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Scrapbooker's Heaven - Conventions

Aug 17, 2007
One of the most fun ways to network with other people who enjoy a similar hobby is to attend a convention. Scrapbooking is no exception. Every year, venues across the country hold state, national, and international conventions for scrapbookers from beginners to experts. Going to a convention can be a great way to immerse yourself in your hobby along with others who also feel passionate about the art of scrapbooking-it truly is a scrapbooker's heaven.

A huge part of any convention is the showroom. Here, you'll find products that are old standbys as well as stuff new on the market. Grab a bag and be prepared to purchase some supplies and tools. If you're on a budget, go freebie hunting-many booths offer idea sheets or samples of their newest products at no cost. You also get to see these new products being demonstrated by representatives of the company. Beware-this people have been trained extensively on how to use a product, so they may be making it easier than it looks. If it's not too crowded, don't be shy. Ask to try the tool to see if it really is easy and effective to use.

You can also talk to companies who sponsor scrapbooking parties. There are many opportunities to become a hostess for a party, and depending on how far you are from home, you may be able to book a party during the convention. If not, they will be able to give you a phone number or website to find a local representative. You can also get information on how to start a scrapbooking business of your own. Much like Avon or Pampered Chef, scrapbooking companies train individuals to teach classes at parties, and if you have free time and want to make some extra money, this might be a good idea for you.

Another part of any large convention is classes. Here, the experts show you tricks for creating perfect pages and demonstrate new techniques or products. Sign up for classes or arrive early, because seating is often limited and classes fill fast. Some classes are taught in workshop-style. For a small fee, you receive all the supplies you need to follow along with the instructor and create a page of your own.

Scrapbooking conventions are most useful for networking purposes. You will meet many people from all walks of life who are interested in scrapbooking. By meeting some people who live in your area, you can create local clubs or discuss other scrapbooking-related issues in the community. These are good people to invite to your scrapbooking parties where the hostess can earn free products for every person invited to the party. Keep these people in mind for carpooling to more conventions in the future or for advice about new products or layout design. By attending conventions, you can make lifelong friends while learning new skills and seeing cutting-edge products being demonstrated.
About the Author
Tom Ambrozewicz is one of the pioneers in using breakthrough audio technology on his web sites. You can read, you can listen to professional narrator reading to you or having MP3 files ready to download if you hate to keep printed files. You can check all scrapbooking tips at Ask-How.info now.
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