Monday, October 15, 2007

CKU... What an amazing experience!!!!


Hi my scrappy friends!

Last night, I returned from CKU-Orlando. I was so happy that my BFF was able to join me on Friday morning. Her grandma was in the hospital so she wasn't going to go, but then her grandma started recovering and she was able to meet me up in Orlando. She took a flight and made it just in time for her classes! Yeah!

CKU was such a blast. I cannot begin to tell you what an enriching and amazing experience it was for me... It was inspiring beyond belief and the amount of talent there was extraordinary.

On Thursday night, I drove to a local bead and scrapbook store because Ali Edwards was signing her book (see photo above and notice that is Anilu's necklace that Ali was wearing!). I was so thrilled that I got to attend and listen to her speak about “no fear scrapbooking.” It was cool because there weren't that many people there and she answered our questions and just hung out with us. All I can say is WOW. She just brings out a lot of emotions in me when she speaks because she knows how to connect so well with everyone. I get tears in my eyes when she speaks about her son, Simon, or talks to us about being a "Life Artist."

During the event, I took some awesome classes and I got my picture taken with Ali, Becky Higgins, Tim Holtz, Candice Stringham, Ana Cabrera and the product designer for Making Memories, Margie.

I worked on some layouts, learned new painting techniques from Tim, got some great info on photography from Candice and a whole lot more! Wait till you see the album we’re working on for The Week in the Life (Ali’s album class). It will take some time for me to finish it, but it will all be so worth it. This album is so personal and it opened up my eyes to new things. It has helped me appreciate my everyday life and pay more attention to my surroundings. It is really an incredible album. So inspiring.

Also, there were people there from all over the world: Japan, Germany, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, etc. Next year, CKU will be held in Chicago, Provo and Houston, but I still want to go... It was well worth it!!! I can't wait to be back.

Here are some more photos... I have so many great stories...













8 comments:

Anilu Magloire said...

How AMAZING!!! We're so going together next year!!

Trish said...

Oh, how FUN! I totally thought of you up here when I read on Ali's blog that she was on her way. Isn't she unbelievable? That type of experience--taking classes by her--has taught me SO MUCH about letting my hang-ups go. I'm happy you got to see her and the other fun folks first hand! And don't you just love Margie too? She's doing a guest DT stint for WIP next month! I think she is an absolute hoot...

Can't wait to see your finished projects! Share!

Ady said...

I had an awesome experience too. I am so happy I went. CKU was awesome.

Jeanie said...

Wow - now I can say I know someone that graduated from CKU.......hehe (from Vanessa's non-scrappy friend)..

Balou said...

I'm so glad you both got to go and enjoy the experience. Great pics, too!

P.S. Happy Birthday!!! I hope it was really wonderful and happy! xoxo

Yeli said...

You have a very cute blog. Congratulation!!!!

lawrenbc said...

I met you and Ady in line for Ali's class on Saturday -- what fun! You two girls were just all smiles and happiness, especially nice when it's 8:15 in the morning and I haven't had enough coffee! It was fun meeting you (and what a great class that was!) and I hope to see you and Ady at CKU next year - I think I'm planning for Houston in June, since my folks live in Galveston.

Lawren
www.lawrencoope.wordpress.com

Anna M-W said...

Happy Belated Birthday!