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Posted 4/18/2013 by trixiecat1 in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 4/18/2013 11:06:12 AM
I am considering attending this. Could anyone tell me what it is like? Is it total mayhem? I would be flying in from Philadelphia and spending the whole weekend. I am in the mood to get away and scrap. I lived in Minneapolis about 20 years ago and thought maybe I could hook up with a friend or two for dinner from my past and then scrap and take classes the rest of the time.

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Posted: 4/18/2013 11:49:21 AM
I think that if you could get the classes you want it might be worth it. It is a fun event. The lines for the make and takes are very LOOOOOOOONG. It can get quite crowded. I have done the crop around town and those were fun but a little pricey. Depending on who the sponsor is, you can get some great stuff.


- Renee

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Posted: 4/18/2013 3:20:01 PM
So where are the crops held at? I assumed they were either at Archiver's or at the mall. What do you consider pricey? Just curious.

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Posted: 4/18/2013 5:04:14 PM
It is a fun event, and I have attended 8 years. Each year, the lines for the make and takes have gotten longer and the quality of them has went down a bit over the years. To the point that my friend and I no longer do ANY of the make and takes--just not worth it to stand in line for an hour plus to make a simple card,etc...

However, we continue to go every year and we fill our weekend with classes and do one of the Scrapfest sponsored crops. The crops are (if I remember right) $45.00, and fun. Classes average about 30.00 a piece and I have never been disappointed.

We like to spend the weekend at the Country Inn and Suites across from the mall. Free breakfast, free shuttle, and an open banquet room to scrap in all weekend.

Combined with a little shopping, dining, and time with a good friend--it is always a fun time!

ETA: The Scrapfest crops are held at various locations in the mall (Archivers, Rotunda, Great Room,etc...) as well as at each individual Twin Cities store. Hope that helps!


~~Lisa

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Posted: 4/18/2013 6:40:10 PM
You can also take classes (separate from the crops) that are sponsored by different companies. Those are all held at the Mall...in Archiver's, the Rotunda, other larger open spaces in the mall or in the meeting rooms there. It is pretty fun!

ITA about the make and takes...we usually fill up with classes and then walk done the line of make and takes to see if there is a short line. I have seen women who buy a make and take badge for their husbands and make them do them while the wife takes classes. That is love!



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Posted: 4/18/2013 9:13:45 PM
I went last year and took 15 classes and had a great time. I was only disappointed with one class. The others were great. I agree that the make and takes are not worth the lines. You do need to register for classes as soon as registration opens. Many classes sell out in minutes. My friend and I agreed that we would register for as many classes as we could from our wish list and then decide if it was enough to make the flight worth it. You can cancel all your classes bh a certain date for a $10 fee.


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Posted: 4/19/2013 7:22:16 AM
Yes, the make and take lines are long!!! Very long!!! crops are all over the mall and town. Most of the Archiver's in the twin cities have crops going on at night with one of the mfrs sponsoring it. Classes do sell out quick.

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Posted: 4/19/2013 11:28:11 AM
When do they generally start class registration?

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Posted: 4/19/2013 2:28:16 PM
I've gone most of the years with a friend. It's really about the only time we see each other. WE go for the day to talk and have fun. We go on a Friday and enjoy are selves. I have only taken 1 class and that was last year with Tim Holtz. I will be in line to take a class from him again this year.

Class was 65.00 but we got lots of products to take home with us as well as a lanyard, and a Ranger apron. Well worth it.

Sylvia in MN

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Posted: 4/21/2013 7:04:03 AM
That is a good idea to book the classes first, and then get my flight. I would like to know when registration opens also. I think facebook says early summer. Also, will there be a list on the website of who is having what crops? And how do you know which is the best to attend?

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Posted: 4/21/2013 10:16:36 AM

When do they generally start class registration?

I want to say sometime in July?? Not positive though. If you want to keep up on it, I recommend getting on their e-mailing list. That way, you will be kept in the loop of what is happening.

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Posted: 4/21/2013 1:08:25 PM
Trixicat1: My friend and I determine which Scrapfest crop we will attend based on who our favorite manufacturer is at the time, and what products they have out. We also take a look at what the class projects they are offering at Scrapfest look like. That is always a good indicator of what products they might be giving out at the crop.

Last year, we attended the crop sponsored by Heidi Swapp/Pink Paislee and we were loaded up with a generous amount of her new mists and Colorshine papers and products. In addition, she had stations set up in the crop room to try out her various products.

She also had a table decorated and all set up with donuts and sprinkles and frostings--a sweet touch!

In past years we have attended a few crops that were not nearly as generous, and surprisingly they were put on by "bigger names" in the industry--you just never know, but we try to make an informed decision.Hope that helps!


~~Lisa

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Posted: 4/21/2013 5:25:41 PM
And realize that the local stores have events as well. There is a store in Bloomington off France Ave. it's easily accessible by car and its a good store. So check them out as well.


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Posted: 4/21/2013 7:18:21 PM
Bcmom13 - your 15 classes sounds great. Would you share what they were and what were your favourites?

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Posted: 4/21/2013 7:48:02 PM
I'm going to go to this for the first time. I went ahead and booked my flight because I had enough miles to get the ticket free and I didn't want to lose out on the free airfare. I'm going to stay at the new hotel that is hooked right to the Mall so I don't have to get a car. Do they have crops in the mall at night?


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Posted: 4/22/2013 3:13:38 PM
Yes there are crops at moa but in the last few years they have limited those to one per person. most of thehotels around the mall have free shuttles to and fron the moa. Several of the hotels arrange crop space in their meeting rooms for free in an effort top get more rooms booked.

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Posted: 4/22/2013 9:12:18 PM
Alittleintrepid - I dug out my list of classes from last year:

"Fall Memories" by Bella Blvd - good

"Ditto Scrapbook on the Go" by Hampton Arts - not impressed at all with instructor

"My Destination Mini" by Bo Bunny - very cute

"Hello Sunshine" by Lily Bee - cute layout

"Christmas Highlights" with Teresa Collins - great instructor

"Christmas Tray" by 7 Gypsies and Canvas Home - very nice; something completely different for me

"Journey of a Lifetime" by Reminise - great project; all cutting done for you

"Open Doors" by Maya Road - pretty good

"Summer Fresh Mini Album" by Simple Stories - excellent

"Soak up the SUn" by Fancy Pants - very good layout

"Beachy Layout" by Authentique - another great layout

"You are Beautiful" by WRMK - beautiful layout, good for trying out tools

"Christmas mini" by Bazzill - Very nice mini album

"Indie Chic" by My Minds Eye - awesome instructor; very fun class

"31 Days Mini " by WRMK and "Acorn Hollow" by Little Yellow Bicycle - unfortunately I couldn't attend these classes but I was able to pick up the kits afterwards.

The Hampton Arts class was the only one I regret signing up for. I found the layouts to be very usable. I actually just finished up putting pictures in the Reminise album this weekend. Many vendors give out extras or raffle off a few items. You often have the owners of the companies giving the classes. There are always lots of fun scrappers to chat with. The first time I went I only took 7 classes and went to some of the make and takes. I just decided that the lines were too long and a waste of my time. For me if I'm going to spend the money to fly in from Massachusetts, then I'm going to spend the money to take a bunch of classes. It's definitely not something I can do every year but every fews years is doable for me.

Hope this helps.


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Posted: 4/23/2013 3:22:58 AM
That's awesome.... Thanks for posting the reviews. It's thought to know what's going to be good sometimes... I would have thought Hampton Arts would be a good bet.

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Posted: 4/23/2013 12:26:13 PM
Thanks for the class reviews and info. I think I will do what you did and sign up for lots and lots if classes.


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