I went to my first training day put on by Stampin'Up! last Saturday. I don't know quite what I was expecting but I don't think I was expecting to laugh as much as I did.
The training was held in Lemington Spa and a group of us decided to travel up the day before and stay over night in a hotel. Well, the fun started on the trip up really; although I had not met all the girls before the trip we soon were chatting and laughing like old friends. We stopped in Coventry long enough to scoop up some bargain's in IKEA and then all met up again at the hotel.
We decided to eat in the hotel dinning room and the eight of us talking and giggling soon cleared the few other people there out! We had a lovely and very patient hostess who coped wonderfully with us nutcases and our individual changes to what was on the menu.
After we had eaten we all converged in one bedroom to craft. Again there was more talk and laughter and not as much crafting as we intended but we all enjoyed the evening. It was getting on for 1am before we arranged to meet at 8am for breakfast and all went to our separate beds.
The following morning the weather was glorious and the training venue was a beautiful conference centre. From the start the training was informative and yet still fun and not at all dry. We were all given a stamp set from the new Mini Catalogue and we used that set in Make and Takes in one of the afternoon sessions. All the speakers that day were interesting and I learnt new things from them all, at no time did my attention wane. Stampin' Up! really does support its Demonstrators and I was impressed with the amount of enthusiasm and encouragement I felt from everyone. I am now looking forward to the Convention which is being held in Mainz, Germany in November.