A few months ago, I had the amazing opportunity to visit Dubai and hold a weekend Scrapbooking and Mixed Media workshop at the famous Paper Lane Store in Dubai. I have been blessed with many teaching trips overseas, but this one was pretty special to me. I was so proud to be teaching for them because this store which has been enjoying tremendous success overseas is owned and being run by a Filipina! Plus, the entire staff and management are also from the Philippines! I was in a foreign country but felt right at home when I was with them.
Paper Lane, aside from bringing in the latest and greatest scrapbook and mixed media products also boasts of items that they design and produce themselves. Here is a sample of one of my favorite items in the store.. a sturdy chipboard album made of good quality - personalized to your very own specifications! You can request them to cut and shape an album in your name, your favorite word... etc!
I cannot thank Ms. Lani and Mr. Khalid enough for the time we spent at Dubai. They were one of the most gracious and generous hosts I have ever met. The ladies who attended the workshops were all very kind and funny too! I really had a great time. Plus the staff were wonderful. A few days back home here in Manila and I started missing them already. The store manager Ria, was kind enough to take us around the city, bring us to the best dining places, and show us the famous sights. Wow it was really something.
The Burj Al Arab - is a luxury hotel located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. At 321 m (1,053 ft), it is the fourth tallest hotel in the world. Burj Al Arab stands on an artificial island 280 m (920 ft) from Jumeirah beach and is connected to the mainland by a private curving bridge. The shape of the structure is designed to mimic the sail of a ship.
Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. The Burj Khalifa skyscraper is a world-class destination and the magnificent centerpiece of Downtown Dubai , Dubai's new urban masterpiece. The world's tallest building is surrounded by hotels , must-visit shopping destinations and a world of entertainment options.
My husband accompanied me to Dubai and it was such a different, learning experience for us. A real adventure! I wish I had more pictures taken but I ooohed and ahhhed so much that I would forget to snap pictures. The architecture and engineering feats you can see in Dubai is amazing. Really something you probably won't find elsewhere. Plus the food is so good! I am officially addicted to humus!
To top everything off (as if our host had not spoiled us enough during our stay there), Paper Lane gave me a surprise gift.... a SILHOUETTE!!! Talk about dreams coming true!! I have always wanted to get a Silhouette but there were other prioroties. So you can just imagine how happy I was when I learned that I was going home with my baby...
Here again is BasicGrey's "Clippings" collection used with my Silhouette....
I hope you guys don't mind my lengthy post. There was just so much blessings to be thankful for.
Hope everyone is having a great week so far! Thanks for your visit!!