I have been thinking for days how to sum up IU 2012. It is my BIG event each year. It means so much to me. This was was our 5th year. It started out with Ginger (aka Event Coordinator) who stalked me (yes, she is what she calls it!!!!) and wanted me to do a Teresa Collins event and she would run it. I thought she was crazy and that no one would come. We spent HOURS on the phone...making plans and well we did our first event at Sunset Station in Henderson NV in 2008. It sold out and I was amazed. We learned so much! Then for the next five years we are thankful that it has grown and we sell out each year in record time.
This is my sweet friend Ginger Nelson. She owns Down to Details and she does the onsite store in IU and also hosts crops and travels to consumer shows. She is a total sweetheart and she pays attention to ALL the details and keeps everyone on track. I don't know how she keeps everything in track but she does. It is amazing! She handles "situations" and problems like a pro.
Each year new teachers are invited to come teach at the event. The classes and teachers change every year and we put a lot of thought into who comes. This year was so wonderful. The teachers were Stephanie Hunt (Bella Blvd), Vicki Boutin, Debby Schuh, and Kristen Robinson (mixed media- Ice Resin) and myself. They each did a fabulous job!!!!!
The event is held at the Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa in Henderson NV in September each year. The hotel is beautiful.
They have several pools but I have never had the pleasure (too busy) to even put my toes in the water. ha! Many students come early and stay late to stay at the resort. I don't blame them! Since it is outside of Vegas many students bring their husbands, mothers, fathers, etc. I love this part of the event!
I took a photo of my hotel room, the hallway and our bathroom. Yes, it is clean, beautiful and very affordable. Ginger and I choose this location because it would be easy to fly into and because it is affordable to the crafters budget. It has been important to keep the event affordable.
Ginger has a group of dedicated volunteers that work non-stop to make the event a huge success. Here are the attendees are checking in and getting their event name tags. I love seeing BUCKET in the corner smiling. A special thanks to Bucket who did the most heartfelt slide show of the past five years. Yes, I shed some tears.
This is the SECRET to why people want to come to Inspiration Unlimited. Yes, we offer great classes. However, it's so much MORE than that. It is the sisterhood... an event where everyone is welcome and the feelings of friendship and love is fostered. It is like a family. Each year I teach both days- the entire time. I get to talk and visit with each of the cute girls at the event. This is important to me.
I have a very special place in my heart for each of the girls who come.
I know that scrapbooking is a bonding experience for many women (& men). This is Bridget. She is a sweet friend- I love that she "gets" me!
We always have girls who like to have a good times... this is Earleen and Annette. Let's just say my girls know them by name and LOVE them. They are fun... I mean FUN!!!! I love that that Earleen says things that could be considered violent but she does it in a way that we all laugh and love her all the more. Ha ha... trust me on this one. These two are so talented and probably don't have much that they don't already know crafting wise (as many of our students are) and yet they come each year. It comes back to FRIENDSHIP and the bonds we have with each other.
The girls at the event are from all over the world- local, USA and International.
Many people at the event have met and become the best of friends.
This year I brought my three daughters with me to help. This was very special for me.
So many good memories are made during this weekend together. Saturdays are hard for me... I don't want to see it end.
The event is possible because of wonderful and talented teachers who come and share with everyone.
Did I mention that the on-site store is busy busy and many girls ship back their clothes home?
Friendship stories that warm my heart.... (thank you Dawn!)
The event volunteer crew... yes, they are the magic behind the crew. I am teaching non-stop and they keep the show going. They really are the glue and work hand and hand with Ginger.
We do pre-IU workshops on Thursday. This year we had Layle Koncar, Lori Allred, Amber Packer (My Minds Eye) and Joey Otlo (Bazzill). This is our second year and it has been a big success. Anyone (even if you did not get into IU) can come and take the classes this year. They are all a la cart.
Love at all the beauty in these photos... happy girls.
Let's just say they like to get into the spirit. These girls are part of the BLING BABES....
Did I mention there was a photo booth at IU this year? We simply could not keep Ginger out of the machine.
We even had a SCRAP tastic contest. Using TC products you could create ANYTHING to win some wonderful Provo Craft machines. Who would have thought you could make your own dress from my Tell Your Story scraps? This is a flipper dress and she could even wear it. I am amazed at Alissa's creation. So many over the top beautiful submissions.
Alissa won the Imagine machine and I'm sending her some TC goodies....
I had the best weekend. Heartfelt and magical sums it up... If you are interested in coming please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.