The Oh So Non-Glamorous Side of CHA

Feb 5, 2012

I thought I would share with you some of the photos Caroline, David and I took while we were all setting up the Maya Road booth for CHA-W. It’s amazing how it takes 2 days to set up and only 5 hours and 20 minutes to break it all down, re-pack panels, shelves, signs and product as well as repack all the design team projects and get everything back in the crates ready to ship back to the warehouse. It’s crazy!!!

 First you start with a few handfuls of these and a nice cold Diet Coke

Then we start putting down the flooring (Ronda, Laura & Emily)

 After the flooring is down we start building the walls (Ronda, Laura & David)

 While putting up the walls we dodge forklifts and trees (not kidding the proof is in the photo)

 After the walls are up we start emptying the crates.
As you can see the tallest one (Laura) gets to crawl in and hand out boxes.

Once the walls are built, next comes all the awesome Maya Road products… and their are LOTS! Chipboard Albums, Trinkets, Metal, Blossoms, Ribbons and Trims, Kraft, Mini Chipboard Sets, Chipboard Sets, Chipboard Coasters, Clear Stamps, Glitter, Maya Mists, Ink Pads, Canvas, Wood, Transparencies, Microfelts, Acrylic Albums, Keychains, Stands and Sets, Rubons, Sheer Sets and Albums

Still putting up product

and more product… Laura is working on the ribbon wall… one year I was given that task and lets just say… I was never given that task again… oh my goodness.

And this is what I call “Organized Chaos” Carolyn with The Crafty Scrapper came by with Shelly and Gena to check things out and see how everything was going.

More “Organized Chaos”

David and Laura making sure each catalog has an order form

 Catalogs all ready and waiting

Then some how it all of a sudden looks like this… (Caroline & Laura)

 And here is everyone who helped get the booth ready for the show

From left to right, Carolyn, Laura, Ronda, Katie, Me, Caroline, David, Emily and Karen

And then it’s back to this… (David, Caroline & Katie)

Now that I’ve re-cooperated from the show, it’s time to clean my house and do some laundry. Where’s my fairy godmother? I keep waiting for her to show up and so far nothing!


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  • Sally Fasano

    Hi Lisa,
    I met you at CHA and took a photo of your “chest” adornment that is posted on my blog. It was great meeting you. I now have to go out and purchase your book since I missed your book signing. Love supporting artists I admire.
    Love your photos of the setting up of CHA. I got to see it two years ago and was amazed at what goes on before the show starts.

  • Cheryl Bodkin-Waters on Facebook

    Great connection . . . The two of you. You are both blessings in my life.

  • Cindy

    Peanut M&M’s and Coke make everything easier!:) Would love to go to CHA someday. sigh

  • laura

    really…there is organization to the chaos???? and I think you should learn to do the ribbon wall and take orders….lol