Monday, January 28, 2008

ScrapFest 2008

Alright, so for those of you who don't really know me, you may be wondering what exactly ScrapFest is and why I keep mentioning it. Well, a couple years ago some friends and I were talking about getting out of town to scrapbook. I figured why not invite a bunch of people, since the more is definitely the merrier, and voila! ScrapFest 2007 was created. My friend Shauna and I figured what we'd need to get a space and a few giveaways and with my super friend Chris' help we had more than enough to throw an awesome weekend of scrappin' and socializin' with some of the most awesome women EVER.

Of course, after a success like last year's and after figuring out a few kinks, I knew it had to be an annual thing. Plus, have I mentioned I like to organize things? Well, I do. I get a kick out of the details, I like to have a plan, I like to think about the plan, and then redo the plan. Basically it's a cathartic, busy process for me, but I totally enjoy it. This year we increased our numbers by 54 newbies. That's right, we had 76 of the most amazing women join us for ScrapFest '08. We do it in St. George so us Vegas gals can get a break and enjoy some different shopping, time away, etc. And this weekend is totally good for my soul. Really, the only pressure I have felt is to do all I can so other wonderful women can have a time to come and relax, enjoy others' company, and forget all their worries. It seems so unfair sometimes that we work so hard as women at being good moms, wives, sisters, friends, daughters, and/or professionals without any time to be indulgent and self-focused. I really feel stongly that ScrapFest should be a place where women (scrapping afficianatos or not) can come and work on something THEY want to work on and/or work on nothing at all. The bonus for me is being influenced and surrounded by so many neat women. That's another injustice, kinda. With life being so busy and heavy and crazy, we can't seem to find enough time just to sit and chat and be and feed each other's souls and hearts. I just really enjoyed the whole process from start to finish and I think it was a pretty good success.

The feedback has been good enough to plan on another ScrapFest (maybe 2) in 2009. I'm sure with baby #5 by then I will be ready to cut loose and paste some paper :) I just want to thank all the fab women who came and were able to take advantage of my vision. . . it really is so selfish on my part to enjoy the happiness of the ScrapFesters. It was so fun to have so many new people, but bittersweet to think of those who didn't make it this year. You really were missed!

And now, a little video. As with all real Scrappers, I didn't get any pictures of my fun table/roommates, so I want to give a huge shout out to Patty and Amy. Seriously, girls, your made the weekend a billion times better and I am SO glad you put up with me, my spaciness, late nights, and my incessant talking. You are a couple of THE best friends I have ever made and I am grateful for both of you.

View this montage created at One True Media
SCRAPFEST 2008

15 comments:

Jerolyn said...
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Jerolyn said...

Good times...good times!
(That's all I can type right now because my sides still ache from all that hootnin' and chucklin' with the other 'festers!)

chris jenkins said...

you rock. and a video already too? wow. i'll have to start talking to the husband so i can go again next year.

now i really hoping you are having a day to veg and rest!

Kathy said...

WOW!! That looks like so much fun.

Chris and Kara Wood said...

Sarah! Hey I KNEW I recognized you on Sunday (we sat next to each other during Rehearsal) Now I know for sure! I've seen your blog a few times.

Email me your email adddress and I'll add you on to my blog!
KaraLWood@Yahoo.com

http://wood-family01.blogspot.com

Angela said...

awesome slideshow! I really had a WONDERFUL time at scrapfest and I just wanted to thank you for hosting and doing such a great job. If you get a minute could you send me two of the pictures from the slideshow? I want the one of our group of four sitting around our table and standing together. Could you send those to angelawebb44@hotmail.com?? Thanks a million again for an all-around good time.

Jeannie said...

So bummed I missed it for the second year in a row! I told Todd already that he needs to start wrapping his brain around the fact that I WILL be going next year!

Stac said...

That movie made me really wish I could have gone. Next year for sure!!

tiffunny said...

thanks for all the hard work you put into it. It was definitely fun and my sisters and I definitely want to go again!

Angela Judd said...

Thanks for all your hard work. I loved the video. Good times. Thanks again!

Tristen said...

Thanks for a great weekend! Looking forward to next years already!

Heidi said...

This was such an organized and FUN getaway!! Thanks so much Sarah for all your hard work and preparation. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and cannot wait til next year!!

Brady, Brook, & Ellie said...

Great job on the weekend, I had a great time!

annilee said...

So so fun! Thank you as always you put together a wonderful event! You seriously ROCK! Thanks again, and will you send me the pic of my table too PLEEEZZ! You are the best!!!

Jenn S. said...

Man, my dream is to someday make it to scrapfest - looks amazing, of course!