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May 23, 2011

AE | The Weekend Lens

I spent the last few days in Arizona at Preview Weekend for this years Creative Escape event.

In all the events I’ve done over the years I’ve never attended a “practice” session – in fact I don’t think any other events do it.

I loved it.

I loved the chance to share my class (called “5″) with all the volunteers who will be attending the event. I loved the chance to get feedback to make adjustments which will make it that much better. I loved the chance to take the other classes that will be offered at the event. I love the diversity of the projects and that I learned something in each class. I loved getting to hang out with the other teachers. I love that Bazzill and Heidi Swapp care deeply about the quality of the classes and how they fit together and producing a smooth, inspiring event.

I also loved the chance to do a little solo travel once again. I loved getting to dip my toes in a pool and feel the sun on my face (even for just a moment).

And then I loved coming home again.

If you’d like to join me in August for Creative Escape you can get all the details here.


  • 1.
    dawn said…

    Ali, sounds so wonderful and fun. I think it’s a great idea to have a practice run before the real thing. So glad you got to play and learn things too. I would love love to go on this trip and meet you and the others and play but my kids go back to school at that time. My one daughter starts high school this fall and I don’t want to miss that first day. Hope it’s offered again in the future.

    • ….
      SammyBaker said…

      You are a really good mom, I can just tell!

  • 2.
    Cindy said…

    You definitely make the Escape sound wonderful. Wish I could go – I’d love to take your class and meet you and the other instructors. Come on over to DC some time while you’re on the East coast visiting your sister and teach, please? =] Why is it that most people in the scrapbooking industry seem to live on the West coast and in the mid-west? Lots of us making albums over here too, but not so many classes and events. Hmmm.

    • ….
      nancy faith said…

      Cindy… I know how you feel. I am actually “on” the West Coast..just unfortunately too far north and we never get the opportunity for great weekend getaway classes either : (
      nancy in alaska

  • 3.
    Miami Momma said…

    gotta ask. the photos are always great. who are you using for your lightroom presets or photoshop actions? or are you that talented that you create them yourself.would love to get into processing some of the photos i’ve taken of the kids lately. thanks, your always an inspiration.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      These are all presets for Instagram – an app on my iphone.

  • 4.
    Suz said…

    @ Miami Momma-My guess is that Ali used an app called Hipstamatic or Instagram that is for Iphone and some blackberries I think. HTH.

  • 5.
    Deb J said…

    Creative Escape is so much fun and so worth it. Wish I could afford it this year especially since you will be there. They do an super job of putting it together.

  • 6.
    pidge said…

    Love your hair! :)

  • 7.
    Judy Webb said…

    wish I artist enough to attend.

  • 8.
    AbbyS said…

    Happy you were able to fly solo, teach and be a student at the same time! :) I have to say, I love your hair! Are you fashioning bangs? :) Super cute!!

    • ….
      Ali said…

      Yep – just a couple bangs off to the side :) .

  • 9.
    Judy said…

    Ali, I have Instagram on mt iPhone, how do I get pictures I take on my blog? I can only see how to post them on Facebook ot Twitter.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      You can also post to Flickr via Instagram and use them on your blog from there. I do that. Also, when I connect my phone to my computer I upload the photos (including the Instagram ones which are in my picture section on the phone) and can then access them via Aperture (or iPhoto if you use that).

  • 10.
    Christine said…

    Wow, that’s cool that you had a chance to do a dry run of your class. I’m considering going if its not already filled up. Glad you had a chance to feel the sun. It finally hit 71 in my neck of the woods last friday.

  • 11.
    melissa said…

    So great taking your class, I LOVED it!! and getting the chance to meet you… see you in August (i promise it will be hot then, you lucked out on the weather this past weekend) :) You my friend, are a rock star!

  • 12.
    Sally said…

    Mountains like Mt Rainier in Arizona??

    • ….
      Ali said…

      LOL – not so much. My flight path took me from Eugene to Seattle before heading down to Phoenix.

  • 13.
    {connie} said…


    thank you for your inspiration! i a can not wait for august to get here. creative escape 2011 is totally going to be amaZing!! i am thrilled to have met you. you are one talented momma. i posted our picture on my blog. see you in august.

    • ….
      Ali said…

      It was so great to meet you Connie! Looking forward to seeing you again in August!

    • .
      Ali said…

      And super excited to have you in my classroom :) .

  • 14.
    joi ferckel said…

    Why don’t the cool things ever come close to ohio. I’m just a girl working every other week due to the tsunami in japan and I can’t afford to get to arizona :( I wanna meet you too ali!!

  • 15.
    Vicky said…

    Should NOT have read this…. was going to book into another SB event that weekend but now…. I shall be seeing you in Arizona :) (First scrapping treat in 3 years and only going because it’s ‘on the way’ to a business conference so I have to be in the US anyhow!)

  • 16.
    Lise said…

    I can’t wait for August. Just took a sneak peek at your project and it looks super exciting! Will start looking for pictures very soon! Can’t wait to meet you!

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