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4.18.2012

SNAP - She believed that she could...

This week is the SNAP - Creativity at your Fingertips blogging conference! I've been a big ball of stress for the past few months, but I'm SO HAPPY with how everything has come together. Now that I've finally gotten everything done that I was responsible for at the conference, all I can do now is just hope and pray it all goes as planned for the classes and panels I've coordinated. eek!

I haven't had a lot of time to do much of my OWN prep, so I've spent most of the day yesterday and today working on personal items on my agenda to get ready for SNAP. Mostly boring things like, making sure I have all my toiletries fully stocked, getting my nails done and frantically shopping EVERYWHERE for clothes that are cuter than the ones I normally wear! lol. Conference fashion (for me) is a LOT of pressure! You know how most women admit that they dress to impress other women, and not men? Well, I think this is SO true, and 300+ cute, talented, trend-setting women all in one place, can definitely make for some AWESOMELY adorable clothes, bags and shoes... so I'm desperately hoping that I can at least blend in with the rest of 'em. ha!

Another project I've been working on are my bloggy business cards. If you've been to conferences, then you KNOW that business cards are basically the ONLY thing that you REALLY need to remember when you're packing. They are SUPER important, especially if you're networking with people or companies that you hope to make further connections with in the future.
I got a really great piece of advice from a business owner who spoke at a conference last year. She said, "I wish you bloggers would put your pictures on your cards! I can NEVER remember who's card is who's, so I just throw them all away"... Guess who she was basically saying it to? Yup... me. ugh. I was so embarrassed, but I knew she was right. How was she suppose to remember ME, at the end of a crazy weekend of 300+ people handing her their cards? Ever since then, I've always tried to put my picture on my card. ha!

Another thing that I've noticed through going to a bunch of conferences this past year or so, was that I always remembered the people who handed "stuff" out with their cards. Whether it was a small pair of earrings, a little piece of candy, or a cute hair clip. (usually something that relates to their shop or blog's theme). So THIS time around, I wanted to bump up my "bloggy-business-card-appeal" and add a little something with my card that people could have and use!
I decided to go with a small vinyl phrase from our House of Smiths Design shop! During the past few months I've kept coming back to this little saying...
"She believed that she could, so... she did."


I've talked a bit about this before, but so often WE are the only ones who stand in our OWN way. Am I right? Whether it's decorating a room, losing weight, starting a blog or just simply introducing yourself to a new friend... the only person who makes us THINK that we can't succeed at these things, are ourselves!


This simple, yet significant sentence has been a bit of a personal motto for me this year, and I think it's something that can really motivate all of us, in one way or another - a little reminder that we can do whatever we set our mind to, so I'm including it in with my cards this year!


I just took a few minutes to adhere the vinyl onto a piece of pink card stock, backed it with a fun patterned paper and then put it all in an adorable Orange Blossom Shop frame, like so!


I was planning on having this in my office, but it would also look mighty cute in a little girls room :)

Since I've been SUPER crazy-busy this past week, I've recruited all the helpers that I can find, including my little Aubrielle. Who knew that 4 year olds were so good at stuffing cellophane bags with vinyl and business cards!?
:)

I couldn't leave this post without sharing a short video with you, that I secretly shot of my tiny helper singing her heart out. This little girl has enough personality for a small country, and she constantly keeps me on my toes, and most importantly... laughing :)


I hope to meet ALL of you who are attending SNAP this year. It will be a BLAST, and kind of a dream come true for all of us girls who have made the conference happen. I don't want to speak for everyone, but I definitely think that we all had to keep reminding ourselves, at one point or another along the way, that if we BELIEVED that we COULD pull this dream of an amazing conference together... then it WOULD happen - and it did.
:)

Have a WONDERFUL weekend everyone!
Oh, and PS. you can purchase a little motivational phrase for yourself over in our design shop if you'd like!


We've discounted them 50% off, for the weekend of the conference :)

56 comments:

  1. I hope you and all of the attendees have a great time at the conference. It sounds like a great event. Be sure to share photos and stories with us!

    Have fun,
    Shasta

    P.S. Your daughter is adorable...love the video :)

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  2. holy moley your card pack looks amazing! I'll be swinging by the queen bee market (I waited too long to decide about the conference) so I hope we can say hi in person

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  3. Oh how adorable! I love the slipper song!

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  4. Oh my goodness, such personality with the slipper song! Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. I love what kids get up to like that.

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  5. I love love love that yellow frame. Very cute!!!

    xoxo
    Kristin
    theocdlifestyle.blogspot.com

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  6. Words to live by! Thank you for the inspiration...and the funny video;)Did you print those cute scalloped labels yourself? Details, please.

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  7. Best wishes for a successful, rememberable, and happy conference. I bet the best part for you will be coming home to all those cute, little faces!

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  8. Love your singing little helper...adorable!

    How fantastic to put those encouraging words in with your business cards...surely know one will forget you!

    Have a blast at Snap!! Can't wait to hear all about it:)

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  9. Very cute design! Have fun at your conference. I never thought about having bloggy business cards, but I've never been to a conference, either.

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  10. I love that quote and that yellow frame is just awesome! Snap sounds so fun, wish I was going!

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  11. Love the vinyl you chose and the packet all together is super cute! Not as cute as your singing helper though! She is just adorable and reminds me so much of my 3(going on 13) year old Chloe!

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  12. Good Heavens, I'm dying over here. That was so stinking cute~!!!

    "I can't find my slipper"

    "Only one slipper at a time!!!"

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  13. Ok not to put down all your other videos, but this one is the best ever! Gosh I love when kids sing especially if they think no ones watching.

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  14. cute post. love your thoughts on the business card situation and that you're putting the vinyl saying in with it. everyone will LOVE that little treat! cute video too. good luck with the conference! wish i were going!!!

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  15. what a cutie ;) made my whole day watching that video! see you this weekend...bummed I won't be at the conference but I'll see you in the market! xoxo

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  16. Okay, I'll admit I usually just stalk and drool and get insanely inspired here...but I couldn't resist leaving a comment today - what a sweet little girl you have there. That video is precious! Have a good weekend - and for heaven's sake, take that little princess to Target and buy her some slippers! ;) Have a great weekend! :o)

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  17. I am sure you will look lovely at Snap! That video was HYSTERICAL! I loved the end with the hand motions and her gettin' her sass on! Thanks for sharing and have a great time at Snap!

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  18. hee hee that was adorable!!! I love the little shakes she was doing :)

    Tell my sister Kelli hello when you run into her at SNAP (LollyJane) She is SOOOO excited to be attending SNAP this year and to meet all her bloggy idols lol!

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  19. OMG That video just made my day! She is absolutely adorable :) Have a great time at snap! Can't wait to see pics and posts about it!
    xo Jess
    {www.CraftyNonsenseNoted.com}

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  20. That is a GREAT idea! People are sure to remember you with your photo and a sweet little present to boot! :) Little miss is a really good singer by the way! So stinking cute! :) Have a great time at Snap!

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  21. LOVE the video - too cute! Have fun at SNAP! Hope to make it one year.

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  22. My absolute favorite thing online is to see pictures and videos of other peoples kid's so combine that with my favorite blogger, heaven! She's adorable...much like my little 5 year old that makes up songs. Plus, the idea is awesome! Get ready for the extra traffic!

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  23. Wow! What a voice! Today, your tiny helper... tomorrow, American Idol baby! By the way, love that saying! Wish I could get that stuck in my head.
    Thanks!

    Kristin
    Just Wanna Party

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  24. I absolutely LOVE your blog!! You have truly been such an inspirational to me! Keep it up, you are pretty incredible!!

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  25. How cute is she? Have fun! Someday I will go!

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  26. That is beyond adorable!! I Love the little hand movements and hippy shakes!!! HAve a blast!

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  27. Have a great time!! Can't wait to hear all about it when you return :-)

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  28. Normally I don't watch videos.. but I decided to for the heck of it, cause your kids are cute, and I'm SO glad I did. This is too funny! Kids are awesome. Sad I'm not at SNAP this year, but hopefully next year! Enjoy your weekend!

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  29. That video was so CUTE!! Have fun at the Conference - I enjoy reading all your posts.

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  30. That little gal of yours is absolutely adorable! Made my morning...especially the smile at the end :)

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  31. Oh my,....she reminds me exactly of my daughter. She can make a song out of anything. It's nice to have those little hands to help you out. Good luck this weekend, can't wait to hear all about it!

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  32. thanks for the video...too sweet, and a great friday smile/laugh...i love the look when you were caught!!

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  33. I love that saying too! That's great to include it with the card!

    LOVE the slipper song, too! :)

    Jill
    www.jillifyit.com

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  34. I have been following for a while but have never commented. I am truly in awe of your DIY projects and off the charts creativity. Thank you so much for sharing!

    You have received a Sunshine Award and I would love for you to visit my blog and check it out: http://jules-beautifulday.blogspot.com/2012/04/sunshine-award.html#links

    Hope the SNAP conference is a huge success!

    Jules

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  35. I love the video... Aubrielle is so cute!!! She cracked me up... that's something my daughter would do as well!

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  36. Thanks for these great tips for going to a blogger conference! I am going to Haven in June...my first blog conference ever...so these things are good to know. Your little girl is adorable and full of personality.

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  37. hahahahaha!!!! I'm gonna have "one slipper at a time" in my head all night! LOL! She is a doll! I SO wish I was going to SNAP to meet you and other fabulous bloggers!! Next year for sure!

    Mallory @ Classy Clutter

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  38. Oh my word, I love the song!! She looks like she was having a blast.

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  39. I was just sitting here doubting myself and a new venture I'm starting with a friend and then I read this. I have a new motto. Thanks for the reminder not to hold myself back.

    Atta Girl Amy
    www.attagirlsays.com

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  40. hmm. funny you should mention that we might get in our own way in something as simple as introducing yourself to a new friend... stamp in on my forehead! i'm so happy Brittany (Love Stitched) introduced me to you tonight! too often i fall victim to getting in my own way and it's pretty dang annoying. i can do it in my head, but when it comes down to it, i wuss out. :/ thank heaven for good friends, right? to help shove us out of our comfort bubble and allow ourselves to meet new friends. I'll be sure to work on the purse and let you know when i've got something good!! :)

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  41. Hi Shelley, I have visited your blog numerous times but don't think I have ever left a comment. I had to this time because if you think for one minute you won't look as good as the other ladies, you need to just look in the mirror. I swear, you could wear a burlap sack with a few ruffles and look like a million bucks. You always look so stylish and I would die for your hair and adorable smile!!! Have so much fun!!!
    XO

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  42. I love your blog and your cute singing daughter is great. Greetings from Germany.

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  43. Love love love the video. And I am so glad you put your kids I work too! When stuffing all the gifts for Gygi's I recruited my kids and the neighbors!

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  44. OH my gosh!! She is precious!! "Only one slipper, er, er" What a fun, gorgeous girl!! She makes me want to run home to make some babies!! So cute!!

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  45. Shelley, You were amazing at SNAP! I always saw you with a smile on your face. I said hi several times but never traded business cards with you since I knew who you are> But now that I saw this, I realized I should have stopped you to trade. Your cards are so creative and I love that you had your pic on them (I put my pic on mine too and made them into bookmarks). I love your vinyl quote and your card showcases your brand and style. Thank you for being a wonderful example in the blogging community and for sharing your talents and skills with all of us.

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  46. HA! I love that little video, SO cute! COngrats on all your success Shelley, you really do amaze me and its fun to see you tagged on pinterest or across the web and thing "Wow, I know her!" hehe

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  47. Your little helper is ADORABLE...and CREATIVE!

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  48. Oh my goodness she is just the cutest thing ever!
    I also just come over from JAG and wanted to let you know you look absolutely fabulous!
    XO
    Kristin

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  49. You ROCKED it girl!!!!!! LOVE YOU and so gald to see ya in the flesh. Thx for your genuiness. xoxox

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  50. It was so wonderful to see you again {you look amazing by the way!!!} I was laughing to myself thinking, 'does this girl ever stop?' ... I'm just sitting down for the first time today and it's 10:45 pm to write my snap post. And you've done a project already! WHAT! LOL!
    That's why we love you, miss Shelley!!!!
    xo
    tara
    http://taradaramadeit.com

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  51. Ok, that is a priceless video! Simply adorable! Thanks for sharing :)

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  52. this is SOOOOOOO cute. thanks for sharing!! i'm new around here, cant wait to see what you are up to :)

    Bethany

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