This was my first ever time attending a Crop & Create Event by Scrapbook Cards Today. Let me tell you these ladies know how to host an event. When I started following them last year I heard about this event and thought wow, how fun would it be to attend. Chatted with my friend about attending the event and we thought it sounded good, just wait for more news. Then they announced who the main teacher was. None other than the wonderful Ali Edwards and her Project Manager Katie Jaeger. SOLD. Right? Wouldn’t you be? The chance for a weekend away, close to home and get to meet Ali Edwards, perfect I am all in.
I was crazy busy trying to wrap up a project but I loved every moment and minute of the crop. I was lucky enough to attend all three of Ali’s classes, Love you because, Day in the Life, and Story telling with Project Life. The event opened and the fun and crafting began.
Ali Edwards. She was awesome. She made me laugh and was kind enough to autograph my book for me, and maybe a few project life cards. I was lucky enough to get into her three classes she taught that weekend. Love you because, Day in the Life, and Story Telling with Project Life. As a long time follower of Ali, it was even more amazing to hear her in person. She just makes you go “yes, I get that”. Stories matter people, stories matter.
So after geeking out on meeting Ali, I took her first class Love you because. We started making a mini book of our loved ones and why we love them . The next two images were sent to me from a blog reader, which was super awesome of her. She captured this one of Ali and I and our group shot from our table. We were the loud group at the back, we cried we laughed so hard. Thanks Jodi for sharing these with me you rock.
This is a shot of my album I was working on – and oh that butterfly, it and I have a love/hate relationship. In the end doesn’t matter because I tried things I hadn’t before and I love the end result.
Day in the life was also AMAZING. I will share that album in a later post, but we had so much fun making it. What I enjoyed most was the reason behind her documenting process and the real stories and the rawness of it all. Our lives aren’t perfect but they are ours, and that story needs to be told.
Another highlight of the weekend was that I got to finally meet Jess Forster in person! Jess and I were on the 2014 Project Life Creative team together for Becky Higgins. She is as wonderful in person as she is online. You can check Jess out here.
The knowledge, growth and friendships that came out of this event we worth more than their weight in gold. Some of the other awesome people I met were Katie Jaeger and Vicki Boutin (Dear Vicki you are seriously funny) and all the amazing event staff and people I sat with. I am seriously hooked and already counting down the days until Markham in 2016. Thank you Catherine and Scrapbook & Cards Today for a fantastic weekend and event