Friday, September 14, 2012

SA Scrapbook Convention

I attended the SA Scrapbook Convention at Emperors Palace last weekend, and I really enjoyed the 2 days.  If I were to rate the projects based on the quality of products and new ideas and thinking, then my overall score for the convention would be low.  There were only 2 projects (out of 6) which brought fresh ideas and products to South Africa, the rest of the projects were ho-hum.  I think that our South African Scrapbook teachers stand head and shoulders above the overseas teachers, we just don't have access to the sheer volume of products that are sponsored for the international teachers.
Glenda Viljoen is the 'boss' of the SA Scrapbook Convention, and she is friendly, helpful, down to earth, and an awesome lady.  Thank you to Glenda and the team of South African 'helpers' who worked soo hard to make the convention a success.
 Amber Crowell from Simple Stories was our first teacher for the day, and she presented a lovely project.  She was supported by her husband Kevin, and they are such nice people

My friend Tanya; we had such fun at the convention.  We have the same 'mad love' for scrapbooking, and we even grumble about the same things. 
I think that the friendship and chatting and just being around creative people is what makes it a good event for me, not just the projects 

With Amy Tan from Amy Tangerine.  Such a sweetie, and she was sooo nervous!   We hand-stitched the mini book below.  I like mini books and albums, so I loved this cute project

 Michelle, Amy, Alison and Tanya

Traci Hudson from the UK respresented Authentique - she was also a great teacher.  Kerrie Gurney from Australia showed up, handed out the course pack and notes, and then left us to get on with it while she wandered around.  Not what I paid for :-(  I felt sorry for the new scrapbookers in the class.  Matthew Lanoy from BoBunny was a real sweetie, but he presented one of the ugliest projects that I have seen in a looong time:-)  I obviously changed the page (a lot!).
Trish Ladouceur from Canada is a very unpleasant person.  But... she presented the best project of the weekend, using Pink Paislee and Heidi Swapp products.  We made this beautiful file binder, with lots of flips and pockets and pieces.  I may use it for photos of my late sister, Rose-Marie.



  1. Alison, I love your straight forward and honest review of the convention. Always great to hear what the feedback is. Not being biased at all, I totally agree with you regarding the SA teachers being the best on the globe!
    Looking forward to seeing you at my {Doing Life} Scrap Day on 1 December. Guaranteed to be very relaxed.
    Wishing you a fab Friday.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  2. I am sorry that I missed spending this time with you!!!

  3. Yup...I agree with Desire. I spoke to one of our great SA teachers a while ago and she was of the opinion that the conventions where over prices and not really worth it. I think I will stick to SA retreats. I love the last project from Pink Paislee. I guess being a good designer doesn't make you Ms Congeniality after all;-)