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Highlights from SPC Mixed Media Show 2015

This year, instead of my usual trip to the Craft & Hobby Association’s summer show (called the CHA PaperArts show in recent years), I decided to try something new for a summer trade show experience by traveling to Salt Lake City for the SPC Mixed Media Show in late July.

The SPC Mixed Media Show is put on by the Sierra Pacific Crafts buying group of stores, and until last year was not open to non-members. With the demise of the traditional CHA Summer show after the 2013 show in Las Vegas, SPC made the decision to open the show for part of its time to non-member buyers, and to host the show to Salt Lake City. The result has been a rapid growth in popularity of what was until recently a relatively unknown event.

There is one catch for those willing to take part, however. While the doors have been opened to make non-member buyers welcome, manufacturers can still only exhibit by invitation. That hasn’t stopped the show from being popular with both buyers and manufacturers, however (especially since so many manufacturers are based in the Salt Lake City area).

I spent two days at the show this year….here’s some highlights of products and trends that I saw during my visit!

Ken Oliver

Just like at the CHA Mega Show 2015 in January, one of the undisputed stars of the SPC Mixed Media show was Ken Oliver. Ken was debuting a new line of papers as well as promoting and demonstrating his incredibly popular Colorburst pigment powders. Continue Reading →

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Update | Etsy Sued, Bella Blvd, Operation Write Home, and more!

After a couple of quiet weeks, the news is rolling again with a slew of big announcements and happenings that affect the scrapbook world.

Legal. Etsy is in legal hot water over its recent IPO. A lawsuit was filed in New York on May 13th that is seeking class action status to represent investors who invested in the company between April 16th and May 10th. The suit alleges fraud on Etsy’s part, due to the company’s failing to disclose “adverse facts” regarding the company’s business as required by SEC rules.

The “adverse facts” that got Etsy sued come from a recently released report by stock analysts from Wedbush that alleges that at least 5% of products on the site are counterfeit or violate copyright or trademark laws. Several high profile names, including Beyonce and Taylor Swift, have threatened or taken legal action regarding Etsy product violations in recent months. The Wedbush report detailed an assortment of violations the analysts found against Disney, Star Wars, professional sports teams, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, among others, in product listings on the site. Continue Reading →

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Update | Graphic 45, Studio Calico, Ranger, Simple Stories, and more!

It’s May and there is lots to celebrate – National Scrapbook Day, Mother’s Day, and the end of the school year approaching. From the manufacturers, there’s new products to celebrate, as the mid-release announcements keep coming! Who’s the first to take on Halloween? Read on to find out!

SC-planner-kit-subscription-logoTrends. Studio Calico has announced that it is jumping on the hot trend for planner products by adding a planner kit subscription to their portfolio of monthly kit offerings. Preorders are currently open and the first kit will ship in July 2015. The company promises that each kit will contain 8-10 items such as a stamp, sticky notes, washi tape, clips, dividers, or stickers. Continue Reading →

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Layout | Color Chaos by Bella Blvd

[Bella Blvd and Cricut provided some product that was used in this article. I also do demonstration work for Cricut. I am not required to blog as part of that project, or as a condition of receiving the product I used. I use, and write about, products that I love. Some links may also be affiliate links that support Scrapbook Update by paying a commission if you make a purchase after clicking.]

This photo of my daughter and I is just a random selfie we took goofing off during one of her online school classes, but it came out so wonderful that I wanted to do something special with it. The bright fun patterns of Bella Blvd’s recent Color Chaos collection seemed the perfect answer!

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Update | Michaels Stores, Lia Griffith, May Flaum, Bella Crafts and more!

Wow, the news has been coming like crazy, and we are overdue for an Update column! Here’s what you might have missed!

In case you missed it last month, Stampin’ Up! has discontinued their Blendabilities line of pens. The alcohol markers suffered from quality issues with the attaching of the tip during manufacturing that could lead to the marker drying out. For information on receiving a refund if your markers are defective, visit the Blendabilities FAQ.

Bella Crafts Publishing, publisher of Bella Crafts Quarterly, has made several big announcements in recent months. They have rebranded, announced a new publication (Craft Techniques) and also a new event!

The event, called Bella Crafts Connections, will take place September 24th-27th at the Mall of America. This is a similar time frame as was previously occupied by the Archiver’s Scrapfest at the Mall of America, before the Archiver’s bankruptcy and store closures. The Bella Crafts event is planned to be huge, and not just for scrapbooking. The company is promising 60-70 craft workshops in areas like mixed media, jewelry making, ice resin, needle arts, as well as more. Over 20 teachers, including Lisa Pavelka, Seth Apter, Gina K, and Eileen Hull, are planned for the event. Continue Reading →

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Layout | Simply Spring from Bella Blvd

[Bella Blvd and Cricut provided some product that was used in this article. I also do demonstration work for Cricut. I am not required to blog as part of that project, or as a condition of receiving the product I used. I use, and write about, products that I love.]

We don’t get much in the way of what is traditionally considered to be spring here in Florida. Our winter is mostly warmer than what most parts of the country consider “spring” to be, and we don’t get long hard freezes. This leaves the traditional icons of spring – bulb flowers like daffodils and tulips – out of the Florida garden, unless they are first forced in a greenhouse and then planted as annuals (an endeavor requiring a ridiculous amount of expense and effort that is only undertaken at places like Disney parks). So instead we count our spring by our azaleas, and our crape myrtles, and other flowering trees and bushes.

But even after being in Florida for almost 15 years, spring doesn’t seem quite right without the bulbs I grew up with in my native Michigan. So I was delighted during my stay at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando for the Scrapbook Expo a few weeks ago to wake up one morning and discover that spring bulbs arrived overnight in the plantings in the hotel’s massive atrium!

Of course, I took tons of pictures. I wasn’t going to pass up a rare chance to get some “spring” scrapbooking in, and use some great Bella Blvd spring papers while I was at it! All of the patterned papers on this layout are from their recent Simply Spring collection.

Bella’s signature color palette and style is perfect for spring! The ginghams carry me off to the country, bringing images of springtime on the farm to mind. There’s patterns within the collection for spring showers and flowers, and other patterns are Easter and spring themed.

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