This has been a very exciting week at Archiver’s.  All of our Store Managers, District Managers and the Archiver’s Home Office came together in Minnesota for an annual meeting of the minds. I can’t even tell you how cool it was to be surrounded by such smart, thoughtful, dedicated, creative and all around FUN people. It was an invaluable experience I will not soon forget.

Tuesday morning was all about warm greetings, sharing stories and catching up. It was like this big wonderful family reunion. As everyone settled in, the focus turned more towards the business side of things. Time to review, evaluate and strategize. The long day ended with some relaxing fun as everyone enjoyed some really yummy food and  a little “card making”. 

Things fired up again early Wednesday morning. The day was filled with training sessions, group discussions and more strategizing. As I basked in the creative energy that surrounded me, I was inspired to capture and “preserve” these moments just as I would a birthday or holiday so I grabbed my camera and off I went.

After dinner, everyone gathered for a short recap of the day. Our CEO stood before the group and began speaking of the “history” of scrapbooking. (seemed a little random) As the group respectfully listened, the double doors at the back of the meeting hall suddenly swung open and in walked  (are you ready for this?)  TIM HOLTZ!!!

There are no words to describe the reaction of those in attendance…..maybe this will help…    

I seriously thought we might have to bring in oxygen! It was a fabulous surprise that got even better. He showed up prepared to teach a workshop.  WooHoo!  Tim is an amazing person and an outstanding instructor. We learned tons of new techniques and got to use a bunch of his new products.  (before you even ask……yes, his delicious new creative goodness  is landing in our stores over the next few weeks)  :)

The results speak for themselves….

The best thing about the last three days was the feeling we came away with. Tim is SO inspiring. It was the same excitement I felt upon completion of my very first scrapbook page years ago.  He left us feeling confident, knowledgeable and just plain giddy!  Now, we want to pay it forward. We want you to experience that same feeling.

Our managers left yesterday  to go back to their respective stores. They are  super excited to share what they learned.

Let us INSPIRE YOU!  It’s a great time to go to Archiver’s.

Oh, and Tim…..thank you so much. You’re the best! 

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  1. debbiek’s avatar

    What fun this must have been! Can’t wait to see the new products in the stores:)
    – DebbieK


  2. BARB T’s avatar

    How absolutely awesome! At this point in my life I would have felt like a teenager meeting her idol. I think the big thing was that it was a surprise. WOW!! I am so anxious to see the new stamps, TH sizzix, etc, etc. I do hope someone from the Algonquin, Il. store was there and has lots of TH inspiration to share.


  3. Pam L’s avatar

    Love the jaw drop pic! I can imagine! Would love to get some new Tim stuff!!


  4. Susan D’s avatar

    LOL… Love the shock on that lady’s face! What a fun surprise for all of you…


  5. Melissa S.’s avatar

    How did they ever keep this quiet? How cool…if I had been there I would’ve definitely needed the oxygen! Can’t wait to see the new techniques and products. Love EVERYTHING Tim Holtz!



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