The Big Thing To Do When You’re Crafty
My takeaway from the weekend
Holy Crap! I wasn’t expecting to be this exhausted just from a day and a half at the Scrapbook Expo. Who knew?!
My mom and I spent Friday and Saturday down at the Gaylord Palms Resort as a little pre Mother’s Day getaway. It was nice to be baby-less for a night and be able to spend some time with my mom. The hotel was absolutely amazing, with all its atriums and different themes. My favorite was the Everglades Atrium. They had waterfalls, baby gators, turtles, a tree house restaurant, and so much more. We definitely could have used another day to explore the hotel alone. Dinner was one of the best buffets I have ever had, and those who know me, know how much I HATE buffets. With so many fresh ingredients, I was able to not feel sick after eating. I did, however, indulge in a couple pieces of THE BEST tiramisu I have ever sank my teeth into.
Then there’s the expo. We spent a couple hours before our Friday evening class walking around, checking out what we may want, and just getting a feel for the layout. We made it to about the first booth and were overwhelmed with so many great products. You really need to go in there knowing what you need, otherwise, you’re a lost duck! (I’m pretty sure that’s not an actual saying, but I’m committed now) Our evening class was with Craft Fantastic where we learned how to create jewelry using tray pendants, glass, and images. This was SO easy, yet SO fun. We made about 10 pieces, ranging from necklaces, rings, earrings, and keychains. With endless possibilities of prints and images, you can create your own custom jewelry that is inexpensive.
Can we say “Up too early?!” We ended up setting our alarm for 6:00am, thinking this would give us both time to shower, grab a quick coffee and bite to eat, with enough time to get in line for our Golden Ticket. Lesson learned. We don’t need to wake up that early. The line for coffee was pretty long, though. When we got to the expo line, it was reasonably long. We received our Golden Tickets, which gave us a chance to win some pretty sweet prizes (…… we didn’t win) Since we had a few hours to kill before out 1:00pm class, we went back to a couple booths that we scoped out the day before, got a couple discounted prices and free products since we waited in line early for early bird coupons! Who doesn’t love free stuff? Then, we attended our multi-layering technique class with JustRite. This was such a great class and I’m literally rushing to type this so that I can go try them out again! We ended up created two cards, and were able to pick out two free stamp sets. I picked out two background stamps, just so that I can play around with my new knowledge of layering.
After our class, we went back down to the expo and did some damage! There were just too many amazing products that caught our eyes. I ended up purchasing a bunch of ink pads, since I basically have none in my stash. I also purchased a couple knew stamp sets and received a couple free ones. We had to force ourselves out of the expo around 3pm before we walked out of there broke. You could go crazy in there!
My Take Away
Yes, I’ll be back next year. No, I didn’t buy out the whole show. Yes, I’ll have a plan next time. Yes, you’ll be seeing many projects with all my new loot. This was such a fun mini weekend with my mom. We decided that we’ll try to work the expo next year, too, as well as try to stay one more night. I would suggest walking around on Friday, making a plan on what you need or want, then getting there early on Saturday so that you can receive the early bird coupons and free products. Also, I would suggest making a plan for the Make and Takes. We didn’t get a chance to do any of them, because we weren’t that organized, but there were so many great ones I would have liked to make. All in all, this was a great show with some great vendors. While it was a lot of scrapbooking vendors, there were a handful of stamp ones worth visiting.