I have returned from Scrapfest with new knowledge and new toys:) Unfortunately I am also returning with an empty wallet. From what I understand this was the first time Scrapfest has been held in Oshawa, Ontario and I must say it was a good choice of venue. There was lots of parking, it was easy to locate and there was plenty of room for all the activities, plus College men...need I say more ;)
I attended 2 classes with Vicki Boutin. Friday night's class was called Easy, Detailed, Expert and we completed a layout at each of these levels (well not really completed but started and will finish at home). Once I have completed them I will post them to my gallery at http://www.loonie4scrapbooking.com/page/417621566
I was definitely pulled out of my comfort zone this week-end and learned new techniques that most people use regularly like stamping and creating borders using punches, but also was introduced to new tools like the I-Rock...loved it so much I bought one! (In my next blog I will tell you about the I-rock gem setting tool).
My second class was a Sassafrass workshop that taught us how to do double-page layouts, work with tissue paper (not my strong suit) and my favorite GLIMMER MISTS! I absolutely loved this workshop and I am not even a big fan of Sassafrass. I definitely feel as though I got my moneys worth from the classes alone. Vicki Boutin, her mom and her assistant were very nice/personable people. By the way in case you haven't heard Vicki is writing a book that will be released in 2012.
The marketplace...scrapbookers heaven! Booths and booths of vendors selling at discounted prices (for the most part). Almost every booth had a sale of some sort. Then there were also the make and takes...some were really good. I made three but missed out on a couple I was interested in trying as time tends to fly when you are having fun. It was definitely a case of if you see it and you know its a good deal don't waste time thinking about it or it will be gone!
So I am now looking forward to the next Scrapfest which is in April in Kitchener. I know without hesitation I WILL be there. It was a great week-end, the people who organized it did a great job, everyone was friendly and there was lots of shopping selection. A special thank you to Vicki and her mom and assistant...they were awesome!