I'm a wife (18 years & still going) and mommy to two boys (9 and 2). I left my job in corporate America to be a full time stay at home mom after our second son was born. I'm now the CEO of chaos in the Simmons household. I'm an organization and crafting freak. I love things in it's place and I love to create. My creative side is the one area I let loose and chaos and mess can live (for a limited time). There's a certain kind of peace and connectedness that happens when life is simplified, organized, and you can create. Especially when you can relax and let your kids be... well kids. I can't wait to share with all of you mamas.

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Scrapbook Expo DFW – Grapevine, TX

This is the second year I volunteered at Scrapbook Expo Grapevine. It’s a smaller convention compared to Great American Scrapbook Convention (held in Arlington) and Creating Keepsakes Conventions (not done in the DFW area. Closest locations are Houston, San Marcos, and Tulsa), but still a great place for a girls weekend of shopping, classes, and cropping.

The convention offered a creativity center that provided free make and takes that changed every hour, so you could come back and make something different throughout the day. Several of the vendor offered make and takes for their product lines, with fees varying from free to $5 (mostly to cover supplies).

As always at these conventions the door prizes don’t disappoint. I was excited that I actually won one of them this year. It was wonderful, because I was assisting in one of the classes and tried Copic markers for the first time and LOVED them. It just so happened I ended up winning the prize with my first set in it.Scrapbook Expo Grapevine Door Prizes

This year was extra special for scrapbookers. Heidi Swapp was there teaching several classes. She’s one of the rock stars of scrapbooking. Starting as the typical mom that scrapbooked her family’s photos, she moved on to being booked by scrapbook stores across the country to teach, to designing her own line that is now carried in specialty shops and big box craft stores. I not only had the privilege to meet her, but I was thrilled to find out that I was assisting her in two of her classes. BONUS!!

Heidi Swapp at Scrapbook Expo Grapevine

If you missed this Scrapbook Expo, you’ll have to wait til next year to catch it. However, the next big scrapbook convention in the DFW area will be the Great American Scrapbook Convention {coming in a later post}.

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