Friday, 13 July 2012

Day 2 - It's HOT, HOT, HOT!

Wow! What a day! The AC is cranked and I am freezing, but the topics today are as hot as it is outside!

Cowboy Andy once again sang for us and then Monica had all of the directors of various levels on stage to do the Scrapbooking Boogie, which was sung by none other than Cowboy Andy! They each introduced themselves as they left the stage and then I realized just how many directors we have!!

Kristine gave us a run down on Operation Smile and the Make a Miracle Challenge. Last year, CTMH consultants of all levels raised $70,000 for Operation Smile! This year, during the Make a Miracle Challenge, the top five finishers collected over $18,000 between them in that one month! Now is that amazing or what? The winner of the challenge who will participate as a non-medical volunteer on a medical mission, will go to the Philippines, where Operation Smile started 30 years ago! And the lucky winner is Kelly Hammond! She was overcome with emotion when told that she had won this fantastic opportunity. Enjoy the time, Kelly, and tell us all about when you return!

Another amazing woman is Katy Carlson (I hope I got the name right) of Virginia. She, along with three friends, organized a crop to raise money for Operation Smile, and in one day raised over $11,000!!!!! To show their appreciation and admiration, Monica and Kristine are going to hold a crop for Katy, her three friends, and all of her customers! I imagine uplines and downlines are included in that too.

Stacy Julian of Big Picture Classes was our keynote speaker at General Session this morning and passed on some excellent tips to us. Stacy is an amazing speaker and had us laughing, crying, and totally enthralled! Once she had traded hats with Dr. Phil and shoes with another consultant, she passed on some words of wisdom.

Some of the main points from Stacy's presentation that I really want to pass on are:
  • Our own personal perspective is what makes our photos priceless!
  • Leave the guilt and obligation outside! Do your own thing and don't worry about it.
  • Events and everyday moments are really about the people experiencing them, so make sure to take pictures of the people enjoying the event and not just the event itself!
  • Scrapbook the people and their personalities!
  • The story you are most qualified to tell is your own! No one else knows it so make sure you share it! In other words, JOURNAL!!!
  • Cute matters! Make your personal area your own! Add your favourite colours and things to your space.
She then showed us a video by Hillary Weeks, called Stand Still. By the end of it, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. It was funny, sad, beautiful and just downright moving. Thank you, Stacy, for a wonderful and eye-opening presentation.

When we broke for lunch, the DH and I went for a walk outside once we had eaten. As I said, it is HOT here! And the humidity makes it hard to breath. But the grounds of this beautiful hotel are gorgeous!

Wouldn't you love to sit on a blanket under this tree and read or watch the world go by?

I couldn't resist this little guy! He kept scratching at the ground and then rolling around. So cute!

The Koi Pond. Anytime someone comes close, the koi come swimming up, mouths gaping, looking for food!

Okay, Carol, Labuski, here is our new convention bag. It is HUGE and has a shoulder strap as well as straps so it can be worn like a backpack. Inside are two pockets - once slash pocket and one big zippered main pocket. It also has a pocket on each side for a water bottle or what ever else you need to carry.

Waiting for the afternoon session to start.

Waiting some more..

After lunch, we all attended a Studio J business class presented by Brian Holman. WOW!! No more memberships! Can you believe it!? That means no more members-only kits and patterns! AND all users will now receive jpg files with their layouts, or they can purchase the jpg files as standalones for only $2.95! AND instead of the 7-page minimum we used to have in Canada, it is now only 4!
BUT there are no more free page protectors. I can live with that. Page protectors are inexpensive, especially when you buy the 50 page bulk pack at around $16.

And there's more. Studio J now has both custom layouts where you do the embellishments, change papers and do the whole thing from scratch, and Express Collections that are already set up with embellishments and paper. You can still change font, add text boxes, and change paper colour, but you can't add embellishments. These are meant for the novice scrapper to get them started with Studio J. (Sorry, no pics of Brian and Studio J. I was too busy taking notes!)

Next, we were off to the fourth Create and Take where we worked on this cute little mini album.

I got all but the last two pages done. Something else to do when I get home!

As you can see, the place was full!

We were all working hard to finish this fun project.

Me and my buds! Sue, Peggy and me as the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders!

It is now 5:33 and time to get ready for the banquet at 6:00, so bye for now! Chat again tomorrow!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing such a great run down of all the exciting news! Wish I were there!!!