Freebie Friday – Attend a Scrapbook Expo

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Happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am totally ready for May flowers to bloom from these crazy April showers (or thunderstorms) we have been experiencing. I love a little rain shower, but wow, we have had buckets and buckets of rain falling from the sky. I guess I should be happy that it is not snow, though!

Over the last month, I have been working with a number of manufacturers in order to schedule some fabulous giveaways for the next few months. Wow, you guys are going to love what we have in store for you! I am super excited to share what I am learning about these products and collections and to be privileged to have the opportunity to share my experiences and creations with you, and also to host the giveaways. YAY!

As we fly full steam ahead into the 2015 season of Scrapbook Expo events, I thought it would be fun to give away a couple pairs of admission tickets. If you have been to a Scrapbook Expo event before, you know that the shopping, make and takes, workshops, and everything is awesome. If you have not been, I hope you will take my advice and head to an event near you. If there is not an event near you, make a weekend getaway out of it and go have fun and do something wonderful for yourself. I am sure you will not regret it!

Before I dive in and let you know how you can win some admission passes, let me first ask you, are you on Facebook? Did you know that we have set up a Facebook Group for each and every event? Will you be joining us at a Scrapbook Expo event? Will this be your first time attending? Would you like to learn more about the Expos from staff, fellow attendees and vendors?

Join our new Facebook groups. Each location has its own group and you are welcome to join as many of them as you would like. Here is a link to all of the different groups …

Why join? What happens in the groups?

  • Ask questions about the event, classes, etc.
  • Share tips for getting the most out of the event
  • Learn more about the location, the event, what to bring to the crop, classes, etc.
  • Get advice from attendees who have previously attended the show
  • Make new friends and meet them at the show
  • Share pictures and videos of you and your friends while at the event
  • Share pictures of projects you completed while at the crops or in classes
  • Share photos both before, during and after the event
  • Get access to the pre-show guides, floor plans, make n takes
  • Hear about booth sales from vendors
  • Get inspired!
  • And sometimes, we will have special group only giveaways!

Join one of our Facebook groups today!

While we are talking about giveaways and prizes, did you know that we have a special 3pm drawing on both Friday and Saturday on the show floor? These prizes are worth more than $100 each. Wouldn’t it be nice to end your day of shopping with a prize like that?  But wait, there’s more. On Saturdays, there will be a drawing to give away a Cricut Explore® machine. What? Did you hear that correctly? You sure did! At each and every event, the Scrapbook Expo team gives away a Cricut Explore® machine to one lucky winner. Now that is amazing!

This week I am giving away not one but TWO sets of two admission tickets. If you win this giveaway, you can take yourself to the event twice, or you could take a friend. Doesn’t that sound fun? It sure does! Imagine yourself walking the show floor, vendors to your left, more vendors to your right, beautiful scrapbooking and stamping products as far as the eye can see. I can imagine it already. Hey, if you win two tickets, can I join you? Just kidding. I will be hanging out in Toronto for most of the year but I do hope to attend a Scrapbook Expo later this year. I had a blast when I went last year! You will, too!

To be entered in this week’s giveaway, leave a comment on this post telling me if you like to participate in online challenges? I am hoping to start a weekly challenge on Instagram and/or Pinterest and would like to know if you would enjoy participating with me!

Admission Tickets



Friends of Scrapbook Expo


Last week’s giveaway was a mystery box from the Scrapbook Expo team.  I always think mystery boxes are fun to receive as you never know what you will find when you open the box! In order to enter the giveaway last week, you had to leave a comment on this blog post, telling us what inspires you. As always, I love reading all the responses and always enjoy how different everyone thinks. The lucky winner of the Scrapbook Expo mystery box is … Cathy Beach!


SBE Mystery Box Winner Cathy Beach


Congratulations, Cathy Beach! I love your answer, too. I am always amazed when I look back through photos at some of memories that I have forgotten about but that become so real again by just looking at the photos! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Scrapbook Expo Mystery Box winner’ in the subject line.

Don’t forget … If you want a chance to win the Scrapbook Expo admission passes, you need to leave a comment on this post telling me if you like to participate in online challenges. I am hoping to start a weekly challenge on Instagram and/or Pinterest and would like to know if you would enjoy participating with me!

Thanks for joining me this week and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! See you next week! Until then, have fun getting creative. I just bought myself a Cricut Explore® machine and plan to spend the weekend learning about it!

Don’t forget to visit the Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing videos filled with tips and inspiration.

~ Jen

149 thoughts on “Freebie Friday – Attend a Scrapbook Expo

    • Lori Browning says:

      I do like to participate in challenges. It’s nice to hear you are thinking of starting one.

    • Crescendo Lobdell says:

      I’m pretty new to scrapbooking but would eventually love to participate in challenges. I am looking forward to attending the scrapbook expo in Schaumburg, Illinois. I would absolutely love to win tickets so I can go and feed my addiction!

  1. Karen P says:

    Can’t wait for the Expo in Duluth this summer!!! I’m trying to get a big group together this year to go. I used to enter challenges frequently and then had some health issues and challenges (and sadly crafty time in general) had to be put on the back burner. But I still love to see others’ entries!

  2. JBrandt says:

    Challenges are great and there results are beautiful, however I just don’t have the time now to keep up with things like that… but I do love to see the work of others!

  3. Wanda R says:

    I like challenges – I would also love to win tickets to the Chantilly Expo!! Thanks for the opportunity.

  4. Diana Nguyen says:

    I love going to the Expo! I spend way too much and as soon as I am done, I have to make one more round in case I miss something. I’ve managed to drag a friend with me each time but I know they are there to feed my addiction. I wonder if my husband asks them to keep me from going too nuts. :). I love challenges too – I have several I try to participate faithfully in. They keep me focus and the inspiration is always great.

    • Renee H says:

      I started challenges last summer. Some look intimidating but I love looking at the results. Sadly with school, it is difficult for me to find the time, but when I do I love finding one for inspiration!!

  5. Rebekah Cowne says:

    Awesome idea! I love the scrapbook expo and love having chances to win challenges:) I hope i can win tickets to tbe Chantilly VA show!

  6. Rebekah Cowne says:

    I love the scrapbook expo! I would love to win this challenge:) we are so excited for the Chantilly VA show:)

  7. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    I love to see crafters’ responses to online challenges even if I don’t participate. Love praising everyone’s efforts and appreciating their sharing!

  8. Tracy says:

    I love Scrapbook Expo and try to attend multiple Expos each year with different friends and family. I haven’t participated in any challenges because I don’t usually have much spare time to scrap. I do love seeing other’s projects to give me ideas.

  9. Diane Bell says:

    I like to get ideas from on-line challenges. However, I don’t have time to participate, myself. Also, I do enjoy going to the Scrapbook Expos and would love to win a free admittance for the San Diego show. Thanks!

  10. Debbie Clever says:

    I love on-line challenges….but, sadly, I am not on Pinterest or Instagram. I can barely keep up with Facebook! One of my “always check” Facebook sites is Scrapbook Expo. I love all the creativity you share with us! Keep up the fantastic work and I will see you in Denver in October!

  11. Laurie Rea says:

    Scrapbook Expo renews my creative passions each year. Looking so forward to Duluth GA this year, I have a countdown clock to going on my computer!

  12. Donna Ketchem says:

    I am happy to say that I have reservations to attend the August Expo in Schaumburg Illinois!!!!! This will be my first time ever. I have friends that have gone before and have always told me about it and I am so so so excited to be able to go this year and I would absolutely LOVE some free tickets for the Schaumburg Expo event!

  13. Melanie G says:

    I, too, like to get ideas from weekly challenges, but don’t have the interest to participate.

  14. Tallulah says:

    I love, love to look at challenges, but don’t have the confidence to enter one! I always see my work as
    ‘too derivative ” to be original entries. I also have too many companies represented in my collection to adhere to a vendor specific challenges. I’ll be at Expo in Duluth, GA. See you there.

  15. Kymberly Buchanan says:

    I have participated in a blog hop challenge once, but never really got into challenges. I am a teacher, so with the free time I try to carve out, I just like being with my own creativity and no constraints. Over the summer break, with more time, I might be interested in trying out another challenge. Would love to win the two tickets to Duluth, GA! Thank you for the opportunity!

  16. Robin McIlvena says:

    I would love to participate in a challenge. It’s great to see what other scrapbook artists come up with.
    Will see you at the Mesa show.

  17. Lisa T. says:

    I have never participated in online challenges but would love to break out of my shell and give it a try…. I have never been to a Scrapbook Expo and am hoping to go to the one in Milwaukee this weekend 🙂

  18. Peggie Drobile says:

    I absolutely love challenges! I would love to participate! They are so much fun and I always learn new skills! I would also love to win tickets to the San Diego Expo coming in May. Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. Ms. Ivy says:

    I enjoy participating in online challenges. Looking forward to attending at least one of the Expos thus year – either Santa Clara or Sacramento. My friend and I always have a BLAST!!

  20. Sue Anderson says:

    I went to my first Scrapbook Expo last year and just loved it! So many great ideas and deals! And to top all of that off I learned so much! Definitely plan on attending again this year, and every year after that! Would love to win tickets to the Ontario, CA show…….please, please, please…..I hope, I hope, I hope!!!

  21. Becky says:

    I am planning to attend my 1st expo in June. I am not familiar with instagram but love pinterest and I am up for challenges if I can fit them in my busy schedule.

  22. Jayne X says:

    I always try to post on online contests-if I want the product!! And I would really like to win these tickets!!

  23. Rhonda Roumph says:

    Things I see on Pinterest, something outside or about anything around me. Thanks, Rhonda

  24. Vicki says:

    I would really love to win tickets for the San Diego Expo! Last year was the first one I had ever attended even though I love to scrapbook! I have never done an online challenge before but I would love to try.

  25. Mary Meyers says:

    As I recover from eye surgery,my creative outlet is limited but I am grateful for vision restored.Thank you, Dr. Galasso. I love “seeing” the talents of so many artists when they accept a challenge.

  26. Bridget H says:

    I am looking forward to the first Scrapbook Expo in Kansas City, I’ve never been to one. I love looking at everyone’s projects to get ideas on how to use different products and I would love to try a challenge!

  27. Jenelle Reyes says:

    I have entered a couple of challenges but hope to start entering more soon! I’ve never been to a Scrapbook Expo and would love to go someday! Thanks for the chance!

  28. Denise Premenko says:

    I am always up for a challenge. Also would love to win admission to the Scrapbook Expo in San Jose, CA this year. Have gone the last two years and love spending the whole day learning and shopping, and more learning and shopping. Thanks to the opportunity to win tickets.

  29. Donna Pickel says:

    Would love an opportunity to win tickets to October’s Expo in Ontario, CA. It would be fun to participate in a challenge. I’d love to learn more!

  30. Leanne says:

    I would love am online challenge….. if you would do it on fb. I don’t participate in the other social media sites.

  31. Robin Stewart says:

    I would like to participate, but no time. Most challenges are on the weekends, and I work. Also don’t have time for Instagram or Twitter. I work full-time, take care of my home, and have very little time for me.

  32. Rebecca Glozer says:

    Depends what type of challenge. I’d like an admission ticket / tickets to the Schaumburg Expo Event.

  33. Serita Shiliver says:

    I will be attending the Duluth expo. I usually volunteer, but will not be able to this year. However, I am going to try to take some classes with my girls. I am would love the opportunity to win some free tickets.

  34. Eileen Turk says:

    I have never participated in a challenge. I just don’t feel my cards are good enough. I love looking at everyone’s entries though

  35. Elaine Kapalin e says:

    A challenge would be good to learn more so I would love to try. Have never been to a Scrapbook Expo and look forward to one that will be in Akron.

  36. Colleen Howell says:

    I would love to but have never done it, because I am not a great computer whiz so I have no idea how to do these things. I hope to one day but for now just have to sit and watch

  37. Gins says:

    I love looking at the results of the challenges. I am going to the expo in Milwaukee. Free tickets would mean more spending money. Yeah!

  38. Jill says:

    I’m really looking forward to coming from new Zealand for San Diego expo. been before but understand how things run this time so booking for more workshops. really excited

    Can’t wait to come. Been before from new Zealand so understand format etc doing 5 workshops. Registration tomorrow. Thanks for a good programming. Cheers

  39. Gayle M. says:

    I do like doing online challenges, just worry that my stuff isn’t as good as others, but I do continue to try them. I would LOVE to win tickets to the Duluth, GA Expo. Thank you for the chance to win!

  40. Suzette Bean says:

    I would like to participate in challenges. I have recently rediscovered scrapbooking. There are so many new ideas and techniques I need to learn.

  41. Sheri Loatwall says:

    I do love entering challenges as they are fun. I love challenging myself and learning new techniques. Sometimes the challenges can take me out of my comfort zone & that is fun.

  42. Sheri Loatwall says:

    I do love entering challenges as they can take me out of my comfort zone at times. I do love a challenge & learning new techniques. It is fun to see others projects.

  43. Debra Gutzmer says:

    I would enjoy an occasional challenge. So busy with a non-driving freshman. I love to scrapbook but wish I had more time to do it. I have never been to a Scrapbook Expo. It will be a mini vacation for me. I can’t wait to shop and take classes with Heartfelt Creations.

  44. Heike Elder says:

    i haven’t really had time to participate in online challenges, but if I do find time, would love to participate! Never been to a Scrapbook Expo, but going to make a point to get to St. Paul, MN expo this year!

  45. Mari Aulozzi says:

    I would love to do a weekly challenge. I can’t wait to go to the Expo in Milwaukee Wisconsin next Saturday. I am so excited, this is my first time going.

  46. Carmen Walters says:

    Would love to win. Going to the Milwuakee show this Friday. I like doing challenges but I don’t participate that much during the summer months.

  47. Vicky B says:

    I would like to participate in the challenge. Have not been productive, at all, in scrapbooking and this might just provide the jump start I need to get going. Had a friend who attended the Orlando Scrapbook Expo for the first time and she loved it! Got me to look at the one nearest to me, in Virginia.

  48. Michelle Heckathorn says:

    I participate in challenges when my schedules allow, wish they allowed more! I would love to go to the San Diego show!

  49. Janean Ruegsegger says:

    I love a challenge! I see scrap booking as a challenge, spotting moments that become the perfect memory, building pages, buying the perfect paper and embellishments. What’s not to love! I’ve never been to the scrapbook expo, Denver here I come! 🙂

  50. Hollyk1226 says:

    I like online challenges, I just don’t always have the time to do them. It is great to see everyone submissions for the challenges.

  51. Donna W. says:

    I would love to win tickets to the Duluth show this summer. Sadly, I am the world’s biggest procrastinator so challenges are not an option.

  52. shawn d says:

    Love me some challenges! They really get the creative spark working in high gear! Gotta love creativity! Bring it on, let the challenge begin!

  53. Elaine clark says:

    while I like the idea of online challenges I am not good at sticking with them. I prefer receiving emails to keep me updated!

  54. Iliana Martinez says:

    Will be awesome to participate in the challenges. I’m from Puerto Rico and attend the last Expo in Orland and eas the best weekend of my life.

  55. Sherry L says:

    I went to the expo last year and plan on going again I had so much fun. I like to see what others make for the challenges. Not joined many myself.

  56. Marsha M says:

    no, I think that challenges are unfair to many. Does the challenge require liking or repining on Pinterest? Not everyone uses it. Does it require reading the blog? Not everyone has time. Are you going to pick the winner based on the challenge? What about people who cant complete it? Too bad, so sad, we only like smart, fast, people who have a lot of time, etc. how about just randomly pick the winner? So everyone has an equal chance? Yes I am crabby, I have seen too many contests that are based on more than luck, to me that amounts to saying, well we only like people who can meet our chalkenge. The rest ofyou, just go away.

    • Jen Walker says:

      Hi Marsha. The winners of the tickets are being randomly picked. We randomly pick the winners for our giveaways each and every Friday. We do ask that you leave a comment on the Friday post each week in order to enter the giveaway, and instead of having people post “I want to win.” and “Pick me.” every week, I leave a topic to comment on. I am looking to start some FUN online challenges for people who are interested. There is no pressure to participate and winning the Freebie Friday giveaways have nothing to do with the challenges.

  57. Marcia says:

    i went to my first EXPO last year and had a great time. So much to see (and buy). I can’t wait to go again this year!

  58. Susan Gugliuzza says:

    I enjoy the newsletter email and participate in online raffles when time allows. I enjoyed the shows , especially the make n take parties!

  59. Mari G says:

    my friends and I love going to Scrapbook Expo. Would love yonwin a pass to the San Diego Expo.

  60. Brandy J says:

    I participated in my first challenge recently and would love to do another. Would love to win for the Chantilly show! Can’t wait!

  61. Kristie H says:

    Still an amateur, but would love to do a challenge when i am a little more experienced…… would love tickets to the Schaumburg IL expo. Love papercrafting too! Thanks!

  62. Kimberly Wildeman says:

    I don’t do challenges because my daughter prefers that I don’t post pictures of my granddaughter online and she is the only one I scrapbook for ..but I love seeing other’s wor

  63. Barbara Carlson says:

    I have participated in a few online challenges. I love Pinterest but Instagram requires a mobile device to upload from so doesn’t really work for me very well.

  64. Grace Tolman says:

    I love challenges. It’s my “go-to” for inspiration when I’m on a rut. I haven’t been to the expo in years and I’m looking forward to going in October when the expo makes it way to Denver. Thanks for the chance.

  65. Pamela says:

    A challenge??? I’m always up for a challenge. I started scrapbooking when my daughter was born 24 years ago. Then I went into making jewelry. Now I incorporate jewelry with scraping. There is always something new to create. I’ve yet to attend a Scrapbook Expo. Hoping to make it to the one in Ontario, CA this year.

  66. LCJinRoslyn PA says:

    I enjoy challenges – it is so much fun to see the different end products from the same parameters. My very favorite was an “ugly paper” challenge – we all submitted a sheet of the ugliest paper in our stash, cut in 6ths. We got back 6 various ugly papers and had to use them on a LO. Some of them really turned out lovely!

    I would love to go to the Expo in PA.

  67. Carol Harris says:

    Have never been to an expo before – attempting a couple of times but something else always got in the way – would really love to win tickets to the next one in Sacramento. Really needing to get busy with my scrapbooking, etc – so much to do it’s hard to know just where to start. Thanks for letting me join the Sacramento Scrapbook Expo group!

  68. Connie Stennett says:

    I would be up for a challenge! I haven’t done one before, but I have watched many tutorials. There are so many new products and techniques, I would love to get involved. My sis-in-law and I have been attending in St. Charles for a number of years. We are both very excited to see what it will be in Chicago, at a larger venue! I am definitely up for the challenge!

  69. Rose Martinez says:

    I would love to be a part of this! I am eliminated from so many of these because I do not have a blog or specific website showcasing my talents! Finally! Hooray!!

  70. Christy Atherton says:

    Love attending expos. Gives me a chance to escape for just a little while into a world of creativity and ideas.

  71. ShayLynn Ager says:

    Love the expos and all the creative ideas. Free tickets would be great! Can’t wait til the next EXPO!

  72. Janet Wright says:

    I would love to be able to go to the Puyallup, WA expo on my birthday, April 24th! I like the challenge idea, but haven’t participated in any before.

  73. Denise Bryant says:

    I don’t usually participate in challenges because I don’t have a blog to post my creations to…
    Thanks for the chance to win tickets! I went for the first time last year and I am so anxious to go again! I would take my friend, Laura!

  74. Kim Owen says:

    I like online challenges! I have never been to a Scrapbook Expo, but I hope to attend my first one within this year!

  75. Madelyn Bush says:

    I don’t usually do online challenges as I would have to stop whatever project I am in the middle of, and switch gears.
    Sometimes I save the idea from the challenge for later, and just do it for myself, to try something out.

  76. Pat Hamre says:

    I love going to the EXPO in Denver, Co and would love to win tickets to it when it’s in town. I always invite who ever is willing to go with me and pay for their ticket. It would be nice to save money and go for free. Hope I win!

  77. Ruth Medrano says:

    I’ve done challenges before on different websites. However, I don’t have Instagram or Pinterest. I follow Facebook and blogs, those outlets would be great.

  78. Jennifer Ford says:

    I have not posted on Instagram or Pinterest but I think that’s a great idea. I really enjoy the scrapbook expo. I want to try classes. I can’t wait to go to the one one San Diego.

  79. Michelle Parsons says:

    I would love to be part of a challenge-it would give me great ideas from others and motivate me to work on a project! Everyone has a different eye for things!

  80. Kelly says:

    I am new to card-making, but I have entered a few challenges. I like the motivation to finish, the inspiration to do something new, and the comments that help me to figure out what works and what doesn’t.

  81. Cheryl Winget says:

    I enjoy taking part in challenges and would be interested in participating in one on Pinterest. I would also LOVE to win admission tickets to the St. Paul, MN, expo – I’d take my sister with me!

  82. Tina Todd says:

    I would love to participate in on-line challenges via pinterest. I have been wanting to do more with on line challenges

  83. Kim Thigpen says:

    I have never participated in online challenges but would love to break out of my shell and give it a try… I will be attending the Deluth, GA expo

  84. Deena M says:

    I like online challenges and contests – they are fun and inspire me to learn something or think outside the box! Great idea. Thanks for the entry into the contest! Can’t wait to go to the Mesa Arizona show.

  85. Amber says:

    I don’t feel my scrapbook in is worthy of entering challenges, I keep it pretty simple and it’s intimidating to see what others do. I haven’t gone to an expo, but would love to.

  86. Cynthia says:

    I probably wouldn’t participate in any challenges, I don’t seem to have all the time I would want to put into them. I would love to win tickets to the Ontario expo.

  87. Wan Jones says:

    I would love to see the results of the challenges, but I may not have time to be a part of any.
    Would love tickets to Ontario, I could only attend 1 day at Anaheim last month.

  88. jamie thrush says:

    i would love to be part of a challenges bc maybe i will start working with all my goodies i have…. its been awhile and miss doing it.

  89. Sharon Oravec says:

    I personally do not participate in online challenges as I do not have enough time to get a project done in the amount of time required. Also I’m not that tech savvy to know how to post my project. I do know friends that do this all the time.

  90. Jessica V says:

    I like to participate in online challenges. I do not use all social media. Pinterest is my favorite.

  91. Karen Mootz says:

    I’d love to win passes to the St Paul Expo! And online challenges are a great way to get a sneak peek at just how much fun an Expo can be.,

  92. Stefanie H says:

    I would like to participate in some. Hoping it would get me able to inspire me to get more done.

  93. Ivonne C. says:

    I love scrapbook and card making-though I’m not a pro – never have participated in challenges but can try someday. I would love to win tickets for San Diego CA expo..!!

  94. JoAnn Hawley says:

    My friend and I just started scrapping (just started in January) and would LOVE to go to the EXPO in St. Charles IL in August. Looking forward to a challenge too! 🙂

  95. Kathy Montgomery says:

    I plan to go to Kansas City in July, and I have 3 other friends going too! I would love to win a couple of tickets!! Can’t wait to go. I love doing challenges, have done many different ones in the past. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

  96. Melanie Landry says:

    I love doing challenges online- I don’t have as much time as I would like but I love having the motivation of being able to participate with other scrapbookers 🙂

  97. Gloria Younkins says:

    I’ve never done an online challenge before, but I can try MOST anything once…
    and since I plan on going to the Kansas City Show in July, Free tickets would be grand..

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