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CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: Project Life

Welcome back 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)…

Project Life was, admittedly, something of an enigma in Las Vegas. While it seemed to have lost some of the rock star shine of its debut at the previous show, Project Life was still an omnipresent force on the show floor, driving sales not only for its own company but for many others as well.

Despite the lighter crowds in the company’s booth this time around, this release is actually quite a positive and critical step for the company for several reasons.

Compared to Anaheim in January, where founder Becky Higgins debuted the company with a huge set of new core kits, there was relatively few new core kits on display. There was one aimed at the genealogy market called Heritage, along with a new addition to their line of licenses from well-known designers. The bright and doodle-y “Sunshine” Kit is by Elsie and Emma, of A Beautiful Mess. Heritage Kit by Project Life

Sunshine Kit by Elsie & Emma

There was also two new core kits with a specialized theme, intended for scrapbooking LDS missions. That kit is available in “Elder” and “Sister” versions, and will be carried in Deseret Book starting in October, as well as some other outlets.

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The new Project Life mini-kits were perhaps the most buzzed about of all the new Project Life products. The company introduced licensed designs pulled from collections designed by signature designers from other companies under the American Crafts umbrella: Dear Lizzy’s “Polka Dot Party”, Maggie Holmes’ “Flea Market”, and Amy Tangerine’s “Cut and Paste”.

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But the most important introductions are perhaps the huge array of lower priced items that the company introduced, despite the fact they didn’t get nearly the buzz of the mini-kits. Retailers need lower-ticket items, under $10, to generate add-on and impulse sales. Until now, Project Life has had few items (basically just the cardstock/journal card packs) that fell into this critical price point. Consumers could buy an album, core kit, and plastics – and then be done with the company (and the retailer) for a year.

Not anymore! Among Project Life’s new introductions was a new product option called “Themed Cards”. These come in 36 different variety packs, and the packages contain 40-60 cards all tied to a particular theme. With an MSRP of $4.99 to $6.99, these packages are perfect impulse and add-on buys.

There’s also enough SKU’s that stores will be able to pick and choose what they carry and consumers will see different product in different places, making the product line seem more fresh.

These will make the perfect companion to the Project Life Mini-Albums, with the perfect amount of cards for creating one of those albums. They can also be mixed into a regular album. Insert “Soccer” cards with the soccer photos in your layouts, or “Celebrate” cards with the birthdays.

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Interestingly, it appears that a few of the cards (at least in the Halloween pack) duplicate cards available in previous kits.

As well as the kits, the company expanded its collection of consumables, by adding letter, arrow, and date stickers (MSRP $3.99) in gray and tan.

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There’s also two new types of journaling cards, for a total of four varieties now. Joining the previous grid and blank versions are the new lined and ledger packs. The ledger pack features an assortment of ledger grid designs, and has some color elements in some of the designs.

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Tools are another great add-on sale, and Project Life is finally getting into that business as well. They finally came out with a long-requested corner punch (MSRP $9) to match their card corners, and also a date stamp (MSRP $4.99).

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There’s also a wide new assortment of envelope page plastics, along with new page designs, and bulk assortment packs.


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11 Responses to CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: Project Life

  1. Suzanne August 23, 2013 at 2:31 am #

    I want a mission one. My son left for his mission last week. Wish I didn’t have to wait until October to get a kit.

  2. Vicky August 23, 2013 at 6:11 am #

    I wish there was a tool for REMOVING the rounded corners…hate them and therefore don’t buy any BH project life stuff!

  3. Bonnie Rodriguez August 23, 2013 at 7:06 am #

    My friend has been telling me about Project Life for awhile. I am seriously going to check this out. It seems like it would be great for things I need to scrapbook quickly – like my new little grandson who is growing like a weed! It would help me keep up and I can still do traditional scrapbooks along side of this.

  4. Joanne H. August 23, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    I am one of the few that does not like Project Life. I am sure it is great fun for those that do.I really don’t care for the graphic look anyway,so sorry.
    I do love your reporting Nancy! Keep you the great work.

  5. Pamela McGillin August 23, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    Nancy, Thanks for the overview. I had forgotten all about the new theme packs. Hope to see them at my local store soon. Plus the corner rounder, I’m always on the lookout for a consisten,t flawless corner rounder.

  6. Pauline Clark August 23, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks for this update! I’d have missed all this information on Project Life–and I too like that corner rounder! I’m hoping to introduce Project Life into my tiny shop so am in the market for ideas. Being small means I can’t carry much big stuff but the little things….now we’re talking! Hurray! Great job on the CHA roundups.

  7. Karen Young August 23, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    I am so excited for these little card kits. I used a lot of different things in my PL album, from downloadable freebies that I print to scraps and stuff from other companies. I didn’t want to commit to the entire giant PL package for $30. I will probably be purchasing more than one of the themed card kits.

  8. Joanne Howard August 23, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    I love PL and love how they are expanding the line. I can’t wait to see the theme packs!

  9. Susanne August 23, 2013 at 11:29 am #

    Oh wow, they’ve really upped their game. I can’t wait to see what outlets carry the mini card sets. Now if you could do a post on all the other companies offerings that cater to this same pocket scrapbooking that would really rock.

  10. Kaye Jones August 28, 2013 at 8:38 am #

    AWESOME NEWS! LOVE THE PRICING TOO!

  11. Gab August 31, 2013 at 9:40 pm #

    Thanks for the update Nancy. I didn’t realise there were so many of the smaller packs. Love them!

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