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Memoirs of My First CHA Trade Show

When Queen of Collages Jean Moore offered the Altered Pages Design Team the opportunity to meet up with her at the 2014 Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show in Annaheim, CA two words came to mind: Carpe Diem! And seize the day is exactly what I did! Even though it was the first time I had met Jean and DT member Stephanie Siatta  in person, they kind of felt like family right away! We had a chance to have lunch and one really special dinner together and to explore the showroom sights. These amazing women were so dedicated to their mission of finding YOU the best art supplies to stock on the website- I can't wait for you all to see the new products as they arrive!

Jean and I both had a really good time at the Zig/Kuretake Booth where we tried out an art fad that originates in Japan and is apparently gaining a following worldwide. It is called Etegami and literally means Picture Letter. The idea behind it is similar to the DIY movement where people value "handmade" over store bought and reflect on someone taking the time to create something special and personal. The pictures are painted with Sumi ink and brushes and the sentiments also written by brushstroke. We also got to carve our own little signature stamp (mine was just the initial G) because the piece is not finished without the artists personal stamp.

Love this one courtesy of the Etegami-InBox Blog

I also checked out the demo counter where the Wink of Stella were out to be played with! There is another product called Wink of Luna which is like Stella only metallic. I am really glad that Altered Pages stocks Winks! They add the perfect amount of sparkle without adding thickness or leaving a trail of glitter behind on your workspace (although some of us enjoy leaving trails of glitter.)

Eileen Hull teaching us about her newest product- an inker and blending tool in one.

We made cubes using 6 different techniques. In the end we gave the product a thumbs down-hopefully they will take it back to development and make it better! 

We love Colorbox inks in general and thanked the ClearSnap company for sponsoring some fun (and FREE) workshops at their booth.
It was fun meeting Andy Skinner! Altered Pages stocks several of his stencils.

Art Anthology paints will soon be in the house I hear! I thought these were pretty cool- they are paint and a medium in one-they are dimensional and a little glossy when dry, and have so many different applications!
I had my picture taken with this (human) Mod Podge jar.
The Bazzill Paper booth had a 50's theme with this shiny red Thunderbird! They also had a jukebox and some ladies in Poodle Skirts! I hear we have some really cool specialty papers coming to Altered Pages from Bazzill!

I hope you enjoyed seeing a glimpse of CHA Winter 2014-The Mega Show! It was such a great experience and I am so glad I went! 

Cheers! Thanks for the memories!


  1. Great rundown and photos! Gia was fun to watch, as her excitement was boundless!

  2. Thanks for the sneak peak at what you ladies got up to Gia, it looks and sounds like you had a blast and I can't wait to see all that's new at AP following your CHA visit. xx

  3. LOOKS LIKE A GREAT TIME! I HOPE TO GO ONE OF THESE YEARS! Oops, sorry - didn't meant to "yell" at ya! I would have loved to meed Andy Skinner as well as you three!!!


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