Welcome back to Freebie Friday! I hope you are enjoying our new blog posts and find it inspiring to stop by each and every day to see what our amazing designers have created. Recently. we have had Jen Gallacher creating cards using washi tape, Paige Evans introduced us to designer Patricia Roebuck and her amazing artwork, Roree Rumph created and decorated fun vellum treat bags, we shared a few tip of the day videos, my Freebie Friday featuring BasicGrey, neat card sketches by Tammy Chenault and our weekend posts by Lorraine and LeAnn sharing a few of their favourite projects and recipes. I enjoy returning each and every day to see what new projects the team has shared. We hope you do as well!
Did you know that the Weekly Scrapper blog is a part of the Scrapbook Expo event brand? Not only do we aim to inspire you at our events all across the USA, but we enjoy keeping you inspired every day that you are not at an event as well. For this week’s Freebie Friday, I have decided to focus on the Scrapbook Expo events.
In less than a week, the first 2015 Scrapbook Expo event will be opening. We have been working hard behind the scenes to make changes and updates to the show that we are sure you are going to love!
On our new website, you can find all of the details about the 2015 shows. From viewing the gorgeous preshow guides, to choosing your classes from the project photos, to learning about the crop themes and our keepsake button program, it is all there for you to read and learn more about our shows.
Did you know that we offer a “Buy 1 Workshop & Get That Days Admission Free” program? This awesome special is available online only so why not go ahead and pre-register for your classes so you can get your admission free? With all the amazing classes that are available this year, it will be hard to choose just one class, so just think that a free admission pass gives you a few more dollars to spend on workshop or scrapbook supplies. Love that!
Another program I am a HUGE fan of is the Keepsake Button Program. I attended an event last year and during my time there was able to collect four buttons (I Cropped, I Shopped, I Learned and I Created) which meant that I earned the I Conquered medal and lanyard. I even got to ring the ‘gong’ and yell that ‘I Conquered’ the Scrapbook Expo. It was crazy fun! I have the lanyard hanging on the wall in my craft room. This year there are new buttons that you can purchase as well, including a special limited edition ‘Scrapbook Expo 2015 ‘ and an event location button. My son compared my collection of buttons to the ones he collected at Disney last year. I guess he is right. We both enjoyed collecting our buttons!
While I was at the event, I tried to do just about everything possible. To make sure I accomplished everything I wanted, I completed my on-site registration as soon as I arrived at the hotel on Thursday. I then used the show guide to see what booths were hosting make & takes that I was interested in and started to mark off which booths I absolutely wanted to shop at. I also made a note on the show floor map of which booths had offered coupons in advance of the show.
I attended the Mega Make & Take Extravaganza on Thursday night. I was flying solo at the event; I did not know anyone in town or from the Scrapbook Expo so I spent my time at this crop meeting new people, making new friends, meeting some of the manufacturers who taught the make & takes, and getting crafty. I was really glad I took the time to meet people at this crop as it meant when I was attending classes the next day and walking around the market place, I had people to say hello to and catch up with for a few minutes here and there.
When I arrived back in my hotel room on Thursday night, I spent time planning my next few days. I wanted to take advantage of the Early Bird Shopping on Friday, but also had an early class so I decided on two booths that I wanted to hit first. The deals were great so the lines were long but moved quickly and I headed off to class with my first purchases in hand. I enjoyed a day of classes and shopping. I would attend a class, shop for a bit, and then attend another class.
In the evenings I attended both crops. Again, I was on my own but was able to meet some wonderful people who were friendly. Oh, and if you attend a crop, you will get to meet Dave and Betty. These two are fabulous! They make sure that you have fun but also have time to scrapbook without lots of interruptions. And prizes, yes they have them as well! Oh, and I can’t forget to tell you about the Tool Shed at the crops. Wow, the Scrapbook Expo team has collected lots of amazing tools for crop attendees to use. You can take advantage of the tools like a Cricut machine so you don’t have to bring your own machine, but there are also tools that you can try and if you like them will be able to purchase in the market place. I had fun trying tools I had never seen before.
When you first enter the show floor, make sure to enter to win at the Door Prize Kiosk booth and not only will your receive a “Swag Bag” compliments of Darice and Spectrum Noir, but you’ll also be entered to win door prizes throughout the day! Door Prizes are drawn at random and all prizes must be claimed by the end of the day. And you never have to worry that your name will be called while you are at class. If you are a prize winner, they will record your name on a white board and you have until the end of the day to claim your prize. Yay!
In between your shopping and classes, don’t forget to take advantage of the Creativity Center hosted by Lorraine. Have you met Lorraine? If not, you need to. She will inspire you, motivate you, and remind you that getting crafty is awesome! While you are spending time with Lorraine at the Creativity Center, you will complete a great project as well. All this for free!
Don’t forget to take advantage of the exhibitor make & takes while you are walking the show floor and shopping. It is amazing what you can learn from the passion that the exhibitors have for their craft!
And don’t forget the big Saturday Scraptacular Giveaway! This is your chance to win big and have lots of fun doing it! Set your alarm clocks early on Saturday and win one of many wonderful prizes awarded from our VIP vendors. Each lucky “Scrap”tacular guest will have the opportunity to choose which prize they would like to win & take home. All you need to do is arrive before 9am on Saturday, have your Saturday wrist band on and collect a Golden Ticket between 8am – 9am. The Scrapbook Expo team makes it so easy to win!
Before i tell you about this week’s giveaway, have you heard about the new Scrapbook Expo Express? Do you want to attend this year’s Scrapbook Expo but don’t want to deal with the drive and parking? Hop on the Scrapbook Expo Express and spend a fun-filled day at Scrapbook Expo. A deluxe motor coach will deliver you straight to the door of the Expo. Start your Expo experience before you arrive at the show; all your friends can ride together plus your bus ticket includes admission and a Golden Ticket for the Saturday Scraptacular. Other features of the bus include fun games and prizes on the bus plus no parking fee. And there is no waiting – get your ticket on the bus and get straight to shopping and workshops and stay all day and relax on the bus on the way home! Doesn’t this sound wonderful and relaxing?
Now that I have told you all about the fun times you can have at a Scrapbook Expo event, will you be joining us? I am going to make it even easier to attend! Leave a comment on this blog post before 6pm on February 19th for a chance to win a pair of admission passes to a Scrapbook Event of your choice. And wait, there’s more! I am going to give away TWO pairs of admission tickets. How fun is that?! Four friends will be able to attend an event and enjoy it just like I did!
Are you ready? Leave a comment below and tell me what is your favorite part of attending a Scrapbook Expo event. Are you a class junkie? Do you shop until your drop? Do you spend your days and nights enjoying the peaceful crop space? OR do you do it all?
Are you on Facebook? For our friends who enjoy chatting on Facebook, I am also hosting Facebook groups for each location. Take this opportunity to meet other attendees who will be at your event. Chat with exhibitors about their make & takes or what they may be selling at their booths. Go ahead and ask questions to the Scrapbook Expo team. These groups are for you! We hope you will enjoy them and we also have special giveaways hosted within the group. At this point, you can join the groups for Grapevine. TX, Pleasanton, CA and Orlando, FL. Watch the Scrapbook Expo Facebook page for the other groups to start soon.
Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by our friends at BasicGrey. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! I enjoyed reading all of your responses. Your comments show that inspiration comes from all around us!
Congratulations, Laurie! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘BasicGrey winner’ in the subject line.
Would you like a chance to win two single day passes to a 2015 Scrapbook Expo event of your choice? All year long we will be giving away passes. You can learn more about the #IWannaGoSBE giveaway here.
Thanks for joining me this week. I hope you have a wonderful week! Don’t forget … If you want a chance to win passes to attend a Scrapbook Expo event near you, you need to leave a comment on this post.