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CHA Summer 2011 | Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, and We R Memory Keepers

Are you ready for another round of booth photos? I hope so, because today I have a roundup of Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, and We R Memory Keepers goodies to share with you!

Pink Paislee debuted four stunning new lines at this CHA, including the rich patterns of the licensed House of 3 Halloween Line, “Phantom.” Many of the papers in this collection have a glossy raised embossing over the patterns, and the embellishments and clear stamps are a perfect match for the line.

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Here are some gorgeous projects featuring Phantom, including a spooky selection of cards and layouts.

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Pink Paislee’s “Vintage Vogue” line is licensed from Collage Press, and contains one of the most unique color palettes of any line in the show – pink and green mixed with a sweet shade of cool purple.

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The line’s embellishments all fit with its retro theme, especially the tiny thread spool tops and crocheted trim. The die cut pack is reflective of a trend across almost all the manufacturers – packages of either die cuts or mixed ephemera that coordinate with the line and are available at a relatively low price point.

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The very summer-y “Nantucket” line from Pink Paislee is an unusual – though certainly not unwelcome – release as the summer CHA show is usually full of Halloween, Fall, Winter, and Christmas lines. The breezy patterns and strong pastel color palette made this line a definite standout of the show.

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The line’s embellishments certainly don’t disappoint, and I believe this is the first time I’ve seen stickers available in that cute hexagonal shape.

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Wood shapes are also a hot item at CHA Summer 2011.

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The “Mistables” line follows on the success of Pink Paislee’s CHA Winter 2010 “Parisian Anthology” release. These papers have the same style of embossed “resist” areas as “Parisian Anthology” but in a whole new set of patterns. Pink Paislee has also beefed up the thickness of the paper to help prevent it from warping or bleeding when wet.

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They’ve also introduced a whole new line of mistable embellishments, such as trims.

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The staff at Scrapbook Update had the chance to play with some samples of the “Mistables”  paper while at the Pink Paislee booth, and it took color beautifully and blended well without warping, even after several spray coats.

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Pink Paislee’s design team did a wonderful job on booth samples, showing how all of the lines could be blended with “Mistables” items.

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The next stop on today’s tour is perennial favorite Studio Calico. Their new “Calico Basics” line generated a lot of buzz on the show floor! They’ve also added “Calico Shine” to their basic Mister Huey line for those who want a little shimmer on their projects.

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The “Calico Basics” line takes Studio Calico’s signature graphic style and interprets it in kraft paper to create a line that will work with almost any of their other releases both past and present.

I predict that these kraft letter stickers are going to be a hot item!!

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Studio Calico has also designed a line of masks sporting several of their most popular motifs.

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Are those the new Hero Arts stamps that I spy?

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And how awesome is this paper? Woodgrain is another huge trend in the industry right now.

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“Autumn Press” is Studio Calico’s fall release and comes complete with its own shades of Mister Huey.

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A few of the papers have definite fall motifs, but the majority are generic enough to be used for almost any project- even the themed papers have a more graphic “B” side.

And, there’s more new stamps!

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Another hot trend this summer? Map paper is hot, and not just in travel lines!!

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Even these “Autumn Press” alphabet stickers sport a map print.

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Studio Calico’s third CHA Summer 2011 release, “Memoir”, has a much darker color palette than “Autumn Press” and has more of a vintage farmhouse vibe to it. There’s even a pattern or two reminiscent of homemade quilts, bringing the whole sewing theme that was so popular at CHA a year ago back into the mix.

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In this shot you’ll see something else that’s completely new for Studio Calico this show – 6×6 paper pads!!

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As usual, Studio Calico’s design team knocked it out of the park when it came to booth samples.

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Our last stop for this post is the ever-colorful We R Memory Keepers booth. They debuted a new tool at the show – the “Sew Ribbon”, a follow-up to the “Sew Easy” tool. As you can probably guess, it helps you stitch ribbon on your projects in a variety of patterns.

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The We R Memory Keepers booth staff was kind enough to demo the Sew Ribbon for us, starting with using the template and included cutter to punch holes in the paper.

A reusable, self-adhesive set of “ribbon needles” are included with each set and is used to help guide the ribbon through the holes as you “stitch.”

We R Memory Keepers is also debuting a new line of distress inks. The “Sweetheart”-shaped inkers feature a unique grip to help control the ink pad during use.

The Crop-A-Dile 3 is a corner and tab setter, and We R Memory Keepers has a huge variety of colors and styles of the embellishments available.

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These aren’t new, but I just had to include their immensely popular – and extensive – selection of divided page protectors.

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We R Memory Keepers is getting back to basics with a huge range of brads and eyelets that will be available later in the fall.

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The Cinch 2 is also not new for this show, but I couldn’t help but include a shot of that lovely rainbow of binding rings!

While We R has a fantastic range of new tools (actually more of them than are even covered here), their paper lines also really shine for this release and I wanted to make sure they got a bit of the spotlight as well.

The “Autumn Splendor” collection has a lovely, soft fall palette and plenty of coordinating stamps and embellishments.

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“Peppermint Twist,” We R Memory Keepers’ Christmas line, puts a cute, funky spin on a traditional color palette.

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The line also includes an advent calendar kit. (We saw many advent calendars all over the show floor).

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“Tres Elegant” would be lovely for wedding photos.

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And I spy a set of cameos here! This is a trend that’s continued from the last several CHA shows.

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I’ll round off the tour with this fantastic wall of die cuts. I told you die cuts were hot! You’ll be seeing a lot more of them as Scrapbook Update continues to post booth photos.

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So did you see anything you like? Did anything in particular jump out at you? Leave a comment and let us know! We’ll be back later with lots more coverage from the show floor!

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What’s Hot at CHA: Lily Bee Design

Typically, walking the floor at CHA means cherry-picking lines that are winners, finding them scattered around the floor, one here, another there. But every so often at CHA a company knocks it out of the park, introducing a whole show release of lines that are must-haves and sure to be winners with consumers. Lily Bee Design has managed that rare feat at CHA Summer 2011 with their Memorandum, Harvest Market, Jingle, and Head Over Heels lines.

Memorandum (pictured above) is the first one to grab your attention. Each of the line’s 6 double-sided patterned papers have a reverse side that is an office-style print of some sort: graph, notebook, etc. These designs are quickly becoming staples in the industry, and paired with the trend-forward designs on the front of the line, which include damask, newsprint, and lovely geometrics in a trendy pale blue and red and yellow dominated theme, these papers make a statement.

Harvest Market (pictured above), the combined Halloween/Fall/Thanksgiving line, is a versatile collection that is only themed in the embellishments, making the papers useful for a wide variety of projects – and markets. I’m looking forward to using the 6×6 paper pad of the collection to create masculine card designs with the geometric patterns in fall colors.

Lily Bee’s holiday line is Jingle (pictured above). This year they went with a traditional red and green color scheme for their holiday line, with touches of light blue like we’ve been seeing in many holiday lines at CHA Summer 2011. The small geometric patterns vary between formal and whimsical, and their scale will make them perfect for holiday card making using the 6×6 paper pad.

The final line, Head Over Heels, won’t be shipping until October 17th but CHA attendees are already clamoring for it. This love/valentine themed line features bright pinks and turquoises and black and white, along with trendy design elements like sheet music, damask and doilies. This line is going to find its way into a multitude of valentine’s day cards and mini-albums, as well as wedding and engagement scrapbooking.

The small scale of the designs in these lines’ patterns is perfect for the color blocked style that so many people are using patterned paper in lately. They can be cut up and the pattern still stays identifiable. Sized down to the 6×6 paper pads, they scale beautifully for use on small projects like cards, tags, and mini-albums.

All of the lines, of course, have accompanying embellishments and Lily Bee keeps it simple…and very usable and affordable. Their cardstock stickers, ABC stickers, and Index Journaling Cards all retail for $5 or less. The eight different alphabets, including some that are even patterned designs, on each sheet make the ABC stickers an especially amazing deal for a retail of $5/sheet. The cardstock sticker sheets combine several hot trends right now, containing banner stickers and sentiments for cardmaking. And all four collections are available as 6×6 paper pads that retail for $5.99. (Anyone who heard Paperclipping Roundtable #73 already knows how awesome I think Lily Bee’s 6×6 paper pads are!)

Releases like this one set the bar of excellence really high for everyone else. Like a perfect game in baseball, this occasional occurrence shows what is possible when talent, hard work, and inspiration intersect, and gives everyone else something to aspire to and a reason to push their game to the next level.

If you are at CHA and want to check out Lily Bee Design’s new release for yourself on Thursday, they are in booth #1252.

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What Is Heidi Swapp’s Secret?

Longtime scrapbook celebrity and veteran product designer Heidi Swapp has something new in the works! The details are being kept under tight wraps for now, but an unmanned booth at the CHA Summer 2011 show gives the tiniest of glimpses into Heidi’s latest venture.

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A looped video playing in the booth, narrated by Heidi, emphasizes memories, telling your story, and the rapid pace at which life passes us by but doesn’t go into any further detail.

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Press materials for this venture are just as lean on specifics, focusing more on describing Heidi’s already well-known scrapbooking style and philosophy than providing concrete details. It’s the non-text portion of the press kit, however, that was most intriguing to the staff at Scrapbook Update – could these patterns possibly be part of the new product or product line that’s currently in the works?

DSC_7585.jpgA January 2012 release date seems to indicate that whatever Heidi’s latest project is could be debuted at the CHA Winter 2012 show in Anaheim, CA. Scrapbook Update will be keeping a close eye on this development and will, as always, keep our readers up to date on the latest news.

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CHA Summer 2011 | Tim Holtz

When Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally was making plans for our first morning at the CHA Summer 2011 show, visiting Tim Holtz at the Sizzix booth was (predictably, we know) the absolute first item on her agenda.

And it was, of course, on many other attendees’ agendas, too – just look at the greeting line at the booth!

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Tim is an absolute rock star stamper, crafter, artist, and product designer whose ideas and personality are always a hit with scrapbookers, cardmakers, and mixed media artists alike.

And, like any rock star, he’s often asked for his autograph, which is why he spent the first part of his morning signing catalogs for his fans.

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Tim is also an engaging instructor. Here he demonstrates his new Halloween dies by Sizzix.

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And here Tim shows off his new Tattered Pinecone die, which can be used to create both a realistic-looking pinecone and a vintage style rose, depending on how the individual petals are shaped after cutting and on how the final product is rolled together.

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Stamping on a Texture Fade plate with a Reflections stamp before using it to emboss? Genius!

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When Nancy Nally and I departed the booth a while later, there was still a sizable crowd gathered around to watch Tim work.

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Tim was at the gorgeous Idea-ology booth (complete with details such as these cobweb-draped chandeliers) for the second hour of the show to promote a number of new products being released this summer and fall.

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The big draw at this venue was the chance to get Tim to personalize and sign an Idea-ology apron, so Nancy and I picked ours up and then patiently waited in line for our turn to speak with Tim again.

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While in line I spotted some of Tim’s new District Market stationery line. I think that these kraft butterfly notecards are my favorite out of the bunch, and the butterfly tote bag is amazing, as well!

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This booth has so many vintage decorations tucked into every nook and cranny!

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Finally it was our turn to have our aprons signed. Nancy was kind enough to carry mine through the line so that Mario Rossi and I could hang back and shoot photos of Tim in action. Here he’s making sure he spells my name correctly. And, yes, I giggled.

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A quick shot with Nancy before we scooted out of his way and let him get back to work.

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Another couple of shots of all the vintage goodness.

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Nancy couldn’t help posing with what’s sure to be one of the major hits of the show – Tim’s Kraft-Core cardstock from Core’dinations.

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Tim’s Distress Stains (produced by Ranger Ink) are generating as much buzz at this show as they did at CHA Winter 2011 thanks to a bundle of new colors being released.

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As always, Tim and the team at Ranger did a stunning job of displaying all the available colors in the product line.

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Scrapbook Update still has more Tim Holtz product to cover as we haven’t even made it to the Stamper’s Anonymous booth yet and only had the chance to breeze by the Ranger offerings today. Thank goodness it’s a three day show – that means we’ve got plenty of time left to get the scoop and share it all with you!

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CHA from Home: Day 1

I may be at home, but I’m not letting geographic location stop me from enjoying CHA Summer 2011. I’ve been surfing my favorite blogs, websites, and Twitter today and I’ve collected my favorite discoveries, photos, and reveals right here to share with you.

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