After a great day at the Minnesota Zoo, I was ready to jump full force into a whole lot of scrapping.
The pilot and I made a whole schedule of classes when we were registering…I allowed an hour to sign up the morning registration opened and as is the way with most best laid plans, the registration site crashed. There were so many scrappers all trying to register the whole system shut down. After trying for more than an hour and making myself late we finally got an email letting us know that registration would be rescheduled.
Registration for some of these classes is kind of cutthroat. I did not have available time on the Friday that registration was rescheduled for so the pilot had to do all of my registration for me. Even after being reworked it was a challenge to get in and get signed up for classes. If you are ever going to attend a Scrapfest the BEST tip I can share is sign up for the couple of classes you want and then register again…If you try to sign up for all of the classes at once and some fill up you will not get any.
There are 3 basic philosophies of attendance for Archiver’s Scrapfest in Minnesota
1. Wait in the super long lines and do the free make and take projects (this year there were 24)…most of the vendors have different project each day so you can go back all three days and do different projects every day.
2. A number of locals just come by and take 5-10 classes and spend the rest of the time in a smattering of the make-and-take lines that are specific to their crafting focus and going by the demos to get a quick lesson on the new product launches.
3. Since I come such a long way, I took the third approach….take as many classes as possible. This year there were 23 available hours of class times and 250 classes. I took 21 hours worth. It was wonderful. I enjoyed the rush from class to class and coming home with more project than I will get done in the year before it is time to come back.
On Friday the pilot got up EXTREMELY early to fish. It is our compromise, he gets to fish and I get to scrap. Since Minnesota is that land of 1,000 lakes there are a number to choose from but he really enjoyed fishing with Tony Roach last year so it was back to Lake Mille Lacs.
It is a pretty serious drive from Eagan, MN to Mille Lacs so the pilot documented the drive for me. Most of the drive was done in the dark so the photos on his phone were too dark to distinguish, but the sun came up in time to see the BEAUTIFUL lake . I love to fish so the pilot wanted to make sure that I got to live vicariously through him.
Tony was booked so the pilot fished with one of his buddies, Randy. He met the boat at Terry’s Boat Harbor on the northwest side of the lake in Garrison.
It is called fishing (and not catching) but a long day of the water with very little to real in and a two hour drive each way does not make for a very successful day. I love to eat Walleye and was looking forward to a plate full of fresh catch but the one the pilot caught was too big to keep.
While the pilot was fishing I was busy learning to quill pumpkins and Christmas trees by Quilled Creations, I was learning new was to use Bella Blvd.’s Embellishments, I made a couple of trays, and learned how to make a number of albums, instead of buying them.
Excluding a one hour break on Friday for lunch and no class during the 5pm slot on Friday afternoon I was in class every hour that there were classes to take. During the first break, I had the opportunity to see a demo of the “Memory Files” by Heidi Swapp.
I love the idea of making a mini book and adding those mini books to pages inside of other books. I bought a few different sizes and shapes so that I could take them apart and recreate them differently.
In the breaks I also stopped by the demos and made a Honey Pop Flower with Inky Antics, and I played with the new punches from EK Success Brand. I have used the punches a little before and I know to sharpen then with tin foil, but I learned that if you cut the corners first you can make a beautifully done border that all lines up. There were a number of other Demos that I would have enjoyed but there were just not enough hours in the day. I did have the opportunity to use the a new ribbon cutter and sealer called an I-magicut by Imaginisce which was the one product I decided I could not come home without… no more frayed ribbon for me!
On Saturday, the pilot dropped me off at the front door so that I would not have to arrange the shuttle again. Getting the shuttle to drop me off was really easy, it was the pick up that caused the complications.
By day 2 I was in the groove. I brought my lunch so that I would not have to skip a class to eat and armed with my schedule I was prepared to make a Halloween album and Advent Calendar and a Hanging Calendar with Pinecone Press, I made an adorable Christmas Ornament Album from Bazzill and a quick and easy Christmas album with Bo Bunny, and made an album with Millinery Paper from Making Memories, along with a number of individual page spreads from My Mind’s Eye, Doodlebug Designs, Lily Bee Design.
I was very impressed that most of the classes were taught by the designers themselves. They talked about their inspiration for the designs and some of the planning and ideas behind their ideas and accessories. I have never really been one for name brands, but I have a much greater appreciation now for a number of designers.
One of my favorites was taught by Little Yellow Bicycle, a 6X6 fall album, and the best project I did all weekend was the Christmas Countdown Tray that we did with 7 Gypsies. The class was wonderful organized and really different than the usual activities that I have come up with so far for the trays.
I do not make many cards, but I really enjoyed the ideas that were presented by Art Impressions in their class about gift card holders, I actually think I can make some envelopes on my scrap pages with the concepts…and now if I need a card holder I will have one, actually 3 to be exact.
Most people attend Crops in the evenings to finish the projects that start in the classes during the day but the pilot was with me so I spent the evenings with him instead. We enjoyed some wonderful restaurants and ended up getting to eat the fresh walleye that I wanted at a wonderful restaurant right down the road, Doolittle’s Woodfire Grill.
Doolittle’s was not the only great food we had, we also had a couple wonderful meals at the Granite City Grill.
One night, after the pilot headed to bed I caught up with a wonderful woman I met on the shuttle to the Mall on Friday and we did a little evening crop just the two of us. It was nice to have someone to compare projects with and to talk scrapping with…she was exceptional company. Yolanda is part of a scrapping group on Facebook that all met up at Scrapfest. Next year I would really like to try a crop as I have already been home a few weeks now and I have yet to finish any of the project I started.
On our normal 1-10 scale that the pilot and I like to rate all of our trips on I would give the whole trip a 9, it was wonderful to do something I enjoy so much and have the pilot there to keep me company. I would have loved for him to have a great fishing trip, but he at least got a little time out on the water and we got to enjoy some time together. I hope to be back taking classes and playing with all of the new tools and designs next year.