Sunday, May 20, 2012

SNAP Conference Re-cap

Once upon a time (in April) I went to this conference at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi, UT called SNAP!.  It is really sad that it has taken me this long to write about it because it was such an amazing experience and I have wanted to share with you a few things about it.

First of all, the people.  I am constantly amazed by how incredible the blogging community is.  It truely is like I am visiting another part of my family when I get together with these women.  Some of my greatest friends and supporters are women that I met through blogging.  Love, love them.  It was so fun to meet up with people I already know, and get to know some other new friends as well.  I was so excited that all of the members of Point Of View were able to be in the same place at the same time for the first time ever!  These ladies are the best!

Did you know that bloggers are just people too?  Seriously.  They are just down to earth people that decide to share part of their life on their blog.  One of my favorite classes was a panel that discussed bringing your personal life into your craft blog.  I have been trying to implement some of the ideas into my blog (which is why I started the thought of the week) so that you can get to know me, the person behind the blog. 

One thing that was fun was that I brought my youngest daughter along with me.  She was only 6 months old during the conference and I am still nursing her.  She was so good through the whole thing and was loved on by everyone.  It is a good thing that she is such a good baby! 

Another one of my favorite classes was a photography class taught by Emilie of Photo by Emilie.  She helped me take my camera off of auto.  I know!  I am so excited about it!  She is one of the sweetest ladies ever and gave such easy to follow instructions and tips.  I really enjoyed the class.  Plus, her daughter Penelope is seriously one of the cutest little girls ever.

 The sponsors were incredible.  They spoiled us like crazy!  Seriously, the bag I brought home was PACKED with so many amazing gifts.  When you registered, you were given a huge scentsy bag full of all of the goodies from the other sponsors.  Then, thoughout the conference, there was more swag to be had during the classes.  I especially loved the Scentsy class and the Poppy Seed Projects class.  It was so nice to have a more hands on kind of a class.  I came home with an arm full of new stuff every night to show my husband.  Thank you, thank you to the sponsors!

 Of course, the venue.  Thanksgiving Point was the perfect place to have the conference.  The grounds were beautiful, and it is conveniently 10 minutes from my house.  I loved walking through the gardens a couple of times with some of my favorite people.  It was nice to chat and relax in such a beautiful location!  Oh, and of course take photos since I took the photo class and used my camera in manual mode for the first time ever! 

 What do you think? 

Of course, this post wouldn't be complete without talking about the awesome accessories worn.  Oh my goodness there are some talented ladies!  The earrings, hair pieces, necklaces, shirts, and shoes were all A-MAZ-ING.  Take these boots for instance.  I had to snap a picture of them.  Steph (love her) took her worn out boots and put duct tape on them.  Seriously people.  These boots are covered in patterned duct tape. 

I feel like I am not even touching the tip of the ice berg of how much I loved my experience at SNAP.  It was so well put together by Tauni and her Snapettes.  They had everything so well planned out and made it so enjoyable.  Thank you!  I will be definitely going to the conference again next year!

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Leanne said...

I love your SNAP recap Jonie. It was so fun hanging out with you and baby daughter. Your pictures turned out amazing. It was such a beautiful place to photograph. Thanks for your friendship. I hope to see you this week.

Tauni said...

I am glad you had such a wonderful time at SNAP! It's been so fun reading everyone's recaps...I hope that you will be back next year!


Steph @ Crafting in the Rain said...

Your daughter really was such a cutie! :)
I loved getting to meet you, and I'm totally trying to save pennies to go next year!

Amy at Ameroonie Designs said...

It was a blast and you and baby both are adorable. So glad you were there.

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

It was so great getting the chance to meet you in real life, Jonie! Definitely one of the highlights of my trip :)