Our 10th birthday celebration kick off in Utah – Part 1

Our 10th birthday celebration kick off in Utah – Part 1

Happy Friday friends! Thank you for joining us today as we recap Part 1 of our week in Utah where we celebrated our 10th birthday kick off! We could not think of a better place to start than with our industry partners and we saw many over the week! I have so much to share with you about this great week so  grab a cup of something wonderful (you know me, it’s a non-fat, no foam latte!), put your feet up (you totally have permission!) relax and know that at the end of this long post, there is something wonderful! No tricks, just treats here! And please excuse the iPhone photos. Quick and easy here 🙂

The trip started the moment I left the airport. If you’ve never been to Utah its 360 degrees of mountains and it’s pretty spectacular. Right down the road is the Doodlebug Design office so you know that’s where I headed.  There is no way you could miss the building as it’s a pretty building with Doodlebug green across the outside. As I stepped into the office, here is what greeted me, Cynthea, the owner and a beautiful sign!

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How incredibly thoughtful! There was also a delicious lunch waiting from Zuppa's (the gourmet grilled cheese was the best!) which we had in their cute kitchen with 50’s style tables and chairs.  Of course the chairs were all different Doodlebug colours! The offices themselves are full of colour, artwork, pretty furniture and the nicest people ever. 

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I was given a full tour of the building and warehouse and what was so prevalent was not only the clever design of the building but the beautiful light from the floor to ceiling windows. Each office is a Doodlebug colour and the showroom was so pretty!  I also was given a sneak peek of some new designs the included some cute icons I fell in love with. Here is a picture and while I could not show you exactly what’s headed your way, how pretty is this space?  Wouldn’t you love to craft here?  I know I sure would!

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I was also treated to a weekend tour of Utah with Cynthea and Tonya. On Saturday morning they picked me up at 9:00 am sharp and shared some of their favourite boutiques with me. I loved spending time in a store called Dear Lizzie. I just had to share a picture from there as we ate the best sugar cookie EVER in their little cafe on the other side of this showroom.

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Next we headed to other boutiques at Thanksgiving Point and then off to Witch Fest at Gardner’s Village.  This reminded me of a pioneer village with many cute boutiques. I especially loved a quilt shop called Pine & Needle where Cynthea found a Christmas quilt on display with Doodlebug’s new holiday collection! To see that hard work both in the design of the fabric and then the hours to quilt it was a great moment.

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On Sunday they whisked me off to show me Park City and a drive through the canyons. It was another fun day of sightseeing and visiting great shops. Imagine my surprise when I picked up a great coat only to realize it was $18,500! And…I quickly put it down. The air was crisp, clean and it was a perfect day to be outdoors.  Here’s a little selfie on main street Park City. 

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We ended the day with a great Greek dinner at Aristo's in Salt Lake City and I think we all slept well after a weekend of fun.

Monday morning it was back to business with our first stop to see our friends at My Mind’s Eye. This group is as genuine as it comes and I loved getting a tour of their offices.  You can see the inspiring chalk art design and little displays set up around the office. We chatted for quite awhile about what they have coming up behind the scenes and in usual My Mind’s Eye fashion, it’s pretty fabulous!   

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We’ve worked with this group a long time and it was great to meet their designers and of course with their group, there is always lots of laughter!

Next it was off to visit Jodi, Jared and Lisa and Fancy Pants Designs.  Jodi treated me to lunch at El Matador, a small Mexican restaurant in Ogden where they serve their salsa warm with cheese. Different and oh so delicious! Not to mention the best Chile Verde ever. Did I mention I ate my way through Utah? The treadmill is calling!

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I also picked the best day to visit the Fancy Pants office as they were unpacking their new lines!!! Look what came home in my suitcase! And since you know I’m the sharing kind, this is for you! 

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We talked industry trends, upcoming ideas and the classes Jodi will be teaching at Crop & Create Calgary. We can’t wait to welcome her back again! 

Last stop of the day was Simple Stories and what a welcome I had there!  But before we could even hug I had to admire their new offices and of course was snapping pictures to share with you!

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Marketing Director, Layle then led me to the boardroom where they had their brand new Carpe Diem Planners all laid out. They are BEAUTIFUL! A stunning array of and so many different accessories to decorate and help you keep track of things! Of course I may or may not have brought one home in my suitcase for a lucky reader!  More on that later.

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Layle (in the middle) and Amber, owner of Simple Stories to the right, whisked me off to a great dinner at a local Ogden, Utah restaurant called Roosters! Great food especially the "Naughty Fries" which were TO DIE FOR! And worth an extra bit of exercise right?

And the nice part, this was sitting in their showroom which they assure me was not done because I was visiting, they just love it 🙂

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Thank you Doodlebug, My Mind's Eye, Fancy Pants and Simple Stories for letting us in to your world for a bit! That's a wrap on the first part of the week.  Join me tomorrow as I have Part II which includes our visit to American Crafts, Echo Park, Bo Bunny and more!

And as I mentioned above, if you've stayed with me and read until the end, I have a surprise for you! Well two actually!  I have a sweet box of goodies from my trip that needs a home! Would you like that home to be yours? Leave a comment below by Thursday, November 5th! 

Hope you enjoyed a behind the scenes peek! Join me tomorrow!

~  Catherine Tachdjian, Publisher, Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine 

 

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229 Comments

  1. Carla Hundley October 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    So glad you had a great
    time in Utah! We have the
    best companies here and
    lots of inspiration from
    all of them. Just send
    that goodie pile to me
    won’t you!
    Carla from Utah

  2. Carla Hundley October 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    So glad you had a great
    time in Utah! We have the
    best companies here and
    lots of inspiration from
    all of them. Just send
    that goodie pile to me
    won’t you!
    Carla from Utah

  3. Maureen W. October 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I’m so excited to see more about your planner!

  4. LouAnn V October 30, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Sounds like a fun trip!

  5. Janet Cobb October 30, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    I have the perfect spot on my craft table for one of the boxes!!! Can’t wait ’til tomorrow!

  6. Rebecca Yahrling October 30, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    What a fun trip … and this is only part 1! How exciting for you! Your comment about the $18,500 coat reminded me of when we went to Rodeo Drive in L.A. Saw a really simple, but cute outfit in the window. Well, hubby wanted me to go try it on … I said no way as it probably costs more than our car! haha Just window shopping, please.

  7. LC October 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    It looks and sounds like you had an outstanding time in Utah! Thanks for sharing such wonderful photos and stories from your trip. It must be so great to be abe to visit with the many partners you have worked with over these past 10 years and who have surely become friends. I especially loved reading about the Doodlebug Designs’ office as I am a huge fan. The photos of their office depict exactly what I would have imagined their working space to look like: bright, cheery and full of color! Each company’s offices look to be brimming with inspiration and beautiful displays. Thanks also for thinking of us while you were away and for bringing back fabulous goodies that we will have the chance to win. Your kindness and thoughtfulness are amazing! Looking forward to reading about the second part of your journey!

  8. Helen Gullett October 30, 2015 at 2:15 pm

    Wow! Your trip to Utah was full of fun and amazing meetings! Wonderful sneak peeks from your partners 🙂

  9. Amy Cooley October 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    It looks like you had an amazing trip! Of course I would like to win a box of goodies! Thanks!

  10. SusanDR October 30, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Not only do these companies have great products, it looks like they have great people and would be a great place to work. Very jealous of your trip! Thanks for sharing.

  11. Tara W October 30, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing your trip! Who wouldn’t love to win a box of goodies!!!

  12. Mary Holshouser October 30, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    The offices look great
    Love that quilt.
    Congratulations on you anniversary.

  13. Lynne in NI October 30, 2015 at 2:24 pm

    Wow, that looks like an amazing trip … looking forward to part 2!

  14. Gramma Dee October 30, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Wow! Sounds like a crafter’s dream adventure! Love your insider look of all these company homes!

  15. Alexandra Tompras October 30, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    How exciting it must have been to visit all these amazing companies! Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures!

  16. Sandra October 30, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    Sounds like quite the trip with lots of treats for the soul and the body!!! Looking forward to hearing more!

  17. Charmaine October 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Wow looks like you had a great trip, the food sounds yummy and of course everyone was so welcoming – we are all paper crafters – the friendliest people in the world :)Looking forward to hearing and seeing more tomorrow.

  18. Rebecca B. from FL October 30, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I really am thrilled to see the behind the scenes photos. That doodlebug quilt was amazing. I want to win THAT!

  19. Sandy R October 30, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    WOW…you traveled to so many AWESOME places….Fabulous product from them all….almost makes you wish you lived in Utah! Thanks for the tour!

  20. Angela A October 30, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    What an amazing time you must have had! I would have been in heaven! Thanks for the chance to win one of your goodie boxes! I promise it would be happy in my home!

  21. Jennifer Scull October 30, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    looks as if you had such a fun trip! you sure went to some great places!
    as for the giveaway, I am holding my hand up REALLY high…. can you see it?! 😉
    enjoy your weekend.

  22. Deepa Lakshman October 30, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    How excited to go and see these wonderful companies and their owners. I am sure you hit to see a lot of eye candy. Have more fun.

  23. Pam Sohan October 30, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I”d love to go to Utah and visit some of the scrapbook companies that are there. I”m always jealous of the various warehouse sales. Thanks for the chance to win.

  24. Greta H October 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    What an incredible trip & your pictures are fabulous! Lots of wonderful crafting goodies from those companies & now I want to take a food tour through Utah–haha! Thanks for a chance to win!

  25. Pam Lewis October 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Thank you for sharing your trip to Utah. Some scrappy friends and I have plans for a road trip their someday. Your photos and descriptions have reinforced that desire. Thank you Catherine for everything that you do for SCT and your readers – it’s been a wonderful 10 years! Pam

  26. Karen Smee October 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Wouldn’t it be fun to work for one of these companies?! Or get into their warehouses!! Thanks for the chance to win a goodie box.

  27. Donna Rinckel October 30, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    What an adventure and such fun pictures for memories. The crafty displays look so amazing. So glad you had ana wesome time. More fun to come I hope!

  28. gisele October 30, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    wished I could have been a fly on the wall to see all these scrumptious places!!!! I sure envy your tours! Thanks for showing us around 🙂

  29. Debbie October 30, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    What fun!!! Makes me wish I lived out west!! Thanks for a chance to win:)

  30. Juliana October 30, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    Looks like a fabulous trip! Thank you for sharing!

  31. Joan VanCourt October 30, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Oh, how fun. I would have loved to been on that trip with you. What fun to see the companies and the warehouses. I would be totally broke if I lived around there and was able to get to their warehouse sales. Anyhow, loved seeing the faces that run those awesome companies. Thanks for sharing this part of your adventure.

  32. Janet Storey October 30, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    What a great way to celebrate the 10th anniversary! Utah is certainly a creative center of the world. I look forward to the coming issues of SCT.

  33. Janice B October 30, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful time, good friends & good food. Loved your stories about your trip.

  34. michelle t October 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Great photos! Awesome post, I love reading about all the companies. Thanks for sharing, and for a chance to win. Michelle t

  35. Sheree Delaney October 30, 2015 at 3:05 pm

    Wow! Its looks like you have an awesome trip. Thanks for the opportunity to look inside some of the great companies in the industry. Thanks for the chance to win the goodie box
    Happy 10th Birthday from Halifax.

  36. Miriam Prantner October 30, 2015 at 3:09 pm

    Looks like an amazing trip! I’d love to give those goodies a home, thanks for the chance to win!

  37. Cindy gibson October 30, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    What a trip. We do have a bunch of great companies here in Utah. Thanks for the chance to win.

  38. Karen Lingel October 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    Oh, man, I totally want to work in the Doodlebug office. We just have boring grey cubicles around here… Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  39. Debbie October 30, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    All the offices are comfy and welcoming how fun is it to have those work places?! The shops and restaurants sound fun too!

  40. Kendra October 30, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    What a fun trip. I’d love to get a behind-the-scenes tour of these lovely offices.

  41. Linda S October 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    I’d love some treats!! What a whirlwind trip! Love how you are eating your way through Utah…lol

  42. lisa808 October 30, 2015 at 3:37 pm

    How exciting! Thanks for sharing the fun and interesting photos.

  43. Mendi Yoshikawa October 30, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Looks like a wonderful time with so many great people and companies. 🙂

  44. Marjorie Pinne October 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    Wow! What an exciting first part of your trip! So fun to see the offices and behind the scenes of these companies that come up with the products that I love so much. What a great way to celebrate 10 years! Thanks for the chance to win some of the goodies you brought back.

  45. Treva October 30, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    WOW, what an adventure, thanks so much for sharing!

  46. Kelly A. Crowl October 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    OH MY!
    I WOULD HAVE LOVE TO TAG ALONG ON THIS TRIP!
    UTAH IS BEAUTITFUL AND ALL OF THE PEOPLE ARE SO FRIENDLY AND PRETTY!

  47. Vicki October 30, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    Wow! How fun to be given the red carpet treatment from some of the greatest companies in the crafting industry. So jealous but am glad to live vicariously through your experience.

  48. heather Wehrli October 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Wonderful to see all the different offices decorated so brightly – I look forward to part two and of course a chance to win whatever you have in your suitcase…..

  49. Chris Cross October 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Thanks for the tour! Enjoyed!

  50. Elisabeth B October 30, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing your exciting trip with us! This looks so interesting! Thanks for the chance to win some of your goodies .
    Greetings from across the ocean – Vienna Austria

  51. Diane W October 30, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    What an amazing trip you had and documented with photos. I’m looking forward to seeing more.

  52. Nancy Wilcox October 30, 2015 at 4:23 pm

    Looks like a fun time. Thanks for sharing some goodies.

  53. RPomeroy October 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm

    I think I would love for you to send me your itinerary so I could visit all those stores.

  54. Michelle October 30, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Would so love to win as we don’t have this kind of range in South Africa and also don’t have access to a lot of these brands. What a great start to your visit. Can’t wait to see part 2. Here’s to another 10 years!

  55. Tona October 30, 2015 at 4:30 pm

    I would love to give those goodies a new home!
    It looks like you had a great time with wonderful people. I love the way their offices & buildings are decorated. I was thinking as I looked at the photos, how fun it would be to work at one of those places. How could you not have a smile on your face as you walked through the door each day.

  56. Nina October 30, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    That sounds like the funnest trip! Some of my favorite companies too!

  57. Felecia October 30, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Wow! What a tour!!!! I would have loved to just be a little ladybug on your should so I could see all those spaces with you!

  58. Birgit October 30, 2015 at 4:41 pm

    This looks like it would be so much fun! What an amazing opportunity!

  59. Deb Vasel October 30, 2015 at 4:48 pm

    Sounds like you were treated like royalty! Also sounds like a fantasy trip for any crafter. The photos showcased beautiful things and the food sounded scrumptious.

  60. Kathleen Spaeth October 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Thank you for taking some lovely, you and your iPhone take great pictures, of these Companies. I saw two very large, neat and organized, Shipping Warehouses (Doodle Bug and My Mind’s Eye). Where are their US Production Facilities? Oh they don’t make their Products in the US do they? This makes me very sad and disappointed! Just think of all the US Workers who could be employed by these Companies in Utah, if they didn’t have their Products manufactured in China!! Shameful!!! Now I can expect this Comment to be deleted since I am expressing disappointment in these Companies?

  61. Jen A. October 30, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    Looks like an amazing trip! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

  62. Pamela McGillin October 30, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    I wish I liveed in Utah, glad you had so much fun.

  63. Memoriesbymanda October 30, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I’m kicking myself as I wanted to pre-order some of their new stickers this week but the bank manager said no! Now I know I NEED them but I can’t get free international shipping since the pre-order has ended. Kicking myself! I’d love to win one of these ( especially the happy place)

  64. Lisa l. October 30, 2015 at 5:04 pm

    Wow what an amazing trip!!!! Must be like heaven!

  65. Laurie Black October 30, 2015 at 5:07 pm

    What a fun trip, thanks for sharing. Loved seeing all the showrooms and work spaces.

  66. Angele James October 30, 2015 at 5:12 pm

    What a great trip!!!

  67. Jennifer O. October 30, 2015 at 5:13 pm

    What a fun trip ~ what a fun job!! Thanks for the chance to win.

  68. Roxanne October 30, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    I may (or may not) have drooled, peaking into those amazing businesses! How wonderful!!! I would totally LOVE a birthday box!

  69. Lynn Gauthier October 30, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Wow, what a treat that was to see everything and all the smiling faces. What a cool trip and write-up. I’m in awe and envy!! Would LOVE to give your treasures a new home.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us! Very cool to see the people and behind the scenes.

  70. Nina Oelke October 30, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Oh my goodness, your trip sounds so exciting. I love, love, love with companies that SCT partners up with. Thank you so much for giving us a view from the other side of the desk. Also thanks for the opportunity to win an exciting goodie box.

  71. mary mcgregor October 30, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    Catherine thank you for sharing your trip Utah. if you ever need a bag carrier .., just give me a call 🙂

  72. Barbara Lewis October 30, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    Wow so awesome! Happy 10th! Love that you shared your celebration travels with us on the blog!

  73. Judy October 30, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Thanks for sharing the details and photos of your first week in Utah. Sounds like you’re having a great time! Are their offices or warehouses open to the public? If so I’d love to see them first hand. Can’t wait to see all the new products coming soon I hope!

  74. Cara Feeney October 30, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    So jealous! What beautiful work places.

  75. MaryAnn N October 30, 2015 at 6:11 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful visit to the companies.
    Thanks for sharing.

  76. Regina Harris October 30, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    What a great set of pictures — I wish I could be readily transported to Utah and all of these wonderful companies. Thanks for the giveaway.

  77. Janet Maccullie October 30, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. I would love to be let loose in just one of those warehouses for a few minutes 🙂

  78. Janet Sisk October 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I am SO jealous! It looks like it was SOOOO fun to tour these companies. I would LOVE to take some of those goodies off your hands. Thanks for the chance to win. 😀

  79. Cynthia Baldwin October 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    Looks like you had a fabulous time in Utah! What amazing companies and people we have in this industry. And – so cool to see a behind-the-scenes look at their offices! 🙂

  80. Donna B October 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    Fun trip thank you for sharing .

  81. Sharon P. October 30, 2015 at 6:33 pm

    Thanks for sharing your trip!

  82. Claudine Laforce October 30, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing news about your trip. What a fantastic experience! I’d love to have a goodie box to use at Crop & Create Moncton. See you there!

  83. Jeanne B October 30, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Lucky girl! What a fun time you had!

  84. Janice October 30, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    You got the royal treatment! It was fun to see the photos.

  85. Jill October 30, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    What a great time you must have had. Would love to be the home for the goodies that you brought back!

  86. Linda Tupper October 30, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    Thank you for sharing your stories and pics about your trip. Loved them all. How great it must of been to visit those wonderful companies and see so many goodies. Loved seeing their offices.

  87. Sandy Carveth October 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    So glad for you that you had such a charming trip! Thanks for sharing with us!

  88. Valerie W October 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm

    Thanks for the pictures, and the chance to win things.

  89. Shelley P October 30, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I squealed having a peek into the great companies and it was like being a fly on the wall! now I can’t wait to put this on my bucket list: to visit these companies that produce all the scrapbooking things that we work with.

  90. Helen Van Daalen October 30, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Thank you for the behind the scenes look at all these great companies. Thank you for the chance to win a box of goodies.

  91. Kelly Massman October 30, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Oh, I bet you had a blast! So jealous! 🙂 It would be fun to receive a box from your trip though! Thanks so much for the chance to win!!!! Cheers!

  92. Bevb October 30, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    WOW!!! You are so pleased to be able to tour and see all the beautiful offices and products from Doodlebug, My Mind’s Eye, Fancy Pants and Simple Stories. And we your readers and followers are lucky that you are so willing to share your photos, experiences and now a great prize. Hey, I think we are pleased. Thank you for everything.

  93. Sue D October 30, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing all these photos with us.

  94. Lindarub October 30, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Love the tour of the different companies and chance to win.

  95. MargaretAnne October 30, 2015 at 7:40 pm

    Your celebratory trip sounded perfect! I sense that it has energized your creative soul! Looking forward to more inspiration in the coming weeks and months! Thank!

  96. Deborah Rikard October 30, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I love the Doodlebug office. So bright and cheerful just like their products. Would love to visit there too.

  97. diana October 30, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    Thanks for sharing these pics! 😉

  98. Stacy V October 30, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    I spy some products I haven’t seen before! What a super cool idea of touring all of our scrapbook suppliers to commemorate SCT’s 10 year anniversary 😀 Happy Anniversary SCT!

  99. Evie W October 30, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing your awesome trip. Maybe next time, you can take me along? Awesome goodies. Thank you1

  100. stephpez October 30, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I so wish I could trade places with you! Lucky girl!!! ?

  101. Manda October 30, 2015 at 9:08 pm

    What a fabulous trip! I’d love to work in offices as beautiful as all the ones you’ve so kindly shared with us!

  102. barbara macaskill October 30, 2015 at 9:38 pm

    Oh my goodness! What a wonderful tour!! Sounds lie it was a fun filled trip and I am so happy you shared it with me. I can’t travel so I live vicariously through you and others who do!!
    I think I would have had a heart attack if I saw a jacket with a price tag of $18,500! They would have had to pick me up off the floor! Would love to visit Utah and all the great craft companies that reside there one day!
    Happy 10th Birthday and thanks for the chance to get the presents!!

  103. MargieH October 30, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    WOW! What a great trip – thanks for sharing with us! LOVED seeing all those faces – can’t wait to see them and YOU in January! Congrats on 10 years and 10 more to come with your fabulous leadership & crew!! Much love & respect xo

  104. Cathy October 30, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    How awesome to visit all those wonderful businesses!!! I would truly be in heaven!!!

  105. Sandra L. October 30, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    Utah sounds like a scrapbookers dream place. Thanks for sharing all those beautiful photos! Can’t wait for part II!

  106. SuzanD October 30, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Sounds like a great trip.

  107. missgailly October 30, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    Sounds like such a fun trip! Love all the photos.

  108. Violet October 30, 2015 at 10:23 pm

    What a great trip you had! Of course I read to the end. Love to see where my favourite crafting goodies are made.

  109. Dawn Skene October 30, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    So nice to see ‘inside’ these companies. Thanks for the pictures and the chance to win!

  110. Dorina D October 30, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Oh my gosh! I want to travel with you as you know all the right people for food, fun and great craft places to visit. Doodlebugs colorful offices were amazing and the quilt fabulous from their designs. Loved the artwork at MME, especially the Picasso quote, Fancy Pants Designs not only know the best places to eat but have gorgeous lines and embellishments. And Simple Stories, what can you say about their new Carpe Diem Planners, except – WOW! And that beautifully designed wood table in their boardroom is gorgeous. Can’t wait to see what you did next. So glad you had a great time.

  111. Cheryl October 30, 2015 at 10:59 pm

    I love seeing where it all begins. But it looks too organized for a creative space…they must have expected company. I really loved seeing all the different studios and the colours of the places are wonderful. It would truly be inspiring to work at one of these places. I would love to go to Utah someday and visit these craft studios. Lucky you! Thanks for the chance to win these great gifts.

  112. Janice McKerlie October 30, 2015 at 11:02 pm

    Glad you had a great time, loved SLC. Would love to win those goodies

  113. JoAnn H October 30, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Great sneak peeks from Utah…the new goodies would look awesome in my stash..thank you…

  114. Sue Moody October 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Sounds like you a fun filled trip. Thanks for the chance to win

  115. Judy O October 30, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    What a wonderful industry – so much creativity, friendliness and fun! Would be awesome to take some of those products off your desk. Happy 10th anniversary !

  116. Brandi R October 30, 2015 at 11:34 pm

    Thank you for sharing your trip. Some fantastic pictures and lovely yum yums in a few of them 😉 So glad you had a good time ♥

  117. Denise Bryant October 31, 2015 at 12:15 am

    Sounds like you had a fabulous time in Utah!

  118. Amber M. October 31, 2015 at 12:30 am

    A visit to Utah – the scrapbooking Mecca of the world! – has been on my bucket list for a while … it was wonderful to live vicariously through you 🙂 Thanks so much for part 1 of the tour and the fantastic giveaway!!!

  119. Pam Kubala October 31, 2015 at 1:08 am

    Thank you for all the pictures and I’m so happy you are having fun. I didn’t realize that a lot of the scrapbooking companies are in Utah. The people seem very nice.

  120. Kris Berc October 31, 2015 at 1:31 am

    What a spectacular trip! I really enjoyed looking at all of the fun photos!

  121. Kirsten J October 31, 2015 at 3:46 am

    What a treat for you! And thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  122. Doris October 31, 2015 at 4:26 am

    Sounds like a fun trip. I was looking for a coat and stopped into Nordstrom – $800 on sale…it didn’t come home with me.

  123. TracyM #6773 October 31, 2015 at 5:28 am

    What an EXCITING ADVENTURE Catherine!!!
    THE BEST thing (apart from you being welcomed so nicely) was to see that the offices were just like a snapshot of their products!!!
    I think it would have been MAGICAL to be at Doodlebug Designs, their collections are SO CHEERY, hopefully it is a reflection of a FUN workplace too 🙂
    THANK YOU for sharing and the chance to win!!!

  124. Sharon Legros October 31, 2015 at 6:08 am

    You are one lucky girl! A trip to the Mothership of Scrapbooking – a girl can dream!

  125. Judy Doucette October 31, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Happy Birthday. What a fun way to celebrate. It is very generous of you to US the birthday presents :-). Love the tour. It is great to see where our geat products come from. Have fun!

  126. Char October 31, 2015 at 7:19 am

    It looks like your visit to Utah was amazing!!! Meeting the dynamic teams from each company, and exploring the new lines, had to be incredible. I am thrilled that you had the opportunity to celebrate your 10th Anniversary with the people responsible for the fabulous products that are so often displayed, and used, in layouts of Scrapbook And Cards Today! Thank you for sharing!!! I wish you much success, and look forward to seeing you again, in the coming years. Thank you for your generosity in the opportunity to win a fabulous prize.
    Catherine, keep doing what you are doing!! You truly are a wonderful lady, so kind, generous, happy and friendly!! It is a pleasure each time we chat. Take care.

  127. Kathy D October 31, 2015 at 7:33 am

    What a fun anniversary trip! Thank you for sharing, and THANK YOU for the chance to win crafting goodies!

  128. Joan October 31, 2015 at 8:03 am

    You sure have a tough job Catherine!!! LOL Thanks for sharing your adventures with us and it was fun seeing Doodlebug headquarters… what a bright fun place to work I bet!

  129. Melissa Mailhot October 31, 2015 at 8:59 am

    Congratulations for your 10th year! Wow your tour is an inspiration to crop!

  130. Carolyn Johnson October 31, 2015 at 9:06 am

    So cool to see the insides of those offices. Looks like a fabulous trip.

  131. Amy Hanschen October 31, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Great fun for you! And now for us, a bit of ephemera from your journey to go in our scrapbooks! Thanks!

  132. Jean Marmo October 31, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Wow – love seeing all these companies and their goodies! It is like a wonderful dream! Thanks for the chance to win!

  133. Lara read October 31, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Thanks for sharing with us your trip. How blessed you are to know so many creative people!

  134. serena October 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

    I simply cannot believe the gorgeous work spaces of these companies. Wouldn’t it be fabulous to go to work and live in those spaces all day long! I especially loved the simple stories space – so beautiful and classy. my husband and I drove from Calgary AB to Provo Utah in 2011. We researched the best places to eat and were amazed at all the “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives” that made the shows list of top places to eat. It was such a fun road trip eating our way through Montana, idaho, and Utah. Looks like you were treated to some really yummy eating too! thanks for bringing back some paper goodies!

  135. jan metcalf October 31, 2015 at 10:00 am

    A sweet trip indeed! Would love to visit Dear Lizzie as well! What a great area to live in, our local shops have retired and I miss the visual and touch aspect of shopping for my paper craft supplies! Thanks for taking us along.

  136. Peggy Sobey October 31, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Sounds like a great time. I love to travel and, since money issues prohibit a lot of it, I also love to hear about other’s travels. I’d provide a very good home for that bag of goodies you have!

  137. Teri October 31, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Somebody needs to start a scrap-tour business. I’d buy a ticket! Looks like a dream vacation to me.

  138. Janet Zeppa October 31, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Sounds like a great trip and who wouldn’t love an awesome box of goodies!!!

  139. Elizabeth October 31, 2015 at 11:22 am

    What a delicious trip you had! The restaurants and food sound almost as good as all the scrapbook goodies! Happy 10th!

  140. HeatherH October 31, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Looks like a fun trip-the offices of all of the companies look like they are beautiful and filled with happy colours.

  141. Casandra B. October 31, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Sounds like a dream vacation! That Dear Lizzie showroom looks so restful. Thanks for sharing your fun journey with us, your readers. 🙂

  142. sjmcclelland October 31, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    thanks for sharing your adventures in Utah. Great photos.

  143. Anastasia M. October 31, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    So many interesting things to see!
    (that coat.. ouch:)

  144. Margaret Roberts October 31, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Oh, I’m so jealous! How wonderful to visit some of our favorite companies and see behind the scenes, and especially to meet the people who create it all. I really love how each company’s decor matches their paper crafting style!

  145. Grace Tolman October 31, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing an inside peek at some of our favorite brand offices. Thank you for the chance to win goodies too.

  146. Mel S October 31, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    what a great way to celebrate an important milestone! It looks like you had a fruitful trip. Thx for a chance to win.

  147. Sandy Lewis October 31, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Thank you for the fabulous views inside the businesses I adore. How I would have liked to be there with you. Thank you also for the giveaway and for a chance to win!

  148. theCook October 31, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    Looks like an interesting trip! Thanks for a chance at the goodies!

  149. Bonnie October 31, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I would love to tour these offices! So interesting.

  150. Denise Coulter October 31, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    What a dream trip! Happy Happy Birthday!!!

  151. Jani October 31, 2015 at 4:26 pm

    Gardner’s Village!!! That is such a cool place. We visited there when the witches and related displays were just being put up. We had many fun hours there and I found a costume that I’m wearing to my niece’s wedding this weekend. Of course, I loved seeing all the company pictures because I didn’t get to all these places. Living my scraping dream vicariously through you. Thanks for sharing.

  152. Berina Febin October 31, 2015 at 5:15 pm

    Wow!! Glad you had an awesome time!! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    -Berina
    Moxie Craftie

  153. Lynne T. October 31, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    I loved looking at all the wonderful places that you visited on your trip to Utah. Everything was just too cute.

  154. Jenny Scrappygirl October 31, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    Thank you for sharing this trip with us! It’s so exciting to see into each company. I love all these companies products! Especially would love to have a Carpe Diem planner! Just my style!

  155. Deb L October 31, 2015 at 8:20 pm

    What a fun peek you had into these companies! Would love to get a box of goodies! Thanks for sharing your experience.

  156. Robin Buchholz October 31, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    What a fun trip, thanks for sharing it with us and I love all of these companies!

  157. tammy kist October 31, 2015 at 8:52 pm

    I love seeing their office spaces! Thanks for sharing!

  158. Kristina Beagle October 31, 2015 at 11:10 pm

    I’m so Jealous of your trip! This looks like so much fun!

  159. Johanne K October 31, 2015 at 11:14 pm

    Sourds like you had a fantastic time visiting great companies , sightseeing and eating amazing food. I look forward to the next post.

  160. Nita K. October 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    I love the peeks behind the scenes!

  161. Sandy Clinton October 31, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Thanks for the glimpses into the hearts of these great companies. Betcha can’t guess my favourite….oh yeah, you probably can! Love that Doodlebug building! Its awesome how their designs are incorporated right into their decor! Looks like you had fun!

  162. Kyle October 31, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    Loved the photo tours of some of my favorite scrapbook companies! Thanks for the chance to win!

  163. karenladd November 1, 2015 at 1:14 am

    One thing I just love is a behind the scenes look at my favorite manufacturers (I am crazy about factory tours!) so you know I was entranced at your adventures! I’m sure it felt like a whirlwind of places and great things to see and do and I thank you for including us as well! The Doodlebug Design colors in their building and offices would make anyone feel creative and I love the decor at Fancy Pants and MME! Thanks for the chance to win some of your crafty goodies along the way!

  164. Misty M. November 1, 2015 at 1:37 am

    I’m enjoying the tour photos. Fun to see the behind the scenes for all these companies!

  165. Efrat November 1, 2015 at 1:45 am

    Wow. Just read part 1 and 2, I didn’t know all those companies are in Utah, I sure want to go there now 🙂
    Great pictures and blog post. Thank you.

  166. Jessica November 1, 2015 at 7:35 am

    Looks like you had a great time in Utah! Thanks for the chance to win some great goodies!

  167. Tara November 1, 2015 at 8:36 am

    This trip sounds amazing! What I wouldn’t give to work for one of these companies! Thanks!

  168. Heather H. November 1, 2015 at 9:31 am

    I imagine every one of these companies would be fabulous to work with!!! Thank you for sharing your photos with us!!

  169. Denise Sullivan November 1, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Oh my gosh it sounds like you had a great trip so far. Everything you’ve shared is so pretty and of course Id love to take something off your hands. I cant wait for your next update. Your writing is wonderful it brings the reader into your story. Thanks for sharing! and Yikes $18,500 for a coat????

  170. Charlene O November 1, 2015 at 11:21 am

    What beautiful amazing spaces for these companies to create! Such inspiring spaces, thank you for sharing 🙂 What a coincidence, Nov 5th is my sisters 35th birthday. She’s not a crafter so I have been scrapbookin an album of my niece and nephew since their birth for her. A box of treasures would help to work on this project.

  171. Lynne Fortier November 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing your behind the scenes with us
    Thanks for chance to win a goodie box

  172. Teresa Medeiros November 1, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Utah!! What an awesome way to commemorate your 10 year anniversary! I love how each and every one of their offices represents who they are. They all look like warm and inviting places to visit, not to mention work!! 🙂

  173. Joan November 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful opportunity. I appreciate the effect and hours of time that these great designers and staff spend to bring us the special goodies to scrap and make our pages come to life. Thank you for bringing some of the wonders of the world to my home.

  174. Heather Leedham November 1, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    What a fun trip! Very envious of all the sneak peaks you had!

  175. snazzy jj November 1, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    So many great companies and people in this industry. So glad you are highlighting them. I love all of these companies. Their creativity is what keeps me inspired. Thank for the chance at a prize too.

  176. Gabriella November 1, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Wow, sounds very exciting. Have a great week

  177. Pamela Morton November 1, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    Love the behind the scenes trip from Utah. Cannot wait to see all of the great products that these companies will be releasing. 10 years down and many more to come, Thank you SCT!

  178. Donna Sue November 1, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    You’re so lucky to get the chance to see all these places! I just cleaned up my craft room today…..would love to win some goodies!

  179. shartl November 2, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Wow, seeing all of your photos and adventures tires me out and energizes me all at the same time! So many beautiful places and products. Thanks for sharing with us!

  180. Aurelie November 2, 2015 at 12:02 am

    Amazing! Would love to be part of your extended trip to Utah by offering my scrap cave for some of those goodies you brought home. Thanks for the chance to win!

  181. Julie November 2, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Loved all the pics! Cool to see the behind the scenes of some of my favs. Thanks for sharing.

  182. Angela Dennison November 2, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Looks like a dream trip to me!! Thanks for bringing back all the goodies to give away!

  183. Glenda November 2, 2015 at 10:54 am

    I would give up retirement to work at any of these fabulous companies, they are so lucky and so are you. A surprise box of goodies, send it my way! As usual, thanks to everyone for their generosity.

  184. Jena Baker November 2, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Wow! I’m so jealous. You are on one of my dream trips. Thanks for the chance to win some goodies and Happy Birthday!!

  185. Elizabeth Marie November 2, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    What a fun trip! Thanks for sharing all the details with us.

  186. Sherry Stanley November 2, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    Wow what great places so many lovely products love the soft colours. wish we had more places like this in canada. thanks for all the great pictures and products. can’t wait to see what you have in your goodie boxes. thanks SCT

  187. Stef November 2, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    LOVE behind the scenes coverage -thank you!

  188. Wendy Orme November 2, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    it’s so fun to live here in Utah where all these companies are headquartered…I love to go to their warehouse sales!

  189. Janet MacKay November 2, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Oh my what beautiful places to work.

  190. Valerie November 2, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    What an amazing trip you’ve had! I love the way these companies have set up their offices, I want in!!! Love your outfits, Catherine!
    Love the Xmas paper at Fancy Pants too…..

  191. heaney November 3, 2015 at 1:03 am

    I always drool over those fab paper collections and see how designers at work.

  192. stampnk November 3, 2015 at 1:47 am

    All of my favorite companies and so many pretty offices! I would have wanted to spend days at each place but I’m sure it’s all business as usual for you. Thanks for not only taking us along on your trip and letting us see the behind the scenes peek but also for giving us a chance to win some goodies! Happy happy!

  193. Nicki M. November 3, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Congratulations on 10 years! Sounds and looks like an amazing trip! How fun to tour all those scrapbook companies.

  194. Christine P November 3, 2015 at 10:26 am

    Wow! What a fantastic trip! I love seeing the behind the scenes of the company warehouses and offices. They look like such inspiring places to work.

  195. crestajune November 3, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Thank you for sharing your photos and stories of your trip. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful time!

  196. Maria November 3, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Just looking at all these pictures makes me want to take a grand tour and see it all for myself!

  197. Gwen McCaffrey November 3, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    What a wonderful Utah trip! I just love all the offices with their décor, so bright, cheery and creative! Thanks for sharing your trip. Congratulations on 10 years!

  198. Terri Burson November 3, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    Oh, you lucky girl. I have to wonder if you’ll make it over to Adornit? Enjoy yourself and thanks for taking us on this crafty ride with you!

  199. Jenny Kozar November 3, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    This looks like a dream trip really – so FULL of inspiration and kindness.

  200. rkokes November 3, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    wow-some beautiful offices, and a lot of fun!!!

  201. Elaine Hollander November 3, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    I have a good home for goodies. Would love a box of them. Thanks for the chance to win.

  202. Carey Nusbaum November 3, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    I am so envious! I would love to be able to visit Utah and all the scrapbook companies there! What fun! Catherine, you have my dream job! Thanks for the opportunity to win a gift box of goodies!

  203. Kelly November 3, 2015 at 7:06 pm

    Yes please!!

  204. Sheryll Matheson November 3, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Wow, what a trip! I would love to give those goodies a good home!!
    thanks for the chance to win.

  205. Sue TH November 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Wow! Sounds like you are having an amazing time Catherine!
    I would someday love to visit Utah and to win a goodie box would make my week!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  206. Caroline T November 3, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Sounds like a great week so far!! Can’t wait to hear what’s up and coming!! So nice that everyone was so kind and welcoming. Love this hobby 🙂

  207. Onepinkdaisy November 3, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    I lived in UT for two years and I miss it. Glad you enjoyed your trip.

  208. Brenda Kroeker November 3, 2015 at 9:39 pm

    Wow, what fun to see all these companies! It would be inspiring to work at any of them! Great prizes too!

  209. Theresa November 3, 2015 at 9:41 pm

    What a great trip and tour. And I can’t begin to describe how jealous I am of that scrap space at Doodlebug!

  210. Leanne in CA November 3, 2015 at 11:05 pm

    Wow, looks like fun and an awesome trip! Thanks for sharing the photos and also for the chance to win this great giveaway!!

  211. Heather Arsenault November 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    Those companies have such beautiful offices and workspaces – very impressive! I loved seeing them through your photos.

  212. Angela O November 4, 2015 at 12:41 am

    Thanks for the great pictures. They really made me want to be there. Thanks for the opportunity to win some crafting stuff.

  213. Penny Kitzmiller November 4, 2015 at 1:02 am

    WOW You had an amazing trip didn’t ya? I wish I could have been with ya. That was a trip to heaven I’m sure. I can only imagine all the new goodies being prepared for us soon. It sure would be a early Christmas gift if you drew my name for the giveaway. Love this blog and can’t wait to see what’s coming…..

  214. Kathy Gregg November 4, 2015 at 1:17 am

    Oh, my goodness, so may fun things you got to do and see. What hospitality and what fun for you! Thank you for sharing your awesome pics!

  215. Stacy Goodale November 4, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Thanks for the chance to take home some goodies Catherine! What a fabulous trip you had. Must be fun to see the new lines before anyone else.

  216. Lisa November 4, 2015 at 6:38 am

    What a wonderful trip!

  217. Michelle Vardjas November 4, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    It was so nice to see the trip to Utah through your eyes. The food ,shopping and scrapbooking. What else can we want in a road trip! What a wonderful 10 years you have had!

  218. Lorraine Melin November 4, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Looks like a fabulous trip, Catherine! Thanks for sharing the bounty! 🙂

  219. Scrappin' Diva - Cindy B November 4, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Love, love, love! Thank you for sharing your pics and trip with us. And for the chance to win!

  220. kristin perera November 4, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Happy 10th!!! Looks like you had a fantastic time!! Thanks for wanting to share your goidiea with us!!!

  221. Adriana Angeles November 4, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    Those looked like great places to work. Love the doodlebug style!

  222. Francine November 4, 2015 at 3:36 pm

    Sounds like an amazing trip. Thank you so much for sharing all that you did, and for offering us some of the items you brought back. I really love SCT!

  223. Tina R November 4, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    What a trip. That nice box of goodies would have a good home here with me and I could do great things with all that goodness. Thanks for sharing.

  224. Marie November 5, 2015 at 12:57 am

    What an awesome bunch of people! Love the pics!

  225. Mary Ford November 5, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Your phone pictures were quite nice! I think it would be so much fun to go to one area and see so many shops and businesses related to scrap booking and card making! It would also be super to win some of your great loot!

  226. Cari C November 5, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Love the pictures!

  227. Chelsea Schroeder November 5, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    I love the inside peek of where the products are made!

  228. Roz Kelly November 10, 2015 at 8:48 am

    Park City is breath taking, I toured there on Wednesday. How exciting to be able to visit with all these different companies…so jealous! I would love to win something you’ve brought back!!!

  229. November 18, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    it sounds like a awesome trip and I am really jealous 🙂
    thanks for the chance to win!

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