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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Scrapbook Storage & Organization Products

Scrapbook storage is always a hot topic for papercrafters, and several new options were on display at the CHA Mega Show 2015 that will be showing up on store shelves soon.

Deflecto, better known for office supplies than for craft supplies, was offering some modular pull down bins with some nice features not seen in similar bins, like a slot to hold a label for the bin’s contents.

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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Pocket Scrapbook Products

Let’s take a look at some products from the CHA Mega Show 2015 that will be of special interest to pocket scrapbookers!

Simple Stories is always a go-to place for great pocket products, but this new release has something extra exciting – a sequel to their bestselling Say Cheese collection! The collection includes a pack of pocket cards, and of course great embellishments too.

Simple Stories Say Cheese 2Simple Stories Say Cheese 2 EmbellishmentsThe new collection by Megan Hoeppner for Webster’s Pages is aimed at scrapbookers who record their memories on a monthly basis in pocket albums (as opposed to those who do weekly albums). The collection includes 12 sheets, one for each month of the year, that form the basis of an album. Continue Reading →

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New Product: Heidi Swapp Project Life Kits!

Heidi Swapp and Becky Higgins have announced that they are working together to produce a line of exclusive Heidi Swapp signature Project Life kits for Michaels Stores.

Heidi-Swapp-Project-LifeThe partnership between Becky and Heidi is not exactly unexpected. The pair have known each other a very long time, and Heidi has been part of the American Crafts family, which Project Life has been drawing on to create signature kits, for some time now. In addition, Heidi has a long history of creating custom exclusive lines for Michaels, so it makes sense that they would be interested in an exclusive Project Life product line with her name on it. Continue Reading →

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How about some summer sneak peeks?

Summer-Releases-2014-Art-02This time of year we’re used to seeing the flood of CHA sneak peeks starting, bringing us tantalizing looks at all of the great products that will be filling stores in the second half of the year. This year, of course, there is no “CHA Summer” show as we have known it for the past few decades. The traditional Rosemont show is history, a casualty of declining markets and budgets and the rising cost of travel.

In its place have risen two shows – a CHA PaperArts show in Atlanta and an SPC show in Salt Lake – that will attempt to fill the void. So, this year, there will be no “CHA Sneak Peeks” – instead we have a “Summer Sneak Peeks” page to encompass both shows and the non-exhibiting companies. (If your company has an announcement to share, please use the form on the Sneak Peeks Page to submit it!)

On our new sneak peeks page, you’ll find product announcements from Memorial Day to the end of July, linked so you can go view all the details.  And just like on past sneak peeks pages, this page again has the ability to sort by company or date added so that you can view the announcements arranged how you want to see them.

And of course, this time period usually includes the product announcements for arguably the two biggest holidays on the scrapbook industry calendar these days: Christmas and Halloween. So, to make things easier for our readers who are interested in those holidays, we are adding those peeks to two pages: the general peeks page, and to special holiday pages that we will be making public shortly – one for the Christmas lines, and one for the Halloween lines. Those pages will continue to be updated with new releases after July 31st, when the regular sneaks page will close, to ensure that they include all 2014 holiday themed lines. So watch for our special holiday release pages coming soon!

But in the meantime, you can check out the Summer Sneak Peeks page starting right now! We hope you like it!

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Update | 5.12.2014: Echo Park, Ranger, Craftwell, Jessica Sprague, National Stationery Show

It’s Monday already? Where did the weekend go? The week is in full swing and we’ve got news for you!

It may be snowing in Colorado, but Echo Park is all in on summer with their new May releases!

Walking on Sunshine” is a summer vacation themed line, with lots of beachy elements like fish, palm trees, sailboats and beach balls:

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Update | 5.8.2014: Fedex, October Afternoon, Sakura, CHA PaperArts

Tonight is the annual NFL draft – a very scrapworthy moment if there ever was one for some proud football moms! Combined with today’s annual “Day in the Life” project by Ali Edwards, which encourages scrapbookers to record the normal everyday things about their lives, the two events make a good reminder of the importance of recording not just the victories, but everyday battles in our lives, and even the defeats.

Fedex has announced that effective January 1st, they are reworking the pricing structure on Fedex Ground. Previously, shipping on Ground packages below 3 cubic feet in volume was charged based solely on weight. After January 1st, the company will be going completely to “dimensional weight” pricing, where packages are charged based on a combination of their weight and volume.

This pricing change is being put into effect to combat e-retailers’ habits of selling large lightweight items with free shipping, or packing items in boxes that are way too large for the item and then filling the rest of the box with air pillows or other packaging. These low density, high volume packages result in lower profits for the carrier because they take up large amounts of space without generating equivalent revenue. The new rate structure is in effect a rate increase for anyone selling large relatively lightweight items and shipping them via Fedex Ground: yarn, batting, embellishments, albums, adhesive refills, to name a few. Continue Reading →

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