May 12, 2013

Mega Meet Novi,MI - Part III

Last but not least we ended our day at the scrapbook convention with one last class. This time we attended the 

Copics - Beginner class.

The instructor in this class was Sharon Brown and the class was sponsored by Scrap Happy, OH.

I have to say that we were very disappointed of this class. Not only was the project we did not worth the class nor was the information we received. The instructor might have been a very knowledge person if it comes to Copic markers, but the techniques she tried to teach weren't explained very well. If it wouldn't had been for the early class, we wouldn't have learn anything. We got to use three Copic markers in purple to color in one flower. That was it...not extras, not freebies and all this for $22. Not worth the money spend!

Don't get me wrong, I don't expect lots of gifts or freebies, but I do expect more of a class than just a sales spiel. Sorry, but this class was not worth it!

I know, you ask yourself now, how do we know what classes are worth it and which once are not worth it? I can't tell you this either, but you want to read carefully each class description and check out the following things:

1. What is this class going to teach you? Is this interesting for you?

2. What supplies do you have to bring? If you have to buy a lot of these supplies from the sponsor first, plus pay the payment for the class, is this worth it?

3. See what extras you are getting.

4. Check for word like "fast-paced" (more advanced crafter's or not much time to work on things), "how to purchase" (usually more a sales spiel), ...

No matter what you decide to do, do your homework and see if previous convention goers can give you some advice on classes. 

So what did we learn from working with alcohol markers?

It is not at all complicated to work with alcohol markers or to blend colors nicely, if you know what colors to pick and how to do it. The best way to learn the "how too", is to practice. If you are interested to learn more, please contact me...

Here is a little help to get started with alcohol markers:
Copic alcohol markers are nice, but a little to pricey in my mind. The life expectancy is 3 years and even if they can be refilled, the costs to buy and maintain them are high. There are other options available to work with. 
Cost per pen ca. $ 5-6

Close To My Heart alcohol marks are very nice. They come in a pack of two, so you always get a lighter and a darker shade for blending. Advantage here is, you can pick a couple of colors without spending a fortune. 
Cost per set of two pens ca. $ 6.80  

I also think that the Spectrum Noir alcohol markers are a great alternative as well. They are sold individually or in a set of 6. The sets have one color in different shades that all blend well together. 
Cost per set of six pens ca. $ 10 (at the show)

Stamp'Up has their own brand of markers, but those are not alcohol markers!

Well, I hope you liked this little preview of the Mega Meet and hopefully you will go next time too. Mark your calendars for the next Mega Meet scrapbook convention...

2014      May 8, 9, & 10
2015      May 7, 8, & 9
2016      May 5, 6, & 7

or check out their website at!

Let me know if you have any questions or like to get a little instruction class about alcohol markers. 
Please contact me via email or write a comment/ question here!  Love to hear from you....

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