Scrapbook Expo 2013

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Posted 1/11/2013 by ksimoner in General Scrappin'


PeaNut 399,971
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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:44:58 PM
Who all is going to the Scrapbook Expo? I went once in Anaheim, CA. Here is the website with the dates. Expo

What do you think?


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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:57:13 PM
I've never been to the one here in Illinois, but I'm going to try to go for sure this year. I hear they have unique products that are hard to find in other places. One of my friends has a magnetic self-healing cutting mat. I want one of those so bad lol!

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Posted: 1/11/2013 3:59:09 PM
Sounds like it would be great! However nothing is close enough for me to attend>

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Posted: 1/11/2013 4:07:54 PM
Wow! They aren't coming to the tri state area at all. The one time I remember it being in my town was a work day for me.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 4:39:19 PM
I went to Anaheim about 8 or 9 years ago. I am going again this year. I really just want to get a chance to see lots of product and spend some $$. I signed up for 2 classes to give myself a break. One card class and the latest and greatest class. Last time i wsa less than pleased with my classes. I am not staying to crop. not interested in large crops any more but we had a lot of fun when we stayed last time. It just makes for a VERY long day.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 4:51:06 PM
Three of my friends and I go to Sacramento each year. The first year we went to the crop, but have decided since to have our own private party in our hotel room. We rent a 2 bedroom suite (Residence Inn by Marriott, pretty affordable with 4 people)and bring our stuff and an extra folding table. One day we do classes, another we shop and then after dinner we get comfy and scrap away. But I have found as the years pass, the vendor area (at least for Sacramento) seems to get smaller and smaller. I am not sure if it is because we are last or almost last on the circuit or just a sign of the times. But we always find something to buy.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 4:54:29 PM
I haven't been since about 2 years before they moved to Anaheim. I really don't care to make the drive, pay the parking fee on top of an entrance fee.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 5:15:30 PM
This will be my 9th year going to the IL Expo, It's a lot of fun for me and I love to shop.

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Posted: 1/11/2013 5:24:11 PM
I am hoping to go to the show in Milwaukee this year!


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Posted: 1/11/2013 5:31:56 PM
Great! Looks like many of you are going. I remember when I went I was so excited to find some Spellbinder dies at a great price. If I go again, I would like to see newer product and maybe try a workshop or class. Yes, it is a all day event but it was fun.


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Posted: 1/11/2013 5:48:55 PM
I've been to the one in Santa Clara the past couple of years. It's pretty good. A few great stamp companies. I guess some good deals on paper. I may go to the one in Pleasanton this year.
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Posted: 1/11/2013 9:01:54 PM
I haven't been to one since 2001, but as the one in Pleasanton is a mile or so from my house I'll probably give it a go. Would love to meet other Bay Area peas!

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Posted: 1/11/2013 11:26:53 PM
I have attended both the Pleasanton and Santa Clara Expos for the past 10? years. They've downsized a bit the past few years, both in class offerings and vendors, but I still manage to spend money and have a good time.

Usually I pick 2 classes, one on each day. Sometimes they rock, sometimes they don't, but I still enjoy the experience, especially in Santa Clara where the classrooms are comfortable versus fairground seating and food in Pleasanton. I've had the best luck with manufacturer classes like SEI, Basic Gray (alas, they were here only once in recent memory). Also Quick Quotes classes are generally quite good.

A friend and I did the Friday crops at both venues last year and they are fun - though a bit tiring for me, it makes a looooooooong day. On the other hand, since the crop opens in the morning, you have a place to "crash," eat lunch, etc. during the day.

One trend that I dislike is the proliferation of dollar booths. I used to load up on that cheap stuff but NEVER used it. Now I avoid those booths, but many folks seem to love them, judging by the lines. Best times to shop are early or late when it's less crowded.

Even though there are very few bargains, and often mostly older pp and embellishments, still I love being able to see so much scrapbook loot in one place! I highly recommend the experience.

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Posted: 1/12/2013 6:11:59 AM
Dear NativeNewYorker (and all other NJ and NY and PA Scrappers):
the Scrapbook Expo will be in the tristate area in 2013, but much later than usual. it is usually in the spring, may or june, but this year the dates are September 28, 29.
I go every year, and take off work on friday so I can sit and crop all day. I always go alone, but I always meet wonderful people.
see you there!
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Posted: 1/12/2013 10:11:00 PM
It's also in Valley Forge, PA in April. Hmmm, which one to go to? Valley Forge is close to my son's birthday and I'd have to save lots of $ in a couple months but the one in Jersey is soooo far away. Decisions, decisions.

I'll go for one day of shopping. My daughter went last year with me for the first time and loved it. Bringing her was a blast but slowed down my shopping!!! LOL


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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:07:43 AM
Thanks for the link with the dates. I have not made it to the WA one for a couple of years.


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Posted: 1/13/2013 12:21:49 AM
It's been here to Orlando several times but I've never been- thinking maybe going this year if I can manage a day kid-free to really concentrate.

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Posted: 2/16/2013 9:57:05 AM
I have gone to several of them. A number of years ago I went to Hofstra University. It was small and only lasted a few years there. When Memories Expo decided only to do their Ohio Expo and pulled out of NJ, Scrapbook Expo took their place. It started out small but has gotten bigger every year- although still not as big as Memories Expo was when it was at its height.
We are going to try Valley Forge this year. I understand that a lot of the vendors didn't do well in VF last year and a lot of them are not returning but we are hoping that since it is in April, CKC Lancaster will be in July, and the Somerset Expo will be in September that more people will go to all 3....


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Posted: 2/16/2013 10:03:19 AM
I had fun at last year's in NJ. I took a few classes and met Stephanie Barnard and Jenni Bowlin - I hope there are great vendors again!


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Posted: 2/16/2013 10:13:22 AM
I plan on going to the one in Novi, Michigan
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