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Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo 2013

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The art of crafting paper
The Scrapbook and Papercraft Expo, being held at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens in Melbourne from March 1 3, 2013, is a must-see-and-do for those who love scrapbooking, cardmaking and papercrafts of all kinds. Whether you're already a master scrapbooker or, like me, previously unaware of the sheer diversity of papercrafts, this Expo has everything covered.

The art of scrapbooking

There will be displays by exhibition tutors, the works of the finalists in the Australian Simply Cards "Cardmaker of the Year" competition, and works from Complete Crafts' 2012 Design Diva scrapbooking competition. There will also be displays by art, craft and paper supply companies and a huge selection of the latest and greatest scrapbooking products for sale.

[ADVERT]Presentations include "Scrapbooking and Card Making Trends 2013" and "Flower Power" with Nicole Farrell of Craft Queen and "Draw Happy" and "Paint Happy" with professional artist Jane Davenport (see her cool website instituteofcute for a taste of her whimsical style).

If you would like to learn new skills there is a full program of two-hour classes as well as one hour workshops and card making classes. The two-hour classes offer a variety of creative undertakings such as mini albums, cards, wall art, photo displays, decorative boxes and off-the page billboards in styles ranging from romantic to shabby chic. You can learn (or brush up on) a variety of techniques including 3D layering, embossing, embellishment, masking, texturing, inking and misting. Classes range in price from $40-$55 (see the full program here) and you can book online until the 25th February or after that date you can book at the event.

The two-hour classes require you to bring along a basic toolkit and some require additional items such as photos and craft materials.

The daily one hour classes and workshops cost between $10 and $20 and can be booked at respective stands at the Expo. Topics range from Vintage Tag Art to making an Explosion Card.

Gather or buy your materials, and...

The Expo is open from 9.00am until 5.00pm each day.

Admission Costs:

Adults $15, Seniors Card holders $14, Age & Disability Pensioners $13, Children: 5 to 16 years $9, under 5 years free. Pre-purchased group tickets; 10 or more $13 ea. Two-day pass $28. Three-day pass $40. Tickets are also available online.

Getting there:

The Royal Exhibition Building is located next to the Melbourne Museum in Carlton Gardens. Parking is available at the Museum and there is also street meter parking. There are bicycle racks in the plaza of The Royal Exhibition Building. The closest train station is Parliament and it's approximately a twelve minute walk from there. There are also tram and bus options, see Metlink to choose the best one according to where you are travelling from.

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Why? It's amazing what you can create with paper
When: March 1 - 3, 2013
Where: Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton
Cost: Adults $15 (see above for full listing)
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