I got an interesting email and a fun opportunity the other day.
Plaid Enterprises – the makers of Mod Podge and a billion other products – asked me if I would like to participate in their “Brand Ambassadors” program which allows bloggers like me to try out new Plaid products and, of course, blog about them.
I said yes immediately because I like the idea of being an Ambassador.
I’m assuming the job comes with a little flag for my car, special license plates and, of course, diplomatic immunity.
I look forward to my next run in with the police:
“Officer I cannot be bothered with your silly, local traffic laws. I am a CRAFT AMBASSADOR!!!!! and I’m on my way to negotiate a truce at a scrapbook party that’s devolved into chaos!”
Anyway, the folks at Plaid said “great,” assured me that my flags were on the way and promised to send me some product samples to get the ball rolling.
A few days later there was a very loud thud on my porch accompanied by a visibly exhausted UPS employee and two enormous boxes.
It was Plaid. They sent me….
This isn’t even all of it. This is just what fit on the table.
I have a rainbow of craft paintI don’t even know what Ultra Dye is for yet. But I have a lot of it so I’d better figure it out.I’m very VERY curious about “painted barnwood effect.” And apparently I can do it in 12 colors.
I’m excited to try everything!
(I’m a bit less excited about figuring out where I’m going to put all of it)
So, since I’ve been using Plaid products right along and have faith in the company this seemed like a good fit but I realize this borders on a kind of “salesy” thing which I’m not totally comfortable with.
But here is the deal I’ll make with you.
It’s not a Body Snatchers situation – I haven’t been taken over by Plaid to do their bidding. I’m free to use products by other companies and I will. They only ask that I not mix non-Plaid and Plaid products in a single post or project. Seems straightforward.
I don’t get kickbacks or anything if you purchase an item so there is no tangible financial incentive.
I’m also not under any obligation to LOVE everything they send me. (Or to use it all I assume. I mean, I’m eager to try new things but I can’t imagine a scenario that has me stenciling strawberries onto something.)
So I’ll be honest.
If I try it out and it works great I’ll let you know.
On the other hand, if it goes south, I’ll let you know my experience in that way too.
I’m hoping that this will be an opportunity for me to keep trying new things and stay creative (it’s easy to get very caught up in Factory-mode for me) and I hope it will be of help to you as well.