It’s kind of odd to tell the story of this adventure in parts. However, in this case it feels better that way. As I mentioned in part 1 of my story of this great adventure, there was just too much that took place to tell the story in one post. For me traveling to Africa for the first time and visiting the continent from which the human race evolved was an amazing opportunity. Added to that was the powerful thought of setting foot on the continent from which so many of my ancestors were spirited away into slavery centuries ago. I knew that questions would be answered for me, but I wasn’t sure of what those questions were.
I must put the picture above at the beginning of this part of the story. Our very first tour in S. Africa was to Robben Island. During the tour we took a moment to speak one on one with the guide leading our group. His name was Thabo. His question to us was very simple … Is this your first trip to Africa? When we responded that it was, he looked at us, smiled, and simply said ‘Welcome Home.’ Whew!! Words cannot express my feelings at that moment. The cork was off of the champagne. Now for the rest of the story. (more…)
By the time 2006 arrived, scrapbooking related activities were almost non-stop. I’d been fortunate enough to travel around the country to many exciting events with Renee. During that time I’d gotten to meet and spend time with many talented industry personalities. It seemed that scrapbooking was booming everywhere. Imagine my feeling of total amazement and glee when Renee was invited to demonstrate digital techniques at the Scrapbook Expo during the Scrapbook Convention in Johannesburg, South Africa. From what I could gather, Scrapbook Convention was one of the most high energy shows anywhere, but for sure on the African continent. We would certainly find out, but for me what kept running through my mind was that “Renee was going international.” (more…)
Art becomes a spiritual process depending upon the degree of commitment that you bring to it. Every experience becomes direct food for your art. Then your art teaches you about life …Nick Bantock
Now that I’ve introduced myself, I must tell you that my path into the scrapbooking world was more a zig zag course. I will also admit that it took a while before I even knew that the journey had started. I know, you need to hear more, right? (more…)