Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Alexandra Palace Goodies

Saturday was Ally Pally day in my household. I went on my twice yearly visit to London to the Big Stamp and Scrapbook Show. It is a big event to my friends and I, as it takes us three hours to get there; this time it took four hours to get home as they closed one of the tube lines down.

So you can imagine the exhaustion on returning home. I went with four of my scrapbooking buddies and we faced the crowds, enduring being punched and verbally abused, but all worth it. At lunch time, we could not help but laugh at the behaviour of grown women at the event, who thought nothing of being really nasty and pushing everyone out of the way. It is just a scrap show ladies - chill!
I always take my scrap trolley, as I have an aversion to carrying bags. So many people tripped over my bag, even when it was stationary, I actually lost count of how many times I apologised for it's existence.
Anyway, I thought I would share my goodies with you, as I spent an obscene amount of money and I need you to make me feel better about my purchases.

On the train up, I insisted that I was not allowed to buy paper. My friends were to physically stop me buying any. Yet look above and you will see I not only bought sheets of paper, but also two paper packs.


Within this picture, you will see I bought some card making kits. Now I don't make cards at all, in fact I am probably the only member of my scrap group who doesn't make cards. However, Fiona has challenged me to make some, so with her help I picked out some card making supplies.
I also bought some lovely stickers. The ones in black are Little Claires stickers; they are peel offs but all in black and look very beautiful on card.

Here are a selection of the stamps I bought. I also purchased some shrinkies, which are pieces of plastic that can be stamped on then shrunk. They will look fabulous using the cupcake stamps, I just can't wait to get started.

As you can see, I also bought a lot of dots. These dots are very similar to brads without the bit to pierce the paper. So they are much easier to attach to pages.

On the journey home, I started to panic that I didn't buy the big bags of buttons I had seen at the show. I insisted to everyone that I needed them and I had missed out on a fabulous bargain. As you can see from above, I was lying completely. I really don't need anymore buttons.

So there you are my goodies from Saturday. My reading has already suffered because of the show, as I haven't picked up a book since Friday. I really need to learn to balance my time to include all my hobbies.
Thanks for stopping by and not moaning about my scrap obsession.

20 comments:

  1. Sounds just like Newcastle in the run-up to Christmas - all that pushing and shoving. I bet someone, somewhere, even muttered "You'd think they were giving stuff away". Anyway good luck with your card making.

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  2. Balancing hobbies can be difficult, for me it often goes a bit periodically. You really got some great goodies with you :)

    I have an award for you

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  3. Ooh you got some good bits. The black peel-offs look yummy and I don't usually like peel-offs ;) And I said exactly the same as you pre-show about paper. Devon had to drag me away from Scrap Shed in the end and all their halloween papers. Definitely, DEFINITELY don't need any in April :P

    I must admit I got barged a few times but for some reaon it's always me that apologises and then get 'the look'. It was a bit manic but it was so much fun.

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  4. What? No penguin stamps? Good grief! Lol, sounds like you had a blast going to the show. How can you resist when they put out all that fabulous looking stuff? Have a great time with all your new papers and stamps.

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  5. Wow you did great! Sounds like you had fun.

    My reading has started to suffer from my obsession - the new TV season.

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  6. Oooh...you got some awesome supplies :D It's crazy that grown women would push and verbally abuse people, though! They definitely need to chill :P

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  7. What great goodies you got! I love your button jar.

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  8. I'm glad you had so much fun! Everything looks great!

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  9. I'm jealous! Aside from books, paper & crafty things are my weakness :)

    Looks like you got a lot of fun stuff. Have fun creating!

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  10. Everything looks great! Now I am tempted to delve back into scrapbooking. It's a great way to procrastinate. :-)

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  11. Okay, as much as I am totally drooling over all your fabulous new supplies (especially the papers...so glad your friends didn't listen to you!), I'm not sure I could have survived the experience! You obviously have more tolerance for crowds than I. And lucky you, because just look how it paid off! Now I can't wait to see what you make with it all! :D

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  12. No - you really really don't need any more buttons!

    Can't wait for Saturday when I might actually get some time to play with all the lovely new stuff!

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  13. Sounds like fun way to spend the day! I used to make cards, but kind of gave up when we moved because I don't have a place to do it.

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  14. This is hilarious! I never knew about this scrapbooking world. A world of hostility and survival of the fittest. lol!

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  15. It's like scrapping porn. Love the papers, esp the chrismassy ones which I'm trying to avoid as unlikely to have time to make Christmas stuff.
    Have fun

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  16. Your description of the crowd reminds me of the craziness every few Christmases where the ultra-hot toy causes people to lose their minds and stampede workers at the department stores.

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  17. Everything looks like fun here! I didn't know scrapping can be sooooo much fun! :D

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  18. LOVE IT! What fun! My girl friends and I did a similar trip a couple months ago but it was an antique flea market.... 2 days - super fun just hanging out with friends!

    I bet you had a blast!

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  19. It sounds like you had a nice time (even with the pushy ladies) and got some goodies! Very nice! I like the black and whites.
    Dont feel bad, whenever I go out with the girls I tend to overspend.
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  20. Cool! You really had a blast, didn't you? I love the stamps.

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