Scrapbook Conventions
or Expos



So far in my research, I have found a number of Scrapbook Conventions or Expos or Scrapbook Retreats to crop, learn and purchase scrapbooking, rubber stamping and card making supplies.  Most of these scrapbook events use pretty much the same model.  Registration for events and classes can be done when the classes are up on the event websites - maybe 6 weeks prior to the event date.   

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When I want to go to Scrapbook Conventions or Expos, I sign up for e-mail notifications early on so that when the classes and event information is posted,  I can plan my classes and shopping accordingly to make the most of my trip.

I have personally attended Scrapbook Expo, CK Convention, the Heirloom Productions Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Festival and Croptopia Getaways when they are close to where I live.

At Scrapbook Conventions or Expos, you can choose to fill up your days with workshops and classes and short breaks between can be spent on the Vendor exhibition or shopping floor, or you can spend your entire time shopping, or anything in between.  If you purchase classes, you normally don’t have to pay for access to the vendor area.

If you choose just to shop at any of the Scrapbook Conventions or Expos, all the vendors have great displays, and always have their latest products to demonstrate. Many will have "Show Specials" or coupons and if you make a purchase, many will have an additional show coupon to use later on their website. Many of the vendors also have "Make and Takes" for free or a minimal charge of a couple dollars where you can experiment with the new products and take home a sample.

I love the classes and have found that spending $15 to $25 on a class has netted the instruction, a great item that usually gets completed and more supplies than I could have purchased for the price of the class.  All the workshops feature or concentrate on new items or techniques.  Most have a detailed description of the class and often a photo of the finished or similar product.   The end result may be a group of cards, scrapbook layouts, an entire scrapbook with 20 completed pages, or home decor items.  I have never been disappointed.

If you take a look at the schedule below, you can find one of the Scrapbook Conventions or Expos for nearly every weekend.  As of this month, December 2011 this is the current list.   Shows, vendors and workshops are subject to change from time to time, but this page may not be updated as I may not get the word of the changes.

Some vendors at the Scrapbook Conventions or Expos may need some Volunteer or Paid Assistance in setting up, tearing down, teaching classes, etc. so check the individual website to see what type of assistance you can give and what the Compensation for that assistance will be.

There is a web address below each of the Scrapbook Conventions or Expos names for you to contact.   For updates to each of these, I would suggest signing up for e-mail notification for those you are interested in.  They will notify you when classes or workshops are posted so you can plan your time, and they will notify you again when it is time to register.

While this page is originally devoted to Scrapbook Conventions or Expos, we have also located a number of Rubber Stamping events that tie in closely to Scrapbooking. Hope you will find something close to attend.




To find out more information for Scrapbook Conventions or Expos at a particular venue, go to the website link just under the title of the show, click on the location you are interested in.   About 6-weeks prior, a list of classes will be posted and you can begin your registration shortly.   Sign up and you will be on the list to receive email updates.

If you sign up for Classes, you will receive a free ticket for the Vendor Floor.  Crops are also available.

Scrapbook Expo Fans can win 2 Free Admission Tickets each Monday.


2014 Schedule
Grapevine, TX Feb 21 - 22, 2014
Pleasanton, CA (Bay Area) Mar 14 - 15, 2014
Anaheim, CA (Orange County) Mar 20 - 22, 2014
Valley Forge, PA Apr 11 - 12, 2014
Milwaukee, WI Apr 25 - 26, 2014
Orlando, FL May 2 - 3, 2014
Chantilly, VA Jun 20 - 21, 2014
San Diego, CA Jun 27 - 28, 2014
Puyallup, WA (Seattle Area) Jul 11 - 12, 2014
Duluth, GA (Atlanta Area) Jul 18 - 19, 2014
Santa Clara, CA (San Jose Area) Aug 8 - 9, 2014
St. Charles, IL (Chicago Area) Aug 22 - 23, 2014
Somerset, NJ Sep 12 - 13, 2014
Denver, CO Sep 19 - 20, 2014
Mesa, AZ Oct 3 - 4, 2014
Ontario, CA Oct 10 - 11, 2014
Minneapolis, MN Oct 17 - 18, 2014
Sacremento, CA Oct 24 - 25, 2014
                     

StampScrapArtTours

http://www.stampscraparttour.com/categories.asp

The Rubber Stamp, Scrapbook and Paper Arts Craft Show with over $1300.00 in Tour Bucks door prizes to be given away at each location to be spent at the show.

2014 Schedule
Plano, TX Jan 25 - 26, 2014
Columbia, SC Feb 15 - 16, 2014
Rockford, IL Mar 8 - 9, 2014
Oaks, PA (Philadelphia) May 3 - 24, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA Jul 22 - 13, 2014
Winston-Salem, NC Jul 19 - 20, 2014
Hamburg, NY Aug 23 - 24, 2014
Westminster, MD Sep 6 - 7, 2014
Norcross, GA (New) Sep 13 - 14, 2014
Southfield, MI Oct 18 - 19, 2014
Hampton, VA Oct 25 - 26, 2014
Edison, NJ (NEW) Nov 1 - 2, 2014


CK Conventions through Creating Keepsakes


http://clubcreatingkeepsakes.com

To find more information and to register for any of these events, go to the CK website mentioned above and check out the Events tab at the top of the page.  CK has a Forum and if you need a roommate this is a good place to find one.

Each CK Convention offers a Vendor Fair with various make-and-takes and demonstrations.   The price is $6 in advance and $10 at the door.  There are more than 100 classes and workshops from $20 to $60, Daytime & Evening Crops from $21 to $26.   If you register online for three classes or activities, you can select the  "CKC Show Special" to receive free vendor fair passes for Friday and Saturday.

It appears for 2014 about 6 shows have been removed from the listing from previous years.

2014 Schedule
CKC-St Louis, Collinsville, IL Apr 4 - 5, 2014
CKC-Portland, Portland, OR Apr 11 - 12, 2014
CKC-Manchester, NH May 2 - 3, 2014
CKC-Buffalo, NY May 16 - 17, 2014
CKC-Phoenix, AZ May 30 - 31, 2014
CKC-Lancaster, PA Jul 25 - 26, 2014
CKC-Houston, TX Aug 1 - 2, 2014
CKC-Charlotte, Charlotte, NC Aug 8 - 9, 2014
CKC-Tulsa, Tulsa, OK Aug 15 - 16, 2014
CKC-San Marcos, San Marcos, TX Sep 5 - 6, 2014
CKC-Kansas City, Kansas City, MO Oct 3 - 4, 2014
CKC-Seattle, Bellevue, WA  Nov 7 - 8, 2014



Quick Quotes Private Reserve

Quick Quotes Private Reserve Weekends

A Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday full of great Quick Quotes classes far different and much more extensive than you will find at a regular Scrapbook Conventions or Expos.

The price for the weekend is $299. Rooms are separate, so you can double up with a roommate or go it alone. If you register early enough, check out the reduced rates for the lodging for a great deal. However, lunch will be included on Saturday and Sunday. Aside from the wonder thank you gifts and prizes valued from $10 to $300, you will get 4 mini workshops and 6 major workshops and you will be completing an entire 20 page album in the 3 days you are there. There will be Crops and Games, Team Contests and Challenges.

2014 Schedule - (Can Not Update at this time)
Frances, WA Sep 6 - 8, 2013
Palm Springs, CA Sep 20 - 22, 2013
Allen, TX Oct 11 - 13, 2013
Conyers, GA Oct 18 - 20, 2013
York, PA Oct 25 - 27, 2013


Croptopia Getaways

Croptopia Getaways


Their Crops are a little different, as everyone is guaranteed and end seat at the table and they also sponsor Cruises - see the list below. Non stop cropping time room open 24/7. You can purchase a 1, 2 or 3 day pass to crop or shop or if you are traveling to the event and need to stay in the Lodging arranged for the Getaway, there are Meals and Snacks also included in the registration price.

Croptopia Getaway Layout from Charleston SC event Croptopia Getaway Layout from Charleston SC event

Just an example of a layout provided for the event, designed by Janet Wells, of Pictures in Time, Orange Park, Florida.


2014 Schedule
Glastonbury, CT (2 shows this year) Jan 11 - 12, 2014
Gettysburg, PA Jan 30 - Feb 2, 2014
Mystic, CT Feb 28 - Mar 2, 2014
Hanover, NJ Mar 7 - 9, 2014
Stowe, VT Mar 21 - 22, 2014
Knoxville TN Apr 4 - 6, 2014
Glastonbury, CT July 18 - 20, 2014


CHA - Craft and Hobby Association Conference and Trade Show


https://www.craftandhobby.org

If you are interested in attending one of these Conferences or scrapbook events you must sign in and complete a member or non-member application first as you have to have a CHA membership ID # so plan ahead just a little.   There is a $200 per person badge fee for Non-members.

2014 Schedule (Limited Update at This Time)
Los Angeles, CA (Anaheim,CA) Jan 10 - 14, 2014
Las Vegas, NV (Create-n-Connect) Jul 22 -25, 2013
Orlando, FL (Southern Women's Show) Oct 10 - 13, 2013



Great American Scrapbook Conventions



Go to their home page to sign up for email notifications so you can get registered as soon as the registrations are open for classes, crops and shopping.  The GASC features a Vendor Fair for a $10 preregistration or $12 at the door, Classes for an additional charge based on the class, an All-Day Crop the day before the convention for $35, and evening crops on Friday and Saturday for $25. A combination "Crop & Shop" ticket is available; it provides access to the vendor fair and an all-day cropping area.

2014 Schedule
Arlington, Texas Jun 12 - 14, 2014
Charlotte, NC (No Detail for 2014) Oct 25 - 26, 2013



Memories Scrapbooking Expo™



When you sign-up for their newsletter you get a Coupon for $2 off the price.  The vendor fair here includes make-and-takes, door prizes, and demonstrations for $8 with preregistration or $10 at the door. They also offers classes for an extra charge, and there are crops on Friday and Saturday from $15 for one day & $25 for two days.  Classes will be posted about 6 weeks prior to the show dates.


2014 Schedule
Columbus, Ohio  Mar 21 - 22, 2014

            

Great Lakes Mega Meet, Novi, MI


    


The Vendor Fair costs $8 with preregistration or $10 at the door and has about 75 vendors and exhibitor booths.  The convention also offers a Round Robin Mini-Class Marathon on Wednesday night for $40, Cropping Parties on Thursday and Friday nights for $15, and classes from $12 to $40.   "Passports" are available from $30 to $50 that include three-day admission to the vendor fair and souvenirs.  Class schedule should be posted around mid-February.

Besides the Convention, these folks also have Retreats scheduled through out the year.

2014 Schedule (Can Not Update at This Time)
Great Lakes Mega Meet May 9 - 11, 2013


And, most recently added to the List of Scrapbook Conventions or Expos are The Heirloom Productions Shows, StampFest by the Bay, and the North Idaho Rubber Stamp & Paper Arts Show, all listed below.

Heirloom Productions®
Rubber Stamp and Paper Arts Festival®


 
Now including Art Rubber Stamping, Scrap and Memory Books, Card-Making, Paper Crafting, Book Arts and Calligraphy Arts!

I attended this show in Anderson, SC and it was one of the best shows I have attended.  It was a small show, but with actual room to walk around and it was OK to take in a wheeled cart for shopping. I picked up some of the best products ever at this show. Unfortunately, the Anderson, SC show has been removed from the list of Scrapbook Conventions or Expos for 2013, but hopefully, the Lawrenceville, GA show will be a close replacement. For 2014, the September Costa Mesa, CA show appears to have been dropped.

2014 Schedule
Grapevine, TX Jan 11 & 12, 2014
Lawrenceville, GA Feb 1 & 2, 2014
Indianapolis, IN Mar 1 & 2, 2014
Allentown, PA Mar 15 & 16, 2014
Puyallup, WA May 17 & 18, 2014
Portland, OR (One Day Only) May 24, 2014
West Springfield, MA Jun 7 & 8, 2014
Grapevine, TX Jul 19 & 20, 2014
Novi, MI Aug 2 & 3, 2014
York, PA Oct 11 & 12, 2014
            

Stamp Fest By The Bay 2014 17th Annual


 
The Southeast's Premier Card Making, Rubber Stamping, Scrapbooking and Paper Crafts Shows.


2014 Schedule
Clearwater, FL Feb 8, 2014 (One Day Only)
Orlando, FL - 19th Annual Jun 27 - 29, 2014

North Idaho Rubber Stamp
& Paper Arts Show





2014 Schedule (Can Not Update at This Time)
Coeur d Alene, ID Apr 19 - 21, 2013
Spokane, WA Apr 19 - 21, 2013
 
           


Stamping By The Sea
by Seaside Stampin' Ink



Escape to the beach with a weekend at the Carousel Hotel at Ocean City, Maryland. Early admission to sales with pre-ordered tickets.


2014 Schedule (Location Not Confirmed at This Time)
13th Annual - Ocean City, MD Spring 2013 (TBA)


Adventures in Stamping


Northern Ohio's Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Convention


The 19th Annual Spring Adventures In Stamping Convention. Exhibits on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, 2014 with classes available on Friday, April 25. Advanced tickets available, on-site Concessions and Overnight Accommodations available close by.


2014 Schedule
Akron, OH Apr 25 - 27, 2014
Strongsville, OH Oct 3 - 4, 2014




Rubber Stamp Events


Promoting Artistic Rubber Stamps Shows


2014 Schedule
Mesa, Arizona (Spring) Mar 1 & 2, 2014
Albuquerque, New Mexico Mar 8 & 9, 2014
Kansas City, Missouri Jun 28 & 29, 2014
Milwaukee, Wisconsin Jul 12 & 13, 2014
Bloomington, Minnesota Jul 19 & 20, 2014
Collinsville, Illinois Jul 26 & 27, 2014
Mesa, Arizona (Fall) Nov 1 & 2, 2014


Too Much Fun Rubber Stamps


Convention



2014 Schedule
Atlanta, GA (Lawrenceville) (NEW!) Feb 2 - 3, 2014
Clearwater, FL (NEW!) Feb 9, 2014 (One Day Only)
Indianapolis, IN (NEW!) Mar 2 - 3, 2014
Allentown, PA (NEW!) Apr 13 - 14, 2014
Rockford, IL (NEW!) Apr 20 - 21, 2014
Akron, Ohio (NEW!) Apr 27 - 28, 2014
Springfield, MA Jun 1 - 2, 2014
Syracuse, NY June 8 - 9, 2014
Orlando, FL June 29 -30, 2014
Cincinnati, Ohio Aug 9 - 10, 2014
Hamburg, NY Aug 24 - 25, 2014
Fort Wayne, IN Oct 5 - 6, 2014
Sevierville, TN Oct 19 - 20, 2014


Stampaway USA


A learning and shopping rubber stamping extravaganza!


2014 Schedule
Cincinnatti (Sharonville), Ohio Aug 8, 2014 One Day Only


Each of the Scrapbook Conventions or Expos have Workshops or Classes and usually have a list of standard scrapbook tools and supplies of your own that you will need to bring - they can all be put in a small container.

Scrapbook Advice Tip: I would suggest one that has a handle or shoulder strap or on rollers that is easy to carry or pull along with the goodies (remember the entire scrapbook) you will take from the class. At the CK Convention in Charlotte in 2010, I ended up with 2 completed 12 x 12 scrapbooks and 1 completed 8 x 8 scrapbook plus a number of odd sized items and it would have been impossible to carry all that without a tote. Remember you still have to get back to the car! I should remember to take my own advice!

Scrapbook Advice Tip: The Scrapbook Conventions or Expos involve a lot of walking and standing so make sure you have good shoes for that. Many of these events are on a hard concrete floor.

Scrapbook Advice Tip: When I shop at the Scrapbook Conventions or Expos, I take a scrapbooking file tote with a shoulder strap and swap it out with my rolling tote when I go to a class, and vice versa.

The Crops available are all different according to the locations, the space, electrical outlet availability, etc. My best suggestion is to go with the flow and take a few items as necessary to complete your layouts.

Scrapbook Advice Tip: Pre-plan your work and make your own "Kits" of items you think you want to add to those layouts.

At Scrapbook Conventions or ExposThe Vendor Floor has many different types of vendors and you can see the products live and in person (great for me with no local scrapbook stores around) and you can participate in make-and-takes, contests, raffles and many demonstrations. It’s always nice for me to get to meet some of the owners, designers and product inventors at these events also - many of whom I have used and enjoyed products from.

Most Scrapbook Conventions or Expos only allow you to take wheeled crop totes to the Cropping events or Workshops only, but they have usually have a place to check them at a convenient location when entering the shopping floor.

Many Scrapbook Conventions or ExposCoupons have been available from many vendors, often coming with the registration information.

If you need to Travel to a scrapbook event, most events have arrangements with Hotels very close by with discounted rates that you can take advantage of.

I hope you can find one of the Scrapbook Conventions or Expos to attend this year or next.

I have enjoyed the scrapbook events that I have been to and hopefully there is one scheduled near you.

Happy Scrapping!


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