And it wasn’t exactly what I had imagined.
On Friday afternoon, after a week of flexing at work to make up for the extra hours away from the office, Will and I packed ourselves into our (new) car and headed over to the Creativ Festival at the International Convention Centre in Mississauga.
I was bubbling over with excitement the whole way there. I had been imagining a show similar to the CHA Conference and Trade Show, which is what I would consider to be heaven on earth, HANDS DOWN. This may have set me up for a little disappointment, because the Creativ Festival was an entirely different show altogether.
What I didn’t realize, was that the Scrapbooking section would be comprised of 5 booths in the back corner, among rows and rows of sewing and knitting booths. That being said, those 5 booths were really great! And had I been in the mood to check out the sewing or knitting stuff, it would have been amazing. Thankfully, we got free tickets from Jewel FM, so I was able to justify a couple purchases.
The best part about the show was talking to the vendors about their businesses in the scrapbooking industry. I personally find it extremely fascinating and amazing that these women own and run their own scrapbook and craft businesses. This is something I could only dream of doing one day.
My favourite was the Scrabooking & Cards Today booth. Not only did I get an amazing December Documented (like a December Daily) kit shown above, a year subscription to the magazine, and free greeting card supplies, but I also had a great chat with the Founder and Publisher of the Magazine, Catherine. She left me feeling inspired and ready for a Sunday crafternoon!
So all in all, it was a good show. I hear the spring show is more fabric and wool-heavy, so I may just try again in the fall. Being around creative and crafty ladies really motivated me to get back to my scrapbooks, and I look forward to sharing some new layouts soon.