My CHA Summer 2011 Shopping List

You’re probably thinking…doesn’t she usually make picks over on Scrapbook Update? Well, technically, yes…but the Scrapbook Update staff’s “Top Ten Hot Picks” list (coming soon!) is based on a wide range of factors like innovation, marketability at the retail level, and amount of buzz a product received at the show. Just because something is trendy and hot in the marketplace as a whole, doesn’t mean that it is something I want to add to my personal stash. It may not fit my style, or work with my way of creating, or be suitable for projects I have planned in the near future.

So here, on my personal blog, is where I get to gush about the stuff that I personally loved on the show floor, that I think will work for the way that I create and that I think belongs in my stash. Here’s where you get a peek at my personal shopping list!

The first one was a no-brainer…Core’dinations Tim Holtz Kraft-Core cardstock! I am a hardcore (pun intended) adherent of using Bazzill’s Kraft cardstock on my pages. I also do a lot of die-cutting and other techniques with paper. Being able to use the Kraft-Core to create cardstock elements that coordinate with my Kraft when they are distressed is going to be amazing!

(What’s not to love about that picture? Kraft-Core and a good hair day! Melissa is a photography genius.)

My next must-have was also love at first sight. I’ve been loving what Lily Bee Design has been doing recently – I even mentioned their Picket Fence 6×6 pad on a recent Roundtable episode. But when I saw their CHA Summer 2011 releases I was just amazed. I especially love the Memorandum line, with the backsides all being office papers that I adore working with, and the Head Over Heels line, a very feminine valentine kind of line that doesn’t have hearts all over it.

The other two lines are seasonal – Harvest Market and Jingle – and I’ll likely want the 6×6 pads of those for tags and cards even though I don’t scrap seasonal stuff very often. And of course I will want all the wonderful alphabet stickers that come with these lines…I especially can’t wait to get hold of the beautiful floral print ones that coordinate with Head Over Heels.

And of course there has to be some Tim Holtz Sizzix dies on this list…I’m majorly in love lately with the mini Mover and Shaper dies to use in my tags and cards, and just finally bought the tray to work with them a couple of weeks ago rather than using my tag die as a makeshift tray. I was ecstatic to see these in the new release:

The mini flower will be great for so many projects – I predict it will be a hot seller! I’m also really excited about using the mini dies of the snowflakes, holly and pine tree (and the “25″ and reindeer not pictured above) on Christmas tags.

I love background texture stamps, and Studio Calico has a new one coming in their collection with Hero Arts that I knew immediately I just have to have, a grid design called, aptly, “Grid Pattern” that is part of their Classic Calico collection.

Another booth that had some great staples in it that I know that I will be using was Jillibean Soup. I can’t wait to start using their latest round of Soup Labels on cards and layouts.

October Afternoon’s bright cheery new product lines also made an impression on me. Sidewalks (pictured below) and Farmhouse will most definitely find use in my personal projects. Besides the patterned papers in the collections, I am also excited about some of the accompanying cardstock stickers (especially the labels) and the paper ephemera collections.

Next thing I fell in love with was Prima’s Tiles and Wood Buttons. I’m really liking lately using small dimensional objects in my work and these are perfect for cards, tags and layouts. The vintage styling will go with a lot of the companies whose products I tend to use (and even the October Afternoon collections mentioned above).

And there has to be some Echo Park…they had an awesome show and I can’t wait to get my hands on their new feminine Victoria Garden collection!

Echo Park also did some amazing brads with their lines this time around – I especially love the “Seasons” ones, which I know will be perfect for my holiday tags this year.

One final thing that I know will end up on my shopping list…these awesome Jenni Bowlin clear stamps. Although I rarely buy clear stamps anymore, preferring cling rubber mostly, I just have to have these! The days of the week font is bold and fabulous – useful for so many different projects. The alphabet is classic and can be used alone with ink, or stamped as an outline to be colored in. And the scale of them is just so perfect for a variety of projects!

This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list of everything I will buy from CHA Summer 2011, but it’s a good start to my shopping cart! The list is short on holiday lines because I haven’t decided which ones of those I want yet…but there will certainly be some of those eventually coming to my stash, probably some of the vintage themed ones for use on holiday tags.

Many thanks to the talented scrappyjedi (aka Scrapbook Update Contributing Writer Melissa Stinson) for taking many of the photos in this article. You can tell which ones are hers – they’re the good ones.

So what is in the virtual shopping cart you call a CHA wish list?


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