whew…

CREATIVE ESCAPE ROCKED!!!
It was so awesome… I had a blast. i only took 4 photos.. how lame is that???  Everything went pretty much as planned! Everything went so smooth! I am delighted. Seriously it was so much fun to see it in action! Those who attended were amazing too! So sweet, so kind… to appreciative! Everyone seemed to have a great time! there were a few little snags here and there, but people seemed to understand that it was our first event, and that was to be expected!  It’s been overwhelming to receive all the kind, happy emails yesterday and today of people raving about their experience. Arizona was on it’s best behavior… the temp was tolerable, and even showed off with a little RAIN!  We had to explain to the out-of-towners how blessed we feel when it rains!  I thought that the venue was beautiful and perfect for our needs…it’s really a NICE place! It seemed like the pace of things was good! … challenging, but doable!  You know, I was so excited about all the little things that we did that would really be unique to this event.. like the lanyards, buttons, bubble bath, flip flops, popcorn, exclusive paper packs…the cute t-shirts and especially my all time favorite: the room key… and I am so glad that people LOVED those little things. That was my favorite part. I love those little things.  The book turned out awesome… and if you want to get your hands on one, you will be able to purchase the show book! I will know details on that after our wrap-up meeting thurs, and I will let you know the story on that.  It has all the class projects.. including step by step and DETAILED instructions for every single project.. as well as  bonus projects and stuff that will be further highlighted on the CE website… anyway… the book rocked! No one was stressed about finishing in class, cause all they needed to finish later was there in the book! And it was all together, no extra handouts and project sheets and stuff like that. It was really cool. I have to admit.
I was OVERWHELMED with the GIFTS that people gave me, and CAPRI… my husband was joking about it being a big baby shower! SO SWEET… the yahoo group gave me this ‘good thoughts’ box… so cool… it had all these cards in it from people in the group. The cards were beautiful and had thoughts and quotes on them.  Capri received hand made blankets, cute clothes… all kinds of sweet thoughtful gifts. The generosity and thought that went into these things was amazing! THANK YOU to those of you who made that effort to bring me something. I was so touched, and amazed.  This was an amazing group of women… so many of you who I have met before, at events, classes and shows along the last few years of my scrapbooking career… it was totally a reunion of sorts. So many ‘she’s’ and even a few of you that have taken classes back in the  beginning when I was just teaching at memory lane.
  I loved teaching this project. I taught a clock. It was so FUN to see different people’s clock come together. Everyone put so much thought into the photo they wanted to use, and worked with such determination to complete the project so that they could show it off once they got home!  Even though I taught 8 times in a row, each class was fresh and exciting!  I LOVED it.. and we got to spray paint and use the gold leafing pens from krylon… all my addictions.

The best part of this whole thing… that has been a major epic in my life!… has been working with the people at Bazzill. Doug Jones is such an example to me.  As well as Lisa, Carol and Franni… these women know how to WORK. They are organized, determined and they do it with a smile. The process was long and hard and sometimes so frustrating and overwhelming… but in the end… they have become wonderful friends and have impressed me immensely.
The other best part of the event for me was listening to Stacy Julian speak. She is someone that I admire so much… she inspires me…not just in scrapbooking, but as a mom, a wife, a friend and a business woman.  She was nothing short of amazing with her remarks. I am so excited and happy to announce that I will be teaching a class on Big Picture Scrapbooking starting in January called “a YEAR to remember”.   I will be telling you all about it here pretty soon! It’s going to be so much fun… and if you do participate, you will truly have ‘a year to remember’… it will be like nothing you have ever done. I am so excited!

Again.. thanks to all of you who came to the event and just had a blast! There was such good vibes!  Thanks to the teachers… they did awesome! They worked so hard, and were so willing to do anything we needed them to do! the Volunteers were amazing. So willing to give of their time and leave their busy lives to be there and devote their attention to their assignments… without them, we couldn’t have pulled it off! those of you on ‘staff’… you were on your toes 24/7~ taking care of every little thing that came up…with grace and charm…you handled it all beautifully!  And thanks to the sponsors that jumped on board and put their trust in us!

On Friday night, one of the ladies in attendance pulled me aside, and very seriously- looked me in the eye and told me that she would not be able to recommend this event to anyone.  I felt a little panic shot of adrenaline shoot through my body, and tried to stay calm as I was sure this woman was about to tell me something horrible!   Instead she explained that she wanted to be sure there would be a spot for her to sign up for next year!  chuckle… what a huge compliment! (not to mention I was SO relieved)!

I have been buried yesterday and today in ‘real’ work that I had to devote all my attention to… I still have so much that I have been pushing off until after the event! ….i am so relieved that it is over, it went well and so excited at the thought of beginning again! This time, armed with experience, feedback and momentum!  I am sure next year will be even better! Nothing like a good challenge of outdoing yourself! I love it.  For now, it’s the catch up game!

Mom and Dad… thanks for coming down and keeping things together here…
I appreciate your willingness to support my crazy habits!  Thanks for putting up with my heightened stress levels! 
and lastly, eric… thank you for being there for me… and supporting me in this adventure. it meant the world to me that you were there…helping out, doing what you could-standing by me. i couldn’t do what i do without you.

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  1. DebbieP - NZ 13 September, 2006 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Heidi, sounds like an amazing time was had by all, I would love to be there next year….

  2. Ksea 13 September, 2006 at 1:09 am - Reply

    No doubt about it.. I will be there next year! I am so glad that everything went well.

  3. sibylle 13 September, 2006 at 2:08 am - Reply

    its just too bad, that you are soooo far away…!!!! but maybe you plan some european activity in your 2007-schedule(?)!!! let us know!!!!!
    4 pics are not much, but hey, we would love to see them…

  4. Kelly 13 September, 2006 at 2:10 am - Reply

    Sounds like you had a blast! So glad it all went well for you.
    Take care,
    Love Kel XXX

  5. Georgina 13 September, 2006 at 3:21 am - Reply

    Ahh man that sounded so fun!!! Will most definately be making plans for next year!! I’m kinda nervous ive been hearing such great things hope i can get in!!

  6. Kiera Black 13 September, 2006 at 3:24 am - Reply

    I think it’s wonderful your event when so well. That just shows you what we already knew. You’re awesome!

  7. Rachel Patrycia 13 September, 2006 at 4:24 am - Reply

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank You! I have been reading message boards like crazy to see if anyone is posting their books any where and I am SO happy you will have it avalible for purchase. I work full time to put my husband through flight school so time and money are in short supply and I wanted to go so bad, especially after taking the first she class at CKU. I was so upset that I had to miss this event and I’m so happy I will at least be able to see the projects. Still won’t have the full escape experience but at least I can get the creative part!

  8. Misty D 13 September, 2006 at 4:30 am - Reply

    Congratulations on the event going so well! I’m a SAHM in TN and would love to have been there but – well you know how that goes! I’m SO excited to hear your book is available! AND that you’re teaching at Big Picture. I’ve been to a CKC event a couple years ago but that is the only thing I’ve been able to make it to and I’ve always want to go to stuff like this – so it will be great to have that book to see all the great stuff you guys did. Make plenty of them!

  9. Tammy 13 September, 2006 at 4:53 am - Reply

    I have been on pins and needles waiting for you to tell all of us about CE. I wanted so much to go, but had another commitment. Look forward to attending next year. It sounded speculator!!!

  10. Jana Perenchio 13 September, 2006 at 5:22 am - Reply

    SOOOOOOOO happy that CE went well and was a huge success. I’ve heard nothing but good things about it from the lucky folks who got to go. You can GUARANTEE that I will be there with bells on next year to have fun with you. I’m thrilled to hear that I can get my hands on one of the class books, can’t wait for that. Now, my dear, it’s time to RELAX!!!!!

  11. lisa 13 September, 2006 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Envy alert! Oh man… it just killed me when I found out that CE was going to be held my first week back to school. As a teacher, there was no way I could have missed days three and four, as much as I wanted to.
    PLUS, my in-laws live at the Pointe HIlton. My wonderful ILs, just two blocks away!
    I hope the timing works better for me for the next CE event.
    It really sounds like you had an awesome time.

  12. Jill Cornelius 13 September, 2006 at 6:28 am - Reply

    Heidi! I had a wonderful time! Everything was perfect, your husband is SO sweet!!! And your children are beautiful! THIS was an event to remember! All of my projects are beautiful! I came to this event saying that I had to finish each project because I wanted to go home and be able to show my husband what I accomplished over the weekend. (as soon as my box gets here ((today!!!)) I can! But I have told him about my wonderful weekend in Arizona, about all of the “little” things that made the event so so special. I can’t wait until CE 2007, I am ready to sign up now! Thanks again for everything you did for all of us over the weekend! And looking forward to returning next year!

  13. Elizabeth Arsenault 13 September, 2006 at 6:53 am - Reply

    CE was a wonderful weekend. You, Mr Bazzill & the whole CE team really thought of everything. You would never know this was a first time event for how well things went. We were very spoiled and have many memories of the weekend along with new friends. Hope to be there next year! Thanks so much for all your hard work as it showed. When we talked about going to CE, we did not know if we should go as being the first time. Knowing that you and Mr. Bazzill have been in the business and been to events I thought you would know what your dream for us would be. You had a dream and you made it come true. I am very proud to of been to CE 06. Thanks so much for a great time.

  14. patty 13 September, 2006 at 7:01 am - Reply

    A*M*A*Z*I*N*G experience!
    the details…wow, i L*O*V*E the little details & you thought of everything! everyone worked so hard & was so willing to help out.
    the classes & projects R*O*C*K*E*D!!! i was trilled with the diversity!
    your family was too sweet & it was nice to see how supportive they are with your “calling”!
    thank you & everyone for such a wonderful “creative escape” that i much needed!
    xoxo
    -p

  15. Kim Schroeder 13 September, 2006 at 7:03 am - Reply

    Thanks {again} for the awesome event! and yes the details really brought it to a different level then anything I have participated in before. But what made the exerience truely amazing, were the people – the teachers, the helpers, the other attendees, Mr. Bazill, You ( of course),your uber sweet hubby and hanging out with my fellow She’s…..
    CE ROCKS!!!
    Kim

  16. Dawn 13 September, 2006 at 7:13 am - Reply

    Heidi, this event was awesome. I loved all the projects and it was so nice to come home with so many completed! Everyone was so nice from the teachers and staff to the staff of the resort! LOVED IT. I will surely be signing up for this event next year! Thanks so much for a fabulous time.

  17. Cathy Vargen 13 September, 2006 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Heidi — CE was a total BLAST! Loved, loved the projects, loved meeting you in your clock class — I was the one that was worried that my “i” was smudged with the golf leaf pen — you taught me that a little smudging is no big deal and ya know what? You were right…you can’t even see it!!! tee hee..everything was perfect. One special moment for me was the last night during speeches and seeing you and Eric off to the side with his arm around you and the looks on your faces…love mixed with contentment for a job well done….you two rock. He is a sweetie – love that guy! You two are awesome!!! Thanks for all of your hard work..Here’s to CE 2007!!!

  18. Leana (aka pealee) 13 September, 2006 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I’m definitely buying the book. So excited to hear you are going to be teaching at BPS – will definitely be signing up. I so hope I can go to Creative Escape next year! Glad the event went so well for you, definitely not surprised though you are an amazing woman.

  19. Vee 13 September, 2006 at 7:25 am - Reply

    congrats on a great event! I know you and your team are very proud! I love seeing all of the cool details that were posted on 2peas
    those buttons are so cool and I love the room key:)

  20. Jeanette 13 September, 2006 at 7:48 am - Reply

    I continue to hear such great things about this Escape. I’ve noted next year’s date on my calendar!!!

  21. RScrapIT 13 September, 2006 at 7:52 am - Reply

    People on other message boards are raving about how awesome this event was! Congratulations on a job well done! It sounds like all your hard work paid off. Hopefully, I’ll be able to attend next year. Until then, I can’t wait to get my hands on the book and take your class in Jan with Big Picture!

  22. Angela Randolph 13 September, 2006 at 7:52 am - Reply

    Congratulations heidi on such a successful event…..you must feel so proud your idea came to life in such a huge way….its the buzz all around now. I can’t wait to attend next year…….I think now everyone is concerned about getting a spot!!!
    Can’t wait to take your class on BPS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Shanna 13 September, 2006 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Heidi! The event was amazing! I am a single mom of three girls and I run a daycare out of my home. I needed an “escape” like you would not believe!!!! It truly was just that!!! A time for me to forget about everything else and just focus on CREATING for a few days!!! I NEVER get to do that!!!! Thanks for making that possible! I was feeling guilty in the beginning about spending the money on this retreat being a one-income household. But I needed this and my family needed me to do this!!! I needed to INDULGE myself and rejuvenate. I was truly touched by Stacy’s remarks as well as Eric’s public prayer to bless dinner! I commend you guys for doing something that in today’s world, seems to be considered “politically incorrect” anymore. I feel like I left that event a better friend, Mother, woman and artist!!!! Can’t put a price-tag on that sister!!! Love ya and thanks again!!! You’re the bomb-diggity! LOL Oh….here’s a few links to my blog with some photos and pictures of my projects! My favorite was the clock of course! It’s hanging in my scrappy space!!! A gentle reminder of who I should devote most of my time to!!!
    ~Shanna 🙂
    http://mynextthirtyyears.com/a-few-creative-escape-projects
    http://mynextthirtyyears.com/creative-escapewhatablast

  24. Vicki Fogarty 13 September, 2006 at 8:06 am - Reply

    TRULY MARVELOUS!!!! This event rocked. I thank you, your staff, Bazzill, the volunteers and the amazing sponsors. It was the greatest event I have ever attended. I am coming back next year. With a little panic of hoping I get a space. With all the buzz, next year will be hard to get into. You have such an awesome family. During the meet n’ greet, you could see how proud they were of you. Especially your sons. He sat on the water bottle tower and was pointing and beaming proudly. And Eric….how amazing is he. He jumped right in there like a trooper. Helping out and taking pictures with everyone. Even handing out little tips. And is such a hottie. You two are a perfect couple. Keep up all the great work and inspiration you dole out. I love you and your products. And after being at the event I love Doug and his wonderful family. I am so blessed to have been part of this event and met such amazing women. Can’t wait till next year and the upcoming classes you will be teaching. I am signing up. Congrats on such a huge success!!!!!!!!

  25. Lyn M. 13 September, 2006 at 8:08 am - Reply

    Yep .. the entire event ROCKED the house! … Loved each and every detail .. I’ve been telling everyone I know .. and now after reading the comment about the lady saying she couldn’t because she wanted to make sure there was room for her … I kind of agree.. I HAVE TO GO NEXT YEAR .. if I only go to one event a year .. it WILL be Creative Escape! (Got home to DH trying to figure out where all our money goes .. he has his enduro and mountain bike habits .. so I wasn’t too worried.. but if he puts a “hold” on my retreats .. I want to make sure CE is the one I attend!) – Maybe an alumni pre-register option???? … We are the ones who said “How High?” when you said jump! LOL! … And you and the paperboy and your entire team really set that bar up there to a world record height! ..
    Can’t thank you enough!

  26. Bree Ross 13 September, 2006 at 8:16 am - Reply

    Heidi..thank you with all my heart for making my very first event so special, inspriational, and touching. It was simply wow, wow, wow every step of the way! Can’t wait to see ya next year…but with a new baby by my side! Hugs!

  27. Stephanie 13 September, 2006 at 8:31 am - Reply

    Heidi-
    CE was awesome, I am counting down the days till next year. Thank you for all your hard work, I would definitley say it paid off in the end!

  28. Diane McVey 13 September, 2006 at 9:21 am - Reply

    Wow, I am so happy to see all the GREAT accolades for CE!!! Not that I am surprised…it must have been FABULOUS! So glad it is behind you now, and hopefully you can get a bit of R&R!! I sure do wish I was closer to AZ (as do many others as well!) What great FUN!
    Have a great week 🙂

  29. Jolene George 13 September, 2006 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I SO HOPE you and bazzill plan to do this again so I can attend. It sounds amazing and I was heartbroke when I couldn’t go. I’m so glad everyone enjoyed everything ya’ll did for them. I know it was lots of work. http://jolenegeorge.blogspot.com/

  30. krisfred 13 September, 2006 at 10:37 am - Reply

    THANK YOU Heidi & Doug & your teams & volunteers & sponsors! There isn’t a single word to describe how incredible CE was…just know that ALL of the hard work and effort is VERY much appreciated! Sadly, I won’t be there next year since it falls on the 1st wk of school again & next yr my youngest will be starting Kindergarten UNLESS you change the date (wink wink)! Love Stacy too!! THANK YOU! Kris Fred..

  31. margie 13 September, 2006 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Thank you thank you for the greatest event…I had the best time…Not only was it so beautifully done but it was an Escape…I love love loved it…
    kiss kiss
    m

  32. cindy 13 September, 2006 at 11:00 am - Reply

    AWESOME!! I am SO jealous of everyone that attended this amazing event. I have read nothing but WONDERFUL reviews about the Creative Escape. I pray I can go next year!! And you teaching at BPS!! WOOHOO!! I can take a class from you. I can’t freakin’ wait!!

  33. Trina McBride 13 September, 2006 at 11:06 am - Reply

    heidi…this event was truly amazing! The only event I plan on ever attending of this kind. You spoiled us like crazy. The details amazed me! From the room key to the classes to dessert first at dinner…I loved it all!
    Words can not describe my emotions during this event but this weekend will forever be remembered! Keep inspiring us girl…can’t wait for the BPS class – HEIDI all year! WOW!
    And now you know where you can get glitter on your shirts for next year {wink}…
    Thank you again!!!
    Trina

  34. Tammy 13 September, 2006 at 12:30 pm - Reply

    yes heidi–you guys ROCKED!!! this event was just sooooo incredibly AWESOME! words actually cannot describe how truly fun this event was!!! since my friend and i have taken your class from memory lane (way back when–the dye class!) we knew this event was one not to be missed! i mean how can you go wrong w/ heidi swapp and bazzill??!! our instincts were right-we had an absolute BLAST!!! everything you did, and especially the little extra touches were so very special! 🙂 we love the little surprises left in our rooms at nite, and the key was simply adorable! (definitely going into a scrapbook page!) also, your family was just as sweet as can be, and i just love the support and true admiration eric shows for you–you two make such a great couple! in addition, your class was just amazing! i just LOVE the way you teach-lot’s of stuff to do, but we had such a relaxed, fun pace-which never felt rushed- and everyone’s clocks were so different and unique! we are so happy to have been a part of the first-ever creative escape, and as i posted on 2 peas, you, the bazzill team, and everyone who participated, from the teachers to the volunteers and sponsors all have SO MUCH to be proud of!! all of your hard work paid off!! i’m sure next year’s event will be even better (don’t know how that will even be possible!) i’m sooo crossing my fingers that i can attend again!! 🙂
    try to get some much-needed rest! (i’m exhausted and can’t even imagine how you do all this w/ capri!!)
    hugs and THANK YOU AGAIN for a wonderful weekend!!!!
    tammy

  35. Sarah 13 September, 2006 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    while i was unable to attend this year, i am amazed at how much it was loved by everyone, i knew it would of course! i am more excited than ever to attend in the future. thanks for all of your hard work and i look forward to learning more about it for next year. and congrats about BPS…I’m so signing up!
    love and blessings,
    sarah

  36. Talia 13 September, 2006 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Heidi, the weekend was simply amazing. AMAZING. I, too, am scared to tell people how awesome it was ’cause I want to make sure I get a spot for next year! Hehe! Capri is beautiful and it was so neat for me to get a picture with you and our babies. (I will email one to you!) I am soooooo excited for your BPS class….I’m doing it for sure! You never cease to amaze and inspire…now go and get some rest (if you have the time), it is very well deserved. Love ya!
    Talia:)

  37. Suzanne 13 September, 2006 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    Thank you SO MUCH for such an amazing weekend! It was absolutely the best! You, the wonderful people at Bazzill and everyone that was involved put so much hard work into it all and I hope you know how much we all appreciated it. It was so obvious that you thought of everything and put work into every detail of this event. All those little details like dessert first, bubble bath, key cards, etc… definitely added just the right touch to make this event so incredible!
    I, too, was one of those that was afraid to brag about how great this event was for fear it would sell out next year and I wouldn’t get a spot. But I just couldn’t contain my enthusiasm and have been sharing how great it was with just about everyone, so I’ll be crossing my fingers to get a spot for next year’s event. I’ve got my calendars marked and everything! And if you ever do decide to offer lifetime passes to Creative Escape sign me up!

  38. Norma Cruz 13 September, 2006 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    Gracias for such a wonderful experience. My friends didn’t sign up to go, so I wasn’t sure what to expect, turns out…I made so many new friends. I can’t wait to be an Alumni of CE. Not only did we make such awesome projects, but the insirational/motivational messages from ALL the teachers is something I will treasure. I think you are a remarkable woman..so down to earth…Thank You Hiedi.

  39. LenaS 13 September, 2006 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    MOVE OVER CKU there’s a new event in town–CE!
    MOVE OVER CK there’s a new master of ceremonies–SHE did it! Heidi’s our WOman, if she can’t do it, no one can!! Congrats from a big fan!! I am so proud to know you and the Bazzill team–you all did an awesome job. Thank you for a special time. It was sooo nice not to have to deal with the airlines this trip. All I can say is it’s about time we got one of these conventions here. I have asked CK for years why not AZ? Thanks for having the vision and following thru with it.

  40. Brianna 13 September, 2006 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    It sounds like a wonderful time, Heidi, and how nice of people to give you gifts for Capri.

  41. debbie 13 September, 2006 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Can we see pics of this room key everyone is talking about..please..????

  42. leanne 13 September, 2006 at 6:11 pm - Reply

    I am dyyyying to see some more pics of little Capri and family! I am sure she has changed a ton since we last saw her.

  43. Paul Schreiber 13 September, 2006 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    Creative Escape photos, including the Epson Photos will be up on the creative escape website tomorrow. http://www.creativeescapeaz.com

  44. Alicia King 13 September, 2006 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    I am truly jealous that I could not attent CE, I will definately be there next year! I am so happy for you Heidi, it definately seemed to be an awesome turn out, what a huge step for you! I love reading everyone’s comments and how they loved the “little things” that is uniquely you, and you are so good at what you do!
    “SHE inspires me!”
    Love,
    Alicia

  45. Sharon Garay 13 September, 2006 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Heidi,
    This was my first event of this type and I am so glad I came. Creative Escape will be my all time best memory and I got to attend it with my daughter. All of the instructors were great and Stacy what can I say SHE SAID IT ALL. It was great meeting you and learning how to use the products Out of the Box and all of the little treats just made us feel so spoiled. I like the idea of a alumni sign up! Please! I plan to take a vacation day on the first sign up day and I will be on the internet as soon as you let us. I will be there as will my daughter. We’ll be taking your Big Picture class, too.
    Sharon
    P.S. you family was adorable and your husband was so helpful. He carried my daughter’s and my bag when she was late getting back from our room so that I wouldn’t be late for class. What a jem of a guy. Bless you all and keep the ideas coming.

  46. erin yamabe 13 September, 2006 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    i am very excited to know you will be hosting another one next year! i sure hope to attend and that it doesn’t fill up too quickly! from what i heard, this was the EVENT This year. congratulations!

  47. suetreiber 14 September, 2006 at 1:08 pm - Reply

    Now I triply wish I could have come!!

  48. Leslee 14 September, 2006 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you, thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You Creative Escape was awesome. I was another one who needed relax and rejuvenation. And it happened. I was also the one who had no tools and you generously lent me a pair of scissors. Thank you. I love the projects, the little extras and the attention to detail. And everything seemed so organized. That impressed me. It ran like clockwork. Congratulations on a job well done. I hope to be back next year for more fun.
    Leslee

  49. Wendy Treseder 14 September, 2006 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Congratulations Heidi, sounds like a fabulous event! The little details are making me feel so jealous I’m screaming on the inside.
    I’m going to start saving now, so I can come to the next one. 😀

  50. dee 14 September, 2006 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    heidi
    Creative Escape was really awesome and really fun, thi is my first convetion since i start scrapbooking 5 years ago. I know next year will be more better and more fun. Flip flops are the best. The bubble baths are cute and mostly are very awesome again.
    Congratulations for the first year, can u beleive people are making reservations already for next year CE 2007. capri is really pretty and sweet she is so cute also, You look excatly like you mom she is nice too like you. I will post the picture of your mom and capri at the yahoo groups. I think you and mr bazzill did a real nice job just for the first year..
    Good luck for the upcoming year of CE. I survive my first convention for 2006.
    THANK YOU AGAIN FOR THE SUCCESFULL EVENT OF THE YEAR.. I GOT PICTURE OF MR. SWAPP ALSO,,
    PRIZE ARE AWESOME (DIDNT GET ONE) IT’S OK AS LONG AS I HAVE A PICTURE OF YOU WITH ME IT FEELS LIKE I WONT THE REAL GRAND PRIZE LAST SATURDAY..
    THANKS AGAIN HEIDI AND MR BAZZILL
    SINCERELY,
    DEE
    CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

  51. lisa 14 September, 2006 at 8:17 pm - Reply

    Heidi–what a great time i had! you are an amazing person–and i’m not just talking about your scrapping skills! loved every “little” thing about last weekend!!!

  52. Tammy 14 September, 2006 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Um, well, I think your secret is out. We all know about CE and how fabulous it was! I didnt get to go this year, but i know several who did….and will definately be there next year!

  53. Kristan Gregory 15 September, 2006 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    CE was such a fabulous event and I really appreciated all the little details! I know first-hand that putting on an event (ok, not nearly CE size but an event for about 100)is an unbelieveable amount of work. So for it to go so well was just incredible. The classes, teachers and projects were amazing. I had high expectations because of who was putting it on (Swapp + Bazzill = quality) and those expectations were exceeded! You and the Bazzill folks really thought of just about everything…can’t wait until next year! Thank you so much!!!!
    Kristan

  54. Lyn Jordan 13 October, 2006 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    Heidi…where do I begin? CE was more than I could have ever imagined!! It totally rocked and reinforced what I am doing in and with my life, inspired me, creatively gave me a boost when I felt empty, and for sooo much more! Thank you for doing something about this idea you had (way back when?) and with Mr Bazzill giving all us lucky ladies the time of our lives! Travelling to your great country has changed my life twice…..4 yrs ago when I was introduced to Scrapbooking, coming back to NZ to open a Store, and now this year being spoilt rotten, given all these yummy products, creating all day long (& into the night)meeting you for a second time….was the BEST TREAT A GIRL COULD ASK FOR!!! Just loved that we all had the same experience by going to ALL the classes. Thanks a million again. To all you ladies around the world book your seat for early September 2007….you won’t be disappointed!

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