this is a long one! So much to talk about. "Blog" has been on my "to do" list for a couple of days now. I finally got my photos downloaded and my thoughts together (and a moment when something else wasn't needing my attention)!
CHA was so much fun. I truly LOVE it. The shows are the only time of the year I get to see so many of my friends so it is always one big reunion! I think what I loved the most this time around was getting to meet some of our members. People are always surprised that I recognize their names. I really have been involved in the day to day operation of everything since the beginning. Some of you have made it through the entire year with us!
Saturday night I taught at the Scrapbook Oasis in Irvine for Wendy and Karen. I LOVE this place- I'm not sure if I have ever taught a better group of women (it's why I keep coming back)! I was even able to meet some of my friends from Singapore and Japan. Very, very fun night! Here is a little photo Wendy took after the class (kind of a tradition for the husbands and wives who come to visit)!
Show was so inspiring! I think this was the best as far as new product goes in a while. Some of my favorites? Anna Griffin paper (the summer line had papers that screamed beach- they also have some great new accessories), Scenic Route (I told them to just send me a case of the new background papers), Melissa Frances (a very sweet new glitter chipboard color), Fontwerks (besides the stamps of course, great new journaling cards), Autumn Leaves (Foofala had papers like Vintage wallpaper), Luxe Designs (Pam Lambie is so talented. Picked up one of the rub-ons for the March kit), Li'l Davis (loved the extensions to the plain chipboard line) and of course 7gypsies and Heidi Swapp. I did the most damage in both of these booths! Here is a photo of the mirrored wall at HS:
This was done with the new masks. I picked one up for the March Add-On kit (as well as the rest of the booth I think)! And here are some photos from 7gypsies. I asked Donna if I could take this mannequin with me: (Okay, I have tried 10 times to upload this photo and more below and it is just not happening tonight. I will try again in the next post).
I also had the pleasure of finally meeting Monique from Scrap Etc. in Alabama. I am SO excited to be a part of this event. It is March 15th - 18th in Birmingham. Monique has such a cool vision for the event - one of those where you are so inspired that you can't sleep at night. You can sign up here and find out more information. My local girls went last year and loved it (had NO complaints which is a great accomplishment for a first year event)! Listening to Stacy Julian speak is worth the money right there! I will continue to post updates about it here.
I am working on a ton of "surprises"! I will share the next round of JBS papers with you next week - they will be the base of the March kit.
Have a great night!