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Registration deadline is less than a week away! Crafters in the vicinity of the Springfield, MO store are invited to "try before you buy!" Don't forget to email karin@scrapbookgeneration.com by Sept. 3 if you will be attending so that we know how many to prepare materials for. Here are the full details of the fun and free event:

On Saturday, Sept. 10, SG will be hosting CSI University, our signature event. Best described as a play day for crafty adults, CSI lets you personally investigate over 50 brands of markers, pens, colored pencils, crayons, gel pens, inks, paints, and mediums. If you live in the area, we hope you can join us. Last year, we had not just people from Missouri, but also from Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Illinois who joined us for the fun.

For CSI, we turn the store lobby and classroom into stations where you see demos by local and out-of-state crafters, and then have the chance to play with each product yourself. When you arrive, you'll receive a CSI folder to store the sample swatches you'll create of the various products.

Each station also has printed materials, including basic information about each product, helpful tips, and links to YouTube instructional videos you can watch later if you would like to explore more.

CSI University is free, and is for adults only. The event begins at 10 am and continues through 5 pm. You can arrive any time during the day, but we suggest no later than 3:30 to ensure that you have adequate time to visit all stations. (Allow an hour and a half to two hours for your investigations.)

CSI grads who spend $25 that day get a gift from SG. Choose from a KaiserColour gel pen or a Copic Kirarina dual-tipped marker.

So that we know how many folders and printed materials to prepare, we ask that you register by September 3 by emailing karin@scrapbookgeneration.com.

THOUGHTS ON LAST YEAR: It was a fantastic day! By far, it was the most well-received event we've ever hosted. People were so appreciative of being able to "try before you buy." With so many new products available, they loved being able to compare the different brands.

BRANDS FOR 2016:
MARKERS and PENS
* Chameleon Color Tones alcohol ink pens
* Faber-Castell PITT artist pens
* Spectrum Aqua artist markers
* Spectrum Noir alcohol markers
* Tim Holtz Distress markers
* Wink of Luna metallic brush
* Wink of Stella glitter brush
* Zig Clean Color Real Brush Marker and blenders
* Copic Kirarina 2win water-based marker
* Copic Kirarina 2win oil-based marker
* Copic Kirarina Cute Scented puffy pen
* Copic Kirarina Wink glitter pen
• Pigma Micron pens (new for 2016)
• Staedtler Triplus fineliners markers (new for 2016)
• First Edition markers (new for 2016)
• Nuvo Creative markers (new for 2016)
• Memento dual-tip markers (new for 2016)
• Copic atyou Spica glitter pens (new for 2016)
• Spectrum Noir sparkle pens (new for 2016)
• American Crafts metallic markers (new for 2016)

COLORED PENCILS
* Faber-Castell Aquarelle watercolor pencils and blender
* Prismacolor watercolor pencils and blender
* Spectrum Noir colored pencils
• Derwent metallic pencils (new for 2016)

CRAYONS
* Faber-Castell Paper Crafter crayons
• Tim Holtz Distress crayons (new for 2016)

GEL PENS
* Uniball white gel pens (new for 2016)
• Yasutomo metallic gel pens (new for 2016)
• Fiskars gel pens (new for 2016)
• KaiserColour gel pens (new for 2016)
• Staedtler metallic gel pens (new for 2016)

INKS
* Colorbox fluid chalk ink
* Colorbox pigment ink
* Tim Holtz Distress Ink
* Hero Arts midtone shadow ink
* Hero Arts ombre ink
* Hero Hues dye ink
* Lawn Fawn dye ink
* Prima fluid chalk ink
* Ranger dye ink
* Wendy Vecchi archival ink

PAINT
* Tim Holtz Distress Paint
* Viva Decor 3D metallic stamp paint
• Dylusions blendable acrylic paint (new for 2016)
• Prima Finnabair art alchemy acrylic paint (new for 2016)

OTHER
* Ken Oliver's Color Burst watercolor powder
* Viva Decor Paper Pen
* Viva Decor Paper Soft Color

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