Monday, September 12, 2011

September's Scrap-a-Palooza memories...
Thanks so much to those of you who were able to attend the September 10 Scrap-a-Palooza! We had a great crowd, we had lots of fun, and we'll do it all again on Saturday, January 21. I'll let these photos tell the rest of the story...

Because the weather Saturday morning was so gorgeous, more people decided to get out of their cars early and stand in line.

The line went down the sidewalk...

...and around the side of the building!

Breakfast was part healthy...

and part decadent!

Shopping at Scrapbook Generation's on-site store began the minute people got in the doors.

Papers and products are spread over the stage and about 20 tables.

There's also an area for tools and miscellaneous products.

Once again, we had a sell-out crowd of 250 people!

Sherry bought all eight volumes of Sketches for Scrapbooking, and Allison Davis was happy to autograph them for her.

Allison Davis does one of the three big-screen demonstrations. She showcased a paper strip technique, how to use bakers twine in cute ways, and her signature sketches.

Four times during the day, five people have the chance to be the one to open and win a treasure chest full of prizes. Even the "losers" get prizes from SG!

One of the lucky treasure chest winners.

Scrapbook Generation added a Vat-'O-Chocolate to show how much we appreciate our customers. It was so popular that it will be a regular feature!

The projects for the three free mini-classes were designed and donated by the team at Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker.

There are usually about 15-20 other vendors at Scrap-a-Palooza. This cupcake vendor was a new one!

Martha Roy, one of our scrapbooking customers, had an Avon booth.

There were candles...

...bags, and so much more!

Allison's trio of Christmas layouts was a sell-out class.

The Scrap-a-Palooza food is catered by Dining by Design. Because of a problem last time with an employee that affected the food service, the company's president made an appearance, apologized to the group, and brought along 300 "Sweetie Pies" to seal the deal. He left a very popular guy! (I didn't take photos of lunch and dinner -- we had sandwiches and tomato basil soup and cookies for lunch, and chicken, salad, rolls, and carrot cake for dinner.)

Pies, pies...

...and more pies!

Choosing which flavor of pie to try was a fun part of the afternoon.

A small portion of the almost 90 new paper collections at Palooza.

More of the SG store.

Three times during the day, a crowd gathered at the "corner hut" for the Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker free mini-classes.

Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker design team leader Katrina Hunt was in charge of the mini-classes, and because Nikki needed to be with her grandmother, Lexi Bridges filled in and helped teach the classes.

Katrina Hunt teaches the "stairstep" Christmas card free mini-class.

The free mini-classes are always popular.

As if the pies weren't enough of an afternoon treat, Jimmy Johns' brought by sandwiches for everyone about 4 pm. We all managed to eat again!

What a great (and tasty) donation!

Stacey Atchley rarely gets far from the checkout stand at Scrap-a-Palooza. She definitely keeps things running smoothly!

Once Allison finishes her big-screen demos, she posts the examples on a board so that people can get a close-up view. Lots of photos are taken as the day progresses!

Scrapbook Generation's Sketches for Scrapbooking and Sketches for Cardmaking books were popular items at Palooza!

You've got to love this group of gals who enjoy scrapbooking, dolling up, and enjoying each other's company. Five of the group are fixtures at our Saturday activities: Janus Hicklin, Christa Allgood, Kimberly Knapton, Verna Burge, and Cindy Hilgers. At far right, Emily Stovall would be here more often if she could be! She flew in from Georgia...again...just for Scrap-a-Palooza and the chance to spend a fun day with her friends, both new and old.

1 comment:

Gadget Gal said...

Thanks again, Allison and Debbie, for signing all my sketch books. I've been pouring over them since I got home and love them! My sister and I had an awesome time at Scrap-a-Palooza and will be sure to come again.