This year’s theme was Canada 150 and it was absolutely perfect! This 2 day crop is a favourite of our group for many reasons. The shopping, socializing, scrapbooking…and the shopping! When that many scrapbook vendors are brought together in one place, it can be very dangerous for us lovers of all things scrapbooking!! I went thinking, I don’t “need” anything… hahahahaha
First of all, we get a goodie bag of surprises! There is a minimal registration bag and then a larger “embellished” bag, if you so desire the element of surprise!! I went for the cheaper bag and here is a pic of some of the fun goodies I came home with!! Disclaimer: There are a few extra items I got that were given to me by other croppers that were not in the cheaper bag.
Big thank yous were sent out to all the amazing sponsors of the event that support each year!! Avery Elle, KaiserCraft, Scrapbook Adhesives, Spellbinders and more…
Here is some of the new goodies I bought: (I posted a Facebook Live this morning where I walked through it all briefly, check out the video here).
Being as I went to scrapbook our Canada 150 celebrations (which I never did get done) I was falling in love with more and more of the Canadian themed papers and stamps. Earlier this year I bought the Canada 150 stamp from Close to My Heart, so I was prepared for my layout, and had gathered some gorgeous papers along the way, but of course, when you come across the newest suppliers in town called Wild Whisper Designs, who can resist these?
The Wild Whisper ladies are based out of Calgary and their products are just gorgeous, can’t wait to play! In the photo below, the Wild Whisper products are in the upper right corner, include the journey chipboard, maple leaf die cut, Canadian stamps, papers and chipboard animals of the moose, etc. Seriously, it’s all gorgeous. I will be sure to share the layouts I create these beauties! I think the ‘journey’ chipboard will be used on my Scotland trip layouts, when I finally get to doing those 😉
In the above photo, the bottom right is all the Illustrated Faith and Vicki Boutin products I bought to put in my Bible art journalling bag. I played with Ranger Distress Oxide inks for the first time so just HAD to have some, right? I’m excited to dig into my Bible art again, even ran to Michaels today with the 55% off coupon to get some clear gesso, as I only had the white (rookie mistake on that purchase), as I want to be able to see through it to be able to still see the scripture.
I fell for some other beautiful Canada-themed papers from Treasured Memories, found in the upper left with the Canada tag. Some Thickers, can never have too many of those with a silver shine! I also got the dance paper pack at the top right to put away for future dance layouts of the twins. On the middle left I got a steal of a deal in the pack with the watercolour pencils at 40% off, since it’s from 2015, but who cares? It’s going to be put away for my favourite craft room friend for Christmas. I’m going to steal out the mini spray for myself as that will go into my Bible art bag too. Lastly, the chipboard pile in the centre bottom. From Scrap & Bean, I think since that was the card in the bag, so hopefully I didn’t mix things up, the brand is Southern Ridge Trading Co. I have bought stuff from them in the past and here I am again, stocking up. I got rodeo/cowgirl/cowboys/cows, as well as the create one, first day of school and a dragonfly (for an upcoming Outlander layout, I had to find Outlander there somewhere, right?
Overall, was a super fun scrapbook carnival! I take issue with the Friday/Saturday, but I get that it runs alongside the quilting expo, and most attendees of that do not work on Fridays. Each year but husband says, do these people not work on Friday? I love the shopping, the atmosphere, the friends and the Creative Scrapbooker team, however, having to pay for childcare in order go, makes it an expensive two days for me. That’s my issue to deal with and next year I will reevaluate it yet again. I will still go in some form, even if it’s just for the shopping on the Saturday. If it was just longer days, I’d feel like I get more for my money. That being said, I’m back to the fact that it is an amazing two days of fun and smiles!! Love you Guys, @CSMscrapbooker!!