Monday, October 7, 2013

Friday at IU: bling it on!

Friday Sept 20 was the official first day of the 2013 Inspiration Unlimited (IU) event at the Green Valley Ranch Resort in Henderson, Nevada.

And after my relaxing spa day, I was ready....

The 300 IU attendees were split into 3 groups for the classes, and I was in the "Bling Babes" group... and I took that very seriously, of course!... I was bedecked in sparkle!  From my blinged-out lanyard + nametag, to my jeweled wrists and sandals, complete with pink glittered toes... So. Much. Fun.

(sidebar: the pink felt flower on my nametag was a sweet gift for IU alumnae; this was my 2nd time attending-- some lucky gals have been to all 6 IUs !!)

First up, a class with Layle Koncar... a fun & colorful travel mini-album titled "Go See Do"!  Um... way to begin the day, how perfect for me?

My tablemates (along with our snacks & our artistic mess) ... (from left) Susan S., Mona, Angie, Jennifer, Michelle & Shannon... you gals were such fun, lots of laughs... miss you !! 

Throughout the day, my sweet IU friends surprised me with RAKs (random-acts-of-kindness) ... gifts that they hand-made... so very thoughtful!  Thank you Susan S., Margie, Renee, Mona!

The 2nd class of the day was with Paula Cheney, who works with Tim (yes, that Tim!)  We made a "shadowbox album" full of clever techniques... 

And all of Paula's class goodies came packed in this fab Tim Holtz messenger bag tote!
Just one of many nifty gifties from IU !! 


Friday's 3rd class (yes, IU keeps us busy!) was with Teresa Collins, scrapbooking designer extraordinaire and founder of the IU event.  We made a mini-album jam-packed with pages using one of her new collections, Memorabilia, including sequins (yes, more bling!).

Friday evening was packed with activities... make-n-takes, demos, and fun "photo booths".

Another fun-filled day awaited on Saturday, and since I was still a bit jet-lagged (dang it!), I had enough energy left only to FaceTime Sal & Aruba and then I hit the hay.  (Getting old?)

Back soon with deets & pics of Saturday's IU festivities... which included an announcement about the 2014 IU that ... BLEW... MY... MIND !!


Anonymous said...

woohoo! thanks for all the IU goodness. Looks like a wonderful time. So nice to see some of the gang from CE in the photos! I miss all the girlies :) Maybe someday (sigh) ....teresa looks great...and your classes looked amazing! so much fun!

Momofboys said...

looks like you had a bling of a blast! so nice you could get away and enjoy some you time :)