I started my day by sleeping in till 7 am. I usually am forced to wake up at 6 am; my daughter insists.
Then off to Memento Mall I went. I got selected to be a Make & Take Helper, and one of the perks of helping out is that we got access to Memento Mall an hour before it opened. It was great, and the items they are offering in Memento Mall were beautiful. I think my favorite item is a plastic cup with a straw decorated Stampin' Up! style. I even bought my husband his own Stampin' Up! polo shirt. He's going to be stylin'.
|Umbrellas in Memento Mall. Thought they were adorable, but not much use for one in NM.|
|Gotta love the displays in Memento Mall.|
|Plastic cup with matching lunch bag. Flowers weren't included.|
|Reusable Shopping Bags.|
|MDS Laptop Skin.|
|Stampin' Up! Apparel.|
My next stop was picking up my convention bag. All I can say about the bag is that It. Is. Amazing! It's so beautiful and there's lots of pockets, and I love the vibrant embroidery on the front.
Next stop: Demonstrator Resource Center
I wandered around here for an hour, looked at the amazing samples, learned some tricks on the triple-layer punches, and planted my flower in the Stampin' Up! garden. I had to commit to share the Stampin' Up! opportunity to somebody by August 16. I think I can do that.
|My Flower in the Stampin' Up! garden|
|Ribbon Ristras (I think....)|
|A chicken made from DSP. Can you imagine making this?|
|Display in the Demonstrator Resource Center|
Next stop: Make & Take Helper Training
During training I got to make most of my make & takes, which are beautiful and amazing. We also got a special gift for being a helper. More on the M&Ts for another day.
|The top of the make & take box.|
|My make & take packet and special pin.|
In the afternoon, I got to participate in a product focus group. I had heard about focus groups, mainly in my marketing classes when I was in grad school, and I was super excited to be part of it. It was fun and very educational. And one of the best parts - I got a free stamp set for participating.
At this point, I had a gap in my schedule, so my sideline, Angela, and I took our rental vehicle and "got lost" in Salt Lake City. I love the mountains and the greenness here. I have mountains at home, but not green mountains. (On a side note: if you ever come to convention, don't rent a vehicle from Fox Rental Cars. We had the worse experience with them.)
The last event of the day was the Kick-Off Garden Party. This was a lot of fun, once I caught my second wind (I was exhausted and hungry). There were "outside" games, such as volleyball and ladderball. And my favorite part was the photo booths. Angela and I sported some outrageous hats. Of course, no Stampin' Up! party is complete without the prize patrol, and they were out in full force.
After the Garden Party, Angela and I ate dinner at the Naked Fish, which I highly recommend if you are ever in Salt Lake City. The sushi there is probably some of the best I have ever had.
Tomorrow classes and general sessions start. Going to head to bed so I can be refreshed for another day of awesomeness.
If you would like to see more picture from convention, check out my facebook page: Stampin' Cita, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator.
I'll write some more tomorrow!!