I'm home! I'm home with lots of new ideas floating around in my head from the weekend in Vancouver. Vancouver itself was a rainy place, but everything else there was a very cool collection of times and friends.
I was in Vancouver attending a conference called ARTistry 2007. It was a scrapbooker get together. Why did I go? I've been watching the scrapbooking world from a distance wondering if there was a place for me. What better way than to spend time with the "rock stars" of their industry. (That's what a guy at the conference centre called them.) Ali Edwards. Donna Downey. Claudine Hellmuth. Those were my favourites and when I heard they would all be together in Vancouver it seems like all signs pointed to giving this a try. So I went.
Ali Edwards was my first class and it was so much fun. This was by far the hardest class of the weekend because there was lots to do and think about. We made what she calls an Evolution journal. They all turned out beautifully and meeting Ali was good. She's nicer, more real, and funnier than I expected. She even recognized me! I came away from the class with confidence and wishing that she lived closer because she's just exactly the kind of person I could see myself being good friends with. (Probably everyone says this - because she is just that way.)
Day 2 was Donna Downey. I was pretty sure that after Ali - all of the other instructors would be let downs so I went in with a bit of hesitation. WRONG. Donna was cool, too. She's an entertainer and she's lively and funny and she had the class comfortable and plugging away at our projects. We made a portfolio and a Remember journal ring. This was the easiest day of the weekend because it was like a puzzle - building, folding, drilling, and sticking things where we were told. It was like a bunch of friends hanging out and the opportunity to meet and chat with Donna was very cool. She already had my LoveLife book! Holy Cow! I have lots and lots and lots to say about our conversation - but, I'll keep it to this: VERY COOL. She's a smart lady and I have a feeling that I can help her with something. LOVED that she was as excited about that as I am.
Claudine Hellmuth was hilarious. She's an artist. She is so much fun to watch and learn from. In her class, we made some shadow boxes using the Poppets style that she has invented. They were fun and turned out very, very cute. I really enjoyed this day, too.
What I learned from the weekend... I AM NOT A SCRAPBOOKER. It actually feels really good to acknowledge that and say it out loud. I met some fabulous people and I would be up for getting together again to craft away. I had a lot of fun and I definitely got pushed out of my comfort zone and totally enjoyed the work and crafting of it all... Why am I not a SCRAPBOOKER? I'm not sure yet... I think it cemented for me that I am an artist. I like making things - all kinds of things - all the time. I'm a little bit scrapbooker - little bit pencil crayon girl - little bit painter - little bit illustrator - little bit writer... you see where I'm going with that?? I loved making things this weekend. I especially loved that the instructors were cool with me using my pencil crayons and paints to put a totally individual spin on everything. I'll elaborate another day...
Overall - the weekend was terrific. Too cool. It reminded me to shake it up - get dirty - get out of your ruts and get into other things. I loved that everyone welcomed me and accepted me and encouraged me. Scrapbookers are good people. You heard it here.
I was lucky enough to stay with Bonnie Holtslag and her family. Her sister Sally and her Mom Heather. THANKS GUYS. I am overwhelmed by their generousity. They drove me an hour to class everyday. Picked me up. Fed me. Gave me a place to sleep and kept me entertained in the evenings... it was very, very cool. Holtslags & Stranges are good people, too. Thank you so much.
Too cool. Check out the women I talked about here. Ali Edwards. Donna Downey. Claudine Hellmuth. Go to their blogs - be inspired - start documenting and cherishing your lives. Try scrapbooking. If you were a scrapbooker in the classes this weekend - keep in contact with me and let's all just keep the circles spreading. Life & all things cool. Thanks a million.
I'm really glad to be back. I missed Dan like crazy - it's so cool to get out of your comfort zone and into a new perspective... quadrupled the appreciation and love. (I think I'm still high from all the glue this weekend). I love everything that goes on in our home. I love this life.
Today: Ads and a promo book. Regular work. Boo. The wheels are turning and I'm really, really close to refining how I spend my days. More about that later, too. I REALLY WANT TO PAINT!! I'm so inspired from the weekend. I want to play with all of the new papers and tools I learned about...
Chrissy: I went to the class alone. I was totally a loner - I went without knowing anyone. But, that's how I roll. It ROCKED. It's good to go without a safety net because it forces you to MEET more people that way.
COMMENTS... I want them! I'm drawing on Friday at 9am for a piece of my original art. All comments left on this blog between now and then will be entered. You get as many chances as comments you leave. Ask me questions. Give me feedback. Tell me jokes. Whatever - it's all good. Connect with me - that's what I really like. This week's art is going to be cool.
Have a great day. It's good to be back - because I'm ready to GO.