Saturday, February 16, 2008

We're back from CHA/Fire donations/ Scrapbook Escape Questions

Hi everyone!
Well, as usual we had a great time at CHA! I just love to look at all the new
product and evaluate what direction this industry is going. I expected there
to be more information on digital scrapbooking. It was there, more than in the
past for sure. The Prima Flowers booth had good examples of hybrid
scrapbooking. There were a few booths which were educating and selling
strictly digital scrapbooking. I am still not sure how we will incorporate
digital scrapbooking into the store as of yet. More research to do!

At this show I didn't find one company that I just went crazy over, except K &
Company's "Blue Awing" line. It is truly stunning. We bought the entire line.
Most of the companies did a great job introducing new variations on themes we
needed for the store. I feel like we covered all areas to meet everyone's
taste. Anna Griffin came out with some beautiful lines again. My Mind's Eye
has a new "Wild Asparagus" Line that is also beautiful as well as "29 Street"
which is amazing. The talk of the show was that Basic Grey's release this year
wasn't as good as in the past. We still bought a lot of four out of the five
lines, but I will be curious to hear your feedback.

We really focused on ordering from some newer company's that we have not
purchased from in the past. We know what staples we need, but in addition we
ordered some lines that are a great new look for us that I know you will enjoy!
Stay tuned!

We started collecting donations yesterday for the fire victims in the Rancho
Bernardo/Poway area. Roni and I are going to go down on Friday (Feb. 22nd) to
deliver the donations and work the event. If you have any scrapbook items and
gently used tools to donate, we will need them by Wednesday. It is a great
cause and I am excited to participate.

We have had a couple of questions about the price of the weekend escape not
including the hotel room. Most people are sharing the hotel room which makes
the room anywhere from $25 to $50 per night. (4 people or 2 people
respectively) I have been going on scrapbook weekends for 6-7 years now and
have never paid under $350.00 for the weekend. The one I attend now - "Garden
Spa Scrappin" in Arroyo Grande is wonderful and is currently $375.00. She
(Marguerite) is booked all year long.

The $225 also includes a guest teacher Friday night who is doing a 6x6 acrylic
album with all attendees. We are having a demo camp Saturday and giving away
TONS of prizes all weekend. As you can imagine this type of weekend is an
amazing amount of work/labor on our part and with the fee to the hotel, it is
impossible to lower the price. The attendees will be getting so much for their
money and I know they will have an incredible time.

We hope to see you there!
Happy Scrappin!