Hey, hey, hey, Scrapbook Expo friends!
I am thrilled to be back this week to introduce you to the Keepsake Button Program that is offered at all our Scrapbook Expo events.
This program is all about collecting buttons as you participate in different aspects of the events. The premise is that the more ways you participate in the event, the more buttons you will receive. When you have collected four unique buttons, you can go and hit the big GONG and receive the lovely ‘I Conquered’ medallion as well as the Scrapbook Expo lanyard.
Can you imagine getting to hit the large GONG to let everyone on the show floor know that you have earned at least four buttons? Once you see this gong, you will want to start collecting your buttons right away!
There are eight different buttons included in the Keepsake Button Program. The different buttons are collected or earned by participating in different aspects of the event.
The main buttons include:
- I Cropped
- I Created
- I Learned
- I Shopped
- I Met ___________
- I Returned
- I Helped
- I Support
We are often asked what you have to do to earn each button. I thought it would be helpful to give you a few pointers on where and how you can get each button. Here goes …
The ‘I Cropped’ button is given to people who attend either the MEGA Make N Take Extravaganza or one of the crops. These crop parties are THE place to be! You can spend the day cropping with your friends and then join Dave and Betty for an evening of fun-filled scrapbooking excitement.
Attendee Melanie recently said, “This was the BEST crop I’ve ever been to! Thanks to all the wonderfully creative SBE staff (and volunteers) for making it so much fun.”
Would you like the ‘I Created’ button? To earn this button, all you need to do is visit the Creativity Center and complete a project. For anyone who has not been to the Creativity Center, you are missing out for sure. At the Creativity Center, you will find the lovely (and oh-so-fun) Lorraine, who will walk you through completing one of 8 different sponsored make ‘n take style projects. In case you get to the show floor and are wondering where the Creativity Center is located, just look for the giant 20 foot blue backdrop with Lorraine dressed in her Scrapbook Expo blue shirt and you will know you have arrived at the correct place! Sit down, relax, and prepare to be inspired!
The ‘I Learned’ button is earned by participating in a Workshop. Attending at class at the Scrapbook Expo will allow you to brush up your current skills, learn new ones, and work with fabulous products that you may not have seen or used before. Our teachers are fabulous and aim to inspire you to want to create more and more!
This next button is easier than you would think to earn. To earn the ‘I Shopped’ button, you simply need to spend over $150 in products that you purchased on the show floor and it is yours! Gather up all your receipts before you leave for the day and I bet you will have spent more than you thought. (I know I sure did the first event I attended, and maybe the second as well!)
The ‘I Met’ button is at specific shows where the Scrapbook Expo is hosting a Guest Artist. An example of a guest where we will be handing out the ‘I Met’ buttons is Becky Higgins. Becky will be joining the Schaumburg, IL show. If you take a moment to meet her you will receive this button.
Are you a die-hard Scrapbook Expo fan and will be attending more than one Scrapbook Expo event in 2015? This button is for you! Bring proof of your attendance at a previous event in 2015 and we will gladly give you this button!
At Scrapbook Expo, we LOVE our volunteers! Did you know that while we call you volunteers, you are actually paid $10 per hour to help out at the event? You also will get a free day’s admission for the day once you have completed your shift. Sounds like win-win situation for everyone! You can sign up to be a volunteer using our online shopping cart. Some volunteers have even gone from volunteering to being a regular employee. We can’t wait to work with you!
As scrapbookers, we all know how important it is to support our local stores. At Scrapbook Expo, we have an amazing bunch of local stores who sell tickets to the events that will be taking place near them. We love it when you show the local stores your support, so if you purchase your admission ticket at one of their stores, you will earn the ‘I Support’ button.
This year, we also have a few buttons that you can purchase. These include the Scrapbook Expo 2015 button as well as the event location button. Here is a sample of the 2015 button and the Akron, OH button that you can buy. These buttons will also count toward the four needed to qualify for the medallion.
While you are attending the Scrapbook Expo, you may notice that some people have a special button. Hmmmm … I wonder what they did to earn that button? If you take the initiative to learn more about these ‘special’ buttons, you may end up with one or two or lots of these special buttons for yourself.
One attendee in Pleasanton left with her lanyard covered in special buttons. She had a blast collecting them all! You will, too!
All and all, the Keepsake Button program is a lot of fun. When you have collected four different buttons you get to hit the gong. Every time I heard the gong sound when I was walking the show floor, it made me smile for sure. And that ‘I Conquered’ medallion is gorgeous. It is a nice heavy weight metal on your lanyard.
Now that I have told you all about the Keepsake Button program, I am going to give away two admission passes to a 2015 Scrapbook Expo event of your choice. Would you like to win them? Leave a comment on this blog post telling me something about the Expo. Have you attended and loved something specific? Did you collect a bunch of buttons and get to hit the GONG? Did you attend a crop and win an awesome prize? Have you never attended an Expo but want to? Tell us something fun!
The winner is … Laurie Kearnes!
Congratulations, Laurie Kearnes! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Hobby Holster Winner’ in the subject line.
Remember, if you would like to be entered in this week’s giveaway for 2 admission passes to a 2015 Scrapbook Expo event of your choice, leave a comment on this post telling me something about the Expo.
Thanks for joining me this week and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! See you next week! Until then, have fun getting creative!
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