OnStage 2017 – November in Melbourne

You’ve been warned… this post is long with lots of photos! (feel free just to look at the photos or skip on by the whole thing!)

The blackout period for OnStage news ended this morning, which means it’s time to share the event highlights (for me) with you.

Many thanks to Siobhan Fitzsimmons who unreservedly shared her photos with me, so I actually have some to show you!  I am terrible at remembering to take photos!!!  So, with her complete permission, what you see below (all with my watermark) are a mix of my iphone photos and Siobhan’s professional photos.  You’ll be able to tell the difference!!!

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

My trip to Melbourne started at 7.30pm on Thursday night – Mum and I travelled to Perth airport (about a 2 hr drive) and checked in for our flight to Melbourne.

This is us leaving Bunbury (you can see the excitement all over our faces!)

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

I was super productive during the wait for our flight and was able to get some blogging done so I had some posts to share with you while I was at the event having fun.  I hope you enjoyed seeing my team presents & OnStage swaps.  If you missed these posts, you can find the team presents here & swaps here.


By Friday, all 7 of the Paper Adventure Teamies attending the event had landed in Melbourne (albeit some a little more sleep deprived than others) so we set aside Friday as a team activity day.  We had a sensational brunch at the Grain Store in the Melbourne CBD, explored the markets and checked out the DFO.

This is us at brunch..

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

Around the table: Kristel, Sheila, me, Mandy, Siobhan, Amy & Anne.

Friday night was a team dinner for the rest of the team and the pleasure of a CentreStage leadership dinner for me. One of the privileges of my Silver Elite title is dinner and training on the night before the OnStage event.

Here I am all glammed up on my way out.  I actually didn’t take any photos at the event – too busy having a good time!

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

The CentreStage dinner was amazing – great company, lovely food, training that was just spot-on for my needs and some extra special gifts to take home with us including the new catalogue!

So while my roomies wondered what was in the new catalogue, I was already flicking through with lots of oooo-ing and ahhhh-ing over the wonderful items on every page.  Eventually I had to put the catalogue down and get some sleep because we had an early start the next day!


Saturday saw the 7 of us walk on over to the OnStage event at Melbourne Park (the tennis centre!)..  I felt so blessed to share the experience with such a fun, talented and awesome group of ladies!

We got a little excited about going as a team, so we had team shirts (designed by me) and team earrings (created by Kristel).

6 of my Paper Adventures team made the trip with me – I felt so blessed to share the experience with them!

We got a little excited about going as a team, so we had team shirts (designed by me) and team earrings (created by Kristel).

Here we are at the OnStage photo booth…

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

L-R: Sheila, Siobhan, me, Kristel, Mandy, Anne & Amy

And of course we all took the drink bottles I designed as team gifts.  You’ll notice they coordinate with the t-shirts – every good stamper loves their coordinating range!

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent


The day was filled with new products, old and new friends and all the fun of a wonderful Stampin’ Up! event.  You really can’t appreciate how special these days are unless you attend one.

Here are some action shots…

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OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

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OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

Those radiant smiles you see in all the photos are 100% natural – it’s such a buzz being at a Stampin’ Up! event.

Amongst the day’s activities, we saw the amazing achievements of demonstrators at the end.  Several of my team got recognised for Quick Start (way to go Sheila & Mandy) and promotion to Bronze Elite (big congrats Siobhan, Sheila & Mandy!).

I got recognised for sales, leadership & recruitment, which I found out this morning, all added up to being the #28 demonstrator in Australia for the 2016-2017 Stampin’ Up! year.  Thanks for all the support!!!

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

I also got to walk across the stage to recognise my 5 years with Stampin’ Up! and achieving 100,000 Flex Points for the year (earned through sales, recruiting, leadership and other promotions).

My stage walk was fun and got me a snuggle with the gorgeous Bonnie from the US office!

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent


Across the day we got to hear about & see the new products being released in the Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogues, we got to take some new products home and we got to stamp 4 projects with the new catalogue items.

Here’s a look at my ‘stash’ by the end of the event…

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

Stampin’ Up! is celebrating 30 years of business next year, so they spoiled us with some exclusive merchandise – a cute little shopping bag and a 30 year pin.

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

Our bag (the orange on the bottom layer) contained a stamp set, notebook, pens and mug at check in.  And then I filled it with more stamps through the day from Prize Patrol, an all-attendee giveaway and a stamp set from the tools we used for our stamping projects.

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

Did I mention we stamped???

Four awesome projects, all with new items that you’ll be able to purchase from 3rd January 2018  (or 1st Dec 2017 if you’d like to join our Paper Adventures team).

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

This is the Bubble Over Collection – super cute for all ages…

Bubble Over | kelly kent

The Sweet Soiree Collection – these colours just make my heart sing!

How cute are the boxes and that DSP – oh-my!!!

Sweet Soiree | kelly kent

Petal Passion Collection – it’s all black & white, but you can add pops of colour (like in this card) to transform it to all kinds of occasions and styles…

Petal Passion | kelly kent

And finally the cute little tags are from the Tutti-Frutti collection. You know those times when you see something in the catalogue and think you don’t really need it, but then you stamp with it and before you know it, it’s on your order…. well, that happened to me with these cute little fruits!  #sorrynotsorry #itwasthepineapples

Tutti Frutti | kelly kent

Saturday finished for us with a dinner shared with a group of amazing designers from the Just Add Ink / Colour INKspiration / CASEing the Catty design teams.  We hit up Chinatown for a banquet dinner complete with deep fried banana & ice cream – yum!!!


Sunday saw the end of the stamping and a day to sleep in, explore Melbourne, catch up with one of my friends from uni (who now lives in Melbourne) and see a show.  I could have easily stayed the rest of the week in Melbourne – my exploration was really only the tip of the iceberg.

Melbourne really turned on the weather for us – it was sensational!

Melbourne | kelly kent

I totally fell in love with the culture, vibe and energy of the Melbourne CBD.


Monday saw the trip back to Western Australia.  There wasn’t any blogging on the way back, just a special Stampin’ Up! order to place of all my new catalogue favourites.  I’m looking forward to sharing some sneak peeks with you over the coming months.

I had two very happy little Miss Papercrafts greet me when I got home.

Maddie helped me model my new Stampin’ Up! t-shirt – a beautiful gift from CentreStage…

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

And then I lost them to the presents I brought back from Melbourne.

A new book collection for our bookworm…

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

And a game for the family to play….

OnStage 2017 | kelly kent

Mr Papercraft was too busy eating Haigh’s chocolate to pose for a photo!

It’s lovely to be back at home, but Melbourne was a memorable experience that I’m so grateful for.

I’m already planning for the next event in November, because guess what???  We’re going to Perth!!!

The OnStage Live event is in Orlando and the three South Pacific local (one day) events are Perth, Sydney and Auckland.

Anyone who is a demonstrator with Stampin’ Up! at he time of the event can go!

Join my Paper Adventures team between now and January and you’ll be able to register for the event.  Need more info?  Click here to see my joining page or contact me to chat through the details.

Being a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator is truly amazing – what a great family to be part of and great ‘paper adventures’ to be had.

Thank you to my family in Bunbury for making it possible for me to go east to feed my own passion, my teamies who joined me on the adventure, all of my team for supporting me, the Stampin’ Up! staff for putting on such a great event, the demos who took part by setting/packing up, creating samples or doing a presentation and the wonderful group of demonstrators I spent the day with.

See you in April, when we do it all again!

kelly kent | mypapercraftjourney.com

 

 

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