On Thursday, I flew out to Salt Lake City to meet up with Laura and about 400 other creative ladies for a conference called SNAP! The conference is geared toward DIY and Craft bloggers (or anything creative, really) bringing together the bloggers and brands in the creative space giving them the opportunity to network, learn and support each other. Laura was one of the conference sponsors and I went to support her as well as to learn, be inspired and meet new people.
I brought Ivy along on the adventure and if you have been following me on Instagram, you will recognize a lot of these photos.
After a VERY early morning departure and flight from Virginia to Salt Lake City, Ivy was ready to kick back and catch her breath at the hotel. Laura made me a “Little Char” – as in my very own peep that was just a little taller than Ivy. Our entire team got them and they were so much fun. I love the fun stamp and stationery that greeted me which was also designed by Laura and made by Expressionery.com.
The conference sponsors had booths that you could visit and each one had something you could make or do. At the Elmer’s booth Ivy checked out their glues and signed a poster, then she posed (with the help of one of her new Elmer’s friends) for a photo with her funky sunglasses.
We stopped in the McDonald’s relaxation lounge for a little snack and to make some cards for special families who visit the Ronald McDonald House. Families with children who have to spend extended periods of time in the hospital can stay in a Ronald McDonald House at no cost. They often miss special occasions or just want to send a note to a friend. The attendees at SNAP made about 500 cards to give to the local RMHC for the families who stay there.
I made this card using the supplies they had for us to use.
At the Darice booth I tested out different decorative tapes and made a little jar of snacks.
The conference featured some really great hands-on classes on everything from crochet to wire wrap jewelry, sewing and more! I took the crochet class which ended up being a lot of fun.
Laura took the sewing class and made Ivy a brand new apron using the fabric she designed – that you can purchase at Spoonflower.com.
At the Joann booth, I fell in LOVE with the Bistro markers from Uchida Marvy. They are so much fun to use on chalkboard paint surfaces. I drew my favorite flower for Ivy.
And then I made these fun tags for Megan, Natalie and our friend Hannah.
Our friends at the Simplicity Creative Group had the most fun Trim Pop stand set up and they were very happy that Ivy came to visit them. The Trim Pops were all different and were made by covering styrofoam balls with trim and pinning it in place. We all got to pick our favorite one to bring home and you can simply unpin the trim and use what you need. I am really excited about our visit with Simplicity and hope to get up to NYC to visit them soon!
One of the best parts about going to a conference like SNAP is using products that you have never used before. Dohvinci from Hasbro is just too cool for words. Think Play-doh meets cake icing! You put doh cartridges in the the dispenser and then you can draw – like you might decorate a cake – and then it dries hard and you have a new piece of art work. I will have a giveaway for one of the sets in a few weeks.
I also used a Sizzix machine for the first time ever while I was at SNAP. This is the display wall in their booth which just made me happy – so creative, so pretty, so many new ideas!
On Saturday morning, Laura was the sponsor of the oh, so colorful and creative breakfast. As part of her super team, I helped get it all set up. Each place had a neat card making kit and bag of goodies from Expressionery and other sponsors. Doesn’t that look like a fun way to start your day?
Laura gave away TEN amazing prizes to lucky members of the SNAP community.
Before breakfast started Ivy got her photo taken with “Little Char” who was up on stage during Laura’s speech. I am thinking of ways “Little Char” can get involved in Camp Doll Diaries this summer. What do you think?
Yep, that’s me with my peep version of me! I think Laura drew my “Little Char” on a curly hair day – and we both forgot to put on our glasses!
I took some Doll Diaries pajamas with me (yes, you can still buy them in the Etsy shop or at My Doll’s Life) and gave them out to some of my new friends – like Tabitha from DecoArt and Michelle from Simplicity. I had one pair left so Ivy gave them away at the last lunch. I hope some girls are really excited by the fun Doll Diaries goodies their moms brought home for them.
The trip was fast, fabulous and exhausting, but I am so glad I went. The amount of inspiration, energy and new friendships that I gained were just what I needed right now. I am SO excited for the upcoming months as we get ready for Camp Doll Diaries and spend another summer together being creative!