Monday CHA Prep Notes

Things have been crazy around here as last minute preparations for CHA are underway.  (If you missed all the details about CHA, you can get all caught up HERE!)  I am so excited to see everything come together this year!  We have all worked so hard to make our booth a little slice of Papertrey heaven right in Chicago!

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I thought it would be fun to document a little of the prep work behind the scenes.  Today I bring you images of the project that David and I took on yesterday.  (Excuse the quality of the photos, they are taken with my iphone since I didn't have my camera handy!) We picked up all of the booth fixtures we ordered to add to what we already had accumulated from last year.  This includes grid walls, shelving, hooks, pegs, fasteners and everything else we need to contain all the merchandise we are bringing. 


The booth this year is four times the size of last year's booth in an effort to accommodate everyone and alleviate lines.  We also doubled our check-out area with four cash registers instead of two.  

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It is always so fascinating to see all of these boxes turned into something as tangible as a temporary "store"!  After opening all of these boxes and getting everything organized in the booth storage unit that we rent, we were beginning to get those first twinges of excitement that the big event will soon be here!

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  • 1
    DebbieZ says:

    I can’t wait!!!!

  • 2
    Kara says:

    Wow! Wish I could be there!

  • 3
    Kari D says:

    I wanna go to CHA! Best wishes for ANOTHER successful weekend!

  • 4
    Jennifer K says:

    I feel your excitement and it’s making me excited. I’m very much looking forward to seeing you and the PTI ladies and spending some of my hard-earned cash at your booth.

  • 5
    see mary stamp says:

    I am so looking forward to CHA, seeing the PTI booth, meeting all of you wonderful PTI people and introducing my dear daughter-in-law to the wonderful world of PTI!!!

  • 6
    Isabel Z says:

    Wish I could be there. I hope that everything goes smoothly and that you have a marvelous time.

  • 7
    Sandy Kay says:

    Can’t wait to see all the pictures of the event – including pictures of the make n takes!

  • 8

    Have an AWESOME show Nichole! Praying for you!!!

  • 9
    Wahinelei says:

    Yay! I got to meet all of you guys in another week, Im so excited!!

  • 10
    Sally says:

    My goodness, you really went BIG this year. So glad to see all the seats at the Make and Take area and the larger shopping space. I did not mind the lines last year because of all the people I met while hanging out, but this will certainly make thing move quicker. Best of luck getting it all set-up and ready for the masses.

  • 11
    Sue in Grapevine says:

    the booth looks so cool. I hope the show is great even beyond your expectations! I am even more jealous of my proxy shopper!

  • 12
    Stephanie J says:

    How exciting! I can’t imagine how much fun CHA would be!

  • 13
    Taheerah says:

    Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh!! The excitement is *really* mounting, cannot wait to meet you all and have the holiday of a lifetime!!

  • 14
    shelly k says:

    SUPER exciting!!! I wish I could be there!

  • 15
    Anna Was says:

    I can’t wait to see it all in person! Hard to believe that it is right around the corner! Gpood luck with everything!

  • 16
    Juanita in Ohio says:

    It’s like waiting for Christmas morning when I was about seven years old! I am so grateful for the ladies that send photos of the happenings while you are there, I live for them and they make me happy. TFS

    P.S. It sure looks like a lot of work and expense, WHEW, LOL.

  • 17
    Angie says:

    Can’t wait to see it in person! I have my wish list already made up!!

  • 18
    Marcie Sharp says:

    Wow!! I’m so excited to hear that your booth is bigger with more check outs this year…I can’t WAIT to check it out at CHA- so excited!! 🙂

  • 19
    Connie F. says:

    I love seeing the “behind the scenes” photos—gives everyone a sense of all the work it takes to set up your booth. I would love to go to CHA one day. At some point, I would also be interested in “behind the scenes” photos/explanation of what goes on after we hit our “submit order button”—-maybe some would be more patient if they could see all the work involved.
    Can’t wait to see pics from CHA!

  • 20
    Lynn Darda says:

    Can’t wait to stop by! so excited to get more PTI stamping goodness!

  • 21
    Dana says:

    I’m positively bursting out of my skin to see the wonder and magic of PTI in Chicago!!!!!

  • 22
    Louchia says:

    I’ll go to the CHA this year, can’t wait to see Papertrey boot!!

  • 23
    Jen Carter says:

    Have fun! Looks like a great set up! Sure wish I was able to go! 🙂

  • 24
    joy says:

    EEhhh… how exciting, can’t wait to meet some of your team! Love the “behind the scene” action.

  • 25
    Michelle H in IL says:

    I’ve made my list and checked it twice! I can’t wait to be there and am so looking forward to meeting all of the PTI crew!

  • 26
    Cathy Cook says:

    I was so excited to find the Papertrey booth last year. Unfortunately, I can’t attend CHA this year. (My DD is getting married – all $$ goes to that!) Hope everything goes well!

  • 27
    paula e. says:

    i so wish i was going to cha… chicago is close for me, but other committments keep from attending this year. i can dream of next year, though. i know it will be a big success for pti.

  • 28
    Kim G says:

    I am so looking forward to seeing all of you, can’t wait! This just gets us more excited to come!

  • 29
    Linda in FWB says:

    I was part of the “log jam” at CHA last summer in Orlando, but it was worth the wait! It introduced me to your stamps and yes, I got the freebie. This layout ought to help handle the crowd. Good luck!

  • 30
    Vicki (CraftCrazy98) says:

    I am going to my first CHA show and it’s because PTI is going to be there! It’s my #1 stop. Thanks for sharing some photos with us. It’s getting me even more excited to go!

  • 31

    Oh so excited for all of you! Can’t wait to see pictures…maybe CHA will be in Sunny Buffalo or Rochester next year? What? Probably Not? Oh okay, but here’s to hoping 🙂

  • 32
    June says:

    WOW, I did not realize this “booth” was going to be this size (much larger than I imagined). I sure wish I could be at CHA.

  • 33
    Lisa says:

    How exciting! I wish I could be there but one day I will go! 😀

  • 34
    Janelle says:

    The booth last year was cozy and everyone waiting in the long lines was really so patient and nice — but it was crazy, wasn’t it? Nice to see the new expanded booth and make & take areas. And I’m sure that some storage in the booth area will make the runners/stockers happy! Wish I could be there, but with a trip already scheduled for the weekend on each side — just not possible. I decided to place a big order on release night instead of getting a proxy shopper — I’ll miss out on the free set, but I’ll have lots of stuff to console myself with while I’m sitting at home thinking of you all. Best wishes for lots of fun and much success!

  • 35
    Sara Mac says:

    Can’t wait to enter that booth and meet you all! I’m thrilled that you have such a big space this year.

  • 36
    Joyce says:

    I’m so jealous!

  • 37
    Kristy says:

    Just seeing those boxes is so exciting. I can’t wait to be there again this year! I’m going to be 34 weeks pregnant but there was no way I was going to miss CHA. I’ve tutored students all summer just so I’d have money to spend at your booth. I just can’t wait!

  • 38
    Deborah says:

    As a PTI newbie, I’m so looking forward to meeting you! DH calculates nearly 1,000 square foot of shopping goodness!! I think we’re as excited as you are! Wahoo!!

    Deb in WI

  • 39
    GinaE says:

    Girl, you are soooooooo lucky to have that husband! What a keeper!!! Looking forward to pics of your booth all set up.

  • 40
    doreen says:

    …wish i could be there…safe trip and wishing you well…my order from last week will be here today, so i am hap hap happy !!!…

  • 41
    Helen F. says:

    This has to be so exciting for you, Nicole (and Team)! I wish I could be there to see the “Extravaganza” come together. I’ll be watching from my computer for sure!!

  • 42
    Kate says:

    I loved your booth in Orlando and this year’s looks like it will be better yet. The amount of work that goes into this must be phenomenal. Please post the make and takes after CHA so those of us who cannot go see a little of what we missed. Hope you have a successful and marvelous time!

  • 43
    Sandra K says:

    I wish I could be there to see it all! Have a great trip and have fun!
    Sandra 🙂

  • 44
    Gail Genrich says:

    My girlfriends and I are so excited to meet you all! I may have a hard time visiting any other booth! See you soon and drive safe!

  • 45
    Margo says:

    I am so jealous! I live in the Orlando area and was at the booth last year. It sounds like you really learned from last year’s experience. Now just don’t run our of favorite stamps….well maybe that’s a good indicator of how well you are doing. LOL Best of luck…you are all such awesome women!

  • 46
    KarinM says:

    How exciting!!! Can’t wait to attend the show in Chicago. How about an update on Cedar Ridge?

  • 47
    Karen S. says:

    Looks like a great set-up! Last year it was so much fun! Wish I was able to make it this year!!

  • 48
    deb says:

    Next Friday – can hardly wait. I’ve changed my list three times already! Looking forward to meeting each of you talented ladies in person! And make and takes – YIPPEEE! Have a safe trip to Chi-town.

  • 49
    Tanya Kendall says:

    Since you people at Papertrey Ink are impossible to get ahold of, I will try this. I placed an order on July 15, 2010, and still have not received it. I also just found out that the charge was removed from my Visa. What is going on?

  • 50
    Tanya Kendall says:

    Where is my order I placed on July 15, 2010? The charge has been removed from my Visa. Why are you people so hard to contact?

  • 51

    I would like to know what happened to my order I placed on July 15, 2010. According to my Visa account this transaction has been removed. Please let me know what is going on.

  • 52
    Jolene S. says:

    I am soooooo excited to go to CHA! Of course, PTI is the hightlight of the whole experience for me…Can’t wait to see the booth and SHOP!!!

  • 53
    LeLe Leffler says:

    Look at all those made in China boxes. What a disgrace.

  • 54
    Wendy says:

    I love *seeing* your preparations for large events! Can’t wait to see you again (met you on the cruise)!

  • 55
    Ava B says:

    soooo excited to see the booth and all you awesome PTI gals!

  • 56
    laura rangel says:

    Can’t wait to meet all the gang!!

  • 57

    I purchased my first but certainly not last round of PTI stamps and I’m in L-O-V-E!!!! I could have bought so much more!!! I got to meet Dawn McVey who is a sweetheart. So friendly and just upbeat 🙂 You are all amazing ladies who design these stamp sets. I hope to one day be on the DT! CHA rocked!

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