My head is still whirling a bit from the huge blogger conference I went to last week that is Alt Summit. It was 4 days jammed packed with smiling new faces, interesting lectures, meeting sponsors, lots of parties, and tons of swag. It was so fun, but also exhausting – I slept for like 15 hours straight when I got home.

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Image by Brooke Dennis
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Travel buddy, Annabelle, and I arriving at Alt. Image by Brooke Dennis

The conference kicked off on Wednesday with some early bird sessions and followed up with sponsor dinners.

I picked to have dinner with Kollabora at Naked Fish and it was so much fun! The food was amazing (the chef made an entire menu of vegetarian options just for me!) and the conversation was fantastic. I loved getting to network with other attendees and chat with Lindsey and Tara from Kollabora.

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iPhone Pic of the Kollabora sponsor dinner

Thursday started off with an inspirational speech from the keynote, Garance Dore. To be honestly, I hadn’t heard of Garance before, but I left the session completely enamored with her. She was so real and so down to earth.

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Image by Brooke Dennis

The rest of Thursday was spent in an interesting and hilarious session on Emotional Analytics by Erica Domesek of P.S. I Made This and learning about Blog Revenue with Kelly Beall of Design Crush, Liz Stanley of Say Yes to Hoboken, Jenny Komenda of Little Green Notebook and Liz Gumbinner of Cool Mom Picks. I’ll have to admit though, when the Blog Revenue crew threw out numbers like 100,000 unique visitors per month, I immediately started snort-laughing to myself and wondering if I should just get up and leave the room.

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Image by Brooke Dennis

Thursday night had quite possibly the coolest party ever! Cricut hosted a fabulous green party to celebrate the launch of their newest, innovative machine- the Cricut Explore. I’ve never owned an electronic cutting machine before; I was always a bit put off by having to buy cartridges for images. However, it looks like Cricut is completely revolutionizing the industry! You can cut LEATHER with the machines now and design your own images in Illustrator! This is seriously something that gets me excited and I can’t wait to get my hands on one when they are released next month.

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Roomie iPhone pic! Annabelle, Jen, me.
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Image by Justin Hackworth
Alt Summit SLC 2014 Recap at Sewbon.com
Image by Brooke Dennis
Alt Summit SLC 2014 Recap at Sewbon.com
Photobooth fun with Fallon, Delia, Jessica, Dana, Mandy, Erin, and me.
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iPhone pic of my sweet tat
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iPhone pic of a pic of me, Jessica, and Alissa

Friday morning I learned about food photography from Joy Uyeno of Frock Files and Lindsey Johnson of Café Johnsonia. Those ladies seriously know their stuff. I’m so blown away by the beauty of their work.

I also stopped by a round table discussion about Efficiency Tips & Tricks for Bloggers hosted by Nole Garey of Oh So Beautiful Paper. I’m a big fan of Nole’s and it was such a pleasure getting to meet her in person.

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Cute table décor from Furbish. Image by Brooke Dennis

I hung out in the lounge with Cricut for a bit and met the CEO, Ashish Arora (seriously, he was such a nice guy! His business card says ‘CEO & Blogger BFF’) and then went to a session on Growing Your Community with Jen Hansard of Simple Green Smoothies, Susan Petersen of Freshly Picked, Jessie Artigue of Style & Pepper, and Salem Stanley of  Vacation Races.

I learned so much about using Facebook, Instagram, and Newsletters to grow my blog. In fact, setting up a newsletter was one of the first things I did when I got home from Alt. Sign up HERE to receive a monthly-ish newsletter on all the crafty happenings at Sewbon! 😉

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Crazy cool Cricut lounge. Image by Brooke Dennis
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Crazy cool Cricut lounge. Image by Justin Hackworth

After lunch, I went to the most packed session ever on Pinterest Strategies hosted by Celina Bailey of Petit a Petit, Mari Richards of Small For Big, Rachel Faucett of Handmade Charlotte, and Eva Jorgenson of Sycamore Street Press. This session was so insightful and my friend, Celina, knocked it out of the park! The girl’s got 3 MILLION Pinterest followers and is a gold mine of information on how to be a successful blogger on Pinterest with monetizing and driving blog traffic.

The closing keynote on Friday was an interview with Ben Silbermann, the guy who created Pinterest! Hearing Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom & Alt Summit interview Ben was such an amazing experience. I mean, Ben has completely changed the way people find inspiration on the internet! I think my favorite quotes from Ben are “A good sign that you’re pushing boundaries is that a healthy percentage of the things you try are a total failure” and “There will always be a gap between where you are and where you want to be. That’s ok. Good things take time.”

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Ben Silbermann closing keynote. Image by Justin Hackworth

After the closing keynote, we got all dressed up for a night of 11 parties. Seriously. There were ELEVEN parties to go to and I proudly made it to all.

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More photobooth fun with Jen. Image by Justin Hackworth
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iPhone Pic from the I Wish I May, I Wish I Might Party
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iPhone pic of the Winter Olympics party
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Photobooth pic of Delia, Kate, and me
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And another photobooth pic for good measure. Back row: Dana, Kate, me. Front Row: Andrea, Jessica, Delia

After partying my face off, Saturday morning came way too soon. We headed out to breakfast and then toured the city a bit before catching a flight back to Denver. I fell asleep during takeoff and didn’t wake back up until touchdown.

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Travel day iPhone pic with Annabelle

In keeping with my goal to seek minimalism, I’m giving away some of my Alt Summit Swag to a U.S. reader (I’m so sorry but international shipping is pricy)! This pic is just a portion of what the winner will get – I couldn’t get it all in a shot and still make it “pretty”. 🙂

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