The week at the Craft & Hobby Association's annual show was a whirlwind!  The exhibits are open for four days and there are two education days as well, plus I live on the East Coast so have to allow two full days for travel. It's a great experience, but tiring.

CHA Anaheim Convention Center

I taught one workshop, had a display, and did two live demonstrations. I also took advantage of all the business sessions offered. Great content from Joe Rotella, Theresa Cifali, and Jennifer Priest.

This was the last year for Anaheim as  host city. Next year the show moves to Phoenix and it'll be a bit later (mid-January instead of right after New Year's). Here's a shot as I was coming down the escalator of everyone waiting to get in on opening day.

Opening Day of CHA 2016

I taught a workshop for DecoArt using their Media Line of products.  It was a lot of fun and everyone completed their canvases and left with a smile. Thanks to Stampendous, Ampersand, and The Funkie Junkie Boutique for supporting my workshop with DecoArt.

DecoArt Workshop with Marjie Kemper at CHA 2016

I was honored to have several repeat students from when I taught at CHA last year. This year I had students from Tokyo, Kuwait, Nederlands, Canada and USA.

DecoArt Workshop with Marjie Kemper at CHA 2016 (2)

Once the show opened I was drawn to many booths due to their vibrant displays and gorgeous samples. Here are a number of layouts from the Prima Marketing, Clear Scraps, and Heartfelt Creations booths.  Very few of the booths put the designers' names on the projects.

6 scrapbook layout samples

The best part of the show is catching up with old friends and making new ones.

People Pics - CHA 2016

I will be back on Sunday with Part 2 (way too many pics to include in one post). I did a lot of livestreaming video (Periscopes) from the show. If you'd like to see videos from the show, you can find all the live streaming Periscopes I did right here: CHA Show Periscopes on my YouTube channel.  I scoped  from the Designers in Action section of the exhibit hall and in booths with Andy Skinner, Anita Houston, Catherine Scanlon, Dyan Reaveley, Eileen Hull, Finnabair, France Papillon, Linda Swingle, Seth Apter, and Suze Weinberg.

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  2. Monica on January 17, 2016 at 5:09 am

    Oh Markie…wish I could attend one of your classes in person. Would just LOVE it.. Thank you for sharing these small bits from CHA… ( sigh… Lol )
    Hugs from Monica….. Spain

  3. Gigi Black on January 17, 2016 at 1:31 am

    That is way too much fun. I hope you had a good time even though you had to teach. Rest up now!

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  5. Judy Shea on January 16, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Another fantastic trip. Thank you for all your communications with us. I don’t have twitter, but I watch on YouTube. You’re amazing.

  6. Anne R on January 16, 2016 at 12:04 pm

    Wonderful photos Marjie and I loved your Periscopes!! Anne xx

  7. Julie Tucker-Wolek on January 16, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Loving all the photos!! Hoping you are coming to Phoenix next year!!! Teasing hubby, I told him we should open up our place as a B&B that week, for all the CHA peeps! LOL!! I recognize a lot of those faces in those pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. diana on January 16, 2016 at 7:36 am

    it was so much fun following along with you at CHA!!! it was like i was there! thank you so very much! (and lucky students taking a class from you!!)

  9. Astrid on January 16, 2016 at 4:14 am

    Great photos Marjie, thanks for sharing! I also really enjoyed your scopes!!

  10. Seth on January 15, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    It was so wonderful to spend some time with you at the show Marjie. Thanks a million for the ‘scopes!