CKC-St. Louis and a Special Offer
Last weekend I attended the Creating Keepsakes Convention here in St. Louis, MO. I've been going for several years and it's a lot of fun. I highly recommend going to conventions if you're lucky enough to have one in your area. We have two that come every year-CKC (which focuses on scrapbooking) and Rubber Stamp Events (which focuses on stamping). I thought I would share some of my experiences here.
I went on a Friday and it was very busy. They offer lots of classes you can take (for a fee) and there are also lots of vendors selling supplies. One of my favorite booths is the Heartfelt Creations booth. I took pictures of some of their boards showcasing their cards.
I also took several classes. This year I concentrated on scrapbooking, taking three scrapbooking classes and only one card making class.
My first class was a scrap it fast class sponsored by SEI. Well, they weren't kidding about the fast part. There was no way you could actually get the projects done in class. The class kit comes with all the materials and instructions, however, so you can finish up at home. Still, I much preferred my other three classes which went at a much slower and less stressful pace.
My second class, offered by Keller's Creations, also highlighted fast scrapbooking. The owner has designed some kits that cut into pieces to make it very easy to design a scrapbook page using commonly sized photos (4 by 6, 4 by 4 and 3 by 3). I found her concept to be very interesting.
After a lunch break, I took a card class by Paper Loft. This class showed you how to use your scraps to make simple, but versatile cards. They also included a "one sheet wonder" template. For those unfamiliar with this, a "one sheet wonder" is a cutting guide that shows you how to use one (or two) sheets of 12 by 12 cardstock to make a number of cards. Their sheet showed you how to make 16 cards out of two 12 by 12 sheets.
My final class of the day was with Creating Keepsakes magazine. I always take this class as it is a lot of fun. Using My Mind's Eye papers, we made a double page spread and a single page. The emphasis in this class was layering elements for cute embellishments.
If you enjoy scrapbooking, I would also like to recommend an event going on next month. Lay Out A Day 5/13, also known as LOAD 513. This is an event hosted by Lain Ehmann. Using a series of prompts, she will guide you through the process of making a layout every single day in May. Of course, you don't have to make a layout every day if you don't want to or don't have the time. It's still fun to follow the prompts when you can. The theme for May's LOAD is CLUE. Yes, the prompts will be based on the board game, CLUE.
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