This has been a busy week, unwinding and getting back in the flow after attending the amazing Creative Connection Event held in St. Paul. Days 2 and 3 were devoted to classes, various panels, and other speakers and panels at breakfast and lunch. (My prior blog post detailed the first day with exciting BlogHer panel discussions.) I chose to take 4 classes on these 2 days although there were several panel sessions I would have loved to attend.
Its always fun to have some arts and crafts play time and to work in different techniques than I’m used to. There were many classes to choose from but I chose to take all 4 of Traci Bautista’s classes with different focuses of art journaling.
There are so many surfaces you can journal on and, as shown by Traci, fabric is one of the surfaces that can be used.
Our table early during first class with our basic journal pages in process.
Karen Embry and Brenda Pinnick are very intent on their journal pages.
In another of Traci’s classes, she is explaining different page techniques and the binding of journals.
Our table in another class – lots more more product and lots of swapping between tables.
A journal page I was working on during one of the classes.
Art journaling can get messy so its best to cover up both surfaces and clothes. Its amazing that I didn’t get any paint on the shirt I brought to protect my clothes. If I had been in my studio, I would have had paint in my hair, on my face and all the way to my feet. But it was impossible to keep my hands clean!
On Friday evening, the event had a cocktail party with book signing by the authors in attendance. I didn’t pass up a chance to have my picture taken with several of the authors.
Jo Packham, although the same height as me, is a giant. She is not only the editor for Where Women Create and Where Women Cook, she is the co-founder of The Creative Connection Event. I know TCC event took a tremendous amount of planning, but Jo pulled it off to perfection.
Holly Becker is the author of the popular decorating blog Decor8 and her book Decorate is an international best seller. Holly is a tremendous speaker and was the dinner keynote speaker Thursday night along with Christina Ferrare.
Kelly Rae Roberts, author of Taking Flight, was also part of a very informative breakfast panel of speakers.
And I love this group photo at Crafty Chica’s (Kathy Cano-Murillo) signing, left to right – Eileen Hull, myself, Ann Butler, Kathy – Crafty Chica, Karen Embry, and Brenda Pinnick.
I remain inspired from this event and am already looking forward to next year’s. If you are thinking of attending, you won’t be disappointed!
Have a inspiring day!