CHA, it was good to see you

We thought that after a year of being in business and not doing any marketing or anything it might be a good idea to let the world know about us. CHA Anaheim seemed like a good place to start. It is, afterall, supposed to be like the biggest scrapbooking and craft convention in the world, right?

When you become a CHA member they send you all these scary documents that talk about the show rules and stuff. One of the weirder ones says that unless you can set up your own booth by yourself (1 person) without the aid of anyone else and without the use of any tools in under 30 minutes you have to hire a teamster union dude to help you and you have to pay them like $100 an hour (or more!).

Now, we're not cheap by any means, but we are a little company (just 2 people) that pays for everything in cash. Plus it just seems wrong to pay somebody that much money to pop a few screws into some wood. What can you do.

So after a few visits to Ikea this is the set up we came up with. No tools needed and everything went up in about 10 minutes.

cha booth

Pretty lo-fi, but since we are new exhibitors anyway, they stick us down in the dungeon with all the other newbies in our own special section. Next year we get to be upstairs with the grownups. Oh, and the funny thing is that nobody was going around making sure we were following the silly rules anyway. I guess it is an honor system!

Here Martin of The Pink Donut preps me for a video interview. Wicked embarrassing.

Martin & JJ

You can see the interview on their site or right here...

Do I really sound like that? Seriously, it's like I'm still 14. Anyhow, Martin and Martine are both super rad! Check out The Pink Donut and you'll see what I mean.

Lots of rad people stopped by to say hi. Some old friends and some new. This is Chantel Mernickle of Treasured Memories and her awesome family. We love these guys! They are loads of fun. If you're ever in Edmonton, Alberta stop by their shop and pick up some BAM POP!

Chantel Mernickle & Family

Martine was super sweet and gave me a copy of issue 10 of Scrap! Magazine, one of my new favorite publications from Holland. Actually, I don't read dutch so well, but I like to look at the pretty pictures.

hotel room balcony

There are some nice features on BAM POP in this one. And check out our homegirl, Fauve van Maanen, on the cover! She has some bad ass layouts in the issue including this one. It's our favorite ^__^


Blogger Holly Terra said...

If Only I could read Dutch.
Your blog is fun.
I like when you call LOs Bad Ass.

March 5, 2008 3:05 PM  
Blogger Chantel Mernickle said...

HEY its me!!! :) Thanks for putting my family up, that defenitly just made my day! :)

it was super nice to meet you JJ!

--chantel mernickle

March 7, 2008 10:51 PM  
Blogger Nivea Nunes said...

Hey! Somebody with the t-shirt of Brazil! I From Brazil! I liked them
very its works! Congratulations!

March 21, 2008 9:42 PM  
Blogger *fauve* said...

You are awesome!!!!!!I <3 YOU BamPop

April 25, 2008 4:09 AM  
Blogger Angie said...

Ohh yes im the same
Thinking about CHA next year ?
Although Im little as well!!
And Im in Aussie land
Maybe next year >>>

May 11, 2008 12:54 AM  
Blogger Starlight said...

YAY I love that lady with a Brazilian T-shirt.LOL
And the pics from fauve were taken by me:D
She rock the poses.

June 3, 2008 2:41 AM  

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