I go every year. There is one about an hour from me. You pay a small fee to go in and see the vendor show. A few vendors may offer a make and take for a fee. There are many classes you can take. Some fill up very quickly... you can register online. Most classes are VERY fast paced. I have never completed the project in the 50 or so minutes of class. However, all the necessary items were supplied along with good directions so I didn't mind finishing them later. Try to find a crafty friend to go with you. I think you would really enjoy attending this. You can usually find a list of vendors and classes listed when it gets closer to the show date in you area.
I go to the one in Manchester, NH every year. I've taken classes but they weren't anything great . . . I enjoy the vendor faire more! It's easy to get carried away with the shopping, so it's best to go in with a plan
I have been to a few of these. I haven't taken classes but have heard great things about them. I have gone to attend the vendor faire-the shopping is AMAZING!! It is a scrapper's heaven! I hope to go and shop at the one that will be in Buffalo, NY in May!
I've attended the one in St. Louis the past 4 years or so. I've taken classes and enjoyed them at first. The last ones I haven't learned anything new so to speak, but if you want layout ideas, then they are good.
I've been several years to the one in nh. I love the shopping and hanging out with my friends. I've only taken one class, and it stressed me out and aggravated me so much, I wouldn't do it again. the instructions weren't all that great either, so I just did what I wanted with the rest of it.
I went to my first show this past summer since it moved from 2 hours away to a place about 10 minutes from my house. Loved the vendor faire and since I wasn't sure about the classes I decided to volunteer as a helper. I got to see what the classes were like so I have a better idea if I might want to take some next year. Basically I handed out supplies and walked around with the project so people could see the finished one up close. And of course, being there I got to see new products and picked up a tip or 2 about how to use supplies more effectively. Volunteers also get $ to spend at the CKC booth which includes many class kits. I'm definitely looking forward to going (and volunteering) again this summer.
And I go by myself although it did seem like I was one of the few who were alone. Doesn't bother me as I'm used to the situation and generally prefer it since I can take as much time as I want looking at everything in detail (not only products but sample cards/pages/etc.) without feeling like I'm slowing someone.
I have gone three years in a row....LOVE going! The shopping is good. Make sure you bring a good shoulder bag to carry your purchases, there are no rolling carts allowed on the shopping floor.
My friend and I normally take about three classes, I think three is the magic number to pay for and get free admit into the show each day so we take at least three classes. We have enjoyed most classes, one we weren't really thrilled with. It was supposed to be inking techniques and the girl putting on the class couldn't answer questions...oh and the "inking" was inking the edges of your paper?!!! yeah, we kinda thought that one was a waste of money. We like classes to learn something new and we both know how to ink the edges of paper!!! But look at the class descriptions and see what you like, most have been very good and worth the price! Copic classes are awesome!!!