Convention 2011: Registration and Shopping!

We’re here!  It’s here!  Convention officially opened today, and if you remember my posts from Conventions past, you might recall that my demonstrator group usually wears some kind of fun green hat, so that we can find each other easily among the 3000+ demonstrators at Convention.  Well this year is no different, so here we are, getting our green hats for this year!  I think Kim did a great job finding these hats–they’re actually pretty cute!

To head from our hotel over to the Convention center, we have a short walk.  But in Salt Lake City they have these fun traffic flags!  You pick one up on one side of the street, then carry it with you across to the far side.  I haven’t quite decided if the flags are really just a joke to mark us tourists or not, but until we figure it out, we have fun impersonating elementary school crossing guards!

My first stop of the day was Momento Mall, and who doesn’t love to shop for cute things created with Stampin’ Up! exclusive artwork and the Stampin’ Up! logo?  Each year the Momento Mall is filled with all the things I “need”.  And the displays this year really top all past years.  Here is the wave of umbrellas, sculpted on a wall:

Did you seen the rain boots, too?  They were filled with paper flowers in Stampin’ Up! colors!

On Registration Day we also get to visit the Awards Booth to pick up the free stamp sets and pins we’ve earned for the year.  Most excitingly, I received a Founder’s Circle pin and exclusive purse this year again, which means that I’ll be in the top 100 for the Demonstrator of the Year Award.  Wow!  Very exciting, and you can probably see how happy we are — my friend Missy and I, posing here with our purses.

Finally, after a busy day and a fabulous Garden Party with Stampin’ Up! to cap off the official events of Convention Registration Day, we ended up at a nice dinner with our group.

I’d like to say that I headed straight home to the hotel and then directly to bed, but of course I had to write up some photos of the day for you all!  What a fun way to kick off Convention 2011.  But now I really do need to head to sleep so I’ll be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the *actual* beginning of Convention tomorrow.

Happy Stamping!

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