To catch up on the first two days of convention, see yesterday’s post here. Friday morning started with another General Session that included lots of stamping projects. I have so many great ideas in my head right now, it’s hard to decide where to start! Our Make & Take session using the “You’re Amazing” set was next. I had a few little things to finish on mine – mostly the book at the bottom of the scrapbook page. It took about ten minutes, so I helped the others at my table punch, cut and glue. Oh – and we got another favor! This time it was those super cute little In Color dahlias. Here are pictures of the projects.
This is a great scrapbook page layout. It’s hard to see in the photo, but the middle left section is a place for a photo (I have to pick one. It think it will be one of the pictures of my friends and me at Convention 2012). The bottom right is an adorable little book that you can leave notes, ticket stubs or other mementos in. The back of the book is inserted in the pocket, so you still have access to the book. Aren’t these divided page protectors fun? They’d make a great “All About Me” book!
This was the other “You’re Amazing” make & take. The envelope used the ticket stamp over and over to look like a string of tickets, but, well, my tickets were torn apart. I got my stamps in wood, and it’s really hard to line those up without a stamp-a-ma-jig. And, of course, while one was available, I was tired from stringing those little suckers across the card, so I didn’t use it. It’s still a cute card, though.
After our make and take, it was lunch time! There was a surprise after lunch each day, too. Thursday was candy and Friday was popcorn! Yum! With all the circus stuff, we were hoping they’d have elephants on the Main Stage, but, sadly, there were none. Maybe next year for the 25th anniversary.
After lunch was the class I Am Having Fun, with Shannon West. The session after lunch is so difficult, because everyone wants to sleep, but Shannon was amazing! She’s fun anyway, but she had us dancing and singing and learning how to add even more fun to our workshops.
The next class was I Am Reaching Out with Emily Montoya. It was full of ideas and tips for including younger demographics in our businesses. My favorite quote from the convention was in Emily’s class: “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” And we learned new text shortcuts – E2EG (ear to ear grin), RWHFY? (are we having fun yet?), and Y! (typical man).
Our ending session for the day ran a little long, but no one cared, because Shelli Gardner was demonstrating a beautiful creative journal. Dinner was followed by “Hispanic Night.” It was a wonderful event to help us reach out to the Hispanic market. I have another make & take for that, but I’ll post it tomorrow.
Saturday – the last day, so it was a little bittersweet – started with classes. We chose I Am Doing Business My Way with the incredible Bonnie Thurber. She is so funny and wonderful. She was joined by top demonstrators Ronda Wade and Tami White who talked about subtle ways they’ve changed their businesses as the times change.
The Make & Take with the Affection Collection stamp set was next. I had done everything I could on that one, so I talked with my friends, took pictures, and checked out new product. (After I headed across the street to Starbucks!) Our favor was a package of the stitched satin ribbon in Primrose Petals.
This set will be in the Holiday catalog, and you’ll be able to order it beginning August 1. My friends and I will be hosting another blog hop in August, so you’ll get to see lots of fun new products from the Holiday catalog. (Notice I didn’t call it a “mini.” Wait until you see it!)
Stampin’ Up has “Workshop Wow’s,” but Bonnie Thurber says some projects are a “Workshop Why?” I love this, but I’m not sure I’d do it at a workshop. It’s adorable, and the flower is easier than you’d think, but, holy cow! It uses a ton of sticky strip. It would be cute with a little something inside the pouch, though.
Our last class was I Am Open for Business with Carey Cudney. It was all about what we could do to get new leads. Because we all want more friends to stamp with!
Everyone stressed that we needed to be on time for the closing General Session after lunch (and ice cream! Does anyone else always hear Forrest Gump when you say, “ice cream?” It just doesn’t sound right without, “Lieutenant Dan,” after it.), because they were streaming live to demonstrators all over the world for the first part. It was exciting! We found out where the Grand Vacation would be in 2014 (Western Caribbean cruise!!). The afternoon ended with two free stamp sets. That had everyone on their feet, let me tell you!
Our group ended the evening with a pizza party, an “About Me” scrapbook page swap and more pictures. It was sad leaving, but we know we’ll be chatting on forums (I love the internet!) and see each other next year.
So that’s it. My jam packed week. Hope you have a wonderful day, and thanks for stopping by!
Oh – oops! This was supposed to go live on Tuesday, but I’m so used to clicking “Publish,” that I launched it early. Hope you enjoyed the recap.
Stampin’ Up Convention 2012 – part 2