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CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: The Crafter’s Workshop

Welcome to Scrapbook Update’s CHA Top Ten Hot Picks list!

To see all the hot picks posted so far, visit this link. At the end, after I’ve published all ten of the picks, I’ll publish a summary list for easy reference.

So here, in no particular order, is the next hot pick for CHA Summer 2013 (aka Create-n-Connect)…

Like the previous pick (Lawn Fawn), this is another company that grabbed this honor for their continued upward motion in the market and for showing increasing signs of being a mature company with a completely solid offering and development program.

The Crafter’s Workshop now has a stable slate of four big-name signature designers, and their efforts for CHA Summer 2013 showed how all these names mesh together, complementing each other without really competing.

Ronda Palazzari’s new stencils really stood out because of the nature of their design. Her style I’d describe as outgoing, in contrast to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, whose style is more introspective. This distinction is reflective of their backgrounds, with Ronda’s work focused more on layouts that cater more to an audience, and Julie’s more focused on art journaling (which to most is private and personal).

These stencils of Ronda’s have multiple designs on them, making them quite versatile:

Ronda Palazzari stencils

This layering stencil is great for travel pages!

Ronda Palazzari stencils

Ronda Palazzari stencils

This next template contains multiple designs as well, but Ronda’s sample layout shows how beautifully they can work together on a project:

Ronda Palazzari stencils

Ronda Palazzari stencils

Retro graphic is huge right now, and tape cassettes are becoming a very trendy icon. Ronda gives you plenty of options to choose from with her “Mix Tape” stencil:

Ronda Palazzari "Mix Tape" stencil

Ronda Palazzari "Mix Tape" stencil layout

Project Life lovers will really find something to love in Ronda’s new releases. Her “Captured” template contains photo frames, patterns, and camera graphics that are sized well for use on 4×6 or 3×4 pocket cards.

Ronda Palazzari Captured stencil

“Twas The Night” is another of Ronda’s stencil designs that will make pocket scrapbookers happy – as well as fans of December Daily albums. I especially love how Ronda has used the stencil on top of patterned paper in the sample.

Ronda Palazzari Twas The Night stencil

Ronda Palazzari Twas The Night sample

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer’s stencils will certainly make her art journaling fans happy, especially this pony tail girl filled with script text!

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Silhouette Script stencil

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer Silhouette Script stencil sample

Julie also has some designs for more general use, like a U.S. map (great for travel!) and an abstract circle pattern.

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer stencils

Dina Wakley is known for her “all-over” repeating and somewhat abstract patterns, with a touch of grunge.

Dina Wakley stencils

Jaime Echt, the fourth designer, is known for her graphic, hard-edged designs (but I somehow missed photographing them).

Besides the Ronda Palazzari templates, it is obvious from several other products that the company is serious about courting pocket scrapbookers. Julie Fei-Fan Balzer has a new collection of mini stencils called “Balzer’s Bits”, most of which are perfect sizes for using on 3×4 and 4×6 pocket cards.

Balzer's Bits

Balzer's Bits tag samples

Even more exciting for pocket scrapbookers – because it is designed just for them -  is the new line of stencils from Jen Boumis, called LifeBits. They create perfect 3×4 cards with a border and fun phrase on them!

Life Bits by The Crafter's Workshop

The company also has expanded their line of dies for pocket scrapbookers. Having previously released 4×6 sized dies, The Crafter’s Workshop is now offering 3×4 sized die designs!

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The result of all these additions, along with their previous releases, is a great selection of options for creative pocket scrapbooking: The Crafter's Workshop sample IMG_8831 The Crafter's Workshop sample

 Stencils are rapidly becoming a papercrafting “standard” product, and The Crafter’s Workshop is the place to be to get them!


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5 Responses to CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: The Crafter’s Workshop

  1. Mary in IL August 6, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    Out of all your picks so far I LOVE this the best! Always loved Julie Fei-Fan Balzer but the other artists are fabulous too. Thanks so much for showcasing the Crafter’s Workshop!

  2. Mary Kay August 6, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    My how times change! I remember (five or six years ago) when self-described artistic scrappers walked by my stencil wall without a glance, while they were snapped up by more traditional, get-it-done style scrappers. Same for electronic die cutting; now the Silhouette and stencils are the must-have items for the artsiest among us. I love change.

  3. KellyL August 6, 2013 at 8:34 pm #

    I really like these stencils – cool stuff!

  4. Gab August 30, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    Wow, there is a lot to like here!

  5. Carol September 4, 2013 at 10:07 am #

    Thanks for showing what’s new! This company is on fire! LOL Their templates can be used for X number of applications. When I ran the first one through my die cutting machine for embossing, it was so amazing to find how a thin piece of plastic had such fantastic results as does sponging, wet embossing and much more. My customers and card lovers cannot believe the results…good retail finds! C.

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