Calling all crafters, scrapbook lovers or anyone looking for a fun new hobby! Heirloom Productions will bring the Rubber Stamp and Paper Craft Festival back to the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds and Conference Complex on March 19 and 20 in Danville, Indiana.
I consider myself a pretty crafty person, and I've got a messy craft room to prove it. Complete with a closet full of rubber stamps, ink pads, assorted specialty papers, embellishments and more. But every avid crafter knows you can never have too many craft supplies!
I'm looking forward to checking out the Rubber Stamp and Paper Craft Festival to learn new skills and stamping trends that will take my card making to the next level. And I'm sure I'll pick up one or two (or 10!) new crafting essentials to add to my supply closet.
Here's what you need to know about the Rubber Stamp and Paper Craft Festival and why you should go:
How It All Started
Back in 1992, Pat and Eileen Larson of Heirloom Productions took their event planning expertise and leapt into the world of rubber stamping and papercrafts. The husband and wife duo held their first festival the next year in California. As the interest in scrapbooking and rubber stamping spread, so did Pat and Eileen's festivals.
More than 300 events focused on stamping, cardmaking and scrapbooking have taken place spanning more than three decades across the U.S., continuing even after Eileen's death in 2008.
The Rubber Stamp and Paper Craft Festival first came to Indiana in 2005 and took place at the state fairgrounds in Indianapolis. The popular event moved to the Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds in Danville in 2018, allowing more ideal space for classes and a huge perk for attendees: free parking!
New or Wannabe Crafters
It is a great time to pick up a new hobby, and crafting is the perfect activity for long days hunkering down at home or with friends!
Those who have never done rubber stamping or scrapbooking can quickly pick up the basics as they watch demonstrations in many of the vendor booths.
All kinds of crafting supplies, such as decorative papers, cutting tools, ink pads, rubber stamps for every occasion, charming embellishments and so much more can be purchased from the various vendors.
For more hands-on crafting, nine classes will be offered during the event. Whether you sign up for the class on making Easter cards, 3D framed art, birthday cards or any of the other classes being offered, you will return home with fabulous, one-of-a-kind creations that will impress your friends and family. Plus, you will have new skills that will keep you crafting for months to come.
Even newbie crafters will become crafting queens by the end of the weekend.
Experienced Stampers and Scrapbookers
Whether you consider yourself a stamper, card maker, scrapbooker or paper crafter, you will find tons of new products and techniques on display as the vendors have all been busy creating during the recent shutdown.
Those who have been scrapbooking or stamping for decades will still learn some new crafting tips and tricks from the pros. If you are like me and some of your crafting supplies are suffering from neglect, attending this festival is a surefire way to inspire you to dust them off and add some must-have new supplies to the mix.
Serious crafters looking for uninterrupted creative time will want to sign up for one or two days of Shop, Crop & Craft. This includes festival admission, an evening meal on Friday, door prizes and your own table space to craft to your heart's content. Prices range from $25-$65 depending on the option selected. Crafters can bring craft supplies from home, but will also want to shop for the latest crafting accessories in the vendor hall.
This year's festival will not have as many booths compared to previous years in order to create more space around the booths for health and safety concerns. Attendees will be asked to adhere to the current state and local recommendations regarding masking, social distancing and handwashing. All participants in the classes and the Shop, Crop & Craft will be spaced properly to allow for social distancing. This year Design & Treasure will not be offered due to space limitations.
- Dates/Times: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday March 19 and Saturday March 20, 2021
- Location: Hendricks County 4-H Fairgrounds & Conference Complex, 1900 E. Main St., Danville, Indiana, 46122. Festival attendees should use the side entrance between the Hendricks Power Expo Hall and the Conference Center Building throughout the duration of the event.
- Cost: Purchase tickets and pay for classes prior to the event here. Two-day admission is $6 when purchased online. Class costs range from $22-$40 and include one Two-Day Festival Admission. It will cost $8 at the door to attend Friday or Saturday or $12 for a Two-Day Pass. Children ages 11 and under are free, and there is ample free parking.