Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Ready or not, here we come!

It has been roughly eight years since I was on the "scrapbooking expo circuit." Hitting the road again brings back memories of countless good times spent on the road with my hard-working mom. In fact, my mom helped me at the Novi, MI Great Lakes Mega Meet (GLMM) for years.

This photo was taken in 2004 when I went to the show with Cliff and Emily. And now that girl is 16.

Emily is still wearing her show badge at dinner. :)
We're heading back to the GLMM today.

With a last-minute opportunity to exhibit at the Milwaukee Scrapbook Expo just three weeks ago, we were able to treat it like a dress rehearsal for Novi. And boy, did we learn a lot! During our Saturday evening post-expo dinner, Karen actually left the restaurant to go out to the car and grab a notebook because Rita, Jac, Scott and Karen had so many thoughts and ideas to write down!

I am so proud of what our team has accomplished to make our brainstorming come to life in such a short time! We literally set up the booth here at the warehouse and made adjustments until we were satisfied with the changes. Karen's dad used a saw, Brenda rolled out the sewing machine, Deb and Rita worked hard to package displays, Jac designed signs and labels, I printed signs and labels . . . it was an amazing effort in the midst of the typical day-to-day happenings around here!

Deb packs up a few last-minute things.

And everyone has been adding to this palette. 

Brenda checks product to make sure it's ready to go!

A big stack of our new "grid wall" for the booth display.
It's time to brace myself for some new adventures, like renting a 12-foot trailer and towing it behind my vehicle for the 8-hour drive from Appleton to the Detroit area, through Chicago and everything!

I'm thankful for dear friends like Mr. Scott (aka "the muscle") and Jacqueline Carney who will be helping out with the drive. I'm also looking forward to seeing my roomie for the week, Lori D, who will be there to meet us and help throughout the weekend. And I'm super-glad to have Deb K. around here, 'cuz she totally knows how to hitch up a trailer.

Jitters, be gone!

Mom used to get so excited to hit the road with me that she'd call and say things like, "Two more sleeps 'til we go!" and "One more sleep!" Well . . . no more sleeps. Here we come!

Here's to a great week on the road again! If all goes well, 2014 will bring more shows and workshops to the schedule, hopefully near you!

Tricia


22 comments:

  1. I am so excited for all of you to begin this "new" old adventure again! You will all do FANTASTIC and I know your mom is smiling down on you and the gang today! She is cheering you on just like the rest of us. :) HUGS and good thoughts for a great day today!!

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  2. Wish I lived closer to see everyone. I am sure this will be a huge success! Your Mom will be with you in spirit!

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  3. Hugs and prayers for a wonderful show this weekend!

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  4. You are going to have an awesome show! Have loads of fun.

    AnnetteD

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  5. You all will do great! Have fun and be safe!!

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  6. Have fun! I've been doing shows this year, too, and it is stressful - but it is so much fun, too! Nothing like meeting people and talking to them face-to-face. Hope you have a great show - I hope you are busy the entire time!

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  7. I'm so happy you are branching out to do this again. Your product "shows" so well in person! I know you are missing your momma but so glad you have extra hands and help from the CS "crew" to get you there and help with the show. I've never been to a show like this...probably a good thing? Come South... =)

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  8. Safe travels to all.

    You KNOW that all will be just fine.

    Have FUN.

    pat-czap

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  9. I'm so looking forward to seeing all of you again too! It's been far too long between visits this time. Hard to believe that it was at that very Mega Meet in 2004 that I first met you and could no longer resist joining Club Scrap. I just know it's going to be a great show and we'll find lots of new members to join in the fun too! See ya on my side of the lake in Novi!

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  10. Everything Club Scrap does is done with excellence. This will be no exception - you have a great product and a great company - you are simply wonderful people! I am excited for you. Enjoy!!!!

    Marlou

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  11. I will be there on Thursday and Sat. I even got the last seat in your class. Looking forward to meeting my long time friend in person.

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  12. Can't wait to see you! I have so many great memories of helping at your booth in the past! Have a safe trip!

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  13. My mom said the same thing! Have a great time!!!!!! I'm sure everything will go well. Can't wait til you come east!

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  14. Arlene P. (aussiemom)May 7, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    I know you will all do well. You are great people, friends I have never met in person but I love Club Scrap & I know others will too as they visit your booth. Good luck & have a great time.

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  15. I love Brenda's hair that way!! Have a blast in Novi!! You guys are great and more people will find out over the weekend! That last bit is so cute, my mom never said that but my kids used to ask questions in relation to sleeps, how many sleeps until we go to the zoo? how many sleeps 'til Christmas? This only pertained to things they knew were coming soon.

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  16. Tricia,
    I will be there also. Its a great show I have going to it for years. My friends and I look forward to it. Also if you need help with anything I would be glad to pitch in. I will be there all 3 days.
    Donna Busch

    drbusch@aol.com
    248-709-6401 cell or text

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    1. Donna, it was so great to finally meet you in person. You were exactly as I knew you would be. Beautiful, warm and wonderful!

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  17. you guys are gonna be great! i know you'll be successful and show so many new people (and remind some who forgot!) that Club Scrap is wonderful! Great kits, friendly forum, unending ideas on the blog and FB... just to name a few!

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  18. You're breaking out into the world again and I know it will be wildly successful. Everything Club Scrap is so special, not to mention the people, besides all the spectacular "stuff."

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  19. Tricia - best of luck to all of you. I just know the trip will be a huge success because of three things - people, service and product!!! Club Scrap has all of that and more!!

    Mom's there in spirit!!

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  20. Tricia, I am very excited for you! I can't wait until you are back in the Chicago area so I can come hang out! The Scrapbook Expo is when I was first introduced to Club Scrap, the best booth at any convention!

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