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Archive | December, 2011

Northridge Announces New Designer Book Series, Signature Series

Northridge Publishing announced this week that they are launching a new subscription book series in 2012 called Signature Series. Each volume in the series will focus on the work and style of a different papercrafts industry designer.

From an entry on the My Craft Channel blog, it appears that the Signature Series book series is a partnership with them to promote their show hosts. Northridge purchased My Craft Channel from founder Kristine McKay in October 2011, shortly before the channel’s official launch.

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Canvas Corp Acquires 7 Gypsies

Canvas Corp announced on Friday, December 9th, that it has acquired California-based 7gypsies from Ultra-Pro.

7gypsies, which was founded in 2001, had been part of Ultra-Pro since 2004. The company is known for its eclectic vintage style. Its bestselling signature products include the Binderie punch, printer traysvintage image clear stamps, and paper tape.

Springdale, Arkansas-based Canvas Corp was founded in 2006 by Randy and Christine Meier. The Meiers had previously founded DMD Industries in the mid-1990′s. (That company is now a property of ANW/Crestwood after being sold to them in February 2010 by the now bankrupt Westrim.) Canvas Corp sells products under the name Canvas Home Basics to the scrapbook, craft and home decor market. Although it produces popular patterned papers, the company is perhaps best known for creating products from materials besides paper: burlap, corrugated cardboard, and its namesake canvas. Continue Reading →

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Paperclipping Roundtable #94: The Future of Scrapbooking

(Note – this is last week’s episode. Another new episode will be available in the next day or two from this week!)

In this episode of the Roundtable we assembled a brain trust to take on a big topic: the future of scrapbooking! Ana Cabrera and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer joined us and we contemplated where we’ve been and where we are going with our paper and glue.

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Hero Arts Debuts 2012 Stamp Catalog

On their website, blog, and through Twitter, I have seen a lot of talk from Hero Arts about their 2012 catalog and initial set of releases for the new year. What really caught my eye is how well they are executing their new product launch, and how much excitement they have generated for their new product release. I was able to attend one of the first Hero Arts 2012 catalog preview parties – there are more than 100 stores around the world participating in this program – and today I am here to talk about that event, and the approach Hero Arts is taking to this release.

The above image is from the Hero Arts website  - clearly linking to a page posting the list of stores participating, as well as contact information and even hours for the stores. Below is a store details page as seen on their website. This is incredibly useful as well as a great promotion for the stores that carry a lot of Hero Arts product! Continue Reading →

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Pantone Announces 2012 Color of the Year

Pantone has announced their 2012′s color of the year. For 2012, they’ve selected “Tangerine Tango”, a vibrant and saturated shade of orange.

Although the color of the year choice is intended as a reflection of trends and a forecasting tool, Pantone’s color trend predictions wields lots of influence over what trends actually evolve. Their choice is very important to trends in the market in all areas of fashion, decor and any industry influenced by color.

The choice of Tangerine Tango is a somewhat natural evolution of the somewhat retro color palette that Pantone has been setting the past few years. In 2010 the color of the year was Turquoise, and then for this year it has been a shade of pink called Honeysuckle. We’ve often seen shades of orange used as an accent color in palettes with those two colors the past two years.

A beautiful example of Pantone’s 2010 through 2012 picks being used in the same product line is Lily Bee’s “Head Over Heels” line from CHA Summer 2011 that was recently released.  Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 12.9.2011

CHA might not be for seven more weeks, but manufacturers are not waiting for the show to release exciting new products and debut new lines. In fact, the current trend is to release product year-round instead now! I’m not complaining – I am enjoying a more steady stream of new products. This week, Noteworthy features three new product line announcements, as well as some creative ideas that took me by surprise.

With the beautiful bold patterns and designs, many crafters struggle to figure out where to cut it or how to use Webster’s Pages patterned paper. They are beautiful and over the last few years have definitely been among my favorites, but their surprising new announcement has me excited, and I believe other scrapbookers will feel the same. Webster’s announced this week that they are creating something new – Clean & Simple papers will be “dedicated to a cleaner, simpler version of Webster’s Pages.”

And no, this isn’t a one-time deal. ALL of our new collections will have a corresponding Clean & Simple paper line, the perfect complement to Classic Webster’s. So instead of having 6 papers per collection…we’re now having 12 papers per collection {6 papers Classic Webster + 6 papers Clean & Simple}

I do not think it is only clean & simple style scrapbookers who will enjoy and appreciate this addition to their lines. This takes out a lot of the intimidation factor of Webster’s Pages’ papers, stretches the usefulness of their lines, and gives crafters more options. I look forward to seeing their new release (Sunday Picnic) which should arrive in stores in January, as well as how this new development adds to their future lines. Continue Reading →

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