Sunday, May 5, 2013

My Scrapbook Expo Experience

This weekend was finally the scrapbook expo in my city. For all of you that have yet to attend one, here's what happens at an expo.

First is the beautiful location. My expo is held in a fancy downtown hotel.

As soon you walk in a few goodies are hand in to all attendees. As you wait in line to enter the vendors pass with coupons and offers.

The expo can be overwhelming in part due to the big amount of people attending. Some of the vendor lines were really long.

The prices differ from vendor to vendor. But some stores, like Scrap That, are more popular because of their great offers.

And even though you want to shop, the most import thing is to see all the new products and ideas that you can bring home with you.

The vendors set up in the front of their stores what is called "make and takes". They're hands-on product demonstrations that you take home, for a small fee sometimes it's even free. The Craft Fantastic booth had a free make and take to teach scrappers to use glass beads for jewelry. Faber Castel also had demonstrations for gelatos.

A whole variety of classes are offered both days of the expo. They were held in separate classes for a variety of different topics. All kinds of scrapbookers attend, from beginners to advanced.

I was volunteering as teacher assistant in two classes. For the classes you get a class kit and get to practice new techniques.

The last day of the expo a raffle is held with different prizes. You receive a golden ticket with admittance that you put into raffle for the prize you want. Some prizes were $100 gift cards to vendors. Other prizes include a Big Shot, a crafting fold away desk and organizer, and baskets full of goodies, even Copics.

These are some of the goodies I was able to buy at the expo:

Sticker collections for $1.00

Stamps sets for $2.00

Paper for 33 cents each.

And this was my splurge item: Washi tape. $2.99, buy 5 get one free.

The most important part to me was getting all the inspiration for new projects and making new friends with fellow scrapbookers from my area. To resume it in one word it would be "incredible". If you have the chance to go, do so. It's so much fun and you learn so much about scrapbooking.

See you next year, scrapbook expo!

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