GASC: to go or not to go?

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GASC: to go or not to go?

louise
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June 12th, 2018, 12:34 pm #1

Great American Scrapbook Convention (GASC) Is this weekend.  They used to be held in Virginia, very close to my home. Then they stopped coming, and Scrapbook Expo took their place. It was once a year, and I always went to convention, whichever one it was.

Here in Texas, there are 3 to 4 conventions every year, starting in January with a stamp convention, then Scrapbook Expo in March, GASC in June, and apparently there is another stamp convention in July.

Last year I went to the stamp convention in January, the Scrapbook Expo, and GASC. I agonized over whether or not to go every time. I made up my mind at the last minute and went alone. It's not as much fun going alone.

I haven't gone to any conventions this year. I really didn't have the time or money due to DS' wedding. I don't need anything, but it is always fun to see project samples and get excited about crafting. GASC is a 45 minute drive away, but it's still closer than the best LSS in the DFW area, and they will have more products and projects to see.
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June 12th, 2018, 1:17 pm #2

I would base it on how good last year's convention was. If you enjoyed it, I would go again since you haven't been to any this year. If you don't want to spend a lot of money, set a budget and only carry that much cash. Could you invite one of your new scrapping friends to go with you?
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louise
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June 12th, 2018, 3:05 pm #3

Unfortunately, all my new scrapping friends are struggling financially. I invited one of them to go, and she said she could not afford the temptation. Can't blame her. It is hard not to spend money.

Yes, if I go, I will just take a certain amount of cash with me to spend. There is at least one vendor that I want to visit. I just need to inventory what I have of theirs first. They sell laser cuts, and they have some great Disney ones. I bought a few in advance last year, since I knew we would be going to Disney for Christmas, but now I know what pictures I have to scrapbook. I didn't know before the trip, so I just guessed and bought only a few. 

I got an email from GASC this afternoon with a little plug for Paper Wizard, and I realized that maybe I should go. I had totally forgotten about them.
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June 13th, 2018, 4:58 pm #4

I found one more reason to go. My car needs to be serviced. The dealership where we go for oil changes, tire rotations, etc., is near the Convention Center. We drive that far because they are honest. My service light went on, so I can get the car serviced, and instead of my sitting in the dealer's waiting area, they will shuttle me to GASC.

Win, win!
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June 13th, 2018, 9:25 pm #5

Sounds like a great plan!
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June 14th, 2018, 9:57 pm #6

That worked beautifully. I arrived at the dealership, was promptly driven over to the convention, thoroughly enjoyed shopping, did a make and take that will be a great Father's Day card, and spent more than I should have (but am very, very happy with what I bought).

I got Disney themed laser cuts to use for my Disney trip pages. They are beautifully detailed. I will still make some Disney die cuts with my Cricut Explore, but this will certainly speed up scrapping those pages.

I also got some stamps for trifold cards, and some pop up dies by Karen Burniston that are very cute and clever. They are perfect for cards to send to grandkids. Also, there may be only a few gals at church who scrapbook, but there are several who are intested in getting together for card making.
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June 15th, 2018, 10:31 am #7

That's nice how it worked out. I hate waiting at the garage for auto repairs/service.

I don't have a problem spending money on some pre-made embellishments. It save you time, and that is valuable, too.

How was the convention overall? Was there anything new or interesting to see?
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June 15th, 2018, 8:22 pm #8

I think every show has something new or unique, and not always scrapbook related. I was happy when stamp vendors started coming, while others complained that stamps had nothing to do with scrapbooking. They did for me. I often use stamps on my pages.

Recently, scrapbooking supplies have been used for home decor items. Well, a couple of vendors took it a lot further. One sold large templates for furniture and walls, or maybe it was something that transfers to the furniture and walls, but it was basically a way of applying chalk paint to home decor items or walls.

The other was what looked like woven fabric designs, but apparently you (or they) applied rhinestones selectively, so the designs glittered. They were pretty, but huge.

I was not interested in either. Other than a very brief look, I just kept on going.
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