Can you grasp the scale of this wall art? Hundreds of 2012-2014 In Color card stock loops attached to each other and then affixed to the wall — which is covered in First Edition Specialty Designer Series Paper!!! Who are the Stampin’ Up! geniuses who dream up these amazing ideas?
Well I may have actually met them — or at least, been in the same room with them. It was my first class at Convention (or in geek-speak, #Convention2012), I Am Creative, hosted by Shannon West. Several SU! concept artists presented ideas to ramp up our projects. I’m glad I was scribbling down these ideas as fast as I could — you’ll see some of them IRL before long. And in a shocking development, I actually won a door prize in this session, thanks to the demonstrator who left before her name was called! It’s the coolest chevron template that I would never make in a million years, but I’m happy to use now that someone else did the hard work for me! (BTW, have you noticed Chevron Madness all around you?)
Thursday morning after General Session I took I am Savvy, with Donna Griffith. More ideas, more scribbling in my Convention workbook (which could have had a few more blank pages — for a change I ran out of room!).
After lunch was I am Doing Business My Way, with Bonnie Thurber. She is a hoot, but the focus was on two of the top SU! demonstrators who talked about variations on workshops and classes. (“My Way” was the theme for Leadership Conference last January.)
My final class on Thursday was I am Open for Business, with Carrie Cudney. She talked about the ways Stampin’ Up! supports demonstrators’ businesses and shared the best practices of top demos. Again, lots of food for thought, and at the end of the day I was tired but very motivated.
Friday I made a feeble attempt to create the make-and-take projects. I’m always reminded how challenging it is for me (and maybe for stampers at my camps) to stamp as part of a group. It’s a good lesson.
I took two classes in the afternoon (I am Having Fun with Shannon West and I am Reaching Out with Emily Montoya). Can a class with dancing be anything but fun?
Saturday I vowed to increase my efforts to earn a trip at I am Earning an Incentive Trip with Karen Hauley and panel of demonstrators who have done that. Next year’s cruise is to the western Caribbean. (Who couldn’t use an all-expense paid trip for two?) Then, before lunch and the final General Session, Brian Pilling posed interesting questions during I am a Leader. (Interesting? Like “What would Papa Bear do?” My goal is to find the “just right” approach.)
So that’s my Convention education experience. I don’t remember a Convention with so much useful teaching. Not that there wasn’t screaming and silliness, but I really appreciate the tools to make my Stampin’ Up! business better and stronger.