Meet the Instructor – Yana Smakula


Registration for the 2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our Workshop instructors so you can hear about their live classes and what you can expect to learn from them.

YANAThis week, we meet Yana Smakula! Yana will be teaching the Workshop, Simple Stamping With Altenew Stamps and Inks, at the MEGA Show in January. Watch her video or read her interview below to learn more about why you need to take her class! All you need to bring are scissors and adhesive!

Yana will also be taking you on a  Creative Card Making journey Workshop with Hero Arts at the MEGA Show. Be sure to sign up for her classes today!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Hello, I am Yana Smakula, a paper crafter, stamper and cardmaker! I love to teach and educate others, and spread the joy of cardmaking, stamping and die cutting.

I have been making cards for about seven years now. I’ve done a number of educational videos and recently started teaching live workshops.

How many years have you participated in the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show?

This year will be my fourth year actually visiting the Show; however, I’ve been following CHA for about six years now.

What is your favorite part of the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show?

My favorite part about the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show is the ability to visit a number of wonderful Workshops, classes and make-n-takes, and learn about new products and techniques all in one place!

How would you describe a live workshop at the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show to someone who has never attended before?

If you have never been to a live Workshop at CHA, you are missing out! Live events give you the perfect opportunity to not only learn about new products and try them out, but they also let you meet the people behind the company and really become part of the industry.

Why should buyers and creative professionals take your workshop?

If you are looking to learn about new products and techniques, I am your gal!

How does your workshop relate to emerging trends and the current state of the creative industry?

Be on top the game by working with the newest supplies and learning the cool techniques! Be sure to attend my Workshop to learn what is popular in the creative industry and what is trending right now!

What is the best advice you can offer about attending the CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show, whether someone is attending for the first time or is an industry veteran?

Whether it’s your first time attending or you are an industry veteran make sure to enjoy the education days that CHA MEGA Show has to offer! Don’t just visit the Show floor; there is so much more to this Show! Attend a Workshop or two, sign up for a seminar and learn away!

What do you love most about the creative industry?

I absolutely love this creative industry for the people who are in it. I’ve been fortunate enough to work with the most kind-hearted people I know; that makes this industry simply awesome!

Be sure to join and I’m sure you will feel the same way!

Register to take Simple Stamping With Altenew Stamps and Inks, and Creative Card Making by Hero Arts with Yana and don’t forget to check out our other CHA MEGA Conference programs before they sell out! Stay tuned on the CHA blog next Tuesday when we will meet Tracy Weinzapfel!

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