Author Archive | Melissa Stinson

CHA Winter 2012 | Trendspotting at Authentique

Authentique introduced four new lines at the CHA Winter 2012 show: Genuine, Loyal, Delightful, and Gathering. It was Genuine that most caught my eye as an example of a new trend that we saw emerge at this show – denim!

Little hints of denim are popping up here and there in this season’s releases (the denim buttons in Indigo Bleu by Pink Paislee are another great example), and with the way trends build in this industry I expect that we’ll be seeing a lot more of it at the 2012 summer show.

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CHA Winter 2012 | Mix and Match Albums by Simple Stories

Simple Scrapbooks expanded its line of easy memory-keeping products at CHA Winter 2012 with the introduction of 6″ x 8″ Mix and Match albums.

This smaller format album and matching page protectors are compatible with Simple Stories’ existing line of cut-out elements (full 12×12 sheets will, of course, need to be trimmed down to work), and the company has also introduced a new line of 6×8 pages made specifically for the new new albums.

There are also new pocket pages in a variety of sizes and styles from 12×12 to 6×8 to smaller sizes designed to fit in Simple Stories pocket pages.

These petite albums are perfect for telling smaller stories and simplifying the process of creating mini albums.


CHA Winter 2012 | Sketchbook by Amy Tan for American Crafts

Amy Tan’s much anticipated second signature line release American Crafts was debuted this week at the CHA Winter 2012 show. Sketchbook is filled with bright and playful watercolors in a vibrant palette. The pinks and yellows are almost neon, which is making a huge comeback right now in the fashion world. It’s no surprise that Amy picked up on this trend given her background in the fashion industry!

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CHA Winter 2012 | Geared Border Punches by Tonic Studio

Tonic Studios is introducing a new line of geared punches at CHA Winter 2012. Thanks to the geared mechanism, these punches are able to punch through 80lb Bazill cardstock with ease and without jamming, even on designs with lots of small detail work. The staff at Tonic were kind enough to demonstrate the punches while I recorded – there are some things that you just have to see in action!


The new punches are available in ten varieties. Some of the punches create borders while other produce “strips” with a punched design.

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