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The Ins & Outs of The Hello Social

February 5, 2013

The Hello Social

Wow! I am still catching up from Alt Summit and am so happy to finally share the details of The Hello Social! This party was in the works for quite some time, and now that’s it’s over, I’m so happy we did it! It was created for all new attendees to Alt Summit but lots of veterans showed up too! Melissa and I were absolutely overwhelmed by the turnout. Lots of people! At West Elm! At a party we threw! Heck yeah!

It was held at the beautiful new West Elm in the City Creek Shopping Center in SLC. Now, I have been to a lot of West Elms. I love them. I feel a kinship to that store. And Salt Lake City was breathtaking. They have a gorgeous loft in the middle of the store and decor from floor to ceiling. I have to admit, I was more interested in stealing some cake plates than setting up for the party! Good thing I’m an honest person and was taught to never steal. No matter how much you want to….. ;)

We worked very closely with the store manager, Liz, and the rest of the staff to get all of the details ironed out. Those people know just what they’re doing and they become instant friends with you! They were so fun to hang out with at the event, and afterward during the cleanup! Good conversations were had.

The Hello Social

Now, there are a LOT of photos and there is a LOT of information below. I suggest you read on. :)

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The Business of Alt’s Business Cards – Best Letterpress, Black & White, and Color & Shape

February 4, 2013

Alt Business Cards - Best Letterpress, Black & White, and Color & Shape

The business card invasion is still going strong at my house. I have cards coming up the wazoo and I don’t even mind! There are so many beautiful cards and I can’t help but just stare at them. This is the last card roundup I’ll do for Alt 2013 and this one is a doozy. Seriously. There are billions of cards I’m about to show you. Let’s start with the letterpress, shall we?

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The Business of Alt’s Business Cards: My Party In A Pillow Box

January 31, 2013

Alt Summit Business Cards, The Proper Pinwheel, Letterpress Cards, Bears Eat Berries Press

Business cards are a HUGE deal at Alt Summit. I had heard that, but I didn’t know what to expect. Then I got there and started exchanging. What. The. Crap. I can’t believe how talented and creative everyone is! Yesterday, I shared a few of my faves that had the “Best Accessory”. Mine fall in the accessory category, and I thought it would be fun to share how they were created! Aside from working with the printer, Laura from Bears Eat Berries Press, I wanted to include something that would be memorable and that people would associate with me.

So I decided to sew 160 individual garlands. Again. What. The. Crap. I guess people could associate “over-the-top-and-in-your-face” with me. How great.

Let’s start from the beginning. I tweeted about a month ago that I was in a bind and was looking for a letterpress printer. Suggestions were given and I happened upon Laura’s press, Bears Eat Berries. Holy moly. The girl is talented! She’s a total rockstar who walks you through every little detail. I was in a pinch and she saved me. She SAVED me! Joy helped me finalize the logo and design and then I just told Laura what I wanted and she went for it. I even asked her if she wouldn’t mind taking a few photos of the action, and she agreed. Rockstar, right? See pics below:

Alt Summit, Business Cards, Letterpress, The Proper Pinwheel, Alt Summit

Alt Summit, Business Cards, Letterpress, The Proper PInwheel, Bears Eat Berries

Alt Summit Business Cards, Letterpress business cards, The Proper Pinwheel, Bears Eat Berries Press

Business Cards for Alt Summit, Letterpress cards, The Proper PInwheel, Bears Eat Berries Press

Alt Summit Business Cards, The Proper Pinwheel,  Letterpress Cards, Bears Eat Berries Press

Alt Summit Business Cards, The Proper Pinwheel, Letterpress, Bears Eat Berries Press

Isn’t that amazing? I would just talk out of my butt and pretend to explain what just happened. But I don’t know what just happened. So I won’t try to fake it for you. If you are a letterpress printer, please email me and explain the details of actual letterpress. I am fascinated. Alt Summit Business Cards, The Proper Pinwheel, Letterpress, Bears Eat Berries Press

Once the cards made it to me, I knew I wanted to add some little DIY to them. Gold leaf? Painted edge? Stickers? Cash? So many options. I decided to package them up in pillow boxes with a little garland, some confetti, and paper shreds. A party-on-the-fly, if you will. Paper garlands are usually very easy to make. You cut the shapes and use a sewing machine to stitch together. So easy, right? About 40 garlands in, I was regretting my decision. I almost gave up, but a great friend reminded me that I was going to the MECCA for handmade beauty and that I would meet people who would appreciate these paper goods. So I kept pluggin’ along. 20 hours later and with over 900 feet of garland, we were finished. We stuffed the pillow boxes full of the goods and went to sleep. For like an hour.

Alt Summit Business Cards, The Proper Pinwheel, Letterpress, Bears Eat Berries Press

Don’t you just love the blind cake on the back? That’s definitely my fave. I made 160 little pillow box kits because I planned to meet and chat with that many people. I met TONS of people, but I wanted to be able to really have a conversation and exchange the elusive biz cards. I didn’t really think about how I would pack these suckers. I ended up filling an entire carry-on and half my checked bag with these babies. To hand them out, I carried around an extra purse that could pass as a bowling bag. Nothing was in it but cards. But it was worth it.

It was a lot of work, but people love paper. If I gave you one, I’d love to see a pic of the garland at your place – office or home! Tag me: @properpinwheel! If you happened to throw them in the trash, that’s okay. I already cried about that possibility and that was before I gave any out. I’m glad I made these. I know that people appreciate it and that they’ll remember “the ridiculous girl who gave me a garland’. At least I hope they will…

Check out the first Alt Summit cards with the best accessory here.

Check out my first recap of Alt Summit here.

photo cred: first photo and last three photos by The Proper Pinwheel, all other by Bears Eat Berries

The Business of Alt’s Business Cards: Best Accessory

January 30, 2013

The Business of Business Cards - Best Accessory Alt 2013

The Business of Business Cards - Best Accessory Alt 2013

The Business of Business Cards - Best Accessory Alt 2013

The Business of Business Cards - Best Accessory Alt 2013

The Business of Business Cards - Best Accessory Alt 2013

The Business of Business Cards - Best Accessory Alt 2013

I said it yesterday. I’ll say it again. Alt is like the Fashion Week of paper. I hear that business cards were a big deal at Alt, but these people pulled out ALL the stops! It was just crazy! I felt like a collector. I exchanged cards with so many people and you just can post ‘em all in a day! I’m splitting them up into categories and sharing a few of my faves in each. First up today: Best Accessory. The folks above accessorized their cards with paper ornaments, mini sewing kits, tiny animal birthday candles, mini party kits, and more! I seriously died.

Starting from the top:

Sad note: Ashley from Sugar & Cloth had adorable cards and I somehow didn’t get one! And we were roomies! If you got her card, please send me a pic so I can admire it in a cyber way! They were little kits filled with DIY supplies she uses on a regular basis – twine, glitter, and clothespins! Ah!

There were SO many cards and SO many people. I’m so sad that I didn’t get to talk to everyone. I know I’m missing out on some other awesome cards out there. These are just a few of my faves.

Did you go to Alt? Did you do a card round-up? Link it in the comments! I’d love to see it! I’m sharing all of the details about my cards and how they were made tomorrow. See you then!

First Alt recap right here.

photo cred: all photos by The Proper Pinwheel

Alt Summit Recap 1: Lessons Learned

Hey everyone! I’m back from Alt and have had a little more sleep. I’m feeling much more pleasant today. Thank goodness! You know when you don’t sleep for a week and then everything starts to look black and white and start to shake? Tell me you know what I’m talking about… Anywho, I’m back on the blog bandwagon and am ready to share lots of the details from Alt Summit. This year was a whirlwind. From planning The Hello Social (more details on that next week! It was a hoppin’ bash, let me tell you!), to staying up til 2:30am with my roomies EVERY NIGHT, some amazing experiences were had. I made a small graphic explaining the top things I took away, but read on to learn more about what I did and who I stalked!

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First of all, I had THE BEST time. I’ve been looking forward to this conference since the beginning of 2012. I wanted to go to Alt Summit 2012, but couldn’t swing it and didn’t dare to. And I kicked myself everyday afterward. You guys! If you think that you aren’t big enough or that nobody knows who you are, you’re wrong! Size doesn’t matter. Determination does. If you want to go to Alt or any other conference, do it. Sign up. Get out there and meet people, for heaven’s sake! Companies are waiting for someone like you to walk along and say, “Hey, company! I’m talented! I’m awesome! This is what I got and I want to work with you!” There is a job and a place for everyone in blogland.

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The Classic Alt Summit Hangover

January 29, 2013

The Classic Alt Summit Hangover

It came as fast as it went. I’ve spent the last several months preparing for the BIGGEST event, Alt Summit. I’ve missed sleep. I’ve spent money. I’ve eaten many a Jordan Almond. It’s been a little insane at our house. And then last week, I left for Utah and spent a few days with some of the most talented bloggers in the UNIVERSE! As an Alt-virgin, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I can tell you that I had some great experiences and made some of the best friends.

I’m taking a day to collect my thoughts, but will have two posts for you tomorrow. In the morning, I’ll share the things I learned and the memories I made. In the afternoon, we’re going to be talkin’ about those amazing business cards. Seriously, you guys. Alt is like the fashion week of paper. It’s a little crazy. And I loved every card I saw.

While I bounce back from my lack of sleep and detox from Diet Coke (never gonna happen), take a minute to view the #altsummit instagram and twitter feed. You can see all the glory there. You may even catch a pic or two of my crazy dance moves. Legendary, I tell you. :)

See y’all tomorrow.

photo cred: instax by The Proper Pinwheel, photo strip from Go Mighty/Red Envelope/Creativebug photobooth

Going to Alt Summit? Come To The Hello Social!

January 16, 2013

The Hello Social, Alt Summit, West Elm, Salt Lake City, The Proper Pinwheel, Lulu The Baker

Welp. The cat’s outta the bag, people. I’m a party animal. You probably didn’t know that about me. But it’s true. I’ve teamed up with Melissa of Lulu The Baker and we’ve decided to throw a party at Alt Summit! Actually, it’s technically before Alt Summit as it starts a few hours before the kick-off dinners do. And we’re calling it The Hello Social!

Both Melissa and I are new to Alt (First years! Three points for Gryffindor!), and we wanted to create a little gathering for other bloggers to meet and mingle before the conference actually begins. It’s kind of like when you go to girl’s camp and you don’t know anyone. It can be a little awkward. We wanted to bypass that so that everyone is best friends before we all head off to Alt!

Melissa contacted me a few months ago with the idea for throwing the party. After many late night hours via skype, we started to form a plan. Slowly, The Hello Social started to come together! And now it’s a full-blown bash that we want YOU to attend! I’m super stoked to say that we’ve partnered with West Elm and the party is going to be there. At West Elm. A party. That I’m throwing. At West Elm. Can you tell I’m a little awe-struck? We’ve actually partnered with several awesome companies and this party is gonna be good.

Take a look:

The Hello Social, Alt Summit, The Proper Pinwheel, Lulu The Baker, West Elm

Because I can’t properly gauge cyber-measurements, a few of those logos up there are a bit small. Dangit! Below is a list of our awesome sponsors. The theme for the partay is obviously “Hello” so click on over to their shops and see if you can guess what we’ll be giving ya!

There will be a hot chocolate bar! What? That’s right. Word on the street is that it’s freezing in Utah, so what better way to warm up than with a cup of hot cocoa. The Ticket Kitchen has generously donated their famous chocolate sticks in several gourmet flavors. I don’t know if I’ll be able to control myself. I may eat 25% of the chocolate before the event gets here. My apologies in advance.

There will also be some delicious goodies from Les Madeleines Patisserie Cafe. If you ever visit Salt Lake City, you need to stop there and eat every baked good in sight. I’m dreaming about the pain au chocolat. I would marry carbohydrates if it was socially acceptable. Chef Romina is the head honcho over there and she is carefully crafting up some delicious treats for each attendee. There will be a few different treats from Les Madeleines including macarons. Macarons, you guys. It’s an event for bloggers so you have to have those. Am I right? Would you believe I’ve never had one? They’re just so pretty. And I never get to eat at classy places that serve Macarons. It’s usually corn dogs and fry sauce for this girl.

Smilebooth wants in on the action so get ready for some fun photo-ops! And some recognizable decor from Geronimo will be there as well! There will be treats. There will be prizes. There will be fun conversation. There will be LOTS of color. We’re also giving away fun party bags to the first 125 there! Crazy-awesome Lesley from Whimsybags is screen-printing each bag and we can’t WAIT to give ‘em out! There are too many good prizes going into these bags. I’m this close to just telling you. THIS CLOSE!

Melissa & I have been DIYing our socks off to get ready for this event. To keep yourself in the loop, follow the hashtag #hellosocial on twitter and instagram! We’ll be regularly tweetin’ and grammin’ about all of the preparations going into The Hello Social. It’s gon’ be cray.

The Hello Social, Alt Summit, The Proper Pinwheel, Lulu The Baker, West Elm

I want to give a HUGE “Thank You” to the folks at West Elm. They’re the best people to plan a party with, I tell you! They’ve been such a big help to Melissa & I, and we are so grateful to our sponsors for helping us create a super memorable bash. AHHHHHH!

We’ve also been working with some killer designers to bring you different printed aspects at the party. Big ole’ GRACIAS to Sarah Fritzler, Kristie Garner, and Sarah Khandjian for designing different decor and invitation elements! We can’t wait to share it all!

Guys, I’m dying to spill ALL of the beans but I want to keep some things secret until the event! All I can say is that if you can swing it, you need to get there a week from today. The party is open-house style from 3:30-5:00pm so I’ll see ya there! Click here to RSVP!

invitation design: Sarah Fritzler

Spotlight: In Love With Alt

July 11, 2012

Let me start this off by saying I am not getting paid to write the following. It’s not a sponsored post. I’m just that crazy about ALT.

Last year, I discovered this amazing blogging conference called Altitude Design Summit (Alt Summit for short). It’s this cool cool party that happens every year in Salt Lake City. Bloggers from all over the country/world attend and it’s 3-4 days of pure design BLISS.

I was feeling pretty down because I had so many reservations about going to the 2012 summit. “I’m not a big blogger so it would be ridiculous for me to go!” “I don’t have enough money.” “I won’t know anyone.” And the list goes on and on. Well, January 2012 came and went and I missed my opportunity. I saw photos and videos and tweets galore and kicked myself repeatedly for not being in attendance. So many people went! It looked like a good time! I was devastated thinking about how I had missed out on some great friendships and memories. And then, the bloggy heavens opened up and the cyber gods and goddesses sent down a magical gift called The Alt Channel. It’s an online resource for those that could not attend filled with classes and tips for a fun time on the interwebs. (Not that kind of fun time on the interwebs, c’mon!)

The Alt Channel has a huge list of online classes from being more organized to learning more about photoshop. I’ve already taken several classes and have forged some great relationships with new pals. One of my favorite things about Alt is that it connects you with others who are exactly like you. It connects you with people who love and want to create beautiful things!!!

I want you to know about Alt. And I want you to take some of their classes. Because I want what’s best for you. They’re at all hours of the day and well worth it. They’re super affordable, and you don’t have to get all dressed up for a class if you don’t want to. I usually plop down on the couch with a box of jelly-filled doughnuts and go to town. There’s usually a Diet Coke involved, too. Again – totally not getting any kind of incentive for writing this. Alt is just so great! One of the classes I took introduced me to Joy!

Alt just partnered with Bing and they’ve got one crazy summer planned. Click here to learn how you can take some classes for free! Please take a class. You won’t regret it!

Tell me what you are signing up for. Maybe I’ll see you there!

photo by urbanchiqueness