Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Pick the Workshop That’s Right for You

One of the most common Stampin' Up! questions I get is, "What do you do in your workshops?" My answer is always, "Whatever you want!" I love tailoring my workshop to suit my hostess and her guests. Read on to get some ideas of the common types of workshop formats I offer. I guarantee there's something for everyone!


  1. Straight Demonstration> In a straight demonstration, you and your guests will watch me demonstrate Stampin' Up! products and techniques. I will distribute catalogues and take orders. This is a good option if you plan on hosting many guests in a very small venue. Entire workshop lasts no more than 90 minutes. There is no fee charged.


  2. Straight Demonstration Plus Make & Take> This workshop format is similar to the straight demonstration, except you & your guests make a project once the demonstration portion of the workshop is over. One of the most popular ways to hold a workshop, it takes about two hours to hold and can accommodate any number of guests. We will need a hard surface for the stamping activity. There is no fee charged.


  3. Totally Hands-On> In this format, you and your guests stamp four projects to take home. The materials are set out at different stations and the demonstration portion of the workshop is conducted while the projects are being made. Many guests enjoy this format because they are able to make a larger variety of projects with different techniques. There is also more opportunity to socialize while working on the projects. We will need a large space with two to three hard surfaces with seating. It's a great option for large open rooms such as activity rooms, meeting rooms, and church halls. At an in-home workshop, a dining room table, kitchen table, and counter or island work well. This type of workshop generally lasts 2.5 to 3 hours. I charge a $10.00 supply fee per guest, which is waived if they place an order of $50 or more.


  4. Round Robin> This format is identical to the Totally Hands-On workshop, but is held with a very small group of people (six at most) gathered around the same table. I demonstrate each step of the project, and pass the stamp and pad around the table until everyone completes the project. This is a good choice for beginning stampers as the pace is slower with more opportunity for individual instruction. Plan on a Round Robin workshop lasting at least 3 hours. I charge a $10.00 supply fee per guest, which is waived if they place an order of $50 or more.


  5. Catalogue Workshop> This format is simply a catalogue party. You simply gather orders from your friends to place a minimum $200 workshop order. You collect all the hostess benefits for your efforts. A catalogue workshop can be submitted from a group or from just one individual, as long as the total meets the $200 minimum. This is the best workshop format if time does not permit you to hold an actual workshop, or you want to take advantage of special hostess incentives (such as Sale-a-Bration) without hosting.

Please note that these are simply examples of the workshops I typically hold. I am more than willing to customize a workshop to fit your needs. It is after all, your party! Some examples may include having a larger number of projects, making themed projects like Christmas cards, or doing an in-depth demonstration of a particular technique such as water coloring.

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