CREATIVE ESCAPE ROCKED!!!
It was so awesome… I had a blast. i only took 4 photos.. how lame is that??? Everything went pretty much as planned! Everything went so smooth! I am delighted. Seriously it was so much fun to see it in action! Those who attended were amazing too! So sweet, so kind… to appreciative! Everyone seemed to have a great time! there were a few little snags here and there, but people seemed to understand that it was our first event, and that was to be expected! It’s been overwhelming to receive all the kind, happy emails yesterday and today of people raving about their experience. Arizona was on it’s best behavior… the temp was tolerable, and even showed off with a little RAIN! We had to explain to the out-of-towners how blessed we feel when it rains! I thought that the venue was beautiful and perfect for our needs…it’s really a NICE place! It seemed like the pace of things was good! … challenging, but doable! You know, I was so excited about all the little things that we did that would really be unique to this event.. like the lanyards, buttons, bubble bath, flip flops, popcorn, exclusive paper packs…the cute t-shirts and especially my all time favorite: the room key… and I am so glad that people LOVED those little things. That was my favorite part. I love those little things. The book turned out awesome… and if you want to get your hands on one, you will be able to purchase the show book! I will know details on that after our wrap-up meeting thurs, and I will let you know the story on that. It has all the class projects.. including step by step and DETAILED instructions for every single project.. as well as bonus projects and stuff that will be further highlighted on the CE website… anyway… the book rocked! No one was stressed about finishing in class, cause all they needed to finish later was there in the book! And it was all together, no extra handouts and project sheets and stuff like that. It was really cool. I have to admit.
I was OVERWHELMED with the GIFTS that people gave me, and CAPRI… my husband was joking about it being a big baby shower! SO SWEET… the yahoo group gave me this ‘good thoughts’ box… so cool… it had all these cards in it from people in the group. The cards were beautiful and had thoughts and quotes on them. Capri received hand made blankets, cute clothes… all kinds of sweet thoughtful gifts. The generosity and thought that went into these things was amazing! THANK YOU to those of you who made that effort to bring me something. I was so touched, and amazed. This was an amazing group of women… so many of you who I have met before, at events, classes and shows along the last few years of my scrapbooking career… it was totally a reunion of sorts. So many ‘she’s’ and even a few of you that have taken classes back in the beginning when I was just teaching at memory lane.
I loved teaching this project. I taught a clock. It was so FUN to see different people’s clock come together. Everyone put so much thought into the photo they wanted to use, and worked with such determination to complete the project so that they could show it off once they got home! Even though I taught 8 times in a row, each class was fresh and exciting! I LOVED it.. and we got to spray paint and use the gold leafing pens from krylon… all my addictions.
The best part of this whole thing… that has been a major epic in my life!... has been working with the people at Bazzill. Doug Jones is such an example to me. As well as Lisa, Carol and Franni… these women know how to WORK. They are organized, determined and they do it with a smile. The process was long and hard and sometimes so frustrating and overwhelming… but in the end… they have become wonderful friends and have impressed me immensely.
The other best part of the event for me was listening to Stacy Julian speak. She is someone that I admire so much… she inspires me…not just in scrapbooking, but as a mom, a wife, a friend and a business woman. She was nothing short of amazing with her remarks. I am so excited and happy to announce that I will be teaching a class on Big Picture Scrapbooking starting in January called “a YEAR to remember”. I will be telling you all about it here pretty soon! It’s going to be so much fun… and if you do participate, you will truly have ‘a year to remember’… it will be like nothing you have ever done. I am so excited!
Again.. thanks to all of you who came to the event and just had a blast! There was such good vibes! Thanks to the teachers… they did awesome! They worked so hard, and were so willing to do anything we needed them to do! the Volunteers were amazing. So willing to give of their time and leave their busy lives to be there and devote their attention to their assignments… without them, we couldn’t have pulled it off! those of you on 'staff'... you were on your toes 24/7~ taking care of every little thing that came up...with grace and charm...you handled it all beautifully! And thanks to the sponsors that jumped on board and put their trust in us!
On Friday night, one of the ladies in attendance pulled me aside, and very seriously- looked me in the eye and told me that she would not be able to recommend this event to anyone. I felt a little panic shot of adrenaline shoot through my body, and tried to stay calm as I was sure this woman was about to tell me something horrible! Instead she explained that she wanted to be sure there would be a spot for her to sign up for next year! chuckle… what a huge compliment! (not to mention I was SO relieved)!
I have been buried yesterday and today in ‘real’ work that I had to devote all my attention to… I still have so much that I have been pushing off until after the event! ….i am so relieved that it is over, it went well and so excited at the thought of beginning again! This time, armed with experience, feedback and momentum! I am sure next year will be even better! Nothing like a good challenge of outdoing yourself! I love it. For now, it’s the catch up game!
Mom and Dad… thanks for coming down and keeping things together here…
I appreciate your willingness to support my crazy habits! Thanks for putting up with my heightened stress levels!
and lastly, eric... thank you for being there for me... and supporting me in this adventure. it meant the world to me that you were there...helping out, doing what you could-standing by me. i couldn't do what i do without you.