Sunday, June 29, 2014

FLORIDA is AMAZING.... photos from the event

I love coming to SHE SCRAPBOOKS.
They welcome us with so much Southern hospitality.
I am just so fortunate to come back.
Stephanie and Yvonne are the sweetest.
They know how to do a GREAT event.
There was treats, pizza, and so much more.

This is Fran. I love most getting to met so many new people.
I love teaching and feel like I am the LUCKY one to get to know the girls (men)
who come to my workshops. 

We were working with my new GOLD dies, my embossing folders and two of my machines (TC eBosser/cut n boss).
All the machines SOLD OUT that they had. 

TWO of these SWEET girls flew here from NYC to be here. This is Grace,  Daryl, and Sarah. I really enjoyed talking to them. I appreciate that they came to the workshops.

I love teaching the ALL DAY TC/ AME ALBUM WORKSHOP.
I so enjoyed being with these girls the entire day. We had
the opportunity to talk, chat and just not stress as we
enjoyed the day creating.

They inspired me so much watching them create their
own albums. The photos they brought, always makes me FEEL apart of their life.
SHARING does BOND us. 

This is Stephanie  and Yvonne.
Stephanie owns the store and Yvonne is the store manager.
I have known them for years and I feel like we are truly friends.
Yvonne is also on my design team.

I love spray painting so we do this outside. Lots of Krylon GOLD spray paint was going on. So many girls get "hooked." Dana was enjoying it I think too. Isn't she cute?

This is some of the girls from the Saturday workshop.
each of these girls.

They were busy creating all day. 

I truly believe that people come into your life for a reason.  Dyann has NO idea how much she helped me yesterday. She shared from the heart a very personal story of the loss of her son from cancer with me. It was truly inspiring to me to hear how she views life and her faith. We were truly connected. I had to
try so hard not to cry. I held the tears back as she
shared her own journey. 

This is Fran and Debbie.
I loved both of them.
Debbie is so similar to me with her children.
When I met her I felt an instant connection.
I think God gives us these opportunities to bond and get strength from one another. 

This is beautiful Brie.
I am always THANKFUL for the
"younger" girls who take my workshops
and feel inspired. It's so important to me.
I think we need to get the younger generation
crafting. I love her!

They were all so busy all day and this workshop is more "free" style. They really seemed to enjoy all the various hands on techniques. I love this part.  

I get out my punches, dies, embossing folders, and let everyone PLAY and CREATE. I like to teach how to use your products in different ways.  

Tyler and HUNTER  were fishing, chasing gators, catching lizards, and more fishing yesterday with Yvonne's husband, Ken.
The boys are in LOVE with him. They had
a boy's day and did not miss me one bit.

Stephanie had us stay at her LAKE HOUSE. I took the photo of the gifts I gave them on her sun deck. I wanted to thank them so I gave them each a journal and spray painted their names initials in GOLD for them. I made the bows and flowers with the TC cut n' boss machine. I hope they love them!!!!!

I have officially found the NEATEST...
she says she is OCD... neat freak when she creates.
I had to take a photo of BRIE as she took the class.

This was her space.
I love her. I wish I could be so neat.

THANK YOU SHE SCRAPBOOKS for having me and for the HUGE love and inspiration I have felt. I had the best weekend and can't thank KEN enough for making the boys not want to go back to Utah with me tomorrow morning.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

I am having the best time here at SHE SCRAPBOOKS in THE VILLAGES Florida.
I am going to share some photo from last nights workshop.

We have girls from all over. Girls flew from NYC, drove 4 and 5 hours and MORE to be here.
I even have girls that went on the last cruise with me. CLAIRE is here....
She called into HSN the last time I was on air. I love seeing her and Bob.
I love seeing all of them.
I am so blessed. 
I will be posting more later.
Today is a ALL DAY workshop... with my ALBUMS and CARD SETS with WRMK.

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Thursday, June 26, 2014

HELLO FLORIDA... it's HOT here!!!!

I am having a WET and HOT (humid) time here in Orlando.
My son Ty seems to love the water rides. I got completely soaked on this ride. Head to toe... but so much fun!
This is really a GREAT time and we really are enjoying being together. Universal Studios- Islands of Adventure was so fun!!!
Favorite Ride: HULK, FEAR FALL and HARRY POTTER (DRAGON CHALLENGE)- wait to be in the front row. This was cool. PS... I  finally did the FEAR FALL. I think Ty thinks I am a "cool mom." Off for round 2- DAY 2...
PS it's really HOT here, but LOVING it!

I thought I would share my GOLD shiny foil FLIP BOOKS that were debuted in NYC.
They were a massive hit. I love that so many wedding and party planners wanted these by the hundreds.
They want them for wedding invitations, party announcements, sweet sixteen and more!
IMAGINE the possibilities.
STUDIO GOLD will be available and shipping within the next couple of months. 

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

ORLANDO on the horizon

I am in the air... on a plane headed to Orlando Florida.  I have my son Ty with me and his friend Hunter. They are both 15 and both just funny kids. Hunter is so cute. He is not used to flying and this is very new to him. He keeps thanking him for bringing him and saying WOW. He went to the side of the airport and put his face near the glass like a little kid. He was watching the airplanes. He kept telling me how excited he was. He just so appreciates that he is with us on our little vacation and trip to teach this weekend at SHE SCRAPBOOKS.  


The boys are so cute.
My son has his BYU Cougar pillow and is set with videos.
I got them a little surprise (treats) for the plane.
Hunter can't stop thanking me. He is full of gratitude.
To watch his excitement today humbled me.
It reminded me again... Don't take things for granted!

Honestly, I knew I needed this time with my youngest son. He needs to have normal things going on. We all do. I did not want to leave my husband. There is no way he is able physically come. They would never allow him to travel on a plane. Plus, he was going to be admitted to the hospital again but they postponed it until next week. Ty's counts are just too low and he is really starting to feel no energy and not feeling well. PS- this man NEVER complains. Seriously, he is my ROCK and inspiration.

We are staying at the Disney resort. I was amazed one day when I got the email confirming my Disney hotel stay prior to going to teach. I had not paid for a room or anything. I looked closely and saw that a dear sweet friend had arranged for the boys and I to say there for FREE. I cried and felt the kindness of my her thoughtfulness. The boys were elated. In a world with so much negative and horrible news ever present, we must remember the GOOD, the GREAT and the people who like my friend are out there. Thank you Lisa for
being so thoughtful. She even mailed us all the information to go to the parks and will answer my calls when I am lost. Yes, I am not good with direction. I love you and can't thank you
enough. I am blessed to know you and call you
a true friend. We are lucky if we have REAL friends in our
life journey. The older I get the more I realize that REAL
friends are hard to come by.  Cherish your friends and let them
know you love them!!!!

I wanted to share some more of my new products that you will see soon. Like you, I am patiently waiting for it to be in the house and shipping. I have heard from so many of you asking where you can find all of my new lines. Exciting, big things are happening and I can promise you- you will be able to find my products easier in the future. I am so thankful for GROWTH and people wanting to help me educate and market on a bigger level.

These are my gold foiled file folders. They are regular sizes for all your office, and organizational needs. They are affordable and you get two of each design for a total of six. (yes, under $10 retail). They are strong and thick. You know I don't like wimpy paper. No, only the best quality is going to work. Plus, I loved adding the word ARCHIVED. I wanted to include my handwriting to make them unique. You can see my sequins in the cork top jars. The sides of the sequins say SPARKLE in gold. Let's just say...
your home and office space is going to be beautiful.

I am redoing my office. I am documenting it from start to finish with video and photos. I want to show you how to DIY your space.
I hope you will watch as I transform my office space.


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Sunday, June 22, 2014


I want to share this beautiful song with you. My sweet friend sent it to me and it just spoke to me. I have been quite emotional the past few days just dealing with my feelings and concerns over my husband. I try so hard to be strong because I know he is consumed with worry about me and the boys. He feels helpless to help me with so many things that I have on my plate and I am doing the same for him. I know this is where FAITH comes in. THIS is what matters. I came to a really hard personal decision this past week. It will effect our family and our future. I knew sometimes we have to do things that are REALLY HARD. Sometimes we don't want to do it. I have come to this decision praying there was some other way. I want so hard for an easier way. I know that sometimes in order to grow we have to STRETCH beyond and do things that we are fearful of. I am going on complete blind faith as I venture and take a path that I have to for the benefit of my family. It will not come without many tears and sadness at having change occur. However, I do know that the promptings and God's answers tell me to JUST BELIEVE. So know that I am seeing so many blessings from the raindrops. I hope you enjoy this song. xoxo Teresa

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things
'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
All the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we have faith to believe
'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near
And what if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know that pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home
It's not our home
'Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You're near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the achings of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can't satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise 
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Friday, June 20, 2014


Okay... this week has been tough. I am so thankful it is FRIDAY.  I can't sleep with so many things racing through my mind. Last night... I embraced it and sat up in bed to work. I decided to just embrace that I'm on brain activity overload. I will catch up hopefully tonight. Anyway, I have learned lessons this week that have completely made me realize that change has to happen. I know that I have been praying and fasting so much lately that I will really feel what is right for me and my family. I needed to feel in my heart that I am doing what HE wants and knows I can and should do. It has taken months to face a huge lesson of faith regarding some things that have needed to change in order for me to grow. The past few weeks has been one in which I have been relying on prayer and fasting to find answers. I knew if I was patient the answers would come. The comfort would come. The direction would come. I am at peace. I told my close friend today that when prayers are answered you know it... you feel it. I told her that it felt like God has put a blanket around my heart and said "TRUST ME... daughter of mine, I have you. I will be here and it's all okay." I can't tell you how much I needed this. 

With so many great things on the horizon, I have seen God's hand in our life. Ty is really feeling the effects of his chemo treatments. My husband- the love of my life- is truly facing the battle of his life. Yesterday, he met with his bone marrow transplant oncologist. I don't want to share what was shared. Dr. Boyer does not sugar coat anything. He knows Ty as a doctor himself wants to know the truth and the facts. I'm not ready or want to hear anything negative. This is just my way of life. I do believe in MIRACLES. Just know that my husband is the STRONGEST, BRAVEST man that I have ever known. He is more worried about ME than himself.  Last night, as we talked about life and the future... all he could think about was me and our children. I'm crying as I share this. This man is GIANT. He is the reason I am where I am. He is my biggest fan. He needs to know that I will be able to take care of our family no matter what happens. He is preparing me to do this alone and I just can't accept it. My heart is shattered. I try so hard to be strong... but some days I feel WEAK... so tiny... so scared... so sad. I want you all to go hug and tell those you love HOW much you love them... HOW much they mean to you... DON'T let stupid fights and drama control your life. Cherish every single day.... I know I am. We are still fighting... every day... trust in miracles.

Okay... now let me share something that is all sparkly and fun. Have you seen my new paper chain banner kit that I debuted at the  NYC stationery show? Its not any paper chain kit you will find or have seen before. I designed it as a DIY banner kit and you get FORTY speciality treated gorgeous designed banner strips with of gold foil and gold glitter mixed with white. I did the designs in dots, cabana stripes too in foil. I searched and searched for speciality banner kits and since no one had them, I knew it was the time to design my own collection of them. YES, WATCH for many more. No worries that are going to be available soon . Wait til you see the other ones like this coming out! hint hint... cough cough... blush pink... Did I just share that?????? 

This photos of my mantle does not even do this beautiful paper chain justice. It's the perfect DIY kit to create yourself.
It comes with 40 stripes of adhesive and you simply
link them together.
I did thicker paper and they are all so beautiful with either foil or glitter.  I made this in less than ten minutes. Anyone can do this kit!
Yes,  you will be seeing these kits at all your favorite
paper, paper, and craft stores. I can't wait for you
to see it and create your own for your weddings, birthday parties,  and special celebrations. 
 Hope you have a wonderful FRIDAY!!!!!!!

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

UPDATE- Teresa Collins Brand of AME with WRMK

It looks like news travels fast. Yesterday, I had been asked to meet with Andrew (he is the President) with We R Memory Keepers. It's always great to meet when we both have such busy schedules. I did not know I was going to meet with the President of American Crafts, but this is because the deal was not public knowledge yet. I did not know anything about the family owned business being purchased. 

They informed me that American Crafts had purchased WRMK and it was going public that day. They wanted me to find out before it went public. I was not at all expecting this, so I probably was saying WOW a little too much. WRMK is a large family based company with amazing tools and albums. How many of you have bought and use the Cinch because of my workshops? I even have one in my kitchen drawer. 

I have been fortunate to design beautiful speciality albums and card sets with them. I was so proud of the designs and sizes that I designed and they reproduced for me.  Their expertise and magic mixed with the design have been selling out nonstop. I myself have had a had time getting them due to their popularity. 

Recently, I debuted STUDIO GOLD at the NYC Stationery Show. It was a BIG success. I love that WRMK let me go crazy with my imagination. The albums I wanted to do was different. I have the standard size, 8.5x11, 6x12 and 4x4. I told Andrew I knew this new smaller sizes would have great appeal. I remember them calling me and saying are you REALLY sure your customers will buy 8.5x11? Will they really buy 6x12? We had designed special sized exclusive page pockets together to debut them. I did a clear 4x4 album with a gold foil heart. I am so in love with the clear with the gold cabana stripe album in 8.5 x 11. It's my everyday binder. All my albums had the gold book plates and the attention to detail that I knew would be exclusive and different. I assured Mike and Tavnir with confidence that what I had designed and created was so new and fresh and that I was going for another memory keeping audience. They always believed in me and trusted my design details. Even when they were different. By the way all the Teresa Collins albums below are GOLD FOIL (shiny)
triangles, woodgrain, dots and cabana stripes and gold heart. The cards are the same in my sets. 

This is what I wrote on my Facebook page last night:

Today as many of you found out, I too found out that We R Memory Keepers has been purchased by American Crafts. Like many of you, I did not know about this huge development. At this current time, I wanted to acknowledge the many concerns, emails, texts and phone calls that have happened with this announcement. It is my understanding that Studio Gold and all of my previous albums and card sets with Albums Made Easy will still be available directly from WRMK. Many are sold out again, but efforts are being made to make sure that they will be back in stock soon. I am truly thankful for the success and excitement that my products have brought to the memory/photo keeping market. I met today with Andrew and the President of American Craft. At this time, I am not commenting on the relationship going forward. Please know that I appreciate your support and only want to express how much I have loved working with Andrew and the WRMK staff. They do offer the best quality albums and card sets in the industry. I can't wait for you to see the TC STUDIO GOLD collection of albums and cards. I will be teaching with my TC HELLO LIFE and QUOTED albums next week at She Scrapbooks in Florida. They will have my new STUDIO GOLD line of albums in stock.

You probably are still wondering and asking yourself what and how this does and will effect
my line of albums and card sets with WRMK. I want to let you know that as a company Teresa Collins is still my own company. I am the owner and only designer of STUDIO GOLD with Teresa Collins. I designed these albums at my home, in my laundry room with gold leaf paint as a visual mock up. ha!

 I respect Andrew Hiller and his need to make the best decision going forward for his company. I am still processing the entire new relationship with American Craft and seeing how this new purchase does inevitably effect me and my brand of designer series of speciality albums and card sets. 

I will not go into detail private conversations and things that simply should not be shared. Please know as a business owner and passionate designer, I always strive to make smart business decisions. I will make sure my exclusive lines and ideas are kept and maintained, and branded as Teresa Collins.  I have read over 300 emails since the news broke. I love how protective you are of me and what I create. I am reading your concerns. Please know that I cannot address each of you at this time. I will keep you all updated but MOST of all THANK YOU for caring. THANK YOU for wanting to make sure my ideas and inspiration are supported and acknowledged. I announced before the STATIONERY SHOW you were going to see TC albums and card sets that had NEVER been done before. I am so proud of this. THANK YOU for seeing this and supporting me. I truly am thankful.

NOW... I thought I would start sharing more of my STATIONERY SHOW TERESA COLLINS DEBUT. I can't wait for the products to be available. I had NO IDEA how much to produce until after the show and needed to get numbers. I am happy to say my lines are being manufactured and I will know and post a ship date as soon as I can.

This is my brochure, CALENDAR and NOTEBOOK. *you can see my gold foil business card too. 

This is my CLEAR acrylic clipboard with gold foil outline and gold handle. YES,
they are beautiful and this photo from the show does not even do
my clipboard justice. YOU know this is ONLY the beginning of what I am doing.  *note: I kept the plastic film on my clipboard
to protect during the show.

This was my GREETING table at the front of my booth. My notebooks were a HUGE
hit. I have gold foil on the cover, gold coil binder, introduction info front page and this page of
shiny metallic gold foil stickers to decorate the notebook and keep it all organized. There are
lots of notebook lined pages after this sticker page.

I was obsessed with the FRESH flowers in my DIY GOODWILL spray painted glass vase.
I am EXCITED for the future.
I have so pretty AMAZING things on the agenda.
I am thankful for a business that is growing and thriving in a hard economy.
I want you to know that NOT a day goes by that I don't thank God and each of you
for supporting me. 

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014


I simply can't thank the SCRAPPY GIRLS enough. This truly was so touching and heartfelt that I could not control myself. THANK YOU for touching my heart to the core. I love you all...


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Monday, June 16, 2014

This SUMMER... join me.... August update

I hope everyone had a GREAT Father's Day. I wish Ty would let me take photos and share but this is hard for him. So hence, no photos allowed posted. ha! Well, I am not the best cook, but I do some things really well. Taylor and I did tacos, watermelon and strawberry shortcake. Yes, simple and Ty approved. The most important thing is being together. Ty is always hard to buy for. I loved that my boys bought gifts that they felt their dad needed. Ty got his dad a measuring tape, and Zach got him a beautiful tie. I got him some comfy bed pants for him to wear in the hospital. I loved that he seemed to like them. Yes, the dreaded hospital long visit is lurking. He will be admitted we think about the end of July or the first of August. 

It will be month(s) in the hospital at this time. I am trying to think POSITIVE and know that this is truly a blessing that we can do this procedure to save his life.  The first month is the worst because of the intense chemo treatments and then the transplant follows. I know from the previous one that Ty needs me there as much as possible. After the transplant he needs more time just to sleep and recover and often asked no one to visit him. He is simply too weak to even move, walk or talk. I know what to expect now. 

The good truly does outweigh the bad. I know that our FAITH is getting us through this. I know that others often cannot fathom why we are choosing to be happy and positive. I had a horrible time last time when he was in the hospital- I could not sleep and I was truly just all over the place emotionally. This time I feel like I can handle things much better. I know that I am stronger in so many ways. I won't bore you... but just know I am surrendering to God each day to do the best I can to handle each and every thing that is coming my way. 

Just tonight, I called in veggie sushi at my favorite restaurant. We have gotten to know the owners very well. They used to see us almost weekly. Then we had to let them know why we were not doing our usual "wednesday take out" orders. Tonight, the owner asked me "How can you do this... without crying all the time. " She said she could never do it. She was just amazed that I was not devastated. I thought... "does she think I'm bad for not breaking down all the time?" I cry every single day. I pray nonstop for God to heal Tyler. I find myself at time overwhelmed with depression as I wake up in the morning. I remind myself to get out of bed. I can't let the doubts cripple me. I try not to show these moments to anyone.  I told her that I do have moments (many moments) and that I have to be strong. I can't think negatively. What good can this possibly bring to Ty, myself and our children? I told her I just don't think of what if it does not work. I can't... I won't. I have to keep the FAITH and HOPE that God is mindful of us and our prayers. He is going to make it all okay. No matter what happens. I won't become bitter. I hope this makes sense. 

I am going on just one teaching trip this month. SHE SCRAPBOOKS in The Villages, Florida. I adore Yvonne and Stephanie and the girls at She Scrapbooks. This is like going to visit my family. I love these girls so much. I am so thankful to go back again. I am going with my son Tyler.  He loved it so much he begged me to go again. This is his second time going with me too. He is taking his best friend Hunter. This is a work/vacation for us. I am so excited. My dear friend Lisa M emailed me and got us a room at one of the Disney Resorts for FREE. Wow... I was and am overwhelmed at her kindness. She got the room and I had no idea until I got an email with my reservations.  She did this with no expectations. The kindness of people like Lisa is overwhelming. I can't tell you how much it means to me to have such huge support and kindness.  I love you so much Lisa. I loved talking to you on the phone today. YOU radiate goodness and kindness. 

I do know that there is only one or possibly two spots TOTAL in any of the workshops at She Scrapbooks. We added space and we have no more space to add any more spots. I am teaching the URBAN MARKET flip up book and the TC AME album/card sets album (all day workshop).  These kits are MASSIVE. Make sure you watch for the list to bring to the class. It's going to be amazing! 

I will be teaching this URBAN MARKET project both at She Scrapbooks June 27-28th and again at The Scrapbook Attic in Searcy Arkansas in July.  

For the first time EVER, join me at She Scrapbooks for this ALL DAY workshop. You will get the my
GLITTERED album, 100 card set TC HELLO LIFE/QUOTED with everything you need to create
your album. It's busting at the seams with product and you will get to play for 8 hours with punches, my
new dies, the TC embosser and TC cut n'boss machines.
*as of two days ago we added five spots to the sold out workshop. Call to see if there are any more spots left.

She Scrapbooks ~ La Plaza Grande ~ 918 Bichara Blvd ~Lady Lake (The Villages), Florida ~32159
~Store Hours ~Monday - Saturday 10 to 5 ~ Sunday closed

My JULY workshop- The Scrapbook Attic in Searcy Arkansas. This is my ONLY  workshop this month so I can spend the month with my family and prepare for my husbands impending hospitalization for the stem cell transplant. Please note that this is the first time posting the project and the workshop only has 10 spots left of the 150 spots. I can't thank you ALL enough for signing up for my workshops sight unseen. YOU know how to make me feel special. I can't wait to see these fun girls again. I always go to dinner with a large group of girls and we enjoy true Southern barbecue. WARNING: I am looking forward to this again!!!!!  It is JULY 18th and 19th.

2115 East Race

Searcy, Arkansas 72143
501-278-5700 please call or visit here

This is my MEMORY DISPLAY WORKSHOP with THREE projects in ONE workshop. I admit, I could not help myself. I loved the memory display.  This is the three projects we will be doing in the workshop.

Be prepared for lots of hands on techniques in this workshop. We will be glittering, using my new embossing folders and TC cut n'boss machine, punches, NEW TC Stencils and my modeling paste. Learn how to use my wood die cuts and incorporate them into your projects.

Make a cute layout from Something Wonderful and Urban Market. This is a jam packed workshop. 

Create your own art frame from home or your office with my new stencil and modeling paste. Yes, we will be busy!!!! These are brand new and I have not even debuted them yet. So join me for the first class with my new products and papers.
Now it's time to talk about August. Right now, I am trying to figure out if I am going to be able to still teach in August. I have two stores on my calendar, but the doctors believe Ty's transplant will take place at the end of July and he will be in the hospital the entire month of August. Ty goes to the hospital tomorrow and we will know more in the next week or two. I don't see how I will be able to leave my family and I have contacted the stores and let them know what I am facing.  I have not cancelled the workshops yet, but wanted to make everyone aware of what is going on and why I would not be able to travel in August. I know that I need to be with my husband and children at this time. If the visits are cancelled, please know I will be rescheduling the visits as soon as I can. I do have visits for September that are still happening.
There are some BIG announcements coming up in mid August that I have finally share with everyone too. Something
positive to look forward to. 

*HSN update for the TC AUTO SHIP for my GOLDEN die's:
The auto ship was only for consumers who purchased the machine that day.  
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