... OMG!!! What can I say? The Great Lakes Mega Meet was fantastic! Jonathan dropped me off at the Suburban Showplace, Novi at 9.30am and there was already a queue to get in at 10.00am! Still waiting in line with my cellphone and Facebook made the time pass quickly.
The doors opened promptly at 10.00am (9.00am if you'd pre-registered) and in we went, picking up a show guide as we passed. My plan was to walk up and down the aisles to see what was on display. And there was so, so much! I knew that I wanted to get some of the new Spellbinder dies - and I did that :)))) Good prices too - I got mine from the Scrap-mart stand - dies here in the States are so much cheaper than in the UK. The Crown Circles, Ovals and Mega Rectangles shown here were only $10 each (£6.00). I also got some Shapz dies - also made by Spellbinders - again at a great price.
I think the buy of the day had to be the bling shapes by Want2Scrap - all on sale for 99ȼ - they had very long queues!!! I got some lovely gem and pearl flourishes, as well as some bling frames for Labels 18.
I found all the new Memento inks pads too - I spent ages looking at them, picking up one colour and then another and changing my mind. In the end it was easier to get them all ;)
Scrapbooking is very popular in the States, less so in the UK, so I intend to scrap some of the many, many photos that Jonathan and I take. Mega Meet is aimed at scrapbookers with so many pretty papers, embellishments, stamps and albums. I found a number of exhibitors specialising in digital scrapbooks (looks like fun) and also several companies offering templates and layout techniques. I particularly like the clean lines of the Mosaic Moments by Tami Potter - I treated myself to the introduction pack. I also found some really fun 12" x 12" papers at Stamping Station featuring London, England and Wales - hard to believe I had to come over here to find them!! Not only did I find papers, I got co-ordinating stickers too. They had papers for just above every country in the world, all the US states and many European countries too.
Finally, I found a super storage solution for all my loose ribbons. On the First Choice Products stand I found the "Spool & Store" kit - it's such a good and simple idea. I've already made a start on my ribbons, but I think it'll take a while.
I realise why I've not visited fairs before - my credit card took a bit of a bashing!! But it was super and I've had a totally brilliant day. Next year I'm going to try and book some of the classes and get inky! Hope you're all having a great weekend. See you soon.