SNAP! Not only is this the signature noise a camera makes when snapping selfies and silly pictures of our kids, it’s also the name of one of our favorite events of the year, SNAP, a three-day conference event celebrating creative entrepreneurs.
Expressionery.com was lucky enough to attend with our friend and partner Laura Kelly of Laura Kelly Designs and in between the networking, hands-on workshops and amazing giveaways, it was a makers dream!
Each year creatives from all corners of the US gather in Salt Lake City, UT to learn about the latest crafting products and trends, as well as attend educational seminars. Participants choose from a number of topic-based sessions, all aimed at teaching skills to help small businesses grow. From social marketing, to affiliate selling, relationship building and revenues streams, there is something for every kind of maker.
Plus, there’s plenty of hands-on DIY activities, product demonstrations, delicious food and if you’re lucky some prime entertainment. (Like wedding and events mogul David Tutera singing a telegram ditty- wink wink. Watch the clip!)
It’s a great opportunity for creative entrepreneurs to come together, learn from one another and find inspiration to create amazing things.
Here’s a look back at some of our favorite 2015 SNAP conference highlights:
SNAP Door Decorating Contest Decorating doors isn’t just for kids in school, adults enjoy it too. Trust us, thanks to sponsors 3M/Scotch we were treated to a wide display of creative ways to use tape on a door. Each morning when we’d leave our rooms it was impossible to miss the uplifting messages and decor outside each attendee’s room. Such a great start to the day!
This year the theme was #Expressions2UpLift.
Laura Kelly’s team door featured colorful buckets with inspiring quotes about joy, creativity, love, peace and hope for SNAP attendees to grab on their way down to breakfast or to and from classes. Accented with mini galvanized buckets, flowers and a watering can, the door was blooming with positivity.
Head over to Instagram and see the full range of gorgeous creations by searching for the hashtag #Expressions2UpLift.
David Tutera Sings
While making new friends is always a highlight, without a doubt the star of the show was David Tutera, the keynote speaker during Friday’s dinner. David shared his tips on authenticity in a saturated creative market, something that really resonates with us here at Expressionery.com.
He also surprised attendees with a short song (which he calls a ditty) from his former days of working as a singing telegram performer. His first business was charmingly called Witty Ditty and Balloons in Style.
Who knew we’d get dinner and a show?!
Laura Kelly Designs Breakfast After an eventful few days, our good friend Laura Kelly and 450 of her closest friends met for breakfast bright and early Saturday morning. As a true testament of her sweet character, Laura personally sewed 450 unique bags featuring her buttons and adorable flowers made of Spoonflower fabric – one for each of the attendees seated at the breakfast.
At each place setting was also a card craft kit, stamping test card and Expressionery stamps to test. (If you were lucky enough to attend the breakfast, don’t forget to look inside your bag for an Expressionery goodies)
It was incredibly generous of Laura to invite us along as her guest. It was a perfect demonstration of how Laura treats partners, fans and the crafting community. She’s a cheerleader for so many, while staying constantly true to her style and her brand. She’s authentic in every sense of the word and we just love working with her!
Ronald McDonald Service Project Another common theme among speaker sessions was the act of giving and volunteering. Throughout the conference attendees were invited to a special room to make greeting cards for those families residing at the local Ronald McDonald Charity House. These cards are gifts from SNAP to be sent from the families for various life celebrations. Expressionery was happy to donate a few stamps to help with the decorating process.
Everyone was encouraged to take some time out from the conference to create a few handmade cards and it was neat to see attendees sign each one with our signature “Handmade by” Laura Kelly self-inking stamp.
Overall SNAP was an amazing experience, full of great tips, motivational speakers and fabulous attendees. We can’t wait to see what next year brings!
Did you attend SNAP? What was your favorite highlight? Share with us in the comments below.