Have you ever been on a planner crawl? If not, check out all the fun Wendie had!
Last month, I had the pleasure of attending the OK Planner Crawl, an annual planner event in OKC. Tickets are limited but my friends, Susan and Sami of Chirps & Cheers, sponsored me and made it possible for me to attend.
I had no idea what to expect and the only expectation I had was to have a good time. The morning started off at a local hotel, our headquarters for the day, and everyone was buzzing with excitement. I ran into Dani, the organizer for the OKC planner group I attend. We waited in line for the doors to open to the conference room where the crawl was set to start.
Upon entering the conference room, we signed in, received our name tags, marveled at the massive de-stash table, and broke into our groups. We were all assigned three local shops to visit where we would complete an activity. Once that was done, we were to eat lunch and return to the hotel.
I didn’t take any pictures of the stores or the activities we did inside of them, but I can tell you that we visited Paper + More, Paper Crown, and Chirps & Cheers. At Paper + More, we were to design a gift tag. At Paper Crown, we were to make a dashboard. At Chirps & Cheers, we were to design stickers. Each activity had a winner that received a prize.
OK Planner Crawl
Chirps & Cheers is by far my favorite store, and not just because of my relationship with the owner. They carry unique accessories that you can’t find at every other stationer. The store is also clean, bright, uncluttered, and has a high-end feel that I like. The card selection is one of the best in the area (in my opinion) and they have a good selection of custom invitations and stationery that they display beautifully, as well as fun, random items. Lots of letterpress, too. Oh, and fountain pens!
Paper + More is a large store that has a lot of things in it. It is part gift shop, part invitations, and part planners and office supplies. They also have a baby section. A large portion of the store is the gift shop and while that is not what I prefer in a stationery store, they carry LAFCO candles, something that I think deserves noting. I have shopped there several times before for specific things and have often been able to find what I need. While this store does not have as large of a selection of unique cards, they have a massive selection of cards from Crane & Co., Kate Spade, Rifle Paper Co., and an impressive selection of Original Crown Mill.
Paper Crown is a store that I had only visited once before the crawl. It seems to be geared towards people who like to scrapbook. While they do have planners, their selection is limited. I will say that they have a unique paper collection that is different from the typical finds at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby. They also have washi and some unique stamps. I can see myself visiting again if I ever have the urge to delve into scrapbooking or if I need a very specific item. One thing that stood out to me was the large work-space in the back of the store where I imagine they hold classes/workshops. Chirps & Cheers also has a space for workshops (not sure about Paper + More), but the space at Paper Crown is much larger and better for events that require spreading out your supplies.
Our last stop was Chirps & Cheers and when we left it was lunch time. Since we were in Midtown, we walked down the street to Waffle Champion. If I remember correctly, only two of us had eaten there before and I think lunch was a hit! There is no doubt that we all left stuffed and ready to take on the remainder of the afternoon.
After lunch, we headed back to the hotel for the last activity, which was to make a planner clip and film a tutorial for setting up a planner page. Once all of the groups had returned to the hotel, the winners of each activity were announced and prizes were awarded. We all got a numbered ticket when we checked in earlier in the day and there was a drawing for prizes. The prizes varied from stickers to planners. One of the girls in my group, Lindsey, won the grand prize – a Whipping Post tote!
I almost forgot to tell you about our swag from OK Planner Crawl that was on the tables after lunch! We all received a small binder full of stickers, along with a few stamps, washi, and planner clips. I am not someone who uses stickers in my planner but I definitely want to start, so I was excited. Stickers were from vendors such as Lillie Henry, My Queen Bee Designs, Lucindadori Planners, and many others.
The most exciting moment of the day for me was when we thought the crawl was over and reps from Day Designer came in and gave us all our own Day Designer! It was also fun to see all of my teammates win a prize in the drawing. After the giveaways ended, we were all invited to stay the remainder of the day and evening to talk planners to our heart’s content. I had a prior engagement that evening and unfortunately, I was unable to stay.
The event was well-organized and I feel that deserves recognition; it is not easy to execute this sort of event.
One of the things that I would have liked to have done differently would have been to have branched out from my group a bit and get to know some of the other planners in the community. I will be sure to do so next year if I am lucky enough to obtain another ticket.
A few fun facts from the day:
• Leslie (I’ll let you guess which one) can fit a good portion of her lower body into a Whipping Post tote.
• One of the members of my group used to be in the FBI.
• One of the members of my group is on the design team for Mommy Lhey.
• I had the chance to see and flip though the Kikki K Vänskap planner. OMG, I die, so unbelievably cute.
• To quote Lord Byron, “We of the craft are all crazy”.
All in all, I had a fantastic time and am thankful for the opportunity.
Have any of you attended a local planner crawl? What was your favorite part?
I was not compensated monetarily for my review and was not asked to give a review of the OK Planner Crawl. Everything you read here is my own opinion.