There is SO much I want to say about Creative Escape 2008...so. very. much. That seems to be par for the course lately, I'm afraid, but honestly, I don't know where to begin. It just seems like I can't even scratch the surface of the impact it had on me. I loved seeing old friends and making new ones and spending time with all of you.
I just have to do this so I'm going to do it as short and sweetly as I can. I have to thank so many people for all they did to make the event a success.
First THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Heidi and the entire Bazzill team - Doug, Marti, Lisa (my hero!), Frani, Mona, Carol - all of you. The event seemed practically flawless in execution and it was due entirely to you. You all made it so easy for us as teachers, and I was beyond thrilled to be included in such an amazing experience, to get to know you and your families, and see the impact you have on others.
For my fellow teachers, Tim, Janet, Jenni, Kolette and Jason, Jessica, and Laurie. Thank you so much for allowing me to spend some time with you and learn from you. You are all absolutely incredible and I have so much respect for each one of you.
To the amazing attendees of the event, the students - you were all amazing. It was so overwhelming to see how far you had traveled, what you had overcome, your generosity, your spirit, you smiling faces. Thank YOU so much for making it such a wonderful experience for me. I am forever grateful.
And finally to my above the call of duty room volunteers, Jeanne Wines-Reed and Susan Mast...you girls rocked so hard. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking care of me and giving me a few minutes of rest in between the classes and always keeping a huge smile on your faces. You were organized, professional, on top of things, and a true god-send. Thank you!
Boy did that sound like an academy awards speech or what? Sorry for blathering but I just had to get all that out and let those people know just how special they are.
And after gathering approval from the Bazzill powers that be, I am allowed to go ahead and post the images from my class. I did the layout track at CE. We did four layouts using BasicGrey's Sultry and the theme for the class was "Treasuring Today" and capturing the everyday moments. I hope you enjoy and should you want to create any of these on your own, detailed instructions and step-by-step photos are included in the Creative Escape 2008 booklet available at Scrapbook.com.
SO for your patience with all that, I wanted to do a little giveaway! An extra kit for my CE class followed me home and I'd love to share it with one of you! I know so many of you wanted to attend CE but couldn't for one reason or another, so if you'd leave me a little note between now and Monday at midnight telling me what you would have done/wanted to do if you had gone to CE and I'll put you in a drawing for my kit! :)
(And I PROMISE pictures will be coming - I didn't take many, but I did get a few good ones - including one of Tim Holtz getting stripped of his shirt in the name of raising awareness of Cancer. It was awesome!)