Monday, March 17, 2008

CKU...Where do I start?

I guess I will start with this gal, Ali Edwards. I just can't say how lucky I am to call her a friend. CKU is the one time a year Nik and I get to catch up with her and help her out in the process. I am constantly amazed at her talent and creativity and this year's album, Evolution was no exception. My most favorite part of the weekend is to go around to each table and chitty chat with the students, look at their pictures and see their interpretation of the album. We saw so many great pics, especially older, vintage ones. And as always, a tear or two is shed. Love that!
This is Paolo, Ali's friend from high school. Even though I felt like I knew him from Ali's blog, it was my first time meeting him in real life. I felt like he was a long lost friend. You know, the one you don't see often but every time you do you pick right back up from where you left off? He was supposed to be one of Ali's TA's but ended up being the official photographer for the weekend. He did such a great job with the commencement slide show. His pics were hilarious and I loved his perspective. And let me tell you, he has mad navigation skills. They came in handy at 12:30am on Wednesday night! Thanks Paolo.

This pic is for Stacey at All Moments Remembered. She loves Tim Holtz and didn't get the chance to meet him at CHA-W. Enjoy Stacey!

We also got the chance to meet some Studio Calico friends. This is Emily and Barb. They are crazy funny and made me laugh a lot.


This is Tonya who is just a total sweetheart. Wished she lived closer so we could get together more often. Wanna move to Ohio Tonya? For some reason, blogger won't let me post another pic I have of Stephanie, another SC friend. She and her mom were in Ali's track on Friday and they are dolls. Also in the track were Ann, Erin, Helen, Malika and Elizabeth all SC gals. I so enjoyed getting to meet everyone and hope I haven't left anyone out.
Gotta give a special hello to Annette, Whitney and Laura! Annette and Whitney were in Ali's class last year and remembered Nicole and I. Laura is a new friend who is an honorary employee at Windy City Scrapbooking. We all went out to dinner Saturday night and let me tell you, we had a blast. I never laughed so hard! I don't think Uncle Julio's Restaurant will ever be the same.
The only sad thing is that the weekend goes by so fast. It's back to reality for me this Monday morning!




25 comments:

Heather said...

Awesome!!! Looks like you had a blast!!

Anonymous said...

Ohh I am so glad you guys had a great time. Also glad you back home.

Erika

Laura Gedeon said...

Wish you were still here in Chi-town! It was wonderful meeting you and I had a blast Sat night. Have a great week!!

Laura

erin m said...

Hi Jenn,
Just wanted to let you know how great it was getting to know you at CKU!
Glad to hear you guys got home safely.
Hugs,
Erin

Debbie said...

Glad you had fun!!! Great pictures Jenn!

Elizabeth said...

Aww..looks like you had such a great time!! Thanks for sharing your pics!!

Nicole P said...

Great photos! Looks like you had an excellent time!

em said...

Yay! So good to meet you!!! :)

Rachel said...

Oh my gosh! It looks like you had a great time! I would love to attend a CKU at some point. Thanks for sharing all your fun pics :)

paolo said...

Jenn-

So nice to meet you! I'm sad I didn't get to spend more time with you guys in the classes....

that photo of you, Nicole, and I is awesome! Thanks for posting it.

will you send me an email with both yours and Nicole's email addresses? I'd like to email something to you!

hope to see you again!

:)
P

Stacy said...

Looks like you had a great time. So much amazing talent and well known artist in one place~~ pure excitement!!

Anonymous said...

There could not have been a better way to end CKU than to have dinner with you and the gals on Saturday! So great to see you and I hope spring makes it to Ohio soon!

whit

Nicole said...

listen here girlfriend...had an absolute BLAST with you and the crew these last few days. it's funny how SO MUCH can get packed into such a short span of time, yet you come away with so many new friends.

and as for Saturday night, Gilberto was totally digging my love of the Latinos.

even if he said he loves Italians.

xoxo =)

All moments remembered said...

WOW what an incredible time!!! Thanks Jenn for getting that picture for me!!! I know while he had his arm around you he was really thinking of ME!! LOL!!!! Man alive he is hot!!! How amazing to hang out with Ali and all the rest of those way cool people. I just love this industry and the people in it!!!

Tania said...

Sounds like a blast! Great post and absolutley THE best pic of you and Tim! Well done! I bet he has scrappers lining up for photographic opportunities... tell him next time you see him to come to Australia!

Linda said...

I am so happy you had such a great time, love those pics.

Linda said...

I am so happy you had such a great time, love those pics.

Jen said...

Looks like you had sooo much fun!!! Love the pictures!!! Welcome back. :)

joscelyne cutchens said...

that looks so awesome!

Anonymous said...

So glad you had a good time and wish I was there!!! How great is that making friends everywhere you go? Love the pics.
Theresa V
Michigan CKU friend

Josie said...

It was so nice to meet you! You and Nicole were very entertaining!!
Hope we can meet up again sometime and actually scrap...who are we kidding its more fun to hang out!

Anonymous said...

Oooohhhhh you all are too much fun! I heard someone say you reminded them of Penn and Teller, only you talk a lot...lol! Can't wait to see you all again next year!

Emily

ricanlaw said...

Ah, I was waiting to see this and you didn't disappoint. Awesome pictures. So happy you had a great time.

Fink said...

Looks like you had a good time!

Anonymous said...

Jenn- I wish I could go back and do the weekend again!! But this time Whit and I would have somehow squeezed in the Taurus with you, Ali, Paolo, Jessica and Nicole on Wednesday night. I think we should consider meeting in one location central to Chicago, Springfield and Ohio sometime within the next year just for the laughs-- and maybe scrapbooking, too.

Annette J