My friend Amy and I ventured to Grand Rapids yesterday (about a 45 minute drive) to attend the Great American Scrapbook Convention. I've been to other conventions so I had an idea of what one should be like. We were both pretty giddy as we approached the DeVos Place in anticipation of the goodies we'd find. I have to say there were some great vendors but I was a little disappointed that there weren't more. I realize that you can only have so many scrapbook layout booths and so many stamp booths but the truth is - it's all about pricing for me. We hit one vendor who was selling the $1.00 stamps that I purchased a few weeks ago at Joann's for $3.45!!! That is an insane mark up if you ask me. I guess it's a good thing that I'm anally frugal and do my research on prices for scrapbooking goodies. Makes my money go a lot further. My main goal yesterday was to find some new Cuttlebug folders and some embellishments that I may not have. Oh, and a few acrylic albums to alter.
Shortly after we arrived we came upon a booth that had the new Cuttlebug folders. I shouldn't have gotten them all but sometimes I am impatient, ok I'll be honest, I *AM* impatient and had to get all the ones that I liked. I haven't seen them in Michael's, Joann's or Hobby Lobby yet so the anticipation was killing me. I *should* have waited and used my coupons on them when they do get them in stock but I have some new toys to play with now! Check them out!
I also grabbed some two sided stickers to use with my Doodlebug glitter and flock. We'll see how sucessfull I am at making them look as good as they do!
All in all, we had a great time. We also went to a local scrapbook store in Grand Rapids. WOW! It had soooo much stuff! It's a good thing it's not local!