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 : and
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….

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  1. sarah green 9 February, 2006 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    Classes sound awesome… to bad too far away to be there!!@#*** – the she album sounds intriguing?? We need you to come back to NZ and teach us Kiwi girls how to do it!!!

  2. Jessica 9 February, 2006 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    Yay! So excited to hear a bit about what’s in store for us at ETC! Is it April yet? ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Virginia 9 February, 2006 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    Heidi, these classes sound amazing. I truly cannot wait! The things you are hitting on, and that Monique is focusing on, are REALLy the heart of the matter. They are things that have become more and more my focus lately, and I am so pumped to be involved with this event! I just can’t WAIT! LOL

  4. Adrienne 9 February, 2006 at 2:30 pm - Reply

    I can NOT wait!!!!!! I am SO excited about this event! I seriously can NOT wait!!!!

  5. Nita 9 February, 2006 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a very busy month! I had heard a rumor that you were going to possibly teach a class at Ruban Rouge in Tampa. Imagine my surprise when I saw the date on your blog? So, I immediately called them, but they’re all sold out! They have openings for the crop on Friday, which I would LOVE to go to, but alas, no one to watch the girls, as hubby is working 24-hours! Ugh! So, seems like I’ll have to wait for another time…
    The classes you described sound like so much fun! Someday, when the girls get a little older! Girl, I don’t know where you get the energy to teach these classes, manage your household, spend time with your children…etc, etc. You simply amaze me! Actually, nothing ever goes as planned for me. I live in a semi-chaotic state…it’s always a day into the “unknown”! Ha!
    Have fun teaching & hope you enjoy your cruise. It sounds absolutely divine!

  6. Debbie 9 February, 2006 at 2:36 pm - Reply

    WOW that is quite the line up Heidi – So wish that I could take part in events like this but being a SAHM and part-time HRM to my DH’s business and the long hours DH has I am lucky to get to CROPS LOL!!! Hey when I grow up I want to be YOU!!! BTW you are right Edmonton is likely gonna be cold, it is cold enough here in Ottawa -10C today!!! Enjoy your adventures!!!
    Love your New Line up!!!!!

  7. Elizabeth 9 February, 2006 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    HAHA! well what’s your definition of cold?
    it’s been +10 deg C here in Edmonton this past week and expected to be like that all next week as well. Our winter has been phenomenal! so bizarre..usually we are seeing chilly temps this time of year but this year, NADA! no snow, no cold weather…it’s okay, we’ll take it! so come on up Heidi! we are thrilled to have you ๐Ÿ™‚ A friend of mine will be taking your retailers class that weekend, I will have to make sure she gets a photo for me ๐Ÿ™‚ maybe an autograph too? I’m such a Heidi nerd I know ๐Ÿ™‚ but I adore your style girl, YOU and ppl like Donna, Cathy, Stacy…all inspire me ๐Ÿ™‚
    Keep doing what you are doing.

  8. Kip 9 February, 2006 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Hey Heidi,
    I’ll see you at Ruban Rouge with 6 friends and we can’t wait! But, did want to tell you that RR is in Palm Harbor, not Tampa, lol! They’re close though but we’re kind of funny about that down here…long story. Anyway, can’t wait for your class!

  9. Vicki 9 February, 2006 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait for the event. I am an AL girl and live florida. You will love both places. I have to say I am so excited about meeting you and being inspired by you. Like I have said before and the people who know me, know you are my American Idol. I am so glad to you have your own line of product and also glad to be one of the many who will also be in awe of you. Ya think I will be able to get a picture with ya? Counting down the days.

  10. Ksea 9 February, 2006 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    I wish I was close to Alabama! Man that sounds so freakin awesome! I’m definitley missing out on some good stuff!

  11. Charisse 9 February, 2006 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    I CANNOT WAIT TO MEET YOU!!! I am coming to AL from NYC and I am so ready! Thanks for accepting Monique’s invitation and I know we are going to have a lot of fun while we are in the South! YIPPEE!!!

  12. Melissa 9 February, 2006 at 3:45 pm - Reply

    Do you thin australia is a bit far to travel from? I want to do you She album class ;(

  13. Breanne 9 February, 2006 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    oh man! I am SO glad I signed up for this event!
    Coming from Jersey and way excited to be -inspired- by some of my VERY favorite artists!

  14. Sherri 9 February, 2006 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Edmonton is not bad right now. Right around 0 or 30 degrees. Has been unseasonably warm up here in Alberta this winter. Where will you actually be there?

  15. Bevy 9 February, 2006 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    I just registered for “the Event” . I can’t wait to drive from VA to see you and Kathy and Carrie and Elsie in person. Monique and Scrap Etc rocks!!! Thanks Heidi for doing this event.

  16. Tracey 9 February, 2006 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    We have been having a great winter in western Canada. It has been around zero degrees celcius all most all of the winter. I sure beats -40. Have a great time. I am pretty sure there will be a couple of the retailers from Saskatoon attending and they are looking forward to it. Take care

  17. Maggie 9 February, 2006 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    Omg I can’t believe u r going to be in my hometown and they are sold out?
    Any chance you will come back?

  18. PattieCake 9 February, 2006 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    I just registered for the event in AL. How lucky I am to leave close enough to attend. I’m in Niceville, FL and am originally from AL. I can’t wait till April…..Heidi, thanks for telling us about the event!!

  19. Amy 9 February, 2006 at 5:21 pm - Reply

    Wow, Heidi! I live about 5 minutes from the event site and of course can’t wait to go. I made a layout with your chipboard letters taking Monique’s advice to sand them a little and just loved the result. Also sounds like you are a 24 addict as are myself, my husband and 4 sons. Can’t wait to see you!

  20. Monique 9 February, 2006 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    YAY!!! Can’t wait until April…Heidi, you are the most AMAZING person in the world!!!!

  21. Tanya 9 February, 2006 at 5:50 pm - Reply

    First time poster and HUGE fan of course!! maybe you should put these classes in some sort of format to mail to us people who would LOVE to do it but are too far away…(oregon)???? PLEASE!!! LOVE your work!!

  22. Alyson 9 February, 2006 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Hey Heidi,
    Just wanted to say my husband and I have been having this argument all night. We live in New York and between the event, hotel, and flight he says no way. When I told him I really just wanted to take the “she” class. There was a lot of uncontrollable laughter after that. If you could put the class materials together for purchase so we could have the experience I’d be willing to pay alot for it.. PLEASE PLEASE have pity for a poor New Yorker
    Love your work

  23. beth 9 February, 2006 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    cant wait to see you in April at scrapbooks etc !! you rock girlie and i just love all your classes !! can you believe are old stomping ground is gone – no more memory lane – kinda sad ! anyways see ya in april !!!

  24. Missy_G 9 February, 2006 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I’ll see you at Ruban Rouge and then later in Alabama. I cannot wait!! Have a great day!

  25. Michelle M 9 February, 2006 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    I’m so glad I signed up for this event. I have to say your teaching there was one of the deciding factors for me. I can’t wait for this inspirational event! See you in April.

  26. katie 9 February, 2006 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    Sooo looking forward to this event! So glad you will be there Heidi!!!

  27. Sarah Pandolfo 9 February, 2006 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    I am sooooo looking forward to meeting you in Edmonton. If it does get cold, your little bambino will keep you warm. I was always hot when I was pregnant. lol. I have no idea how you do this all while expecting. You are SUPERGIRL!!!!

  28. sherrivonl 9 February, 2006 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    I can hardly wait for April!!
    I know this is going to be an awesome event!
    You are the best!

  29. Kelli 9 February, 2006 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    eeeeek I’m so excited! Can’t wait to take these classes…C-U in ‘Bama ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Trisha Ladouceur 9 February, 2006 at 8:16 pm - Reply

    Heidi, I am soooo looking forward to meeting you here in Edmonton. I cannot tell you how excited I was to find out that you would be here and I was going to be at the same event. You have alot of fans up here in the Great White North, however, it hasn’t been all that white here. As everyone else has said, it has been a VERY mild winter! If you are lucky, you’ll get a little snowfall when you’re here and if you can squeeze it in, Edmonton has some amazing locations for some awesome photo ops!!!
    I look forward to meeting you on the 19th! See you then!

  31. chanel 9 February, 2006 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    oh …. is SO wish i could come, too far away for us in Australia!!! boo hoo! the ideas sound cool, so you’ll have to post us all the info afterwards so we are up on what you got up to. I must say, life seems pretty good there … what a great amount of fun things to be looking forward too. How do you do it with the kids? hope you are feeling well!

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  33. Rhonda 9 February, 2006 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I CANNOT wait until April!!!!
    The “event” is going to be so AWESOME!
    Thanks for coming to Alabama!

  34. Jessica 9 February, 2006 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    Wow! Just reading the post and I was shocked to learn that we both find inspiration from urban outfitters! I have their latest catalog completely marked with post-its… i’m just filled with so many ideas from urban, not to mention vogue and paste!

  35. Emma Eaton 9 February, 2006 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    I’m flying down from Connecticut for the event in April and I am so glad that I signed up. You and Elsie were my two major pushes to take the plunge. I loved your classes last year in NZ (I was that weird north american girl hiding in with all the kiwis) and am really looking forward to seeing you again.

  36. Carole Janson 10 February, 2006 at 2:17 am - Reply

    Hi Heidi,
    I have just found your Blog while I was Blog hopping, and your talent, and inspiration has blown me away, I love to scrap and I love to use Heidi Swapp products, My favourite would have to be the chipboard flowers and Alphabets, can’t get enough of them. I am all the way from Australia, and I am sure you know how much people think of your products over here, we love um !!! So thankyou so very much for such a great product, that I use all the time.
    Kind Regards
    Carole Janson

  37. Evelyn 10 February, 2006 at 4:25 am - Reply

    Took the “SHE” class at CKU-A Stamford and enjoyed every minute of it. The “She” book is a small powerful book.
    Reminds us of the power we women have!! Thos of you lucky enough to attend the event and hear Heidi talk about the She book & make one are in for a powerful day.

  38. Elsa Duff 10 February, 2006 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Canada may be cold but Canadians will warm you with their friendship. I may have to call in sick and stalk the Roots stores looking for you, teehee.

  39. Melissa Evans 10 February, 2006 at 10:21 am - Reply

    i’m so glad you posted the info about your classes because i’m going to be in florida at the same time you’ll be at Ruban Rouge!!! Unfortunately, the classes were both filled up {no shocker there!} but me and my sister both signed up to crop with you…so excited!!! {can you tell by all the exclamation points?!} see you then!

  40. Raven 10 February, 2006 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    I’ll be there at the Scrap Etc. event & am so glad you posted info – I knew it would be fabulous no matter what you had in store! Cannot WAIT! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Ashley-Beth 10 February, 2006 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    I am SSOOO excited about this event!!! I signed up this morning after reading your blog last night about this incredible group of inspirational artists coming to Alabama…not terribly far from Louisiana! You have been my inspiration since Designing with Texture! (was proud to have you sign it at CKU-Austin Oct. 2004!) Can’t wait to meet you again, along with my newest “discovery,” Elsie Flannagan!
    Thanks so much!!

  42. janna 11 February, 2006 at 3:30 am - Reply

    wow, heidi… so excited to be taking your class next week in edmonton!!! yipee!! i had to check the forecast when i read your comment, because as everyone says, it’s been super mild, truly awesome. so now we just won’t talk about what it says… but you can borrow my parka… it’s pink… it’s got some bling!!! … ๐Ÿ˜‰
    safe journey!!!

  43. Stacy 11 February, 2006 at 6:39 am - Reply

    I cannot wait until the She class. Thanks so much for coming to the south! Be careful though you may fall in love with it and never leave! I cannot believe that four of my favs are teaching in the same place. Kathy Z and Heidi and Elsie and Carrie…..what a bargain. I would empty my savings for that!!!!!

  44. Lisa D 11 February, 2006 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Can’t wait to see you in April!! I’m flying down from Colorado….husband is golfing….I’m scrapping!!

  45. Deneigh Candland 13 February, 2006 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Okay wait where are you teaching the inspiration classes?! And how do I get my hands on a SHE book?!!!

  46. Ginger 13 February, 2006 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Hey Heidi!! I just signed up for the event today! I was waiting to see if I had anyone to come with me since my mom can’t come, and to my surprise—my cousin is going to come with me. WoooHooo!! I can’t wait!!! I know that it will so much fun to just hang out with such amazing and talented ladies. I probably will be not be able to sleep the night before we are suppose to leave for AL. Oh well, I KNOW that it will be well worth my dark circles.

  47. SherriS 14 February, 2006 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I am so glad that I found out about the Scrap Etc. event. Can’t wait to take the classes and meet everyone! I love your products and am thrilled to get to hear about inspiration from someone who is SO inspiring to us scrappers, herself.

  48. Joanna 14 February, 2006 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the info- I live about 4 hours from there and would never had known about it.. I’ll be there- can’t wait!

  49. TracieClaiborne 18 February, 2006 at 11:37 pm - Reply

    Heidi – I met you at CHA with my friend, the LSS owner. Your products are our very favorite in the store. Can’t wait to get our new shipments! I am going to the AL event and can’t wait!!!! Thank you so much for being there so I can be inspired by you. You are one of my scrapping heroes. Love your blog too. Thanks for sharing a glimpse of your life with everyone. ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. Carrie Fryer 21 February, 2006 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Hey! I’ll be there! I CANNNOT WAIT!!!!
    I cannot wait.
    I CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!
    Can’t wait to learn more about “SHE”!!!

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