Monday, June 20, 2011

CKC Buffalo Review

Sorry everyone for not posting much these days, I have waaay too much on my plate.   I am happy to report that I spent the past weekend at the Creating Keepsakes Buffalo Convention with my crew of happy scrappy friends. If you've never been to a CKC, you should attend. I've been going for 4 years now, and this year did not disappoint.  I did plenty of classes to keep me out of the vendor faire which sort of helped. I will note that the vendor faire was much smaller than years previous but there were plenty of places for me to still spend my moolah!  Anyhow, below are a review of the classes I took and hopefully it will help a fellow scrapper who plans on attending another CKC.  I will note that I have a boy only, so I tend to take classes geared to that direction. I also judge a class based on how much product you get for the class price.  So here goes. I will post photos later this week, if I remember.

All Boy - Queen & Co. :  I always love their products, so this class did not disappoint for giving me solid boy layouts. 4 pages made with exactly enough product. Everyone in the class won a prize too.

Scrapping with Sketches - Creating Keepsakes: Didn't learn anything new but they did give us an entire pack of Basic Grey paper pack. Layouts were so that I could easily change it up easily enough with the paper pack to gear towards my boy photos.

Perspectives by Ali - Technique Tuesday:  Used Ali's new paper pack, part of Ali's stamp set and again, solid layouts that I will use. Nothing new learned. Teacher was a bit confusing but the layout is not difficult to do at all. I won a prize of their chalk inks but gave it to one of my crew who recently lost her scrappy stuff in a flood.

30 Minute Layouts - Prima: Despite having a boy, I love Prima Products with a passion. Cari Fennel taught this class and we made 3 lovely, flowery layouts with plenty of Prima product left over.

Boy Mini Album - Prima:  Again another solid mini album made with Prima products. Taught again by Cari, who is an awesome teacher and super nice.  The photo of the class sample is "meh" but the one we did in class is much better. Plenty of Prima product left over to play with and believe it or not - most of it was geared to boys!

Mixed Media Album - Strictly Scrapbooking:  Used My Mind's Eye paperline. The photos for the mini album were dark and did not do the album justice. Loved the end result and loved playing with the glue gun in the class.

Terrific Trends - Studio Calico:  I was so happy that they were offering classes this year at CKC. Even happier that Kelley Purkey was teaching them too (she is super nice). We misted with the Mister Huey sprays on a layout and made a card too. I didn't learn anything new, but it gave me a chance to play a bit with their products. (I also won a gift certificate as a door prize to their booth, and was very happy that I got buy stuff at their booth!)

Mixing and Matching - Faber Castell:  I was happy that this class was added. They gave everyone a kit to take home and which we didn't have to open, as there was plenty of product on the table for us to play with. I wanted to try all these mediums and loved that we got to play. Disappointed with my "art" but I will try and make them again.  I will say that our teacher was a bit flakey too but we all survived.