Convention 2012: Registration Day?

Really?  Only Registration Day so far??  Amazing, because there was an amazing amount of FUN and INSPIRATION packed into this single day. If today was the last day, instead of the day before Convention starts, I’d believe it…so much we’ve seen already!

Here’s a shot from last night actually, when we handed out this year’s green hats.  If you’ve seen my Convention photos from past years (see last year’s photos), you know that our group always wears hats so that we can find each other among 3500+ stamp-crazed demonstrators.  Personally, I think this year’s hats are the best ever!

This morning my first stop of Registration Day fun was shopping at the Momento Mall.  Yay!  I mean really, what’s better than shopping?  Why, shopping for fun Stampin’ Up! goodies, of course!

And there were stamping ideas everywhere, even on the displays in the Momento Mall!


Then after shopping, I attended a class for several hours with other demonstrators at the Senior Executive level and above.  We had some great discussions, heard from Rich Jutkins (President of Stampin’ Up!), and visited with friends we only see a few times a year.  And as if that wasn’t great enough, we also received a gift bag of ‘favorite things’ personally selected by Shelli Gardner, Stampin’ Up!’s CEO.  Watch out, Oprah!

After class I met up with my demonstrator group, and was excited to find out that again this year I earned a place in the Founder’s Circle by ranking as one of the top 100 demonstrators in the US.  So a huge shout-out to all you who are a huge part of that achievement — I couldn’t have done it without you!  Here is a picture of me with Tammie Rundle, my friend and LovenStampfuls Demonstrator, since Tammie also earned an award for her recruiting this year.  Way to go, Tammie!!

Finally, after a yummy dinner (mmm… Buca di Beppo) we headed back for our final official event of the night — a bonus My Digital Studio Class.  Don’t we look excited?

You may have heard that My Digital Studio 2 is coming out soon.  No release date yet, but we were all cheering when we were told that we’d each get a copy of MDS2 for a free 30-day trial as part of our class, plus a printed Board Book to take home, AND a disk of new digital downloads.  EEK!!

Want to know what I think of the new MDS2?  It was “love at first click” for me! My favorite new feature is the selection tool for the digital templates.  EEK!!  (I’m feeling a bit repetitive.)  But really, EEK!!  When I start a new project, it’s so wonderful to be able to browse all the templates at one time, and pick the one that’s perfect.  EEK!!

There are a slew of other great new features, but I have to get to bed so that I’ll be able to post tomorrow, on DAY 1 of Convention!  Really?  How can it be that we are not even started on the actual Convention yet??  All I can say is that if you were thinking about coming next year as a demonstrator, then you should start making plans now.  You definitely don’t want to miss out!

Happy Stamping!

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