Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival 2016

My first ever attendance at the Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival was this weekend in Calgary, held at Spruce Meadows. I don't know how many times is considered inappropriate to use words like.....awesome, amazing, spectacular, uplifting, energizing, community, kindness, supportive, hilarious, laughter, friendship, creative, talented and really there are so many more!! And I will use them repeatedly during this post! 
I walked in the doors Friday morning and right to the back and into the Emerald Creek booth! I finally got to meet Kim, who has been my creative boss and a huge inspiration since last September when she chose me to be on her Design Team! It was one of the best moments of the weekend to meet her and get a big hug. Had a quick chat and got ready for the doors to open to the public. 
I also got to meet Julia, designer and artist of amazing pieces at Paradise Lost. And give her a hug! Seems us crafters are an affectionate bunch! I met Nicole of Nicole Wright Designs, briefly but was on my way up to take her Flower Pot class.
What a great class I got to take with Nicole! New techniques learned, time spent with one of my creative idols AND I won the draw for one of the prizes...a Tim Holtz autographed stamp set!! Yes that really happened...on Friday!
Nicole, me in my Charm Chick costume and my signed stamp set!
Now back down to the show room floor!! I also got to meet Karen, owner/Designer from Southern Ridge Trading Company and again was so excited to talk to her and learn from her. And of course my fellow Design Team mate, Katelyn, who also designs for Southern Ridge Trading Company and Graphic 45, got to chat and hug and see so many of her amazing creations up close! You can see her incredible work on at A Creative Journey

Julia, Katelyn, me and Kim...these ladies are beyond amazing!
Julia got this great pic of Kim of Emerald Creek and Karen of Southern Ridge Trading Company. So much talent, business info, kindness and generosity in this picture you can't even imagine!

Again...so much freaking talent and creative genius in one picture!! This photo was from Matt Heykin, Social Media Manager for Scrap and Bean You can follow Matt and see his amazing creations on Instagram - @mrmattmixedmedia
For me this weekend was incredible for so many reasons....but the biggest reason was the people! Such incredible kindness and support and sharing of ideas. These ladies and gents work together and always support others and it's incredible to be a part of and to watch it happen. In this day and age when there is so much negativity and people doing horrible things to each other....The Great Canadian Scrapbook Carnival and the vendors and designers are a shining example of how to treat people with kindness and respect. What a welcoming community and always ready to share their knowledge of this crazy creative crafting world.

Tomorrow will be Part 2 with more pics of the sales floor and some great pics of the Creative Scrapbooker Magazine team, the incredible folks behind the GCSC!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!


  1. It was absolutely wonderful to finally meet you IRL Cathy! Congratulations on your door prize win from Nicole's class & I can't wait to see what you create!

  2. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos and your adventure at the Canadian Scrapbook Carnival! Congrats on your win too Cathy.

  3. Awe Cathy, this was such an amazing Re-cap! It was absolutely delightful to meet you in person and work along side you , even if it was creative insanity. I can't wait to do it again.
    Love and hugs, Kim

  4. It was awesome to finally meet you Cathy and I am so thrilled you won the TH signed stamp set :) I hope you sent him a BIG thank you <3 Here's hoping we can do a class again but maybe out at Clipper Street ;)


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