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A Wonderful Experience

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I had never travelled outside of California. Ever. So when I found out I was asked to teach at the
Puerto  Rico Scrapbook Event I was both excited and nervous. I can only say THANK YOU to all the wonderful people in Puerto Rico. Never have I experienced such passion, excitement, and the hospitality anywhere else. My students were so wonderful, sweet, and nice. It almost felt like a paradise really. It was truly an experience like no other I have had. So, with that being said I want to thank Yamille, who organized the whole event. She has so much energy and is so passionate about this craft as I am. Thank You. Not only did I get to meet some wonderful people but I also travelled with my crafty sidekick Jodie Lee. She had a blast as well, she even danced! Oh there was tons of dancing there. Like TONS. That's what made this event stand out really. People were going to take a class and scrapbook, but it was all about having FUN. I think this needs to come back to scrapbooking here in the states. Anyway, I also got to meet some amazing teachers, Vicki Boutin, Teresa Collins and Layle Koncar from Simple Stories. At the end of the event we all became great friends, and we had lots of great laughs, and funny moments. I was dying to share these layouts which are the ones I taught there. I used the Prima Fairy Rhymes Collection designed by Jodie Lee. I gotta say these layouts were truly a favorite for me. I loved creating them, and also loved teaching them as well.
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Love them. Really I do. All three really are meaningful to me. The simplicity of the papers mixed with the beauty of the flowers and patterns. Just wow. So these are the layouts I taught at the Puerto Rico Event. They were a complete hit. People loved them, and I loved teaching them. They are so much fun.

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Yeah it was amazing. Yes, I would do it again in a heartbeat. I guess there is something about going to another country you have never been to before and coming to the realization that people are so sweet, humble and honest. I have never experienced so MUCH love, so much SUPPORT. Ever. I wish the whole world could come and see Puerto Rico, it's just a different atmosphere. The people are just beautiful. We need that. We need nice and supporting people, especially loving people in our industry. Without that, we won't have scrapbooking for long and it will not be about friendship, fun and family anymore. I learned so much, this is an experience I will never forget. ever.

xo

37 comments :

  1. WOW! You must be so proud! It looks like you all had so much fun! Awesome photos! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Fantastic layouts, Frank! Your creativity knows no bounds. Looks definitely like a fabulous time in Puerto Rico.

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  3. Que alegria saber que disfrutaste tu estadia en Puerto Rico y que tienes lindos recuerdos de mi islita y nuestra gente. Sabes que soy tu fan. Para mi fue una experiencia maravillosa el conocerte y haber tomado clases contigo. Todos los trabajos que preparaste para nosotras estan espectacularmente hermosos. La coleccion de Prima, Fairy Rhymes diseñada por Jodie Lee es una de mis favoritas. Jodie Lee es encantadora y tambien me encanto conocerla. Te deseo todo lo mejor y espero verte pronto en PR.
    Abrazos,
    Edna

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  4. Muchas gracias Frank por todo. Me alegra saber que disfrutaste y que tu experiencia en nuestra isla fue positiva. Yo me disfrute tus clases de principio a fin. Espero verte de nuevo.

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  5. It was an honor to be one of your assistants on Friday! Your projects were amazing and we just loved them! You are an amazing teacher! I hope you can come back! I'm so glad that you had such a great time here with us in PR! Thank you!

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  6. Awesome pictures. So fun and grateful to see the fun. One day I hope to get to take a class with you!!!! Thank goodness for Live with Prima!!

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  7. Frank, entiendo muy bien que hayas quedado enamorado de esta bella Isla y su gente, soy Colombiana y a mi me paso igual, así que te esperamos nuevamente para disfrutar de tu compañía y de esos trabajos extraordinarios y con ese estilo único. Bendiciones y un fuerte abrazo para ti y Jodie Lee.

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  8. You're really talented and I enjoyed both your classes. We loved having you here in PR and I hope you can come again next year! Thanks!

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  9. Thanks Frank to fall in love with my country and our people! Hope to see you soon again!

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  10. How fun!!!! I love love love love your projects and all the photos!!

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  11. Frank, I am still so sad that I was not able to attend. But I am glad you got to taste a little of where My roots are from. It looks like you had a fantastic time. And your projects that you taught are gorgeous!!! Besitos mi amigo..Te amo muchisimo!!!!

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  12. Yesssss! To you, Jodie and us. Its been a pleasure having you and your amazing talent in our beautiful island. I want to thank you with my heart and also to Yamillet to invite you her! You always will be welcome at any time! God bless you and youre talent.

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  13. What a beautiful blog post, Frank! Thanks so much for your kind words!!! WE fell in love with you and your stunning work!!! Your classes were amazing and so much fun!!! You are so talented, sweet and special! Thanks for coming and we definitely want you back next year! Glad you enjoyed the beauty of our Island and our people!!! Big hugs!!! Un abrazo fuerte!!!

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  14. Yesssss! To you, Jodie and us. Its been a pleasure having you and your amazing talent in our beautiful island. I want to thank you with my heart and also to Yamillet to invite you her! You always will be welcome at any time! God bless you and youre talent.

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  15. Thnks for this lovely post. I cried when I read it because is so amazing that people of other countries visited us and remenber in that way with such kindness. Since the firts time I knew that you wer one of the teachers I was so excited about the event. Thanks for sharing with us your talent.,

    Iliana Martinez

    P.D. Thanks for the post of the photo of my group (Boricuas Scrapy Girls)-the ones with the Superman t-shirts.

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  16. Wow, amazing post! A human being that can create such beautiful work like you do, it's imperative to have the feelings you have and the ability to express those with your work and words. We love you Frank and THANK YOU!

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  17. Frank from the bottom of my heart THANKS. You are so talented, so sweet and very special. I really enjoyed your class. I hope you come back to Puerto Rico.
    A big hug to you. :-) ♥

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  18. Frank I loved your classes, you are so talented! Thanks for being such a wonderful teacher, but most of all for being an amazing human being. It was a blessing to meet you. I hope to be your student again!!!!!
    I,m so happy you and Jodie Lee had a great time here in PR. XOXOX

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  19. Gracias Frank por todo y me alegro de que hayas disfrutado tu estadia en la Isla del Encanto. Los trabajos que preparaste para nosotros me encantaron,muy bellos y espero que vueltas. Muchas bendiciones para ti y Jodie Lee.
    Gracias!!

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  20. When Yamille send the PRSE promo with all the teachers names I saw yours and immediately enter into the internet to find your bio and more information.  When I saw your work I was open-mouthed and very impressed. On that moment I said to myself "I have to meet Frank!!".  And let me tell you honestly that is the best class I've ever taken.  I told you few days ago and repeat it again... "YOU ARE A STAR!!". We all are more than grateful to met such a special person like you. Thank you for everything and I look forward to have you again here in Puerto Rico in another scrapbook event.  Good Luck in your life!!  xoxox Emmaly.

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  21. It was a pleasure having you this weekend, together with Jodi. Your work is superb and I really enjoyed them. JOdi's papers are lovely. So happy you enjoyed your stay on our Island. Your pictures are a living testamente of a time well spent. Here's hoping we get to work with you again. Thank you for your kind words about my home. Take care and regards to Jodi. Keep on creating and Jodi designing.

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  22. Frank... que hermosas palabras me hace muy feliz que te hayas llevado una buena impresion de PR, nos encanto tu clase admiramos tu talento, la delicadeza y detalle que le impartes a tu trabajo, eres un gran artista .... gracias gracias por haber aceptado la invitacion y compartido tu arte con nosotras, eperamos que se repita muy pronto y que te puedas quedar un poco mas, hay mucho Puerto Rico aqui para ense~Narte y mucho cari~No para darte.... Un fuerte abrazo, Marirose

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  23. Frank, sure it was an amazing trip! And really fun! Thanks for sharing so many photos! Layouts are absolutely fantastic!

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  24. First f all, WOW WOW WOW with your layouts. They are stunning! I love how you push the creative ideas of layouts. Your folded round paper ideas are brilliant. As is the idea of uniting the designs with twine. So so talented. Secondly, how jealous am I of you and Jodie, heading off and having all that fun! Looks like an amazing time. Thanks for sharing all those lovely photos. I bet you can't wait to go travelling again :) Pxxxxxx

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  25. It sounds absolutely amazing, I'm glad you had such a fantastic time! Your layouts are all so stunning too. Go Frank! x

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  26. I nosotras acá te amamos...desde que te anunciaron...visitamos tus videos...tus páginas...y cuando te vi...te abrazé (hug)...y tú me abrazastes igual..y mi nena Taymarie me dices: mami lo conoces... oye no ves como nos abrazamos...claro....ja..y me encantó que no has olvidado tu hermoso espa~ol....chanquito...taquito...ahorita....ok..love

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  27. Wooow! I'm absolutely impressed... Your works are just stunning and therefore you've got a new follower ;O).

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  28. Oh, My! You just made me cry, LOL! Thanks to Jodie and you Frank! Incredible talents, incredible teachers!

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  29. WOW Frank I can see you guys had SOOOOO much fun!!! Thanks for sharing your experience and I really truly LOVE what you said at the end about how we should be about love, caring and supporting each other especially in this industry. I'm glad I got to experience just that when I got joined this wonderful community and when I went to Art Venture this past January :-) Thanks for always being true and sharing your talent :-)
    Hugs, Steff (brownbabycraftaholic)

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  30. Wooohooo. Wonderful experience was to get ti know you and your talent. Loved your class. I was in the last one on Saturday and danced together to the Eva's designed stamp I won. LOL. Tks for sharing the photos. I am in the group. I also posted some pics in my blog. I will follow you from now on. Saludos y gracias!!!

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  31. Thanks Frsnk for a wonderful classes, your LO's are so beautiful and lots of layers that is a work of art. You are an amazing teacher, so patient, kind and lovely. Hope you can be with us next year. Remember, you have an assigment, try to get the Art Venture nearly to Puerto Rico. Big hugs, Zulma

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  32. It looks as if you had a blast. The projects are wonderful and I love the candid pictures of PR. I'm hoping to visit there one day.
    Xo

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  33. Frank I am so happy or you! It sound like you had a most amazing time and that the international travel really had an impact on you BUT I think you also had an impact on the lovely group of people you met on PR! This was such a great post to read and of course, beautiful projects to see! Cheers!

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  34. Frank, you are a wonderful soul, and I felt so privileged to be able to share this experience with you. See his heart everyone? Frank is a very genuine, loving person. I love this guy. He cares about people, more than he cares about being successful, or famous, and that really shows in the way he treats all his students. So excited to see what the future holds for you!

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  35. Frank you have a genuine charismatic personality and that many dear is contagious. .... Your very talented and you bring fun to all you do. I agree with you on scrapbooking must stay a fun and free-spirited getaway. Leave the all drama at home ♥

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  36. Frank you have a genuine charismatic personality and that many dear is contagious. .... Your very talented and you bring fun to all you do. I agree with you on scrapbooking must stay a fun and free-spirited getaway. Leave the all drama at home ♥

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  37. So happy that you had a wonderful time in my beautiful island. It was amazing to finally meet you... you are very special my friend..A big big hug sweetie!!xoxo love, Marilyn

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