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Monday, 3 May 2010
Scrapbookers' Paradise
Mood:  caffeinated
Topic: Scrapbooking

If you have read my bio, you will have noticed that I love scrapbooking, and the only thing better than scrapbooking, is being able to scrapbook with others and exchange ideas.  For a significant part of scrapbooking is creativity - and new ideas, materials, techniques, tools are the fuel our creativity runs on.

So on April 30th with the car loaded with tool kits, snacks, carry-on bags, and more snacks, I started off down the road with three friends, Debbie, Laura, and Lorna, to CKC in Manchester, NH.  For those of you not familiar with CKC, it is the Creative Keepsakes Convention ... in other words, Scrapbookers' Paradise!!!

The convention is loaded with something for everyone - there are classes, demos, shopping, fellowship, and crops ... and did I mention, eating?  But, so little time ... alas, we could not do it all.  There were over 100 vendor booths, over 150 classes, and over 3,000 people ... all scrapbook lovers!  Over-achievers that we are, we set ourselves an ambitious schedule of nine classes and new product demos from Basic Grey, October Afternoon, Cricut, American Crafts, SCI, and several others.  And if anyone was still awake after a day filled with classes and shopping, there were innumerable evening crops.  Something for everyone.

Friday began with first things first -- coffee at 7:30am!  If I was going to run all day, I needed to at least start it awake.  We then stood in line at the convention center waiting for the doors to open with a few thousand others.

At 8:30am the doors opened and we were off to view the Vendor Displays.  There were over a hundred booths -- all with new products, materials, tools -- everything a scrapbooker ever dreamed of and more.  There was tons and tons of stuff and beautiful ideas -- the display of creativity was amazing - how would I ever remember it all for when I get back to making my own scrapbooks?

At 12:30pm we went to our first class - Everything About This Class Pops sponsored by SEI.  This class, as the name suggests, focused on incorporating all kinds of "pop-up" techniques into your card and scrapbook page designs.  And of course it was "learn by doing" so practicing these new techniques resulted in an accordian album and several "pop-up" cards.

At 1:50pm we ran to our next class, Life Is A Journey - Mini Album sponsored by Technique Tuesday, but arrived to standing room only - too late for a seat, so we just collected our kits of materials and instructions and took a much needed rest.

At 3:10pm we went to our next class - this time arriving in time to get seats - Beyond The Square by Simpli Craft.  This is the scrapbookers' version of thinking "out of the box."  It focused getting us to depart from simple square mats for pictures and use over-sized circles, scallopped edges, brackets ... and all kinds of irregular clever shapes and patterns!  Very Clever!

At 6:00pm we were off to a class called Button Farm - Recipe Album.  This class was so much fun!  And the take-away was everything you needed to put together a beautifully colored and functional recipe album - something you might give as a gift at a bridal shower (hey, I am a wedding photographer when I am not scrapbooking).  Of course if I cooked I could use it myself.

Saturday began at 7:30am -- again, with much needed coffee!

At 8:30am we had what turned out to be my very favorite class - Making Ordinary by SEI.  It involved utilizing ordinary envelopes in extraordinary ways along with a paper line I love (Moravia) to make an album. 

The end result of this project would be perfect for stunning vacation photos or spectacular family portraits to scrap!  And because it incorporates envelopes, it is simple to use it for other memoribilia.

At 9:50am we ran to our next class - literally - not much time to spare - entitled, All Tagged by Awesome Albums.  As the name suggests it was a class focusing on being creative with tags - and essentially create an entire mini-album with a tag theme to it.  It was a cute class!

Our next class started at 11:10am - Trendy Techniques - Piggy Tales.  The description, however, made it sound better and more interesting than it turned out to be, so we only stayed long enough to get the materials kit and directions and headed to lunch.

12:30pm brought another class by Awesome Albums.  This time, instead of a Tag theme, it was "ALL ABOUT HIM!"  It was about building a masculine album - a basic ring bound blackboard album with "manly" accents. 

At 1:50pm we ran to our last class for the conference - Top Techniques For 2010.  Unfortunately this was a very popular class and we arrived to find it standing room only.  Not wanting to miss the kit, however, we hurried and bought our tickets and claimed our materials kits.  Guess what it turned out to be for?  Yup, another recipe album, but very cute!

At long last we packed up our "scraps" and headed for home... tired and probably on creative overload.  But, I loved it and had a ball (or was it a tag?).  I was glad I was able to travel with friends -- the girls from Island Scrapbook in Williston, who had been to previous Creative Keepsakes Conventions -- a real help in finding the things you were really interested in among so many choices.

And if you missed this convention, but love scrapbooking, stop in to Island Scrapbook in Williston - I am sure Laura would be delighted to show you all the beautiful and exciting things we picked up during this trip.  Don't forget to tell her, "Linda sent me!"

Now that I have been to my first CKC, I cannot wait for 2011!

Posted by Linda.


Posted by ayerphoto at 6:18 PM EDT
Updated: Tuesday, 4 May 2010 7:25 PM EDT
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