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NOTE: Class descriptions reflect information available at press time. Vendors are encouraged to introduce the very latest products available at show time, making changes to class projects as necessary.

Virtual Retailer Symposium
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Session Descriptions
Sunday, January 17, 2021

Product Lightning Round
Start the show off with a fast-paced overview of the latest and greatest product offerings from our attending vendors! You will not want to miss this fun and informative event (especially with all the exciting surprise giveaways) where new product will be unveiled and reviewed. This session will also provide a brief overview and training for the technologies we will be using during the event.

Session 1
1A: Aladine - The Magicians Apprentice
"Seth Apter will be summoning all his creative powers to bring you this exclusively magical workshop for the Collins Symposium. Be under no illusion, this conjuring class will leave you shouting ‘Ta-Da’, ‘Abracadabra’ and any other magical phrases we can squeeze into a 90 minute show!
Using only mind-bending (new) formulas from Aladine Izink, Seth will take you on a journey of immersive textures and enchanting colors that will thrill and excite mixed media makers and creative card-crafters alike.
Combining powerful new color-crazy concepts and innovative techniques, Seth will reveal some of the biggest secrets of crafting magic so that you, The Apprentice can harness these powers, be inspired and go forth to create your own magical masterpieces.
mag•ic (maj′ik), n. the art of producing a desired effect or result through the use of incantation or various other techniques that presumably assure human control of supernatural agencies or the forces of nature. "

1B: Sizzix​ - Mixed Media Tips & Tricks with Sizzix
Description Coming Soon…

Session 2
2A: Maker Forte - Spring Fling Cardmaking Ideas
In this class we will cover multiple ways to use the same stamp set in a class you can take & teach in your store, we will also show you how to turn it into a Make & Take and how to incorporate upsells for every season.

2B: Rinea - Fun with Foiled Paper - The New Essential For Crafting
Join us to learn about something completely new. Rinea Foiled Paper – paper lined with layers of vibrant and colorful foil on both sides. It is truly amazing how it has sturdiness of paper and malleability of foil at the same time and hold its shape. During this fun, interactive and engaging class, you will use Rinea’s wonderful product line to create a fabulous slimline springtime card, a gorgeous tag, and a versatile 3D party décor item. You will learn many tips and techniques to transform and manipulate our foiled paper into incredible projects. You will also be introduced to our very special Ghost Ink which is another revolutionary idea that uses a reverse stamping technique to create special effects.
Your class kit will include all the items needed for the projects. We will also throw in our Ghost Ink, a stamp set, and extra foiled paper for you to just play and spark your creativity. Plus, there will be giveaways!!! The Instructors will be with you every step of the way to answer all your Rinea questions and share their own experiences and ideas! We can’t wait to see you there!

Session 3
3A: Altenew - Simple Coloring Technique with Jennifer Rzasa
Join us for an exciting session of fantastic stamping! This exclusive card making class will be taught by Jennifer Rzasa (co-founder of Altenew). 

You will create beautiful projects with February 2021 Altenew stamps, along with other favorite Altenew supplies. This class will feature Altenew’s latest floral layering stamp and innovative simple coloring stencil. Learn fresh techniques that you will be able to share with your customers.

We hope you can join us for this one of a kind crafting experience!

 In your workshop kits you will receive:
1 Altenew February 6x8 Stamp Set 
1 Altenew February 2x3 Stamp Set
1 Altenew Simple Coloring Stencil
1 Altenew Washi Tape
1 Altenew 4 Pack Mini Cube Ink Set
1 Altenew Watercolor Pan Set

3B: Stampendous - Shape-Poppin’ Trio 
You will create 3 dynamic cards made easy by the new Pop shapes dies, coordinating clear stamps and delightful slim stamps for backgrounds.
A Birthday slim card is over the top with 9 scoops of ice cream. Another Birthday card with a 3-tier template is styled with sunflowers and a little bird on kraft paper. A third pop-up card card is graced with teacups and roses for a Friend. Kit includes all new Pop Shapes Die Set, 3 Clear Stamp Sets, 2 Slim Rubber Stamps and a Slim Handle. All elements will be pre-cut and die-cut so you have time to easily complete all 3 projects.

​Monday, January 18, 2021

Session 4
4A: Pinkfresh Studio - Modern Storytelling with Pinkfresh Studio
Join us as we create 2 layouts that tell our stories with the newest Pinkfresh Studio paper collections. Modern & heartfelt, we will use our paper products to document important memories.

4B: WOW! Embossing Powder - Simple But Effective Techniques 
Simple But Effective is the order of the day, not just for you as retailers but for your customers, they need to know that they can do that !!! This WOW Embossing powder class is no exception.
We'll be sharing techniques that will WOW! your customers and have them coming back for more, we'll be using some fabulous NEW products to create 3 simple but effective cards !!

Session 5
5A: Spellbinders - Spellbinders Sampler
Join the talented Spellbinders team as they present the “Spellbinders Sampler” – a class designed exclusively for you featuring beautiful new stamps and dies from our talented in house design team and two of our licensed designers: Becca Feeken and new designer Tina Smith. You will walk away with three card samples, including one trendy “slimline” card, an elegant stained glass card, and a fun sweet treat card.

5B: LDRS Creative - Card Class featuring the NEW February Collection
Join Angie Hunt in making 4-5 cards featuring the NEW February Collection from LDRS Creative.

Monday Retailer Roundtable Lunch
Grab your lunch and chat with your fellow retailers. Retailers will be placed into small group breakout sessions to discuss issues affecting your businesses, what is working for you and others, new methods of doing business during Covid, how you are teaching classes now, etc.

Session 6
6A: Hero Arts - What's New from Hero Arts
Create three cards using a combination of new products from the Hero Arts Spring 2021 release. You will leave with wonderful sample cards to display in your store, or everything you need to recreate the cards as a class or make & take. Get ready to have some inky fun!

6B: Buttons Galore - Unique Embellishments & How to Use Them
In this class, we will lead you through building a beautiful collage décor piece featuring our latest buttons, sequins, pearlz, doo dadz, and so much more. You will be provided with a base to create your home décor masterpiece as well as a wide assortment of our embellishments for this project. Instructor May Flaum will also share with you tips for building your design, suggestions for teaching this at your store, and show other examples of the technique in action.

Session 7
7A: Picket Fence Studios: Come Play with Picket Fence Studios
Come play along with Nicole Petersen from Picket Fence Studios to see the latest and greatest new releases.

7B: Graphic 45 - Catch of the Day Folio Album
Join us to create a gorgeous project using our latest collection, Catch of the Day, and brand new interactive folio waterfall album. You'll walk away from the class with a show-stopping piece to display in your store.

Session 8
8A: Lawn Fawn - Whimsical Cards with Lawn Fawn
Join Kelly & Jenn to create 4 whimsical greetings that will wow your customers! We will be featuring the latest release from Lawn Fawn. These cards will highlight the whimsical, fun and interactive style of Lawn Fawn and are sure to sell product in your store! You will also get a supply sheet and instructions so you will be able to reteach these cards as a class or display them with your Lawn Fawn products.

8B: Simple Stories: Layout & Card Classes Made Simple!
How many times have you said to yourself, "I wish someone would design, prepare and kit classes for me to teach at my store!" Our NEW Simple Pages Page Kits and Simple Cards Card Kits make great classes! Each kit includes pre-die-cut pieces and elements that are ready to go! Our kits also include full-color step-by-step instructions. Just add photos and adhesive! Try our new Page Kits and Card Kits first-hand as we show you how to use them to teach classes that upsell additional embellishments and products in your store. Are you an online store or a store that doesn't have a classroom space? No problem! Our new kits make fantastic 'To Go' kits that your customers will love!

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Session 9
9A: Creative Expressions - Polished and Sparkled Slimline Cards
This class will feature two slimline cards that showcase great new products that are available from Creative Expressions. Each person will be shown step by step instructions in how to use the new products and given great ideas for other uses. The products used will be theirs to keep.
CARD 1 – Pixie Sparkles Celebration Slimline Card - This card uses new Creative Expressions Sue Wilson Slimline dies plus new Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Sparkles and features 2 different techniques for using the Pixie Sparkles.
CARD 2 – Elegant Polished Slimline Card - This card uses dies and stencils from Sue Wilson’s new Slimline Collection. It also showcases 2 different techniques for using new Matt Cosmic Shimmer Chalk Polish to give an elegant and sophisticated look to the card.

9B: Impression Obsession: Spring Fun
Join me as we create several spring cards using our brand-new spring and Easter stamps, dies, and slimline stamps! We will keep these cards fairly quick and easy so we can make 5 or 6 great samples to display in your store or to build a class around.  

Session 10
10A: Dare 2B Artzy - Getting "Artzy" with our New Spring Collection of Stamps, Papers & Dies
You will be creating 4 cards with two of our new spring & summer collections. Our collections include stamps, papers and dies that coordinate with both! See how our unique dies cut the images right out of the 12x12 scrapbook paper. We will share some ideas on how to get "Artzy" with some unique folds and slimline cards.

10B: Pinkfresh Studio - Multiple Sizes with Pinkfresh Studio
Make the most of your Pinkfresh Studio products as we share how to use our products for different sized cards. Join us as we create slimline and standard size cards using the same products.

Tuesday Retailer Roundtable Lunch
Grab your lunch and chat with your fellow retailers. Retailers will be placed into small group breakout sessions to discuss issues affecting your businesses, what is working for you and others, new methods of doing business during Covid, how you are teaching classes now, etc.

Session 11
11A: Simple Stories - Easy as 1-2-3!
Would you like a better way to introduce your customers to scrapbooking? A way that will give them immediate results that make them feel successful and excited about learning more? What about offering products and tools to your customers that will allow them to achieve designer results quickly and easily? Be the first to experience our new family of products in this eye-opening class as you create several layouts. You will learn about the versatility of this new product range and the ways it applies to crafters of all skill levels. It's easy as 1-2-3!

11B: Stampendous: Shimmery Embossed Fairy Wings Sampler
You will create 3 shimmering cards featuring a beautiful new Fairy Wings Cling Stamp enhanced with heat embossed accents to highlight various types of embossing powder and application techniques. Card formats include a slim card, a pop-up card and a large z-fold-out format. Kit includes new Fairy Wings and Love Laughter Message Cling Rubber Stamps and a 5 jar sampler including Frantage, PearLustre and Tinsel Embossing Powders. Embossing techniques are clever yet easy so you will have time to complete all 3 projects.

Session 12
12A: Concord & 9th - Mini Gift Boxes
Make Three Unique Projects with the Mini Gift Box Die.

12B: LDRS Creative - Card Class featuring the NEW March Collection
Join Angie Hunt in making 4-5 cards featuring the NEW March Collection from LDRS Creative.

Session 13
13A: Paper House: Crafting Beach Memories in Two Styles 
Crafting beach memories is always a high demand topic, but do they want a serene beach craft or a tropical colorful one? We've got patterned papers and stickers to meet both of those needs and we will show you how to use them. In this class we will make two 12 X 12 layouts and two mini albums. Combining patterned papers and stickers we'll start off with the serene blues creating a wave background on a layout. Then we'll take the cut apart cards in this same style and create a simple mini album. It will be sized at 3 inches by 4 inches and full of quotes, beach icons, and room for pictures and journaling. Then we'll switch gears and go to the bright colors and scenes that fit a tropical look - flamingos, pineapples, bright pinks, greens, and yellows! We'll create a layout that will combine layers of patterned paper and stickers to showcase those fun, beachside photos. We'll finish the class with a second mini album in the same style as the first. It will feature the cut apart cards in this style and while using the same format, it will have a completely different look!  

13B: Photoplay - Fun with Photoplay
If you liked the Folio used in the Summer Collins Show, you’re going to LOVE the newest Maker’s Series mini album. Its small 6x6 size is perfect for lots of projects but for this class, you’ll be using Photoplay’s newest baby collection. Black and white is on trend for all things baby, and the “Little One” won’t disappoint! Little critters, rainbows and mountains come together in this black, white and grey palette, filled with darling papers and patterns.

Virtual Tradeshow
Schedule appointments with your sales rep and our vendors during the virtual tradeshow to take virtual booth tours, see new releases, order new product with great discounts and show specials! No appointment? No problem! See the exhibitors page on the event app to see drop-in hours and availability for each vendor.