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Vacation 2010: May’s Picks

Visit any scrapbook store on-line or in person, and there is one subject I’ll promise that you’ll find featured: vacation. I started as a child scrapbooking my summer vacations, and I know a great deal of other scrapbookers who were lured into this hobby by the desire to make scrapbooks about their vacations.

Has that changed for me? No way! I still love scrapbooking trips both big and small, and what I really appreciate is how the industry has gone from intensely themed and brightly colored product to more useful product, and to items that can cross over into other pages and subjects as well. While I utilize a great many items in my vacation scrapbooks that are not themed, I also am always on the lookout for the best of travel and vacation products available.

And from cruises to road trips, time at the beach to camping,  and just general travel, journey, and trip products…there is definitely a lot available. Here are six collections I think are fantastically useful, cool, and otherwise great buys:

I particularly appreciate the value in the Girls’ Paperie sticker book (just $4.99 for seven sheets of stickers!) Scrapbook.com | Two Peas

Looking for a great accent for your next travel or journey page? Try these tags from 7 gypsies.  Two Peas | Scrapbook.com

I also like this transparency from Teresa Collins Travel line. It could be such fun to mark on, paint, spray, and otherwise alter to suit my travels.

One stand out line this season that I mentioned above is Making Memories Panorama line. I love the tropical feel of the product, and that the colors are not too bright, and that any number of layouts could be lovely with the product – not just travel.

I created this layout about a vacation at our home – and I loved how easily it all came together.

Patterned Paper (die cut):  Two Peas | Scrapbook.com
Patterned Paper (background): Two Peas | Scrapbook.com
Making Memories Title Letters  Two Peas | Scrapbook.com
Making Memories Tickets Two Peas
Making Memories Journaling Card  Scrapbook.com
Making Memories die cut shapes Two Peas
Making Memories Wordfetti Two Peas

Evalicious flowers with buttons www.shopevalicious.com
other: white thread, rhinestones, black pen

I like vacation products that put me in a relaxed state of mind. I like products that have a style that I’d normally choose to use, and that can be used for all kinds of subjects. Words like laughter, good times, journey, and so many others that can be found in these products can be creatively put to use for anything! Palm trees and ocean waves don’t have to mean that you’re on a cruise – they can represent a summer’s day, or just a relaxing time.

What adventure will be next in my scrapbooking? I’ve got a few ideas, and you can be sure that I’ll be taking some of these fantastic products along with me to create and enjoy. Before I end this article here are a few more fun items to consider:

Canvas flip flops mini book by Quick Quotes: Scrapbook.com

Martha Stewart Border Punch: Scrapbook.com

Karen Foster metal decorative plates are so fun – perfect if you’re traveling or on a road trip in the USA.  Scrapbook.com

I could go all day! Bella Blvd has a great new camping line. EK Success continues to produce travel-themed Jolee’s Boutique stickers. By getting specific with what kind of vacation you’re having when you use search terms, you can find even more inspiration and fun. I hope you’ve enjoyed my look at some current picks for great vacation products.

[Disclosure: May is a member of the design team at The Girls Paperie, some of whose products appear in this article.]

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Creative Imaginations Announces Harry Potter License Agreement

Creative Imaginations has announced that it has secured licensing rights from Warner Brothers Consumer Products to create scrapbook products for the Harry Potter films.

Under the two-year deal, the company will produce scrapbooking paper, stickers, albums, kits, autograph books, embellishments and other products for the scrapbook market that are based on the Harry Potter films. Creative Imaginations will be able to produce products based on all of the Harry Potter films, including Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, which will be in theaters November 19th, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows:Part 2, arriving in theaters in 2011.

“To say that we are thrilled is an understatement,” says Jack Behlmer, Owner/President of Creative Imaginations. “We feel very fortunate to partner with Warner Bros.Consumer Products on the Harry Potter phenomenon during this very exciting time.”

Creative Imaginations already produces several other licensed scrapbook product lines, including Sea World, Lego and Star Wars lines.

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News From CHA Winter 2010

Here’s a news round-up of stories that came to Scrapbook Update’s attention at CHA-Winter 2010 in Anaheim:

Queen & Co. Halts Shipping of Disney Print Paper

Prior to CHA, Queen & Co. showed a sneak peek of a collection called Magic Memories that was designed to be used for Disney scrapbooking. One of the prints, the white background one in the photo below, featured interlinked circles that were obviously a mouse ear pattern:

Disney is notoriously protective of its trademarks such as its Mickey ears logo. After receiving questions from multiple potential buyers about whether they were on questionable legal ground, Queen & Co. is opting not to ship that paper design to err on the side of caution. The rest of the papers in the collection will ship as scheduled.

Darice Acquires Core’dinations

Effective January 22nd, cardstock company Core’dinations has been acquired by Strongsville, Ohio-based Darice. Almost two years old, Core’dinations made a big splash at CHA Winter with its embossed cardstock collection packs that coordinate with collections by companies like Jenni Bowlin and Cosmo Cricket. The core of Core’dinations cardstock is a different color than its surface, creating interesting effects when sanding or embossing it.

Anthony Grinnell, Core’dinations director, said “Our business has seen tremendous growth since it’s inception in February of 2008. We will be able to accelerate that growth as we join with Darice and their extensive line of paper-crafting products.”

“Bringing Core’dinations product lines into the Darice family of products allows us to provide the most comprehensive and highest quality paper-crafting assortment for our retailer customers” said Mike Birkholm, Darice’s president. “Additionally, we are pleased that Anthony will continue to provide creative and strategic direction for this great line of products.”

Darice was founded in 1954, and is most widely known for its non-scrapbooking crafts products in areas such as jewelry making, kids crafts, and floral design.

EK Success Goes Peanuts

Charlie Brown and the gang are coming to EK Success. They have acquired the licensing rights to create products featuring the popular characters. A few products are coming in the CHA releases, and a few sneak peeks of Halloween products were on display in the CHA-Winter booth as well.

CHA 2011 Dates Conflict With Paperworld 2011

The schedule that has been announced by CHA for the 2011 show in Los Angeles – Jan. 29th through Feb. 1st – is exactly the same as the dates for the Paperworld 2011 show in Frankfurt, Germany. Paperworld is the world’s leading trade fair for the paper, stationery and office supplies market. Many scrapbook industry companies have ties to it.

Craft Critique Sponsoring Event for Professional Crafters

Craft Critique announced they are sponsoring an event for professional crafters in Chicago, on Oct. 21-23, 2010. Few details are currently available but you can sign up to receive future updates at the Crafty Con website.

Creativity Inc. Discontinuing Scrapbook Products

After offering only limited introductions at CHA-Summer 2009 in Orlando, Creativity Inc. is shelving its scrapbook product lines. The parent company of Westrim, Crop-in-Style, Autumn Leaves and Foof-a-La had its booth in the General Crafts section in Anaheim, and had only a small display of clearance merchandise that was scrapbook-related.

Mudd Puddles Picked Up By Creative Imaginations

Mudd Puddles, one of Scrapbook Update’s CHA-Summer 2009 Hot Picks, is no longer being produced independently by creator Dave Felber. The announcement was made at CHA-Winter in Anaheim that Mudd Puddles is now part of the Creative Imaginations line of products. The product, a great fit at Creative Imaginations due to their affinity for doing beach-themed products, is now limited to just 10 colors.

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