check the class calendar for further details.

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And lastly, our “Dreamscapes 2021” class makes it’s return for a fourth year of album building fun. Take the theme of your choice….celebration, holidays, favourite places and join us for one class a month for the next 10 months. We have created a great community of people who are working on these large projects, the online support group via social media has made this class one not to be missed. The cost of $250 upfront covers your classes from February to November, gives you access to a private Facebook group and is home to all the information you need to get organised for a fun and productive year ahead. Our first group have already had their first class and were ecstatic with all of the content and help they received, we currently have space for a few more people to join our Saturday afternoon group on the 3rd Saturday of the month, 12:30pm till 3:30pm. It’s definitely not too late to join by yourself or with someone you know will love the opportunity. Let Mel guide you through her process of creating these gorgeous albums, perfect for gifting to your family at the end of the year.

To book in to any of these classes, call the store for more info and bookings – 38512200.

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Artisan Market Recap

Last Friday evening saw A Place to Create hold their second Handmade and Pop Up Artisan Market ever! Everyone involved had a fabulous evening, and we were so excited to welcome back so many return vendors as well as some new stallholders too! We would like to take some time to share with you all the wonderful local and small businesses that took part in the markets…

Store owner, Karenina, officially opening the markets and welcoming everyone!

As you arrived at the store, you were greeted by the smell of The Vintage Palm Bespoke Van coffee.

Then by the entrance were a range of different plants for sale – lovingly grown and tended to by Sharon herself!

Before heading inside, each attendee was, of course, required to sanitise their hands before entry to the markets. How cute is this…

As we headed through the store, in the middle section we were greeted by the smiling faces of Marji from Drought Angels and Cathy from Happy Heart Art!

Drought Angels is a cause that the store has been supporting throughout the year and is a charity with the enviable reputation of being recognised for their genuine heartfelt connection to and support of primary producers across Australia, in their time of need.

Across the way was Cathy of Happy Heart Art with beautiful handmade pieces. You can check out Happy Heart’s instagram page by simply clicking here.

Then we head out into the large classroom turned market space! And here are all the wonderful stalls that were on offer…

Stella and Dash (click to head to their site!) had a huge selection of handmade earrings, keychains, lanyards, hair clips and more.

Shabby Vintage Journals and Crafts had some beautiful vintage goodies and more! You can check out their Facebook page here.

These amazing print designs are the work of Tamika from Bee Adornable! Visit the Bee Adornable Facebook page here.

Four Little Giggles showcased a range of princess halo braided wigs, unicorn headbands, reversible fabric crowns, and forever fabric flower arrangements.All unique. All one of kind. Visit their page here.

Next up is Beli Art with these fantastic pieces! You can contact Belinda on 0439806898 for any enquiries for your own Beli Art!

We also welcomed Metal Magic Blacksmithing who specialise in all things metal, handmade and unique! Their contact details are metal.magic.blacksmithing@gmail.com or you can give them a call on 0421328329.

Check out these intricate handmade Christmas Baubles made by Lisa Karger! These were a hit and we purchased a bunch for ourselves last markets to decorate our in store tree!

This fun and bright stand belongs to Fiona’s Felt Creations! All handmade with love, Fiona had a large selection of felt Christmas ornaments for people, pets and everything in between!

These beauties belong to Carmel’s Stained Glass and Mosaics stall. How spectacular are they!

These colourful creations are the works of Kar Chee Resin Designs with a range of platter boards, trays and lazy susans. You can get in touch with them on 0407598178!

These markets saw the return of many stallholders from our first market, including Miss E Pottery (click here for their Instagram page). Miss E Pottery goodies are also available on Etsy.

These amazing hand drawn pieces and hand decorated gift bags are by Bossy Flossy!

This stall belonged to Colleen from Red Fox Macrame from our first markets, and we were thrilled to see her beautiful macrame skills on show at our second market too!

We also welcomed back Angel Scents Candles by Kathleen with a range of beautifully scented hand poured candles.

Amparo had these festive themed goodies for sale at her stall with plenty of items perfect for Christmas gifting!

Katrina’s Personalised Gifts returned to these markets with her wide range of personalised gifts!

Handmade Cards by Jenny Cain was also a return vendor to the markets with her spectacular cards for every occasion!

We had a fabulous evening at our second ever Handmade Pop Up and Artisan Market. We would like to take the time to thank all the incredible creators who do what they do, and to all the market goers for supporting small business and choosing to shop local. It really means the world to us!

Until next time,

Karenina and the team at A Place to Create

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Drought Angels

Not sure what you got up to this week but here’s what was going on at A Place to Create.

After Tuesday morning’s class with Doozey Chicks Paper Crafters Group, a dozen ladies along with Marji, Deb and Sue stayed on and gave their time to make a difference in the lives of struggling farmers and their families through Drought Angels.

Drought Angels was formed in 2014 by Natasha Johnson and Nicki Blackwell, Drought Angels gives assistance to struggling farmers and families on the land who are affected by drought, bushfires and floods. Based in Chinchilla, this non-profit charity organisation gives emotional support as well as tangible assistance with food hampers and care packages to those in need. Co-founder Natasha Johnston puts Drought Angels agenda in such a beautiful way, “We don’t give charity, we give thank you’s to those who put food on our tables and clothes on our backs.”

What a better way than to say “thank you” to the women on the land than with an unexpected piece of jewellery, wrapped up with love, pretty papers, individual creativity, embellishments and bling! And yesterday at A Place to Create, that’s exactly what more than a dozen ladies from the Doozey Chicks Paper Crafters Group did yesterday. With exactly 100 pieces of donated jewellery to box and embellish, these beautiful ladies made boxes, boxes and more boxes each one crafted with care, with every single box being an individual masterpiece! What a beautiful way to spend Melbourne Cup Day – giving and sharing to our country sisters who are facing difficult times. A Place to Create would like to thank each and every one of you along with Marji whose initiative this was and who bought and donated every piece of jewellery herself. Thanks also to Mel, Shell, Nicki, Deb and Sue for their donations and time. The ladies also ran a raffle and raised monies, which along with all funds raised from the sale of water and soft drinks in store, helps Two Thumbs Wildlife Trust care for rescued Australian wildlife.

Well done ladies!!!!!! If you would like to donate any new pieces of jewellery, A Place to Create will serve as a collection point for next Mothers’ Day where we will again open up our classroom space for another fabulous community event.

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Our Latest Newsletter

See ya later October!!!! Nice knowing you…… and heeeeeellllooooooooo November!!!!
After a crazy October with the store being open every day, we made a decision to resume opening just 2 Sundays in November since we are already away one weekend with our first away retreat this year. Well, that idea lasted less than 48 hours as all the teachers scrambled for their choice of dates and times to offer you their classes. As it turns out, weekends off were just a passing thought and we are once again open every day in November with classes every day of the weekends so that hopefully you can get to do some fun stuff amongst your real world duties.
Before we say good-bye to October, we have 2 more classes:- Sharon is resuming her Friday morning class tomorrow and Jo is teaching her mini album in a box on Saturday.

Then we move onto Sunday….. 1st November and we kick it off with our first pop up Artisan and handmade market from 10am – 4pm.
We have over 20 local artisans who are bringing their home made items to sell so you can get your Christmas shopping starte. We will also welcome Beautiful Crazy – a coffee van borne from the fallout of Covid job losses so we are excited to support this wonderful young couple in their new venture.

You are welcome to support the coffee van even if you’re not shopping with us on Sunday.

We have lots of new and amazing classes coming up and we will share more details in upcoming newsletters and on our Facebook Page.
Remember you can always visit our facebook page as it is a public page and you don’t need to have an account, you just won’t be able to comment or request things online.
We have now also launched our new website where you can find details of all the classes (they’ll be added over the next few days for November) as well as some products to purchase or pre-order. All our kits are also there so hopefully this helps those of you who can’t get in store to shop. Obviously our store is too expansive and busy to put all products up as turnover is too quick to maintain a website as well so if you see other items you want, you can just call us or add notes to your order.

We also had the fun loving Natalia from Stella and Dash back with cabochon earring classes at AP2C on:Saturday 14th November, 2.00pm-3.30pm andSaturday 12th December, 10am – 11.30amClasses are $35.00 and include everything to make 4 pairs of cabochon earrings.These make great gifts and are lots of fun to do. Click here to pop to her page to book a spot.Stella and Dash will also be selling at our Artisan market on Sunday if you wish to talk to Natalia about her classes and maybe get yourself a couple of new earring sets for upcoming “Socialising”!!!!

Jo joined us in October with her hanging advent calendars and this Saturday Jo finishes off the month with a mini album in a box before sharing some amazing new exploding boxes and albums in a box with us for November.
Jo also joins the staff in store to help you with your enquiries and purchases so say hello and introduce yourself as she learns the ropes!
Here are her upcoming classes for October…….
Exploding box class – Thursday 19th November, 10.00am – 2pm ~ cost is $49.50
Exploding box class – Thursday 19th November, 6.30 – 8.30pm~ cost is $49.50
Fold out album box class – Sunday 29th November, 10.00am – 2pm ~ cost is $57.50

Our Uniquely Creative Sunday with the gorgeous Jo Herbert and Yvette Fanciulli was absolutely wonderful and we couldn’t have asked for anything more – these ladies were just wonderful and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their day.
In November, Yvette will join us for a trio of layouts day where you will create 3 single page layouts each featuring different tips and techniques.

SUNDAY 15TH NOVEMBER – UNIQUELY CREATIVE TRIO FUN DAY
10.00am – 3.00pm – 3 pages with Yvette Fanciulli – $75.00
Please bring some lunch as we will have a short lunch break. Kitchen and fridge facilities are available for you to use.
The fabulous Deb and Sue team have the next 4 weeks’ class samples in store for you to see so pop in and check them out if you’re thinking of trying some card making. These fun and relaxed classes each Tuesday start with fresh home made baking and lots of chats and laughs. This is as much a social outing as a card class for those who attend. Every Tuesday morning, 10am – 11.30am ~ $16.50 (includes your full kit) just byo tools and adhesives.

Finally, we would like to welcome Susan who is bringing patchwork, quilting and sew and chats to AP2C.
On Monday’s Susan will offer a 6 week medallion course in Patchwork and quilting. Beginners are welcome.
You can bring your own fabrics or buy some from Susan.
Here’s what Susan has to say about herself and her upcoming workshops at A Place to Create.

“I have been quilting for over thirty years. I quilt by hand and machine. Both methods have a strong draw for me as patchwork by hand is so portable and can be done anywhere at anytime, good if you are not in a rush to see the end result. patchwork by machine is great for getting it finished in a limited time.  I have tried most methods and like both traditional and modern quilts. I am always ready to try out a new method.
I have owned my own patchwork shop and taught many, many classes as well as running retreats over several days.  I have participated in workshops with both Australian and overseas tutors. I love to pass on my craft to others and enjoy seeing people grow with confidence week by week.”
THE CHAT AND SEW
This session will be held on a Thursday and is for finishing off those UFO’S.  IT IS NOT A CLASS but Susan will be there to help with advice to get you over that sticking point, or just come along and sew in company with others.Chat and Sew is $10.00 and runs from 10am – 1pm
Next Year Susan would like to hold a RETREAT in February, so if you are interested please contact her directly as numbers are limited.
All sewing enquiries should be directed to Susan by calling on 0422 283 301 however there are samples of Susan’s work in store you can see or you can meet her at our upcoming market on Sunday.
All of Mel’s classes will wrap up this month:
Saturday 7th November, 9.30am – 12.30pm – Dreamscapes
Saturday 7th November, 1.00pm – 3.00pm – Storyteller
Thursday 12th November, 9.30am – 12.00pm – Storyteller
Thursday 12th November, 12.30pm – 3.00pm – Limited Edition
Saturday 21st November, 9.30am – 12.00pm – Limited Edition
Saturday 21st November, 12.30pm – 3.30pm – Dreamscapes
And in December we will have one Saturday catch up day where you can come along and finish off all your pages from classes during the year with Mel. Details are in your groups.
The calendar is best viewed on a desktop screen however it should allow you to zoom in on your device. Alternatively try popping to our new website by clicking here, you should be able to click on the calendar and enlarge it and even print it separately to the rest of the newsletter by using a right mouse click and print or save image and then print.We will be adding all the information for each class there over the next week or so.
Pauline will also be rejoining us early in December with cake and cookie decorating for both kids and adults so keep an eye out for these or follow her on facebook at @The Copper Whisk.
Please note that all classes require pre-paid bookings.
All Stella and Dash earring making classes (and she’s added some fab ones including polymer clay) need to be booked through her website – https://www.stellaanddash.com.au/ and it’s so easy to navigate.
For all new sewing and quilting classes, the 6 week medallion course and new Sew and Chat sessions, please contact Susan to make plans and payments.Ph: 0422 283 301
If you are unable to attend a booked class, please contact the store or organiser (in the case of our visiting teachers) to discuss options for a class kit or rescheduling if available.
Ph: 3851 2200

We also have a very important SAVE THE DATE for our Artisan pop up market on Sunday 1st November.
We ask everyone to please respect each other’s space at this event and appreciate your understanding if we need you to wait a few minutes extra to allow everyone to maintain safe distances where possible.
Thanks so much for reading and we hope you have had a wonderful October, and are excited to see November filled with so many fabulous classes

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Uniquely Creative Sunday

Hello Friday! And hello beautiful people!!!
Can you believe October is nearly over???
March to September felt like 6 years and October feels like 6 days…… isn’t time a curious thing????
Enough with the past, let’s focus on the future and it couldn’t be better this weekend!
Earlier this year we planned a Uniquely Creative Sunday with the gorgeous Yvette Fanciulli and Jo Herbert from Uniquely Creative but of course like so many things this year, it had to be cancelled. Well that’s okay because they’re coming back this weekend and we are going to make it happen with new classes!
Yvette is an educator for Uniquely Creative and Jo is on the Uniquely Creative Design Team. We are lucky enough to have both of them live in South East Queensland so we are very blessed to have both of them offer to come and teach for us and share their unique styles and ideas with you.
Jo specialises in card making and as such will be teaching 5 cards / tags including some fun fold ones. The class will use Uniquely Creative’s Once Upon a Christmas range in beautiful soft blue shades and there will be some lucky door prizes as well.
Call the store now to book a spot or book both classes and you’ll receive a $10.00 voucher to spend in store. You can also book online through our new website.

Then in the afternoon, Miss Yvette will guide you as you create one of her cute layouts featuring a cute idea for making baubles and adding shaker elements to your page.
Call the store now to book a spot or book both classesand you’ll receive a $10.00 voucher to spend in store.You can also book online through our new website. 3851 2200
And as if that’s not enough exciting Uniquely Creative news for you, the new Naughty of Nice mini stamp and colour collection is now in store too along with Holly Jolly and Once Upon A Christmas – all from Uniquely Creative.