On Wednesday 4/19, I flew from Sacramento to Salt Lake City where I met up with my roommate, Renae of Benzie Designs. We navigated the light rail (Trax), checked into the hotel (Little America) and walked to Temple Square to eat at the Lion House Pantry.
Registration started Thursday morning. Renae and I met our third roommate, Ali, from Home Crafts By Ali and Ali's Book Nook.
From Thursday afternoon through Saturday afternoon, we had many opportunities to take classes (both hands-on and lecture), listen to speakers, do make-and-takes, and talk with sponsors. There were around 45 sponsors representing a wide variety of products and services.
I did a mix of craft-related classes and business/blogging classes. Both were very valuable. I hesitate to pick a favorite of each because all my classes were fantastic, but if forced to choose, I would say that the iPhone photography class (taught by Chaitra Radhakrishna of PinkPot) was the most useful and the Wilton cake decorating was the most fun.
If I had to describe Snap in one word, I would say fun. The organizers and sponsors made sure Snap was entertaining from start to finish. From meeting the Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Man (who smells like marshmallows!) to celebrating at the unicorn-themed dance party, Snap was fun, fun, fun!
Time will tell whether attending Snap was worth it financially. Between the ticket, airfare, shared hotel room, and gifts for my roommates and Secret Sister, I spent about $1000, which is no small sum for me. I hope I'll be able to earn that back through the new brand relationships I developed.
But even if I don't see the results in my bank account, I think Snap was worth it overall. I learned about creating e-books and e-courses (something I've been seriously considering) from the fabulous Hilary Erickson of Pulling Curls. I finally learned how to use my iPhone camera with some level of proficiency. I tried a new-to-me craft (crochet) and had a cake decorating lesson from one of Wilton's test kitchen chefs. I met a LEGO Master Builder. I stepped out of my comfort zone and experienced a lot of new things. And I brought home 34 lbs. of craft supplies, treats, gifts, sponsor samples, and completed projects. (It would have been 35 lbs. but I didn't know that TSA prohibits spray paint even in checked luggage. Lesson learned.)
Is Snap 2018 in my future? I'm not sure, but I am so grateful to have been a part of Snap 2017. Thanks, as always, to Steve and Trevor who are 100% supportive of everything I do.