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Project | Travel Album: Hello Messe Frankfurt

A few weeks ago when I was at Scrapbook Expo in Schaumburg, IL, I had the opportunity to visit the Becky Higgins Project Life booth at the show. The booth was selling several kits that hadn’t really even been announced yet, let alone hit stores. I was thrilled to discover one of them was a new kit called Everyday by Liz Tamanaha (aka Paislee Press), who designed the Midnight core kit that I love!

I was about to start scrapbooking the Creativeworld trade show portion of my Frankfurt album, and the expanses of white and bold black text with pops of color would be the perfect match for the aesthetic of Messe Frankfurt. I couldn’t snatch it up fast enough!

Hello Frankfurt layout

These first two pages about the trade show are aimed at showcasing the glass and white walled beauty of Messe Frankfurt and explaining how huge it is. (For more about the trade show, check out my past articles on Creativeworld!) Continue Reading →


CHA Mega Show 2015 | Nancy’s Picks

The Scrapbook Update Hot Picks bring you the buzz from CHA shows, but sometimes my personal taste varies from what is “hot” or there isn’t room to include all of the things that I think are exciting.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s do “Nancy’s Picks”, my personal list of what I fell in love with at the CHA Mega Show 2015.

First up is one of my favorite Instagrams from the show! I’ve always loved the concept of Faber-Castell’s Gelatos, but the color palette of brights and primaries left me really cold. Now though, they’ve released a palette of pastel colors for the line that I believe will increase the product lines usability for me (and a lot of other people). Plus it makes for very pretty rainbow pictures!

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Snapshots from CHA Mega Show 2015

The lights are turned out and the booths all disassembled. Suitcases have been packed and flights boarded for home….the CHA Mega Show 2015 has passed into history.

Anaheim Convention CenterApparently, Anaheim didn’t get the memo that California is a desert. It was grey and drizzling rain for the majority of the days of the show, welcome weather for local residents but not for show attendees.

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Design Team Call | Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft 8/19

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update now publishes the full text of select design team design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header!

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft is a leading manufacturer specializing in high quality art supplies including pens, color pencils and watercolor pencils for art, crafts, scrapbooking and papercrafting.

Our Mix & Match concept is centered on color coordinated palettes and mediums that are designed to make medium and color coordination a cinch for crafters.

We’re looking for talented designers to help promote our brand for design, memory and papercraft applications from September 2013 -January 2014.  The successful applicant will need to work well with deadlines and consistently produce projects of high standard. Continue Reading →


CHA Winter 2013 | Faber-Castell

Materials for mixed media were everywhere at CHA Winter 2013. Faber-Castell, perhaps best known for its fine art materials, offers a line ideal for mixed-media artists under the label Design Memory Craft. Artists who enjoy the popular Gelato colors will want to check out the two new color sets: Tropical and 50’s Diner.

Faber Castell CHA Winter 2013 Continue Reading →


CHA Summer 2011 | Tsukineko, Faber Castell, Crafter’s Workshop, Canvas Corp, and Basically Bare

I thought I’d take a break for a moment from the purely scrapbooking posts and do another roundup of mixed media, art, and collage medium manufacturer booths from CHA Summer 2011. All of these items would be wonderful additions to any scrapbook, of course, but they are also great for more “artsy” projects such as decorative canvases and art journals.

Tsukineko is the first stop on this little tour, and the Scrapbook Update team found several things here to be excited about, including new shades of their Fireworks craft ink spray.



Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally took some time to play at Tsukineko’s make and take table and found that the Fireworks sprays not only give great coverage, but they also dry very quickly!


Tsukineko’s Goosebumps texture spray is now available in two new finishes- matte and shimmer. Both of these new formulations and the original Goosebumps spray dry quickly and can be used to give your art projects a slightly “bumpy” surface.



Delicata is a new formulation of gold ink that dries quickly on porous papers (the smudge in the sample image is due to a non-porous surface being used, but I was told that a heat gun will set the ink on a slick surface) and is advertised as never losing its luster or tarnishing.



Tsukineko introduced two new colors – Ivory Black and Roast Coffee – to their popular StazOn Opaque collection at this CHA show.


Brush Stix are also new with this release. These brushes have firm, slightly flexible dense foam tips and are perfect for those who want to paint with their inks.


Art supply giant Faber Castell introduced several new items at the CHA Summer show, as well as expanding several existing lines.


Their “Mix & Match” system allows artists to mix mediums easily by providing samplers and kits that have been specially selected to coordinate.


Faber Castell’s Stamper’s Big Brush Pens will be popular with scrapbookers, cardmakers, and anyone looking to color directly onto their stamp before making an impression (versus using a traditional ink pad).


Faber Castell introduced a new Neutrals set to their PITT Artist Pens.  These India ink pens are archival and can be used on a variety of surfaces, including canvas and wood.


Art GRIP colored pencils provide rich pigment color to any project – these would be absolutely perfect for art journaling!


The PITT Artist Pen Writing Set from Faber Castell provides the same great features found in the regular PITT Artist pens, but with an unltra-fine nib perfect for journaling.


The next stop on our mixed-media blitz is The Crafter’s Workshop, home of plastic templates in a huge variety of styles and sizes.





Scrapbook Update carried the news earlier this year that Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was signing on with The Crafter’s Workshop to bring her signature designs to their line, and both she and her new templates were on hand in the booth for a make and take session. Nancy Nally took part in this project and spent some time using the templates and a variety of mediums to create a tag (I admit that I hung back solely because I was afraid of getting paint on my shirt!).






Canvas Corp’s huge range of kraft papers caught my eye as soon as I walked into the booth.



The reason I wanted to include their booth in this roundup post, though, was because of the sheer variety of canvas items they carry- perfect for all your altering and mixed media needs!




Eventually the kraft paper pulled me (and the camera) back, though, because if there’s anything that all of us at Scrapbook Update can agree that we love, it’s kraft!!


I can see these kraft clocks being used in a Week in the Life album.



This damask pattern is set on black paper instead of kraft, but I couldn’t help including it in all of it’s fuzzy flocked glory.


Canvas Corp had Halloween kraft on hand…


…and Christmas kraft as well!


Post card motifs are a hot item right now.


Aren’t these damask and text patterns simply elegant?



Canvas Corp. also offers plain corrugated sheets. These have so many uses – mini album covers, die cutting, and even layout backgrounds!


I spotted a festive Fourth of July kraft set in one corner of the booth.


These tissue paper sheets are full of possibilities, too! We inquired, and they do take ink well, meaning they can be stamped or distressed.


Even though I visited on the last day of the show (and in the afternoon, no less), the Basically Bare booth was so packed that I could barely get in to take photos. This was one popular place at Summer CHA!!


It’s no wonder that they were so busy – just look at all those awesome shapes, including an adorable set of cupcakes!



These chipboard gears will satisfy steampunk and grunge fans.


Basically Bare had a great selection of chipboard and corrugated die cuts following the home arts trend we’ve been seeing the last several CHA shows, with buttons and dress forms in several sizes and colors.



The pennant banner trend is still going strong, if Basically Bare is anything to judge by!


And, of course, the booth was filled with lovely sample display projects.












Did you see anything in that mixed media feast that caught your eye? Anything you think will be a hot trend, or that you personally just have to have now? Leave us a comment and let us know what you’re thinking! We’ll be back later – there are still many, many booths to share with you!

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