Monday, May 23, 2016

Getting Ready For Convention

Kaela laughs at me because I am getting excited that we only have 30 days until the CTMH Consultant Convention!!!!

And if you know me, then you know that I already have packing on the brain.  The supply list for convention was emailed to us Friday night just after I left to go camping for the weekend with my husband.  I quickly saved it to the convention folder while we were still on the road so that I would not accidentally delete the email (yes I have done that before) and put it away for a great weekend of camping. 

But now that I am home - it is time to start the game plan.

Here are the supplies that I will be taking with me to convention, there are no new items in this list so I can share it with you. 



Y1009    2" × 3½" My Acrylix® Block
Stamp Pads      
Z2105    Black Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2649    Peacock Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2652    Poppy Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2648    Sapphire Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z2653    Pomegranate Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad
Z3132    Watercolor Paints             
Z3188    Paintbrush Set
Z697      Sponge
Z534      Micro-tip Scissors
1778      My Acrylix® Spritz Cleaner
Z1782    My Acrylix® Stamp Scrubber
Journaling Pen
Paper Trimmer
Z2060    Thin 3-D Foam Tape


First up is the watercolors, brushes and ruler.  I have a skinny packing cube that is perfect for the watercolors.  I am buying a smaller paper trimmer tomorrow that will be just used for travel and I think it will fit in this packing cube with the watercolors.  I put the watercolors in a foam envelope that I found in the packing / moving section of Wal-Mart.

Next up is the basic kit of scrapbooking tools.

In this photo you can see:

foam tape
pain reliever (white tube)
reading glasses
wet wipes 
spray bottle
hand towel (old)
portable trash can (pink)
my basic kit (in the clear case) 

The basic kit is just the items that I consider essential to scrapping and that I use every time I play. Scissors, adhesive, blades for the trimmer, sponge for distressing, edge distress, craft knife, paper piercer (pokey stick) and a journaling pen.

I am not going to take my stamp scrubber with me for this trip because I found that during the rush of class I only have time to give the stamp a wipe then it is time to move on to the next technique.   If the ink will not come off the stamp I will spray it with a little water and dry with the old hand towel.   Once I am home I will give the stamps a proper cleaning.  Also last time I traveled by air with my double scrubber TSA thought it was bullets and searched my bags.  The bristles looked like bullets when it was sitting sideways in my bag!  I would rather not scare anyone again.

So my stamp pads will go in the back then my basic kit will sit on the bottom of the bag.  I am not sure what company this organizer came from because I found it at a garage sale this year for $2. SCORE!

Once I have the inks and basic kit in then I fill in the spaces with the other supplies until it is all snug and safe for travel.  I will come home with stamp sets and such, I just slip an extra packing cube in my bag to bring those items home in safely. 

What good is a scrapbooking convention without adhesive?  This is 12 re-fills and 1 extra adhesive body.  A few years ago I packed all kinds of refills and no body to put the refills in.  Thank goodness the convention was in Dallas that year, Mike brought be another adhesive body but I had to wait for him to finish work for the day first.  I was so thankful and I have never made that mistake again.

So this is everything except for the trimmer that I will buy tomorrow.  I am checking my luggage just to make getting through security easier, you know craft knife and scissors - TSA hate those things.  

Just in case you are wondering... almost all of these supplies are extra's so I can keep on playing even being packed for convention. 

On a side note: We are getting ready to move Mom into our home for good.  Kaela will be going to East Texas soon to finish cleaning and staging the house and then it goes on the market.  

If you try to reach me and I do not respond, I might be in East Texas and I do not have cell signal in the woods.  Hang tight - leave me a message or an email and  I will touch base as soon as I am back in town.

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