For the 15th consecutive year, Creating Keepsakes returns to Portland to host their annual scrapbook convention March 22-23, this year at the Oregon Convention Center. This event, frequently referred to as simply CKC-Portland traditionally defies scrapbooking stereotypes with a wide range of attendees coming together for a weekend of education, shopping, and cropping.
Brooke Mathewson, Senior Event Manager for Creating Keepsakes stated, "There is something very unique about our Portland show; besides being one of our larger and longest running shows, attendees are often more diverse. Portland is a dynamic area full of artistic individuals. And that demographic fits in perfectly with a CK Scrapbook Convention. One of our main objectives is to inspire and cultivate creativity and the products and classes available at CKC-Portland do just that. Contrary to what many people think, scrapbooking encompasses all kinds of creative memory keeping."
There are three primary draws for scrapbook lovers at CKC-Portland. The first of these draws is the Vendor Faire. Leading manufacturers and distributors in the scrapbooking and crafting industry from all over the U.S. ship in their products, set up booths and allow attendees the opportunity to shop the current trends, latest designs, and newest lines; in many instances before these products are available to the general public.
The educational opportunities at CKC-Portland act as the second draw, providing classes taught by trend-setting experts in the industry. Annette Hardy, Creating Keepsakes Educational Event Coordinator said, "Teachers at CK events know their stuff . . . they know products and materials. Many people leave a CKC class feeling like an expert, that is because of our wonderful teachers."
The opportunity to crop with fellow scrapbook lovers is the 3rd draw for CKC-Portland attendees. These crops are an informal gathering of scrappers looking to connect with friends and work on projects in a fun and creative environment.
Over the years, CKC-Portland has been attended by tens of thousands of scrapbook and paper craft lovers; Creating Keepsakes is looking forward to bringing in thousands of attendees both new and returning, as they celebrate their 15th year scrapbooking in Portland.
About Creating Keepsakes Events
Creating Keepsakes Events' primary goal is to provide those with a love of scrapbooking the necessary information, education, and products to expand their craft while introducing new people to the art. The Creating Keepsakes Events team hosts 26 events around the U.S. These events are often attended by tens of thousands people and consist of classes, shared creativity sessions, shopping at vendor booths, and evening activities.