JF20 Preliminary Information

Happy New Year!  Welcome to the new Junkie fest blog.  Unlike the previous one, which was a sub-blog of my personal blog, this one allows people to subscribe so you don't miss information as it becomes available.  Please subscribe to be kept up-to-date!

I must first apologize, as I've wanted to get this blog started and this preliminary post up for a few weeks now.  I had been feeling rather confident that I was fabulously on-schedule in October and early November, but a number of unforeseen issues, incidents and illnesses managed to deftly and completely derail my progress.  The majority of those are under control again and everyone seems to be near healthy again.  Now that the holidays are over,  I really hope to get my Junkie fest planning back in control and back on schedule.

Junkie fest 2020 is a 3 ½ day cardmaking and papercrafting event held in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area.  This year's dates are July 22-26.  The event is hosted at a conference hotel and the event features scheduled papercrafting classes, make and takes, retail shopping opportunities, and social and craft time with crafters just like yourself.

The format for the 2020 event will be very similar to the 2019 event.  The event package price includes six 2-hour classes, make and takes, craft challenge opportunities, social time, snacks, non-alcoholic beverages and eight wonderful buffet-style meals, as well as lots of gifts and opportunities to win prizes.  The final cost of the 2020 isn't quite ready, but is anticipated to be very close to the 2019 price of $675.   As in the past, lodging is not included in the event package price, but a large number of rooms are reserved in a group block for the discounted price of $119/nt for a single king or standard double room.

There will again be eight different class package options to choose from at registration. These teachers offer a wide range of techniques and products/projects so I just know that you will find a class package that suits you!  Class details and schedule information will be released in the next few weeks, but today I'd like to share the names of the amazing teachers that will be part of this event:

Sue Doherty - Therm-O-Web
Karen Burniston - Karen Burniston Designs
Tanya Kostynuk - Funny Bones/Riley and Co.
Lea Lawson - Pinkfresh Studio
Amy Kennedy, Adrienne Kennedy and Daniel West - Colorado Craft Company
Ellen Hutson and Brandi Kincaid - Ellen Hutson, LLC
Effie Cho - The Ton Stamps
Irina Blount - La-La Land Crafts
Stephanie Klauck - My Favorite Things
Fleurette Bloom - Inkon3
Angie Backman and Greg Cottrell - Concord & 9th
Maria Colosimo - Kitchen Sink Stamps
Mary Ann Samuelson - Rabbit Hole Designs
Erica Thompson - various companies
Elizabeth John and Laura Gallimore - Love From Lizi and others

I'll be sharing more details in the next few weeks regarding the class specifics, event schedules, event sponsors and make and take guests.  Registration for Junkie fest will not begin until April 2020, and the discounted lodging reservation link will be made available at that time as well.

Junkie fest 2020 is set to be the best one yet, so be sure to subscribe so you receive all of the latest news about this fantastic event!


  1. I am so excited to see this awesome list of teachers! Can't wait!

  2. Happy New Year! Thank you for this update.

  3. Outstanding list of teachers--I am so excited for 2020!

  4. WOW awesome teachers---last year was so much fun, I can't wait to go again.

  5. I am so excited to attend...and LEARN!!!

  6. I discovered Junkie Fest earlier this year on Gina K's blog and am so glad to get this information. Hopefully I can attend.

  7. I am so excited!! Plus I get to eat this year. Woohoo!!!

  8. Late
    Late to the game, but am very excited hope to get my daughter involved.

  9. I am really excited. Dumb question, is this like a crop weekend? Do we bring all of our stuff?

    1. No. Not really. There is some free crafting time, but space is somewhat limited. There will be required supply lists for classes as the event gets closer, but it's just basic supplies, that can generally fit in a MISTI studio bag or small tote.

  10. So excited! How many classes can one "fit in" their schedule?

    1. It's physically possible to take 12 2-hour classes. But I don't recommend taking that many. You'll want some breaks to enjoy the social opportunities!

  11. Super excited, I stared saving today, I hope I can join you all...This will be my first time, when can we make hotel reservations ? which hotel ?

    1. The discount reservation link will be available on Registration day.


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