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CHA Sneak Peeks Time is Here!

It’s that time of year again…the most wonderful time of the year! It’s CHA Sneak Peeks time – the season when we get to start getting a look ahead at the products that will be coming to market in the months ahead for us to fuel our creative souls with (and empty our wallets on).

This year’s Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show takes place in Anaheim, California from January 9th to the 13th.

CHA-Sneak-Peeks-2015-ArtAs usual, we have all the sneak peeks organized for you on the Scrapbook Update CHA Mega Show 2015 Sneak Peeks page! The page will be continuously updated until the show begins on January 9th, so keep checking back for updates!

 

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Update | 5.2.2014 – Bella Blvd, Big Picture, CHA PaperArts, Fancy Pants, and more!

Happy National Scrapbook Day (early)! The year is flying by! May is already bringing us lots of news…here’s the Roundup!

It’s time for another Bella Blvd box sale! These sales are usually wildly popular so get yours while it lasts…the price is $48.50 plus shipping ($10 in the U.S.) for a box containing over $175 in Bella Blvd product. Visit the Bella Blvd blog to find out how to get yours! Unlike in some previous sales, this time around all the boxes contain the same items, and there’s only a 5% overlap with the contents of previous boxes, according to the company.

Bella Blvd Box Sale 2014 Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show 2014 | A First Time Perspective

What was the CHA Mega Show 2014 in Anaheim, California like for a guy who is not a crafter? Amazing actually. Let me tell you my story.

First, in the briefest of autobiographies, my name is Mike Nally and I’ve been married to Scrapbook Update’s editor Nancy Nally for over 20 years. My career background is in business and technology. My creative background can most simply be described as “photographer and technology geek”.  The world of papers, adhesives, paints, and the like has always been a bit confusing and overwhelming for me.  But, now that I’m a full time member of the Nally Studios LLC team, we realized that I needed to increase my education about the space in which we do our work.  It was time for me to go to my first CHA Mega Show.

CHA Show Entrance SignI could probably write a book trying to describe all of the fantastic moments I experienced at the 2014 CHA Mega Show. But, before someone hits me with a “TL;DR” let me try keeping this article to the point by giving you some of the highlights. Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show 2014 | Spellbinders Creativity Enhanced Workshop

I was lucky to get into one of the highly popular Spellbinders classes, Creativity Enhanced, on the first day of the conference at the CHA Mega Show 2014, which was held in Anaheim, California last month.

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We made four cards in class, and as always were able to take our projects to the next level with the help of fabulous Spellbinders dies and embossing folders. We were among the first who got to see the new Tool n’ One tool that makes removing negative die cut pieces of paper from your dies a quick and simple task. Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show 2014 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks

It’s that time again – time to name the hottest brands from the CHA Mega Show 2014 in Anaheim last month!

This time around, several themes seemed to emerge as I assembled the list, themes that were evident in the show in general. Most notable perhaps was the large influx of truly quality new exhibitors, a group of which the show hasn’t seen like this in years. Another recurring theme, that was evident again and again on the show floor, was of companies who have remade themselves after challenges the past few years and are rising again creatively. Together, these two phenomena combined to lend an air of positivity and optimism to the show.

So, without further ado…here’s the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks from the CHA Mega Show!

Brother Scan-n-Cut

Brother Scan-n-Cut

This machine has been taking the crafting world by storm in 2014, winning first the Innovations award at the CHA Mega Show and then Tool of the Year at Creativeworld in Frankfurt less than two weeks later. Scan-N-Cut enters a crowded, competitive market for digital diecutting that already featured at least four major competitors duking it out, but the machine’s unique ability to cut whatever it sees on a piece of paper is garnering it a closer look from crafters. Continue Reading →

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