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Creativeworld 2018 Trend Show Tour, Part 1: The Purist

Without a doubt, one of the more interesting things that I look forward to seeing each year at the Creativeworld show in Frankfurt is the Trend Show display. (Or, as it is called in the Messe’s native German – “trend schau”.)

[Disclosure: Messe Frankfurt and the Creativeworld show are a sponsor of Scrapbook Update.]

The Creativeworld trend show is divided each year into three themes that highlight a different trend happening in creative industries. For 2018, the themes selected by the Messe’s trend consultants were “the purist”, “the colourist”, and “the gardener”.

Credit: Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

This article focuses on the first of the trend show’s featured concepts, the purist. The trend named “the purist” by the Messe is perhaps best translated into English as “minimalism” – simple, clean, and subtle. That’s not to say the purist style is without detail. But what details are present are fine and modest. This is not a style of large exuberant floral patterns, or in-your-face bling. It’s restful, and elegant. Continue Reading →

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A First Look at Creativeworld 2018

This year, for the 5th time, I traveled to Europe at the end of January to attend the Creativeworld trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany. The show was only a couple of years old when I first began to attend. It has been an interesting experience watching the show grow and mature over the years I’ve been attending.

[Disclosure: Messe Frankfurt is a sponsor of Scrapbook Update.]

Messe Frankfurt, a joint venture of the City of Frankfurt and the State of Hesse,  owns the massive exhibition ground where Creativeworld is held and organizes the trade fairs held there. Many Americans know “the Messe” (as it is known around Frankfurt) for its hosting of the famous Frankfurt Auto Show and its Book Fair. Messe Frankfurt logo selfie

Above you can see a few of my necessities of life for visiting Creativeworld. Of course, you need to bundle up to visit northern Europe in winter (especially if you’re a Florida girl like me). But thanks to the Messe’s wonderful coat checks you won’t have to lug that coat around all day. Then there’s the messenger bag for comfortably carrying my things all over the huge Messe (but that opens easily for the security check at the entrance). And last but not least…the scarf that is a part of my wardrobe every day in Europe, whether doing business or sightseeing. Continue Reading →

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Winter Releases | A Few Thoughts & Favorite Products

Creativation is behind us, and the Creativeworld show starts in Frankfurt, Germany this weekend. Before I pack my suitcase and run out the door for that long transatlantic flight, I wanted to take a few minutes to share a few thoughts and favorite products that I’ve seen so far. (Note I have been observing Creativation from afar, since I didn’t travel to Phoenix this year.)

If you have yet to check out the product releases from Creativation, visit our Creativation Sneak Peeks page.

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One of the first things that has jumped out at me from Creativation is that bright color dominated. Several companies have new “rainbow” type collections, and some companies like Graphic 45 that are very vintage in style have noticeably pumped up their color palettes for at least some products. Even Tim Holtz, who never met a shade of brown he didn’t like, was demonstrating at the show using bright colors.

Paige Evans 2x2 Paper Pad

We’ve been seeing the scrapbook page seemingly shrink and shrink as new forms have been introduced – 9×12, mini albums, planners, traveler’s notebooks, instagram pocket albums. But Pink Paislee may have hit a new level of miniaturization with the 2″x2″ paper pad in Paige Evans’ new “Pick Me Up” collection. I know that these cute pads will be great for punching and small die cuts, but it sure did give me a moment of pause to see that in the context of the trend in page sizes! Continue Reading →

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Update | Creativation 2018, Art Gone Wild, YouTube, Jobs & More!

Sneak Peeks. Don’t miss out on all the recent updates to our Creativation 2018 Sneak Peeks Page!

Travel. Mother Nature has not been kind to attendees trying to get to Phoenix this week for the Creativation show. Cold and snow throughout the southern part of the United States has resulted in scores of canceled and delayed flights at airports such as Atlanta, Houston, Charlotte, and other smaller ones throughout the region.

Atlanta Hartsfield airport

Atlanta Hartsfield airport during friendlier travel days in January 2017.

Compounding the problem for Creativation travelers, the Phoenix airport is undergoing six weeks of runway construction that has closed one of its three runways. This has hampered the airport’s ability to handle traffic, and is causing long ground delays for flights taking off bound for that airport even in airports unaffected by weather. (And as if that wasn’t bad enough, on Tuesday morning a small plane tipped over on one of the remaining runways, leaving the airport with only one usable runway for a time.) Continue Reading →

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Update | Facebook, Instax, My Sweet Petunia, Jobs, and More!

Sneak Peeks. Creativation and Creativeworld will be here before we know it. Are you ready for some sneak peeks? Our 2018 Creativation Sneak Peeks page is now live!

AFCI 2018 Sneak Peeks Art

Retail. Working at Hobby Lobby lately seems to come with more than its fair share of the weird and wacky. First there was the horse that tried to go shopping in South Carolina. (Seriously. There’s video.) Then there was the North Dakota shoplifter who got caught because he got his cart stuck in the snow – and left his wallet behind when he fled. Unfortunately, it was no laughing matter when a North Little Rock employee of Hobby Lobby was assaulted yesterday by a fleeing shoplifter.

Closings. Two Chicks Designs, a popular source of scrapbooking and sewing themed t-shirts, is closing down this week after 15 years in business. The company retailed via their website and often exhibited at conventions as well.

Social Media. Facebook is cracking down on what it calls “engagement baiting” in an attempt to make newsfeeds less spammy. I strongly suggest familiarizing yourself with the new rules, as some of the tactics for improving reach that were formerly considered best practices will now get you designated as a spammer and removed from newsfeed distribution.

Facebook Engagement Baiting

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Subscriptions. Like everything else on the internet it seems, Craftsy has gone to a subscription model for access to its online classes. A new “Craftsy Unlimited” subscription costs $14.99 per month (or $120/year) in the U.S. Continue Reading →

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Pantone Announces Color of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet!

Pantone announced its eagerly awaited Pantone Color of the Year 2018 today, and the winner is…Ultra Violet! Deep and vibrant, with underlying blue tones, this purple shade is certainly no shrinking violet.

Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet

Described by Pantone in the announcement as a “dramatically provocative and thoughtful shade of purple”, Ultra Violet is definitely a shade that makes a statement in fashion, home decor, and crafts.

“We are living in a time that requires inventiveness and imagination. It is this kind of creative inspiration that is indigenous to PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra-Violet, a blue-based purple that takes our awareness and potential to a higher level,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “From exploring new technologies and the greater galaxy, to artistic expression and spiritual reflection, intuitive Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

Only four years ago in 2014 a much different purple shade, Radiant Orchid, was color of the year. Radiant Orchid was a much more pink tone of purple in comparison to the more blue tones of Ultra Violet.

To use Pantone color #18-3838 in Pantone’s Fashion & Home palette for TCX (cotton fabric), the color codes are:

  • RGB: 95 75 139
  • CMYK: 71 73 7 8
  • HTML: 5F4B8B

For use in graphic design applications like Photoshop, the closest match is Pantone 2096 C.

  • RGB: 101 78 163
  • CMYK: 76 75 0 0
  • HTML: 654EA3

Want to try out Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Ultra Violet in your scrapbooking projects? Check out the following products for shades that might be close:

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With references from Pantone to Ultra Violet embodying the “mysteries of the cosmos”, “the intrigue of what lies ahead”, the counterculture, the late musical artists Prince and David Bowie, and non-conformity, the choice of color of the year 2018 seems as much a cultural statement as it is trend derived. The choice may be an astute one for current events to come during 2018. In the political realm, purple is both the signature color of the women’s suffragette movement and a designation used to refer to states that are predominately neither Republican or Democrat. Purple is also the color of royalty, and 2018 will probably see a wave of royal fever with the highly-anticipated wedding of American actress Meghan Markle to Britain’s Prince Harry. (Credit to the brilliant Sarah Hodson’s Twitter feed for inspiring my thought processes on some of that.)

So what do you think of the Pantone Color of the Year 2018? Yay or Nay?

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