I'm home from Sydney where I just had the most incredible 4 days. I need to do a recap on that trip sometime in the next few days because I learnt some cool stuff. I see a lot of it being used in my classes, both online and in real life. Tim Holtz is a clever man with a lot of inspiration to pass on. I'm grateful to have had the time spent learning from him.
He's a great teacher. And I've seen a few - I've been involved with scrapbooking for a long time and I've been teaching internationally and at large national events for over 7 years. My first big teaching gig was with David Roberts and Crafting Connection waaaay back when David bought ladies like Becky Higgins over here. I had some seriously fun times with Crafting Connection.
My next big teaching gig was with Prima. I became an official educator for them in 2007. I had an incredible amount of fun with that, I bought the 'card buffet' concept to the forefront in New Zealand and Australia (how fun was that? Remember the one that we made fudge in? It was part of the class? It was like a fudge and cards class? Seriously random as I think about it now...).., and I travelled all over the globe, as far as South Africa, for Prima. I also was heavily involved in design team work. Loved it immensly, loved how far it pushed me outside of my zone, enjoyed creating pages for tradeshows and catalogs, good times, good times.
During 2011 I took a well earned break. I settled into online classes more, I spent a lot of time building Autumn Escape and switched focus a little. My kids started to wonder how on earth I found time to watch TV all of a sudden. I became addicted to MasterChef.
2012 has seen me find a different focus again. My online classes are still a massive thing for me, I still travel, I still teach but now I create class kits and travel the occasional trade show too. Eventing with BFF Lucy has been so successful we have expanded that as well - we have a huge retreat in 4 months and our April event is already close to full.
And so, when I recieved an email about 3 weeks ago inviting me to once again join the Prima Educator team, I was thrilled. There are around 12 of us on the educator team, each one hoping to bring something different to the mix and I'm proud to be alongside, and congratulate each one on the team with me.
Being asked to be on the Prima team again is like snugling back down on my favourite couch. I feel like I'm just fitting right back in. Once again you will see new layouts and projects from me at CHA tradeshow time when they release new products. I'll be travelling more. IN fact I already have some big things lined up, I have some busy times ahead.
And so here I am. Back from Sydney and back with Prima. Nothing like snuggling down on that favourite couch when you've been away from home. Happy to be here. Thank you Prima.