Good morning SCT friends! We know it’s been a bit quiet around here lately but know it’s only because we are ramping up for a big year! As you may know it’s our 10th birthday year and we could not be more excited for this year after coming away from our industry trade show last week (CHA.) Not only did we have the opportunity to see so many great new products heading to stores soon but it was the discussions that were had with companies, designers and friends at the show that were also exciting. We have some news to share but we need to hold on to that for a just a little bit…but it’s exciting 😉 Yes, a great year to come!

As I mentioned CHA is very much about the people. The people behind the companies we love, the people we work with from time to time and the people we work with each issue. While I would have loved to have more pictures to share with you (especially of our own team!), two things – 1: I don’t love getting in a picture and 2: there was just not enough time! But I did get some and if you don’t mind the iPhone photos, I’d love to share them with you!

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While we did share this last week, it’s so worth sharing again. This is the amazing team that joined us this year on the show floor. Taking notes and pictures, we could not have done it without each of them! L to R – Nancy Damiano, Nicole Nowosad, Emily Pitts, Vicki Boutin, Catherine Tachdjian, Cathy Zielske, Jennifer Gallacher, and Stacy Cohen

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Me with my partner in crime Vicki Boutin! She makes work fun!

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Me with the Doodlebug girls, Cynthea the owner and her sister Tonya. Their booth was the cutest ever!

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Our resident team photographer, Nancy Damiano! She took over the Instagram account and was amazing at sharing so many pictures with our followers (@sctmagazine)

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We had so much fun celebrating Simple Stories 5th birthday at their ice cream party!

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Had some fun times and laughs with Amy Tan! So excited we’ll be seeing her in 6 weeks at Crop & Create Markham!

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Love these ladies! L to R: Designer Peppermint Grunberg, Becky’s right hand Kari Holt, our fabulous Art Director Cathy Zielske, myself and the beautiful Becky Higgins.

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Our friends at Echo Park. Co-owner Nathanael (on my left) and Stephen, a new and amazing designer on their team.

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Caught these two having some fun in the Crate Paper booth – Paige Evans and Maggie Holmes

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Met up with Natalie, owner of Scrapbook Centrale in Montreal and the lovely Kelly Marie Alveraz owner of Lawn Fawn Stamps.

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We loved seeing Paige Evans’ new line in her cute booth!

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Here I’m with one of Heidi Swapp’s design team member Lindsay Bateman who I’m going to say is one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Watch for her to be joining us here each month on the blog!

So there you have it friends, a few of the people I got the pleasure to see and laugh with during our time at CHA. We’ll have more product pics this week too so be sure to join us!

~ Catherine Tachdjian, Publisher, Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine