Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Valley Forge, Pennsylvania

I was asked to attend the Valley Forge Pennsylvania CKC (Creating Keepasakes Convention). A few weeks back I received a box full of supplies and class projects to prepare, i made my flight, and away I went!

I taught a group of about 350 people how to make a few pages at the Sketch Crop on Thursday evening. Then spent my entire day from 8:30 am - 5:30 pm teaching classes on Friday and Saturday. Some of those classes include ... a Dimensional Scrapbooking Class, a Simple Summer Album Class, and a life's Lyric's Class. (pictures of the cute projects from the classes are soon to come!)
I had a fabulous time meeting some awesome women and teaching some great classes. I had teacher aids (a few of which were willing to clean blue ink off of stamps. We became the "blue man crew!") One of my favorites was Teri Anderson who is one of the Paper Crafts Pro's. We bunked up for the duration of the show and I really enjoyed getting to know her. She is a fabulous designer and an even more fabulous person! I also met a darling woman who told me to call her "I" that went to BYU and became my buddy for the duration of the convention. The classes were all day long, and I have to say it was exhausting, but all & all it was great. Although I missed Adam and the boys more than you know, it sure was nice to have a mommy break.
On Saturday night I met up with a few girls from Upstate New York that I hadn't seen in 8 years. I served an LDS full time mission in Upstate and was able to teach the gospel to these fine ladies. We went to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and visited until I could hardly keep my eyes open. Thanks Staci, Traci, and Jamie for making the 5 hour trek to come and see me!
I only was able to see the great city of Philadelphia from a great distance on my way to the airport ... So I guess I shouldn't say I went to Philadelphia ... But it sure was fun to visit the east for the first time in over 5 years. I am EXHAUSTED, but it was well worth it!


stacie b said...

Wow, I look so miserable. It was so great to see you again, it may have been 8 years but it didn't seem like it. Oh yeah my name is spelt with an "e" at the end.

Chocolate Mousie said...

I had you for Dimensional Scrapbooking for my last class on Saturday and you may have been exhausted, but you were sure perky! I was in the class that you aid bailed on. I'm glad everyone was nice and helped to hand stuff out and help clean up. It makes me feel that the world isn't a bad place when we have a classroom full of people who would rather be happy than complain about having to help. I'm the one who had only embossed once before and it was wonderful having the chance to do it the right way in your class. I haven't had the chance to finish all my projects from CKC, but I will finish my page. I can't wait to use the glossy accents. See you next year at CKC Valley Forge if you make the trek! I will take another class by you because you made it fun. :)

The Owens Family said...

Thats Mandy...PERKY! Miss you.

Linda E said...

Hi Mandy! I was one of the Long Islanders in your last class on Saturday. I just wanted you to know how much I enjoyed it! I loved how you reworked the class so that we actually had time to finish the layout. I also appreciated your energy level and friendliness at the end of what I'm sure was a long day for you. I hope I get the opportunity to take one of your classes again!

laura vegas said...

wow, you had full classses! 350 ladies for the sketch crop?!?! when i taught it in june, i only had about 50. lol! and i laughed when you mentioned the blue ink ... that was one messy stamp to use. lol! glad you had fun!