Monday, August 5, 2013

My 2013 Holiday Catalog Open House

I want to thank all the gals who stopped by on Saturday, August 3rd for my 2013 Holiday Catalog Open House! I *love* so much having the opportunity to visit with you, and also to share all the new and fun products with you :-D I am already excited about how awesome they are, and then you guys get me even more excited about them!!! For those of you who missed out, or maybe those of you who are demonstrators yourselves (or thinking about Becoming a Demonstrator), here is a little peek at my setup. I do not have a "studio" I can devote to my events, so I just use my front room. And we rent, so my setup is not a fancy built-in deal. I just use what I have--I would much rather invest in more fun Stampin' Up! product than pieces of furniture to showcase it!

This is what you see on the far wall as you come in the front door. There are two inexpensive (read: assemble-it-yourself) bookcases I got years ago, with a shelf removed from each, so I can fit a card tree in the top. The card trees are each on a lazy susan, so they spin around for card viewing. The shelf below the card tree on the left is filled with kits--Paper Pumpkin, Dude You're Welcome, the new UNDEFINED carving kit, and I also put the Epic Day This and That Journal and some coordinating accessories there. Below the card tree on the right, I have My Digital Studio samples and projects featured:

Between the bookcases is a super sturdy Danish console I got for only $35 on Craigslist, in brand new condition--I love it! I can put my catalogs and flyers on the shelves, and stack my products and displays on top. On top of the console are a couple of folding metal shelves that add height to this display. I am sure I got them on sale and/or with a coupon from a big box craft store. And this is a better shot of the project I created with the Build-a-Banner Kit and the Christmas Accessory Kit:

Looking to the right of the bookcases and console, you'll see into the rest of the front room. I have my dining table down there (which pulls out long enough to seat 8), and some miscellaneous stands and craft drawers at the end:

Once guests are seated at the table, it's tough to get around the table. I wanted to add some displays there, but nothing that stuck out too much, so I just used some hooks made especially for drywall, and tied some string across there. My samples (of each year's In Color Collections) are hung from the string with paper clips...they are cute little square-shaped paper clips called Regal Clips, or some people call them Owl Clips. Google them--you will never want to be caught using "regular" paper clips again!:

At the end of the dining table, I have a TV set up on another inexpensive (assemble-it-yourself) stand, and I hooked that up to my laptop. No, it's not especially chic and beautiful, but this was SUPER handy to watch quick product videos, like the ones for the new Thinlits Card Dies, and the project video featuring the Festive Flurry stamp set and Framelits Bundle:

And, of course, it's hard to find a laptop without a cat on top of it! Gizmo is ready at a moment's notice to help me with any technical issues that might arise ;-)

My pictures are kind of grainy, due to the afternoon lighting in the room, so it's hard to get a good look at any of the actual samples. Don't worry, I'll be featuring those over future blog posts, in clear pictures for you! This was just meant to be sort of an overview :-)

~Kimberley Morris Colorado Springs, CO
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