Good morning! I am ridiculously excited today as I have been keeping a secret and I am now allowed to share it with you all!!!
I have a film out!! Yep, little old me in a film! Here it is in all it's glory:
Here's the back story...
Waaaaaay back in February I had a wonderful day out with Matthew at the Harry Potter Studios, it was a very belated birthday present and we had a fantastic time, even getting to meet some of the animal actors. After a long day we got in and minutes later the phone rang...
It was Paula Gorry the UK Country Manager for Stampin' Up! calling to invite me to participate in filming a YouTube video!
I squealed rather loudly and accepted as fast as I could get the words out. I was so happy to be given the opportunity and we arranged that I would be filming an Easter craft 'Stampissimo' in March.
Disaster struck! A week before I was due to film the video I became very ill and completely lost my voice. I was devastated and had to email Paula to let her know that the doctor had given me a strong course of antibiotics and placed me under strict orders to rest and not talk. I ended up being unable to talk for almost 10 days, and could only squeak for 3 weeks!
To the rescue! Paula managed to contact another demo who was scheduled to do a summer filming session. She was willing to take my place at short notice, and very kindly swapped so that I wouldn't miss out - giving me her Summer Scrap-booking slot.
Finally the summer filming day arrived in June and I woke up to glorious sunshine! It was a beautiful day for an adventure. I set off nice and early and arrived at the Stampin' Up! UK office around 9am, to be met by the lovely Kelly. She settled me in and introduced me to Ben and Jerry (brothers!) who were the camera crew (more on them later!)
Then it was time for a briefing from Paula, conducted on the floor as I had started crafting already! Kelly was determined to take lots of photos for behind-the-scenes shots, and somehow managed to avoid being in any of the photographs herself...
Paula and I took a while to chat through how we wanted the table to be arranged, laying out kit and talking to the crew about various cues and prompts, here we are setting up:
Ssssssssssssshh! Filming time... (Phew, those lights are HOT)
Talking a re-take over with the crew, they were so friendly and made me feel really relaxed - even when things didn't go according to plan! Sometimes we had to do retakes for something as simple as a plane flew by overhead - the sound equipment was that sensitive...
After the majority of the filming was complete we stopped for a delicious jacket potato lunch, filled with laughing and good conversation, talking over topics ranging from ways in which to propose to conspiracy theories! These two really seemed to like the cheesy snacks:
Finishing off last details in the afternoon, the guys were particularly taken with the photograph of Sally (for those of you who are not regular readers Sally was the guide dog puppy we were puppy walking - she is currently in her final advanced training stage), and wanted her in the group shot!
Finally we had a giggle with this one as he seemed to be hinting he might like to feature in a Stampin' Up! Pin Ups calendar... Any takers?!
I had such a wonderful day and cannot thank Paula and Kelly enough for giving me this opportunity. It really pushed me out of my comfort zone in so many different ways (even travelling to and from the offices was an adventure as I had NEVER driven on the motorway before - Eeeeek!) but it was so worth it! I can't wait to see what comes next on this journey with Stampin' Up!
Make sure you pop back as I have blog posts lined up giving more details on some of the creations featured, and please leave me a comment letting me know if you enjoyed the video!
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