i think that i am inspired by a lot of different things… i love magazines for sure. i love target. i love going to the mall… visiting anthropologie and urban outfitters. i love skateboard shops and little boutiques and gift shops. however, inspriation is more than just visual. and can be discovered in song and applied to paint, or found in a book and illustrated in a photograph. inspiration is the fuel that keeps us going! motivates and feeds the artist inside! so when monique mcLean emailed and invited me to come and teach at her event that centered around ‘inspiration’ i was very interested! this is what she said in her email:
“Since I have opened the store, I have heard over and over from people that they just have a hard time finding inspiration. I want to help them find that…not with just another layout class, or projects mounted on my store walls, but I want THEM to be able to find inspiration in the “everyday” things of life. I want people to walk away from this weekend and look at things differently!”
needless to say… i was intrigued by the thought…kindof that starting at the heart of the matter…not an end point~ then she said… “i think that cathy zielske is coming…” and i knew that i couldn’t miss hanging out with that amazing girl who i love! she was also contacting Elsie Flannigan and Carrie Cobert .. two awesome artists and darling souls that i don’t know very well, and am so excited to get a chance to spend some time with!
anyway, i have rec’d a bunch of emails from people asking me what i am doing at the event…some that have already signed up and want a heads up and some follks that are trying to decide and want to know a little about what they’d be missing!! so… i thought i’d give a little preview…
i will be teaching 2 different 90 minute classes along with 3 make-n-takes… the first day, friday, i will be talking about something that has inspired me and changed the way i look at myself, and who i want to be… we’ll be talking about the SHE book… and students will be starting a ‘she’ book of their own. that class will be mostly lecture, discussion and completing some ‘she’ exercises… that night we will work on some techniques and products that will get the pages started and give you some hands on inspiration to get the album underway. i am so excited about this class… i’m even going to give students an official ‘she’ album so there will be NO EXCUSES! (wink)
Saturday’s class is about finding inspiration through PLAY! i don’t want to give too much away here.. but you will be starting your own ‘PLAYING’ book, given some challenges, ideas and products to get you started on this very playful art journal concept! and i will CONVINCE you, that you DO in fact have time to PLAY… and that it will enrich and inspire your creativity more than you know! i have tons of samples and awesome inspriation to share!
aside from that … i am going to be hanging out… taking classes from elsie, carrie and cathy! … i have never been to AL…
if you have nothing to do April 21-22… come play! you can find more info at :
www.scrapetc.net and www.sprapetcevents.typepad.com
if you have more questions… email me or whatever!
i am excited, the next 3-4 weeks i will be teaching at a few different events! i love getting a chance to teach! it’s gotten so hard for me to squeeze it in to everything else, so when i get the opportunity… i love it!
17th going to Edmonton… meeting retailers… i am afraid it’s going to be really COLD
25th we’ll be in Ruban Rouge… in Tampa.. hopefully not as cold! so excited to be teaching in a store… i don’t get to do that very often
march 6th… i hate to tell you… but i will be on the 7 day cruise… me and becky higgins..! cayman, belize, honduras, cozumel… (dang i wish i could dive!!!!!)
and the month will end with CKU-chicago!!! i am SOOO looking forward to that!
LOTS…going on! loving the frequent flyer miles….