Hello my crafty friends, happy Tuesday! Today’s post is very near and dear to my heart as I will be sharing some personal pictures taken on the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo show floor. It is an honor hosting the Creativity Center. What a dream job! I get to hang out with the most talented paper crafters in the United States! This is one booth that you won’t want to miss! Several different projects are taught in the Creativity Center throughout the day. If you’d like to take a peek at some of the projects, click here. There is something for every skill level and all the projects are free. (Yes, I said free!) Come join the fun and nurture your own creativity!
I am excited to report that a few of our very creative team members have been making an appearance in the booth. Since many of you are scrapbookers and I happen to have a few personal pictures on my phone, I thought you might enjoy sharing some special memories with the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo family.
Many of you know Pauline from our popular Latest & Greatest workshops. She’s an amazing teacher both in the workshops and in the Creativity Center. I’m sure she won’t mind me sharing this fun pic of us enjoying some creative time with the girlfriends at the AI booth.
You may have been lucky enough to have met Tammy in the booth. Like Pauline, you will often find her in the Latest and Greatest workshops and Card Swaps. Tammy is a seriously talented card maker and scrapbooker. Give that girl a few pieces of paper and she’ll create two dozen gorgeous cards; she never ceases to amaze me! I have to laugh, as I look at this picture, I can tell that Tammy is in the house, look at how neat and tidy the tables look. 🙂
You will most likely find Sean entertaining the troops over at the crops during the show but on occasion, he has been known to make an appearance at the Creativity Center and between us, he loves it! Hopefully, you’ll be seeing him teaching a class or two at future shows. Sean is an amazing paper crafter and truly enjoys sharing the love of the craft with others.
Larry, Me, Scott, and Tammy
Anyone recognize these handsome guys? That’s Larry and Scott checking on things at the Creativity Center. They are our truck drivers, so if you bought it AT the show, they brought it TO the show. If you see them on the show floor be sure to ask them about their buttons, they are so proud of theirs and would love to trade buttons with you.
The Creativity Center Rocks
At our Chantilly, VA show last month Karen stamped these adorable rocks using the Creativity Center Stamp set and hid them throughout the venue. You can imagine my delight when I walked up to the door at 7 am and found one. Hugs to Karen for sharing her creativity with us and for being an amazing sidekick all weekend in the Creativity Center. On the back of the rock, it’s stamped “You Need This In Your Life.” If you have ever been to the Creativity Center, you will often hear me say, this is a “Need It In Your Life” product. There are things we want on the show floor and there are things we need on the show floor, sound familiar? 😉
I bet you’re ready to go find a rock and start stamping, right?
Wow, thanks to all of you we have gone from running the booth with a few tables to hosting over 400 make & takes per show! We even have our own Limited Edition Creativity Center Stamp Set. If you are at the show you can go to the Keep It Simple booth or you can also pick one up online by clicking here. I am happy to report the stamp set is selling like hotcakes.
Here’s a blast from the past. Does anyone remember the first year of the Creativity Center? I believe it was 2012. The Creativity Center was the first Scrapbook Expo Booth on our own show floor and I’m happy to report that it has become very popular thanks to all of you. After all, where else can you play with the toys before you purchase them, right?
Here’s a pic of the very first Creativity Center. The teenager is my daughter Lindsay getting ready for one of the 1st make & takes taught in the booth. We started out with a few tables, some basic supplies, and several fun projects to share with my fellow paper crafters. Needless to say, I was in heaven and 7 years later I am still happy to call the Creativity Center home.
Things have changed quite a bit to accommodate the 425 make & takes that we teach each show. Now, each project taught in the Creativity Center is sponsored by the generous exhibitors on the show floor, so you get a real feel for all the new & exciting products that you will find in the booths throughout the show. What a win-win situation, you get to experience the product before you buy it while enjoying a free make & take and the exhibitors get to show off their new toys.
Sorry, this pic is not the best but it makes me smile when I see all your happy faces. We were doing an Elizabeth Craft card and the Creativity Center was on fire.
Even Else herself was in the house, sharing her Planner with us. Glitter was flying and everyone was amazed by the gorgeous card they just created. Good times!
Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me. I hope you’ve been inspired to grab a seat, enjoy a little inspiration, gather with your fellow paper crafters and even receive your souvenir “I Created Button.” Did I mention that there is no cost and that there is chocolate involved? LOL! Now that I have your attention, I’d like to give a shout out to the 1000’s of creative souls who have made the Creativity Center such an amazing place to be. Only good things can come from hanging out with your creative peeps – both old and new. I have seen many a friendship begin at the Creativity Center. Think about it, you all have so much in common – you all bring your own creativity to the party.
If anyone has a happy memory of your experience at the Creativity Center that you would like to share, I would love to hear from you. I’m looking forward to seeing you at the show; I’ll meet you at the Creativity Center. 🙂
Hugs to all, Lorraine