Here I am, playing catch up again before jetting off to my next location. This past week I had the absolute thrill to get to go to New Jersey the Ranger Ink to attend their fabulous Ranger U training. Originally I had planned to just go to observe and help as research for a secret project I am working on, but at the last minute someone ened up not being able to attend so I got to go and be a student also. I tell you, the expirience is so amazing, I would go every year if they would let me. Tim joked and told everyone I had to attend again because I failed the first time!!
I snatched this picture from the fabulous Dyan Reavely's blog. It is me helping with set up the day before the classes started. It was so amazing to see the behind the scenes of how they pull everything together. The Ranger Team are truly pros at making this incredible weekend go off without a hitch.
This guy, I suppose you know him, Tim Holtz. Three days of instruction with him is indescribable. I appreciate him so much and am so blessed to know him.
Dyan Reavely. . . what a non-stop boondle (that is bundle in Dyan accent) of energy. I adore her. She makes me laugh until I cry. I could sit and listen to her talk all day about art journaling and what art means to her. This was her first time teaching at Ranger U and she was amazing!
Rounding out the teachers was the fabulous Claudine Hellmuth. I adore Claudine and her fun whimsical style. She is such a sweet and genuine person. I love every chance I get to sit and visit with her.
I had the pleasure of spending the weekend sitting next to this awesome girl, Ronda Palazzari. I also got to sit across from the fabulous Patti Euler, owner of The Queen's Ink in Savage Md. (I wish I had taken a photo with Patti, but me, I am bad about remembering to take photos and went home without one.)
I had a fun dinner date with the fabulous Terry Horvath from Ranger too. It was so fun sitting with Terry and talking about how amazing it is to work for fabulous crafty companies. I had to steal this photo from Dyan's blog too since again, I forgot to take a photo of my own. I seriously don't have a very good scrapbooker mentality with photos.
I met so many great people in this class. It was so great get to share the amazing weekend with them. So many people that I should have grabbed a photo with (Mario, Patty, Patti. . .) but I was so lost in the moment that I totally forgot.
By day 2, my hands looked like this. . . by the end of day 3 and the lesson in Distress, they were beyond the help of a Craft Scrubbie. I came home with inky and blissful hands.
And in my inky hands, I was thrilled to finish the weekend holding this. Certified (again) to share all there is to know about all things Ranger. I can't wait to show you what I learned, just as soon as my jet setting ways slow down a bit. . .