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Noteworthy | 4.13.2012

Well, it’s Friday the 13th…here’s the latest news that you should know before you run screaming to hide from things that go bump in the night!

New mid releases, like hordes of undead zombies, just keep coming! This week we’ve got new announcements from Pink Paislee and Authentique Paper.

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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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Trend Watch | Fashion & Home Decor Motifs for Halloween

Fashion and home decor motifs have completely invaded Halloween, and I love it! I first noticed the trend toward sophisticated patterns in last year’s crop of Halloween lines, and this year many releases from CHA Summer 2011 have taken it to the next level with some truly stunning collections.

Newcomer Authentique kicks off our tour of eerily elegant Halloween designs with their Glowing line. Damasks and fleur de lis reflect the home decor influence in this collection, while the harlequin (diamond) pattern gives a nod to the fashion industry.

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Kit | Back To School by May

[Editor's Note: Welcome to a new regular feature here at Scrapbook Update! Every 4-6 weeks, our creative staff will be assembling a kit to share with you, and showing you what they have done with their own design. We hope you enjoy this new feature that shares the talents of our staff in a new way.]

It’s a wonderful time of year, and I find myself so inspired to create in the little time I have carved out for myself and my scrapbooking during the days filled with school activities, soccer, and getting out of a summer lazy routine! Today I have my Back to School kit to share with you:

Red and yellow are the colors that come to mind when I think of Back to School scrapbooking, and I kept that in mind as I added additional colors and unusual twists to that classic combo in my Back to School papercrafting kit. My inspiration was to gather some papers and a few other details that I could grab and use to quickly scrapbook my September and the beginning of a new school year with ease.

I kept things simple, mixing up products from a wide variety of brands. I love the possibilities I see with these goodies! I did not intend for this to be a kit where I use products only from the kit . This kit is a foundation. I intend to build on it, to add products and details from my own stash as needed for my projects. My real goal is to use it to leap out of my summer routine and hop back into more crafting!

Here is a full list of products used to create my Back to School kit:

Patterned Paper:
Blissful – Prosperity (Authentique)
Finally Fall – Quadrants (Bella Blvd)
Finally Fall – At the Patch (Bella Blvd)
Happy Days – Bottle Caps (Echo Park)
Happy Days – Diamonds (Echo Park)
Lost & Found 2 Sunshine – Forever Classified (My Mind’s Eye)
Nantucket – Crab Cakes (Pink Paislee)
Nantucket – Oyster Bar (Pink Paislee)
Sunshine Broadcast – Kindle (Sassafrass Lass)

Cardstock:
Tim Holtz Distress Wild Honey (Core’dinations)
Tim Holtz Distress Tumbled Glass (Core’dinations)
Celtic Green Dotted Swiss (Bazzill)
Kraft (Bazzill)

Embellishments:
Family Smashpad (K&Co)
Uncommon Petite type circles alphabet stickers (Authentique)
Finally Fall Alpha + Bits Sticker Sheet (Bella Blvd)
Lost & Found 2 Rosy Ordinary brads (My Mind’s Eye)
Inkssentials Kraft tags (Ranger)

What kit is complete without “add-ons” to play with? Here’s some additional items I suggest that would coordinate well with my Back to School kit:

Thursday I will return to finish this back to school series with a first day of school layout! For now, I leave you with this video explaining my kit, and making suggestions for adding to it. If you have questions – please feel free to leave them here in the comments!

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CHA Summer 2011 | Authentique, Crate Paper, and Hambly

Our next set of booth photos from CHA Summer 2011 is a visual feast for paper lovers! Today we’re featuring newcomers Authentique along with veteran CHA exhibitors Crate Paper and Hambly.

Authentique certainly made a splash last month when they introduced their first three paper lines, and they generated even more buzz by releasing three more beautiful lines just prior to CHA. Their Halloween line, “Glowing,” features a very traditional orange and black palette accented with distressed home decor motifs and the usual Halloween icons.

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Margie Romney-Aslett Out At Authentique Paper

Authentique Paper, which will make its official debut at CHA Summer 2011 in Chicago next week, has announced the departure of headline designer Margie Romney-Aslett.

The formation of Authentique had only been publicly announced in mid-June. The company’s first four product lines are already shipping to stores ahead of the CHA Summer 2011 show, and are moving well and generating a lot of positive buzz for the company. Authentique is widely expected to be one of the hits of the CHA Summer show in Chicago.

Before joining Authentique, Romney-Aslett previously had launched a signature line with Advantus, called The Girls Paperie, in January 2010. That line’s three CHA showings were quite successful, culminating at CHA Winter 2011. In April of this year, however, Advantus announced that it was releasing Romney-Aslett from her contract with them at her request. A few days following her release from Advantus, the paperwork that formed Authentique Paper was filed with the State of Utah.

Despite the success of the company’s initial release, apparently all was not well behind the scenes. Authentique Paper co-owner Samantha Wheatley had this to say to Scrapbook Update on behalf of herself and co-owner Bret Cornell:

As sole owners of Authentique Paper, LLC, we cite creative differences and poor working relations as the basis for our termination of Margie Aslett as an independent contractor, and feel this decision was in the best long-term interest of our company. We report no other changes in personnel. We reaffirm that we will: Remain fully dedicated to growing our business, provide quality service to retailers who carry our brand, and continue our commitment to the customers who enjoy our products. We wish Margie nothing but the best as a teacher in the industry.

In an emotional blog post today, Romney-Aslett confirmed her departure from Authentique:

i will no longer be part of the Authentique team. it just wasn’t the right fit for me. i am proud of the job i did there. the product I concepted and help create is beautiful. the graphic designers i was fortunate enough to work with were amazing. i am looking forward to  the future and the projects i am working on right now. i love what i do. and will continue to do it.

So, what does it mean to Authentique Paper to lose its “face” that was familiar to consumers? Authentique Paper’s Samantha Wheatley described to Scrapbook Update in a statement the founders’ vision for the company:

The strength of Authentique Paper is not found in one person or idea. The brand itself was created with the input and ideas of many creative forces and in order for Authentique Paper to be truly “authentic,” they are committed to maintaining standards of excellence and running a business with team members who are willing to combine their individual strengths to make Authentique Paper an unstoppable brand.

Four of Authentique Paper’s collections — Blissful, Uncommon, Splendid, and Journey — are already in stores. A Halloween collection called “Glowing” and a Christmas collection called “Wonder” will also debut at CHA Summer 2011. An additional product release is scheduled for early fall 2011.

Even without a role at Authentique Paper, Romney-Aslett will still be a presence in the industry for her many fans. She continues to run The Girl’s Loft kit club with her daughters Megan and Brooke. Romney-Aslett also remains a partner in the Spark creative retreat that will take place in October that she co-founded. Also, Romney-Aslett tells Scrapbook Update that paper designs from The Girls Paperie lines may be appearing in other forms in the near future through licensing agreements, and that she may be teaching some classes via her blog.

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