Mom and I (above is our traditional ladies room photo) spent the weekend at the Scrapper's Dream Vacation (SDV) in Burlington, MA. We have gone to this event for the past two or three years. We felt like we had soooooooooooo much room this year. Wide aisles and plenty of room to walk around. Well, we found out that there were 100 fewer attendees this year. I think the economy has really made people think twice about optional expenses like crops. And certainly, with gas prices skyrocketing, more and more people are staying close to home. I wonder what that will do to the companies that hold these massive get togethers? 100 fewer attendees is a lot. I know that some people don't like crops. They prefer to stay at home. But, I love the social aspect of getting together and swapping stories, design tips, and just being inspired. (Which made the fact that our table mates were unfriendly a bit sad.) I would really miss being able to sit in a room with 300 people who all love to scrap.
But let's not dwell on that, eh?
For the first time, Mom and I decided to splurge a bit and buy the big package that lets you arrive on Thursday and set up all your stuff before the crop begins Friday morning. Frankly, I thought it was a lavish expense (especially since my mom lives half an hour away). Nevertheless we showed up around 10pm on Thursday with all of our stuff. We spent two hours setting up, choosing photos, and staring slack jawed at the mighty cropping towers that people were creating all around us. I didn't take a lot of pictures, but I thought I'd share a few of the impressive fortresses people built:
Amazing, huh? I spent a lot of time walking around and staring at all the drawers and extra flip out tables and shelves and just amazing stuff. A major trend that I noticed was the Cricuts. It seemed like every other person had one at the crop. If you haven't heard of a Cricut, it's an electronic die cutter and clearly very popular. The big die cut center was all but abandoned. I remember a few years ago, you had to line up to use the die cutters. Almost no one used them all weekend.
Some cool stuff from the crop:
- I bought two things that I haven't seen anywhere yet. (1) Some *gorgeous* die cut felt from Prima. I found these photos on the web of felt from the same line. I couldn't find an exact match and I'm too lazy to unpack my crop bag and take a photo. But trust me, it's sooooo cool! (2) A very, very cool blank mini book from Chatterbox. I absolutely could not find a photo on the web. But, I nearly jumped out of my shoes when I saw it. the pages are PLASTIC with an embossed image running across the center. Just so unbelievably cool and innovative!
- I went into a panic on Thursday. I had ordered some adhesive refills for my ATG and had them shipped to my mom (since we were leaving from her house). When I showed up on Thursday, the package still hadn't arrived and I hadn't brought any refills. Grrrr. I crossed my fingers that one of the vendors at the crop would be selling the refills. Well, they were. One for $16 and one for $10. A little outrageous considering the ones I ordered were $3/piece. Although technically, you were getting two for $16 or two for $10. Nonetheless, not a bargain. But, then a miraculous thing happened. I ended up not needing a single refill! That's right! Three full days of cropping and I've still got adhesive left in my ATG. It is seriously the best adhesive on the market!
- I had a chance to try out my brand new disgustingly expensive zoom lens - a belated Christmas gift from my father. Check out the difference...
- For the top photo, I used my regular lens. The one that came with my camera and stood at my seat and took a photo of table seven. I changed lenses and shot the photo on the bottom. The photo was taken from the same spot. I've circled where this woman is sitting in the top photo. You can just see the edge of her gray hair. Pretty cool, huh? But, it's not just the zoom that's so powerfully amazing. I think the picture quality is better too.
- I entered a page into the page contest and was pleasantly surprised to win for "Best Journaling." My prize was a bag of SDV themed stuff - a cup, an album, a lanyard, etc.
All in all, it was a very fun weekend. I finished all of my K&P projects for August (I'll have to share later) and a bunch of other random stuff. My Mom and I had a great time together and laughed so hard I nearly suffocated! I'm looking forward to next year!
Finally, I had a bit of good news on Friday. Somerset Memories picked up three of my layouts. I really love that magazine and my style seems to fit with their aesthetic!
I'm heading back home to NYC tomorrow and looking forward to it! Thanks for stopping by!