thank you The Island’s Creative Escape…

1we just returned from a creative escape on the island… scrapbook island that is. located in northern california, scrapbook island’s creative escape is a wonderful place filled with creativity (and marshmallows). the owner laurie and her team know as the island girls, were wonderful hosts to three days of workshops. we arrived at the store and got right to work to get everything unpacked and set up for the weekend. a HUGE thank you to mario and richele for all of their behind the scenes work throughout the entire weekend making sure everything was perfection – i couldn’t have done it without you guys…

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thank you to everyone who signed up for the workshops to learn and share their creative excitement with everyone. the entire store was filled with inspiration and education as we explored “Creative Chemistry LIVE”, and let our imagination wander with “The Artful Assemblage”. the technique tags and finished projects are always incredible and it makes me so happy to share what i love so much and have others just as excited to learn…

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then of course there is my biggest fan lucy who works at the island. she’s always filled with such a joyful genuine spirit and she makes everyone around her feel it. she’s the “tim expert” at the island and i’m so happy i got to spend time with her once again…


so thanks again to mario, richele, laurie, and everyone at the island for a great visit.  i have to share this photo from one of the nights where we managed to visit the busiest yogurtland i’ve ever seen in my life (it was insane, yet oh so fun). it’s a great reminder that no matter how busy we are, it’s important to remember the now and enjoy the journey…t!m



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40 Comments to “thank you The Island’s Creative Escape…”

  1. kelly bond says:

    It was an AMAZING weekend! Thanks again to Tim and everyone that made it possible.

  2. Gwen Taylor says:

    Looks like so much fun. Waiting for you to teach somewhere close to Phx again.

  3. pat smith says:

    It looks like you had a great group of creative people wanting to learn a new way to play! What a great experience for all who were able to attend.

  4. What a great visit, I enjoyed every minute of it! Every class had great energy. I loved walking the room and seeing how different each project was. Tim, you are such a great teacher, you make us laugh while learning! The stories about using the splatter brush “The ink had to go somewhere”, makes me smile everytime. Best part, every class was just a good mixed of creativity and excitement. Thank you for such a wondeful time.

  5. Rachel Carnes says:

    Thank you for sharing all the great information during both classes. It was an awesome day. My head was spinning with lots of ideas on my 3 hour drive home. Kudos to you, Mario, Richele, and everyone at Scrapbook Island. Keep sharing the inspiration!

  6. Tamara says:

    Sunday’s Artful Assemblage class was a blast!! Thanks for making my birthday one to remember!!

  7. Dorothy says:

    I was in on your class at The Island and could not have had a better time! I learned SO MUCH. Tim, you’re the best craft teacher evah! And the rest of your team and Island girls made the day such a joy. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  8. What a fun class that must have been. I believe you, Mario and your team are the most organized people…..which I, as a Virgo, admire! Wish I was at that class.

  9. Jayne says:

    Great weekend!!! With GREAT people !!! = )

  10. Veronica Rozic says:

    The pictures reminded me of the classes you taught on all of your Scrapbooking cruises. It was so nice to meet you, the other instructors, and other students. Looks like everyone had a great time!

  11. Carrie Gracey says:

    I had so much fun! What a gifted teacher you are Tim. I love the pic of you and Lucy. I know she’s your biggest fan. I hope we don’t have to wait so long to get you back here again. Thank you all. Mario and Richele you were awesome as well.

  12. Anita Chang says:

    It was such an awesome experience to be in the same room with Tim, Mario, Richelle, of course, the Island Girls (head wahine, Laurie), and all the creative people in attendance. Tim, hope to bump into you this August on the real Island! Aloha!

  13. Doris says:

    Thank you for coming – it was great! Don’t wait so long to come back – come before I can’t drive so far…old age is creeping up!

  14. Julia Aston says:

    Looks like a fun time was had by all!

  15. Sue K says:

    Thanks Tim, Richele and Mario for a great day. I learned a lot and was so happy to come home with completed projects! You’re the best!

  16. Julie B says:

    Thank you, Tim, for the experience of a lifetime! I love how you teach….by breaking everything down into very approachable steps (yes, I can to this) without feeling overwhelmed or rushed. I actually completed two projects to take….that never happens. Love how you encourage, inspire and share. And thank you to Mario and Richele…..and a special shout out to Laurie for making this happen once again.

  17. I can see myself doing the back stroke in those large containers of yummy distress products 🙂

  18. Looks like a fabulous time! What a big store! Super fun!

  19. Adriana says:

    Was that the YogurtLand at Santana Row? That place is always crazy like that! So glad you came to the Island but so sad I missed you.. Come back soon!!!!

  20. Rose Martinez says:

    Tim, Mario, and Richele!
    Your creativity and enthusiasm for what you do is what inspires me to keep trying even when I know my project isn’t quite where I would like it to be. You are special teachers who know how to inspire and encourage when I am struggling not to be an “over achiever.” You three are the dream team and I am so happy that I have had the pleasure of meeting and doing classes with you! Love you guys! Hope to see you soon!
    The Islands Creative Escape is AWESOME and Laurie and the staff are FABULOUS! I am one lucky girl!!

  21. Miho says:

    Thank you Tim, Mario, Richele.
    So glad to see you and had so much fun❣️ I’ll never forget my experience or the techniques I learned.

  22. Karen Manciu says:

    A class with Tim Holtz (and company ) is always fantastic. Everything is well thought out and meticulously prepared. Instruction is funny and encouraging. And the techniques are interesting and different (love the description stickers for later!). I’ve taken a lot of classes at this point (I’m no spring chicken ); and, there isn’t a teacher I enjoy more. This class was a real joy, as I knew it would be. So many thanks to everyone who made this possible (including Southwest Airlines and their cheap tickets!).

  23. Thanks for the pics and for sharing about the time you had. Sounds like loads of fun was had by all!
    Wishing you would bring your team and talent to SoCal! Here in Lake Elsinore, there is nothing like the Islands store, but betting a sore is Temecula or Murrieta would be thrilled to host you. This part of Riverside county is between San Diego county and Orange county, so there would be good draw.
    Thanks again for sharing!

  24. Vicky W says:

    Thank you again T!m for coming out to visit us. Hubby loved the No FEar! art assemblage when he saw it and it has now pried a proud place on a display case.
    I didn’t get to tell you the story of my coming to see you in Santa Clara. When I told hubby I wanted to go, he understood right away why I would make the 2 hour drive. As he is a scuba diver, he said inking with you was like him diving with Jacques Cousteau! Thank you for the inspiration:)

  25. That looks just incredible!! :o)

  26. Stacie says:

    Tim’s classes were everything I dreamed of! You can tell he loves what he does! Thanks to Richelle, Mario, Laurie and staff for being the icing on the cake! I will never forget my experience or the techniques I learned!

  27. Kim Gyuran says:

    THANK YOU Tim, Mario, Richele, and the incredible team of women at the Island! I attended both sessions on Sunday and had the time of my life on my birthday! The amazing creative energy and positive atmosphere was invigorating! Tim, you are the perfect teacher. I appreciate your humor, instruction, and supportive style. Thank you SO MUCH for making time in your schedule to come to Central California. My friend and I traveled two hours to share this experience with you and it was a PERFECT day!

  28. Dee Bjorklund says:

    Just as you were in my first TH class at CHA many years ago (“X”O!) – you are amazingly inspiring! Thank you Tim for sharing your creative talent with us mere mortals – you are truly my crafty crush…I want to be you when I grow up! And we rocked the selfie!! And thank you to Mario for cleaning up our messy paint brushes – it was great to meet you finally! I had so much fun and cannot wait to continue the journey!

  29. Shelly Berg says:

    So great to see you, Mario and Richelle and had so much fun, learned so much in Creative Chemistry! Love all the techniques I learned. Thanks so much to Laurie and the fabulous Island Girls!

  30. Thank you for sharing! We missed you at Stampfest but I am happy your shared your brillance with others! 🙂

  31. Anita says:

    Thanks for the great inspiration! I enJoyed being in your presence and energy. I had a lot of fun! Tim rocks, Mario rocks, and Richelle rocks!

  32. Shirley in Queen Creek says:

    My heart will always be filled with the wonderful class you taught in Ohio, for 2 days. My excitement was overwhelming! Meeting you for the first time and Mario was worth the very long trip for Arizona to Ohio. Soooo, I can only imagine the excitement that filled your classroom on this teaching trip. You absolutely ROCK Tim Holtz and Mario……………you are such a wonderful gentleman. Loving you guys,
    Shirley in Queen Creek, AZ

  33. Gloria L. says:

    It’s great to see a scrapbooking store still in full swing! Too far to drive for a visit, but inspiring none the less.

  34. Alicia Gnam says:

    Glad you guys had a great time! Bummed I missed the announcement that you were coming back but now I should be getting the announcements from the Island Girls. So glad you got to see Lucy, such a sweetest person and your biggest fan. Please visit again soon!!!!

  35. Dolly says:

    Looks like a fun time was had by all! 😀 TFS

  36. Juli Riedel says:

    What a great time had by all! The classes looked full of fun and energy! How wonderful to meet new friends and create art at the same time!

  37. Bridget Gillings says:

    Hi Tim and team, what great photos, looks like an awesome time spent with creative people. Take care. Bx

  38. I am SO bummed to miss Saturdays Artful Assemblage class!! =( Our kitty had an emergency that morning and we spent the whole day at the vet with her. Please come back soon so I can have a redo. lol I am so glad to have taken your class there a few years ago but I need more….. <3

  39. Angèle says:

    You’re so right Tim – always enjoy the journey and appreciate the friends that are joining you and make it all possible!


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