This is the second year that I've been to CKC-St. Paul, but I've been to the Midwest Scrapbook convention since it started, until CKC replaced it. It was really small this year. But I enjoyed the classes. Here's a review of the ones that I took.
Thursday Night Sketches:
The class stated that there would be at least 10 pages - we only made and received supplies for seven. A number of them were black and white, which I didn't care for. Most of the pages were so-so. I only bought the companion page for Awesome Albums.
Really enjoyed the instructor, but she talked for the first 25 minutes and wanted a "captive" audience, so she wouldn't give us the pages until she finished talking. So I only was able to get two of the four layouts finished.
Fast 'n Furious Page Kits:
The pattern paper was "noisy," but pretty. I liked the embellished flowers. This was probably the most coordinated class that I took. We got through most of the layouts. The instructor kept ripping on some older woman (nana) they hired to put the page kits together. Apparently, the woman made some mistakes. The older woman was not present, but the instructor ripped on her the whole hour. It was very off-putting.
Scrappin' On a Budget:
This class had nothing to do with a budget, so the title was not fitting. We received a large kits of Red, White, and Blue themed papers and products. I didn't care for the layouts, so I did my own during class, and they looked better. The instructor was very nice.
6 Pages in 60 minutes:
The instructor did well. The floral paper was loud, which is not my taste. There was only one two-page layout, the rest were all just one page. My chief complaint was that the papers didn't match. They would have cardstock that didn't match any of the colors in the pattern. They provided chipboard letters that were a bright green to use on a page with a pea green, so I didn't use them. I liked a couple of the pages, but not the wild ones.
The women at the CK Subscription booth were awful! I was planning to extend my subscription before I got there, but the woman was so demanding about it. I walked by the booth later and they yelled for me to sign up, and I said I already had, they didn't believe me. Obviously, they didn't remember. I was not impressed.