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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

My Stamping Studio Weekend Crop

With the vast availability of paper crafting events to join and attend in our great Atlantic Provinces (feeling blessed about this), choosing which one(s) to attend can certainly be dependant on a variety of factors. Time, Location, Cost, Who will be there, past experiences, loyalty, etc all play largely into the decision we make.

Since closing my store, I've teamed up with a partner in crime sort-of-speak, and we have made a promise to each other to try as many crops as we can. Going to places that are not familiar to experience others peoples take on what makes a great crop weekend.

The below comments are my own personal thoughts, feelings and opinions which I will share with you. I plan on doing a little summary of all events I go to in the future :)

My Stamping Studio is a sweet, fresh, bright, product packed paper crafting store in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

It truly is haven for anyone looking for papercrafting items.

Three times a year (Jan- May- Oct) Kelly hosts a scrapbooking retreat for Saturday/Sunday at the Super 8 hotel in Windsor. This past May my partner in crime and I {as well as another great friend from NB} took in this crop.

Registration was: $205.85 (this included the tax) based on a double occupancy at hotel.

What did we get for this price:

  • Saturday Nights Hotel fee (if you stay Friday night you will pay for that yourself)

  • Lunch both Saturday

  • A candy bar to die for Saturday Night

  • 1/2 of a 7ft table to crop on

  • Surprises all weekend long of free products & give-a-ways

  • Demo's

What I Loved about this weekend:

  • The Super 8 is a beautiful hotel. Staff are very friendly and accommodating. You have complimentary breakfast each morning and unlimited tea/coffee all day long. They also have a pool if that interests you.

  • The Lunches provided by Kelly were excellent! On Saturday we had pizza/Soda/Dessert & Sunday  we had Build your own cold cut sandwich/Salad/Dessert/Soda. Walked away stuffed and completely satisfied both days!!

  • Candy bar was so pretty and yummy!

  • The give-a-ways Kelly did were beyond any other crops! We received stamps, complete paper packs, embellishments, etc. (See photo) I estimate at least $100 worth of products!

  • How accommodating Kelly was with shopping at the store, staying as late as we wanted to Saturday night, Setting up Friday night.

  • How friendly the crowd was and how easy it was to get to know other croppers

  • Enough room around each table to move around easily and to set up a small table (the size of a TV tray)

  • Very comfortable chairs.

  • The store supplies the Cricut and a Big Shot for your usage.

  • Chance to win a draw for a shopping spree through ticket purchase.

  • Location very handy to eateries and coffee/tea houses :)

  • No classes were offered which was fine with me as I like doing my own thing at these events.

What I didn't like as much:

  • No store on site. With this being said I completely understand why. My Stamping Studio is only 2 mins from the hotel and was available all day Saturday, as well Kelly opened for a "private" shopping spree Saturday evening to those who wanted to go. Kelly did have 3 tables worth of products to shop from at the crop all weekend. On a positive note, it made me be super organized going to the crop which ended up being very productive!!

  • The limited space at the table. Again I completely understand as organizing a crop is a HUGE undertaking and with the limited space at the hotel, in order to accommodate 50 people this is the only option. It took me to mid-day Saturday to get a "flow" going and once I did that I was fine with the space I had. Plus you can bring a little side table if you like.

  • Crop does not include Friday Night (Goes from 9am Sat-whenever Sat Night and Sunday is from 8am-5pm)

The Verdict:

Would I attend again? ABSOLUTELY! I feel the positives out weighs the negatives big time. I can't wait for the next round!! Bring it on :)

Next adventure is the Gadget Girls Fall Crop 2015!







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