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CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

It’s been a tough decision to make this time around…there were a few hard choices to make in narrowing it down…but it’s finally here: The CHA Winter 2013 Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks list!

The show was buzzing with excitement as we rang in 2013 in Anaheim. Attendees were very optimistic about the future. The Hot Picks definitely reflect that excitement over new directions and a new evolution happening in the industry.

So, in no particular order, here’s the Top Ten Hot Picks for CHA Winter 2013!

Becky Higgins’ Project Life

So let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Project Life was already hot, hot, hot with consumers before the announcement that it would be available wholesale starting at CHA Winter 2013, and in Anaheim, retailers flocked to the Project Life booth so that they can give their customers the latest trend they are asking for!

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Trending: Feathers

[Editor's Note: With this post, we welcome the newest addition to our staff, Ashley Calder! Ashley will be a familiar face to many of our readers, as her writing and creative work has been widely published in print and online in the scrapbook world. She's also the author of the book, Scraptastic!: 50 Messy, Sparkly, Touch-Feely, Snazzy Ways to Jazz Up Your Scrapbook Pages --Nancy]

Feathers are a hot and trendy fashion, home decor, and art-inspiration item right now! Seen in everything from feather hair extensions, earrings, feather screen printed clothing, to watercolour wall art, scrapbooking is not to be left out! Fortunately a few scrapbooking companies have already jumped on this trend, and there are products made just for scrapbookers. Today I am going to take a look at feather-inspired scrapbooking products currently available.

Several scrapbooking companies debuted new lines featuring a good dose of feathers last month at CHA Winter 2013. As a feather-lover, I was excited to see these new releases as there were relatively few available in the scrapbooking world until now.

Jenni Bowlin Studio came out with a fantastic new line that is just chock full of lovely feathery goodness.

Jenni’s new feather rub-ons come in black, gold, and silver. I love that there are different styles and sizes included! Four of the designs even match previously released Jenni Bowlin Studio stamps and digital cut files, which means you can layer these feathered beauties.

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CHA Winter 2013: Hampton Art

The Hampton Art booth was bursting at the seams with new stamps!

In addition to the usual Graphic 45 and 7 Gypsies stamps, Hampton Art released clear stamps for their newly-purchased Jillibean Soup brand:

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Take a closer look at the Jillibean Soup stamp release on the Jillibean Soup blog.

Hampton Art also had new cling stamps for several new collections from Bella Blvd (Kiss Me, Love & Marriage, and Sand & Surf):

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However, my favorites were clear stamps made to match the newest Echo Park collections, Oh Snap! and Bundle of Joy:

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Another new product that caught my eye was the new rub on dispenser called Decorunner. It looks like such a fun product to use on cards!

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CHA Winter 2013: Operation Write Home

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Operation Write Home was at CHA Winter 2013 educating industry members about their efforts to provide packages of handmade cards to U.S. military units overseas, to be used to write home to their loved ones.

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In addition to their education efforts, Operation Write Home was also offering a “Make and Give” in the booth. Visitors to the booth could take part in making cards that would then be sent in Operation Write Home boxes overseas to military units.

To learn more about Operation Write Home, and how to take part in their efforts, visit their website!

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CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Totes by We R Memory Keepers & Everything Mary

Scrapbook totes were not as numerous at CHA Winter 2013 as they were in past years, but at least two manufacturers presented pretty and practical solutions for crafters to store their stashes.

We R Memory Keepers

We R Memory Keepers offered a new “360” spinner wheeled bag and a coordinating shoulder bag.  The teal patterned two-piece set makes a beautiful, classically stylish statement for scrapbookers and other crafters on the go.

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