Monday, May 1, 2017

SNAP Conference 2017

Over a week ago I attended SNAP, a busy and fun conference for Bloggers  I had a great time seeing my old friends, making new ones, and learning new things.

Fellow AFCI Designer and SNAP attendee Cindy deRosier has such a great post on the conference here (http://www.cindyderosier.com/2017/04/snap-conference-2017-overview.html).  Check it out!

I arrived at SNAP one day before the event began, as I had a better choice of flights.  I was able to fly from Ottawa to Toronto, Canada with only a two-hour layover before my next flight to Salt Lake City.

My welcome at the Little America Hotel was pleasant as per last year, and I had a lovely room.  The next day the sun was shining after the night's rain, and I took a nice walk around the area.  I was so pleased to notice all the lovely flowers in the gardens, the green grass, and the trees full of leaves.  After all, Ottawa had just come out of winter, and we were all starving for that spring sunshine!

At noon I met up with fellow Cricut Bloggers/Brand Ambassadors to help with the booth's set up.  I got the noble task of unpacking and plugging all the shiny new Cricut machines.  Afterward,  I sewed, and sewed, and sewed hundreds of paper diamond banners for the backdrop of the booth (Thanks to Baby Lock and Nancy's Notions).  I still see those paper die cuts in my sleep!!!  LOL.



Later that evening, there was a Get Together of the Utah Sewing Bloggers at the Maker Space just outside Salt Lake City.   The event was organized by
Kimberly Parrett Coffin  from http://sweetredpoppy.com,  and sponsored by:



 Cricut™ and Canon were also there with fun Make n Takes.



There were refreshments, too many treats, gift bags, and prizes.  One of those prizes was won by yours truly!


I see my trip to SNAP as my second most expensive marketing investment after attending Creativation.  However, two years in a row,  I have personally found the return to be greater.  Each event is unique, and I cannot compare them adequately, AFCI events are more Trade and Industry concentrated, while SNAP is about Bloggers and Digital Content Creators.  SNAP is also, about Creative Entrepreneurs and Lifestyle Influencers (Cooking, Creating, Party Planning).


I attended "The Secrets of successful Brand Relationships" with Whitney Curtis of Home Depot, Cooper Monroe of Motherhood, and Karen Nolan of Lego.

Later I brushed up on my crochet skills with Bethany Dearden.  The next day I learned "How to Sew a Rag Quilt" with Nicole Schneider from Nancy's Notions.  I also won a New Serger from Baby Lock!
I enjoyed the first quilting class so much I attended the "T-shirts Quilts Made Easy" with Donna Parker also from Nancy's Notions.  On the last day I attended two more sewing classes: "Sewing Doll Clothes with Quick-Trace Templates", and "Turn Doodle Sketches Into Works of Art."

In between learning sessions I met with all of the sponsors as I visited their booths and participated in all their projects, or Make n Takes.

The sponsors of Snap included: Rust-Oleum, Spellbinders, Wagner, LEGO,Fresh Books, Darice, Canon, DecoArt, FloraCraft, Sherwin Williams, Cricut, Adobe, Nancy's Notions', Plaid, Polaroid, savings.com, Silhouette, Simplicity, Sizzix, The Motherhood, thermoweb, Kraft, Charmed, Cents of Style, DMC, Zaycon, adThrive, Michaels, Ryobi Nation, Expressions Vinyl, Get Away Today, Close tomyHeart, Oriental Trading, Swig, Amy Robinson, Timeless Treasures, Authentic Denim, OLFA, Wilmington Batiks, Ontrend, Lindt, Tailor, Clover.

I hope to share more projects that were influenced by all that  I learned while at SNAP in the future.  Stay tuned to my Blog and YouTube, for more.  Thanks for stopping by.
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