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Trend Watch | Fashion & Home Decor Motifs for Halloween

Fashion and home decor motifs have completely invaded Halloween, and I love it! I first noticed the trend toward sophisticated patterns in last year’s crop of Halloween lines, and this year many releases from CHA Summer 2011 have taken it to the next level with some truly stunning collections.

Newcomer Authentique kicks off our tour of eerily elegant Halloween designs with their Glowing line. Damasks and fleur de lis reflect the home decor influence in this collection, while the harlequin (diamond) pattern gives a nod to the fashion industry.

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Kit | Back To School by May

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to a new regular feature here at Scrapbook Update! Every 4-6 weeks, our creative staff will be assembling a kit to share with you, and showing you what they have done with their own design. We hope you enjoy this new feature that shares the talents of our staff in a new way.]

It’s a wonderful time of year, and I find myself so inspired to create in the little time I have carved out for myself and my scrapbooking during the days filled with school activities, soccer, and getting out of a summer lazy routine! Today I have my Back to School kit to share with you:

Red and yellow are the colors that come to mind when I think of Back to School scrapbooking, and I kept that in mind as I added additional colors and unusual twists to that classic combo in my Back to School papercrafting kit. My inspiration was to gather some papers and a few other details that I could grab and use to quickly scrapbook my September and the beginning of a new school year with ease.

I kept things simple, mixing up products from a wide variety of brands. I love the possibilities I see with these goodies! I did not intend for this to be a kit where I use products only from the kit . This kit is a foundation. I intend to build on it, to add products and details from my own stash as needed for my projects. My real goal is to use it to leap out of my summer routine and hop back into more crafting!

Here is a full list of products used to create my Back to School kit:

Patterned Paper:
Blissful – Prosperity (Authentique)
Finally Fall – Quadrants (Bella Blvd)
Finally Fall – At the Patch (Bella Blvd)
Happy Days – Bottle Caps (Echo Park)
Happy Days – Diamonds (Echo Park)
Lost & Found 2 Sunshine – Forever Classified (My Mind’s Eye)
Nantucket – Crab Cakes (Pink Paislee)
Nantucket – Oyster Bar (Pink Paislee)
Sunshine Broadcast – Kindle (Sassafrass Lass)

Tim Holtz Distress Wild Honey (Core’dinations)
Tim Holtz Distress Tumbled Glass (Core’dinations)
Celtic Green Dotted Swiss (Bazzill)
Kraft (Bazzill)

Family Smashpad (K&Co)
Uncommon Petite type circles alphabet stickers (Authentique)
Finally Fall Alpha + Bits Sticker Sheet (Bella Blvd)
Lost & Found 2 Rosy Ordinary brads (My Mind’s Eye)
Inkssentials Kraft tags (Ranger)

What kit is complete without “add-ons” to play with? Here’s some additional items I suggest that would coordinate well with my Back to School kit:

Thursday I will return to finish this back to school series with a first day of school layout! For now, I leave you with this video explaining my kit, and making suggestions for adding to it. If you have questions – please feel free to leave them here in the comments!

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CHA Summer 2011 | Echo Park, My Mind’s Eye, and October Afternoon

Photographing booths at CHA is a bit like trying to photograph a hyper toddler. That is, if a hyper toddler was made of paper and stickers and constantly surrounded by people. Bending, leaning, and otherwise contorting to shoot around crowds of buyers (that you don’t want to disturb as they’re the main reason the show exists) is elevated to an art form over the course of the convention, and however hard you might try to capture every little thing in every single booth, it’s just not possible.

All that aside, booth photos are the best way that the crew at Scrapbook Update has to share with you the experience of actually being at the show. They’re not comprehensive, but they give a glimpse into the presentation of each company’s offerings. For full product photos, refer to manufacturer web sites or to Scrapbook Update’s own CHA Summer 2011 Sneak Peek page. For some serious booth eye candy, keep reading!

Echo Park has not one, but two new Christmas lines debuting at the show! Holly Jolly Christmas is a bright, cheery line with pops of pink and turquoise, and Season’s Greetings sports a more traditional red and green color palette.

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May’s Product Picks: A Whimsical Halloween

Choices in scrapbook product go way beyond pumpkins and cobwebs for Halloween these days. There are a variety of choices in style, color, and mood in the latest lines, and today I’m going to spotlight some of my picks from this season for your fun and whimsical Halloween pages.

I’m not always a fan of trendy purple in my Halloween product, but with the super fun designs and very useful papers that make creating layouts a snap, I’ve fallen in love with Echo Park’s “Happy Halloween” collection. This new company is impressing me more and more with each new release, and this one is no exception. [available now at | Two Peas]

Clutching our precious first bag of candy corn, my daughter’s photo went so perfectly with the papers and embellishments in the kit from Echo Park. I love the patterns and how fun they are to mix-and-match together. The stickers are cute too. They are a nice mix of big and small shapes.

Echo Park Sticker Sheet  [ |Two Peas]
Echo Park Alpha Stickers  [ | Two Peas]
Echo Park Jack-O-Lantern paper [ | Two Peas]
Echo Park Skull paper  [ | Two Peas]
Echo Park purple stripe paper  [Two Peas]
Tim Holtz Stickles in Marmalade   [ | Two Peas]
Ranger Enamel Accents in White   []
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L MyStik tape runner []

Another fun choice, right down to the festive flourishes, comes from Creative Memories and the aptly named “Cheerful Halloween” collection.

Next look at this favorite paper of mine and you can see that American Crafts is full of treats with the Boo collection. [available now at and Two Peas]

Still looking for more? I also recommend Doodlebug’s Spooky Town collection. It’s so full of their trademark cuteness, it makes me feel like a kid again. [ | Two Peas]

I hope you liked the treats I shared with you here today. I’m looking forward to scrapbooking with lots of sweet products this season almost as much as I am looking forward to the candy itself. If you have a favorite product or style you like to scrapbook Halloween with, please feel free to share in the comments below!

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