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going HOME

It’s 1:30am, and I am breathing a sigh of relief!  We have a 7:30am flight to catch, so we are looking at a short night of sleep.

CKU-a Chicago is over…I love being a part of it! I love teaching the “SHE” track… it’s so much fun to be here, and introduce people to not only the powerful ‘she’ concept, but also the scrapbook products I love and lots of techniques of how to use them!  It’s seriously good stuff!  At the same time, it’s a HUGE effort! I am emotionally and physically exhausted—it’s hard to have this much fun!

This time, I brought Emily, liz and jodi to help me with the big make-n-take day and to teach the album track! With over 600 students that need to get through all the make-n-takes from 10-4 thurs  and 114 students in our track Friday and sat… holy cow, I think that we are ALL totally worn out. But just maybe, NOT QUITE as worn out as the students that have been attending not only their album tracks, but also tons of pretty impressive ‘elective’ classes!  All the sponsors here involved stepped up and produced some really cool classes! I got to take a quick peek at some of the other albums, and it was so much fun to see what else was happening… scrapbooking is so cool! I love it.

It was fun to have cathy here, see becky and ali… the junkits girls… it’s just a big party as usual!

So I have to share some fun pics..

Here is my team! What would I do without them? None of this would happen without them! They do so much… everything went smooth cause these girls do an awesome job of prepping stuff, pulling supplies together and making sure that the I’s are dotted and t’s crossed… I am SO blessed to have them! All I do is show up, and they make me look good! Make it look like I know what I am doing!

liz made 130 "she" rings out of sterling silver, one for each student to keep as a rememberance of the ‘she’ experience and reminder of who we are and who we want to be … i don’t have any photos of the rings… so i will have to get her to post them on her blog…(liz’s blog).  it’s a good thing that emily has done about a million make-n-takes in her day, so we benefit from her vast experience!  desite all the craziness of the make-n-take day, i was so happy that they closed the room down for 15 minutes to give us all a chance to eat lunch. it was a turkey sandwich and i got to load it up with mustard!

This is the 114 girls that were part of the ‘she’ revolution this go-around. This class is so awesome!  The pregnancy situation did not help the emotionally charged experience… you know that I was crying my eyes out! But it’s so awesome, I love how it effects people and inspires them. I loved hearing each persons story… where they are… what they are struggling with, and what the ‘she’ class is to them! It’s fabulous! 


This track is all about learning new techniques… here is a bunch of little piles of the elements that we created to start putting together the pages! So much fuN!


Check out this cutest cake that Denise made for the class (one was chocolate, and one was white)… they were yummy!


And this is a look at the kits before we handed them all out! Yikes… this is a lot of stuff!


Here is the café press clothing that most of the ‘she’s were sporting…


Here is all the awesome album track teachers, such a cute photo! I love it.

i am so thankful for the  opportunities to come to these kinds of things… teach, meet people… play a little! share ideas…
seriously, what did i do to get such a cool job?

now i gotta go back to reality– lots of unfinished work waiting for me! 

thanks to all of you in my track! you were delightful, wonderful and beautiful women!

  • Vee

    2 April, 2006 at 12:13 am Reply

    looks like so much fun
    what alot of people doing a wonderful thing
    preserving memories is the best thing
    and I think the she album is wonderful because alot of time we scrap others and not ourselves
    everyone should tell their own stories.
    wonderful pics
    can’t wait to see what Ali and Cathy thought of the CKU-A experience.

  • Colleen Erdmann aka Pea-ticular and Chi-girl

    2 April, 2006 at 12:21 am Reply

    Oh, I so wanted to be w/you in my home-town! Don’t you just love Chicagoans!? Maybe one day…It sounded and looked wonderful, and I hope you rest and regain your energy. Teaching is def. a job where you give and give and give. And then there’s motherhood!
    I will take this inspiration and begin to work on my own SHE album (aka QVC She album)…it’s time to get started!

  • vegasandvenice

    2 April, 2006 at 1:06 am Reply

    Soo glad you had such a wonderful time! Sounds like a ton of fun!

  • Jenn

    2 April, 2006 at 1:31 am Reply

    Cafe Press products??
    Do you have neat-o stuff available to buy at cafe press?

  • Emine

    2 April, 2006 at 5:16 am Reply

    Hi Heidi
    WOW, this is just awesome… I loved reading it… I am sooooooooooo SAD that I can’t be a part of that, be your STUDENT…
    I would love to take a class from you!!!
    I love your products, style and YOU as a person…
    When I was pregnant (I’m 23 years old) I cried soooo much… About everything LOL… I understand what you’re going trough…
    Take good care of yourself..

  • Ksea

    2 April, 2006 at 7:44 am Reply

    Couldn’t find the cafe press products (there were 40 pages of scrapbook designs)! I even put in the kobi yamada quote and still didn’t produce any results. Do you know where to find them? GRRR..
    Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

  • Kim Bolyard

    2 April, 2006 at 8:36 am Reply

    WOW…I wish I ciuyld have been there…Was not able to this time, this kids had spring break, but next time…It looks like you had a blast. Have a safe trip home

  • Daniela Costa

    2 April, 2006 at 10:37 am Reply

    Sounds like fun! I wish you’d be at SJ CKU, but I understand your having a baby I guess your excused! lol! I hope to one day take a class from you. I am making my own SHE album of my 12 year old daughter. She is going to be 13 in two months and its turning out so darn cute! Thanks for the inspiration for it. I too was looking through Cafe Press for those shirts and couldn’t find them. Can you post a link? Thanks so much Heidi!

  • Julie

    2 April, 2006 at 12:01 pm Reply

    you all look like you’re having sooo much fun!
    wish i could have been there!

  • sarah green

    2 April, 2006 at 3:18 pm Reply

    Your killing me here… wish I knew what the “she” album was all about!!! Those t-shirts with the writing on the back looked awesome!!

  • Sharon

    2 April, 2006 at 6:52 pm Reply

    hey heidi,
    would you mind explaining a little about what “she” is all about. i think i’ve got the gist but you’re the expert!
    love sharon (perth, western australia)

  • Chris Wenzel

    2 April, 2006 at 6:55 pm Reply

    Thanks again for all of the great memories at CKU A. You touched my heart and I learned things avbout myself that I never knew. This will be an album and a class that I will never forget…
    BTW all that craziness for the class pic and it came out AWESOME!!!

  • Peggy Roarty

    2 April, 2006 at 7:18 pm Reply

    I have been off and out of touch for a few months..great catching up here and big congrats on the upcoming little one too! I have to have that teeshirt!!! Yikes!

  • Emily

    2 April, 2006 at 9:08 pm Reply

    Heidi, this was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done. I only have 5 pages of my album so far, but they are so fabulous, I’m so in love with it! Thank you so much for making this such an awesome experience! It was better than I ever imagined it would be!!

  • Shawnna

    2 April, 2006 at 10:02 pm Reply

    Could you please post a link for the “She” shirts – I too am having trouble finding them on the cafe press website

  • Melissa H

    3 April, 2006 at 1:17 am Reply

    i’ll add to the list of people hunting down the ‘she’ shirts!! i searched cafe press for ages but couldn’t find them, could you please give us the link??? thanks heidi!! 🙂

  • Melissa H

    3 April, 2006 at 6:59 am Reply

    found it!!! for anyone looking – here is the link…
    doesn’t seem to have that exact hoodie on it though, but there is some other great stuff!

  • Sonia

    3 April, 2006 at 7:04 am Reply

    OOHHHH!! What great pics!! Looks like you all had a fabulous time!!!! One of these days I hope to get to CKU-Albums!!!
    So glad you all had such a fun time!!!
    Thanks for sharing those pics!!! I have started my SHE album, and have one 9×9 LO for it!!! =)

  • Robyn

    3 April, 2006 at 8:55 am Reply

    Such cute photos! Looks like a great time! Loving your hair a bit longer like that – so cute!

  • Jolene George

    3 April, 2006 at 9:01 am Reply

    This looks like the best time. I love all the pictures…especially the last one..real cute! I’m glad you have your wonderful job too because you inspire all of us to be creative. I appreciate you! http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  • Val

    3 April, 2006 at 10:18 am Reply

    As one of the lucky ones who were in the She track at Chicago, let me just say that it was the best!! We had a great time! Thanks to Heidi and her team.

  • Lori

    3 April, 2006 at 11:19 am Reply

    WooHOooo. right on the heels of CKU-A Chicago, which my friends had the time of their lives…
    It is opening day for baseball, esp. my beloved St Louis Cardinals, AND I just completed my first project which I SUCCESSFULLY used my fave HS rubons!!!!
    Love that tutorial!!!
    Thanks Heidi!!

  • Tracey

    3 April, 2006 at 11:38 am Reply

    Heidi and crew, I loved it…thanks for being so gracious and inspiring and generous. The class photo came out wonderfully! Can’t wait to finish my album now…hopefully soon!

  • Wanda E. Santiago

    3 April, 2006 at 1:19 pm Reply

    Hey beautful what a powerful experience. Now make sure you get some rest and take care of yourself. Hugs Wanda

  • Linda Beeson

    3 April, 2006 at 3:42 pm Reply

    I know you all had a ball, thanks for such a fun report – reminded me back to all the fun that was had at CKU-A Provo!!!

  • Sarah W.

    3 April, 2006 at 5:58 pm Reply

    Just when I thought I couldn’t want to be in a “SHE” class anymore…I see this. WOW! It looks so incredible and judging from what others are saying about their experience, it only makes me want to do it more and more. You amaze me, Heidi. Please continue to do so for me and so many other women. Blessings, Sarah

  • Ngaire

    3 April, 2006 at 6:43 pm Reply

    Looks AWESOME Heidi!!
    and LOVE the she ring.. so fabulous!!!
    THE shirts are awesome too.
    just love it all.
    Fabulous to see the whole SHE experience So embraced and loved.:)

  • Becca

    3 April, 2006 at 7:21 pm Reply

    Such special thanks to you and to your entire team–especially those with you in Chicago: Em, Liz & Jodi. I LOVED THIS ALBUM TRACK and I love everything I learned this past weekend. Not just the techniques, which were so amazing, but mostly the stuff that matters. I can’t begin to thank you enough.
    Plus, I think it’s therapeutic for us all to have a good cry every now and again. : )
    Thanks again!

  • Heather Crawford

    3 April, 2006 at 8:42 pm Reply

    Ugggh, Heidi, soooo bummed you won’t be at CKU Atlanta–I wanted to do your album track so bad! These pictures make me even more jealous!! lol! Looks like great fun!

  • Steph Helmke

    4 April, 2006 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Heidi and Crew;
    Thank you all for the most awesome album experience. This was my first CKU-A, third CKU. Liz, the rings were awesome, thank you sooooooo much. Heidi, when you get a chance, would you post a pic of the tags we gave you on Sat.? It was Becca’s idea to do the Tag Baby Shower for you and it was so much fun to see all the tags we made.
    Steph H. 🙂

  • Lily

    4 April, 2006 at 8:57 pm Reply

    Hey Heidi from way downunder
    How cool to see what a great time you had at CKU-A (and I just love your ‘she’ concept), but to see the photo of the teachers and there’s little ol Anita in there with you, made me wish I could give both of you a hug! And then take your classes! LOL
    Susan (Lily)

  • Talia

    9 April, 2006 at 10:38 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for the amazing SHE experiance, Heidi! It was so cool to meet you and your team in person. I just had such an awesome time, thank you sooo much! And I’m so excited to see that you posted the picture of all my little piles of stuff! hehe!!

  • Esther

    26 April, 2006 at 6:59 pm Reply

    Hey Heidy
    Can we dream of having you sometime in Brazil for a fun like that? ;o)

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