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I Just Signed Up for Stampin’ Up!’s On Stage Local ‘Convention’ in San Diego

Why am I telling you this?  Well, I just want you to know what I do to improve and enhance my Stampion’ Up! business–I try my best to attend Stampin’ Up! events.  In addition to learning about new products I also get to see demonstrator friends whom I’ve met over my 21 years as a demonstrator.

The main convention this year, called On Stage LIVE, is in Amsterdam!  I just couldn’t fit that into any part of my schedule.  It lasts for three days and is far far away.  At the On Stage LOCAL, highlights of the LIVE event are streamed so we get the feel of the excitement of being there.

We do get to experience much of the excitement of the three day convention, just in a very condensed way.  Attendees receive the same convention tote bag — we never know what it’ll look like until it’s actually in our little hands.  Inside the bag is usually a NEW, not-yet-released-stamp set (woohoo!), a pen, perhaps a pin.

During the day we have presenters (like I was in November, sharing the Lift me Up and Dragonfly Dreams product suites plus the Watercolor Pencils) sharing new product, speakers from Stampin’ Up!’s home office in Riverton Utah, and 4-5 Make & Takes using new products.  Demonstrators are definite suckers for new products!  We go wild.  Sadly it’s only one quick day.

The good news is that the LIVE convention will return to North America next November so we’ll have easier access to the three-day convention.  It’ll be in Salt Lake City.  (I attended my first Stampin’ Up! convention 2 months after signing up as a demonstrator!!)  Due to the growth (thank you very much) of Stampin’ Up!, conventions are now held every six months, with the main live three day event rotating between Europe, North America and the South Pacific.  We can attend any one we want to but usually time and money are deciding factors.  I was able to attend the first international convention in Brussels in 2015.  My rationale was that I was going to #1 go to Brussels and #2 get to visit friends and former exchange students while in that part of Europe.  I met a new friend in my awesome roommate Terri Walker who now lives in The Hague.  I was one of 8 (crazy) Americans in attendance.

 

 SaChau, former San Jose CA neighbor in Paris

Chau, former San Jose CA neighbor in Paris

 

The Marailhac Family In Rouen

The Marailhac Family In Rouen, France. Dad’s sister was a former exchange student.  Aren’t they just too photogenic?

 

My roomie, Terry Walker, American living in The Hague

My roomie, Terry Walker, American living in The Hague.  We got along fabulously!

 

My German 'son, Stephan, and his family in northern Germany

My German ‘son’, Stephan, and his family in northern Germany.  He was with us for a year in 1989-90.  I was right at home with them.  I’d never met his kids before and that alone was priceless.

 

Brigitte and family in Frankfurt, Germany

Brigitte and family in Frankfurt, Germany.  Get this:  Mom, Brigitte (center), is the ex-wife of my niece’s ex-husband.  I had met her daughter’s in the US twice previously, but not her.  Oh did we have a great time together!!!

 

Why do I share all this?  To let you know what fun it is to be a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator.  What opportunities you can avail yourself of.  Attending a convention is not necessary but you do get lots of product information, some free product, and the opportunity to meet other demonstrators from around the world now.

If you’d like more information, or just to chat about it, send me an email, blythe@stampingwithblythe.com or give me a call (209-352-1059).  I’m open, available, not pushy, love what I do, and love to share what I do!

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