Now that I've finished working on my submission for the Teresa Collins design team call, I finally had time to edit the photos from my weekend meeting Teresa Collins and hanging with the fabulous Miss Heather Sweet! This weekend was HUGE for me because in addition to meeting the amazing Teresa Collins, whom really is my biggest inspiration right now in crafting, but Heather and I also met in person for the first time! Seriously, it was amazing!
Heather and I have been friends through snail mail, various social networks, and Skype for some time. We met on a Facebook group for scrapbooking pen pals and hit it off from there. Together, we run the Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenges blog. But, have never met in person until this weekend!
I have to admit, I was a little nervous before she arrived. I went through a similar experience some years ago where I met a pen pal friend in person. The experience was not necessarily the greatest and (in my opinion) affected our friendship thereafter. So I didn't want this to happen with Heather and I, especially since we work together in our crafting.
Seriously though, I had NOTHING to worry about. Her and I have talked so much on the phone, through Skype, and emails that it really seemed silly that I was nervous at all. Since we both had Friday off from work, we had time to sit and chat a bit over sandwiches, which was really nice. It is AMAZING how similar we are and even Teresa Collins thought we were sisters!
We had a fabulous time together at the Teresa Collins class and hanging out before/after. Before she left on Saturday, she helped me out greatly with my submission for the design team call. She was so awesome in helping me plan out what I'm doing and kept me from getting anxious. I feel so lucky to have met her and become good friends both in real life and in our craft, which we both love so much. It just makes me even happier that we do the Just Two Midwest Girls scrap challenges together. Hopefully soon we can plan our next adventure!
MEETING TERESA COLLINS WAS AMAZING!!!! This is one of those experiences I will never ever forget! If you didn't know by now, I am a HUGE fan of hers! I've been reading her blog religiously for a while now and it is one of my favorite blogs to go to for inspiration and a pick-me-up on a crappy day. She is so positive, inspirational, and down-to-earth, and she writes her blog posts as if she is talking directly to you, which I always try to do. LOVE THAT!
Anywho, a few months ago, I saw she was teaching classes at a local scrapbook store, Creative Cards and Crafts in Villa Park, Illinois, and I knew I had to go! So I asked Heather if she wanted to attend and I signed us both up. We arrived early on Friday to take advantage of the free make-and-take she was offering. While we waited, we shopped some of her newest collections and I purchased some of her Save the Date (which I am using for upcoming wedding albums), Daily Stories, and a few things from her Basic Essentials line (modeling paste and templates).
I envisioned in my head several different scenarios as to how my first meeting with Teresa would go....In the end, it was just as simple as sitting down for the make-and-take and her saying "Hello," smiling and chatting. After that, it was as if we were great old friends. I never felt as though I were in the presence of "a celebrity," (even if I kind of think of her as one). After the make-and-take, we attended the class, where we created the "US" mini album using the Save the Date collection.
Before we started creating, Teresa talked to us a bit about the reason for the album (the story of her and her hubby), and telling your stories through scrapbooking. This little welcome speech was SO INSPIRING! She also talked about the importance of keeping and scrapping photos (even the blurry ones!) because sometimes they are the ones we love the most and telling your stories through your photos. I have never been much of a 'themed scrapbooker,' although I have created a few holiday layouts, I enjoy scrapbooking my everydays so much more. Teresa talked about how her family is her favorite subject to scrap and how sometimes you don't even need a photo of 'the story' to tell the story. (That is my BIGGEST STRUGGLE). Listening to her tell her history and stories was so awesome. I could listen to her talk all night and never tire of it! But we did have an album to create! When we finally started creating, we had the opportunity to play with her modeling paste and stencils (which I LOVE!!) and bind our books with the Cinch. (I own a Cinch. If you are a lover of mini albums, you TOTALLY NEED ONE!) We didn't finish our books so I will have to share that at a future date, but so far it's turning out beautiful!
This weekend, I was also lucky enough to meet Jennifer Haggerty and Malika Kelly. Both ladies have designed for Practical Scrappers and Jennifer is a current designer for Practical Scrappers. They both are also on other various designer teams: both ladies design for Chic Tags and Jennifer is currently designing for Teresa Collins! I was so excited to meet these two amazing ladies in person! They are both super sweet and Heather and I had the chance to talk with them more over dinner at Brick House in Downers Grove. (Super good food and nice and cozy place too!) They are fabulous and super-talented!
I'm seriously so thankful for this amazing weekend and the opportunity to meet Teresa and the girls. Teresa was such an amazing and inspiring person and resonates happiness. I am so inspired to continue telling my stories and documenting my memories in ways that I have never have before. If you ever have the chance to take one of her classes, you definitely need to!! You will get your money's worth and so much more! (And rumor has it, Teresa will be teaching again at Creative Card and Crafts in February, 2015! I'm definitely going to be there!) I am also so thankful for having such amazing friends in the crafting industry. Never in my wildest dreams did I realize how far my crafting could take me! I am a happy, happy, happy girl!
Finally, thank you so much to Claudia at Creative Cards and Crafts for having Teresa Collins there. I love this little cute store. Since local scrapbook stores seem to be disappearing faster and faster lately, it was so nice to be able to see such support for a local business. I can't wait to go back there again!