Author Archive | Melissa Stinson

CHA Winter 2012 | October Afternoon

October Afternoon unveiled three new lines at the CHA Winter 2012. We’d previously only seen teaser images for 9 to 5, Cakewalk, and Woodland Park, so of course their booth was on my must-visit list so I could photograph the entire collections! They’ve included all the embellishments you’ve come to expect from October  Afternoon- Sprinklers, chipboard, and Miscellany packs – and have also added decorative tapes and epoxy brads to the lineup!

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CHA Winter 2012 | Spellbinders Demos New M-Bossabilities – Video

I had the opportunity to get up close and personal with all of the new products from Spellbinders when I attended their CHA media breakfast yesterday morning. One of the products I’m most excited about in their new lineup are the M-Bossabilities embossing folders, and I was able to catch a demo of the new folders on video!


M-Bossabilities are reversible and unique in the industry since they provide two different embossing designs in a single folder. Look for these and all of the other new Spellbinders products to be available soon!

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CHA Winter 2012 | Clever Handmade by Heidi Grace Kress

It’s been a long and winding road for designer Heidi Grace Kress, but she’s landed at CHA Winter 2012 with a new (and adorable!) paper line and is happy to be making a fresh start in the industry.

I caught up with Heidi Grace at the Clever Handmade booth and chatted with her about the path that’s lead her here. She started with a signature paper and embellishment line with Cloud 9 Designs, which was later sold to Fiskars. Eventually her line (along with all other consumable products in the Fiskars lineup) was removed from production due to a challenging economic climate. That shift coupled with a noncompete agreement that Kress signed with Fiskars left her without a signature line and without the legal rights to use her own name to launch new collection. Heidi then spent two years designing for Colorbok after they purchased the rights to her line from Fiskars, departing the company when her initial contract term was up. Though she still doesn’t retain the rights to her name as a brand (those rights are currently held by Colorbok who continues to produce designs under the Heidi Grace brand), Kress has gone on to release a new signature line at CHA Winter 2012 under the name Clever Handmade.

The four new lines in the Clever Handmade family each tell a different story and revolve around a common theme, and the papers feature Heidi’s signature whimsical artwork on the front and clean, simple patterns in coordinating colors on the back. Some of the line’s embellishments include feathers, sequins, and matching journaling and alphabet sticker sheets.

Here are just a few photos of the Clever Handmade booth and each of the new collections.


Video | Tim Holtz Demos New Ranger Distress Markers

My iPhone and I were able to capture a video of Tim Holtz demonstrating the use of his new Distress Markers from Ranger. As expected, these markers make detail work a breeze, and as a bonus you’ll also get to see Tim’s new Water Brushes in action.



May Flaum (whose elbow got a bit involved in the video at the beginning- just a little behind the scenes at CHA for you!) will be bringing you an in-depth review and how-to article using these new markers as soon as she can get her hands on them! Be on the lookout for that in the coming weeks here on Scrapbook Update.


Making Memories Modern Millinery

I’m pleased to report that Making Memories Modern Millinery line is just as gorgeous in person as it was in the sneak peeks. Just look at all those luscious flower accents and the details on the cabochons and buttons!