Every June, the Great American Scrapbook Convention comes to Chantilly, VA, a 15 minute drive from my house. For the past few years, I have been fortunate enough to have had my daughter Jess with me. But now she is an Ensign in the Coast Guard and they are out sailing the high seas so I was flying solo today (and still managed to drop way too much money).
I checked out the classes going on and there are a LOT! I have never taken one there but noticed a few that looked tempting. Down the first aisle, I saw a Sizzix Outlet store called Scrapperz Outlet that had a great assortment of dies at amazing prices, even the new pop-up ones by Karen Burniston, so if you are going, definitely stop by there. I dropped in the Melissa Frances booth to say hi but Melissa was teaching class. I chatted with her daughters for a bit, who are lovely and look just like their mom! Bought a very cool (and only $4!) 4" x 6" album made from MDF? Her display with the tiny crystal chandeliers, as always, was beautiful.I also spent a good bit of time in Accent Scrapbooking which carries some very interesting products, including a lot of acrylic albums and shapes. This product offers a lot of possibilities...
I noticed there were quite a few more booths selling deeply discounted merchandise. A sad comment on the state of our economy... but I'll admit I did my best to help them out. Just doing my part. There were also 2 wire grid racks for paper which each hold 30 stacks which I purchased because up till now I have been using milk crates. They hold a lot of paper but are heavy and you have to look through the entire bin to find the one piece you are looking for. Part of the problem is they started out in color order but, over time, have become unruly. Now to find room for them- they do stack on top of each other which is good.
And when I got home, I received a preview of my product which will be coming out at the summer CHA show- it's so exciting! What a fun day. I am so blessed to be able to work doing what I love. Thanks Hayward :-)