Friday, January 17, 2014

CHA Winter 2014 Recap

Well another CHA show has come and gone!  I was lucky to be able to attend my third winter show with my scrappy partner in crime, Malika Kelly.  Mal and I worked with Veronica in the Chic Tags booth...which is always a blast. Veronica lovingly calls us her "hobos" and we love promoting her  wonderful company! 

We didn't get a lot of time to be outside but when we did, the weather was sunny and warm!  We also got to sneak away from the booth during slower times to see the floor and visit other booths. 
This show was also very exciting for me because I had layouts in Teresa Collins' booth!!  I am not trying to sound clich√© when I say this is a dream come true.  Any of my scrappy friends can attest to that. Being a part of Teresa's team has been #1 at the top of my creative goals and I couldn't be more excited! 
me with DT coordinator, Cheri Piles (who is awesomely talented and sweet!) 
Getting photo bombed by Sean! 
The first day, I got to be Teresa's personal photographer while in the We R Memory Keepers booth being intereviewed by!  Teresa debuted new, gorgeous Albums Made Easy lines with 5 new 12x12 albums. Please check these out! I'm so excited to play with the beautiful cards and paper!
I love meeting scrap friends IRL at the shows!! Here is Jennie McGarvey with Malika..we design on Chic Tags together! Such a sweet lady!
Loving these new flair from the Lets Go collection from Chic Tags! We did a fun make n take the second day!
I am a big fan of this lady's work!! So glad I got to meet Patricia Roebuck in person!! :)
Fellow Illinoisan Melissa Elsner came to say hi at the Chic Tags booth!!  Great meeting Melissa!

More scrappy friends came in on day two!! Including Rochelle and Kristi from Paper Secrets! And we also met Krissy Clark from the Practical Scrapper design team! 
 Love Leah L'Orange who was there with Some Odd Girl! What a great lady who is a big CT fan! :) 
Group photos in the CT booth! L-R:  Suz Mannecke, Jennie McGarvey, Malika, and Aimee Maddern

On Day Three, I finally made a trek over to the Clear Scrap booth!  I felt bad that I didn't get to spend more time with Susan and Jim!  I love them dearly and am so happy to be a part of the Clear Scraps family!

Susan teaching a class with the new Word Boards in the booth!  You need to check these out, along with the other awesome new releases!

In the afternoon, Mal and I were able to go visit some booths! We stopped to talk to Laura Funk at Glitz!  Love her!

Love us some Wendy Vecchi!  We've known Wendy since before she became famous!! Such a sweet and talented woman!
That  night, Teresa took her team to Bubba Gump's for dinner! I think I was still in shock that I'm a part of all of this..I was a little quiet; taking it all in!  I feel so very blessed!

Love and adore this woman!! She has been and continues to be such an inspiration to me!
So after dinner, I get this photo from Cheri saying Northridge named my layout with Daily Stories the cutest!  Honored and such a great ending to a fun night!
Last day!  Stopped by Some Odd Girl to see Leah and Katie!  Very talented and sweet! 

Right across from Some Odd Girl was Freckled Fawn....this was their first show!  Love these girls too...please support small businesses such as this and Some Odd Girl! 
 Mal with two of the designers from Maya Road:  Caroline and Mandy. As always, MR has cute stuff!
Getting ready to tear down the booth! Exciting but kind of sad. The week seems to go by so fast! I have so much fun with Veronica and Malika! 
That night, we went to meet up with Jen Ritchie for a drink at the Crown Plaza where the Play Big Picture class was being held.  I guess its a good thing I didn't know about it otherwise I'd still be in California!  LOL Next year if they have it, I am so there!

Mal and Veronica with Jen! 
So there is my CHA experience!  I'm so happy to be a part of such a great industry!  Going to the show and connecting with other scrap geeks makes me happy! Mal and I spent all of Wednesday traveling home. I was so happy to see my family (plus sleep in my own bed!).  It always seems to take me a couple days to recoop much brain/body overload! LOL
Thanks for reading!


  1. loved looking at your pics~hoping someday going to CHA, need to find a buddy:):)

  2. Oh my goodness - love your recap! Could feel the excitement just reading it! You are so talented and I am so very happy to know you (and to have finally met you IRL)!!!

  3. So glad you had a great time at CHA Jennifer!! And congrats again on the Teresa Collins team! It's always awesome to reach those big goals!!

  4. I got to spend one day at CHA for the first time ever this year and it was all so overwhelming (in a good way!) - I loved the connection that I have felt with people sharing the same passion I have!