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Archive | December, 2013

It’s CHA Sneak Peek Time Again!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A festival of color, and pattern, and excitement as surprises are revealed…it’s CHA Sneak Peek time!

The CHA Mega Show 2014 (formerly called CHA Winter) starts on January 11th in Anaheim, California, and companies are slowly starting to release peeks at their new lines for the first part of 2014. We’ll be updating our sneak peeks page as the latest peeks become available, from now until right before the show starts, so keep checking back for all the new stuff!

Click on the graphic below to check out all the sneaks!

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Sponsor | “Play!” with Big Picture Classes

Today we are welcoming Big Picture Classes’ “Play” event as a Scrapbook Update sponsor!

“Play!” takes place in Anaheim, California from January 14th-16th. The event will feature a host of popular Big Picture instructors, including Stacy Julian, Ali Edwards, Tracey Clark, Heidi Swapp, Elise Blaha Cripe and Tammy Tutterow. Fans of our former Contributing Editor May Flaum will also get to see her in action at “Play!” as well!

playbanner2The event starts in the evening of the 14th, with a 3.5 hour “Product Playground” session hosted by Wendy Smedley and Angie Lucas that will give attendees the opportunity to experience products from 14 sponsors and work on mini projects while taking advantage of an all-you-can-eat cereal bar. Continue Reading →

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CHA Sneak Peek | Chickaniddy Crafts by Heidi Sonboul – Exclusive!

chickaniddy small logoHeidi Sonboul, previously known for her work for companies such as GCD Studios, is launching her own company next month at the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim. Chickaniddy Crafts will showcase Heidi’s design style under her own label brand for the first time.

The Chickaniddy Crafts website won’t be launched until next week, but Heidi has shared exclusive sneak peeks of her first two collections with Scrapbook Update! See them here before anywhere else! Continue Reading →

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Events | CHA PaperArts 2014 Atlanta [Details]

The Craft & Hobby Association held two webinars last week to share the details of their planned PaperArts show in Atlanta in July with members. What follows are the details of the show as shared with members in the two webinars.

The show is designed to fill the void for the scrapbooking market that was left when the CHA Summer show was discontinued, to give them a marketplace and promotional opportunity for the all-important holiday products released in the second half of the calendar year.

CHA PaperArts 2014 is scheduled to take place from July 29th-31st, 2014 at the Hilton Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. July 29th is a workshop day, with the exhibit floor being open on the 30th and 31st.

Hilton Atlanta During the webinars, CHA staff members stressed that plans for the hotel-based show will be very different from the previous CHA convention center shows. They repeatedly described the event as “casual” and stressed that the event will be focused on transactional and product education events – a “buying and learning” show. There will be no business seminars – all education events will be hands-on workshops. Continue Reading →

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Radiant Orchid is Pantone Color of the Year for 2014

Pantone announced this morning on NBC’s Today Show that their Color of the Year for 2014 is “Radiant Orchid”.

Pantone Radiant OrchidPantone described Radiant Orchid in the announcement as “a captivating harmony of fuschia, purple, and pink undertones.”

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” Continue Reading →

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Event | Behind the Scenes at creativeLIVE with Becky Higgins

Freelance writer Connie Myers was given an amazing opportunity to be part of the select in-studio audience for Becky Higgins’ unprecedented three day live streaming class with creativeLive recently. She agreed to share her behind the scenes experience of the event with Scrapbook Update readers. — Nancy

Project Life founder Becky Higgins and online education site creativeLIVE joined forces to stream a three-day scrapbook event from November 20th-22nd, 2013.

CreativeLIVE offers online education on creative topics. Its diverse courses include photography, business, software, design, video, audio and lifestyle classes. The company’s business model is to broadcast the class for free while it is live. If audience members wish to watch the broadcast again (or new viewers find the course later), they may purchase the video file. Shows are catalogued on the creativeLIVE web site for later purchase.

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CreativeLIVE front office. Photo by Becky Higgins.

To produce their first streaming scrapbook event, the creativeLIVE team approached Becky Higgins. She was a perfect choice. Becky Higgins LLC has a huge online following, including 14,000 on Twitter, 17,000 on Instagram, and 49,000 on Facebook. Continue Reading →

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Ranger Announces Dina Wakley Signature Line

Ranger has announced that mixed media artist Dina Wakley is being added to their line-up of signature designers. Wakley joins a cast of Ranger signature designers that includes Dyan Reavely, Claudine Hellmuth, Wendy Vecchi, Vintaj, and of course Ranger Creative Director Tim Holtz.

Wakley is developing a line of mixed media products with Ranger which will be called Dina Wakley Media, presumably to be released at CHA in January.

Dina Wakley Stencils Continue Reading →

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American Crafts Acquires Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp Brands

American Crafts announced today that the company has purchased Pink Paislee, including its Heidi Swapp brand. The deal is effective immediately.

Pink Paislee, founded in January 2008 by Rebecca & Barry Cross, is based in Kansas City, Missouri. The company is known for its detailed feminine designs and licensing collaborations with high profile designers, most recently the Heidi Swapp signature line.

Pink Paislee Snow VillageRebecca Cross, who serves as Pink Paislee’s CEO and Creative Director, and husband Barry Cross, who is the company’s CFO, will be relocating from Missouri to run Pink Paislee’s operations out of American Crafts’ Orem, Utah headquarters. The move will put them in the same location with Heidi Swapp to continue their collaboration more closely on her line of products. As Heidi noted in the announcement on her blog, “we are excited about getting so much done once we live in the same city!” Continue Reading →

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