A week ago I said goodbye for now to my parents in Florida and headed across the country for a weekend of classes at The Paper Bunny in Las Vegas. It was wonderful to have a week together with them and truly rest. I slept until at least 8am everyday - which I never do at home! (This morning I was up before 6am with too much to do and too much on my mind.) I am so thankful for them and the time we get to spend together. I'm looking forward to summer when they'll be up north here.
I had a late flight across the country from Tampa to Phoenix and then on to Las Vegas, arriving after midnight.
It was my first time teaching at Paper Bunny, the only scrapbook store in Las Vegas! (Support your local stores or we won't have any shops left!)
The store is fabulous with a great variety of products and a room full of wonderful students!
One of my students who lives in Las Vegas told me about the store and said that I should talk to the owner about teaching there. I had them get me the contact information - it turns out that I have known Mary, the store owner, for about 18 years! She actually is a huge part of my story!
Back in about 2000, I was at a trade show where I did a make and take at a booth with a little mini book template. No one did mini books yet back then, but I loved the idea. Also, there was a brand new company at that trade show called 7gypsies. Their booth was jammed with people because they had "hardware" and things that no one had ever dreamed of using in a scrapbook. My mind was racing with possibilities but I knew that most people would have no idea how to use all these cool new products. Then the idea came to me to do a class on how to use these "altered" ideas in a mini book like I had done at the make and take. I took the idea to Canson, the art paper company, because they made a mini book, and they hired me on the spot to be their teacher at CKU, Creating Keepsakes University and led to the career I have today! That idea became my Encyclopedia of Alterations class - I did volumes 1-4 in those early years. BUT it all started with Mary's make and take! What a small world to see her again after all these years!
Mary published books with ideas for using her mini book template. It was fun to look through her copies at the store! This is one of the pages I had in her book that I did after my Grandma died. At the funeral lunch I had the mini book that I made for us to write our memories of her in and then included the book on the layout in my scrapbook. What precious memories!
I want to thank Mary and her staff and her wonderful customers for such a warm welcome and so much fun! I can't wait to return someday!
Another very special part of the trip is that I got to stay with and visit Lisa, my roommate from the La Dolce Vita retreat in Italy last year. It was so, so nice to catch up!
I didn't spend any time on the Strip - it's not my favorite place - but I got a view of it when I left. I made what I call a very big "rookie mistake" on this trip. As much as I travel, you would think I wouldn't do things like this BUT I did. Here's the story... I get a "check in now" email from American Airlines 24 hours before my flights. When I got a check in email on Thursday for my flight on Saturday night/Sunday morning (my flight was at 12:59am, arriving home at 11am the next morning,) I thought it was really strange to get it that far ahead. When I thought about it and checked more closely, I realized that I had booked my flight for the wrong date and my flight was on FRIDAY night, arriving home on Saturday morning! I couldn't do that - I couldn't fly home before I even taught my classes. Yikes!
I had to book a completely new flight, paying the fare difference, and thankfully they waived the $200 change fee, but my new one way ticket was almost $650! Ugh! A very expensive mistake to make. I should know better but the 12:59am threw me off, I guess. Bummer! Saturday evening I flew from Las Vegas to Los Angeles, then a 1:15am flight to Chicago, and then a 10am flight to Buffalo. Oh, the joys of travel!
Buffalo looked very pretty from the sky...
There's still ice in the harbors and on the lake. Your Cheerios are made in the factory down at the bottom of the photo!
I have another week at home before my next adventure with lots to get done! Even though it is far ahead, I've opened up the links for signing up for my classes this summer in San Diego and Cupertino on my sidebar.
I haven't even sent an email yet about my classes in Texas at the Scrap Shack near Houston at the end of June, but one of the classes already sold out! The Here and There Traveler's Notebook class is sold out for seats in the class, but you can still get a kit. If you would like to get the three class bundled discount that includes that kit, you need to call the store instead of signing up online. Please feel free to email me or call the store if you have any questions.
Have a GREAT day! xoxo