Smoky Mountain Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway
Sep 30, 2014
Create memories at Smoky Mountain Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway
What better place for creative types to get inspiration than the Smoky Mountains?
This year’s Smoky Mountain Rubber Stamp and Scrapbook Getaway is set for October 18th and 19th at the Sevierville Convention Center. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Featuring prominent rubber stamp and scrapbook manufacturers from around the country, the event is for experienced crafters, beginners and even those who have never “scrapped” or “stamped” before. Attendees will see the latest paper crafting products, learn new techniques for stamping and scrapping, participate in make-and-take projects and much more.
What is Scrapbooking?
Wikipedia defines scrapbooking as a method for preserving personal and family history, with typical memorabilia including photographs, printed media and artwork. Scrapbooks are often decorated and frequently contain extensive journaling.
The popular American pastime actually started in 15th Century England, with “commonplace books” emerging as a way to compile info that included recipes, quotations, letters, poems and more. Later, “friendship scrapbooks” were used much like modern day yearbooks, with friends or patrons entering their names, titles and short texts or illustrations at the request of the album’s owner.
Mariela Christensen of Elk Ridge, Utah is credited with turning scrapbooking from an old-time hobby into a full-fledge industry with businesses devoted specifically to the sale and manufacturing of scrapbooking supplies (such as today’s Creative Memories, Making Memories, Stamp It Up and Close to My Heart). Christensen began designing creative pages for her family’s photo memories, inserting completed pages into sheet protectors collected in 3-ring binders. By 1980, she had created more than 50 volumes and was invited to display them at the World Conference on Records in Salt Lake City.
She and her husband also authored and published a how-to book, “Keeping Memories Alive,” and opened a scrapbook store in Spanish Fork, Utah in 1981, which is still open today.
Scrapbooking has become a strong social network over the years. Just as people meet at each others’ homes for book clubs and wine tastings, they also gather to work on their scrapbooks.
The Getaway’s exhibitors include Close to My Heart, Crackerbox Palace, EZ Laser Designs, Gary M. Burlin & Co., Heartfelt Creations, Our Daily Bread Designs, Original Overlays, Purple Daisy Design, Stampin’ Up, Scrap Happy Ohio, Stamplistic, Stampland, Scrappin’ In the City, The Paper Cut, The Stamp Doctor, Toomuchfun Rubberstamps, Versus Rubber Stamp Company and Your Scrapbook Superstore.
Tickets for the event (valid for both days) are $6 in advance and $8 at the door.
For more information, contact Toomuchfun Promotions at (260) 557-4809 or visit their Web site at www.toomuchfunpromotions.com.
The Sevierville Convention Center is located at 202 Gists Creek Road in Sevierville, Tennessee.
Ready to get your scrappin’ and stampin’ on? Make plans today and reserve your cabin with us at Heartland Cabin Rentals. Make reservations online anytime at www.heartlandrentals.com or call 1-888-711-0087. We can’t wait to welcome you!
By Doug Shanks a Smoky Mountain blogger and writes about things to do in Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Wears Valley, and Sevierville, Tennessee. Area interests include hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting, shopping, and family fun.