Friday, February 27, 2009

We HEART Sassafras Lass...

...and Christine Middlecamp!

We are so excited that those super cute girls from Sassafras Lass are coming to Reflections! Not only that but they sponsoring classes, doing make and takes and setting up a little store of Sass goodness! Rebecca and Hayley we can't wait to see you!

You have got to check out their blog. The amazing Christine Middlecamp (queen of layering and details) posted a layout and included a tutorial on how to make this super cute page. Be sure to check it out!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

glimpses inside...

Hello everyone! My name is Melissa Phillips and I am so excited to share with you a few things you might just find inside my class at the Reflections 2009 event!

I created a little something special for you to help represent my style and show off a few of my favorite techniques and elements of design. I am simply crazy for shabby touches such as soft colors, glitter, distressed chipboard, weathered paper and embellishments, buttons, hemp, trim, and of course the sweet smile of my little one.

I also love incorporating stamping in my you may just get to play around in some ink while we're together :)

I'm busily and happily creating a fun-filled and unique class for you. I'm so excited to meet you and share with you a project you'll cherish for years to come.

See you in May.


Monday, February 23, 2009

Getting Excited!!

Hello there!  My name is Shannon Tidwell and I'm excited to be one of the teachers at Reflections 2009.  It's going to be an amazing event!  A little bit about me....I've been scrapbooking for almost 9 years now.  When I started I was in my 20's without I'm in my 30's with 3 kids!  I have been working for KI Memories as the Special Projects Coordinator for almost 5 years now.  I have also been a Garden Girl at Two Peas in a Bucket for going on 8 years.  I enjoy making layouts.  Colorful, energetic, fun layouts with little twists to make them mine.  So that's exactly what my class is going to be....layouts with a bit of flair to make them just your own!  We'll be using KI Memories products which are always modern, hip, and colorful.  I can't wait to come to California!!  If you have any questions about my class feel free to email me at  If you'd like to see more of my work you can see most of it here.  I will be working more on the class in the coming month and will have some bits to share with you next time!  

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Want to know more??

We wanted to share two more of the designers who are doing make and takes. And let me tell you, they are good! They have both actually taught my all time two favorite projects.

A very long time ago, I'm thinking at least 5 years, Kim taught her first class and I was there. It was the cutest Halloween banner I have ever seen. Not only was the project to die for cute but the way she presented everything was just like you were getting the best birthday present ever! She was such a doll we all begged her to create more and I was thrilled to make a Christmas banner with her. Every year for each of the holidays I can't wait to pull those out and put them on my mantel. They make me so happy. And so does being around Kim. She's just a delight. She is working on a darling project for the event and all I can tell you is it involves felt. YUM!

You have probably seen some of Suzy's work every time you've opened a Creating Keepsakes magazine. She is a Hall of Famer. She can take an ordinary product and make it an extraordinary project. She's incredibly talented. She's super funny. You will be soooooo happy to make a little project from her. I wanted to tell you about my favorite project from her but I just realized I have 3! Seriously, I don't think I can narrow them down. Pretty much everything I've ever seen her do I love! Shh, don't tell her but my first favorite project I did of hers still has no pictures. It's just so cute that I'm waiting to go on a better vacation and take better pictures so I can do the book justice. But that's our little secret. I proudly display the other two beautiful books.

Reflections is going to be THE event to remember. The amount of talent we have coming to this event is just making me giddy!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Event Schedule Highlights

For those of you who want to get a better idea of how things are coming together… Here’s an overview of what you can expect:

. Thursday, April 30th

{ 7 pm – 12 am }

Getting Ready Crop – Sit and get ahead start on the upcoming days, by painting chipboard, detail cutting, sanding, inking and whatever will help up stay one step ahead of all the fun.

. Friday, May 1st

{ 9 am – 5 pm }

Classes Start

{ 7 pm – 10 pm }

Isle Carnival  – An evening filled with premier vendors showcasing an eclectic array of wares plus a multitude of Make ‘n’ Takes by some of the industry’s top designers.

{ 9 pm – 12 am }


. Saturday, May 2nd

{ 8 am – 5 pm }


{ 7 pm – 9 pm }

Special Event  – Join us for a very special treat, planned for all of our attendees.

{ 9 pm – 12 am }


. Sunday, May 3rd

{ 8 am - 3 pm }

Last Day of Classes

Monday, February 9, 2009

Two Talented Designers

All the preparations have begun! Teachers are busy creating their one of a kind projects with new CHA releases and we continue to come up with idea after idea to make this event as special as can be. One of the funnest things that we can think of is doing make and takes. Don't you just love walking around, chatting, creating, and coming home with lots of projects? Especially when they are really creative projects. So we thought we'd let you in on a couple of the talented people teaching them.

Stephanie Ackerman, Ms. Homegrown Hospitality herself will be designing and teaching a make and take. Remember how cute all those ideas in her magazine were? She is someone who creates every day and is coming up with something just for us. And who knows, maybe she'll even bring some of those world famous chocolate chip cookies.

And the next make and taker is the FUN, vibrant, creative Suezi Gurzi. Suezi is the educational director for Me and My Big Ideas. When she makes a make and take, she REALLY makes a make and take. Her personality is BIG and so are PROJECTS.

We are so excited to have both of these women at our event. Keep checking back and we will be announcing some of the other designers. We have 8 more spots to announce!
Posted by Picasa

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Vendor Fair and Make N Take Night

Okay, you know the teachers and you know the location, now it’s time for some more fun information. It’s the Vendor Fair and Make N Take night!

Spaces are filling up quickly so we figured it was time to announce the, Vendor Fair evening. On Friday, May 1st we will be hosting a Vendor Fair and Make N Take night. The event will be held across from the Newport Beach, Back Bay in the Hyatt's beautiful Pavilion Ballroom. It will be an evening full of shopping and creating. During the Vendor Fair there will be a host of phenomenal Make N Takes taking place, using some of your favorite manufactures and lots of great designers.

We are so excited about this evening, it is going to be so much fun! With activities taking place both inside and outside you will be able to shop and peruse all the amazing vendors and then head back inside to create more Make N Takes! It’s the perfect way to mingle with everyone while so many fun activities are taking place all around you.

Don’t worry – There are other surprises in store for you during the Vendor Fair, but it wouldn’t be any fun if you gave all the secrets away!

If you are interested in being a part of the Vendor Fair please contact us at, q& It's the perfect opportunity to showcase your wares to a captive audience!