beautiful morning…

this morning when i woke up… (and same thing yesterday)… i was so amazed at how beautiful it was looking out the window. it really is the best time of year here.  the desert is blooming, the air is cool and crisp and the sun is so radiant… lights up everything. and all i can do is look at it, because i am too exhausted to get up and take advantage of it!  so lame! i got to thinking about morning people today. you know these types… they are up at 5 am, writing you emails… chipper as can be! what is that? how is that possible? and yet.. i feel this little tingle of jealousy. for how happy, and energetic they are in the morning. because, quite frankly, i am a SLUG. (and usually grouchy as well!) 
so here is my idea. next week, i am going to TRY to be a morning person. i am going to go to bed EARLY. like 9pm. and then, i am going to wake up at 5am.  mind you… i am not CONVERTING to morning person-hood…. just going to give it a try… and at the very least, ENJOY these amazing spring desert mornings. drink them in!  maybe i will feel happier… more alive… maybe it will inspire me in new ways! you never know!
as for today…
i am leaving for alabama! i have to show you the cute ‘she’ inspiration book we will be making…
She_book
the ScrapETC. event is all about inspriation… and i think by now, it’s clear that i am so totally inspired by the ‘she’ concept… so i will be talking about that… and how to start a she album and stuff like that… (this little quote book is made from a ‘retro’ frame kit… it’s all-inclusive!)

Card_book

the other class i am teaching is about the importance of PLAYing! maybe you remember all the playing cards that me and a bunch of my team and friends created for CHA summer/memory trends displays… to show the intense side of some of  the products… well, i made a little book out of some of mine…and i LOVE it! the messages on these little babies are so inspring and they are really fun to look at! so we’ll be starting a PLAY book, and giving some challenges about conveying MESSAGES through your art… what is it that you WANT to say!…. say it! be heard!
so cute. i love it.
sooo
i think it’s going to be an awesome weekend!
i am excited to  play with all of you who will be there!  so many of you have emailed me and i am exicted to meet you in person.  Monique is killing herself off to create an amazing inspiring and motivating weekend! let’s make sure we all give her lots of LOVE… i know that my demands alone are enough to put her OVER THE EDGE! (i am very demanding, huh monique!)  LOL…..
so, i am going to exercise, pack and if the stars line up, get a pedicure before we leave!
see… if i were a morning person, this would all be done!
so nanci, and franni… you are my inspiration!

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37 Comments

  1. Brandi Ginn 20 April, 2006 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I don’t know how you do the whole “night” thing. Don’t you end up turning into a morning person because you’ve been up all night…you just run into the morning. I’ve wondered if all you “night time” scrappers are women or MACHINES lol :o)

  2. Ksea 20 April, 2006 at 9:10 am - Reply

    Those projects are too cute. Wish I could be there!

  3. Lisa 20 April, 2006 at 9:40 am - Reply

    I’m so NOT a morning person by nature, but occasionally (usually in the summer), I do just what you’re doing…I try to be a morning person just for a little while, just to see what it’s like to enjoy those early hours of the day when everything is quiet and calm. I always LOVE it when I do it, but eventually my night-owl self takes over again. But it’s nice while it lasts!

  4. Raven 20 April, 2006 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Oh MY. I cannot wait to do these projects!!! See you in Bama! πŸ™‚

  5. Heather 20 April, 2006 at 9:58 am - Reply

    i am totally with you being a night person. the night time after the kids are in bed is the only time i have for scrapbooking. i get tired about 9, but then get a second wind and am good to go. i have to get up in the am with the kiddos so i can’t stay up to late. i know i would enjoy my day so much more if i would just get up about 1/2 hour before they do. but, i just can’t drag myself out of the bed in the am. maybe i will try it with you next week. it will be a little extra motivation knowing you’re doing it too.
    Heather

  6. abbykey 20 April, 2006 at 11:02 am - Reply

    are you ever going to be in the nashville area teaching these awesome classes? i feel the need to reach into my screen and pick these albums up and TOUCH them!!! πŸ™‚

  7. Alison P 20 April, 2006 at 11:08 am - Reply

    Total night owl here too – waking up at 5 am is just not for me. Total grump when I wake up at 7:30 for work!
    These albums are super-cute…makes me so excited for Creative Escape! Have a nice trip. πŸ™‚

  8. Janet Ohlson 20 April, 2006 at 11:31 am - Reply

    ARGH I wish I could be there for that class! I took photos of the cards from summer CHA and have them hanging on my scraproom wall for inspiration! I’d even volunteer to make some for you! Have fun…

  9. Sara Amuso 20 April, 2006 at 11:55 am - Reply

    SOOOO CUTE!!! Heidi, if its one thing I have learned, you can’t pretend to be a morning person! I’m SO not a morning person and as much as I have tried, its just not going to happen — enjoy the sunsets rather than the sunrises, you will be just as happy! Can’t wait for the Creative Escape! You inspire me!

  10. Suzanne Balvanz 20 April, 2006 at 1:07 pm - Reply

    I so love that book y’all are making…
    I am green with envy….

  11. rhonda 20 April, 2006 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait!!!

  12. Vee 20 April, 2006 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    the progjects are to die for.
    love them!!!
    I am one of those am people but I am still always running behind
    I guess chasing after a 5 and 2 yr. old can do it you!
    this event looks so awesome.

  13. tracy 20 April, 2006 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    I so wish I could take your classes! I am such a HS junkie! These little gems look amazing! Keep inspiring us!

  14. wendymorris 20 April, 2006 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    Heidi, can’t wait for you to experience the Southern hospitality!!!! You will love it here in Alabama! Safe travels and looking forward to a great weekend πŸ™‚

  15. Mary Ellen Carlise 20 April, 2006 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Heidi—We are neighbors…I live in W Phx. *I* am your quintessential *morning Person*…and let me tell you….here are the benefits of being a night person..
    a-you don’t turn into a pumpkin when you are scrapping after 10PM…
    b-you don’t have the dilemma of whether to walk, drink coffee at the computer or scrap because you can only pick one and then the kids will be waking up…
    c-you don’t feel guilty scrapping at 7 am because you *should be cleaning the kitchen*
    so I guess you could look on the bright side :D….
    I’m SOOOOO hoping that you will make the *SHE* album an online class…pretty pretty please….
    Ta know ya is ta love ya Heid—-(even though you don’t know ME!
    Mary Ellen

  16. marlo 20 April, 2006 at 4:30 pm - Reply

    Oh yes, them wonderfully happy morning people, ugh!! LOL I’m not a morning person at all. I’d rather be up till 3 a.m. and sleep till 7. Makes life much easier.
    Love that Play book. Very cool!!

  17. brianna 20 April, 2006 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    That kit and book look great.:) Thanks for sharing.

  18. sarah green 20 April, 2006 at 5:23 pm - Reply

    I am not a morning person either…. those projects are AWESOME!!! I love the quote book made from the kit…. I so wish I could come to your classes – so when are you going to do online classes for these and your she albums huh..huh?????

  19. Sally 20 April, 2006 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    Heidi…any way you can take pics of the inside of the PLAY book for those that have never seen the PLAY cards? Also, will you be teaching this book anywhere else? If so where and when? Would love to take it!

  20. Chrissy K 20 April, 2006 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    good Luck with the morning thing … I have tried and tried and I’ve given up.. I am not a morning person.. I can stay up till 3am, no problem.. waking up at 5 am just kills me.. I swear we are made that way.. night owls or early birds.. I can totally relate though, I would love to wake up before anyone else, sit and have a cup of coffee in peace..aaahhhhhhh it sounds so relaxing.:D

  21. Kim 20 April, 2006 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    Love the projects you made! So inspiring…. Have a great weekend, and I’ll be meeting some of your girls at The Urban Convention this weekend!

  22. Sharon 20 April, 2006 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    heidi,
    can you please explain the whole “she” concept. i think i’ve got it but i need to have a clear definition from the expert!!
    love sharon

  23. Sarah Michigan 21 April, 2006 at 3:07 am - Reply

    Heidi
    I AM a morning person – been up since 5:15 today but i get my quiet time before the kiddos get up. right now i have our 8.5 wk puppy sleeping on my lap – great life! i do go to bed at 9pm thoug to get my 8 hrs πŸ™‚ i love getting up early but that is me. i had to learn it was the only way for me to not be working all my children’s awake time.
    good luck on your trial – oh and sunrises are awesome!!!
    Sarah

  24. Brooke 21 April, 2006 at 4:05 am - Reply

    Heidi,
    The one bad thing about being a morning person (or having to get up at 4:30 for work) is that nothing is open – well not in Brisbane, Australia anyway. I get in the city at 6:30 and have an hour to kill before work. The window shopping is like torture, I just want to go inside.
    This is my first time posting a comment. I really love reading your blog, it’s on my “blogs to read everyday list”. You’re a great inspiration and I must tell you my fave scrapping tool is “Love your handwriting”.

  25. Tammy 21 April, 2006 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Ok, so who else is just physically sick that they do not get to be in Alabama to make these crazy cool projects?!?!?!
    Ugh! It almost made me sick looking at them…
    Heidi, girl, I’m not sure where your creative genius comes from but go with it girl…
    ALl I can say is WOW! And since I have never attended a class, CK event or anything of that, you lucky brats attending make me green with envy.
    Have so much fun girls!
    Tam

  26. Jana Perenchio 21 April, 2006 at 6:20 am - Reply

    GREAT projects, everyone will just *love* them! Best of luck converting into morning-hood, even if it is for a short while…..I’m a total night person too and no matter how hard I try, I just can’t & don’t like to get up early, don’t know what it is? However, when I do it, I love it! Don’t forget you’ve got a little one inside you dictating your every move. πŸ˜‰

  27. Kate 21 April, 2006 at 6:33 am - Reply

    Being a morning person can be very rewarding once you get used to it. I admit it took me a while but once I got the hang of it it’s the best.
    I bought you book Love Your Handwriting and it’s been wonderful for me. What a great book! Thanks so much for helping me to get over the whole “I hate my handwriting” thing. You’re the best!

  28. Catherine 21 April, 2006 at 7:10 am - Reply

    Heidi,
    I, like Sharon above, am wondering about the ‘SHE’ concept. It is killing me. I feel a little disconnected not really knowing what it is all about. I checked your website under SHE, but it is under construction. Love the look of the album!

  29. heidi larsen 21 April, 2006 at 7:49 am - Reply

    super cute albums. you shouldn’t feel at all “lame” for taking naps and getting rest. you are pregnant! i don’t know how you do all that you do anyway. i am pregnant and have been so sick. i am lucky to get up and get dressed for the day. it’s really frustrating when you have so much that you need to be doing. just wanted to tell you to take it easy on yourself. have fun in alabama!

  30. Tami 21 April, 2006 at 8:27 am - Reply

    you can be so productive in the morning. by 720am, i had mae gingerbread man dough, the dough for preztel making latter and homemade waffles. get on the ball before the baby comes

  31. Leslie 21 April, 2006 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    Heidi, your classes were FABULOUS today at The Event and I can’t wait for tomorrow. I love getting a sneak peek at what we are doing.

  32. Lyn 22 April, 2006 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Woohoo………. HEIDI….I want to be in your classes too! Perhaps we could have a cyber class for all us Heidi Fan Aussies!
    I just LOVE your SHE concept……it’s so YOU!
    Talking of seasons……..we are starting Autumn over here in the LAND Down Under and it’s also “football season”.
    Love the footy………….
    Lyn
    Lyn

  33. Sharon Lovoy 22 April, 2006 at 9:25 pm - Reply

    Dear Heidi, I truly enjoyed both of your sessions here in Bham. I just felt bad for all those who weren’t there, but it is our job to spread the word. I have been ending my training classes for work for years by saying that NetWORKING is a version of “hello, how are you, and what’s in it for me,” but NetWORTHING is hello, how are you and what can I do for you? I think you added to our networth. You are a dear!! Sharon Lovoy

  34. Deene Souza 23 April, 2006 at 8:36 am - Reply

    Heidi,
    Just want to say THANK YOU for all the amazing product you gave us. It was absolutely OVER THE TOP!!!!!!! I wasn’t expecting it at all. Do free products make you a FABULOUS TEACHER? Um, yes .. . I mean, NO! You didn’t HAVE to give them to us. you could have given me 1/2 of what you gave us and I woudl have still be impressed. I’m amazed at your generosity. I’m in awe of your presence. I’m stunned by your ability to deliver your heartfelt message to a room full of strangers. But I thank you. I thank you for your inspiration. I thank you for your candidness. I thank you for your ENERGY! You are absolutely one of the finest women I have ever met . . . even if you do yell at your kids. That’s what makes good kids. . . parents who care and make it LOUD AND CLEAR! Love you to pieces!

  35. LenaS 23 April, 2006 at 10:30 am - Reply

    Ditto what Deene wrote–ditto, ditto, ditto
    I would love to learn about the “she” and do this cute book also. Missed you guys at the AZ convention. πŸ™ I have a theory about the am/pm people…is there a place here for a pole? I was born at 10:30pm and I’m a night person. I always wondered if your time of birth had anything to do with which one you are or at least was some kind of indicator… Last year total np. This year forced to be a mp. I was up at 5am yesterday and had a creative surge–scrapped for 3 hrs before convention. This has never happened in the morning before!! It was exciting. I have enjoyed mornings this year HOWEVER, you do have to go to bed earlier or it will never work. And unfortunately I had to take drugs (Tylenol PM) sometimes to adjust the sleeping clock. Please DON’T TAKE THIS IF PREGNANT. In the summer sun comes up around 4am doesn’t it? At least it’s cooler temps then. I’m with the gal whining about the stores not being open–it just never made much sense to be ready to go and nothing was open. By the time it is open I need a nap!!! Hurray for on-line shopping and Wal-Mart. Husband is total mp and his “happiness” gets on my nerves. During the baby years our differences complimented each other. I took the late night breast feeding/care hours and he took the early times. Worked out good except that as a couple we were never on the same page at the same time. Let us know how your experiment turns out. Good luck, H.

  36. marcilambert 23 April, 2006 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    just want to say that i love, love, love, love, love, love, love, love you and your classes in Bham. you changed my life. you made me think differently about myself. you were so, so kind when we talked. you were incredibly approachable. you were so much more than i could have imagined (and i already thought you were pretty great). just want to say thanks for everything.

  37. Michelle K 23 April, 2006 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    I really wish I could get those big flowers somewhere…they got to be somewhere since they are back-ordered EVERYWHERE.
    Michelle

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