Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to attend my first craft and hobby industry / trade event, Creativation 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona! I was a little nervous, since I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect or if I’d know anyone there. As soon as I arrived, it was clear that I was in the right place.

American Crafts booth at Creativation 2017

Creativation is mainly an event for crafty brands and companies to set up booths and share their latest products with the hope that attendees with retail shops would order some of them to sell in their stores. Since I was invited to go and document the event on social media, I figured that I would take the opportunity to meet the brands I love in person!

Here’s the video I made of the trip. I hope that you enjoy tagging along with me while I nerd-out about all of the gorgeous craft supplies!


In addition to participating in small classes they call “Make and Takes”, I looked around at the booths and introduced myself to as many people as I could. Everyone was just as excited about making things as I am and I was so inspired by all of the things they had on display!

Here are some of my favorite projects I made with help from the brands during the weekend. First, there was an hour-long sewing class with Brother, who makes all of the sewing machines I currently use, and we put together these cute vinyl zipper pouches!

Vinyl zipper pouch I made in a Brother sewing class!

I also made this super adorable wooden cross stitch necklace with help from the friendly folks at the Pulsar Paper booth. Their craft kits were specially designed for young adults, which I appreciated as someone who feels like I’m constantly choosing between kid projects and crafts for older women at craft stores.

Pulsar Paper's Cross Stitch Style wooden necklace.

Also, as an exciting surprise, I ran into the lovely and talented Amy Tangerine! I had no idea that she would be there, but she signed a copy of her new book for me! It’s called Craft A Life You Love, and I’ve been enjoying it a lot so far. Amy’s work is so beautiful and it was so nice to see her again!

Amy Tangerine signing her book, Craft A Life You Love.

Overall, I had the most wonderful time. I came home feeling so inspired and excited about making things and I met lots of people who work in my field. If you’re in the craft and hobby industry and you have the opportunity to attend Creativation next year, you should definitely go!

Disclosure: The Association for Creative Industries sent me to Creativation 2017 to cover the event on social media. This post also includes an affiliate link, which means that I make a small commission if you buy something using the link, at no cost to you. This helps me to fund this website and my YouTube channel and keep making free content for you! 

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