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Free Online Newsletter for CKU-A, Chicago students
From the CKU Team
December 21, 2005

1. Welcome, CKU-A, Chicago students!
2. Watch for the CKU Times
3. Here’s how to modify your class schedule
4. Get Organized for CKU!
5. Roommates and classes and dorms, oh my!
6. Travel Tip: Plan your meals
7. Travel Tip: What does Chicago have to offer?
8. CKU Bookstore
9. Activity Highlight: Crop Time
10. Activity Highlight: Tailgate Party
11. Contest Highlight: Dorm Contests
12. Contest Highlight: Album Cover Contest
13. Sponsor & Teacher Highlights

Are you as excited as we are for a trip to The Windy City, Chicago, Illinois? We on the CKU staff can’t wait for CKU-A, Chicago, March 30-April 1, 2006 at The Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort. What can you look forward to? You’ll enjoy incredible classes, lots of fun activities and friendly students who are just as passionate about scrapbooking as you are.

The CKU Times is a free e-mail newsletter sent exclusively to the CKU student body. We hope this e-mail will answer some of the questions you may have about preparing for the ultimate scrapbook educational experience. Watch for all the important updates, event tips and reminders, delivered right to your e-mail box. If you miss one, you can visit the CKU-A, Chicago site http://secure.creatingkeepsakes.com/Chicago2006/cku_times.html to read archives of past issues.

Is there a class you were dying to sign up for but couldn’t snag it in time? Are you second-guessing the schedule you carefully planned out? We’re confident that you’ll enjoy any class offered at CKU, but know that you can change your schedule anytime between now and February 24, 2006. Actual class seats will begin to shift as students make class changes in the coming weeks. So if you didn’t get the classes you wanted, check our web site often—a seat may just open up in a class you were hoping to take.

Visit the CKU home page and log in with your registered e-mail address and password to view your current CKU-A, Chicago class schedule. Click the “change class” link beside the class you’d like to change or time slot you’d like to explore. You’ll be shown a list of all the classes offered during that time period. Classes that still have seats available will offer a “Select This Class” button. Only after clicking this button will the exchange be made. So feel free to use the “change class” link to explore classes with available seats. You can also drop classes, if needed. Just be careful you don’t drop any classes you want to keep!

Log in to view or modify your class schedule at: http://secure.creatingkeepsakes.com/Chicago2006/login.html

YEAH!! You were organized enough to get in when CKU sold out in record time, that is a super start to this FREE Pre-CKU mini class by Cropper Hopper. I am Kristi from Cropper Hopper, and over the next three months, I am going to try to give you hints and tips to help you have a more productive, organized experience at CKU. I teach at CKU, and people always ask me, “Where were you when I was home getting ready for this event?” So, the CKU team is letting me help you out before you even get there!! A little bit of prep work before the event (especially at CKU-A), can go a long way to help you be really productive and to ensure you have the scrapbooking time of your life.

Click here http://secure.creatingkeepsakes.com/chicago2006/sponsor_details.1945.html and download the PDF titled “Class 1” to get started on your homework.

Once your homework is complete, send an email titled “CKU-A, Chicago - Class 1” to cku@primedia.com and be entered in to win a complete “Get Organized for CKU” Prize Package including a Cropper Hopper Flat Pack, Vertical to Go, and 4 packs of Page Planners!

XOXO Kristi

Click on over to the CKU Message Board to post notes on all these topics and more. Save on travel costs by recruiting roomies to bunk up with; gather up a group of school buddies to form a dorm; or negotiate a class swap. This is also a great place to ask CKU alumni specific questions about their past university experiences.

Check out the CKU Message Board at http://www.creatingkeepsakes.com/message_board/cku/.

Luckily, you won’t have to endure college cafeteria food at CKU! Instead, you can dine on-campus at their Windows Restaurant where you can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. Or head back to your room to relax and order room service. You can also stretch your legs or hail a cab to visit local, off-site restaurants in the area. Visit the CKU Information Desk and get information on the dining attractions of Chicago.

Alumni Tip: Time flies while you’re in class, and you’ll wish classes were longer. But your stomach may not agree. Bring a granola bar to class with you in case you get the munchies before it’s lunchtime. And carefully schedule your dinners with buddies to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the evening activities.

Want to get out and see the town while you’re in Chicago? If you’re coming in early or staying later, you’re sure to snap plenty of photos worth scrapping. Visit the CKU Information Desk, and check out the travel binder they have created for you! It has listings of attractions, places to dine, and the city’s hot spots.

Plan now to start saving for the CKU Bookstore, it’s your chance to shop 'til you drop! We’ll have everything from CKU exclusive apparel and memorabilia to the latest and greatest scrapbooking products from your favorite teachers and sponsors. The Bookstore will be located in a hotel common area and open throughout the event. Come by often to check out the one stop shopping we have created especially for our favorite CKU students! Quantities are limited so shop early for the items you just can't live without.

Take a look at the CKU event schedule of activities as you begin to make your travel arrangements. Coming into town on Wednesday night lets you get settled before registration begins on Thursday morning. You’ll also be able to take advantage of some extra crop time, 7 p.m. – 12 midnight on Wednesday night. It’s a great time to meet other early birds and get a head start on some serious scrapping!

Learn more about CKU activities at: http://secure.creatingkeepsakes.com/Chicago2006/events.html

On Thursday evening 7 p.m. you’ll love the opening event, the Tailgate Party. It’s like a freshman orientation and a pep rally combined! Don’t miss the program that gets it all started. We’ll welcome you and introduce you to sponsors and teachers. Plus we’ll let you know what to expect over the next three days and, of course, have lots of fun. Stick around for the Campus Crop, held later that night.

Alumni Tip: Don’t bring all your scrap supplies to the Tailgate Party. You’ll have time after the program and before the Campus Crop to pick them up from your room. As you plan the supplies you’ll bring to the crops, gather basic and favorite supplies as well as any pre-planned layouts you want to work on. Crops will be bustling with activities like sponsor games, dorm contests and socializing with friends, and you’ll need to be organized to complete projects, whether you bring a few of your own photos or want to finish projects from class. Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera, plenty of film and even an extra battery!

Show us your school spirit! Gather together a group of fellow CKU attendees (minimum of six students, maximum of 10), and form your “dorm.” Join with friends or sign up with other students online through the CKU Message Board. Choose one student as the main contact for your dorm. Once your dorm is complete, your dorm contact should register your dorm by sending a list of names and e-mail addresses for each member in your dorm to cku@primedia.com (Please type “CKU-A Chicago Dorm Registration” in the subject line of your e-mail.) by Tuesday, February 28, 2006. Don’t let the name “dorm” fool you—you don’t have to room with any of your dorm members!

Once you've joined a dorm, your group can choose to participate in any or all of several contests. Watch for more details on these contests in a coming issue of CKU Times.

“Make the grade” at CKU with your most stunning album cover. While CKU is in session, we’ll hold the Album Cover Contest and select a total of three winners. We’ll also recognize three honorable mentions. Prizes will be awarded to one winner and one honorable mention in each of the following categories: Best representation of theme, best use of space and most creative.

Bring a color copy, color printout or color photo of your most exceptional album cover to the event and enter it at the CKU Information Desk. (Limit one entry; no originals can be accepted.) Come prepared with a complete supply list, crediting all ideas and products used on the cover, to include with your submission—we’ll give you the entry and supply list form when you pick up your student materials at the event. Only registered CKU students may enter, and covers must be the original work of the entrant. Submissions will be judged on creativity, originality, craftsmanship, journaling and photo quality.

For more contest details, visit: http://secure.creatingkeepsakes.com/Chicago2006/contests.html

Our sponsors do so much to make CKU possible. Take a minute to find out more about these PhD- and Master’s-level sponsors, and pick up some fun facts about their instructors:

Bazzill Basics Paper
Chatterbox, Inc.
Cropper Hopper
Epson America
Paper Crafts magazine

Bazzill Basics Paper offers custom-colored, textured cardstock that has become a staple in the scrapbooking industry. Look for hundreds of Bazzill colors inspired by everything from oceans and jungles to far away places. Whether you love to play with color or if you are overwhelmed by all the choices, we have just the paper for you. Bazzill cardstock is a comprehensive collection of color that can be purchased by the sheet or in multi-packs. You are guaranteed great pages because all of the coordinating has been done for you.

Now Bazzill offers fabulous albums and books covered in our most popular cardstock colors. Tuck your favorite layouts inside the sheet protectors and decorate the cover with Bazzill Chips, Boshers, Buttons, Ribbon, Ink and any of the other Bazz-illion products we offer. Looking for design ideas? Check out our newest idea books: Places We Love, Under The Covers and Eclectic. Bazzill Basics is proud to supply the cardstock for classes, workshops and product demonstrations during CKU. We would love to hear from you.

In 1997, Melody Ross started Chatterbox while gathered around the kitchen table with her three small children. Within a few short years, Chatterbox grew into a thriving multi-million dollar company. Now, Chatterbox is a much sought-after brand name, sold worldwide to avid collectors, and lovers of beautiful patterns and classic style. Melody’s story and her products have been featured in many magazines including: Martha Stewart, Better Homes and Gardens, Entrepreneur, First for Women, Creating Keepsakes, Memory Makers, and many more. Her artwork will soon be found on dishes, fabric, furniture, luggage, giftware and home décor…pretty good for a small town girl!

“Make it Meaningful” is the trademark of Chatterbox, and we mean what we say. We are constantly looking for ways to make for meaningful products, and to help others create more meaningful products.

Cropper Hopper is a leader in bringing innovative storage products to the scrapbooking market. Our Home Storage products and portable storage options are unbeatable in quality and style. We have everything you need to truly organize your supplies in a way that makes them easy to access and fun to use!

A fan of IKEA and The Container Store, CKU Professor Kristi Sikora-Blankenship has lived in six states but now lives a few blocks from the house in which she grew up!

Epson America offers an extensive array of award-winning color ink-jet printers, flatbed scanners, and LCD multimedia projectors for the consumer, business, graphic arts and photography markets. As people look for ways to express their unique personality, Epson provides tools and tips to help scrapbooking and craft enthusiasts combine their creativity with digital technology to produce unforgettable personalized projects. Epson's broad range of papers, including archival scrapbook papers, delivers outstanding image quality for a variety of applications--from creating professional-looking photos to ready-to-print 12x12" scrapbook layouts.

CKU Professor Shirley Guzzi is the events manager and instructor for Epson. She enjoys teaching and uses her scanner to create her own background papers for scrapbooking.

CKU Professor Yvonne L.V. Busdeker wears multiple hats, stay-at-home and Digital Scrapbook trainer. The name Yvonne, means “archer” and coincidentally Yvonne grew up in a family of archers.

It’s new. It’s hot. It’s Paper Crafts magazine. This exciting new magazine, sister publication of Creating Keepsakes and Simple Scrapbooks magazines, offers expertise in paper-based crafting and techniques. You’ll find fresh, new ideas for handmade greeting cards, gift wrap, bags and tags, party invitations and decorations, and home décor, such as frames, boxes and ornaments. Each project includes a full-color photograph plus a list of supplies and instructions to create the project. Whether you’re just getting started or want to expand your skills, you’ll enjoy the helpful ideas in columns such as Tips, Tools and Techniques and Paper Crafts 101. Don’t forget to check out Paper Crafts’ special issues: Card Creations, Creative Jewelry, Party Creations and Stamp It! magazine.

Matt and Andria Gibson founded Reminisce in February 2002. With Andria's creative passion and Matt's retail and marketing experience, Reminisce was soon highlighted as one of the Midwest’s' best scrapbooking stores. In July 2003, Matt & Andria took the next step by partnering with a
small group of talented scrapbook artists to introduce Scrap in the Fast Lane papers and Travel Tags. Today, Reminisce employs eleven amazing individuals in Coralville, Iowa, located near the University of Iowa.

Andria is a graduate of the University of Iowa Business College and has been a passionate scrapbook artist for over six years. Her love for scrapbooking became the genesis for Reminisce. Along with running the Reminisce retail store, Andria also teaches the Reminisce Academy of
Scrapbook Design, raises two beautiful girls and recently completed her first marathon.

Matt received his degree from Cornell College, where as a student, he successfully ran two separate businesses. When he graduated he opened a small collectibles store, which grew into a successful, international, mail-order company. Along with running Designs by Reminisce, Matt stays on top of scrapbooking trends by marketing and purchasing for the retail store. He is an avid skier and loves spending time with his wife and two daughters.

Matt and Andria would like to personally thank our design team, Denise and Robyn; our incredible store staff; and you, our loyal customers.

CKU Professor Andria Gibson enjoys traveling, spending time with her family and in her former life was an investment advisor for a top investment firm.

Watch for updates to the CKU-A, Chicago sponsor page to how each company will be involved at the event: http://secure.creatingkeepsakes.com/Chicago2006/sponsors.html
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