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If you enjoy beautiful paper, planners and stamps then you will love hearing about the National Planner Conference (PlannerCon). PlannerCon began as a dream of Louise Umeki to bring the planner community together and with the help of her team the first PlannerCon was born.
Usually the first conference for any group can be a little crazy but PlannerCon was set up and operated very well, which makes sense since we are all planners:). As the inaugural year, PlannerCon gave away a free Swag Bag from the sponsors and vendors with LOTS of free goodies. Quick sidetone: in 2018 there will not be a free Swag Bag but depending on when you purchase the tickets you can buy the Swag Bag.
The conference was held March 11 – 12, at the Hyatt Regency near the San Francisco Airport, CA which has a very convenient shuttle from the the airport to the hotel. The hotel was beautiful with a large multi-level restaurant/sitting area on the second floor. Vendor rooms were located on the first and second floors with a great selection from companies and Etsy shops. You can watch my Periscopes from the vendor room with Reset Girl/Paper House/Gillio and Prima/Blitsy/Tombow/CarpeDiem. Also the workshops and speaker sessions were on the first and second floors as well. This is important to note for next year if you have mobility concerns or bringing a rolling tote, as it can take a little extra time navigating the halls and elevator.
PlannerCon Speakers and Workshops
PlannerCon offered keynote and speaker sessions in a large hall along with smaller workshops for 100+ people. Here is a listing of the speakers and workshops:
- Lettering with Tombow
- Fashion and Function with Erin Condren Team
- Visual Journaling
- Social Media with Karen Clark
- Bullet Journaling with Theresa Hall
- Happy Mail with Pipsticks
- Stamping (in your planner) with Blitsy
- Tech with Brian Taylor
- Dividers (watercolor) with Prima Marketing
- Faith Planner with the Reset Girl
My favorite speaker session was Cori Spieker, the Reset Girl sharing from her heart on her journey to becoming the Reset Girl and living boldly as an introvert.
The workshops provided time to develop or improve your planner skills. I loved the skills I learned in Lettering with Tombow (plus a free dual brush), Stamping with Blitsy (awesome stamping tips), Faith Journaling with the Reset Girl (free sample Faith Girl inserts) and the Dividers Workshop with Prima Marketing (watercolor your own dividers).
However the most invaluable part of PlannerCon was the people, networking with so many great ladies (and guys too:). The workshops gave time for meeting new people and the Open Planner Time/Washi Swap was great for connecting with so many different women. You can see more on this Scope. I even had the opportunity to meet some of the women who watch my Periscopes!
To be clear, I traveled and attended PlannerCon by myself and had no arrangement to attend with any friends. I went to the conference #soloyolo (and received an awesome button from PlannerCon for doing so). Most of the women I talked with were incredibly welcoming and caring. We were all so excited to find others who shared a love for planners, washi and pens. I left PlannerCon with new planner friends and look forward to seeing them next year. So if you are thinking of attending by yourself, you will not be the only one.
If you are debating about going to PlannerCon in the future, I highly suggest joining their PlannerCon Facebook Group which shares all the up to date information and along with answering your questions. In 2018 PlannerCon will again be at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport from March 3rd – 4th so mark your calendars and get your tickets! You can find more at the PlannerCon site.
Also this year there will be four regional “PlannerCons” that will be occuring, so if you can not make the 2018 PlannerCon, consider attending the regional event.
Hope you can attend next year!