Last weekend my mom and I flew to Milwaukee for the first ever She Loves Color event. What an amazing and inspiring weekend! The event consisted of 6 classes from industry professionals over two days and a bonus Designer Day offering a la cart classes the day before the official event. The weekend was jam-packed and we were exhausted by the end, but in such a good way. We learned so much, made great friends and even squeezed in a bit of exploring.
We took the red-eye Wednesday night, landed around 7:30 the next morning and went straight from the airport to our first class.
Our first class was a color-blocking layout class from Jill Yegerlehner the Owner and Creative Director of Jillibean Soup. We missed a chunk of this class because of our flight, but Jill was so sweet and did her best to help us catch up. The layouts were very cute and I should be able to finish them up at home.
We took the faithful planner girl workshop from Cori Spieker, the Reset Girl. A few times I found myself just listening to Cori talk instead of working on my own project because she was so inspiring. I love her message that it is never too late to reset your life. I sort of feel like I got to do a reset when I became a stay at home mom and I am now working towards creating the life I want.
Our third class of the day was the Bible Stations class with Shanna Noel from Illustrated Faith, where we learned techniques using ink, gelatos, watercolors, acrylic paints, markers and more. This class was so fun and I learned so many new techniques. Shanna was very sweet and helped me to let go and have fun playing around with all the cool products. I even bought a set of acrylic paints so hopefully I will be brave and play around with them at home.
To kick off the actual event, Stacy Julian, a scrapbook industry pioneer and founder of Big Picture Classes, spoke all about color at the opening ceremony. She talked about how color effects moods and how we shouldn’t follow rules regarding color because color is something you should feel. She informed us that life is too short for beige and encouraged us to live colorfully. 🙂 Stacy had the most amazing energy and her key-note speech was a huge success.
We started off Day 1 with Stephanie Smokovich’s class. Stephanie is the Owner and Creative Director of Bella Blvd as well as the one responsible for making this whole event happen. I am so impressed that she hosted the event and taught three full days of classes while pregnant and still had a smile on her face and positive attitude the entire weekend. I admire her and the company she has built so much! I am definitely a Bella Blvd. Superfan and I can’t wait to show you this project once I finish it. It is oh so cute and a pretty genius idea too!
Next we took class with Amy Tan, an award-winning designer and Creative Director of Amy Tangerine. Amy posted the most beautiful quote on her instagram last week, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself” that I feel really sums up my blog and my mission. I am taking little bits of inspiration from all around me and creating a better version of myself. I just had to tell Amy how inspiring the quote was and how it came at just the right time. She was so sweet and playing with watercolors in her class was so fun. My kids watercolor all the time, but I enjoyed it so much that I think I might start joining them.
To end the first day, we got the most gorgeous traveler notebook planner from Webster’s Pages and we made a traveler’s notebook. The class was taught by Laura Graff, Creative Director at Weber’s Pages.
That night we did a bunch of really cute make and takes at the Local Bazar. While we were there, Amy told me she wanted to create a quote for me. I got to design the background and pick the quote, then Amy did her magic using the new ipad lettering on her iPad Pro. Isn’t that so cool?!
We started day 2, with a class from our keynote speaker, Stacy Julian. Here is the quote she shared in her class, “Feeling at home with ourselves and being able to create a spirit of place that nourishes us physically, emotionally and spiritually is a goal worthy of our highest priority.” Isn’t that beautiful?! Stacy’s class was so fun, she is a really cool person and just uplifting to me around.
Then we took the second part of Stephanie Smokovichs’ class. We will have a full album of 12×12 pages when it is done, which is really exciting!
Our last class was with Cynthea Sandoval, Owner and Creative Director of Doodlebug Design. We made a very cute, tropical book. This will be perfect for a Hawaii trip!
All of the classes were amazing and the projects were all different and fabulous, but I think the coolest part of the event is really getting to know the teachers. The event felt so intimate and the teachers were all so friendly and down to earth. These women are at the top of their industry so getting to know them and see how kind they all are was in my opinion, the best part.
We also got amazing swag bags, tons of prizes and incredible gifts from sponsors. One of the really unique and special things about this event was that each teacher designed something exclusively for the event. One of the event sponsors, Clique Kits also created custom flair and cards so we ended up with tons of products we can use to scrapbook the event. Receiving all those goodies was icing on the cake! Here are a few of the items designed exclusively for the event:
Throughout the event, you could earn balls for every $15 spent (I won’t tell you how many I had in there, but it was a lot. hehe) and then they gave hundreds of awesome prizes away the final night. I won a gorgeous lavender webster’s pages craftmate folio, a handmade travel journal from Shanna Noel of Illustrated Faith and a $50 gift card to Scrapbook.com!! For someone who had A LOT of luggage to get home the gift card was the perfect gift!! I can’t wait to use it!
We also made tons of new friends and enjoyed a little bit of the beauty of fall in Milwaukee, which was pretty exciting for this California gal. I loved all the colorful trees and crisp air. I am already looking forward to next year and want to try to stay an extra day so I can really see the city.
The weekend was incredible and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in paper crafting. If you are interested and would like more information you should follow shelovescolor on instagram and check out this post on the Bella Blvd site.
*I created these little gifts for my table mates and figured I would offer them here as a free printable. I hope you enjoy them.*