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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Nancy’s Picks

The Scrapbook Update Hot Picks bring you the buzz from CHA shows, but sometimes my personal taste varies from what is “hot” or there isn’t room to include all of the things that I think are exciting.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s do “Nancy’s Picks”, my personal list of what I fell in love with at the CHA Mega Show 2015.

First up is one of my favorite Instagrams from the show! I’ve always loved the concept of Faber-Castell’s Gelatos, but the color palette of brights and primaries left me really cold. Now though, they’ve released a palette of pastel colors for the line that I believe will increase the product lines usability for me (and a lot of other people). Plus it makes for very pretty rainbow pictures!

Gelato RainbowSpeaking of pastels, the normally very bright Simple Stories is also deviating from their usual color themes. This new line of basic patterns and alphabet stickers in a range of light colors will be great for cardmaking and for girly scrapbook pages! This girl mom is so happy to have a softer look from Simple Stories to work with.

Simple StoriesI’ve never been a big user of transparencies, but these new acrylic sheets from Bella Blvd really have me inspired. I cannot wait to die cut them! I also want to turn them into custom dividers for small albums.

IMG_4945What could be better than kraft and metallic together? I couldn’t believe that I didn’t hear more buzz at the show about the new Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection. Embossing this paper is going to be amazing.

IMG_4928I love products that make it easy to create intricate, difficult looking effects. This new line of dies (the heart set is shown below)  from Taylored Expressions creates beautiful dimensional effects. I don’t care what Alton Brown says about uni-taskers. These are fabulous!

IMG_4791 IMG_4792Stencils are one of those things that I’ve had a love/hate relationship with for a long time. I like them in theory but when faced with the reality I usually lock up about what to do with them – at least until I saw the new stencil collection from The Crafter’s Workshop at the CHA Mega Show 2015. My head immediately filled with ideas of how to use these and many other of their new stencils!

The Crafters Workshop stencilAbove: Mini Butterfly Collage and Butterfly Collage
The Crafters Workshop stencil

Above: Life Tidbits and Mini Life Tidbits

I went into great detail about Kelly Purkey’s new stamp line with Hero Arts (which I think will be a great success) in one of my previous CHA Mega Show 2015 articles. Personally, my favorite piece from the line by far is the outline alphabet! It’s the perfect size for cardmaking, pocket scrapbooking, and even for small headings on 12×12 layouts, making it a versatile addition to a stamper’s toolbox.

Clearly Kelly Hero Arts alphabetAlso from Hero Arts comes another one of those products that I love because it makes a difficult looking effect – ombré – actually easy to create. The new Hero Arts Ombré ink pads are a secret weapon that will make quick and easy projects look not so quick and easy!

Hero Arts OmbreAnother new ink that I will be snapping up in 2015 is the new monthly Tim Holtz Distress palette colors from Ranger. This is, frankly, genius on their part, allowing them to develop their palette in response to trends over the course of the year without committing to new colors long in advance. The first two colors, a light green and a coral, seem to show a commitment to brightening the Distress palette somewhat, something that makes me very happy. I love my Distress but want a broader range of options!

Distress Color of the MonthA lot of the scrapbooking that I have been doing lately has been travel pocket pages. These pages involve way more memorabilia than my typical pages and housing those items often involves “hacking” custom pockets or pages with my sewing machine or other methods. Project Life’s new Photo Sleeve Fuse will let me create custom pockets for my items that blend right in with my album’s other pocket pages – like it was designed that way!

Project Life Fuse ToolIn the last couple years I have become a huge fan of Heidi Swapp’s paper pads. Many I have purchased in multiples, using the same papers over and over. Heidi’s two new paper pads on display at CHA made me lightheaded with delight! I’m definitely scheduling some time to play with these quirky mixes of florals and modern graphic prints.

Heidi Swapp paper pad IMG_5171Good solid basic tools are a passion of mine and Lawn Fawn has made me very happy by expanding their selection of stitched shape dies. These are the sort of tool that you can use over and over!
Lawn Fawn stitched diesSince a lot of my recent scrapbooking has been travel oriented, a lot of my giddy moments of excitement at the show were focused on travel products. Pink Paislee’s new Atlas collection is a nice modern and graphic look at travel, a theme that has traditionally been dominated by more cute and cartoony lines, or heavy vintage. This look is great for urban tourists especially.

Pink Paislee Atlas Pink Paislee AtlasStamps have been a big part of my travel pocket scrapbooking and for my Europe pages, a lot of it has a vintage style. This has had me digging deep into my Tim Holtz stamp collection, so I was thrilled to see this new set with the map at CHA! I’m a bit obsessed with map icons!

Tim Holtz stamps Another thing I’m using a lot of are the mini stickers that look like they came off of a typewriter. Tim Holtz’s are my go-to when I need a little embellishment. So I am really excited to see not one but two new products in the line, including a new larger sized option!

Tim Holtz stickersTim’s new Air Mail paper pad made me so happy! I’ve always loved air mail themes and the maps and the B side designs will coordinate beautifully with the other vintage elements I’ve been using in my Frankfurt travel album. IMG_5493My travel album, however, is a bit schizophrenic. Europe is a mix of ultra-modern and the very old (often crammed right next to each other). My album is, too. For that reason I also like the Travel Stories collection by Carta Bella. The color scheme is rich, the design is simple, and yet it also incorporates some elements (like the memorabilia) that ties it to the vintage elements that I’m planning on using it alongside.

Carta Bella Travel Stories Carta Bella Travel Stories Carta Bella Travel Stories

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13 Responses to CHA Mega Show 2015 | Nancy’s Picks

  1. Linda Johnson February 14, 2015 at 3:43 pm #

    Thanks for sharing, Nancy! I agree with you about Heidi Swapp pads; love them! And I love the new Tim Holtz colors. Can’t wait to try that heart die and the stencils. Thanks for pointing them out. And the metallic paper has so many possibilities. I appreciate your sharing since I can’t be there!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  2. Ohhh Snap February 14, 2015 at 4:13 pm #

    oooooooooo, so many crafty treasures!! Loving the metallic kraft cardstock and the ombre ink pads.

  3. gabmcann February 15, 2015 at 3:36 am #

    I’m loving all your picks Nancy

  4. kathyhpy February 15, 2015 at 6:21 am #

    Wow! You really gave us a wonderful deeper look into some fabulous new things! I’ve always shied away from overly “themes” scrapbook products just because of the cuteness factor…which might look great in a kids album but not in mine. Thanks for showing us there is more to choose from now!!!

  5. AllisonLP February 15, 2015 at 7:21 am #

    Nice picks, Nancy. Love the Pink Paislee Atlas! TFS

  6. Marilyn E February 15, 2015 at 7:48 am #

    Oh my goodness Nancy! So many new items, so little time! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Gela February 15, 2015 at 12:13 pm #

    Great choices

  8. Queen Mary February 15, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

    Nancy, thanks so much for sharing what YOU like! It means so much to know what you like! Thank you!

  9. Debra February 15, 2015 at 11:37 pm #

    I’ve been waiting for this article. Thanks for sharing your picks!

  10. sandi February 16, 2015 at 8:40 am #

    I always love your picks. I am curious about the metallic KraftCore,I haven’t seen it demonstrated . Thanks for a great list .

  11. Becky February 16, 2015 at 7:35 pm #

    There is plenty of room and time all year long to show us your exciting picks. Please share them all! I am so excited for the Tim Holtz Kraft-Core Metallic Collection, really beautiful so many options. Thank you for sharing the exciting photos and news!

  12. Betsy February 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm #

    Good choices, Nancy! Thanks for sharing. Wish I had all of the products!

  13. Caroline February 26, 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    I love that picture of you next to the gelatos! Really appreciated your picks. 🙂

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