Monthly Archives: November 2018

Teachers make Creative Escape “worth remembering”

Every year, i have loved the projects! i feel like i have learned so much every single year- but the thing that i love the most (personally) is getting the chance to take classes from such inspiring and passionate women- who are FUN and i consider my friends! when i first started dreaming up the idea of “Creative Escape” one of the things that i really wanted was a way for all the teachers to take each other’s classes- in the past, when i attended events, i felt like as instructors there was no ‘sharing’ — seemed like you kept your class projects top secret, and it felt more like a competition… i remember that i was invited to teach at an event in S. Africa, and they spent the night before letting each one of the teachers give the group of teachers and volunteers a little ‘taste’ of their class- i felt like even in that smallest look into their teaching style and personality i learned so much, and personally benefit by being exposed to other ways of teaching… i haven’t taken many classes- you know, start to finish- so this would be a little ‘dream’ of mine.

Our answer to this, is that each year we have what we call “Preview Day” a few months before the actual event. We get together: teachers, staff, volunteers and take each and every class! work out the bugs, and figure out the kits, etc. it’s been a highlight for me- a much more ‘relaxed’ and social time to get to know the volunteers and teachers alike. anyway… this year was no exception! loved Preview day! we had a blast.
To see even more photos of the class projects,

Creative Escape Idea Book

by Heidi Swapp

AND, each year, all the amazing projects… in stepped out photos, and step by step instructions…is compiled into an AMAZING idea book! this year was the first time it was bound on the side- making it a landscape oriented book- which was super cool! you can order it on (or you will be able to…). there are lots of fun tips and cool ideas in there in addition to the project info! this book was written with all the cutting instructions so you can recreate all of these projects at home, or just be inspired by the pages and pages of trunk show projects submitted by the teachers.

and for sentimental reasons, you have to see the back page… especially, if you have ever been to CE during its 6-year run.

Doug Jones is so awesome! he is always game for all the crazy stuff, and is such an amazing supporter of the Scrapbooking industry. He has just as much passion and love for scrapbooking as any of us, and i really admire him so much as a leader, a business man, a husband and father- and ESPECIALLY grandfather… he is SO great w/ all those little kiddos!

i want to let the teachers know how greatly we appreciate all the effort and energy they each put into Creative Escape! from the Trunk Shows, to their fabulous “Power Point” presentations, two LOOONG days of teaching and of course their amazing creations! my love to all of you! thank you so much for giving SO much of yourselves to this year’s events!

Heidi Swapp’s Halloween Inspiration

Many of you have asked to see Heidi’s inspirational Halloween images from her little talk before the Friday Night Extravaganza, so we are posting them here for all to enjoy… if you visit her blog, you will get all the low-down.

Straight from Heidi’s blog…


huge thanks to Canvas Corp, and BAZZILL for this amazing project… it’s a countdown to Halloween!! and you know how i LOVE halloween! i was totally so excited about this!! Friday Night we like to have a fun project to do, but people are TIRED! so… we only did a few parts of this bad boy… and we kicked it off with a little Halloween inspiration!

are you on Pinterest? i am an addict… and really, there are only 2 kinds of people-

1. people who don’t KNOW about Pinterest

2. people who are addicted to Pinterest!


what is Pinterest, you ask? (you are a #1?)… well… holy cow, you have to go and check it out! it’s this totally amazing, mind blowing universe of creative ideas, inspiration and SHARING! so… it’s social media driven… so you follow people, and find friends etc etc… when you get an account, you start your own boards and start ‘pinning’ things you love- then other people see what you pin, and if they like it, they may pin it toO!! and you can ‘like’ it — here’s the magic: when you pin something, the pin will link you right back to where the image was originally posted! so, you can always have access when you need it! i mean, there has never been a place to organize and catalog all your creative ideas, and inspirations until this! it’s sooo awesome!

ok, anyway- so i was talking about halloween and finding halloween inspriation on Pinterest… and i gathered up a bunch of ideas! now.. these are the images i showed off on Friday night…now, i am just sharing the images- if you would like to find out more about the HOW-TO’s on these… go to Pinterest, and search my name! you will be able to find my boards (and you can follow them) and you can see ALL My halloween inspirations!