SNAP! Recap {Part 2: The Classes}

SNAP recap 2013

Sooo many classes to choose from! I wanted to attend them all, but could only be in one place at a time.

While prepping for SNAP!, I read tips on attending a Blog Conference.  One of the tips was to sit by someone new at each class, so that’s exactly what I tried to do.

So glad I did because I met some amazing women in doing so (really, all bloggers are amazing!)  I was so proud of myself…I talked!  My Roomies might even tell you I talked too much!  To my advantage, most bloggers (like 99%) do NOT look like their perfect glossy photo on their blog.  They are all just real-life women.  I wasn’t nervous to talk to them because I didn’t realize how “big” their blogs were until after I started talking to them.

Below is a brief overview of the trip day by day…If you are interested in more information from each class, most are posted on each presenter’s blog.

Day 1: Registration, Chalk Paint & Pinterest Power

The first day, we got up super early to make it to IKEA right when they opened…I had never been to IKEA and we do not have one in Kansas City.  Loved it!  Luckily IKEA is opening next fall in Kansas City because I have a lengthy wish list!

After IKEA, we headed to Registration which was overwhelming…I kept seeing bloggers and thinking “Oh my gosh, that’s so-and-so from such-and-such blog in real life.  We picked up amazing SWAG bags (Stuff We All Get) and chatted with awesome vendors.  

On to the classes…

A Personal Journey with Chalk Paint with Lisa (Annie Sloan Unfolded)

I have been wanting to try out chalk paint for a while now and after taking this class I have a couple projects lined up! Chalk paint is beautiful, easy and forgiving…You cannot mess it up! Yay!  It paints over any surface and can withstand wear and tear. (Perfect for this Momma of 3 little boys!)

Pinterest Power with Heather (Whipperberry) and Jamielyn (I Heart Naptime)

This class was eye-opening! I thought I knew quite a bit about Pinterest…Wrong!  Pinterest is the best FREE way to market a blog.  There are most searched key words, best times to post, key people to follow and the list goes on!  The best tips I can pass on is to create and pin AWESOME, clear, vertical pictures with easy to read labels of what the picture is about and DO-NOT repin…always pin from the original source.

Day 2: Breakfast with Lisa Leonard, Balancing Life, Printables with POW, How to Paint Anything

Breakfast with Lisa Leonard (Lisa Leonard designs)

Lisa Leonard was the perfect way to begin the day.  She was fresh and real…just like listening to a friend.  She shared the importance of keeping your family as #1, taking advantage of opportunities, and making sure to share your fails, your vulnerability, who you really are.  This is what people connect with, not the glossy photos of a clean house…show the behind the scenes.

How To Do It All: Tips and Tricks for Juggling Blog, Family and Home with Becky (Organizing made Fun) and Lisa (The Pennington Point)

Oh how I needed this class!  They went into detail about how to manage a family and a blog, giving many suggestions of what works for them and how to do it.  Plan, Plan, Plan, but be flexible when something changes.  Family is 1st…A blog should NEVER come before family.  I could have listened to them all day!

Printables with POW with Bettijo and Aimee (Paging Supermom)

This class detailed the ins and outs of all things printables, how to make them successful, copyright and the best in programs and layout design.  So much information…But I feel I am armed with the information to make amazing printables as soon as I have some time! 

How to Paint Anything with Lindsay (Makely School For Girls) and Diane (In My Own Style)

They knew everything about all kinds of paint and what and how to use it!  Awesome!  Latex, Oil Gel, Spray, Chalk, Milk, Wood Stain, Glaze and successful tips and tricks.  Now, I look around my house and think of all the ways I can paint my furniture!

Day3: Succulents & Terrariums, Be More Powerful with Ana White, Parties that Wow, Poppyseed Projects

Succulents & Terrariums with Cynthia (Conservation Garden Park) and Margee Rader

We learned ALL about succulents…How to care for them (neglect), really cool ways to use succulents in and outside and even made a  cute terrarium necklace.  So much fun and a perfect relaxing way to start the day.  I have so many ideas of how to use succulents in my home decor.  I may even have won a prize in this class…You may have seen these on the TV Show, Shark Tank.

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Succulent examples from SNAP! {}

What I won at SNAP! {}

Be More Powerful with Ana White (Ana White)

Ana demonstrated how to use all sorts of Power Tools and made it look so easy that anyone could do it!  She also gave us a list of her favorite tools and why we needed them.  If you haven’t checked out her book, The Handbuilt Home, you should…Step by step for even the novice carpenter.

Parties that Wow with Mariah (Giggles Galore) and Michelle (Maddycakes Muse)

This was a high energy class!  These lovely ladies created the atmosphere of a party in the room…So much fun!  They share oodles of ideas for all different types of parties.  Most importantly, Party planning should be fun.  Use what you have on hand and make it work.  Each party should have the Rule of Five: See, Hear, Touch, Taste and Feel.

Poppyseed Projects with Holly & Kim (Poppyseed Projects)

Poppyseed Projects is a fun company run by these two sweet ladies.  They specialize in making people feel like they can create something beautiful.  We all had the opportunity to try out some of Poppyseed Projects awesome products.  I created this darling Chalkboard Art which was super simple, but who can tell?!  Be sure to check out their blog and idea gallery!

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…Whew!  That was a lot, but I hope you found some useful information.  OR maybe I even inspired you to start saving your pennies for SNAP! next year.  I learned so much…so much more than I could share in just one post.  It would take me days!  

Coming Soon: SNAP! Recap {Part 3: The Experience}  

Don’t miss the rest of this series:

What I Wore Wednesday {WIWW: Snap Edition}

 SNAP! Recap {Part 1}

**If you would like more information on anything posted in the SNAP! Recap series, please comment and I’ll be happy to share!**

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      Yay! Start saving for next year…It’s amazing! I’m already planning on it. If you want more details on any of the classes, I have pages of notes (I’m kinda nerdy like that…teacher in me!)

      Have a great day!


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