CKU vs Scrapbook Expo?
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lurking leeny
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Posted: 11/10/2012 6:41:00 PM
My group and I have gone to Scrapbook Expo-Sacramento the past two years taking classes and shopping. We were talking about trying something different, but no one else comes to California. I see that CKU will be in Portland in March and we can fly direct there, but I am not sure if it will be worth it. What do the Peas say?


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Posted: 11/10/2012 7:47:26 PM
I've been to many scrapbook expos and CKU Anaheim

CKU is completely different than an expo

The classes at the expo seem to be geared toward the very beginning scrapper IMHO and tend to use older product.

CKU is so fun. Expensive but fun. The first day/night is make and takes which were 6x6 pages that all went into an album at the end. And a crop where you can work on an album they give you with all the parts. Simple and a good time. We did a Lisa Bearnson album. Pink and green

The next day is all classes. Then a huge crop at night
With skits and stuff. Lots of fun

Then the next day you go to your album track and work on whatever album you've chosen. I did a Making Memories track and love how my album turned out

We came home with lots product and great memories.

If cost were not a factor I would choose CKU again over the expo hands down

Oh, and yahoo groups form for each CKU and they set up fun events. As an example, we had a ribbon swap where everyone brought lots of one or two yard pieces of ribbon to swap with other scrappers. Another thing we did was a paint can swap.
We all decorated and filled paint cans with scrap items that started with the letters in CKU ANAHEIM.

I met so many peas there and had such a wonderful time


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Posted: 11/10/2012 9:05:47 PM
Great question. I was wondering about this too. The Expo in San Diego is so lame I will not go any longer. I loathe the thought of the drive up to Anaheim for the Expo since gas and parking are expensive but that's really the big So Cal event. Hopefully, they do another CKU in So Cal. After all, there are a ton of people here.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 10:44:58 PM
I can't really speak to the classes, but the products for sale at the CK events are better than those at the Expo.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 11:06:57 PM
lurking leeny are you comparing CKC( Creating Keepsakes Convention) to the Expo and not CKU (Creating Keepsakes University). CKC and the Expo are similar. CKU is a couple day event that cost a couple hundred dollars. I've done all three in the Chicago land area. I went to CKU in 2008 and enjoyed it a lot. I felt I got a lot out of it. I went to CKC last month and was highly disappointed. It was smaller than the expo and I felt like every vendor was selling old products. I saw things from 5-6 years ago. I could not find any new products. I spent more money parking and getting in the door than on scrapbook goodies.

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Posted: 11/10/2012 11:13:35 PM
The Portland event March 22nd - 23rd is a CK convention, not a CKU

I have never been to CKU, but have been to the CK convention in Portland every year for the past 5 years or so. We really enjoy it. I'm actually Peaing from my hotel room at the Bellevue (Seattle) CK convention

Portland is fun because it's early in the convention schedule so the classes and product is all fresh. CK conventions have classes, crops (Friday & Saturday nights) and a vendor fair for shopping.


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Posted: 11/11/2012 5:12:38 AM
CKU and EXPOs are two very different beast. I love going to CKC and Scrapbook Expos and have travelled as far as GA for Scrapbook Expo and will be traveling to MI this year for one. I love looking for new products and some old favorites along with the deals. I passed on CKU when it came because I didn't like the projects they offered and it would be a waste of my time, but more importantly my money, Being locked in the finish an album a certain way, isn't for me. All the Information I found was based on projects on the 6 x 6 album and that's not me. I don't care about getting a lot of product for a project I will not finish, if its something I'm not enjoying, I'd rather spend my money shopping. I've been two Scrapbook Expos this year and I couldn't get out of there without spending $300-$400. At last month's CKC in Chicago I found a lot to spend my money on Strictly Scrapbooking had a lot at their booth that was fresh and new and I combined their items with other vendor products I picked up in Aug at Scrapbooking Expo and I am loving the results. Yes, it had some vendors who had some dated things, but I really enjoyed the all day crop on Thursday where they gave us so much free stuff and meeting some wonderful people from the classes that I am still enjoying correspondence with. I'd rather spend my money on products I like then on expensive classes that I hope I get stuff I like. My take on CKU vs Scrapbook Expo is you have to know how you like to spend your money and time. I prefer shopping for things I want and doing classes I really like, (like the ones hosted by Strictly Scrapbooking - I took two of theirs, and they featured Mon Ami Gabby's phenomenal kits and product in their booth). I do not like being locked into set classes that are the "IT" projects for now. Feel free to check out the 2 vendors I mentioned to see if you like their style, as well as looking up a few others at the Expo that is coming to your area. That's how I determine if I want to take a class or shop with a particular vendor I research them. Good luck on your decision and no matter what have fun!

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Posted: 11/11/2012 8:22:17 PM
Thanks for setting me straight - I didn't know there was a CKC and a CKU!


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Posted: 11/12/2012 6:22:40 PM
I hope you come to CKC in Portland, we go every year I think it probably is much closer to the Expo than CKU is


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