Archive | July 16, 2011

Melissa’s CHA Sneak Peek Picks

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for scrapbookers as the staff here at Scrapbook Update gears up to cover CHA Summer 2011 in Chicago next week. We’ve been busy packing our gear (my photography equipment takes up an entire suitcase on its own), prepping our schedules, and poring over the great new stuff that’s been previewed so far, and, man, are we ever excited to get there and see it all in person!  There’s a ton of work involved, but today I’m convinced that I have the best job in the entire world, because today it’s my assignment to share with you my favorites of the hot, new products that have been sneak-peeked all over the web for the last month or so. So grab a cup of tea, a Starbucks, or a Mountain Dew (especially if you’ve been staying up as late as we have lately) and prepare to be wowed by some serious eye candy!

I’m an unapologetic paper addict (and aren’t most of us?), so I’m naturally drawn to hot new color combinations and patterns in my favorite scrapbooking supply. Studio Calico doesn’t disappoint in this department – their new Autumn Press and Memoir lines are infused with fresh, vibrant color combinations and patterns that are a wonderful mix of classic and graphic. And the Mister Huey lover in me has totally flipped for all the new color mists that Studio Calico is bringing to market – five new colors for each of their new lines!

I’m also excited for the new Classic Calico collection. I sometimes think that Studio Calico has been singlehandedly responsible for the explosion in popularity of kraft cardstock in the industry, and I’m happy to see that they’re coming out with an entire collection of neutral prints. Classic Calico is reminiscent of the very popular Basics line from BasicGrey, but with the definite signature graphic flair that Studio Calico is known for.

Nantucket from Pink Paislee completely surprised me with its soft color palette and classic patterns. The line is beach-themed, but the patterns are so versatile that they could be used for a number of other scrapbooking subjects. It’s also one of those rare collections whose papers would work equally well in small bits on a layout or as the background of an entire page.

Echo Park’s Victoria Gardens has a very similar look and feel as the Nantucket line, but with slightly bolder colors and tighter patterns overall. This is another extremely versatile line whose use of single-colored patterns makes it great for both embellishing and backgrounds.

Newcomer Authentique Paper has been generating a lot of buzz in the industry lately. My favorite of their new releases is the Blissful line. The grey and yellow color combination caught my eye immediately. I’ve been seeing a ton of this combination over the past year or so in home decor (this bedding line by Dwell Studio for Target comes to mind), and it looks like it’s finally made its way into scrapbooking as well.

Yellow, while perhaps not so dominant as in Blissful, is a common color across many of the new lines coming out this season. Glitz Design has done a stellar job of pairing it with turquoise and purple for their Dance in Sunshine line, and also with a stunning navy that provides a wonderful contrast in their Vintage Blue line. I’m also a huge (understatement of the century) fan of Glitz’s Teeny Alphas. They’re so perfect for pairing up with a larger font (Thickers, anyone?) to use for longer titles or subtitles, and I’m thrilled to see that some great new colors and fonts are making their way to market soon.

Lily Bee’s Memorandum line is a great combination of ledger and office themed papers on one side and classic styles and colors on the other. This is one of those rare sets that will most likely entice me to buy two of each sheet since I love the colored sides, but I also love to use ledger papers as page backgrounds in place of plain cardstock. I’m going to want to have plenty of this in my stash!! And the coordinating ABC Stickers are not to be missed. These alphas are awesome if you need smaller letters but still want to have that letter “shape,” and they’re also a great bargain with eight sets of stickers on each 12×12 sheet.

Yellow is once again a dominant player in Sunshine, part of My Mind’s Eye’s massive Lost and Found 2 release. I just love the slightly aged yellow paired with patterns such as vintage ad prints, damasks, and ledger papers.

My Mind’s Eye also seriously rocked the decorative brads on this release. Lost and Found contains no fewer than eight new sets of their gorgeous brads, with each set featuring a wide range of colors, patterns, styles, and even a little layering. I purchased all of the brads from last CHA’s Stella and Rose release, and they’ve been one of my most used supplies since then. You can bet that I’ll be picking up a pack of each of the new ones!

The holiday releases weren’t forgotten on the brad front, either! The Mischievous and Lost & Found Christmas lines also sport their own sets of themed brads, and I can think of several paper lines that I already have in my stash that these would coordinate with. Purchasing the occasional (or not so occasional, in my case) set of new embellishments like this is an easy and economical way to breathe some new life into supplies you may have purchased years ago.

I’m not quite through with the My Mind’s Eye releases! I’m totally smitten with the bright, funky colors (and, of course, the brads!) in their new 12 Days of Christmas set- but then again I’m always a sucker for a good non-traditional color palette when it comes to Christmas paper. I think it’s the turquoise in this line that makes me happiest!

Prima’s Christmas release, North Country, knocked me flat the moment I spotted it, and totally in a good way! It reminds me of everything I loved about some of the old BasicGrey Christmas lines (such as Dasher and Blitzen) – the color palette, the designs, the overall feel – and the addition of pure white (no distressing here!) to the patterns gives this line such a clean feel.

I’m in love with Crate Paper’s Christmas line, as well! Peppermint takes a somewhat traditional color scheme (still lots of reds and greens here) and adds a bold blue and some yellow (there’s that yellow again!) to the mix. And, of course, it includes a warm woodgrain pattern, something that’s almost become a signature in Crate Paper releases of late.

While we’re on the subject of Crate Paper, I’m totally digging the slightly retro vibes in both the Farmhouse and Random lines. These releases are spot on with their color combinations and the perfect amount of distressing- just enough to give everything a common feel and help it blend together. I can see Farmhouse being used for so many fall photos – and how cool is the “ruler” twist on the woodgrain sheet in this set?

It’s impossible to say from just a peek, but if the teasers for October Afternoon’s Farmhouse and Sidewalks lines are any indication at all, these are going to be home runs as well. I’m definitely hoping for more Miscellany packs from them, as these have been my favorite items from their last release!

Maya Road always has new and innovative embellishments to share, especially in their chipboard and kraft cutout lines. I’ve not seen any little chipboard banner ribbons like these before and can think of so many ways to use them on cards and scrapbook pages!

I predict that this last pick is going to be one of the hotter items to come out the show. Tim Holtz has again teamed up with Core’dinations to produce a signature line of cardstock, but this time there’s a twist – it has kraft in the middle! I spy some great shades of paper in this collection, and I think that Kraft-Core is going to be a must-have for many a papercrafter.

Now that I’ve combed through all the sneaks and chosen my favorites, I’m more excited than ever to get to Chicago and see it all up close! And I’m also curious to know what your favorites are of the new lines. Please leave a comment and let me know what you think is hot this year, and also if you have any requests for a specific booth or vendor you’d like me to make sure that I visit and cover. I can’t promise to get to all of them, but your input will definitely help us plan and strategize our time at the show.

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