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creative escape… the ULTIMATE scrapbook indulgence!!!

Well, I can’t contain my excitement anymore…and there is a little something-something up now on the website www.creativeescapeaz.com , so I feel like I can **officially, non-officially** talk about it!! there has been some little rumblings about it… and we have gotten a bunch of emails as a result of an Arizona Republic article that was published here locally about me,  tim holz and terri ouellette  (thanks again Kathy, for such a great piece!) .. so I may as well dish!  Last fall I got talking to Doug Jones… who, if you know him, you know he is an absolute delight…Doug is the owner of  bazzill basics paper … they are local here in mesa as well… and we were talking about how fun it would be to put an event together here on our turf! And AZ is such an awesome place to visit… awesome sb stores, other stamp, ribbon and inspiration stores… We thought it would be so fun to pull from the fabulous local teachers and create a ‘dream’ event!  As we met, we all had different suggestions and thoughts that would make it a truly amazing weekend!  Finally, after about 2 months and tossing around ideas, touring venues and talking numbers… we all committed to making it HAPPEN!  i can’t get over how amazing the bazzill team is. They have been so awesome to work with!   that company is a total class act. we have, quite frankly, been having a BLAST planning… (I am like giddy excited)!!!! I don’t think it can qualify as ‘event’ planning… it’s totally PARTY planning! and it’s worked out so perfect… with the baby coming only 3 weeks before the event, traveling is not going to be in the cards for awhile… so you can all come and visit ME! Meet the new little ball of inspiration! And take some seriously awesome classes… here are some sneak peeks at the resort…
Lobby

Bigpool
we wanted it at some place really beautiful! This is the Squaw Peak Hilton Resort… it’s in  Phoenix… and it’s like totally established, beautifully renovated and has a killer convention center with the perfect number of the perfect sized rooms for our needs!  It’s got 8 pools, huge grounds, golf course etc.. (not that we’ll really have time for that, but fun to look at).

–this big, main pool has water slides and one of those lazy rivers…there is a kids camp thing… so i think that i will bring the kiddos for the weekend! they will love it!

Courtyard

(the rooms all open to these lush courtyards, or beautiful pools and fountains!) – um, this is not what arizona looks like in my backyard…
it must require serious gardners to achieve this in AZ!

Convention

Emily and I went there yesterday for our own look around and took these shots. We each got “salt scrub sea glow” body treatments at the spa. I don’t care where or when, a spa treatment MAKES YOUR DAY!

We had a tour of all the conf. center and rooms and I was thrilled to learn that all the beds are upgraded to those comfy pillow top cozy beds. I LOVE THAT!

(this is a look at the entrance to the conference center!)

Ok, I am not going to spill all the beans. The site will be up on the 15th. We’ll introduce the teachers, schedule, cost blah blah blah.  For now… talk to your friends, arrange babysitting, tell your husband you have to allocate a portion of your tax refund to your ‘creative escape’…. I will tell you this..  the food (all of it’s included in the cost) is going to so yummy. I tasted a bunch of stuff yesterday, met the cook staff and I was so impressed. (whew, what a relief!) … I love telling secrets!

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57 Comments

  1. sarah green 1 March, 2006 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Oh drive us crazy why don’t you!@@#*** – especially a girl from NZ – please please please say it is going to be in September… I’m coming to the states then and as they say… when in the neighbourhood!!!!

  2. kris 1 March, 2006 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    i live in anthem…i will be there! we had a christmas party at that resort and it is awesome!! can’t wait…

  3. Sarah 1 March, 2006 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    OHHH Heidi,
    I am From Australia, how on earth can I get my DH it agree to this one. I so wish i could be there. Good luck with it all… I will be there in spirit.
    Xoxo

  4. Talia 1 March, 2006 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    AAAAaaahhhh! I sooo want to come to this, Heidi…I’m sure it will be amazing! Can’t wait to hear more on the 15th…I’m already working on my hubby to let me go!!
    Talia:)

  5. Sally 1 March, 2006 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    OMG! You are heaven sent! This idea of yours is awesome! I am definitely going to sign up for this little retreat! Scrapbookign and spa….what can be better? I am looking forward to learning from you as well as other designers. This will truely be amazing.

  6. Dana Miron 1 March, 2006 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    I would so LOVE to do this… I just know with you involved it will be a really awesome experience!
    WOW!
    Hugs,
    Dana

  7. Ksea 1 March, 2006 at 8:02 pm - Reply

    Soo excited to see what this retreat will have to offer. =0) I HATE TRAVELLING. You have no idea how much I HATE to travel! I haven’t been on a plane since 2001 and that was for CKU. I only travel if it is for a good cause. And you, Miss Heidi, are a good cause.. and because the retreat will be on the west coast. lol…

  8. Kim Bolyard 1 March, 2006 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    Count me in…It will give me a reason to go visit my in laws in AZ and maybe even talk my husband into letting me go so he can visit family. I have it all worked out, We will come in a few days early visit the folks, he go do whatever it is he does and I will go do what I do….SCRAPBOOK!!!
    Sounds awesome!!!
    Kim Bolyard

  9. Kelly Angell 1 March, 2006 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh, I am from Vancouver, BC Canada and some how I have got to figure out a way to make it there. It sounds like such a good idea, I’m sure I can convince my hubby to let me go. I was supposed to go on the cruise for my b-day but unfortunately that got cancelled so this is the best make up birthday gift ever!! Can’t wait for the details!!!!

  10. Karli 1 March, 2006 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I am so coming to this! My brother is on a mission in Tempe right now and gets home in June, so I’m sure he’d love to give me tips on people to meet as well. Tons of friends and relatives in AZ, and the chance to meet the fantastic Heidi…a dream come true! Great ideas, can’t wait for all the info!

  11. Shawn Gindt 1 March, 2006 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I grew up in Arizona and still have lots of family there! I lived in Apache Junction and there are still lots of people I talk to so coming to this retreat would be AWESOME!!! Thanks Heidi!!

  12. Sonia 1 March, 2006 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    YaY! I cant wait to hear more details! Im not too far away over in NV!
    Thanks!!!!!

  13. Helle Greer 1 March, 2006 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    OHHHH yahhh , that’s what I’m talking about…
    Just called the gals, that I was gonna go to Az with in April, and canceled that trip, so we can do this one.
    Now, No going in to labor EARLY!!!
    Can’t wait for this one , Heidi. Fun Fun
    hugs,
    Helle in Coronado

  14. Kim 1 March, 2006 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    This sounds and looks amazing!!!! I am so going to be there! I can’t wait to hear more details about it on the 15th!

  15. beth 1 March, 2006 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    ohh can’t wait – so glad i live here in mesa ! sounds like a blast !!

  16. Carie 1 March, 2006 at 9:14 pm - Reply

    So Excited! I’m in North Scottsdale and was just having a pitty party that nothing seems to go on creatively out this way! Yeah!! I’ll be there for sure!

  17. sherrivonl 1 March, 2006 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    I AM SO THERE…….
    So lucky to have some free SW tickets from all of hubby’s traveling. I will repeat…
    I AM SO THERE!!!!! Can’t wait to see the details!!!!!

  18. Vee 1 March, 2006 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    This sounds amazing! I can’t wait to see more info about and I hope I can attend!

  19. Jessica K. 1 March, 2006 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    GIRL!!! I am so excited I just about peed in my panties! AAAAAAHHHHHH! FINALLY a venue in Phoenix, in the same valley that I reside in, one that I can actually attend! This so rocks and I haven’t even finshed reading your post. All I needed to see was Bazzill, HKS, & phoenix in the same sentence. I need to lay down now. Count me in!

  20. Chris Ross 1 March, 2006 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    How totally cool!!! I can’t wait to see the cost and such on the 15th. Bazzill is my favorite and it will be during my vacation time too!!!! I hope to see you there.

  21. Shanna 1 March, 2006 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    oooooooooooooooh……I am there Heidi!!! Yippee!

  22. marlo 1 March, 2006 at 11:25 pm - Reply

    Oh my gosh!! Could you at least give us dates so we could aske for vacation time!!! I want to be there. I have to be there!!!!

  23. Sarah Pandolfo 2 March, 2006 at 12:18 am - Reply

    YES, YES, YES. I am emailing this too all my friends. We wanted to go somewhere this year, and this sounds awesome!!!! I love the spa. Ok I am from Prince George, BC Canada so I will have to make a few plane rides, but it is possible. Can’t wait to hear more. I knew you were “UP TO SOMETHING GREAT!!!!
    Sarah

  24. annette 2 March, 2006 at 12:33 am - Reply

    Oh my gosh with all the snow on the ground here today, that just looks heavenly. I’ve never left the northern part of the continent so I’ve only dreampt of places so beautiful to visit. Totally bummed that I totally won’t be able to go. Hubby is paying for me to go to CKU Provo this year so I think I’ve maxed out my travel budget. But oh my god this looks so good….so unfair. What’s the chances you’ll be doing this again next year???
    Annette

  25. Loni 2 March, 2006 at 3:36 am - Reply

    That sounds like such a blast! I’ll come TA for someone k. 😉

  26. patty 2 March, 2006 at 8:15 am - Reply

    my SOUL needs this! sounds perfect! i would dream to come!
    -p

  27. Happay 2 March, 2006 at 9:43 am - Reply

    oh that sounds so fun, exciting, heavenly, perfect! And registrations starts on my birthday and I only live 100 miles away!

  28. Jolene George 2 March, 2006 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I live in Mesa, AZ and will be there for sure! You can’t go wrong with Heidi Swap and The Jones family at Bazzill. They are awesome people. FINALLY something to look forward to! YAY!!! You totally made my day!

  29. Lisa 2 March, 2006 at 10:23 am - Reply

    OMG! My in-laws LIVE at Pointe at Squaw Peak!!!!!! I am SO there. How perfect…. The Pointe is really a fun place- the water park is great.
    My son can spend the weekend with his beloved grandparents and I can do what I love best- scrap with creative people.

  30. Lisa 2 March, 2006 at 10:28 am - Reply

    (PLEASE tell me that there will be the option to not have hotel, so that I can stay with the ILs and walk over to the classes.)

  31. nicole 2 March, 2006 at 11:29 am - Reply

    How fun!! All my family is in Phoenix… I am going to do my best to get there!

  32. Wendy 2 March, 2006 at 11:43 am - Reply

    Oh…what a bummer for us in California!!! That is the kids fist day of school. (I am pretty sure Arizona schools start in August) Any chance of changing the date to one week later?

  33. Alison P 2 March, 2006 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    This sounds great! So hoping to be able to go. 🙂

  34. Alison P 2 March, 2006 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    Sorry – one question…how many people will be able to attend?

  35. Kristin 2 March, 2006 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    woot! i’m so there! ;D

  36. Carey 2 March, 2006 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    PLEASE say you’re coming to Florida at some point. These sound excellent but I just don’t want to travel that far with all my stuff!

  37. angela 2 March, 2006 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    Heidi your killing me!!!! The cruise you are on is during my middle child’s birthday, and now the creative escape is the same time as my oldest daughter’s birthday! OH WHAT A DILEMA!!!!!!!!

  38. Angelique 2 March, 2006 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    OOOOOOooooo!

  39. Suzanne 2 March, 2006 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    oh WOW!!!!!! That looks amazing! I want to go so badly!
    Hey, I saw something today that you might be interested in. Home Interiors has this really adorable glass and pitcher set that is pink. It is so YOU.

  40. Pam 2 March, 2006 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    OMG I am so there!!! My hubby travels to AZ once a month for business. I miss going with him and taking classes at ML. Now I can do this!!! I am so excited. What a great idea. Leave it to you Heidi Swapp!! So cool.

  41. Jenn N 2 March, 2006 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    Ok, so I forward this to DH at work today just to let him in on a dream holiday. He emails me back and said “book it”! I can’t believe it! He’s already been checking flights and it looks like we might make a family trip out of this. Can’t wait!

  42. Heidi 2 March, 2006 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    I am so gonna be there. It sounds so fun!
    Its perfect time for me.
    Can’t wait for more details!

  43. maria newport 2 March, 2006 at 6:32 pm - Reply

    can i just be you for a day…please? looks beautiful there! but here i am stuck in dreary, slushy, wet, cold new york!

  44. Sarah Scott 2 March, 2006 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    My husband and I stayed there last summer for our anniversary! It is a very beautiful resort, wonderful choice!
    Sarah
    in AZ

  45. Teresa Wilkins 2 March, 2006 at 9:50 pm - Reply

    This just happens to fall on my BIRTHDAY so am soooo going to be there! In fact, I have already made my hotel reservations. I am that sure that I will be there!
    Teresa Wilkins
    Arkansas girl

  46. Jana Perenchio 2 March, 2006 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Ooooooo, this sounds like the perfect gift to myself for my 40th birthday later this year!!

  47. Terrie Moxam 3 March, 2006 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    Oh Heidi, what a great idea. I’m going to start asking around and see if anybody from the Great White North wants to go. I’m sure a lot would like to go, but of course, cost is always a factor.

  48. Jamie Barba 4 March, 2006 at 12:12 am - Reply

    This sounds awesome! Another In-law visitor here. Can’t wait to hear more!
    Jamie

  49. LenaS 4 March, 2006 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    What’s it called? When is it? Where can I sign up? I’m a native. Heidi you’re the best!!! 2 more thumbs up for Bazzill. I love their paper and their store. The kindness of the employees also stand out in this industry. Thanks for all your hard work.

  50. Shay 5 March, 2006 at 10:37 am - Reply

    Hey girlie! Squaw peak’s where we got hitched! Isn’t is just amazing? Hmmm – perhaps I’ll travel down for this one…let ya know!
    Shay

  51. Lain 5 March, 2006 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I am going to be there — no matter what! How cool!
    And how fun for you to get interviewed by the Crafty Chica herself — I love Kathy Cano-Murillo. She’s awesome.
    xoxox
    Lain

  52. Lyn Cheever 9 March, 2006 at 8:10 am - Reply

    Heidi – Tracy and I will definitely want to be part of this event. Please put me on the list to attend. Best wishes on your coming “blessed event.” I’m so happy for you. Would love to see you again. My “She” album experience continues to be wonderful as I present each of my “inspiration” women with a book, a special bracelet and a copy of their “page” in the book. It has been emotional and wonderful for them as well as me. Thanks for your inspiration. Love, Lyn

  53. Debbie Cook 16 March, 2006 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    OMG!! i want to go to this so bad!!! but oh, no!!! you scheduled it at the same time as my family vacay to georgia! you’re killing me heidi! uugghhh…didn’t you know you were supposed to consult me on that date?!?!?!?! man, now you will have to do it all over again just to meet me! it’ll be fab! have fun! :)debbie

  54. Bree 22 March, 2006 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    My mom and I booked a Casita today! Can’t wait!!!!

  55. heidi 27 September, 2006 at 10:31 am - Reply

    Hi, I am so-o-o jealous that I could not attend! I am a teacher and I was already back in school. Please I beg you to consider July or August instead of September!!! Luv ya all!

  56. Angi Navarro 9 January, 2007 at 10:42 am - Reply

    Of course something great happens in the SW now that I’ve moved to Louisiana! Unfortunately AZ is just too far to travel with all the supplies. We need to get something going over in the SE. Especially down here, there’s too much culture and memories in New Orleans to let it slip away all cause of Katrina. This city needs some creative healing!

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