Creativation 2019

These are the moments that remind me how lucky I am to work in the Creative Industry.

Opening Day…waiting for the show to open

Last month, I got the opportunity to fly to Phoenix to work and attend the Creativation Show.

For those of you that don’t know what Creativation is, it is the annual trade show for everyone

involved in the Hobby and Creative Industry.

Manufacturers, Distributors, Retailers, Designers, Bloggers.

For me, as a designer, it’s also the opportunity to reconnect face to face with friends

that I only get to see once a year.  (you know…”my tribe”)

Oh… and the chance to see what’s new and the latest and greatest in the industry.

Make and Takes in the Deflecto Booth

I always have great intentions of taking tons of pictures and possibly a video or two.

But in Reality…I also have to work.  (or play)

Each day, I taught a different “make and take” in the Deflecto Booth.

Deflecto is one of the great companies I have the honor of working with.

Deflecto is known for their awesome craft storage.

The Great Wall of Deflecto Stack ‘N Go Caddy Wheel Base, Craft Organizers*

At Creativation we like to have a little fun.

Each day in the Deflecto Booth they host a Stack ‘N Go Caddy Challenge,

attendees compete to see who can fill and stack the caddies with the fastest time.

(The one with the best time each day wins a American Express Gift Card.)

It’s a big hit and can get quite competitive at times.  At the end of the show, if you’ve got

your special postcard stamped, they give away all caddies used to build the great wall.

It’s a fun booth to work in.

Another company I have the privilege of working with is StyleTechCraft.

They have the best adhesive vinyl to work with.  (and they treat me like a queen)

As you can see…I had a three hour demo on Saturday.

Graphic 45 Booth

I love all their new paper collections.

The Graphic 45 booth is always one of my favorites because their samples are always

so beautiful and inspiring.

Bloom where you are planted…(I need this collection)

Another one of my favorite booths is the Jillibean Soup booth.

Besides being know for their fun paper collections they also have a wonderful line called

Mixed the Media.  I love everything about this collection.

I NEED these windows.  (just saying)

I also took a little “me time” and did a make and take in the Jillibean booth.  

This is from their Embroidery Hoop Art collection.

Simple Stories Booth

This is embarrassing.  As much as I LOVE Simple Stories, this is is the only picture I took.

Sometimes…I get to talking too much (and drooling) to take pictures.

Tim Holtz ideal-olgy Booth

As a “vintage lover” this booth always stops me in my tracks.

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Idea-ology Booth Make and Take

Look what I made.  Isn’t he cute?

 At Creativation there is a large variety of classes that attendees can take.  

Business classes, workshops.  This is from the Waffleflower class I took.

I got to use their new “Water Media Mat” that will be available next month.

I always wish I would have taken more pictures. 

My pictures are only a super small sample of all the wonderful and creative things

to see and do at the Creativation Show.

If you’d like to see more…

Check out the Creativation Round Up on the Designer Craft Connection Blog.

        

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Quick & Easy Washi Tape Make-Over

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Quick and Easy, Keep It Simple.  Sounds like a great DIY plan. 

With a little creativity you can transform plain into something fun and personal.

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I started with a plain pencil cup from Deflecto.

With a little Washi Tape wrapped around the top and bottom of the cup, a couple of stickers and

accessories…  I now have a cute pencil cup to set on my desk.

I added a couple of my favorite pictures of my special guys from last year.  (boy have they grown)

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Need a couple “brownie points” for the upcoming back to school?

This would make a great teacher gift.

Just add the Teacher’s Name, Grade or “Welcome Back to School” along with a apple sticker or two.

Great for Dorm Rooms too.

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Three Sided Vacation Memory Frame

Make the memories last this summer with a three sided Vacation Memory Frame.

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One of my favorite things to do with my family is spending time at the beach.

Lazy Days, Soaking Up the Sun, Playing in the Water…

It’s a special time and I want to remember those times forever.

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Relax and Enjoy

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For my frame I used a Marketing Holders Classic 3 Sided Plastic Sign Holder, 4 x 6 Clear

from Deflecto and paper from Canvas Corp Brands.

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How to Make a Garden Butterfly Sign

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How to make a Garden Butterfly Sign.

A fun technique using Black Sign Tags from Deflecto Craft Solutions.

According you my you tube account it’s been 4 years since I made my first video.

I guess it was finally time for my second one.  (let me know what you think)

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Mini Desk Calendar

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Today’s project is one of those quick & easy projects that just make me smile.

You can put together this Mini Desk Calendar in just a few minutes.

I started with a 3″ x 4″ clear acrylic frame from Deflecto Craft Solutions

and a Mini Tear Off Calendar from Taylored Expressions.

Along with some left over scrapbook paper from a class I was working on.

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And… because the paper is inserted inside the frame you can easily change

it out with the seasons.  You can make the mini desk calendar with the acrylic

frame upright or laying down.  Either one is cute.

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Lucky Day Frame

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There’s something about turning the calendar page to March that makes me feel happy.

Even though we got snow on March 1rst and ice on March 3rd, I can’t help but feel

that Spring’s just right around the corner.  And… that really makes me happy!

I don’t usually decorate for St. Patrick’s Day…

but after getting this green bordered frame from Deflecto and seeing this “Lucky Day”

collection from Authentique Paper, I was inspired.

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I did a little fussy cutting with the hat and shamrocks and adhered them directly onto the front of

the frame.  I also water-colored directly onto the cream paper flower to make it match the flowers

on the scrapbook paper.

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Pretty in Pink

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Little Miss Serenity, so Pretty in Pink.

I was shopping with my sister the day she/we found this pretty pink outfit.

As any good sister would, I helped her justify why she really needed it.

I’m good at that sort of thing.

I told her “just think of how cute it’ll look in pictures”.

I was right, wasn’t I?

It’s hard to believe my sweet little niece will be four in just a couple of weeks.

Such a Sweetie!

Acrylic Frame with Pink Border from Deflecto Craft Solutions

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