CHA couldn't keep me away! And this time I brought Mr. Fox along. There were a couple of booths I forgot to stop by so I figured, why not, it's so close by, might as well make an afternoon of it.
Hope no one is getting sick of seeing pics of LA... That white spec to the right of the cityscape is a blimp! I wonder what it was doing just hovering over LA Live??
Why hello LA Convention Center. We meet again.
There was hardly anybody there, which was good and bad. Good cuz there was room to breathe and walk around. Bad cuz that means the economy sucks.
Get this: I parked and got Fox all situated in his stroller and walked into the building and was about to enter the convention when the "guard" said, "No strollers allowed!" and pointed it out to me in the pamphlet. Boy was I peeved. I seriously stood there for like 30 seconds with a blank look on my face cuz I felt so dejected and watched as women with their ginormous bags on wheels strolled on in. So they can bring those honkers of things and I can't bring my small umbrella stroller? Whatever. I walked back the car (thank goodness I was parked close), put the stroller away, and then held Fox in my arms the entire 3.5 hours I was there. He was awake at the beginning and loving the sights and sounds, then he ate, pooped, and fell asleep. Good baby.
My first destination: Echo Park Paper Co. I made a few pages for them awhile ago and I know the guys who own it so I stopped by to say hi and talk about the industry and the possibility of a design team (wink wink Echo Park! :)
I could seriously be here for DAYS just taking in all the fabulous creations and decor. LOOOVE this carrousel thingy.
I stopped by the Jenni Bowlin Studio booth and got the grand tour.
I want to make a profile silhouette of Fox and put it on a plate like this. Fun idea.
Pretty papers from Graphic 45. (I think...)
Everywhere I looked there were more dresses that I missed on Saturday! Seriously, what's the deal-e-o with all the manequins and dresses made of paper/embellishments? Very cool, don't get me wrong, I just wish I was in the loop :)
Cool new acrylic albums and what nots from Maya Road.
Sometimes you have to look straight up to see surprises! (This was over The Girls' Paperie booth).
Must make one of these:
I thought this was a creative way to showcase product and could easily be done in your own home with jewelry and doo dads.
It'd be fun to put papers up on the wall like this booth:
The itsy bitsy teeny weeny (yellow polka dot bikini! Oh wait, that has nothing to do with anything....) Making Memories booth.
EK Success has a new product called Smash. From what I gather it's a book and you just glue things in it, sort of like what a scrapbook is, but less perfect. I call this an "altered book". They're fun.
Must buy this stamp set from Inkadinkado. Too cute.
Wow this is so fun.
Julie Comstock from Cosmo Cricket has a new product line of jewelry and accessory makings. Looks fun to me!
Tattered Angels has sooooooo many colors of mist! Collect them all!
I still want of these Cricut Cake machines. As if I need another hobby! But truly, I would get into cake making if I had one of these...
Twinkle lights at the Melissa Frances booth! Reminds me of Christmas.
There were tons of cute details at the Melissa Frances booth like the twinkle lights mentioned above, this old-school pink oven:
This darling frame:
And this collection of vintageness. I particularly love the aqua phone:
Genius idea from Epiphany Crafts. It's like they had an epiphany or something! Hardy har.
I think this is a great idea for displaying layouts. I don't know about you, but I make my layouts and stick them in an album right after I take pictures of them and hardly ever look at them again. Displaying them on the wall for a few months would be fun.
That's gotta be fun to clean up...
Pretty colorful beads!
CHA isn't just scrapbooking - it's art supplies and beads and wood things and sewing and ....crowns??
She hooked me up with a sweet banner stamp set and I hope to make some projects with it soon!
All-in-all, CHA Winter 2011 was AMAZING. Can't wait for next year! It's back in Anaheim for the Winter 2012 show, which isn't as close as LA, but still close enough!