Let me start off my scrapbooking adventures in New Zealand
with this funny picture (below). After the Senz event was over, Jodi, owner of Scrapaholics
hosted a special VIP evening of cocktails and yummy food. But the part that made me giggle the most were the plates and napkins. Jodi purchased them from a specialty store called Martha's Backyard for my visit. I thought it was a fitting tribute to my trip and this Independence Day
Senz 2011 is a yearly consumer event focusing on scrapbooking and paper crafts and features many stores and some New Zealand and Australian manufacturers' booths. It's a great place to be inspired because they have so many great classes, especially when they invite a manufacturer representative (me) from the US to come teach!!
|Me in the Scrapaholics Booth (day before event)|
The event was first class and the Scrapaholics
team were among some of the hardest working and pleasant people I've ever worked with at a consumer event. This is Jodi, owner of Scrapaholics
and my best friend because she brought me my first Dr. Pepper after 5 days there. She found out it is my favorite, but you can't buy it in New Zealand unless you go to a specialty US store OR Jodi's shop. So she showed up with a cooler full of DP just for me. I was so excited I had to capture this moment on my camera!!
|Jodi, me and my first Dr Pepper in NZ|
Did I mention how NICE everyone I met was in New Zealand? Seriously, they're patient and sweet. I especially liked Hebie and Helen. Helen was so sweet and brought us food to eat for lunch. Because like ALL convention centers the food is never really worth it, especially for the money it cost too!
|Hebie and Helen, Teachers at Scrapaholics|
Here are the great customers and staff of Scrapaholics
at our Cocktail night. I showed them how to put together party corsages to wear for the evening using the i-bond glue gun, roly rosies & petal roller and silk flowers all from Imaginisce.
Isn't the name of Jodi's shop PERFECT in every country...Scrapaholics
. I think we all consider ourselves one! And after my first purchase there they were nice enough to send me on my way with a loyalty punch card...with a reminder that I have to redeem it within a year (I hope).
|Front of the Scrapaholics Store (love her logo)|
I was honored to be among some of my favorite scrapbook personalities as teachers at this event. The very talented and bubbly, Trina McClune and the ever popular (and shorter then me) Nic Howard were there too! I wished I had time to take their classes too!!
|Trina, me and Nic|
I can never express my gratitude and appreciation to Jodi of Scrapaholic
s, KK and Suping Lee of Kays Company
(distributor) for bringing me out to New Zealand. And thanks to Imaginisce
for sponsoring the classes with so many great products...the Kiwis loved it all!! It was a trip of a lifetime and so wonderful to connect with so many people that have the same passion for paper and this industry that I do. They were lovely hosts and I hope they come to Utah one day so I can repay their kindness. Thank you!!
That sounds like a wonderful trip! New Zealand (and Australia) are on my bucket list. I am so happy you had the opportunity to go AND meet so many lovely scrappers.
Looks like an most excellent trip. I'm so jealous :)
Hi Lori - it was great to meet you at the event. I only had time to do a make and take and not a class as we had the stand next door and we were super busy too! Great to hear the event was also a sucess for the lovely ladies from Scrapaholics.
So glad you enjoyed visiting our beautiful country
New Zealand would be an amazing place to visit, I am so jealous. The convention looked amazing too, another reason to be jealous! So glad it was a huge success.
It was great to meet you. I loved your Little Cutie Class and we ROCK_ED it and my Miss 4 loves the Ring I made with you on the Make N Take. Thanks for visiting us down under, Teryl :)
OMG you look like you had soooooooooo much fun! I wish you could do a class in Oklahoma City!
This sounds like it was quite a wonderful adventure! I am really impressed by the care the hosts showed you with the DP and USA-themed tableware---how thoughtful! I am hopping over from Imaginisce---I already follow your blog!
what fun!!! Im a new follower from imaginisce!
SUPER fun!! I wish I could be there:) I'm a new follower!
Looks like you had loads of fun you...I got to meet Nic at our Scrapbook convention in 2010, she is the sweetest. As for Trina she is a penpal of mine, what a small world...♥
Looks like such a cute store, love their logo. I bet that was a wonderful trip. Hope you got to enjoy some time there!
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