Most of you know that Gia and I have been working together for a little over a year now but had never met in person. Well, this event made that happen and we couldn't wait to finally laugh and share IN PERSON! I looked and looked but she was hiding (LOL just kidding) so she saw me first, then we just squealed and hugged and hugged!!! And then the giggling started. ;)
When we arrived at the hotel to drop off our bags and register for the retreat, we were given a heavy tote bag filled with wonderful goodies from QK, American Crafts, and other sponsors as well. There were lots of dies, both 4x4 and 2x2, a couple of alphabets, a cute cute apron, even water and snacks, and more. And believe it or not, neither Gia nor I had any of the dies that were included in our welcome bag. Oh, I take that back, there was one that I already have. One!Amazing when you consider first, how many dies I own (and no, I will not be ashamed) and second, the number of dies they gave us! Holy cow!
My name badge
Just a few of the freebies in our goodie bags!
Our days were filled with fun classes and great speakers, fun-to-make projects, and really good food. We met some very nice people, most with brick & mortar stores, some with online stores, and some we even knew or had been to their websites. And everyone was very complimentary of Scrapbuggy and particularly Gia's wonderful customer service. Which, of course, goes without saying. Retailers came from all over the country, and the world--as far as Germany and Singapore.
This cute door hanger is one of the projects we made in the American Crafts class.
Look at these cute new fabric covered thickers from American Crafts.
The morning we left, we took a quick tour of the QuicKutz offices and warehouse. I was awe-struck with the floor to ceiling rows and rows of QuicKutz boxes, and the loooooong rows of shelves and shelves of dies. Brian kept insisting it was nothing special, but we insisted right back that, HELLO!, it was VERY special to us! It's not the same when you work there every day as it is when you are a fan who loves using the product every day. It was fun to see the operation and the office of the best sales reps around. Gia had been there once before, but still we both enjoyed it very much.
Here I am in front of the gates of die cutting heaven. LOL
Looking down into the warehouse from the landing at the door of the QK offices. Isn't it cool?!
So there you have the trip in a nut shell. Is that awesome, or what? Maybe it won't come across quite as awesome when you read it as it felt when it was happening, but trust me. It was awesome. I'll be posting pictures and projects over the next few days so keep checking back.