I found myself feeling slightly overwhelmed at the idea of traveling 12 hours and staying in a hotel with girls from Scrap N’Art (that I had spoken to via the internet, but had never met in real life.) Going to Winter CHA had seemed like a far off dream only months before and there I was… moments away from being entrenched in this passion of mine, surrounded by scrapbook materials, crafting gurus, and well known faces. Never did I think that I would be fighting back tears when I left. The experience was amazing. Not only was I able to see products that were inspiring, projects that were insightful, and papers that were to die for, but I found myself quickly becoming attached to the wonderful women that I had traveled so far to see.
The show unveiled amazing papers. Some of my favorites came from K&Company, Anna Griffin, Pebbles, Kaisercraft, Dove of the East, and Fancy Pants. 7 Gypsies produced an incredible assortment of albums, including one that now tops my list, a handbag chipboard album! Fancy Pants, hands down, wins my vote for favorite product with their Multi Media Acrylic Album. I WILL have it. I could have wrapped up Graphic 45’s entire booth and taken it home with me. The ladies traveling with My Little Yellow Bicycle made my day, every day, with their cheerful demeanor and cute Make N’ Takes. Stamps sets were gloriously abundant, Ranger Inks and Stickles shone across booth to booth, and I was even able to participate in K&Company’s Crop Challenge. The entire week was like having been granted a week in scrap heaven. The people that I came in contact with were wonderful, the time that I spent speaking with vendors was enlightening and invigorating, and I can honestly say that for a moment, albeit brief, I wasn’t sure that I wanted to come home. (6 days was a very long time to be away from my girls… and the longest trip I have ever taken away from them.)
Yesterday’s long travel home from California was sad. Exchanging the sight of palm trees for cold winter winds and icy roads was certainly depressing. But the days that had blissfully taken place before this were wonderful. Scrap N’Art girls, I cannot imagine having a more wonderful group of friends to have spent the week with and I know that we are going to cement these friendships and do some amazing work together!