As I am writing this, I feel like falling asleep. The Jet lag always gets the better out of me. And I tell you, it doesn’t help, that Dexter is perfectly asleep and looks oh so cute and relaxed hee
But I wanted to share with you, how my very first live Workshop at the CAR4 event was! It really was an experience – and a really good one I would like to add
My Mom and I (yes, she came as my assistant ) arrived Friday afternoon. As this was my very first workshop, Barbara encouraged me to go and ask the cute Shimelle for a few tips and tricks about teaching. I was nervous to meet her. After all she’s a star in the scrap empire
She was amazing, answering me questions and telling me over and over again, that the girls there were just so sweet and nice. As I would later find out, she hadn’t exaggerated a little bit!
While I was in Shimelle’s Crash Course my Mom started to prepare the paper. We had to cut about a gazillion sheets into half, which took us about 2 hours straight Then we started to pack our kits. That was fun! There’s nothing better than the smell of Crate Paper Patterned Paper……. (yes, Crate was the main Sponsor – HUUUUUGE THANKS TO THE CP PEOPLE )
Then the night came and we were supposed to sleep. I couldn’t. I was so nervous I would have bet that I would be dead the next morning. My heart was racing for hours and hours and I was wondering how much longer it could stand the hard pumping.
My hands were sweating, my knees soft as butter and my voice shaky as I started my class. 40 pairs of eyes were looking at me, full of anticipation. I was surprised about that. I had secretly thought that there must have been at least a few girls that would give me a really hard time, but that wasn’t the case! Not at all! Everyone was super nice, some ladies were even helping me out with particular German words when I would forget one! And then they started to scrap!
I had planed a class with lots of free scrapbooking rather than step by step instructions since this was the main thing I wanted to share. To just do it. To think outside the box. To allow and live the sentence ‘Imperfect is Perfect’
They did the Glitter Splatters, had tons of Washi Tape to play with (THANKS TO MT TAPE!!!) and used up many sheets of Tissue Paper
If you weren’t there, you probably wouldn’t believe, that this huge room with 40 very chatty scrappy girls was dead quiet as they were working hard and with the most intense focus on their mini albums! It was a joy to just take that all in!
When the class was over every girl was beglittered Seriously, glitter was everywhere! From fingers to floors to faces to hair – it was everywhere! And I think that was something the girls actually liked To be ‘decorated’ with fairy dust heeee
Later that day I repeated the class for another room of 40 girls – still very nervous, but not close to as much as the first time
From this experience I learned something important. I have always very passionately hated to stand in front of people and give a speech. Truth: I still do The night and morning before the class I asked myself, why I had gotten myself into this scary misery… I didn’t have a real answer, but now, looking back it was the best thing for me! Sometimes you just need to jump over your own shadow to experience and be a part of something great! I bet, all the heroes that we hear stories of had to do the same thing. I bet they were scared at times, all those great knights and kings, soldiers, presidents and wild west sheriffs, but they jumped and did something beyond their wildest imaginations!
On that note I want to list our amazing sponsors and once again say a HUGE THANKS to each of them!! Without you I would not have been able to jump Thanks!!!
Also a HUGE THANKS to Barbara!! You impressed me with your calmness and how you handled the event! It was awesome to get to know you and thank you for taking the chances to have me teach a class
And last but definitely not least a big old cheers to the 80 brilliant attendees of the event You girls really rock and it was an honor to share with you in person Anytime again heee