Sunday, September 18, 2011


A whole bunch of things came together to get me to Minneapolis this weekend. Kellie was moving to Iowa, she and Sarah realized that it was cheaper to fly into Minneapolis (only 3 hours away from Kellie's new home) than Des Moines, and Archiver's was hosting Scrapfest at the Mall of America. Why not have a girl's weekend?

Sarah and I flew up to Minneapolis, and Kellie drove in. Once we met, we headed to the mall for some make and takes at the vendors' booths:

We weren't quite sure what to expect and with airfare and hotel, we were being a little cheap, so we only took one class. Turns out we got our money's worth back in product! We will take more in the future! Here we are in the Bella Blvd class:

There were some scrapping celebrities on hand. Heidi Swapp:

Tim Holtz:

And the only one I really cared to have my picture with: Elizabeth Karchner:

Becky Higgins stopped by at some poitn too, and I am sad to have missed bumping into her!!

The whole weekend was about standing in lines. We heard the line at one booth (Little Yellow Bicycle) was over 2 hours long! Some woman brought folding chairs to sit on in line!

There was even a line at the Archiver's store (but that one moved quickly!):

Saturday night, Kellie and Sarah humored me and we drove to Wisconsin so I could get a new state. I now have all the states east of the Mississippi!

As long as we were at the Mall of America, we might as well do some Mall of America things. We hit the boot store a few times:

We planked:

We rode a ride:

We got our picture taken in a shark tank:

Checked out the lego store:

And on the last day, we went back to the Echo Park booth for their final door prize drawing:

I happened to catch a check in from an old school friend who lives in California that she was going to be in Minneapolis that weekend too. We worked it out to have breakfast on Sunday morning and it was so good to catch up with her! Haven't seen each other in almost 20 years!

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