Monday, March 1, 2010

Creating Keepsakes Convention - Louisville

 On Friday, February 26 I got to attend the Creating Keepsakes Convention in Louisville, KY. This is the second year that the CKC came to Louisville, and the second time that my sister-in-law and I got to attend (and dragged my daughter along with us).

 Last year, we made it through the vendor fair in about 2 hours. We were kind of disappointed at the lack of vendors. I've spent the last year kicking myself for not buying the Bind-it-All by Zutter when I had the chance, though. The vendor had such a great deal, and I had wanted one for so long. So I saved my pennies and made a bee-line for the Scrapbooks 'N Stickers booth (I would link, but their site is down right now). It was still a hard decision to make, but in the end the ability to make my own spiral-bound books won out. Isn't it cute?

 I haven't had the chance to use it yet, but I did try it out at CKC (there was a make-and-take). It is so simple to use. Just choose your papers, punch the holes and add the binding. I'm hoping to do a little video eventually showing you just how simple it is to use.

 They also make special papers that work with the Bind-it-all system - double-sided and cute (see in above photo). I have enough paper to last me for a while, so I passed (for now). I did pick up a few covers (front and back pages). I'm especially excited about the canvas cover. I'm thinking I could play with my perfect pearls and do some watercolor type stuff.

 Rusty Pickle, who is going out of business, was there selling almost everything at 50% off. I was able to pick up a couple of class kits from years past, and some Captain Jack pirate paper. Anyone know where I can get a picture of Johnny Depp in full pirate regalia? I think I need to document my love. I have always loved the Rusty Pickle look, even though I've never figured out how to do it myself. I'm sad to see them go.
 We didn't take any classes this year (or last year) in part because we have a toddler to pass back and forth but also because none of the classes especially appealed to us. I was sorry I didn't sign up when I saw this display in the lobby though. I've been wondering what happened to Chatterbox and Melody Ross (if you know, please fill me in, apparently I'm not in the loop). Well, Melody Ross is apparently designing a super cool paper line based on old fashioned paper patterns. How fun to see two of my obsessions come together like this (scrapbooking and sewing, in case you didn't follow).

 Check out the crocheted flowers! I don't know if they are part of the line or not, but they make me want to pick up my crochet hook again. Is anyone willing to teach me to make a flower?

Love these pattern patterned papers!

Someday soon I'll tell you all about how the dreaded "mommy brain" reared its ugly head this day. Whew!

Don't you just love girls' days?

Edited to add: I forgot to mention that there were probably twice as many vendors at CKC this year than last year. Last year, we spent about two hours walking around the fair. This year, we spent four hours taking everything in! I'm really glad that the vendors are starting to see the benefit of coming to Louisville.


Anonymous said...

I bet this was a blast. As to the crochet, I picked up my hook and have been having a blast. Go for it.

Sian said...

Lucky you! We don't have any shows like that anywhere near me and it looks like so much fun. The BIA is a great buy..I love mine.

Laura said...

Thank you for taking us along with you! I have always wanted to go to one but I have no one to go with.