Fun at the CK Scrapbooking Event in Phoenix

Creating Keepsakes Phoenix Event 2014I had a great time attending my very first scrapbooking event. There were a lot of people in attendance and I met some very nice ladies. I traveled by Valley Metro Light Rail, which has a stop right at the Phoenix Convention Center. I spoke with some women who live here in the Phoenix Metro area, but chose a “girls getaway” and booked a hotel room.  I arrived a little early, because I didn’t know how long it would take to get there, and how long it would take to get through the registration process.  The people handling this event did a really good job, at least from my perspective, I was handed a program that had a map of the vendors and classrooms inside the front cover. The classes were clearly listed by time and room number, so my class information was right at my fingertips. Plus, I got two free gifts for registering online: a Stampin’ Up Paper Pumpkin kit and a Monte Paper Mills 6×6 inch Hello Darling paper pack.

Downtown PhoenixMy only complaint, not that it is a really big one, is that I have a bad knee and I can’t stand for long periods of time, and there was not a lot of seating near the lobby.  After I signed in for the online registration, I went outside and sat until the Vendor Faire opened up for the regular attendees. I did not choose to pay for early admission to the Vendor Faire. It was a beautiful morning and a bright blue sky day (typical for Arizona) so I had a nice time visiting with a fellow event attendee. She was one of the volunteers for the event. I think that giving people the opportunity to volunteer with the event, such as registration and classroom assistants, and providing them with some nice compensation is a really good idea. (Volunteer information for the Phoenix event is stated in this link: http://www.ckscrapbookevents.com/CKScrapbookConventions/CKCPhoenix/Volunteers.aspx)

I decided to purchase the $15 Swag Bag and was really pleased with the contents for the most part. I imagine that the Swag Bag contents vary slightly from event to event, but there were quite a few products in this bag that I would actually use.  For a list of the swag bag sponsors check this link: http://www.ckscrapbookevents.com/CKScrapbookConventions/CKCPhoenix/Sponsors/.  The contents of my bag were:

  • Prima fluid chalk ink edger
  • Keller’s Creations 6 inch cardstock sheet with printed journaling blocks
  • Queen & Co. 5 ½ x 6 ½ cardstock die-cuts sheet
  • Lawn Fawn 6 x 12 inch alphabet stickers
  • American Crafts 6 x 12 inch Thickers alphabet stickers
  • Tombow Xtreme adhesive tape runner
  • DCWV Border Stack
  • Momenta Cut and Emboss dies
  • Graphic 45 Le Cirque 12 x 12 paper pad
  • A coupon from mymemories.com for a free download of their software, a free 6×6 photobook, and $10 credit at the mymemories.com online design shop.

I priced the items and they are worth about $90. I have to confess that it is extremely unlikely that I will download the software because I like my Photoshop and Illustrator and I can make my own designs.

Phoenix Convention CenterI attended the Heartfelt Creations Sweet Juliet cardmaking class, and had fun learning some new techniques. I had never used a blender pen with an ink pad. How did I miss this technique? I have been using blender pens with chalks. I got to use one of the flower curling tools, the one with the big ball at the end, and that was cool! And I got a credit for a free stamp pad at the Hearfelt Creations booth. Nice!

I had a quick look around the vendor booths before my class started and decided which booths I wanted to spend more time with. After my class and lunch, I went shopping. The values for the items were great. Overall, I had a great time, a fun day away from home. I will do this again!

 

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My first Artist Trading Cards

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I decided that I would finally try my hand at making some Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs). I have a ton of paper I need to use up and I am not making enough cards to make a dent. It is amazing how much paper you can collect over a few years. I also have a nice stash of fabric, but I tend to just purchase fat quarters so they are a little easier to store, you can roll them up and stuff a lot of fabric in a small space. Paper needs to lie flat, and it gets heavy.

I started off with three different series: vintage, bicycle and butterfly. I used stickers, stamps, cardstock and paper in my crafting.  I plan on trying to make some ATCs with fabric in the future.

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If you don’t know much about Artist Trading Cards, this is an excellent link.

History of Artist Trading Cards link: http://www.artist-trading-cards.ch/history.html

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My Paper Crafting Tote is Finished!

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Well, just in time for the Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Expo in Phoenix, I have finished my specially designed tote for paper crafting supplies. I also realized that while I have made totes for other people, I have not made one for myself.

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I designed the lining to put my ruler and cutting mat, and also with a pocket that can hold 12 x 12 inch paper. I also have a zippered compartment for whatever else I want. Unlike other tote patterns, the lining was the main part of the tote, the outside needed to fit the lining dimensions.

And I got to use the tulip print fabric that I have been holding on to for a few years. Tulips are my favorite flower, and I was looking for a project to use this fabric. The tote was inspired by a tote in one of my quilting magazines. Unfortunately, I misplaced the magazine a few months ago when I had to move out of my craft room, so I am not able to tell you which quilting magazine and year/issue the pattern came from.

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Getting Ready for the CK Scrapbooking Expo

 

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I have a little over one week to go before the Phoenix Creating Keepsakes Scrapbook Expo. This is the first scrapbook convention that I have ever attended, and I am excited. I have read all of the advice on the website (http://www.ckscrapbookevents.com/) and printed out a list of the things that I need to take with me.  Well, darn, I don’t have anything that will carry all of this stuff. I am going to have to make a paper crafting tote!

In this instance, I am starting from the inside-out. I need to make pockets to fit some of my tools and hold paper, cutting mat and ruler. Since I am a quilter first, I am used to using a cutting mat and a rotary cutter. I have a rotary cutter for paper and one for fabric.  I made the pockets to hold the cutting mat and ruler first.

 

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I will be working on finishing the lining of the tote, and then I will put together the outside.  I guess I had better start to work!

 

 

Getting Excited About a Scrapbook Event

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I registered for a Creating Keepsakes Scrapbooking Event that is coming to my area. It’s the first time that I have attended a CK Scrapbooking Event. I’m really looking forward to this. The only drawback is that I am not really a scrapbooker, I am a cardmaker. Fortunately, there were a few cardmaking classes, so I registered for a class.

I am so looking forward to getting out of the house. I am a full-time caregiver for a disabled friend, and I don’t get out much except for doctor’s visits and necessary shopping. I don’t really enjoy grocery shopping, so thank goodness for Safeway’s grocery delivery service.

Now the biggest issue is transporting all of the recommended basic paper crafting tools and supplies. I have decided that I will make a tote specifically designed for my paper crafting tools. Fortunately, I have a little makeup bag that has two zippered compartments where I can put the small things, plus my camera.

I will cover the specifics about my tote design in my next blog. I guess I’d better get to work now!

If you are interested in Creating Keepsakes events, check to see if there is an event near you at http://www.ckscrapbookevents.com/.

If you are curious about Safeway’s delivery service, check it out here http://shop.safeway.com/ecom/home.