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CHA Summer 2011 | Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, and Doodlebug Designs

I’ve got another collection of bright, colorful, and fun booth photos ready to share with you!

Our first stop on this tour is Bella Blvd, whose booth was full of playful designs and fun patterns such as those found in their Halloween line, “Too Cute to Spook.”

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Bella Blvd didn’t miss any details with this one, even adding lightning bolts to their signature cloud paper.

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Bella has new colors of chipboard alphabet stickers, as well.

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I heard lots of good things about Bella Blvd’s new “Making the Team” collection out and about on the show floor. So many CHA attendees said they were happy to see a sports themed collection that featured fun colors and manageable patterns and that also wasn’t too masculine to be used for girls’ sports photos, as well.

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While there aren’t any new shades of letter stickers for this line, Bella Blvd did make entire sheets of coordinating chipboard numbers to help with recording scores and jersey numbers.

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“Finally Fall” is Bella Blvd’s happy autumn line, filled with bright oranges and turquoise contrasted against plenty of brown and woodgrain patterns.

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Bella Blvd chose a nontraditional color palette for their “Christmas Wishes” line, mixing reds and greens with bright pinks and blues. The penguins are just too cute!

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Bella Blvd’s “Sophisticates” line of basic papers and letter stickers was introduced at the last show, but I love it so much (and it’s been so popular) that I wanted to include a couple of photos of it along with the new items.

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Bella’s also got a line of coordinating rubber stamps from Unity Stamps.

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Jillibean Soup’s booth was directly across the aisle from Bella Blvd, so it seems like a natural next stop on our booth tour.

The summer-themed “Watermelon Gazpacho” is one of Jillibean’s new releases and is filled with bright colors and fun, homey icons.

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The new “Apple Cheddar Soup” is a perfect line for both fall and back to school photos.

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I absolutely love these buttons, and those letter stickers pictured to the right? Jillibean Soup has started printing those and all of their stickers and tags on matte paper instead of glossy!

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Jillibean Soup’s “Christmas Eve Chowder” is another great nontraditional Christmas line from the CHA Summer 2011 show. Like in Bella Blvd’s line, pinks and blues are also mixed here with red, green (and penguins!) for an adorable result.

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Jillibean also introduced “Homemade 6 Bean Soup” at this show. This line has a home-y feel about it and has a strong sewing theme.

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Jillibean’s “Sweet and Sour Soup” is another line that is versatile enough to use for back to school or a variety of other subjects.

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“Hearty Barley Soup” shows off what Jillibean really does best – kraft paper!! I’ve never seen a Valentine/love line printed on kraft, and I’m quite excited about this one!

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Oh, and do you see that woodgrain paper? It actually has little hearts right in the pattern!

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Jillibean Soup also has a great line of basics. These “Soup Labels” are going to be a huge hit with both scrapbookers and cardmakers.

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And I really love this baker’s twine!

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Jillibean has also introduced a new color (red) to their line of corrugated alphas, perfect for holiday projects.

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And you can now purchase plain corrugated sheets, as well!

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I’m very excited about these new chipboard alphas.

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Let’s take one last look at some fabulous projects in the Jillibean Soup booth before moving on…

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Doodlebug Designs built a Christmas wonderland right in the middle of the CHA show floor.

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Their booth was so well done, in fact, that it won an award from CHA for Excellence in Exhibiting at the show!

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One of Doodlebug’s strongest offerings this show is their line of basic embellishments. They really know how to rock the brads, buttons, and bling in every color of the rainbow!

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Doodlebug has a new build-it-yourself card line, as well, and it sports their signature color palette in a variety of cards and embellishments.

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And did you spot these little guys on the rack? Doodlebug is now making baker’s twine on adorable 2” spools!! I was so excited when I spotted these that I immediately grabbed Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally by the arm and dragged her into the booth to rejoice with me. [We definitely geeked out over baker's twine at CHA! Keep your eyes peeled for an article all about nothing but baker's twine coming soon on Scrapbook Update! -- Nancy]

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Look closely at the last two spools in this frame – they are black/orange/white and red/white/green combinations for Halloween and Christmas! So fun!

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Doodlebug is also getting ready to release a new line of alphabet stickers in a baker’s twine pattern – be still my heart!

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Doodlebug rocked the paper releases at this CHA, too. Their “Classic” collection would work well with any of their other releases.

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“Santa’s Workshop” has one of the brightest color palettes of any holiday collection at the show, and super cute icons to boot.

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Doodlebug’s “Colorwheel” collection combines bright, cheery colors with tight floral patterns.

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And did you happen to spot the matching twine?

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“Monster Mania” is Doodlebug’s Halloween collection, featuring bright oranges and purples contrasted with black.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this stop on our CHA booth tour. I still have hundreds of photos to process, and who knows where we’ll go next?

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CHA Summer 2011 | Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, and We R Memory Keepers

Are you ready for another round of booth photos? I hope so, because today I have a roundup of Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, and We R Memory Keepers goodies to share with you!

Pink Paislee debuted four stunning new lines at this CHA, including the rich patterns of the licensed House of 3 Halloween Line, “Phantom.” Many of the papers in this collection have a glossy raised embossing over the patterns, and the embellishments and clear stamps are a perfect match for the line.

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Here are some gorgeous projects featuring Phantom, including a spooky selection of cards and layouts.

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Pink Paislee’s “Vintage Vogue” line is licensed from Collage Press, and contains one of the most unique color palettes of any line in the show – pink and green mixed with a sweet shade of cool purple.

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The line’s embellishments all fit with its retro theme, especially the tiny thread spool tops and crocheted trim. The die cut pack is reflective of a trend across almost all the manufacturers – packages of either die cuts or mixed ephemera that coordinate with the line and are available at a relatively low price point.

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The very summer-y “Nantucket” line from Pink Paislee is an unusual – though certainly not unwelcome – release as the summer CHA show is usually full of Halloween, Fall, Winter, and Christmas lines. The breezy patterns and strong pastel color palette made this line a definite standout of the show.

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The line’s embellishments certainly don’t disappoint, and I believe this is the first time I’ve seen stickers available in that cute hexagonal shape.

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Wood shapes are also a hot item at CHA Summer 2011.

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The “Mistables” line follows on the success of Pink Paislee’s CHA Winter 2010 “Parisian Anthology” release. These papers have the same style of embossed “resist” areas as “Parisian Anthology” but in a whole new set of patterns. Pink Paislee has also beefed up the thickness of the paper to help prevent it from warping or bleeding when wet.

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They’ve also introduced a whole new line of mistable embellishments, such as trims.

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The staff at Scrapbook Update had the chance to play with some samples of the “Mistables”  paper while at the Pink Paislee booth, and it took color beautifully and blended well without warping, even after several spray coats.

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Pink Paislee’s design team did a wonderful job on booth samples, showing how all of the lines could be blended with “Mistables” items.

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The next stop on today’s tour is perennial favorite Studio Calico. Their new “Calico Basics” line generated a lot of buzz on the show floor! They’ve also added “Calico Shine” to their basic Mister Huey line for those who want a little shimmer on their projects.

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The “Calico Basics” line takes Studio Calico’s signature graphic style and interprets it in kraft paper to create a line that will work with almost any of their other releases both past and present.

I predict that these kraft letter stickers are going to be a hot item!!

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Studio Calico has also designed a line of masks sporting several of their most popular motifs.

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Are those the new Hero Arts stamps that I spy?

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And how awesome is this paper? Woodgrain is another huge trend in the industry right now.

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“Autumn Press” is Studio Calico’s fall release and comes complete with its own shades of Mister Huey.

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A few of the papers have definite fall motifs, but the majority are generic enough to be used for almost any project- even the themed papers have a more graphic “B” side.

And, there’s more new stamps!

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Another hot trend this summer? Map paper is hot, and not just in travel lines!!

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Even these “Autumn Press” alphabet stickers sport a map print.

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Studio Calico’s third CHA Summer 2011 release, “Memoir”, has a much darker color palette than “Autumn Press” and has more of a vintage farmhouse vibe to it. There’s even a pattern or two reminiscent of homemade quilts, bringing the whole sewing theme that was so popular at CHA a year ago back into the mix.

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In this shot you’ll see something else that’s completely new for Studio Calico this show – 6×6 paper pads!!

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As usual, Studio Calico’s design team knocked it out of the park when it came to booth samples.

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Our last stop for this post is the ever-colorful We R Memory Keepers booth. They debuted a new tool at the show – the “Sew Ribbon”, a follow-up to the “Sew Easy” tool. As you can probably guess, it helps you stitch ribbon on your projects in a variety of patterns.

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The We R Memory Keepers booth staff was kind enough to demo the Sew Ribbon for us, starting with using the template and included cutter to punch holes in the paper.

A reusable, self-adhesive set of “ribbon needles” are included with each set and is used to help guide the ribbon through the holes as you “stitch.”

We R Memory Keepers is also debuting a new line of distress inks. The “Sweetheart”-shaped inkers feature a unique grip to help control the ink pad during use.

The Crop-A-Dile 3 is a corner and tab setter, and We R Memory Keepers has a huge variety of colors and styles of the embellishments available.

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These aren’t new, but I just had to include their immensely popular – and extensive – selection of divided page protectors.

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We R Memory Keepers is getting back to basics with a huge range of brads and eyelets that will be available later in the fall.

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The Cinch 2 is also not new for this show, but I couldn’t help but include a shot of that lovely rainbow of binding rings!

While We R has a fantastic range of new tools (actually more of them than are even covered here), their paper lines also really shine for this release and I wanted to make sure they got a bit of the spotlight as well.

The “Autumn Splendor” collection has a lovely, soft fall palette and plenty of coordinating stamps and embellishments.

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“Peppermint Twist,” We R Memory Keepers’ Christmas line, puts a cute, funky spin on a traditional color palette.

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The line also includes an advent calendar kit. (We saw many advent calendars all over the show floor).

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“Tres Elegant” would be lovely for wedding photos.

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And I spy a set of cameos here! This is a trend that’s continued from the last several CHA shows.

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I’ll round off the tour with this fantastic wall of die cuts. I told you die cuts were hot! You’ll be seeing a lot more of them as Scrapbook Update continues to post booth photos.

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So did you see anything you like? Did anything in particular jump out at you? Leave a comment and let us know! We’ll be back later with lots more coverage from the show floor!

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CHA Summer 2011 | Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye, and October Afternoon

Photographing booths at CHA is a bit like trying to photograph a hyper toddler. That is, if a hyper toddler was made of paper and stickers and constantly surrounded by people. Bending, leaning, and otherwise contorting to shoot around crowds of buyers (that you don’t want to disturb as they’re the main reason the show exists) is elevated to an art form over the course of the convention, and however hard you might try to capture every little thing in every single booth, it’s just not possible.

All that aside, booth photos are the best way that the crew at Scrapbook Update has to share with you the experience of actually being at the show. They’re not comprehensive, but they give a glimpse into the presentation of each company’s offerings. For full product photos, refer to manufacturer web sites or to Scrapbook Update’s own CHA Summer 2011 Sneak Peek page. For some serious booth eye candy, keep reading!

Echo Park has not one, but two new Christmas lines debuting at the show! Holly Jolly Christmas is a bright, cheery line with pops of pink and turquoise, and Season’s Greetings sports a more traditional red and green color palette.

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Thank you to our sponsor!

We’d like to thank today’s sponsor of our CHA Summer 2011 coverage on Scrapbook Update, Hydrangea Hippo!

Many thanks to Hydrangea Hippo for helping to make our coverage of the show possible, and for their support of Scrapbook Update!

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CHA Summer 2011| Spellbinders and Donna Salazar

The crew of Scrapbook Update had a fabulous fabulously busy day at CHA Summer 2011! The day started off with a pre-show press event with Spellbinders where I got up close and personal with their new Edgeabilities dies.

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The Edgeabilities debut includes six sets (MSRP is $19.99 per set) of three dies each, and the 8″ dies can be combined to create more than 70 different edging options.

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Here the staff at Spellbinders demonstrates the dies in their Grand Caliber machine which sports an 8″ track that is able to accommodate the full width of the die.

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Spellbinders is releasing a host of other new products at the show, including Grand Template box dies (yes, they really cut boxes!) and the 8″ x 11″ Grand Impressabilities- larger versions of their Impressabilities embossing template line.

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Spellbinders also showed how their dies could be used to cut sugar sheets to create edible decorations for cakes, cookies, and other confections – putting them in competition with Cricut’s Cake machine.

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After the demo I was able to get a personal demonstration from a Spellbinders staffer of how their Impressabilities can be used for creating letterpress. (Note: look for more on letterpress from Scrapbook Update in the coming weeks and months as we prepare to dive into this hot topic!)

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The Spellbinders booth was filled with gorgeous sample work, such as this layout featuring a stunning set of rosettes.

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Can you believe that those rosettes were made using this edge die?

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This lovely shaped card was made from a Grand Nestability cut that was folded in half.

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Donna Salazar has several new designs debuting in this collection, as well, and there were tons of samples of her work sprinkled throughout the booth.

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Luckily I was able to catch up with the lovely Donna, and she was kind enough to take me on a tour of her new products.

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Several of the girls in the Spellbinders booth were sporting hair accessories cut with the new Grand Peony Creations (unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of one of them).

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Donna’s new butterfly collection now comes with solid and detailed dies for a great layered look.

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Her alphabet die set coordinates perfectly with her chipboard alphabet from GCD Studios, giving crafters the ability to easily cut patterned paper to cover their plain letters. It also works well with Donna’s cardboard (produced by Zutter) to make her signature cardboard alphabets.

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These detailed Shadow Flowers dies are so versatile and could be used in so many ways on scrapbook pages, cards, or any type of paper craft.

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Perhaps the most exciting of the new releases is the addition to Donna’s original Creative Book Pages set – Creative Book Pages Two. This set can be used to create more varied and detailed pages and also includes a border die, book template die, and foldover tab tie.

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I also got a peek at Donna’s new Mixed Media Ink from Clearsnap.

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These pigment inks feature very rich colors and the long working times associated with this type of ink – perfect for mixed media and blending!

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And that was just the start of Scrapbook Update’s second day at CHA!! We’ve just barely scratched the surface of our coverage for both days, so stay tuned in the coming days/weeks for more reporting from the show floor and on the hot trends we spotted while we were out and about!

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What’s Hot at CHA: Lily Bee Design

Typically, walking the floor at CHA means cherry-picking lines that are winners, finding them scattered around the floor, one here, another there. But every so often at CHA a company knocks it out of the park, introducing a whole show release of lines that are must-haves and sure to be winners with consumers. Lily Bee Design has managed that rare feat at CHA Summer 2011 with their Memorandum, Harvest Market, Jingle, and Head Over Heels lines.

Memorandum (pictured above) is the first one to grab your attention. Each of the line’s 6 double-sided patterned papers have a reverse side that is an office-style print of some sort: graph, notebook, etc. These designs are quickly becoming staples in the industry, and paired with the trend-forward designs on the front of the line, which include damask, newsprint, and lovely geometrics in a trendy pale blue and red and yellow dominated theme, these papers make a statement.

Harvest Market (pictured above), the combined Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving line, is a versatile collection that is only themed in the embellishments, making the papers useful for a wide variety of projects – and markets. I’m looking forward to using the 6×6 paper pad of the collection to create masculine card designs with the geometric patterns in fall colors.

Lily Bee’s holiday line is Jingle (pictured above). This year they went with a traditional red and green color scheme for their holiday line, with touches of light blue like we’ve been seeing in many holiday lines at CHA Summer 2011. The small geometric patterns vary between formal and whimsical, and their scale will make them perfect for holiday card making using the 6×6 paper pad.

The final line, Head Over Heels, won’t be shipping until October 17th but CHA attendees are already clamoring for it. This love/valentine themed line features bright pinks and turquoises and black and white, along with trendy design elements like sheet music, damask and doilies. This line is going to find its way into a multitude of valentine’s day cards and mini-albums, as well as wedding and engagement scrapbooking.

The small scale of the designs in these lines’ patterns is perfect for the color blocked style that so many people are using patterned paper in lately. They can be cut up and the pattern still stays identifiable. Sized down to the 6×6 paper pads, they scale beautifully for use on small projects like cards, tags, and mini-albums.

All of the lines, of course, have accompanying embellishments and Lily Bee keeps it simple…and very usable and affordable. Their cardstock stickers, ABC stickers, and Index Journaling Cards all retail for $5 or less. The eight different alphabets, including some that are even patterned designs, on each sheet make the ABC stickers an especially amazing deal for a retail of $5/sheet. The cardstock sticker sheets combine several hot trends right now, containing banner stickers and sentiments for cardmaking. And all four collections are available as 6×6 paper pads that retail for $5.99. (Anyone who heard Paperclipping Roundtable #73 already knows how awesome I think Lily Bee’s 6×6 paper pads are!)

Releases like this one set the bar of excellence really high for everyone else. Like a perfect game in baseball, this occasional occurrence shows what is possible when talent, hard work, and inspiration intersect, and gives everyone else something to aspire to and a reason to push their game to the next level.

If you are at CHA and want to check out Lily Bee Design’s new release for yourself on Thursday, they are in booth #1252.

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What Is Heidi Swapp’s Secret?

Longtime scrapbook celebrity and veteran product designer Heidi Swapp has something new in the works! The details are being kept under tight wraps for now, but an unmanned booth at the CHA Summer 2011 show gives the tiniest of glimpses into Heidi’s latest venture.

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A looped video playing in the booth, narrated by Heidi, emphasizes memories, telling your story, and the rapid pace at which life passes us by but doesn’t go into any further detail.

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Press materials for this venture are just as lean on specifics, focusing more on describing Heidi’s already well-known scrapbooking style and philosophy than providing concrete details. It’s the non-text portion of the press kit, however, that was most intriguing to the staff at Scrapbook Update – could these patterns possibly be part of the new product or product line that’s currently in the works?

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CHA Summer 2011 | Tim Holtz

When Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally was making plans for our first morning at the CHA Summer 2011 show, visiting Tim Holtz at the Sizzix booth was (predictably, we know) the absolute first item on her agenda.

And it was, of course, on many other attendees’ agendas, too – just look at the greeting line at the booth!

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Tim is an absolute rock star stamper, crafter, artist, and product designer whose ideas and personality are always a hit with scrapbookers, cardmakers, and mixed media artists alike.

And, like any rock star, he’s often asked for his autograph, which is why he spent the first part of his morning signing catalogs for his fans.

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Tim is also an engaging instructor. Here he demonstrates his new Halloween dies by Sizzix.

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And here Tim shows off his new Tattered Pinecone die, which can be used to create both a realistic-looking pinecone and a vintage style rose, depending on how the individual petals are shaped after cutting and on how the final product is rolled together.

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Stamping on a Texture Fade plate with a Reflections stamp before using it to emboss? Genius!

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When Nancy Nally and I departed the booth a while later, there was still a sizable crowd gathered around to watch Tim work.

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Tim was at the gorgeous Idea-ology booth (complete with details such as these cobweb-draped chandeliers) for the second hour of the show to promote a number of new products being released this summer and fall.

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The big draw at this venue was the chance to get Tim to personalize and sign an Idea-ology apron, so Nancy and I picked ours up and then patiently waited in line for our turn to speak with Tim again.

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While in line I spotted some of Tim’s new District Market stationery line. I think that these kraft butterfly notecards are my favorite out of the bunch, and the butterfly tote bag is amazing, as well!

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This booth has so many vintage decorations tucked into every nook and cranny!

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Finally it was our turn to have our aprons signed. Nancy was kind enough to carry mine through the line so that Mario Rossi and I could hang back and shoot photos of Tim in action. Here he’s making sure he spells my name correctly. And, yes, I giggled.

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A quick shot with Nancy before we scooted out of his way and let him get back to work.

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Another couple of shots of all the vintage goodness.

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Nancy couldn’t help posing with what’s sure to be one of the major hits of the show – Tim’s Kraft-Core cardstock from Core’dinations.

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Tim’s Distress Stains (produced by Ranger Ink) are generating as much buzz at this show as they did at CHA Winter 2011 thanks to a bundle of new colors being released.

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As always, Tim and the team at Ranger did a stunning job of displaying all the available colors in the product line.

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Scrapbook Update still has more Tim Holtz product to cover as we haven’t even made it to the Stamper’s Anonymous booth yet and only had the chance to breeze by the Ranger offerings today. Thank goodness it’s a three day show – that means we’ve got plenty of time left to get the scoop and share it all with you!

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