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CHA Winter 2013 | Carta Bella

Carta Bella, sister company of Echo Park Paper Company, introduced four fabulous and diverse new collections at CHA Winter 2013.

“True Friends” by Carina Gardner is shipping now to retailers. It has a playful mix of spring colors with vintage childhood elements.

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Noteworthy | 8.21.2012

Today there’s a Noteworthy product sneak, a new event announcement, some great statistics, and some fun links!

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the new iteration of Noteworthy on Scrapbook Update! Instead of bringing a huge round-up to you once a week on Fridays, I’m going to start bringing Noteworthy to you in smaller pieces more frequntly. Scrapbook Update’s readers will receive more news faster that way, and in more manageable chunks. I hope that you like this latest effort to improve Scrapbook Update’s offerings to its readership! –Nancy]

Carina Gardner let Carta Bella fans in on a sneak peek at the company’s October 2012 release when she showed a project in progress on her blog the other day:

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Noteworthy | 8.11.2012

Things are picking up again after a post-CHA lull…there’s some really great news and announcements from some big names this week, as well as  some new design team calls and other fun things to check out!

Project Real Life by Becky Higgins

Big Picture Classes is gearing up for a couple of really big events. Registration just opened for Becky Higgins’ upcoming class Project Real Life, which is the 4Experts series class for the 4th quarter of 2012. The class will go in-depth into the philosophy of scrapping and living that is behind the Project Life products.

From Sept. 4th-17th, Big Picture will also be running a free event called Big Idea Festival! Big names like Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, May Flaum, and Stacy Julian will each be taking a turn teaching a day of the the Idea Festival. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2012 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

Some shows there’s so much buzz about specific products that the Hot Picks practically write themselves. This show, however, the standouts were more difficult to pick out from a solid field of offerings at a quiet show in Chicago. But after much consideration, and some difficult decisions about some eliminations to get the list to only ten, here’s the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks List for CHA Summer 2012:

Martha Stewart Adhesive Silk Screens by Plaid

I knew as soon as I saw (and tried) this product that it would be a hot pick! These silkscreens are an extension of Plaid’s fabulous line of Martha Stewart acrylic paints and adhesive stencils – and the silkscreens really impress.

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First Look | Carta Bella Paper

Editor’s Note: Carta Bella Paper, sister company of Echo Park Paper, is going to be one of the most anticipated new companies showing product at CHA Summer 2012  in Chicago in a few weeks. Their debut product line has just hit stores. I asked guest writer Tami Morrison to take a look and preview the line for our readers — Nancy

Carta Bella Paper debuted recently accompanied by a lot of buzz in the scrapbook world. With the aesthetic of Creative Director Carina Gardner and the marketing mojo of Echo Park, this company is positioned to make a big splash on the scrapbooking scene.

I recently spent some time playing with their debut line, “Beautiful Moments“. The substantial, textured papers feature a vintage pink, gold, red, and black palette that inspire spring and summer layouts, and would also work great with Valentine’s Day photos.

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Echo Park Announces Launch of Carta Bella Paper Company

Echo Park has announced today that it is launching a new sister company called Carta Bella Paper Company.

The announcement describes Carta Bella Paper Company as a premium brand that will have a sophisticated design style. Carta Bella’s paper and stickers will be produced on textured paper stock, and the lines will also have coordinating embellishments. The company will follow Echo Park’s existing business model for distribution, focusing on independently owned retail stores.

Aside from its association with Echo Park, Carta Bella Paper Company is notable for an impressive line-up of experienced industry professionals. The brand’s Creative Director will be design luminary Carina Gardner. She’s known to scrapbookers for her digital scrapbooking supplies (available through JessicaSprague.com) and her paper designs for My Minds Eye, but she’s also designed fabric for Riley Blake Designs and has her own sewing pattern line.

Carina brings with her to Carta Bella the team of designers that make up her CG Inc Design Firm: Deena Rutter, Samantha Walker and Melanie Ritchie. CG Inc will now be working exclusively for Carta Bella, according to CarinaGardner.com. Continue Reading →

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