(This was the view during lunch one day.)
I've just spent a week in Provo, UT attending the last CKU event for the forseeable future. I'm hoping that they are able to bring it back in some form in a few years, because it's a fun way to get away for a few days.
I've been to CKU twice before - once in Minneapolis and once in Chicago, and this one was a combination of the two styles. I made (started, really) a complete 12x12 album and took a bunch of classes presented by various scrapbook companies. All in all, I prefer the classes. The album is great, and I like having the instructions all mapped out for me, but there is no way I would have finished it, even with a stack of photos. And I've realized over time, that I need that instant gratification that comes with a finished product at the end of the class.
And I was very very pleased with the classes. There was only one or two duds out of 13, which is excellent odds. I don't know that I'll ever add photos to the small 6x6 album that we had completed by the end of the first day, but even if not, it was fun to make. And if I do a bigger album for the trip, those layouts will be included somehow.
I managed to journal every day. And I wrote it in my idea journal, along with many baby shower notes, teacher autographs, and random CKU notes, so the experience is fairly well documented. This will come in very handy when I'm deciding how to document the trip.
One thing that came out of the trip, is that I decided on the last ornament for this year's Craft Day. Woo! It was a project from one of the classes, and when we were working on it, I knew immediately that it was the perfect project for us to do.
1. The weather was amazing. It cooled down from 90s after a couple days, allowing us to eat our lunches outside, and walk to dinner.
2. The view. I LOVED being near the mountains again. It's the thing I miss most about Montana, and it was just as awesome as I'd hoped. I took many photos, and am hoping at least one turned out well enough to blow up nice and big.
3. The happy anniversary message Eric left on my cell phone Saturday. I'm going to keep it as long as I can. :)
4. The comic shop (Dragons Keep) within walking distance of the hotel. That was a cool find.
5. CKU logo stickers. I was hoping that they would still have some, and it turned out that they were giving them away. Score!
6. Tim Holtz' class. I love the way the projects look, and I'm looking forward to playing with the leftovers he gave us.
7. Hanging out with Kelly. :)
8. The brad-maker from Imaginisce was just as cool as I'd hoped. I haven't got one yet, but I'm almost positive I will get one. It will work with fabric, too, which I am excited about, since I love textured brads.
9. Heartfelt Creations, one of the last stores we shopped at, was my favorite store. They had tons of supplies, but even better, they obviously cater to stampers too! It was great to look at all the stamps and be able to pick out a couple new ones in person, rather than online. It's exactly the kind of store I wish we had around here. :sigh:
10. The Marriott beds. The most comfy bed in existence, I think. lol
All in all, it was a great trip. I just wish we had more to look forward to. :( I'm crossing my fingers that we will someday.