Wednesday, September 23, 2009

My trip to Scrapfest09 Part 1

This past weekend I attended Scrapfest09 which is held in Mall of America in Minneapolis, MN. It was so much fun! I went with a few of my girl friends Sophie, Marie and Tammy! I had heard about scrapfest on the Hero Arts flickr wall a few months ago. I knew exactly what it was as I had been in MOA 4 years ago while it took place ( I wasn't into papercrafting than!) I knew I wanted to go as Minneapolis is a popular trip location for me and my friends and it's not too long of a car ride, 7ish hours. I have a lot of friends who are interested in scrapbooking and card making but a few have new babies (and are nursing) and some were busy with other trips, luckily Sophie, Tammy and Marie were able to come! We drvoe down thursday morning. Shopped a bit in Fargo and than hit an outlet mall on our way into the city. Not only were we going for Scrapfest but we were going to shop!

We stayed at a hotel close to the mall where lots of other Scrapfest women were staying! On friday morning we headed for MOA and due to our GPS we ended up downtown (later we figured out that our GPS was sending us to the MOA's headoffice!) Finally we arrived at MOA and got checked in at Scrapfest! I had planned a lunch at Crave to meet fellow flickr Hero Arts girls! I met with Lucille K, Linda (ScrappinBari) , Jenn (scrapperjjb) and Kari (Jenn's friend!). We had a great lunch! I really enjoyed meeting them they were all so kind! Sadly I totally forgot my camera!

After lunch I went and did a few make and takes at several company's booths. Scrapfest basically is booths of all the different companies who take part scattered thoughout the hallways of the main floor of Mall of America. Each company has a make and take, basically some sort of a project with there current products (like paper, stamps, die cutting machines new tools etc) Some have scrapbook page layouts, a lot have cards, and some have cool projects. There is usually about a 20 minute to half an hour wait for each booth, some even longer! All these make and takes are free with a Scrapfest badge which is only around $15. Scrapfest also has classes but the ones that I was interested in were sold out quickly (apparantly an hour!) But it didn't bother me I had a lot of fun! There were so many different companies there and the make and takes they had were so much fun! I learnt a few new things too! I hope to post some pics of the actual make and takes later.

Friday night Sophie, Tammy, Marie and I went to Cheesecake Factory for dinner! Yummy! Than we shopped some more! I am so happy with the shopping we did I got some really nice clothes for me and a new fossil watch! I also got my daughter some really cute outfits and two pairs of the cutest boots! Saturday morning we did a bit more shopping at a different mall and than headed over to Scrapfest after lunch. We visited several more booths and did more make and takes! A lot of booths had different make and takes everyday! Here are some photos, because of the craziness of so many people long lines and well shopping so much and not much sleep I didn't get the best photos and looking through them now I realize that I can't remember which booth I took the photo at of some! Anyways:

No clue as to where this photo was taken! But it's so pretty!

One of the lovely girls from Basic Grey!

Well it's not the best photo but here are L to R Me, Sophie and Tammy waiting in line!

Trying to get a better shot of the three of us in line!

The Sizzix Booth's make and take!

Hamby Screen Prints they had some cute stuff!

Hamby's display!

One of Spellbinders display!
I have to end this post now because it will not allow me to add any more photos!


Vanessa said...

Oh, looks like you had tons of fun! I wish I could visit scrapfest one day...
Thanks for sharing!

Vanessa (from the Hero Arts flickr group)

Jane said...

Yummy photos!!! Wish I was there!!!

shawnte said...

oh how i wish i was there! they should do a scrapfest in california. looks like you had such a great time. i hope to get to scrapfest one day. thanks for sharing


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