Written by Guest Poster: Jacki Janse van Rensburg, of Scrappin Times Scrapbook Shop in Benoni, South Africa. Check back next week for Jacki’s next report on this event!
Johannesburg, South Africa, is hosting it’s annual scrapbook convention, Scrapbook Ex, on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September 2008.
Every year, the teachers are international scrapbooking celebrities. This year the teachers are Stacy Julian, Kah-Mei Smith, Margie Romney-Aslett, Jenni Bowlin, Celine Navarro, Kelly White (www.mymindseye.com), Rachael Scholz, and Jennifer Straus.
All the delegates attend all 8 classes over the 2 day period. So, it is intense scrapping all weekend! A lot of girls fly in from all over the country to attend this event, and even those of us who live within driving distance, still book into one of the hotels, so that it is a girls weekend of scrapping, fun, scrapping, shopping, scrapping and getting away from it all. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?
Although it is quite an expensive outing, you get everything you need for all the projects in your kit. All you need to take with you are your tools. A lot of girls dress up, and there are prizes for the best-dressed. During the event there is also an expo, so you can shop, and there is a teacher’s showcase for teachers to display their work, and there are competitions that any scrapbooker can enter their favorite projects.
This convention is the highlight of the South African scrapbooker’s calendar. For more information, you can visit the convention’s website.
As you can see, South Africa has a very lively and active scrapbooking industry. We are just as passionate about our craft as all scrapbookers across the world.