Creative Estates Conference 2011

 It's official.  I've been smiling so much the past few days, that my cheeks hurt. lol.
I'm still on a "Creative Estates high" and just can't seem to come down!
I had SO much fun!
I felt so empowered, being around THAT many talented, creative women.
I could share with you all, each and every detail that I loved about the conference in writing... but I'll spare you, and let the pictures do most of the talking.

Because you KNOW with about 200 bloggers in one place...
that there were pictures... LOTS, and LOTS of pictures :)
Here's a rundown of what all went on!

The first night at the conference the event started off with a bang!
Cupcakes and Cocktails with the whole crew.
Hosted by the fabulous ladies from TomKat Studios.
It was a great way to meet and mingle, with all of the fabulous ladies who were attending.

The next day was the official "start of the conference"
I couldn't resist getting a photo of all us girls with our Jo Totes.
I wasn't kidding before, these bags are a MUST have!

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Destiny from A Place for Us, Jen from Tatertots and Jello,
 Amy from The Idea Room and Ellie G from Less Cake More Frosting

Oh my gosh, I just can't even tell you how much fun these two days of classes,
breakout sessions and meeting new friends was!
If I had all the time in the world to tell you each persons blog, pictured... I would.
But instead, head on over to my new friend Kim's blog, Today's Creative Blogs,
to check out the attendance list for lots of these fabulous bloggers :)
and if you were at CE and haven't included YOUR blog there, then get on it girl!

Becky Higgins, me, Megan from Brassy Apple

I think that if you talked to ANYONE who attended, they would tell you the same thing.
That there were some awesome tips, tricks, advice, and thoughts, shared in ALL of these fun classes!

Complete with "The Wave"...
thanks to Megan's shouts, Becki's encouragement and MY Bloggie :)

I had the opportunity to speak on a panel with Char and Stephanie.
It was, well, Very Lively ... (dot, dot, dot)
Probably the MOST fun I've had, speaking in front of people ... EVER! lol
Our topic was...

Thank you Whipper Berry ladies, for the fabulous photos :)

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Friday, was probably the BEST Girls Night Out, I've ever had.
I don't think I've laughed that hard... in a LONG time.
Thanks to Kim, Jill, Amy, Kim, and Becki
And that's saying something :)
I don't know how Stephanie, Kendra, and Kristyn pulled it off, but it was awesome!

After Friday, things just got plain ol' crazy!... and I pretty much was too busy acting like a giggly
16 year old, to snap anymore pictures. ha!

But I have to tell ya... My plan that I had, for my "House of Smiths" photo booth
collage, went off without a hitch :)
I knew it would be fun to have all of these smashed-together, silly pictures for the blog... so I recruited almost EVERY person, who was willing to "get personal" with me. lol
These snapshots are definitely my favorite part of this whole post.  Because to me, there is nothing better then seeing happy, smiley, friends, having a fabulously fun time :)

Thank you Tauni and Shey for making all of this possible.
There are not enough words OR pictures, to express how grateful I am
to the two of you, for putting on such a ridiculously successful, fun and uplifting event :)
Oh, and PS.
The "BIG NEWS" that I wanted to tell you is...
Next year, Creative Estates will be...
in SLC, UTAH!!!
Whoo hoo!
Save up money for your tickets NOW!, because I want to meet ALL of YOU!
I wanted to give a BIG shout out to Clever Girls,
 for the awesome sponsorship to this great conference!
I am always thrilled to pair up with those Clever ladies, to spread the word :)


  1. I am SO JEALOUS! I wanted to go to so bad. Oh well, there is always next year? And the good news is we are moving to Phoenix so now I have no excuse not to go!

  2. OH how FUN!!! I wish I would have thought to send a cut out of myself....I feel soo left out:(

    NOT gonna miss this opportunity next year!

    THanks so much for sharing!

  3. Your photo collage is the best!

    Love all those smiling faces!

  4. Great post! I had such a great time at the conference. Unfortunately, we didn't get to meet because I was too nervous, but I intend to say, "Hola!" at next year's conference. :)

  5. LOVE it! And I love the way you incorporated so many pics! I want to do the same and have written two posts with 2 more to come! You are brilliant! Hey, IF you are able, can you send me the photo of you, Destiny and me during our "how to photo yourself" session? I saw it in your collage and it's darling! Thanks so much again for my ticket, this was an amazing experience and it was great meeting you!
    Scissors & SPatulas

  6. Holy SMackers!!! What a load of fun that looks like, or that looks like a load of fun!!

    Too bad I am not a creative diva...sigh

    Glad you had a blast!

  7. Love this post & all the photos! Glad someone caught that awesome wave! I attended your session & LMAO! You three were great!

  8. Utah huh???... ok... but it cracks me up really since I NEVER go anywhere and the ONLY Place I have been in YEARS is ... drum roll please... SLC UTAH... I flew in there this past Fall since I do a thing for Handi Quilter... did you know I am on the side of their Semi?.. wave at me there!... guess I am on my way back!

    Maddie- the D.A.

  9. Wow- so much yummy food, cute clothes, and perfect hair...I am so jealous!
    Can't wait to see how it inspired you!

  10. Fabulous post Shelley! You took a TON of pics!! It was so fabulous to meet you! You are just darlin'! :)

  11. YEAH!!! This is the BEST POST Eh VA! So worth a the wait! You covered everything except...ummm your super talent..singing! Ha! I love you and your wonderful! I still think my fingers are to short to hold up my DSLR and take pictures like you...next time I'll get longer nails!

  12. Such a fun night! Thanks for taking a bazillion with us crazy twinners ;) Fun to meet ya! Hope to see you in UT next year! Whahoo!

  13. Love you Shell! That is all!

  14. I loved meeting you! Amy called you her "sunshine" and I can totally see why!!! You are darling and I have had that song stuck in my head for the past 3 days :)

  15. haha looks like you had fun!

    Is it safe to say that you didn't find a different shirt to wear! Ha! And I thought it was cute! :-)

  16. Loved all the photos and had a great time at CE!


  17. Such fun pics! It was so great to meet you. And PS I have some video of your panel with Char and Steph...I'm just saying that I'm holding it ransom before I take it public. :)

  18. I really went back and forth about whether I should go or not, and now I'm so bummed that I opted to not go. Boo. It looks like you gals had such a blast! I'll be in SLC next year for shizzle!

  19. Loving the photobooth sitch. It has some of the funniest and cutest photos I've seen all week. I would like to put my vote in for the yellow shirt. I think I already voted. But just in case you missed it!

    And I LOVE that photo with Cindy and I. So AWESOME!

    You're a rockstar, of course. But still on my list for getting that freakin song stuck in my head!

    Love you!

  20. This post is so awesome--fantastic photos!! :) Though, I must say I was hoping to see a video of "the song"--so sad I missed the live performance! It was fabulous to meet you at the conference! :)

  21. Oh my goodness, I'm so excited that it's going to be in Utah! My family lives there, so the trip will be twofold for me!! Yay!!

  22. what a great recap! drooling over everything and so jealous that i wasn't able to make it! saving money starting right now so that i can go to utah to meet you and all the other fab ladies!!!!

  23. I LOVE your collages...BEE-U-TEE-FUL!!! So glad we got a chance to meet and chat with you this past weekend (although I felt like I already knew you from following your blog). I agree with Destiny...I know someone got your little singing number on video...we just have to find her :)! Michele

  24. I was so bummed I couldn't go but it will be in SLC next year?! I will be there for sure!

  25. SOOO SOOO FUN!! You are one lucky duck! How much do I need to save for a ticket?

  26. My favorite of all your collages, the hand held Shelley Booth! and I LOVE that you taught me how! Tutorial must be on it's way!

    I love being friends with the life of the party {YOU}! :)

  27. I miss youuuuuuuuu! What a fun weekend. It was so fun giggling until the wee hours in the morning.


  28. Sounds like a lot of fun! Do you have to have a "big" blog to go? Mine is just little. Thanks for sharing all the fun pictures.

  29. Can not even tell you how fun it was to meet you this weekend!! You are an inspiration in so many ways and I LOVE you!! You have made my whole year to even be mentioned on your fabulous site. You're a doll!!

    heather from WhipperBerry

  30. Gotta say... I'm a little disapointed in this post... There are not nearly enough elipses and exclamation points!!!!
    I absolutely LOVE you, and it was so much fun to hang out with you for a weekend. Hopefully we see you before next year.


  31. Oh I am SOOO Jealous!!! I have been wanting to go to a Creative Estates Conference. maybe next year....sigh.

    It looks you had a lot of fun, thanks for sharing.

  32. Hi Shelley! Thank you for sharing your insight and experiences at the CE Conference- you're awesome! I'm the one in the picture on this post- about half way down, dark hair a little above my shoulders, smiling and looking towards the window- and you had to tell me, "don't look at me, that was beautiful!" So I looked that way again, and it looks like you got it! Funny. Anways, long explanation but it was great to meet you. Your blog is wonderful too!

  33. What a great time! The photos are fantastic!!

  34. What a fun time! I'm so sad to have missed out, but so SUPER excited about next year! As soon as you give me the dates....I'm SOOO there!

  35. Shelley it was so much fun to get to meet you at CE, you really are so much of why I went. I just have to say that you were the star of the show, you are so funny! And I can't get your song out of my head, you have a beautiful voice (on your blog and singing). Anyway thanks for doing what you do and sharing it with the rest of us, you're such an inspiration!

  36. Okay, who thinks Shelley's next tutorial should be how to take photobooth pictures with a clunky camera? When I attempt it I always get like one nostril in frame and that's it! Awesome collage!!!

  37. LOVE your recap! You got SO many good pics! I loved the house of smiths photo booth! And I loved meeting you, you are amazing!!

  38. Cupcakes and Cocktails...ooo...that sounds so fun! It looks like you had an amazing time!!

  39. Look at you, so much fun!! Love the photo booth collage you put together! Janell

  40. Fan-FREAKING-tastic!!! I am so THERE!!! This just made my day!! Woot woot!!

  41. I "Crazy" love my Jo-Tote!!!!

  42. Shelly, what is CE??? it looks like so much fun!!!
    ps:i basically think your the most amazing person ever!!! thanks for all your creativeness!!!


  43. wooHOO For the wave! good times! :)

    loved your recap and photos and "trademark" photos from your photobooth! too fun!

    xoxo Shelley! :)

  44. Speaking on the panel with you and Char was pretty much the highlight of my life. I mean marriage and kids... or speaking with you guys... the choice is obvious. ;-)

    And dood... you got so many great shots.


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