Freebie Friday – Crop Edition

Lucky Scrapper Crop

Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Hello Scrapbook Expo Friends! Have I ever told you how much I enjoy reading all of your comments on the blog posts? I LOVE it! I especially enjoyed reading the comments from last week’s post. You are all so positive and more than willing to win a mystery box packed by Dave! And tickets to an event, yes please! Such a polite bunch you are!

I have been down and out for a few weeks now with a bad cold that has recently turned into pneumonia so I have not been able to get any scrapbooking done. I have therefore decided to take this week to share more about the Mega Make N Take Extravaganza and the day crops with you. I will also be giving away more passes to a Scrapbook Expo event of your choice. I may even give away more than one set of passes, but you will have to read to the end of the post to find out what my plans are 🙂

At each Scrapbook Expo event, we host a Mega Make N Take Extravaganza. This portion of the event is a series of make and takes all rolled together into a crop. When you arrive at the event, you will receive a full colour booklet showing photographs of all the projects along with instructions. You will also receive all the products you need to complete the make and takes. The first few hours of the event can be used to find a seat, get your supplies set up and if you are interested, work on your own projects. Once these exclusive make and takes begin, prepare to be amazed! When completing these projects, you will learn new techniques as well as get to play with new products. After each project is done, you will often be given a special opportunity to purchase additional products at special show prices.

Here are a few sneak peeks of some of the projects that have been taught at some Mega Make N Take Extravanganza events this year.

Okay, now that you have decided that attending the Mega Make N Take Extravanganza event is an absolute must, let me tell you about the day crops.

Have you ever been to a crop before? Have you been to a crop hosted by Dave and Betty? The two are just not the same! You absolutely have to experience a Scrapbook Expo crop with our fabulous hosts Dave and Betty. These two are so much fun that people who have been to a number of our crops now call themselves Dave’s Divas and Betty’s Babes.

Dave's Divas and Betty's Babes

Depending on the location you are attending and which crop, there are a number of different themes for the crops. Here is a listing of some of the themes for this year’s crops:

Just reading the themes makes me smile. They are so creative and fun!

You may be wondering how the theme is incorporated into the event. You can use the theme however you would like. You can dress up in a costume related to the theme. You can decorate your table based on the theme. Games will be played based on the theme. There will be photo ops based on the theme. Prizes will be given out to people who have theme related enthusiasm. But don’t fret. If you are not a dress up, decorate your table, play crazy games kind of cropper, that is fine. There are also lots of people who come to the crops in order to accomplish pages and pages of scrapbooking and are not interested in the other activities. That is okay as well. Dave and Betty do a wonderful job of making the crops fun but also in not taking over the event so that you don’t feel like you can get your crafting done.

Now that you know about the fun, what about the actual crop? When you arrive, you will be given your crop kit based on the choice you made when you registered or what you choose at that moment. You will then get seated at a random table anywhere within the room or if you reserved a table for 4 you will be seated at a table reserved just for you. Once you are seated, take a few minutes to look around. You will see lots of different features. There will be an area for charging cell phones. There will be empty tables around the room that will later have vendors offering special deals to you. You will see the Tool Shed which is filled with fabulous tools that you can go and use. Whether you have used the tool before or want to sample tools that you don’t own, the tool shed is a great place to visit. The tool shed also has colour photo printers in case you want to print a few photos on site.

Let’s not forget the people. Not only are the Scrapbook Expo staff the best around, but we also have fabulous attendees. You can attend a crop on your own, with a friend, or with a group and no matter what, you will meet other wonderful people. Last year, I went to an expo before I had met any of the staff and I was attending the event on my own. I met very friendly and social people on the shopping floor, in classes and at all three crops. I was a bit nervous heading to the crops on my own, but was thrilled that I did as I had a great time and met some lovely people.

Here are a few photos from past crops.

Now that you have heard a bit more about the Scrapbook Expo Mega Make N Take Extravaganza and our crops, I hope you will consider joining us. I do suggest that you register for the crops early as many of them sell out.

In last weeks post, we celebrated {inter}National Scrapbook Day by giving away a Mystery Prize box packed by Dave as well as two admission passes to the Scrapbook Expo event of your choice. The winner of this giveaway is ….. Lisa Davis.

Lisa Davis Mystery Box Winner


Congratulations Lisa! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Mystery Box Winner’ in the subject line.

We also hosted a giveaway for a Hotel + Crop Special at the 2015 San Diego Scrapbook Expo. The winner of that giveaway is … Amie Berry! Congratulations, Amie! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘San Diego Hotel & Crop Winner ’ in the subject line.

For this week’s giveaway, we are going to give away 4 admission passes to the Scrapbook Expo events. Next Friday, I will announce two winners who each will receive two admission passes to the 2015 Scrapbook Expo event of their choice. Sound good? Leave a comment on this blog post telling me which event you would like to attend.

Thanks for joining me this week and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! See you next week! Until then, have fun getting creative.

If you are looking to be inspired, join us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.

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

~ Jen


146 thoughts on “Freebie Friday – Crop Edition

  1. Laura Cox says:

    I would love to win tickets so I can go with my scrappy besties!! We are planning to go to the new Schaumburg Scrapbook Expo in August! It will be a happy birthday to me!!

  2. Kate says:

    I would luv luv luv to win. I am going to the one in Chantilly Va. and in Somerset NJ. in September. I Can’t wait, I’m so excited.

  3. Robyn Petersen says:

    I have never been to one of these expos. It sounds like a lot of fun! I would like to attend the MArlborough, Ma show in Sept.

  4. Pamela Flumefelt says:

    I’ve been wanting to attend a Scrapbook Expo for many years. Hopefully, I will be able to attend the expo in Ontario, California. Thanks for the opportunity to win two passes. I have a friend who would love to go with me.

  5. Lynn says:

    I am planning to take my Mother-in-law to her very first Scrapbook Expo in Schaumburg! We are both very excited about going!!

  6. Lequita Craig says:

    Never been to a Scrapbook Expo but looking forward to the one in Duluth, GA

  7. TRISH says:

    I’ve been taking friends on a tour of the California Scrapbook Expo’s. were going to San Diego in a couple of weeks, We shop, learn & crop (smile)

  8. Snazzy JJ says:

    I was just telling my girlfriends about your expo at last night’s crop, as you are coming our way in July (Minnesota). I have been working at your event the last 2 years and have had a ball. (I’m the lady who brings the banana bread.) I will, of course be there this year, ready to ring the gong;). Thanks for the great article above, I am sending the link to all of my friends as it does such a good job of showing the fun of your event. See you at set-up and save me a seat at the Extraganza!

  9. Brandi Wolfe says:

    Me me me me meeeeee!!!!! I’ve never been to an expo and will be driving 4 hours to attend your first Expo in Akron!!! I’m so excited!!! Eeeeeeek!!!

  10. Rachel V says:

    Winning tickets for the Expo in Marlborough, MA would be wonderful! I have never been to a Scrapbook Expo and would love to go! Especially after reading this post and seeing all the pictures! Keeping my fingers crossed!

  11. Torrie Tyler says:

    I am planning on attending the Expo in mesa, az and i would love to win tickets so i can take my mom!

  12. Sandi B says:

    I will be going to the Schaumburg, IL expo in August with some friends from Indy. Would love to win some tickets for us. Can’t wait. Hurry up summer.

  13. Theresa Brennan says:

    I have never attended a crop, but am looking forward to the one in Ontario, CA.

  14. Kelly says:

    Already signed up for volunteering for the Chantily VA show but don’t have my admission tickets yet. Wanted to make sure I got my volunteer hours paid for first. Shifts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  15. marylouh says:

    I could go to the Schamburg, Il or the Kansas City, MO. Expo.
    I’ve not been to one of these and would like the chance.

  16. Alisha berkey says:

    My show has come and gone for this year 🙁 but I love when you guys come to WA State!! The crops and classes are one of my favorite activitys to do. This year I did both crops and six classes!! Good luck to whoever wins and I hope you will start having prizes for next years expos!!!

  17. Debbie Clever says:

    I would LOVE to win tickets to the Denver Scrapbook Expo! I have been to every Scrapbook Expo that has been in the Denver area and soooo want to return!!! My daughter, who is a mom of 4 wonderful and active kids, would love to come with me as well. She could really use the break! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  18. Marcia Ball says:

    I hope to attend the Santa Clara Scrapbook EXPO and bring my friend and fellow scrapper. I would love to win tickets to the Mega Make N Take Extravaganza or the Friday Crop. Thank you for the chance.

  19. Marcia Ball says:

    I hope to attend the Santa Clara Scrapbook EXPO and bring my friend and fellow scrapper. I would love to win tickets to the Santa Clara Mega Make N Take Extravaganza or the Friday Crop. Thank you for the chance.

  20. Tina Todd says:

    I’m glad it finally came back to Chantilly, VA – Don’t want to miss it this year!

  21. Kay Brown says:

    I cannot wait to attend the Scrapbook Expo in Duluth GA with my best friend. This will be my very first Expo and I am counting the days until the July event!!

  22. Maryellen Webber says:

    I’d love to win passes to Scrapbook Expo in Duluth, GA. I have been attending the crops and always have a great time.

  23. rosemarie c says:

    Missed Pleasanton because of a unscheduled hospital visit hoping to make Sant Clara CA in August. Always have a blast and spend too much!!

  24. Bev says:

    My daughter and I are planning on attending our very first Expo in Kansas City! We are really excited to be experiencing this weekend together!

  25. Jane Booth says:

    I lived in Georgia for over 13 years and had the opportunity to attend several EXPOS…always looked forward to a fun filled weekend…I moved away almost 7 years ago 🙁 to rural NC and due to unfortunate circumstances have not been back to visit since I left. This year I am planning to visit my best friend that I haven’t seen since I moved away and we planned it around the weekend to attend Scrapbook Expo!!! We are both so excited!!! Cannot wait!!!

  26. Monique says:

    I’m relatively new to the scrapbook expos although I have attended home bases crops and found them very condusive to making progress. I would love to check it out first hand in Santa Clara/San Jose, CA.

  27. Denise Premenko says:

    Would love to win tickets to the San Jose, CA Scrapbook Expo, thanks for the opportunity. Look forward to going every year…there are so many new items and what a selection!!!

  28. Christine aka The Stampin' Ninja says:

    So, I don’t have just one friend I go to the Scrapbook Expo with, I have two! My two BFFs in the world & we always have such a great time. One of them lives here in Sacramento, CA with me while the other lives in San Francisco, CA so every year we choose between the Sacramento Expo & the Santa Clara Expo – we haven’t decided this year yet but would appreciate tickets either way! Thank you so much for this chance to win! 🙂

  29. Sherri Yoho says:

    Very excited with the possibilities! I’ve never attended a Scrapbook Expo event and would love to go with my stepmother to the Chantilly, VA event coming soon. Thanks for the opportunity to win two tickets!

  30. Rowena Robinson. says:

    I’m planning to attend my first Expo in Aug in Chicago. After reading this I’m thinking I’ll have to do a crop as well, looks like a Blast!!!

  31. Julie Curtis says:

    I can’t wait for the Expo in minnesota! I scrapbook almost everyday. Scrapbooking helps me with my Lupus. I work my hands and keep moving to get this and that for my pages. Without scrapbooking I would go crazy trying to fill my days. I’m hoping to win the freebie because it’s hard to afford the new items available with just my disability as my only income. Happy scrapping!

  32. nyra smith says:

    I would love free tickets to attend in San Diego this year. My first time was this year in Anaheim and i loved it. I made a coupon book and had souch fun shopping, cropping and learning new projects. I ready to go again. Hope to won so i can bring a friend and introduce her to the world of scrapbooking, creativity and card making.

  33. Marlene Lawson says:

    I’ve never attended a scrapbook expo and would love tickets for the Duluth. Ga. expo. Thank you.

  34. Sandy Szurko says:

    I will be attending my 2nd expo in August at Schaumburg! CANNOT WAIT! Had a ” blast” last yr. At the Expo in Saint Charles!

  35. Jean says:

    I would love free passes and a mystery box packed by Dave. Can’t wait for Schaumburg and August to get here.

  36. Lisa Stayman says:

    Pick me pick me pick me. I have a friend who would love to go to the Duluth, GA expo. I’ve been to the Expo in Chantilly VA quite a few years ago and I need need need to do some cropping!!! Thanks for the opportunity!

  37. Julie Stoker says:

    I’ve never been to any Expo’s…but I’m willing to go! Kansas City would work for me !!!

  38. Susan Janczewski says:

    I’m going to Schaumburg, IL in August, free tickets would just make it better!

  39. LoriSue says:

    Schaumburg!! Finally I will be retired and be able to attend the Expo!! Being a school teacher and the Chicago Expo is always been the weekend that school begins. Was never able to make it before but now I have no excuse!! 2 tickets would be a great retirement gift!! Wouldn’t that be fun to scrap??? Thanks for the chance…….

  40. Jaime Sunshine says:

    I am planning on attending the Scrapbook Expo in MA. This will be my 1st time & I’ll be going alone. Scared & excited all wrapped into 1 big bundle of excitedness!! ☺

  41. Carol Fritz says:

    I would love to attend the San Diego one, since I missed the Anaheim Event…have never been to a crop or expo and would love to try it!

  42. Sharon B. says:

    I’ve been wanting to go forever. I want to see all of the wonderful products. I’m saving up money to buy products. I’m going to celebrate my birthday early to have extra money to spend. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  43. Chris A says:

    Ontario is coming up soon….. Who I ask – who wouldn’t want to win tickets. It’s my kinda party!! LOL

  44. Elizabeth linell says:

    I’m planning on attending the San Diego Expo 2015. I’m really looking forward to it!!!

  45. Elaine Kapalin says:

    Would love to win tickets to the Akron, Ohio Expo. Since this has been an event I have been looking forward to attending. Have never seen this event so close to home.

  46. Robin Bennett says:

    I would love to go to the Mesa, AZ, event with my scrappin’ buddy, Dayna! Thanks for offering this great prize.

  47. Marie Brishke says:

    Cannot even begin to tell you how excited I would be if I won: trying to plan a trip to visit my sister in GA and had planned on going to the Expo in Duluth, GA. Hoping to make it a birthday present for us both: I’m 50 this year and she is 45.

  48. Michelle Parsons says:

    Will be attending my first expo with my mom at the closest one to us in Indiana, which is Schaumburg, IL 🙂

  49. Donna Jean Eno says:

    I would so love to attend this event. I believe the closest one to me ( I live in CT) would be New Hampshire. This would mean so much to be able to attend and take a special friend with me.

  50. Rhonda bedsaul says:

    Would love to attend the scrapbook expo …… Can’t wait to attend! First ever expo in KC counting down the days to July # stoked to scrap#ready to shop#kcgetready

  51. Andrea Valluzzo says:

    I am going to the one in New Jersey in September and I would love to win tickets so I can bring my best friend to make it a girls crafty weekend!

  52. Terry Valentino says:

    My birthday gift to me was a trip to Milwaukee for the Expo. Verrrry excited that there will be another one allot closer in Schaumburg in August!!

  53. Jacki says:

    My friend and I go every year to the Scrapbook expo in Santa Clara. We would love to win.

  54. Kate Scott says:

    I loved this post! I have wanted to attend the Make&Take crop! Now, i know more about it! I would like to go to the Sacramento Expo! Thanks

  55. Dana B. says:

    I would love to win tickets to the Mesa, AZ Expo as I am living in Phoenix, AZ, my home away from home, taking care of my father’s estate as he recently passed. I would love to go to get inspiration and a time away from all the paperwork and stuff I am currently dealing with every day. I need to be inspired to get back to crafting as I have not done much in the last two years, since my husband’s passing in 2013. I need the motivation and inspiration to get back to something I love and keep documenting my life and my four kids’ lives. I would just love to win!

  56. Lynn McPherson says:

    I would love to win tickets to the Expo in Schaumberg in August. It used to be in St Charles but its moved this year.

  57. Katherine Spencer says:

    Already have my hotel reservations for the Chantilly, VA Expo!!!!! My daughter and friend are excited about going to our first EXPO as well!!! We would love to win tickets but we’ll be there to crop and shop either way!!!!

  58. Diane Plotz says:

    I want to come to one of your Expo’s. Since you are not coming real close to my area, the closest one is Duluth GA. I would love to attend that event !!!

  59. Laura Rurka says:

    It would be wonderful to win free passes to an Expo. I just attended the GLMM in Novi, and a friend and I are looking into attending the expo in Akron, OH or Schaumberg IL. Both events are several hours away so it just depends on which date works best. Just maybe we will be able to attend both! So if I have to pick one, I would say the Akron expo since it is the earliest one and then we could hopefully still attend the IL one later this year too! Thanks for the opportunity to win, we will see you soon!

  60. Sandra Kam says:

    My best friend is flying in from Texas to go to the San Diego Expo with my daughter and I!!

  61. Michelle Cooke says:

    I’m going to the chantilly expo…. Definitely want to go to the San Diego one sometime too!

  62. Denise Premenko says:

    Would love to have a pair of tickets. Plan on taking a friend to the Santa Clara Expo in August. Thanks for the opportunity.

  63. Nicola says:

    I would love to win a pair of tickets – it ha been a few years since I last went – I need some motivation

  64. Christy Baltzell says:

    Will be attending the Denver Expo. Can’t wait! Thanks for the opportunity to win such an awesome prize. Hope you are feeling 100% soon.

  65. Deana Reich says:

    I would love to win 2 passes to the Denver Scrapbook Expo for myself & my best friend.

  66. Jeannette Riley says:

    I’d love to win the tickets and go to the Lancaster Expo. This would be an awesome prize to win for me and my friend, girl time, shopping time. Thanks!!!

  67. Kelly says:

    I would LOVE to win tickets to the Kansas City expo!! I have never been and it sounds sooooo exiciting

  68. Binnie says:

    I already have my admission tickets to the Chantilly VA Expo because I have signed up for classes both days, but I would like to win the tickets for friends who might not be able to afford it.

  69. Kathy D says:

    i have always wanted to go to a crop. I would love to win free passes and go to to the MA crop!

  70. Deb says:

    This will be the first Scrapbook Expo I am attending. I am driving up from Tennessee in August to attend the Schaumburg expo with a friend. We would love to win tickets! Can’t wait to see you there!

  71. Sandra Sundell says:

    Looking forward to attending the San Diego Scrapbook expo. First time to attend!

  72. Katherine Buchanan says:

    Jen, I am glad you’re feeling better. I want to thank you again for the Hotel and Crop giveaway! This will be my first San Diego expo. I have been to Ontario and Costa Mesa expos. But I have NEVER BEEN to a crop. So, again, thank you!

  73. Amy Bagnall says:

    I’m registered for the Thursday crop and a couple of classes. I’m bringing my BFF, who is a beginning scrapper! would love to take the Watercolor Wonderland class, too!

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