Monday, September 10, 2007

Welcome To Scrapfest '07!!

For those of you who didn't get to attend this year's Scrapfest . . . the nation's premier scrapbooking and paper-crafting event! . . . let me be your guide for this fantastic three day event that was sponsored by Archivers and held at the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota . . . 15 minutes away from my house.

Our first stop on the Scrapfest tour takes us to the Stampendous booth where our dear friend Taylor VanBruggen is hard at work making sure everyone is having fun doing the make and take. The first picture is of Taylor (in the middle) with the two Stampendous girls she came to Minneapolis with. The second picture is of Taylor working at her table and Michelle, Kathleen, and Kristina taking part in the make and take.
Our next stop on the tour is the Daisy D's booth where Paris and I were so lucky to meet designer Kelly Taylor. Kelly came all the way from Utah to host this fabulous card making class using paper that he had designed. We had a wonderful conversation with Kelly and he told us that he had just gotten back from a trip to Boston where he was scouting out fabric for the upcoming 2008 line of paper. He works about a year ahead of time. I can't imagine working a year ahead of time . . . well of course not you say . . . you're the day late and a dollar short girl. We asked him to tell us about what me might see in the future at Archivers and he told us to be watching for the 2008 line of Valentine paper from Daisy D's called Maybe Baby. I love Daisy D's paper and I can't wait to see what wonderful paper Kelly has designed for us. Here is a picture of the card I made at the Daisy D's booth and Kelly was so gracious and autographed it for me.

Our next stop on the Scrapfest tour is the Cosmo Cricket booth. Does Cosmo Cricket remind you of anything? Don't you feel like you have seen it somewhere before? Well if you said yes then you probably know that Cosmo Cricket is the creation of married designers Eric and Julie Comstock. You might have heard of Comstock before. Eric and Julie are the original creators of the Comstock Collection. The Comstock Collection is still being featured by We R Memory Keepers at scrapbook stores all over the country. They have recently decided to go on their own and Cosmo Cricket was born. Same look . . . but a different name . . . and their very own company. Cosmo Cricket you ask . . . how did they come up with that name? Cosmo Cricket is an anagram of Eric Comstock. He typed his name in and that's what came out.

Look at these beautiful items featured at the Cosmo Cricket booth. I especially love the ornaments and that cute little birdhouse.

Our next stop on the Scrapfest '07 tour is the Westrim/Autumn Leaves booth where we met the sweetest woman, Illiana. It was nearing the end of the day and the lines were still very long at each booth. Paris and I started talking to Illiana about the cute little Rhonna Farrer butterfly stamp they were featuring and that I was going to go up to Archivers after the event was over and try to find it. Illiana informed me that Archivers had already sold out of it but if I came back to her booth in a few minutes she would give me that cute little butterfly stamp to take home with me. How sweet is that!!! So I went back and Illiana gave me the butterfly stamp and the word flourish stamp that she had used all weekend at her booth. She took great care in cleaning them up for me and was concerned that they were a little dirty still. I told her that they had received much love over the last few days and I was honored to be receiving them. Illiana was fabulous and I hope we see her again.

I hope everyone is enjoying their guided tour through Scrapfest '07. Our final stop on the tour today will be some of the display boards featuring some of the wonderful projects that were offered in the workshops. Enjoy!!!

This concludes our Scrapfest '07 guided tour. I hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as I did. Thanks for stopping by today and I hope everyone is having a fantastic week.

~ Pegi


travelingmama said...

What a WONDERFUL tour!! Looks like it was so much fun! TFS!

tw said...

Nice recap Pegi. I agree about Taylor. He was HOT too! All the companies you wrote about were my favorites too but I didn't make it to the Autumn Leaves booth.

malieta said...

I wish I could be there! Thank you for sharing the pictures with us!

Kristina Lewis said...

Great recap of the fun day!! ((hugs))

Niki said...

I am sooooo green with envy that I had to miss this!! Thank you for letting me live vicariously through you Pegi!! LOL!

Taylor said...

Pegi, it was sooooo great to meet you in person! I had fun shopping with you at Archiver's on Saturday night and meeting Willow... what a cutie! Thanks for showing me a wonderful time in MN! (((HUGS)))

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