Wednesday, October 1, 2014

THANK YOU... the end of Inspiration Unlimited

I am in Hudson, Ohio for a quick one day trip here with JoAnn. I wanted to share about IU.  This past weekend was the Vegas event. It was a growing experience for me in more ways than one. I always feel we are daily given opportunities to show our strength, our heart, our kindness and just grow from each experience. This past weekend was the last... the end of INSPIRATION UNLIMITED. It was and is sad that after all these years, there will be no more IU. I did not know that  it would be the last year or I would have announced it.

 As many of you know that with business and life changes... things happen. I want to thank Ginger Nelson and support her in all that she is doing and her online store and crops Down to Details. I wish her the greatest success because she deserves it. I met her years ago at an event and I will truly miss her. She was the over the top fun event coordinator. It is sad for me, but I respect her decision. I only wish I had known so I could have publicly given her a HUGE fan fair and announced properly that IU was no longer going to happen again to everyone.  IU was "Ginger & I" and without us as a team, I knew IU would not be the same. 

I wanted to thank the amazing teachers that came this year to the event. I am fortunate to call many of them dear and close friends. I look up and hope to get know the others the same way. Thank you Jodi Sanford, Heidi Swapp, Kelli Collins, and Paula Cheney. Such a honor to have you at the event. There were pre- IU workshops taught by Vicki Boutin, Layle Koncar, Robin Huber, Kimber McGray, Joey Otlo that was a huge success. 

YOU are GOLD... each of you are sharing so much. THANK YOU! This is a song that speaks to me about BEING GOLD!!!



I  had talked to my partners and they overwhelmed me with offers to support any events that I do. It made me so happy to give back to those that came this year to IU. Every person at the event got a TC white tote bag with "Teresa's Favorite Things" gifts- new TC Fiskars PINK/WHITE stripped scissors and TC Fiskars mini star punch and more!  TC WRMK GOLD foil HEART 4x4  instagram album and instagram 4x4 card kit, Xyron gave everyone their PURPLE sticker maker, and I was able to get two CAMEO machines from Siloquette, Craftwell donated two TC cut n boss machines, American Crafts was so generous  WRMK with my albums, and  CANON gave away selphy printers and Canon printers Canon Pixma iP8720 and the white office ones too. We had so many sponsors that night and for the event. 

 Canon sent Janis to come print out the photos we did from our photo booth. I worked hard to buy a lot of FUN "PHOTO PROPS" and Taylor designed the booth background. Janis printed out so many photos for everyone. It was so touching to see people win so many prizes that night. MONA was in the first winner and her screams got EVERYONE excited. Janet won the "boo"... the CAMEO. It's her new boyfriend CAM. Many had tears of gratitude in their eyes. THIS is why I do what I do. The event was supported with my corporate sponsors but the feelings and event was still heartfelt and will always remain so. I would never have it any other way. The message this year was GOLD. Every single person that came is worth more than GOLD. We need to remember our GREAT worth and to me I want any event I do to be MORE than just paper.



JUST SOME OF THE PRIZES FROM TERESA'S FAVORITE THINGS FRIDAY NIGHT. YES, THIS WILL HAPPEN AT TC VEGAS 2015. THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS. WE HAD OVER 1,500 PRIZES THIS WEEKEND. FISKARS ALONE GAVE AWAY 700 PRIZES. 



WINNING THE PIXMA PRINTER...IP8720 WAS VERONICA... THIS IS SO HAPPY and recently lost her husband expectantly. She came and this is JUST what she needed. I love you Veronica. I am thankful YOU are BRAVE and came... you are GOLD!!!!




Going into next year, the event will certainly change without having Ginger. My event will be the Teresa Collins Vegas event going forward. I am fortunate to have some amazing things happening and growth with my business. My events are a way for me to educate, hopefully inspire and share my creative passion and spirit for LIFE. Life is to celebrated. Life is to CAPTURED. I will continue with the Vegas event much like any other TC event that I am doing.  With the support from the companies I have partnered with, I only see brighter things happening in the future. 

*if you were on the IU wait list for attending- I will honor the number and placement you are on for the TC Vegas event if you wish. If you wish to be off the list, this is not a problem at all and we will delete any requests to do so. If you are on the list, you will get an email to acknowledge and reply that you want to remain on the wait list or be deleted. I have decided to continue with fabulous teachers and guests coming and pre-event workshops. This event will no longer be called Inspiration Unlimited. 

 I have listened to your feedback from those of you who come to the IU event.  I will offer pre-event workshops that you have asked for and more. Expect photography workshops, Siloquette, Cricut explorer, and crafting workshops. The teachers for the workshops are excited and I even have another "surprise teacher" that was previously not announced. Later this week you will hear more about the TC Vegas Event 2015.  Please address any questions or concerns or sign up to- events@teresacollinsstudio.com

The Teresa Collins Vegas Event 2015
Green Valley Resort & Spa - Henderson, NV
September 24-26th 2015

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Friday, September 26, 2014

My EVENT starts TODAY!!!!


TODAY... in two hours is day one of my VEGAS event. We have a huge ZEALOUS passionate group of ladies here this year. I am showing you a little peek of the BIG TC album that EACH of the 300 attendees will get today. My workshop is this entire album... I designed these for We R Memory Keepers. They are my gold clear cabana stripped 8.5x11 albums with gold book label. This is my card set and I'm showing how DOCUMENTING your life can be EASY and beautiful. It's just a matter of doing it and TAKE MORE PHOTOS!!!! 







I am actually showing you a few of the INSIDE images of my album. Everyone at the event
get's their OWN set of photos with 
EACH page. 

This workshop is only THREE HOURS
so they can not stress and even do it
ALL later if needed. 

SO today and tonight is all about being CREATIVE, and 
enjoying the process. I hope to inspire everyone today
to JUST realize that THEY MATTER,
THEIR LIFE MATTERS...
and DOCUMENTING through
WORDS, PHOTOS and telling their story
MATTERS.

HAPPY FRIDAY!!!!!






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Thursday, September 25, 2014

JOIN me in Nevada!!!!

I found out yesterday that I am doing a store appearance here at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. You are all invited!!!!! It's only 3 miles away from my event here so I was thrilled to do this. The store appearance today is from 1:00- 2:00 pm in Henderson Nevada. Join me and see my brand new products at 651 Marks Street today. I would love to see all of you!!!!!


I love this event so much each year here in Vegas. I know the girls here and they have surrounded me with so many hugs. 

I drove down with my daughter Taylor and TC. We sang, we laughed, we cried and we bonded. We talked about our husbands and how blessed we each feel. TC even videotaped our singing adventures. I was crying so hard at one point from a song that I was doing the "ugly" cry. I looked so bad that we then laughed hysterically. GOOD TIMES!!!!!


NOTE: In love with my GOLD tree necklace and the black leather hat that I bought in New York City (street vendor).


This is the view from my hotel room. Yes, it's just like pure relaxation and the perfect place to host an event. Many girls bring their husband and we bond. To me this is more than just crafting... it is an experience.

Last night, I had dinner with all these friends. Sorry Shannon, Mona and Hollywood were late. We even got the private room at PF CHANGS. We stayed for hours talking and bonding. It's important to me to be with everyone. I am blessed that they come back year after year. Always humbled that they want to spend time with me.

Bridget and the team are on the way NOW with a loaded van and another car with this trailer being pulled.

BRAND NEW Teresa Collins will be here today. For the first time Studio Gold will be HERE!!!!! I can't wait for everyone to
see my gift wrap, notecards, stationery, journals and all the yumminess. It's like debuting my baby...


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

VEGAS... on the way

I am in the car... yes, backseat with my daughter Taylor driving us to my event in Nevada.  It's a GREAT event with the most beautiful passionate women who come. It's so much work but I put my heart into it. I am going on no sleep. I guess you could say this is my normal now. 

As a business owner, wife, and mother I am always trying to juggle and balance my priorities. My family is and will always be my heart, my driving force and the reason behind all that I do. That is why it was vital that I hired more employees to handle the growth in my business. It is always a challenge with me being so hands on and passionate about everything. I know that going on four hours of sleep each night is catching up to me. I am going through such a huge trial right now that is so deeply personal that I cannot and will not share outside my family. Through the many daily tears... I just KEEP GOING. I look for the good even though the storm of the magnitude of a tsunami knocks me down... setbacks... What can I say other than that I feel heartbroken and each day right now is FOCUSED on my family and not letting my heartbreak change me as a person. I have to keep going and as Dr Phil said, "Look where you're going, NOT where you've been." What I ultimately want is a a life surrounded by my family, true friends and doing what I love MOST. I just am so super sad that in KEEPING GOING I have to FACE some tough issues alone. My husband is beyond worried, sad and just feels helpless. So I go on... I go on... just being grateful that no matter what I have the HOPE and FAITH that I will have Ty back healthy again and I won't be alone as I face this journey.

I have learned that LIFE can change in moment. A new normal can and does happen. I never in a million years thought my husband would be homebound, in bed almost all day, getting transfusions twice a day and dealing with not only cancer but a severe reaction to the drugs they gave him to save him life. Right now, we are dealing with the fact that the anti rejection drugs are not working. I haven't wanted to post this but RIGHT now... he is BATTLING like nothing else. He can only keep his spirits high and keep doing whatever the specialists recommend. He is so prone to an infection that he is literally 1,000% away from all people other then me and the boys. No one else is even coming into our house. My friend came to visit me and she stayed with my children. We can't take any risks. Through it all Tyler has NEVER once complained to me. 

Ty is my cheerleader and only praises me and thanks me daily for working so hard to provide for our family, run our errands, do all the grocery shopping, etc. and remember to "endure it well."  


This is exactly how I feel about my husband... he is my world. It is by Taio Cruz. 

The song is Telling the WORLD... 
about the LOVE that I live for and the one who deserves it, 
it is because of you TYLER that I get going... EVERY part of my heart... I love you best friend!!!!!! 

He's the ONE... He's the ONE... because of Tyler I keep going with faith, love and gratitude for my husband and family.

*so did not expect to post any of this today. Just followed my heart and let the words flow.


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Monday, September 22, 2014

PICTURE PERFECT- Wedding weekend





Introducing Mr & Mrs Travis Card


 On Friday, my oldest daughter married Travis. She was a beautiful bride. She was the most calm bride I had ever seen. It was a small ceremony with only family followed by a reception at her father's home. It was just a huge celebration of love. The atmosphere was calm, very laid back and relaxed and we even had WAFFLE LOVE come. 


I am going to do a VERY photo heavy post today. I am full of happiness for the best weekend with my family.
My sweet daughter got married.
My heart was happy but sad for those who could not be with us.

PHOTOS countless photos were taken to help make them feel a part of the celebration.
The reception was gorgeous and the lights adorned the backyard and pool. 
Taylor was beaming.
She had done so MUCH work and was prepared. (so Taylor)
She had created her own DIY Photo Booth backdrop for photos with my new Studio Gold wrapping paper. It is GOLD glitter and she cut all the circles by hand. Then we attached to white paper and VOILA instant photo background. It was so beautiful and so simple.

I loved that everyone that could came to the wedding.
Matt and Kayla came from Huntington Beach, CA. I adore their sweet family. I love the grand babies. I had had surgery and was feeling AMAZING after the first day. So I treated them to lunch at my FAVORITE pizza place in Utah. Pizzeria Limonde (114th South).
We went to Thanksgiving Point- The Museum of Natural Curiosity on Saturday. You have to go there. I loved that Zach
and Ty loved it too. They loved playing with the kids. They adore the "babies" and are the best uncles.


I was taking photos and making personal videos ALL weekend for my husband, McKay and Seth. I posted them on instagram, Facebook... and made special private videos for my sweet husband. 
NOTE: When I'm out and about
my small Canon camera is (ALWAYS) in my purse. It's too hard to chase and hold kids with a big camera.
 


Trust me your kids will THANK YOU one day for taking photos with them. Zach actually loves photos with me because
he'll tell you that I'm his best friend (well, minus the "girl" he is so "in like" with)... more on this later.
 


We were constantly going to the the craft store for all the DIY projects that Taylor and I did for the reception. I went to Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts I think FIVE times in two days.  It's the mega craft HEAVEN. I am telling you that they probably think I am the "stalker" girl. I really was buying stuff. ha!  I was buying chipboard letters, adhesive, ribbon, fabric. Do you love my GOLD trimmer? It's now available. It's so cool to see people at my section. I loved seeing these two cuties at my section in the Draper store. Most stores are set or are close to being set. I loved seeing their reaction to my products and we even posted on instagram on the spot. They have the NEW Hello My Name is too.

This is my friend TC (yes, same initials) who came all the way from Alabama to be here for the wedding and my event this week. She does not have a Jo-Ann close by and so she kept buying all the punches and new HELLO MY NAME IS. I know she blew the "budget" set by her husband. I loved her reaction to my big &. She had no idea it was so big.

Now, I am going to post photos from Friday... WEDDING DAY no particular order. Just know these were taken to CAPTURE memories and the professional photographer will have the beautiful edited ones. I have the ones that were simply "telling a story" that I don't want to forget. It soon got dark and my photo time was over. I hope she got some good ones.


This is Travis Card. He has an AMAZING family. He is one of 9- yes, 9 children. Yes, his mom Terri was the SWEETEST lady. I can't wait to get to know her. She lives a little far from me, so we just met for the first time.  I have a feeling she has a lot of patience.


I would have to say this is my favorite PHOTO of the day because it was candid and I had no idea it was being taken. I am not even sure what was being said. It's just my sweet daughter on her wedding day. I love her! 


Taylor and Travis had the MOST fun and relaxing day. Everyone was taking photos and having fun. FUN was on the agenda. Here is TC and I. Note: my son Ty is the photobomb. LOVE him!  


There was a big movie screen in the back yard going with a movie for the kids. So POPCORN had to be available. I love it! 


She picked out the most beautiful WHITE bouquet and dress. It was actually a top and a skirt. Taylor was stunning. I am so happy for her.  


This was WEIRD. It was the first time when I felt "the loss" to not have McKay in a photo. I am with my two daughters here and yet, it's not complete. I have three beautiful girls and McKay was deeply missed. McKay we love you so much.  (yes, she will get this blog post sent to her)

Now, this is where it get's crazy. Taylor and I printed so many photos. Yes, the courtship was documented. We were still printing on the day of the wedding. This is their courtship documented in photos.


Please note: the photos were amazing in that they were REAL LIFE. These are Travis and Taylor memories. Due to the sun, the photos here look weird but they were stunning. The best quality can be printed right at home and makes it so fast and on the spot.

They had a video going the entire time which I loved too!
 


The photographer who came was a CANON girl too.
(printed with CanonPIXMA iP8720)
 
More photos....



I loved this photo of the newlyweds. 


REAL... candid photos are the best. Sorry Taylor!


Our boys... Ty, Matt and Zach. We missed our Seth since
he is also serving a mission in Arizona right now. 
Everyone was commenting on how much Zach and Matt look alike. They must have gotten their dads strong genes. Crazy huh?
PS the boys ADORE each other.


My boys and Kenadee. Yes, Zach is dating this wonderful young lady. I love watching him. She is the cutest girl and actually is so much like our McKay. (well, not as crazy- ha!) 


Taylor made the most beautiful pool floaters. They were white with gold accents and they put lights in the pool. It was so stunning and elegant. 


I love Taylor with Jaxon. She will be a great "second mom" to him. He adores her. I have no doubts that she will only influence him and love him in such a positive way. 


Well, she is my daughter. ha ha...
So many photos were framed and EVERYWHERE-
along with my Studio Gold TC gold sequins...
 

Candid moment: Taylor with Jaxon. I love this photo.

Now, I am biased my heart MELTS for these two-


Zellie and Maxson 


She will tell you. I am 2 1/2 and my favorite princess is Ariel and then name EVERY princess from Disney. She loves to be held and I miss her like crazy. I know she's at the age where she would spend the night at Papa's house now... she asked me, "Why is Papa still sick?" They really wanted to see him.  


This is Maxson. BEST four year old EVER- seriously the easiest and sweetest boy. He is kind and silly... loves Teenage Mutant Ninja turtles and is going to be an architect someday (well, he loves to build things).


Zach, Travis and Travis. I am so thankful they found each other. 

Not sure what Devan is doing here... but I had to show Tenneson. Best baby ever. He just is so sweet and let's anyone love him and hold him. Gentry was not wanting to let him go.


PHOTO BOOTH time.....  


Gentry and Kayla 


Matt and Kayla...
Oh, and I had WAFFLE LOVE come to the reception. 
BEST plan ever. They made the best waffles for everyone. 
Then you put nutella or strawberries with cream on top... you decide. MAJOR hit!!!


Zellie loved the strawberries.


PS... Zach dressed himself today. His sisters razzed him for being in all black. ha! Kenadee wore a dress like Gentry's- cute!


I have another grandson. I think he is adorable. He already gives me hugs and affection. This ten year old is special. I know he can count on me to love him just like the other grand babies.


It soon became dark. Many of our closest friends came. So many people asked about Ty and the kids on mission. We felt so much love. This is McKays best friends. Josilyn and Taylor Ann and more came. Gentry's best friends came. We had the most amazing small wedding and it was PERFECT!!!!! I love every single memory and photo. I will cherish this time and this weekend. 

Now, I am preparing for the BIG event. Yes, I leave on Wednesday for my event in Vegas. I am barely sleeping. It's a HUGE undertaking to have 300 people at an event. This year is BIGGEST year EVER. I have went a "little" overboard. If you are in the area, there is a store on site- Down to Details. You can find everything and my BRAND NEW products too. Yes, I am bringing STUDIO GOLD. Trust me... you will want to stop by even if you were not able to get into the event.

HAPPY MONDAY!!!
I also have a new show today on www.mycraftchannel.com.


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