June 27, 2019

A Great Time at the Scrapbook Expo In Virginia

We have been on the road! On June 21st and 22nd, Japanese Creations was at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo held in Chantilly, a beautiful town of Fairfax County in Virginia. To come out and take part in such a lively show was exciting for us!


All set to go for the show!

This is our fourth show this year. We are always thrilled to meet customers face-to-face. To many, it was their first time to see and feel the texture of authentic Washi paper and learn about Chigiri-e. They asked all kinds of questions and gave us what they thought. Chatting with people who are into craft motivates us and benefits us greatly in various aspects.

Cherry blossoms

By far the most popular product that everyone loved was the Chigiri-e Cherry Blossom motif as Chantilly is in the metropolitan Washington D.C. area.


A lot of people showed interest and took our Make & Take Chigiri-e class. Slots were booked quickly and filled by the early afternoon on each day but people kept coming to ask us more availability. It felt horrible having to turn them down!

On the second day of the show, a lady showed up with a freshly finished Chigiri-e in hand. She purchased the motif last year at the event but did not have a chance to finish it at home. (Because she has five cats at her home in Tennessee. It is true that some pets love crafts more than their owners.) She found us on the first day this year and had been working on the motif at the cropping space! Even though her work was beautifully done, she asked if we could give suggestions to make it look even better. It was a precious moment for us to meet such an enthusiastic, avid crafter who favored our brand.


At the Etegami Station in our booth, we laid out the tools and materials for people to use freely. Many stopped by to enjoy drawing and coloring. For most people, it was a new experience to try Japanese ink and paints. However, because gansai paint has been gradually gaining popularity in the U.S., some hobby artists were quite knowledgeable about them!

It is no lie that craft shows are a lot of work for an exhibitor. But building new relationships and gaining experience made the effort totally worth it. We have a bunch of big shows coming up. We hope to see you at the Stamp & Scrapbook Expo in Edison, NJ on August 23rd and 24th!


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