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Event Review & GIVEAWAY!: Great American Scrapbook Convention Review

Every year at the end of June, the Great American Scrapbook Convention (GASC) comes to the Washington, DC area.
In the past 10 years I have been attending, it’s been interesting to watch the evolution of the show. No matter how it is, I always spend money. They love me there!
This year, some of the regulars were missing. A lot of the larger companies that used to display are  selling off excess inventory to discount type booths. I love a deal as much as the next person but this is not a show where you will find lots of new product. But that’s OK with me! That’s what CHA is for.
There was a line to get tickets when I arrived on Friday about an hour after it opened but not sure how the traffic was the rest of the show.
There were LOTS of people there and they were buying. In fact, I had to wait in line at several booths. I don’t remember that happening last year. The aisles were narrow but there were no strollers allowed for which I was grateful (now that I am not pushing a stroller). There were considerably fewer vendors than there have been in the past- just another sign of the times I guess. In looking through the show schedule, I was surprised to see how many classes were being offered and they all looked pretty good. Next year I plan on taking a few.
On to the show…
Some Prima goodness caught my eye right off the bat.
Watched a demo by Epiphany Crafts– now kicking myself that I didn’t buy that little gadget!
Stopped in to see Jenni Bowlin’s booth because it was so so cute, complete with a vintage children’s oven and all kinds of cool little doodads. I was waiting to ask Jared, who was busy at the register, if it was OK to post pictures of the booth and into the booth walked Jenni! She is a delight and I was so happy to meet her and have the chance to talk a little.
One of my favorite booths is Dollar Scrapbooking, owned by Kristi Coy. She and her two daughters took a minute to pose for me. I love the new look of her booth and got lots of fun stuff in there, as always.
Here’s Mitra… owner and designer of Impression Obsession stamps, wielding her cool Mega Mount block designed to stamp large images. What a great idea- you can’t really see in this photo but it has a handle and is curved to get a good impression every time.
I always have to stop and drool at Melissa Frances’s booth. Love her little chandeliers and pretty display. Melissa was not at the show but I had a nice chat with her beautiful daughter Breigh.
The Original Scrap Box display really caught my eye. What a cool piece of furniture and so well thought out. The brochure is so clever- it actually opens out like the Scrap Box does and the outer cover looks like the front of the cabinet! Genius! I am actually considering buying one of these- it can hold a ton of stuff and the price is quite reasonable.
I had a great time at the the show even though I only spent half of my $100.
GIVEAWAY
Our pals over at Dollar Scrapbooking are giving one of our lucky readers a $40 gift certificate! How cool is that? Not only do you win but you will win whatever you choose from her great website. In order to be entered to win, you need to answer any of the questions below in the comments section of this article. One entry per person, please.
Have you attended a Great American Scrapbook Convention? What were your thoughts? Do you attend any crafting events? Which ones?
Contest ends Sunday, July 17th at 6pm CST. Good Luck Everyone!

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Eileen Hull is a designer, author of two books, and licensed artist with Sizzix. She specializes in three dimensional design and her favorite craft material is matboard. She is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the CHA Designer Section. Visit her website to see her latest!

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98 Responses to Event Review & GIVEAWAY!: Great American Scrapbook Convention Review

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    Toucan Scraps July 15, 2011 at 7:02 am #

    I live in the UK, so never been.

    I did go to a craft show at Birmingham International Centre, England a few years ago. It was very crowded.

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    Cassie July 15, 2011 at 7:32 am #

    I’ve never been, but I would LOVE to attend something like that 😀

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    Lillian Child July 15, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    I’ve never been to any of the large conventions, but have attended the CKC event in Kansas City the past five years in a row. And the past couple of years have been way smaller than when they first started, but still fun to get a good bargain and see the new products!

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    debpaint16 July 15, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    I have never had the opportunity to attend, but it is something I’d like to plan in the future!!! Thanks for the chance to win this Awesome Giveaway!!
    debpaint16@aol.com

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    Dee in N.H. July 15, 2011 at 7:44 am #

    I have never been to A GASC show but have attended the Heirloom show in Springfield mass for several years. LOVE it! I saw some of the same great vendors here on your post. If it’s any consolation, I too regret not getting that cute button contraption!

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    hueisei July 15, 2011 at 7:47 am #

    I have never been to any craft show or event.. I am so envy other country organize such a great event and must be a lot of fun….

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    Amanda July 15, 2011 at 8:14 am #

    I attended a scrapbooking event in Grand Rapids in 2008. Not sure if it was GASC or not. It was a lot of fun. Didn’t really get to do any of the fun freebies though…too many people.

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    Brenda July 15, 2011 at 8:23 am #

    I have never been to an event. I would love to go if I could get to one in the pacific northwest!

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    Debbie - StudioBeeCreations July 15, 2011 at 8:35 am #

    Have never been….but have attended several CKC events. Would love to win….thanks for the opportunty! creative blessings, Debbie

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    catnap July 15, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    I love a bargain. I’ve never been to this show, but it looks great. Have to bookmark this for the future.

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    Regina aka Mrs. Ham July 15, 2011 at 8:51 am #

    I’ve never attened the Great American Scrapbook Convention. I ususally attend the Scrapbook Expo.

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    Kimba's Kreations July 15, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I have never been to a craft show but would be in TOTAL CRAFT HEAVEN if I did. Thanks for the chance to win!

    I own a Sizzix Machine and I use it w/the Sizzix Dies and Tim Holtz’s Dies too!

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    Jamie July 15, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    I have never attended a craft show but I would love to!

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    Lindy July 15, 2011 at 10:18 am #

    I never attended anything like that; but would love to. They look like a lot of fun but I’d probably spend too much $$$.

    Thanks for the review!

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    kim July 15, 2011 at 10:21 am #

    I have not attended this show but would love to. I did attend an event in Milwaukee a couple of years back had a great time.

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    Barbara July 15, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    I have never been but would dearly love to go. There just doesn’t seem to be anything of the sort near my area of the country.

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    Jessica Y. July 15, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    I have never been to a craft show, but I am hoping I can attend CHA when it comes to CA later this year!

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    Scrapycandy July 15, 2011 at 11:00 am #

    CK are the only conventions I have access to. And it is always fun to go to Dollar Scrapbooking. Thanks so much folks!

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    plainolauntie@yahoo.com July 15, 2011 at 11:08 am #

    ive never been to a craft show, but i would love to one day. ive just never had the opportunity. ive also never visited the dollar scrapbooking site, but its the next site im visiting!!

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    Do Be Do Bead Do July 15, 2011 at 11:26 am #

    The only event that I’ve attended was the consumer event at CHA in Anaheim a couple of years back. It was AMAZING!!!

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    ShoppingTamii July 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm #

    I have not attended that one (we don’t have it here), but I have been to Scrapbook Expo–in fact I look forward to it every year, and save my Christmas money to spend there 😉
    I also love Dollar Scrapbook, and not only purchase from them in person at the show, but shop online with them all the time!

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    Becca July 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    I have not been to the GASC before, or any scrappy convention before. They just don’t come to my neck of the woods 🙁 It’s nice to see pictures of these types of events though … maybe someday!
    Rebecca
    jrbarger2 at yahoo dot com

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    jjocarlson July 15, 2011 at 1:32 pm #

    I am new to crafting started about 3 months ago. I really want to go to a convention and really hope to go to one real soon!

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    Kayla and Samuel July 15, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    No, I have never attended one. The only craft event I had the pleasure to attend was a Stampin Up party and it was actually by accident. (long story) Thanks for the chance to win!

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    SuZeQ July 15, 2011 at 1:46 pm #

    Yes, yes, yes … I have attended ever since 2005 here in Arlington, Texas. Wouldn’t miss it for the world. It’s something I look forward to every June.

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    Colleen C. July 15, 2011 at 1:50 pm #

    I have never been to a scrapbook or craft convention, but I have always wanted to go!

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    Bast July 15, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    No I have never attended one as of yet but would love to as it looks incredible! How could you resist all those prima goodies! Now you have more money when all the new items come out from CHA. TFS

    KimMJ
    bast830@comcast.net

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    Shannon July 15, 2011 at 1:55 pm #

    I haven’t ever been to the Great American Scrapbook show, but would go if it came to my area. I have been to the CKC Convention and the Scrapbook Expo. I noticed that both in Portland, OR were smaller than on Seattle which was disappointing, but none-the-less, I spent money at both! BTW–I am sad that I didn’t get the gadget at Epiphany Crafts either!! Maybe we will both be able to get it next time! =) TFS!!

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    Sue D July 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm #

    I have not attended the Great American Scrapbook Convention but I have attended stamp conventions before.

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    Isabel Z July 15, 2011 at 1:59 pm #

    I have never attended a craft show but I would love to do so. It would be like a kid in a candy shop and Christmas morning rolled into one!

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    Anita July 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm #

    I have never attended any scrapbook events. i would love to. I am amazed that you kept to your budget.

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    Scrappy Rat July 15, 2011 at 2:02 pm #

    I haven’t been to one of the Great American Scrapbook Conventions (I don’t think they’ve been here in NC), but I have been to Creating Keepsakes Conventions and loved them! The vendor room at the Great American looks a bit bigger and better attended by vendors than at CKC. I wanna go now! 🙂

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    LisaAnn July 15, 2011 at 2:05 pm #

    Have not been to that one. I used to go to several scrapping and stamping and beading and quilting/sewing conventions a year. Over the course of the early 2000’s every single one went downhill to the point of being a waste of time to go. A shame as I really miss them alot!

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    Shelley July 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    I wish GASC would come here! I’ve never been, but it looks like lots of fun! I have been to the Rubber Stamp & Scrapbook Expo, but I seem to be spending less and less each year.

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    Sylvia July 15, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    I have never attended a scrapbook convention but it sounds like a dream! I started out rubber stamping back in the late 80’s. I put them away but now I am adding to my collection. I look forward to the new scrapbook papers and wonderful gadgets Craft Critique reviews.

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    Jill July 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    There used to be a Midwest Scrap. assn. and I attended one even when I was a rookie. It was my introduction to make & takes plus a lot of product (which I bought because I had no knowledge of what I wanted/needed then:) Also one scrapfest and was so crowded you couldn’t move. (Wasn’t really a place to purchase)

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    Susie Moore July 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    I go every rear to gasc in Arlington. Some years are better than others. I thought this year was a good one!

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    Corinna July 15, 2011 at 2:18 pm #

    I’ve never been to GASC. I’ve been to Creating Keepsakes Convention in St. Louis and Scrapbook Expo in Illinois several times each. Dollar Scrapbooking is always my favorite booth at these shows!

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    Dee July 15, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

    Dee in N.J. I have been to a Craft show this summer in Somerset NJ. It more than I expected being my first time there. There was so much to take in and I didn’t get to see everything. I would love to win this new sizzix item. I have the Sizzix electric big shot and just love it. I use it for everything that I can or need for my projects. Getting a bigger electronic would be nice. I create one of a kind greeting cards and I am hoping that a bigger electronic would expand my talent and creative mind. Thanks for the opportunity.

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    Kimberly S. July 15, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    No, I’ve never attended a Great American Scrapbook Convention. I attended one craft show a couple of years ago, but I spent way too much money there!! I thought my hubby was gonna KILL me!! LOL! I don’t know if I trust myself at another one. I like your idea of taking $100 bill….and that’s all you have to spend! Maybe I’ll do that next time I go!!

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    Jun Bug House July 15, 2011 at 2:28 pm #

    Have you attended a Great American Scrapbook Convention?
    🙁 NO
    What were your thoughts?
    🙁 I thought I should go
    Do you attend any crafting events?
    🙁 No.
    Which ones?
    🙁 None
    Thanks for the give away.
    **U**
    Nance

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    Anonymous July 15, 2011 at 2:43 pm #

    Sad to say I’ve never attended, only because their have not been any close to me. I would love to attend one.
    Gerry

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    Deb July 15, 2011 at 2:57 pm #

    No but I was going to go to the one in Deluth Ga. last Sat.
    Daughter got sick so I couldn’t go.
    Maybe next year.
    Duty calls when your a Mom, sometimes plans have to change at the last min.
    I would love to go to one though.
    Here’s hoping for some day.

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    Anita Braddock July 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    I would love to win I sure would find something to buy with the money I always do so says my Husband lol thanks for the chance to win
    abbraddock@msn.com

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    RedGem July 15, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    I went to the Chantilly show and you’re right it was a bit sparse. I had the vendor list from last year (keep them to remind me of urls) and realized quite a bit of ones I usually go were absent. I missed the registration for several of the events this year.

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    Karla Anderson July 15, 2011 at 3:25 pm #

    I have not ever been, but would if one comes to either the Madison, WI or Des Moines, Ia areas. Looks like fun!

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    Gailanne July 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm #

    Never have attended, although I’d certainly like to. I’ve been to several stamping conventions and thoroughly enjoy those.

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    Kathy July 15, 2011 at 3:59 pm #

    The only scrapbook event I have attended is CKC Valley Forge, where I have taken classes and spent way more money that I should! Now, our last lss has closed, and I am saddened by that. Michaels, AC Moore, and Joannes remain, but they never have new product and hardly any embellies, so I am going to be an online shopper now. If the economy doesn’t improve, I wonder how much more of a hit the scrapbook industry can take! Thanks for that Dollar Store link—I am heading there next!

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    Whisk Woman July 15, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

    I’ve attended a couple scrapbooking expos altho I have to say I don’t recall who sponsored them (CKC, I think). It’s a fun way to see and touch products that I normally have to buy online, as well as discover new brands and new stores. And you can find some great deals, too 🙂

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    rush July 15, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    i don’t attend any crafting events. they don’t seem to come to my region of the country. we don’t even have a scrapbook store within 50 miles – maybe more, so i usually order on-line or infrequently go to michael’s, jo-ann’s or a.c. moore.

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    Melinda AKA medialady July 15, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    The only one I have attended is a Creating Keepsakes Convention in Nashville several years ago. I had a great time and would love to attend another one.

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    Alice July 15, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I have not been to a Great American Scrapbook Convention, but I live just an hour away from DC, so I’ll have to keep an eye out for next year’s dates. Thanks for your review!

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    Karen July 15, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    I would love to go to the conventions and Cha but I am disabled, paralyzed so it is very hard for me to go places. That is why I started scrapbooking because I could not work anymore. I WISH I could go shop.
    Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Karen dkolopez@msn.com

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    funkycrafter July 15, 2011 at 4:38 pm #

    live in the midwest so this show is too far away. haven’t attended any other shows either. the closest one so far has been a 4 hr drive. i am live in caretaker for my disabled 88 yr old mother and can’t be gone overnight. i do enjoy reading about the shows and all the goodies.

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    Ayelet July 15, 2011 at 4:55 pm #

    Never been to a craft show, but would love to attend CHA.

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    Julie July 15, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Looks like a fun show. I have been to a couple expos in Arizona, but it has been awhile since I have went. We always have a great time when attending.

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    Sherry @ Delightful Hands July 15, 2011 at 5:27 pm #

    Love the Great American Scrapbook event. It has been awhile since I’ve been able to go, but it is always a great event.

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    SondraM July 15, 2011 at 5:56 pm #

    Have you attended a Great American Scrapbook Convention?
    No have not had one close enough to attend. But just from the sharing on this site I am very intested. Love a bargain too!
    What were your thoughts?
    I think it would be a great show to attend one of these days.
    Do you attend any crafting events? Yes
    Which ones?I have gone to CKC for quite a few years in Kansas City and one in DeMoines, IA.

    I would love to win as I love to browse the dollar scrapbooking site!

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    Tricia July 15, 2011 at 6:12 pm #

    I have never attended a crafting event, yet. . .

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    Jenny Lilac July 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    I have never attended a GASC because there has never been one close to me. If one came within 4 hours of me, I would DEFINITELY go! I do go to crops. Dollar Scrapbooking is the best!

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    reflections:0) July 15, 2011 at 6:33 pm #

    I have never been to one of theres yes, I have been to a few CK convections. I loved going to comventions with friends and scrapping till the wee hours and shopping as well as class during the day.

    Flexie:0)

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    ann July 15, 2011 at 6:41 pm #

    I have not been to the Great American Scrapbook show,but I have attended CKC, Scrapbook Expo and a couple stamp shows. Wish the GAS was closer so it could be a day trip.

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    claymedmyheart July 15, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    That show looks great! My friend Pat Davenport has taught Cricut classes at GASC the past two years, but was unable to do so this year. The most recent show I attended was the CK convention in Cincinnati, Ohio last year, where I also taught a Cricut Gypsy class. It was one of the better shows I’ve been to in recent years. As the review says, many shows seem to be full of booths with clearance product. I want the latest and greatest, or at least stuff that isn’t 5 years old! I can’t wait to attend another scrapbook show. They don’t come around too often here in Ohio.

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    McStamper July 15, 2011 at 7:11 pm #

    I have never attended the GASC. I would so love to go. Pics look fun and thanks for the great giveaway..

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    sonyaeverding July 15, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    No I have never been able to attend CHA but I have attended a few Crafting exhibts here in Charleston SC. I enjoy them very much. CK is having a show in Jacksonville FL in Sept that I may be able to attend.

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    Anonymous July 15, 2011 at 7:57 pm #

    I’ve only been to the CK Convention in Bellevue, WA, numerous times, as well as The Heirloom stamp Show in Puyallup twice. I do follow the blogs that talk about CHA with some envy! MollyK. at mollykathleenbarry@hotmail.com

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    Barb July 15, 2011 at 8:23 pm #

    I have been to the Great American Craft Show in Chantilly, Virginia. I have also attended the stamping convention that comes to Hampton, Virginia.

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    annesatx July 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm #

    I’ve been to scrapbook conventions before and loved every second of them. I’m not sure if the ones I’ve attended were GASCs or not but I love the classes and the opportunity to shop. Sometimes there isn’t a terrific variety of vendors but I always manage to spend way too much money!

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    creativearts July 15, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    This is the first time I have attended a CKC event and I fell in love with everything at Chantilly! I spent oddles and fell in love with Heartfelt Creations, Our Daily Bread Designs, and Melissa Frances booths. Of course, I visited each booth but did not have as much time as I needed at each booth. I did spend some money in the Dollar booth! I also wished I could have taken some of the classes but hubby was with me this year! Hopefully next year I will be with the “girls”. The only other convention I attend is the Scraps and Arts show in Hampton, VA. in October.

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    Judy Rutherford July 15, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

    Another new site to check out! I thought I knew them all – boy was I mistaken! lol Would love and appreciate the chance of winning more for my crafting – I’d also love-love-love to go to one of these conventions! I’d be like a kid in a candy store! As always thanks for all the info AND the possibility to win! Blessings! Judy

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    Jan Castle July 15, 2011 at 10:02 pm #

    Have been to a couple of the Heirloom Conventions when in Portland and another one in Seattle in the past few years. Great fun…take lots of money!

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    Lisa Nichols July 15, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    I have never been to CHA (but would L-O-V-E to attend)! I do attend the Heirloom Productions show in Springfield, MA every June (and I always spend $$)…thanks for the opportunity to win!!

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    Caroline July 15, 2011 at 10:43 pm #

    It was fun to read about the convention. Ive never attended a Great American Scrapbook Convention. Mainly I take classes at the local stamp stores.

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    Leslie Kiley July 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    I have not had the pleasure of attending The Great American Scrapbook show but have in the past attended others such as the Scrap Expo and cku. I have just moved to Mo. and have not seen any here yet! I would love to attend GASC in the future!

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    Sandy July 16, 2011 at 1:44 am #

    I am disabled, and I always hesitate when I see that strollers are not allowed, since I have to use my walker at times. I haven’t been to any conventions or gatherings yet. I do want to, though! I own a Workbox by the Original Scrapbox Company. You can get in touch with me if you want more info. I am a HUGE fan of it!!!

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    Jann July 16, 2011 at 3:55 am #

    I haven’t been to a GASC, but I did attend a CK convention a few months ago. I like smaller venues so it was a little overwhelming to me at times.

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    Elizabeth July 16, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I have never been to a show. Distance and cost has been a major factor as to why I haven’t been to one. http://visionsofpaper.blogspot.com/

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    SueB July 16, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I’ve attended scrapbook conventions only at the Novi MI center – and so far it’s been stamp and Mega Meet conventions. They’re GREAT fun and I’m looking forward to an early August trip again!

    Thanx for the inspiration and blog candy opp!
    – sue dot blondin at gmail dot com
    SueB of Blondin Blogs

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    Jun Bug House July 16, 2011 at 9:27 am #

    Have a quick question or two.
    (Tried twice to send through your “info@craftcritique.com” but it was returned, twice.)
    For the Tim Holtz Vagabond by Sizzix, Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine by Ellison, Sizzix Texture Boutique,and the third Sizzix Texture Boutique You have the ” Winners will be selected on Saturday, July 18, 2011.”
    Then on the Great American Scrapbook Convention Review “Contest ends Sunday, July 18th at 6pm CST.”
    The 18th is neither a Saturday or a Sunday.
    July 18th is a Monday.
    Can you clarify ?
    Thanks so much.
    I hope I am not looking a gift horse in the mouth.
    Thanks for a chance to win some awesome awesome prizes.
    **U**
    Nance

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    Sarah Gambrell July 16, 2011 at 9:46 am #

    I’ve never attended a convention. It would be awesome fun, but I’m afraid it might also send me to the poor house!!!

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    Savannah O'Gwynn July 16, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    OHHH! I would love love love to go to a convention or event for crafting sometime! I always see the pictures and ohhhh and ahhhhh over each booth and all the goodies! I would love to meet my online friends there!

    THANKS for the chance to win:) sbmmhoover at yahoo dot com

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    VStarRider July 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

    I have never attended any scrapbooking convention, but they sound like a blast!!! I just missed the CK one in Houston a couple of weeks ago – it would be fabulous to have a GASC in Houston!!!
    Cindi

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    RAP July 16, 2011 at 1:17 pm #

    I’ve always wanted to attend GASC. I remember drooling over the brochure for the very first one. Never been able to go. In past years I have attended several things such as the Great Lakes Mega Meet, CKU, and a scrapbook expo as well as several smaller shows. Unfortunately time and money have kept me away from them for several years but I would love to go again.

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    Dollie @ Dollie Creates July 16, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    I have never attended, but would love to! I really would like to go to any of the conventions, they look like so much fun!

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    Bev T. July 16, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I attended the GASC show in Chantilly this year for the first time — loved the classes and the shopping was wonderful (my credit card was smoking!!!!) — I went to the CKC event in Virginia Beach last year and had a great time — unfortunately, they did not come back this year (boo hoo!!!) — a couple times a year my scrapbooking group goes to Williamsburg for a scrapbook weekend — great times!!!

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    Nitasha July 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    I’ve attended the GASC in Arlington, TX for the past 5 years. And have noticed how it has changed each year with less and less vendors and free activities, but I still look foward to it each year and always have a great time! I have attended CKC San Marcos once and was not very impressed. I prefer GASC over CKC. Thanks so much for the greate review.

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    Kelly Sas July 16, 2011 at 4:53 pm #

    I have never been to CHA but it is one of the items on my Bucket List! I love the Craft Critique kind of takes me along. You are so good about showing us the things that impress you and you know we will like too!

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    Donna July 16, 2011 at 7:46 pm #

    I have never been to CHA but I would love to go. If there were any shows near me I would be the first in line!

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    motherloves3 July 17, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    I live in Canada so I haven’t been but wish we had something like that here.

    motherloves3 at hotmail dot com

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    Rebecca Ednie July 17, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    I’ve attended CHA once, Southern Ontario Scrapfest and a CKC convention in Pensylvania. We also have a mixed crafting event here in Toronto called the Creativ Festival and I’ve attended many times.

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    Lori July 17, 2011 at 10:55 am #

    I wish I could attend, but alas there are none near me. It sounds amazing, though!
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    LeAnne Kennedy July 17, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    I couln’t immagine walking into all that great stuff-like a toy or candy store. I live too far away to be able to make a convention and my hubby would probably be happy if I didn’t if you know what I mean. Have fun!!!! Look forward to what you show us.

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    barbl July 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    I would love to attend CHA. I attend the CK Convention in Collinsville Illinois at Gateway Center. I love it. I think I will volunteer to help this year. Sounds like fun.

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    Renee July 17, 2011 at 5:54 pm #

    Thanks for asking….I have not attended any major scrapping events; I sure would love, too! I have attended fun crops and birthday parties at our LSS. They are always fun!!

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    Anonymous July 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

    Ohhhh, I think I’m JUST under the wire here.
    Thanks for a chance to win.
    I am Stacy, AKA:Aznewmom@yahoo.com
    No time to sign in to google……..unless this silly computer saved my sign on. Thanks again for all of your reviews.

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    rudie2shoes July 22, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    I’ve never attended a craft show before. I would love to go to one in the future, they sound amazing!

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    Tiffany August 1, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    I attended my first great american convention this year and I thought it was fantastic. It was also my first experience with DollarScrapbooking.net and I love them too. I’ve ordered several times from them.

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    Amy's Designs August 15, 2011 at 1:04 am #

    I have never been. This weekend I went to my first Scrapbook Expo. It was allot of fun. Also allot of walkong and ssome cool products that I don’t have in my local craft store. It was nice to actually be able to see some products in person then online. I would love to go to CHA one day.