CHA Winter 2011 Make & Takes: Educational & Enjoyable (Giveaway)

Having the chance to sit down and make projects with a manufacturer’s “latest and greatest” allows CHA attendees to see first-hand why they need what the manufacturers are selling. For retailer attendees, there is another benefit – to bring home creative samples to display using the product that will soon be in their store. For educator/demonstrator members of CHA, make-and-takes not only provide some hands-on time with new products, but a chance to work with a company’s designers to learn specific tips and techniques.

Betsy Burnett of Scrapbook Update and Wendy Russell of "She's Crafty" making a felt clutch purse at i love to create

At some companies’ booths at CHA Winter 2011, their make-and-takes were offered in sort of a classroom setting, with attendees even needing tickets to attend. Prima Marketing sent out email invites to retailers a couple of weeks before the show offering sign-up for a full assortment of classes from altered canvas bags to mini albums. Pink Paislee did something similar issuing email make-and-take tickets to attendees a week prior to the show, as Rebecca Cross (owner and creative director of Pink Paislee) explained: “Although there were some people who didn’t make their time slot, it was still a very successful way for us to make sure the make-n-take time slots would be filled and it kept store owners from having to stand in long lines during a busy show.”

One of Pink Paislee's five different make-and-takes (photo courtesy of Pink Paislee)

At those companies that didn’t require tickets, attendees normally had a bit of a line to wait in. Most lines, however, appeared to be less than a 10 minute wait. Projects ranged from mini albums (created using the Creatopia system by Xyron), to stamped pendants (at Rubber Stamp Concepts). One popular stop for attendees, Bottle Cap inc, was making a bottle cap necklace project and long time CHA make-n-take favorite Quick Quotes was creating decorated canvases.

"Family" canvas make-and-take from Quick Quotes

Some make and takes showcased a new line or concept. At Bo Bunny attendees were met with a table full of elements from the company’s “Crazy Love” card kit and given the chance to create a valentine or two for their sweetheart.  Best Creations showcased their St. Patrick’s line – there attendees had a chance to take home a 12 x 12 page ready to add photos onto.


Bo Bunny "Crazy Love" card kit make-and-take

Many companies worked together to showcase their products. Unibind and Fiskars worked together to create mini albums, using Fiskars punches to decorate the pages and the Unibind system to bind the mini purse albums. Also at the Fiskars booth, Simplicity/Burda was there making a fabric bracelet using Fiskars scissors and Spoonflower fabric.

Ever popular with attendees are what could be called the “free for all” tables. Here attendees were given a “base” for their project and an assortment of other trinkets and treasures to create with. At the Everything Mary booth, attendees were given a choice of catch all and then told to have fun decorating. Gemstones, flowers, foam and felt shapes and a hot glue gun were all provided to create a finished tote. At Westcott, attendees could decorate their own scissor holster in a similar manner. At the Tombow booth, there was a full assortment of their dual brush pens along with some simple instruction on ways to use the pens on an embossed tag. The i love to create booth featured several of these types of projects as well, including reusable lunch bags that became a canvas for a variety of painting techniques.

A zentangle inspired lunchbag from i love to create

On the last day of the show, Ranger Ink designers did something a bit different for their “make and take.”  Instead of having a project for people to do, they provided attendees with their full range of ink colors to make swatch cards of several of their most popular lines, including the new Distress Stains from Tim Holtz. During the make-and-take, Holtz was in the booth talking to people about the product and signing the swatch cards for retailers to display in their stores. In answer to the question, “why swatch cards?”,  Holtz explained: “By this point in the show most of us retailers, manufacturers, everyone… is tired and their brains are suffering from “crafting overload.” Who needs to do a project when you are like this? Creating a swatch gives retailers a tool to take back to the store with them. When customers ask “how dark is this color” they won’t need to open up stock to give an idea as to the actual color.”

Tim Holtz creating swatch cards at Ranger

So…would you like to win an assortment of make and takes from CHA? We have an assortment of finished projects and kits to create with to give away!

How To Enter: All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Sunday night, April 3rd. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. U.S. mailing addresses only please.

Scrapbook Update would like to thank the following companies for donating items for this giveaway: Best Creations, Deco Arts,  Feltables, Epiphany Crafts, Everything Mary, Fiskars, GCD Studios, i love to create, Ranger Ink, Rubber Stamps Inc.,  Simplicity/ Burda Style, Spoonflower, Quick Quotes, and Westcott.

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266 Responses to CHA Winter 2011 Make & Takes: Educational & Enjoyable (Giveaway)

  1. Tona March 30, 2011 at 12:02 pm #

    Another great informative article Betsy!
    Thanks for the chance to win some make & takes.

  2. Robin W. March 30, 2011 at 12:03 pm #

    This is a great giveaway! So many of us can’t wait to see the new lines in person, and this is a little like being there ourselves 🙂

  3. ej March 30, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    OMG what a great giveaway, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that I am a lucky commentator!!!

  4. Char Jackson March 30, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

    love seeing the newest in what will be in the retailers later–can dream up new ideas for their uses. toss my name in for a chance to win. tx for sharing.

  5. lara read March 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm #

    I think it is great to see all these companies working together! Thanks for the info!

  6. viji March 30, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    Great Article. Betsy you look lovely in the picture. Wish I get to go to CHA sometime! looks way to cool!

  7. Lesa Livingston March 30, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

    Thanks, Betsy! Great article and cool giveaway.

  8. Sue Ogden March 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm #

    I’m exhausted just reading about all the make n takes! Thanks for giving us a taste of CHA. Oh and I really liked Ranger Ink and Tim Holtz idea of the swatch.

  9. Sueann Capela March 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm #

    love the giveaway

  10. Patty B March 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Great article Betsy! Made me feel like I was there, without the waiting…lol.

  11. sandy March 30, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

    Thanks for this great opportunity. What fun CHA must be!

  12. Jeanne Sarna March 30, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

    I missed the CHA Winter show this year and would love to see the latest projects, it would really help me stay informed.

  13. Peggy Snodgrass March 30, 2011 at 12:40 pm #

    This would be a great prize to win. Something new and fun to create!

  14. Tammy Birkhead March 30, 2011 at 1:00 pm #

    Great article! It’s nice to see the companies working to make it possible for attendees to attend their MnTs.

  15. Amyscats March 30, 2011 at 1:06 pm #

    Nicely done – giving us a good feel for what you saw at CHA without having to be there! All the fun, none of the lines. Thanks for the opportunity to win some make-and-takes.

  16. Sandy March 30, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    This is so exciting! If I can’t be at CHA, this is the next best thing! I hope I win!

  17. Della Domingo March 30, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    I love the make and takes at consumer shows, since I get to try new products and learn new techniques. I imagine that it’s very similar for retailers at CHA — and with so any exhibitors sharing so many new product it must be very beneficial for them! Thanks for this great article!

  18. Mary Schmidt March 30, 2011 at 1:16 pm #

    What fun to win this. It would be like opening a mystery present. I can imagine all sorts of goog stuff in it. TFS!

  19. Susan Carolfi March 30, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Thanks for all the information on all the new crafting supplies! Would LOVE to win a make and take, gives you ideas what you can do with all the new things! Glad to hear companies can work together and give us the best of the best crafts!

  20. Robin M March 30, 2011 at 1:24 pm #

    Ranger had a great idea for the last day. Your brain is mush by the end of the show!

  21. Diane March 30, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Wow, great giveaway…fingers are crossed:)

  22. Patrice O'Keefe March 30, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

    This is awaesome!! Thanks so much!! Would love to make it CHA one time!!

  23. Phyllis McKenna March 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm #

    Ooh I would love to win some make n takes from CHA! What fun!! Thanks for the chance.

  24. Teresa Zuehls March 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    Thanks for the interesting post and for the giveaway. I love and think it is a great idea how companies are starting to work together.

  25. Doyle Wasa March 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm #

    I really thought the way these manufacturer’s did the make n takes in class settings was much better for me. I was able to plan my day know that I would be able to get to do a make n take to take back to the store for display. I also loved the opportunity that Ranger as well as Tsukeniko had where you could do the swatch pages for your ink colors.

  26. Melinda Brooks March 30, 2011 at 2:22 pm #

    Would love to win Make n takes from CHA, since the store can not financial afford to send us…. I guess this would be the next best thing. Would love to have the swatches from Ranger.

  27. Pat Baker March 30, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    I would love to get this stuff! Thanks for the chance…

  28. Kelly Rose March 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm #

    What a wonderful article Betsy. Love the projects and the pictures!

  29. Marianne B March 30, 2011 at 2:50 pm #

    Great job explaining all of the different make-and-take projects and the way they were handled. Thanks for another wonderful article Betsy!

  30. Deborah M March 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm #

    great article. I’m totally a fan of the swatch cards for ink, marker and cardstock – keep up the good work 🙂

  31. Terry D. March 30, 2011 at 3:20 pm #

    I would love to have all those amazing projects! I couldn’t go this year so it would be almost as good to go. Thanks for the opportunity.

  32. Rita Spalding March 30, 2011 at 3:35 pm #

    Beautiful projects! These make n takes are so scrapliftable!! Thanks for your great article!!

  33. Barb H March 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm #

    Great article. Also what a great prize to win. Thanks for the chance.

  34. Sue C March 30, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Love reading your great newsletter. I really appreciate the info.

  35. Carol T March 30, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    What fun to see these ideas and what CHA is about. Thank you for sharing the opportunity to win create & takes!

  36. Ginger March 30, 2011 at 4:25 pm #

    I believe I have left so many comments that I have no letters left on my keyboard keys. One of these days my number must certainly come up, don’t you think? LOL Love it!!!

  37. Gail March 30, 2011 at 4:29 pm #

    Wow! It sounds like such fun and the swatch cards are a great idea!

  38. Michelle Noble March 30, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    It make me want to go out and sign right up! I love how you showcased different projects so that we have an idea of what to expect.

  39. Deborah K March 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm #

    One day I would love to go to CHA. Thanks for the chance to win and for sharing new products.

  40. Laura Cushman March 30, 2011 at 5:23 pm #

    I love the info from CHA – thanks Betsy!

  41. rebecca keppel March 30, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    Loved hearing about the CHA make and takes! Thanks for the chance to win!

  42. Theresa Amlong March 30, 2011 at 5:43 pm #

    Thanks for the chance to win and experience a bit of the CHA for myself!

  43. Sheri Inman March 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm #

    Thanks for all your informative articles!

    • Tracy Belling April 6, 2011 at 12:23 pm #

      Well done Sheri, don’t forget to share with us what you make!

    • Sheri Inman April 12, 2011 at 10:24 am #

      I just want to say thank you so much for the great prize. There was so much in the box and it was really fun to go through it all!

  44. Pat March 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm #

    I would sooooo love to win some make and takes… Seeing this made me think of those wonderful times at CKU. I miss it sooo bad, getting to rub elbows with so many great scrapbookers and learning from the stars of the industry!!!!! I LOVE seeing all the new stuff and ways to learn new ways to use it!!! Thanks for the opportunity to win some great stuff!!!

  45. Emily K March 30, 2011 at 6:36 pm #

    Thanks for all the great info and the chance to win!

  46. Pam March 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    Thanks for doing this article, some of us will never make to CHA so its wonderful to know what is happening. I would love to win this prize. Thanks for offering it.

  47. Phyllis Hafley March 30, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    What a great giveaway. Thanks.

  48. Angela Holt March 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm #

    It must have been a fabulous adventure to have walked up and gazed at all the goodies that were at your finger tips. This is a fabulous giveaway and thank you. So much for hosting it.

  49. Glenda March 30, 2011 at 7:02 pm #

    I love to read your articles. They are always very informative. Thanks for the opportunity to enter to win great giveaways!

  50. Melinda M. March 30, 2011 at 7:04 pm #

    What an interesting article–thank you!

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