imagine that! amazing…

hey bloggers!  i honestly have no idea where to start recapping my amazing weekend of teaching in roswell, new mexico at imagine that! scrapbooks.  really, it was an event unlike anything i've ever been part of, a store unlike anything i've ever seen before, and a place unlike any other.  i must tell you that i really didn't know much about roswell when i booked teaching at imagine that! this year.  the fact of the matter is they have been on my wait list for about 5 years and it was time to pay them a visit to teach.  the owner dene, and her family krista, bobby, jared, and of course aedan were all part of putting together this fun filled workshop event at their store.  located in a historic building on downtown main street roswell, this store is literally packed with anything a paper crafter could want.  the staff also worked tirelessly to make sure everything was in order for the weekend.

Imaginethat we arrived in roswell and made a quick drive around checking out this little town and asking lots of questions about the history and exactly what put the city of roswell "on the map".  no doubt the locals there seemed to have embraced this alien claim to fame so much in fact that just about everywhere you looked there were these eyes looking back at you.  here you can see these cool alien statues adorning the front of the store and mario had to get up close and personal with one of them to try and make contact…lol
the first day of class was unlike anything i've ever experienced before, a history making day so to speak.  it started with a meeting from the mayor of roswell Del Jurney where he read a proclamation making August 26th, 2011 Tim Holtz Extravaganza Day and presented me with a key to the city of roswell.  can you believe that?  i have a key to the city of roswell, new mexico?  simply incredible!  of course the day just continued to get better when i discovered that my 40 students had all signed up for all 4 classes so we got spend friday and saturday together.  there were lots of laughs, ideas and techniques shared, and of course a fun time shopping.
Proc check out this incredible gift basket that dene and krista presented us for our weekend survival kit.  complete with alien beer, snacks, t-shirts, and magnets.  they are truly wonderful people and i am so thankful to have finally had the opportunity to meet them and teach at their store.  when the weekend came to an end i was asked to leave my mark on a wall of their store – be careful what you wish for.
Wall so if you ever have the opportunity to get to roswell, new mexico – imagine that! scrapbooks is a must stop!  my sincere appreciation once again to dene, krista, crew, and my students  – what a talented group of new friends.  i thank each of you for sharing the journey, and for a visit that was truly out of this world (yes, pun intended)…t!m

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529 Comments to “imagine that! amazing…”

  1. What a fantastic honor. And yes, one does have to be careful of what you wish for. LOL!

  2. How awesome! You can draw on my walls any time you like!

  3. That is the freakin coolest thing ever Tim! You deserve the best because you give so much.

  4. Terri says:

    What an awesome studio! How could one NOT be creative in there. Yes, the ventriloquist doll is a bit creepy in a cool sort of way!

  5. Terry says:

    Too, too much fun. How did you stay grounded

  6. Jodie R says:

    Awesome!!! I’m glad you had a great time!! What did put Roswell on the map? LOL!!! My grandmother told me stories of that day. I still look for spaceships when I am out driving at night! LOL!!!!

  7. Shawn Frank says:

    Gosh that is just a dream for me it must be beautiful to get to see things and travel like you do and not to mention the lucky people who get to be in your class.

  8. marie sierra says:

    wow tim…keys to the city and a proclomation letter? what an awesome welcome! glad you had fun!

  9. Connie F. says:

    Very cool, I love how you autographed their wall! Lol, they won’t ever forget you were there! I am glad you weren’t taken by the aliens…

  10. Anne parker says:

    Some people just gather T-shirts or magnets for their trips – YOU get the key to the CITY!!! How cool is THAT!!!
    That is one cool looking place. I love the greeters to the store. Very different than the Walmart greeters I’m used to seeing here in the Mountains of NC.
    It appears worth the wait for you and them. Glad you all had a great time.

  11. Laney says:

    Very cool! And unusual!

  12. Dana B says:

    lol! that’s GREAT!! will have to forward my mother-in-law this post. She was born in Roswell and yes, there are all sorts of stories from there. I understand the alien invasion festival is well-worth going to 🙂

  13. LMcBurney says:

    You are such a gracious man! That is what makes me come back again and again to your blog and your products. I am so glad you enjoyed visiting and teaching in Roswell. I have never been there but I am sure they were just delighted to have you there.

  14. pam allen says:

    Wow how fun!!! Would love to visit! Glad you had such a grea time. Thanks for sharing

  15. Lynn Barwald says:

    Hey TiM! Your life seems so amazing! Such fun! Lynn B

  16. Melissa says:

    Did you have any close encounters of the art kind? Or just a great weekend?
    Hugs! hehe

  17. I love that photo of you leaving your mark on the wall…priceless!!

  18. France says:

    Now that is cool !

  19. tammy says:

    You deserve it!! How awesome is that?? Imagine that??!?!?!?! So happy for you—be so blessed!! bartlettpair4atmsndotcom

  20. sue w. says:

    what an out of this world experience! i think i would have had more fun there than at home here where we had hurrican irene experience then no power/phone for 4 days! glad you had a good time in new mexico.
    stamping sue

  21. Lynn Gosney says:

    That is so cool! I bet not many people have their own ‘day’ or the key to a city.

  22. Pamp says:

    that store looks awesome, I’d love to shop there!

  23. KathiR says:

    How cool that you got a key and that amazing survival pack.
    I’m glad you had a good time teaching as my friend Cheryl was in your class.

  24. Violet says:

    I just bet Roswell and Disney World are your two favorite places – except your own house!

  25. Cindy says:

    Now how cool is that? Seriously, to be honored with a Proclamation and key to the City all presented by the Mayor. CONGRATULATIONS………IT’S WELL DESERVED!!!

  26. Terri says:

    What fun and a key to the city to boot!

  27. Lynn Barwald says:

    Hey TiM! Where’s Mario in the group picture? Was he off having fun elsewhere or maybe taking the picture? Lynn B

  28. KimMJ says:

    Looks like you had a really incredible visit! I always wanted to go to Roswell. Now finding out there is an amazing scrapbook store there makes me want to go visit even more.

  29. teressa says:

    Sounds like you had a blast… I like Roswell…. Way to Represent my fellow New Mexican’s…

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