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CHA 2014: Adventures of a Newbie at Scrapbooking’s Biggest Event (Quick Look Part 1)

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So now that I’ve done the INTRO POST, today I want to say, “CHA: Day One”.

But.
There was only
one day
for me.

Sooooo . . . “CHA: First Part of THE Day.” See? Doesn’t sound as impressive. Oh well. Here we go.

On CHA Day, I woke up at 3:30am. It was like I was 8 and it was Christmas morning. I did need to get up early but that was RUH-DIK. I left my house at 5:20, prepped with a full tank of gas and a large coffee. There were some very good omens that signaled a great day. When I turned my car on in the morning, the radio was playing the beginning of a Journey song. Dude. So awesome. {If you’re new here, I’m obsessed with JOURNEY}. And I got to watch the sun rise over Santa Barbara.

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Later, as I drove through Hollywood, on the other side of the freeway there was a cascade of bougainvillea hanging over the tall cement wall, like these.

And they were in a heart shape :) {I’m so obsessed with HEARTS, they also have their own Pinterest board}.

Yeah, I felt like it was going to be a very good day indeed.

I arrived in Anaheim around 9:30. The convention center is right by Disneyland and normally I would’ve been SO sad that I couldn’t join all the people going there. But, hey, I was going to Scrapbooking Disneyland and that’s even better! I was so excited that I totally forgot which direction the parking lot lady said to go so I went straight and it all worked out. Phew! After parking (again, still so excited I forgot to note which section I was in = regret later), I asked the guy entering the stairwell before me, “Which way do we go, up or down?” and he said, “I always just follow the light so that means up.” I thought that was a good match for my feelings of the day: I was going toward the light. {The sound of angels singing}. I was about to enter scrappy heaven!

The conference center lobby is huge so I just followed people who looked like craftsy types, LOL. Lots of people had brought rolling tote bags, which is wicked smart. I only had my purse and, like a dummy, I had even downsized it so it would be lighter. {I would later regret this, too}. I checked in which you don’t even have to talk to a real person for! The week before CHA, they e-mail you a QR entry code and, using the CHA app, you just hold it up to the machine. I got my badge, checked out the big board, loving how everything was so bright and cheerful and the scene was buzzing!

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Note: I’m apologizing now. Most of my photos were taken with my iPhone because I was having camera problems. The photo quality is not great; I realize that and I’m sorry! But like I said in my LAST ENTRY, there are TONS of great CHA photos and videos online. My goal is to share photos that illustrate my day and so I can reference scrapbook products I’m commenting on. I hope that’s not too much of a bummer!

I stopped to take a few pics as I walked into CHA for the very first (and hopefully not last) time! And who was there, front and center??? MARTHA, of course! It’s always Martha, Martha, Martha!

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First, I decided to take a cruise around and get the lay of the land, and note the booths I wanted to go back to.

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Okay, I’m going to stop photos here for now. As you can see, the place is massive. All these scrapbooking companies are interspersed with other crafts – beads, sewing, yarn, paints, etc. You get a workout, that’s for sure! I made use of that charging station area because my iPhone died and, as I was counting on it to be my camera, that was NOT acceptable, LOL! There were plenty of food vendors right in the CHA area; I got a fruit cup for $5 but they had lots of good-looking hot food, too. I got an Aquafina from a vending machine for $2.50 (just giving you an idea of prices for when YOU go :). I was surprised that the Fancy Pants booth was so small but it was cute!

Okay, I’ll have more “quick look” photos next time, then we’ll start getting in depth with specific companies in the posts after that. Talk soon!

Scrapbook Wish List: WRMK Shutter Memo Holder

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Dear Scrapbook Santa,

The first item on my wish list for Christmas 2013 is . . . a WRMK SHUTTER MEMO HOLDER:

I’m sure just by seeing that picture – because you know me so well – you don’t really need an explanation for why I want one (or three) so badly. But I will tell you anyway because you and I have that kind of relationship, Scrap Santa. (Can I call you Scrap Santa or is that too familiar? Even tho’ we are VERY close!)

So here are my reasons, sir:

1. It’s just plain wicked cute. Srsly.

2. It comes in my favorite color, robin’s egg blue (they call it aqua but whatevs).

3. I can use my shutter for so many things in my scrap room – a place to hold washi tapes, photos, handmade cards, memorabilia, tickets, that kind of thing. And in the bedroom to hang jewelry. And in the kitchen to leave notes. It’s endless, I tell ya’!

I hope you will take my request into consideration, as I REALLLLLY REALLLLLY want one, Scrap Santa! If I were speaking to you in person, I would be shaking you by the furry lapels so you would understand!!! OH. UM. Okay, I’m sorry. I have calmed down now. But I still really want the WRMK Shutter Memo Holder. Pretty please, Scrap Santa????

I have been (mostly) good this year. I mean, there was the one teensy incident with the glue gun . . . oh, and the little bit of scrapbook-y overspending. {In my defense, it’s not my fault! They keep making such cute stuff! What am I supposed to do, just leave it on the shelf all lonely and unwanted?!?!}

I hope you and Mrs. Scrapbook Santa have had a wonderful year. Please look for my handmade Christmas card in the mail in December. And maybe another letter (or four) with some additional Wish List items. Hey, mama always told me, “It never hurts to ask!”

All my love,
~Scrapbook Obsession

OKAY. Letter done. Now I can get on with business.

These shutters retail for $39.99, I’ve seen them elsewhere for $35.99, but at Amazon they’re only $25-26 (depending on color) and free 2-day shipping if you have AMAZON PRIME. I’m not sure why the shipping time is 3-5 weeks but that’s what other vendors are showing, too. Maybe the WRMK folks don’t go out and chop down the tree to make the shutter until they have your order firmly in hand, IDK. Oh well, still plenty of time for Santa to put it under my tree!

It comes in several other colors if you’re weird and don’t like the best one I’ve chosen above ;) You can see them all HERE.

Now, off with you! Go write your Dear Scrap Santa letter and get one of these babies under YOUR tree!

ETA: Oopsie! AFTER hitting Publish (of course), I re-read my post and it’s a bit contradictory to tell you there’s free 2-day shipping on an item that says it takes 3-5 weeks to ship! Sheesh. Sorry ’bout that. But shipping is free with Prime!

I’m Alive, October Afternoon, and Check This Out If You Want to Smile :)

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Sorry no bloggee for me lately. No, I didn’t get trampled by scrappers running to buy all the new Project Life THEMED KITS coming out this month. Nor was I run over by the October Afternoon WAREHOUSE SALE truck.

Nope, just the same old reason … super busy with work and family stuff. And a ran an online crop last weekend at my favorite message board – including Scrapbook Bingo! We had a blast and hope to do it again soon.

Speaking of October Afternoon, how did I miss THIS?!?!? It’s called “Milk Money”, a super cute school line. The papers and stickers are so cute, and these are a MUST-HAVE!

OA “Milk Money” Pillow Puffs

OA “Milk Money” Pop Drops

In fact, there is much of the DAILY FLASH line that I need to start saving for now. What do you think of OA’s new stuff? Maybe now that they’ve PARTNERED WITH Webster’s Pages, delivery to their frothing and drooling public (aka ME) will arrive sooner than later for once. Here’s hoping!

Lot’s of buy-outs and join-ups in the scrapbooking world these days. I just heard that WRMK BOUGHT A COMPANY, too. Hey, whatever keeps them viable and making scrappy products for us to enjoy, I say!

And I’ll close with a lovely video that made me smile . . . hope it does the same for you: IRISH CUPS.

Attn: Scrapbookers and Cardmakers – Show Oklahoma We Care

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I’m sorry for the late notice. I got this on Friday but failed to post it. The deadline for them to include your card and/or donation is this Friday 05-31-13. So there’s still a little time left to do a quick card and get it in the mail to Bo Bunny.

I hope you’re able to participate. I think “small” gifts like this will make a big impact <3

Memory Works: Spring/Summer 2013 Catalog is HERE!

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As a scrapbook consultant for the best company on earth ~ MEMORY WORKS ~ this is one of my favorite times of year . . . when a new catalog comes out. Without further ado . . .

HERE IT IS!

Click on the link and it will take you to a gorgeous color .pdf version of the Spring/Summer 2013 catalog. {Because of all the graphics, it can take a while to load}.

So grab your beverage of choice, get comfy, take your time, and savor all the scrapbooking goodness . . . ahhhhhh . . .

If nothing else, you have to click over and see the the cover – could it BE any cuter? I don’t think so.

In case you’re not familiar with Memory Works, we carry all the popular scrapbooking brands including:

Simple Stories and Sn@p!
In fact, the owners of Memory Works own these two lines as well ;)

If you’re a project lifer or pocket page scrapper like me, you can see the new line of Sn@p 6×8 and 12×12 leather albums and divided protectors with tons of options. Those items are brand new, due for release in late April/early May 2013.

Other brands are Basic Grey, My Minds Eye, Studio Calico, American Crafts/Dear Lizzy and Amy Tan, Lily Bee, Echo Park, and lots more.

MW also carries products like flowers, mists and masks, a washi tape dispenser, the popular WRMK envelope maker, bling, shadow boxes, adhesives, cardstock, and YES wood veneers! {<- my most recent obsession}

My shopping cart already holds the Sn@p 6×8 calendar pages, Carta Bella ‘So Noted’ line, and Echo Park ‘Perfect Summer’.

{I would have said Simple Stories ‘Urban Traveler’ and ‘Vintage Bliss’ but I already own much of those lines, lol!}

I hope you enjoy the new catalog! Please tell me what your favorite items are :) Most of these items are in stock HERE if you’re ready to shop or would like to see bigger photos.

PS: Pssst! If you look at the catalog and see pages 14 and 15, you’re going to get some VERY GOOD NEWS!! Check it, chica!

Scrapbook Shopping: New Scrapbook Supplies at Target!

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Psst! Yeah, YOU. C’mere.

Word on the street is that TARGET has some cool new scrapbook supplies!

Yeah, I’m sure it’s Target.

Yeah, the same store that has been phasing out scrappy stuff over the last few years.

Yeah, the same Target that hasn’t gotten anything new and trendy since 2006 except for the K&Co. SMASH BOOK STUFF.

I understand why you’re skeptical. I am too. But I’m going to check it out for myself soon and see if it’s fuh-real or just a cruel joke.

SUPPOSUBLY . . . Target now has NEW:

- THICKERS (!!! my favorite addiction)

- WRMK 8×8 and 12×12 albums in 5 colors, a variety of page protectors, and small paper pads

- AMERICAN CRAFTS ribbon

- 6×6 paper pads by CRATE PAPER and American Crafts DEAR LIZZY “Neapolitan”

As of this writing, sightings have been made in Texas and Tennessee. {Oh snap! I’m in California}.

Huggy Bear also told me that Target is getting HERO ARTS stamps. I’m not allowed to buy stamps anymore but, hey, good news for those of you who can! It’s called DECORATE IT!

None of this stuff is on the Target WEBSITE so I’ll believe it when I see it . . . in person. If you can verify this rumor, please submit a report below IMMEDIATELY! Your fellow scrappers are depending on you.

ETA 10/24/12: According to SCRAPBOOK UPDATE:

The [DECORATE IT!] products are gradually being stocked in Target stores across the country all this week, so keep your eye out for them in a store near you! (If you are an online shopper, the new line will be available at Target.com in a few weeks.)

So . . . YAY!! Even if my lame Target doesn’t carry the line, I’ll be able to get it online.

Scrapbook Shopping: Products for 4th of July

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Right now, Two Peas in a Bucket has 130 Patriotic products in the 4th of July product category. Check it out HERE.

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My 3 favorite items:

“Seeing Stars” from the WRMK Red, White and Blue collection – such a cool starburst and I love the polka dots on the B side

WRMK red white and blue

“Summertime Fun” from the WRMK Red, White and Blue collection – love the red old-fashioned airplane … and the polka dots on the B side ;)

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Denim “Let Freedom Ring” glitter foam Thickers by AMERICAN CRAFTS

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I was gonna’ pick these cutesie pie little pinwheels {WRMK Red, White and Blue} for my Top 3 but they’re sold out … not surprising!

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Anything Fourth of July-ish catching your eye over at 2 Peas?

Simple Stories: “100 Days of Summer” Available NOW!!

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Isn’t it nice in life when something you’re waiting anxiously for actually gets here EARLY? I thought I had to wait until 4/25/11 for my favorite new scrapbook line to become available … but it came out early, ya’ll. Yeah baby!

Pictures and details about the line are HERE and HERE.

If you would like to place your order now, you can go HERE.

SQUEEEE! I’m so excited to get this! I’m ordering it now along with some NEW CATALOGS. Guess I can start stalking the UPS man next week, yeah? “Just hand over the Memory Works and nobody gets hurt, Mister Brown Shorts Man.”

If you’d like a hard copy catalog, I can send you a Paypal for $4 and ship it out when I receive them next week :) Just give me a shout in Comments or E-me: scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com.

In case I don’t post again before then …. Please have a wonderful and amazing Easter, my little bunnies! Remember: If you close your eyes while eating chocolate, it has no calories ;P

Memory Works: Simple Stories “Life Documented” Official Reveal on 12-28-09

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Okay, yesterday MEMORY WORKS posted more news about the Simple Stories “Life Documented” line ~ yahoo! I am SO using this for my PROJECT 365! And probably lots of other stuff, too! It is super great looking, the price sounds right, and I love all the features of it.

Merry Christmas from me to you: HERE YA GO.

I’m so stinkin’ excited! I love the celery green album and how the products match with it (although there will be other album colors to choose from, or you can use one you already have or buy elsewhere). Love that the price is only $16.99 for 180 pieces of scrappy goodness. Love that they have married this line with the We R Memory Keepers scrapbook albums and pocket page protectors, with all their various configurations.

{Here is one sneek…there are more over there…}

There are also answers to some of our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)…

So go check out the Simple Stories SITE if you have a chance. You won’t be disappointed. And remember, they’re giving away a free kit every week until the launch if you post Simple Stories / Life Documented links or blinkies on blogs, Facebook, message boards, Twitter, etc. I’m going to enter each week and hope I win one :)
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On a different note…but I had to share… THIS Pea said there are Thickers for

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at Tuesday Morning!!! Along with other scrappy stuff, and even more coming after Christmas. See, Scrap Santa is out there and he has your back. Let us know if you find any Thickers or other stuff at your Tuesday AM, k?

Scrapbook product salivating aside, I want to wish you a Very Merry Christmas. Please be safe, happy, and well. Enjoy your families and food and all of life’s blessings.

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