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 $25 to $40 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, September 2015 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.

2016 Schedule
Grapevine, TX Feb 19 - 20, 2016
Pleasanton, CA Mar 4 - 5, 2016
Anaheim, CA Apr 7, 8 & 9, 2016
Milwaukee, WI Apr 15 - 16, 2016
St. Paul, MN Apr 29 - 30, 2016
Denver, CO May 13 - 14, 2016
Orlando, FL Jun 3 - 4, 2016
Chantilly, VA Jun 24 - 25, 2016
Puyallup, WA Jul 8 - 9, 2016
Duluth, GA Jul 15 - 16, 2016
Kansas City, MO Jul 22 - 23, 2016
Santa Clara, CA Aug 5 - 6, 2016
Somerset, NJ Aug 12 - 13, 2016
Schaumburg, IL Aug 19 - 20, 2016
Marlborough, MA Sep 9 - 10, 2016
Mesa, AZ Sep 16 - 17, 2016
Akron, OH Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2016
Sacramento, CA Oct 21 - 22, 2016
Ontario, CA Nov 4 - 5, 2016


The Rubber Stamp, Scrapbook and Paper Arts Craft Show with a Treasure Chest - be one of the first 100 people in line and receive a key to the treasure chest. The person with the key that opens the chest will receive $100.00 in Tour Bucks to be spent at the show.

Join in on the Make and Take Project Party on Friday nights before each show. No need to bring any supplies as vendors will have enough for you to complete each project.

About half way through the Make and Take Projects they will have a great selection of desserts available - all included with your ticket.

Tickets are only available online and are limited. Order your tickets early before they sell out!

As of this writing, there are no shows posted for 2016, but please check back later.

Bella Crafts Connections

Bella Crafts Connections

Bella Crafts Connections is a brand new craft retreat for craft consumers. Their first event at the Mall of America at 60 East Broadway, Bloomington, MN 55425, that was created by Bella Crafts Quarterly™ editors, will run September 24-27, 2015. Click on the link above to sign up for their Facebook page.

CK Conventions through Creating Keepsakes

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, plus Daytime & Evening Crops.   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.

During the registration process, you can actually view some of the products that will be made during the classes and even see some videos of what will be available.

It appears for 2015 about 4 more shows have been removed from the listing from previous years - there are no longer any in the south east US.

2016 Schedule

2016 Schedule
CKC-St. Louis (Collinsville, IL) Apr 8 - 9, 2016
CKC-Manchester, NH Apr 22 - 23, 2016
CKC-Mesa, AZ May 13 - 14, 2016
CKC-Portland, OR June 3 - 4, 2016
GASC-Arlington, TX Jun 16 - 18, 2016
CKC-Lancaster, PA Jul 29 - 30, 2016
CKC-Tulsa, OK Aug 19 - 20, 2016
CKC-Houston, TX Aug 26 - 27, 2016
CKC-Hartford, CT Sep 23 - 24, 2016
CKC-Richmond, VA Oct 7 - 8, 2016
CKC-Seattle/Tacoma, WA Nov 11 - 12, 2016

Quick Quotes

Quick Quotes now has three types of events. Their long time Quick Quotes Private Reserve - 3 day events (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) filled with classes, prizes, Make and Takes, and contests for $299.99.

They have recently added the Quick Quotes Mini Reserve - 2 day events (Saturday & Sunday) with the same classes, prizes, contests and Make and Takes for $199.99.

And now the Quick Quotes Super Scrapbook Day - 1 day events (Saturday or Sunday) with the same goodies for $99.00.

And don't forget to check out their 7 Day Eastern Caribbean Scrapbook Cruise in November of 2016!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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.

2015 Quick Quotes Private Reserve Schedule
Palm Springs, CA Sep 11 - 13, 2015
Lancaster, PA Oct 23 - 25, 2015
Eastern Caribbean Cruise! Port Canaveral, FL Nov 1 - 8, 2016
European Cruise! South Hampton, England Jun 16 - 28, 2016

2015 Quick Quotes Mini Reserve Schedule
Toledo, OH Aug 29 - 30, 2015
Olympia, WA Aug 29 - 30, 2015
Orlando, FL Sep 19 - 20, 2015
Denton, TX Sep 26 - 27, 2015
Milwaukee, WI Oct 3 - 4, 2015
Kansas City, MO Oct 10 - 11, 2015
Pleasanton, CA Oct 10 - 11, 2015
Atlanta, GA Oct 17 - 18, 2015
Tulsa, OK Nov 7 - 8, 2015

2015 Quick Quotes Super Scrapbook Day Schedule
Chehalis, WA Jan 10, 2015
Upland, CA Jan 17 or Jan 19, 2015
Houston, TX Feb 14, 2015
Allen, TX Mar 6 or Mar 7, 2015
San Marcos, CA Mar 14, 2015
Bradenton, FL Mar 21, 2015
Daytona Beach, FL Mar 22, 2015
Yuba City, CA Mar 28, 2015
New Castle, DE Apr 11, 2015
Chicago IL Apr 18, 2015
Milwaukee, WI Apr 19, 2015
Atlanta, FL Apr 25, 2015
Tulsa, OK May 2, 2015
Kansas City,MO May 16, 2015
Manchester, NH May 6, 2015
Valley Forge, PA May 16, 2015
St. Louis, MO Jun 13, 2015
Phoeniz, AZ Jul 25, 2015

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. 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.

2016 Schedule
Snowball Express Jan 30 - 31, 2016
Mystic, CT Feb 26 - 28, 2016
Mystic, CT Nov 4 - 6, 2016

CHA - Craft and Hobby Association Conference and Trade Show

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.

2016 Schedule
Los Angeles, CA (Anaheim,CA) Jan 7 - 12, 2016

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.

2016 Schedule
Arlington, Texas Jun 16 - 18, 2016

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.

2016 Schedule
Columbus, Ohio  Mar 11 - 12, 2016


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.

2016 Schedule
Heartland, MI (11th Annual Arctic Blast Crop) Feb 25 - 28, 2016
Great Lakes Mega Meet (17th Annual) May 5 - 7, 2016
Birch Run, MI (Birch Run Scrapping & Stamping) Nov 6 - 7, 2016
West Branch, MI (1st Annual Fall Spooktacular Crop) Oct 8 - 11, 2016

And, most recently added to the List of Scrapbook Conventions or Expos are The Heirloom Productions Shows & StampFest by the Bay, 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. The last couple of years, shows have been added and dropped, I am guessing based on attendance or location availability.

2015 Schedule
Grapevine, TX Jan 10 & 11, 2015
Lawrenceville, GA Jan 31 & Feb 1, 2015
Indianapolis, IN Mar 7 & 8, 2015
Allentown, PA Mar 28 & 29, 2015
Puyallup, WA May 16 & 17, 2015
West Springfield, MA Jun 6 & 7, 2015
Grapevine, TX Jul 18 & 19, 2015
Novi, MI Aug 1 & 2, 2015
York, PA Oct 10 & 11, 2015

Stamp Fest By The Bay 2015 18th Annual

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

2015 Schedule
Clearwater, FL (Stamp Fest Winter) Feb 6 - 7, 2015
Lakeland, FL - (Stamp Fest Summer) Jun 26 - 27, 2015


Stamping By The Sea
by Seaside Stampin' Ink

Escape to the beach with a weekend at Cambridge, Maryland. Early admission to sales with pre-ordered tickets.

2015 Schedule
15th Annual - Cambridge, MD April 18 - 19, 2015

Adventures in Stamping

Northern Ohio's Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Convention

The 20th Annual Spring Adventures In Stamping Convention. Exhibits on Saturday and Sunday, April 25 and 26, 2015 with classes available on Friday, April 24. Advanced tickets available, on-site Concessions and Overnight Accommodations available close by.

2014 Schedule
Akron, OH Apr 24 - 26, 2015
Strongsville, OH Oct 2 - 3, 2015

Rubber Stamp Events

Promoting Artistic Rubber Stamps Shows

2015 Schedule
Mesa, Arizona (Spring) Mar 7 & 8, 2015
Albuquerque, New Mexico Mar 14 & 15, 2015
Bloomington, Minnesota Jun 17 & 18, 2015
Collinsville, Illinois Jul 11 & 12, 2015
Mesa, Arizona Nov 7 & 8, 2015

Too Much Fun Promotions


2015 Schedule
Syracuse, NY May 30 - 31, 2015
Fort Wayne, IN Oct 3 - 4, 2015
Sevierville, TN Oct 17 - 18, 2015

Stampaway USA

A learning and shopping rubber stamping extravaganza!

2015 Schedule
Cincinnatti (Sharonville), Ohio Aug 5 - 7, 2015

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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