I asked an jewelry making friend of mine to attend the "Scrapbook Expo" with me. Her first words to me were "Why?" and "I do not scrapbook". So I had to explain that the show was not just about
classes and/or crafts that one can find at this particular show (other than the expo's own website).
Most of the articles that I found were older and did not reflect the changes in the show in the recent year. Since the economy took such a hard hit, it has changed how people spend their money and where they spend it. Most of the folks I spoke to want to maximize their expenditures and will not spend money to attend a show unless it offers them sufficient insentive to spend the funds required to attend.
When you attend a show like this, you are looking at the cost of gas to get there, parking ($5 - $12 depending on the venue location), and entrance fees (this show offers coupons and early purchase discounts). It can easily cost a person, upwards of $20 just to attend a craft show. This is pretty reasonable for a craft/gift show. I recently attended a convention that charged $40 just for parking because it was being held at some fancy hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Needless to say, we found a parking structure less than a mile away that offered much more reasonable rates.
Keeping the cost of attending a show in mind, I decided to write this review to show some of the different things that I found at this show. I hope this will give readers an idea of what they may find at this event and provide a little information that may help them in making their own decision as to deciding to attend this type of show.
Tip: I highly recommend researching a potential show to see if it truly is what you are looking for in an craft show event. While you are researching you may come across discount coupons which will come in handy, if you decide to attend.
The Scrapbook Expo does have several shows across the country, the vendors vary with each location, as do the classes and each one features a fun crop event where folks get together and crop the day and night away.
I got to use a "Big Shot" machine which I own, but the ladies at the show gave me even more ideas of things I could make with the items I cut with it. The sharing amongst attendees alone was worth the cost of attending this event.
I also got to use to use a "Cricut" which is an interesting machine. The machine is seems expensive to me and rather limited in its uses. The machines sells for around $199 to $299. The cartridges run anywhere from $19 to $80. Each cartridge has a theme and the shapes, words or phrases will relate to that theme. You can cut one design in many sizes uses the cartridges. They even have one for cake decorators that cuts fondant. I still do not see the applicability of this product that justifies the cost. However, if you own one do make a comment below and let me know how you use it? Why you like it?
Diamond Glaze to create a fun effect on glass and plastic. The soda can lid in the picture is stamp, then the color is heat set before adding the diamond glass (which is allowed to air dry).
techiques. I love unusual jewelry and this just seemed like a fun idea for making personalized jewelry.