Day 7 - Work Hard...
|This photo was featured in an ad campaign Envelopments ran in Martha Stewart Weddings. |
I, too, use this image at wedding shows to promote this incredible line!
Before I left for California, I did a little research and realized that the Envelopment's head office was only 15 minutes from our hotel. Envelopments is an amazing company with this most gorgeous paper and paper products perfect for invitations including pockets and other enclosures. They are very popular with many of my brides. Cardmakers also go crazy for their designer shimmer cardstocks. Their quality and product offering is second to none. And I am proud to say that The Paper Pickle Company is the area's exclusive Envelopments dealer!
I contacted the company and was thrilled that they agreed to allow me to visit! I could not wait to see where the magic happened!
|Spot the 'LOVE' banner? |
I HAD to take a picture of this prop used in the ad above!
The moment I arrived, I knew I was in for a treat! Jennifer, the Business Development and Marketing Communications manager showed me around and personally introduced me to every member of their team. Everyone was so warm and welcoming.
|Fresh, open concept complete with their signature 'v' flap design in the building design|
I loved the open concept. The paint, furniture and numerous windows added to the fresh and creative atmosphere! They even have their own Zen garden!
And when I heard they were a family run business, with many members of the team being connected (husband and wife, sisters, etc.), I had to share stories about being apart of a family run business. Jennifer had to chuckle when she heard how we got our name. You see, her husband is a cucumber aficionado. He knows which are best for juicing and for his "green" drinks. He knows where to buy the best and freshest in the area. So when I met him in the production and shipping area, we had lots to chat about! Such crazy connections in this world of ours.....
I also got to see the die cutting machine in action and that just blew me away! We could make some serious progress and designs with our Memory Box dies in that machine!!
If I ever decide to move to California, I know where I will start looking for a job! Ha!
Day 7 - ...Play Hard!
|It seemed strange but it was still Christmas at Disney!|
It was time for Jennifer to get back to work and it was time for me to meet up with my family! We had one day left of play in California and we chose to visit Disneyland for one last time (this trip anyways!)
|We met THE Mouse of all Mice! |
He was ready for this photo op in his house!
|Fun in Toontown|
|He was really working hard to lift these out of the ground.|
|Anyone who knows me knows this is my favourite movie.|
We made it with plenty of time to spare. That was fine as we sat and relaxed and got ready for the flight home.
Once boarded, the flight was delayed an hour due to issues with the luggage weight but that was fine. I spent the entire hour (and more) sorting through my new catalogues and choosing which products are a must for the store! I was in my happy place.
The icing on this trip's cake came when I started scanning through the flight's movie choices and came across the movie "Almost Famous". Like, really?? This movie is older and more of an indie hit so of course I was surprised. The first scene shows a California beach town in 1973 during the Christmas season with Alvin and the Chipmunks singing. It was all too perfect. I don't know why this little detail just made my trip but it did!
We landed after 8pm local time, drove through our "welcome home" Canadian snowstorm and were safe and sound in our house by midnight. Ahhh....It felt good to be home.
"It's all Happening"...
After all these post, I'm sure you can conclude that the trip was a success! I will admit that it was one of the most rewarding trips I have ever been on. It was incredible to experience the California beaches and Disney together as a family. We learned so much and laughed so much. There were so many firsts and I will never forget it!
And from a business perspective....well let's just say I have been re-energized! I have been inspired. I am ready to create and share my passion with you! Look for big changes in the very near future. It's all happening....
PS...The store is open Saturday (9:30am-3pm) and it is the last day of our sale (BOGO 50% off all stamps, dies and embossing folders). It is also the last day of our contest! Add comments to the blog or facebook and you will be entered into a draw for very yummy goodies which will take place next week! Winner to be announced Thursday morning!