Sweating It Out in Canada

I left for our Hamilton Ontario regional yesterday (a day earlier than normal) because we had some appointments lined up today with editors from two popular Canadian magazines. We’d arranged to show them some holiday home décor and packaging projects, and I was the lucky one to meet with them.

We’ve met with magazine editors before, but it’s been years, and it was mostly scrapbook and crafting magazines back then. However, we’ve been encouraging our demonstrators to reach out and find the new, so we thought we’d follow our own advice by contacting magazines with a broader reach.

And it was a great experience . . . aside from the fact that I forgot to wear deodorant (which I NEVER do!) and I was a little more nervous than normal, given that I was meeting with people who decide whether or not they’ll feature Stampin’ Up! products and projects in their magazines.

Can you believe it? I really did forget to wear deodorant, and I was halfway through the first interview with a delightful editor from Canadian Living when I realized it. I spent the rest of the interview trying not to get too close while still guiding him through a Make & Take (he did great) and answering his many questions about our products and projects. I would have asked him for a picture for the blog but, given the circumstances, opted to maintain a safe distance instead. I think we’d made a favorable impression, and I didn’t want to risk blowing it. (smile)

The second interview with an editor from Style at Home went well too. Our PR representative (who offered wonderful support and assistance) assured me that things “couldn’t have gone better,” and I’m hoping that you’ll see at least a few of the ideas in the pages of these magazine or on their online forums in the coming weeks and months.

Of course, I can’t show you the projects (I know that’s what you were going to ask for) because they were created exclusively for these magazines, so you’ll just have to wait patiently with the rest of us to see if we make the grade.

In the meantime, I’ve already set my deodorant out on the counter so I won’t forget it tomorrow morning! You can bet that’s a mistake I won’t make again. . . at least for awhile.