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Event Review & GIVEAWAY!: Great American Scrapbook Convention Review

Reported by Eileen Hull

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.
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!