Welcome to the Catalog Walkthrough. New catalog time is a great time of year, but it can also be a bit overwhelming! There’s 241 pages of new product and returning favorites and that is a LOT to digest! The most important thing to keep in mind as you browse is that you have a whole year to get your hands on the items in these pages, so take a deep breath, pace yourself, and write out a wish list.
Make A Wish
I tend to write a huge wish list when I first crack open the catty. It’s my gut reaction, mixed with the carryover items I still haven’t added to my arsenal. My wish list has slots for Product Code, Description, Page Number and Cost. Product Codes are great to include if you want to be able to order quickly, while Page Numbers are key to refer back to when putting together orders.
Cost and Effect
Cost is key both as a customer and demonstrator, as it’s a good way to put together an order which hits that $150 retail sweet spot where you start earning rewards. That’s right, if you didn’t know, demos earn the same rewards as customers, but we get an additional 20+% off our orders! And if you aren’t familiar with the rewards program, here’s a quick breakdown:
- Once an order hits $150 retail, you earn 10% back in rewards. This means if you spend $150 before tax and shipping, you earn $15 in free product! This applies to EVERY order, you don’t have to host a party to gain hostess benefits! (Of course, hosting a party helps you earn more free product without having to spend all the money yourself!)
- Once you hit $150 retail, you also are able to order the exclusive Hostess Sets (pages 226-229). These stamp sets are only available to order on the Rewards Redemption page, so if you fall in love with any of the sets, you’ll need to hit $150 to get your hands on them!
- If your order is over $300 retail, you’ll earn 12% back in rewards! This means if you spend $300 before tax and shipping, you earn $36 in free product!
- If your order is over $450 retail, you’ll earn 14% back in rewards AND one item at 50% off! This means if you order $450 worth of product before tax and shipping, you earn $63 in free product AND 50% off an item! Make sure you maximize your benefits here by ordering a big ticket item like the Marvelous Markers set (normally $123, would be just $61.50), the Big Shot machine (normally $110, would be just $55), the Lined Alphabet Bundle (normally $143, would be just $71.50), or the Large Letters Framelits (normally $99, would be just $49.50).
What To Expect on Our Walkthrough
You’ll notice on the first page the table of contents lists 7 sections. This blog series will cover each section, highlighting the new products and some cool new features you may flip by without noticing. There is a handy guide on page 2; outlining the suites and their locations, the You Can Make It pairings (more on that later), as well as a symbol guide including the red N starburst for new product!
This catalog makes it easier than ever for you to recreate the amazing samples you find in its pages. The Quick & Easy symbol shows you items which you can recreate with minimum effort and a WOW finish. Also new to this catalog are the You Can Make It Bundles. There are 6 located throughout the catalog. These bundles include everything you need to make the project in the photo. This is especially great for newer crafters who aren’t sure where to start their collection. The products aren’t discounted, but it allows you to order everything with just one product number!
What's In A Name?
Not sure what the difference between the stamps is? Page 3 has you covered! Classic Rubber will always give you the cleanest, most detailed stamped images. Wood-Mount are the old standard, while the Clear Mount is quickly replacing them for the slim storage capabilities. Because collecting all those stamp sets on your Wish List in wood takes up a lot more room!
Photopolymer stamps are a favorite for easy placement. This allows you to easily position 2 step stamps, create repeating patterns, and creating fun elements combining two or more stamps. Keep in mind, if the neat freak in you like things spic and span, high quality photopolymer stamps tend to hold color after cleaning. Simply stated, they will not look new and crystal clear for long! You will still be able to stamp with them (and if you’re not over-inking them) see through them for easy positioning.
As you know from my earlier posts about the Color Refresh, there is a LOT to get used to. Take your first look at the new lineup on page 4 and get ready to fall in love!
Pages 6-11 showcase the amazing kits available for the next year. From the floral/watercolor mashup that is the Notes of Kindness Kit (pg. 7), returning favorites Soft Sayings and Lots of Happy Kits (pg. 8-9), the Big Plans Planner Kit (pg. 10, and don’t forget to look up the coordinating Memories & More pack on pg. 196!), to the incredible Calligraphy Essentials Project Kit (pg. 11), there is literally something for everyone here!
Check back for the next installment in the Catalog Walkthrough series, outlining the Everyday Occasions section of the catalog. I can’t wait to share my new favorites with you and hear what your Must Have items are!