The first time we heard about PlannerCon was from Amy Tangerine. In 2017 we were headed to Go Wild as she was preparing for PlannerCon. We knew that in 2018 a California visit would be on our list! When we got in touch with Louise Umeki (head of PlannerCon) the phone call was almost two hours long! Her and Jessica hit it off right away. It seemed apparent that kitlife would be joining PlannerCon in some capacity come March.
And that we did.
PRODUCTS AND SHOPPING
As the dates approached for us to join over 1000 planner-loving-women in San Francisco, our excitement escalated. And naturally, we did what any entrepreneur would, designed more products to share with the amazing crowd. The PC team promised tons of shopping opportunities for attendees, and we wanted to be sure to give those gals what they came for. We brought along with us our 2018 Daily Planners, Weekly Planners, A5 Inserts and launched at PlannerCon our Bujo Books (bullet journal / dot grid notebooks), Keeping Tabs Notebooks, Coffee Plan Repeat Tote Bag and Woman with a Plan Tote Bags. We could not believe the amount of support we received from the attendees as a vendor. One thing is for sure, there was plenty of time for these gals to shop, shop, shop!
Between Saturday and Sunday, there were 5 Workshop Sessions to chose from. We were so honored to be in this lineup - and thrilled for our incredible turn out. Thanks to all the ladies (and gentlemen) who joined us for some Goal Getting action.
Planners 101 | Michelle Ledesma Hill with Polka Dot Whimsy
Travel Bullet Journal | Amy Tangerine
Creative Lettering | Brittany Lutz with Tombow
The Magnificent World of Memory Keepy | Layle Koncar with Carpe Diem
Memory Keeping | May Flaum
Faith Journaling | Jennifer Lasik with Starfish Living
Take Your Traveler’s Notebooks to the Next Level | Layle Koncar with Carpe Diem
Beginning Lettering | Jessica Park with Sakura of America
Stamping | Nicole Rixon with Sweet Stamp Shop
Bullet Journal and Mood | Kara Benz with Boho Berry
Building and Growing Your Etsy Shop | Alex & Kayla Benda with Oh Hello
Hobonichi Workshop | April Wu
Goal Setting | Jessica, Liz & Jenny with kitlife.net << that's us!
Digital Planning | Brian Taylor
As a vendor and workshop hosts for the event, we didn't sign up for any of the workshops. However, it seems that everyone we spoke to really enjoyed the content that was provided in each session.
THE MAIN SPEAKERS
The nice thing about the schedule was that whenever a speaker was booked, all vending shut down. It was a nice time to be able to close up shop, socialize a bit and of course - listen to this amazing lineup.
Kristy Dickerson from Start Planner
Kevin Crowell from Carpe Diem
Brian Taylor from Evolve Youniversity
Erin Condren from erincondren.com
Nicole Rixon from Sweet Stamp Shop
Julia Langhein from Filofax
The lineup was right up the alley of a planner girl. Full of inspiration, energy and excitement.
PANEL SPEAKER SESSIONS
I'm always a big fan of panels. You get the chance to see some of your favorite companies represented, and you get the chance to see them all interact and engage with one another. At PlannerCon this year, there were 2 panels, broken into the following groups:
Kayla Benda from Oh Hello Stationary Co
Angel Elizabeth from PenGems
Irene Kwong from Simply Gilded
Melissa Dufner from Posh Pieces
Andrea Gray from retrohipmama
Kara Benz from Boho Berry
Jessica Locke from kitlife
The panels had us all laughing, clapping and falling even more in love with some of the names and faces we know from the Planner world. Alex Benda did an excellent job as moderator for both sessions - wouldn't be surprised if he spotlights as a comedian after his designing day is done.
FOOD & DRINK
Though there was no food or drink included with PlannerCon ticketing, the team chose the hotel very wisely. 3SIXTY in the Atrium included everything from cappuccinos (Jess could tell ya about those) to a full menu restaurant and cocktail bar. We dined here for every meal with the exception of Friday nights room service delivery. The variety was enjoyable overall, and we did get run in to planner girls every time we dined.
The fish tacos, blue burger, truffle fries and brussel sprouts were among our favorite selections, but the list certainly goes on.
I must say - the accommodations were PERFECT. Not too big, not too small - just right. Everything was in easy walking distance, the hotel staff seemed to manage our group size perfectly and the distance from the airport was simply MINUTES. When you come to an event where you know you wont be leaving the hotel, close proximity to the airport is a must.
LIVE VIDEO REVIEW
Everyone was asking - and so we thought we'd chit-chat our experience out on Facebook Live.
Here are some pictures we took and y'all took from PlannerCon 2018! Have one you'd like to share? Email it to firstname.lastname@example.org to be featured in this blog!