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Trend Watch | Baker’s Twine

I’ve been scrapbooking long enough (and I’m sure that many of you have, too) to remember a time when “fibers” were all the rage. Whether brightly colored or muted, sleek or fuzzy, thick or thin, fibers could be found in almost any color and made with nearly any material imaginable. The fiber craze eventually gave way to the sleeker, more elegant ribbon trend, but recently a more sophisticated type of “fiber” has emerged as a new scrapbooking must-have: baker’s twine.

Baker’s twine can be purchased in massive spools (that are literally measured by the pound rather than by length) at baking and restaurant supply stores, but many scrapbooking and crafts manufacturers are producing this new staple product in both smaller quantities and a larger selection of colors to cater to those who need a bit more variety (and a smaller size) than, say a 10 pound spool of nothing but red and white twisted cotton string.

Some stores such as The Twinery have popped up in the last year or so and offer baker’s twine as either their only product or their main product. Twine from The Twinery is available in fourteen different colors with new additions occasionally being made (Stone, Buttercream, and Denim are the most recent new colors to join the lineup). Consumers have the option to buy The Twinery’s twine in either large 240 yard single-color spools or in a smaller sampler pack that includes all of the company’s colors in less expensive (and easier to store) 15 yard skeins.

Divine Twine is another all twine, all the time seller with a selection of twelve different colors. They carry both the traditional color/white twist variety of twine as well as a specialty “Air Mail” spool with a red, white, and blue color scheme. Divine Twine is only available in large 240 yard spools from their online store, though a search on Etsy turned up several sellers offering the colored strings in shorter length variety packs.  Continue Reading →

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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)

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

Embellishments:
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 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks

It’s finally here! After lots of discussion with my staff, debate and agonizing on my part….I’ve made the final decisions and here are the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks from CHA Summer 2011!

These are the lines that were truly new, that were fresh, that were buzzed about at the show, that were in demand by buyers, and that Scrapbook Update believes consumers are going to be clamoring for in the next few months.

So, in no particular order…let’s get started!

Lily Bee Design

Like I mentioned in my previous article about Lily Bee Design from CHA Summer, this company achieved something rare for a show release – an entire batch of new collections that are all home runs. All four of the company’s new lines for CHA Summer 2011 are downright usable, an important difference from some lines that are beautiful to look at but difficult to actually execute using.

Memorandum is especially notable because all of the backsides are office paper designs, a theme that has been trendy but that is also becoming something of an industry staple. Paired with classic, elegant vintage designs on the front side, this collection could have a long shelf life.

The other “general purpose” line is called Head Over Heels, and while probably technically intended for the valentine’s day market, it can serve as a beautiful vintage look for a wide variety of projects and topics. The color palette is very trendy and the floral design that unites the palette of all the patterns is just beautiful. The line’s other patterns include a full range of currently trendy elements: damask, doilies, sheet music, stripes, lace and dots.

Fans of Lily Bee’s cardstock alphabet sheets won’t be disappointed, as the new releases are accompanied by some beautiful coordinating alphabet options. Of particular note is the floral alphabet option that coordinates with the Head Over Heels line:

The rest of the line’s embellishments are just as beautiful, and the 6×6 paper pads will make these patterns – in their scaled down form – indispensible to card makers.

Lily Bee’s fall and holiday themed lines (Harvest Market and Jingle) are also extremely versatile (one of Scrapbook Update’s favorite words). They will be perfect for everything from layouts to cards and decorations.

Echo Park Paper

No surprise here, because they consistently put out great stuff, but Echo Park Paper just about entirely nailed their CHA Summer 2011 collections as well. They were one of the companies that chose to do two separate holiday themed lines with two very different looks to appeal to a wide range of crafters.

Echo Park is one of the many companies that debuted beautiful brad assortments at CHA Summer 2011 (watch for an article soon from Scrapbook Update on that topic!), and their large assortments coordinating with their holiday collections are sure to please crafters of all kinds of projects.
The Halloween line, Apothecary Emporium, has incredible possibilities as well. These were demonstrated beautifully by the samples in the booth:

Echo Park’s mid-cycle release, Victoria Gardens, that is just hitting stores, is full of pastel vintage goodness that will be snapped up by papercrafters for a variety of everyday uses.

My Mind’s Eye

How does this company keep putting such massive releases that are so beautiful? Their releases are always among the largest on the show floor and yet rarely contain many items that fall flat. Like Echo Park (mentioned above), My Mind’s Eye was another company that decided to cater to the huge Christmas market by introducing two holiday collections, one vintage (“Lost and Found Christmas”) and one bright in style (“12 Days of Christmas”).

But the real star of the show for My Mind’s Eye was Lost and Found Two, the sequel to the stunning Lost and Found collection. Another huge collection like the original, this collection follows beautiful in the style footsteps of the original and is sure to be a hit with consumers.

My Mind’s Eye also committed fully to the trend for 6×6 paper pads in the papercrafts market, introducing a collection called Six by Six that consists of twelve paper pads exclusively avaiable in the 6×6 size.

Basically Bare

New exhibitor Basically Bare specializes in producing die cut items from chipboard, acrylic and corrugated material that can be used in all types of papercrafts and mixed media projects. Their booth was absolutely packed when I visited it on Thursday.

While the concept of their products is simple (and not completely new), the scale of their products is larger than competitors and well-suited to the new mixed media projects that are becoming increasingly popular. Also, corrugated cardboard is becoming quite trendy due to the rise of mixed media and they offer a wide range of corrugated, including mini albums sure to be popular with consumers looking for a different type of surface to experiment with.

Bella Blvd – “Making The Team” collection

Sometimes, I hear so much about a single collection from a company that it warrants its own spot on the Hot Picks list. “Making The Team” from Bella Blvd was just such a collection at CHA Summer 2011. It invariably seemed to come up when I asked anyone what they had seen so far at the show that excited them. The big excitement seemed to be that “Making The Team” is a sports collection that is unisex, great for making projects for boys or girls, and that it is flexible across a lot of sports as well.

Why all the excitement about a themed line? As much attention as is paid to the non-themed trends such as vintage, a sizable segment of the scrapbook market still creates in a heavily themed way.  A line like “Making the Team” that seems to instantly speak to scrapbookers as filling a niche they’ve been missing will find a large market easily.

Amy Tan for American Crafts

This line was heavily buzzed about at the show by attendees excited to see it debut. American Crafts has had huge success previously with a signature line from Liz Kartchner called “Dear Lizzie”, and it looks like history is about to repeat itself with the introduction of Amy Tan’s “Amy Tangerine” signature line.

“Amy Tangerine” is a perfect fit for American Crafts’ fun, graphic style, and Amy Tan brings an avid fan base to the table both within and outside the crafts industry that will move her product in stores.

One of the most heavily buzzed-about items in the Amy Tangerine collection was the new mixtape (already a popular item for American Crafts) designs that accompany it.

Studio Calico

This company has fast become an industry powerhouse since debuting as a wholesale company at CHA Winter 2010. This may be the most solid release yet from Studio Calico, anchored by the Classic Calico line of neutral brown basics that are sure to have a long shelf life and be used – and reused – by crafters of all kinds.

It wasn’t just Classic Calico getting the buzz, however. Show attendees seemed just as enamored with “Memoir” and “Autumn Press”. These collections will be pleasing to fans of both the vintage and graphic styles that seem to be dueling for dominance in the industry at the moment – which is perhaps the ultimate secret of Studio Calico’s success.

The accompanying embellishments are what Studio Calico has been known for since their kit club days – their signature twist on graphic, making it somehow elegant and even somehow vintage. Their new partnership with Hero Arts has brought rubber stamps into the collection, and they continue to produce embellishments that are simple but have impact (like the wood items from previous shows). This time around it is die cut kraft stickers, labels, and beautiful alphabets getting all the buzz. Well, almost all the buzz – the company’s new 6×6 paper pads were crowd favorites as well.

October Afternoon

Their heavily western-themed booth made a statement on the show floor, and October Afternoon’s collections made an impression on show attendees as well.

The western-themed line “Sasparilla” charmed many attendees, and stood out among the heavy crop of Halloween and Christmas products that populated the show. Despite the line’s seeming to have heavy theming, all of the patterned papers have at least one side that is actually usable for a wide range of generic topics, making the line versatile for both retailers and consumers while still providing some fun.

Very different from “Sasparilla” but still in October Afternoon’s signature style was “Sidewalks” – a beautiful, bright and happy line for scrapping children and back-to-school. 

One heavily buzzed-about product at October Afternoon was the Sprinklers. In a market saturated with spray ink products, their products are attracting a lot of attention for both their color palette and their pigment ink formulation.

The Crafter’s Workshop

As papercrafters are experimenting more with mixed media techniques, their interest in products like templates to use with mediums like inks and paints has grown significantly. The Crafter’s Workshop has quickly become the industry’s template of choice, and at CHA Summer 2011 they added a strong new pull to their catalog – designs by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer.

Balzer (seen above using her incredible talent for teaching in The Crafter’s Workshop booth) brings an artsy, offbeat design aesthetic to a product that could otherwise be staid and boring. Through her template designs, she is bringing a new dimension of style to the papercrafting world – one that seems to be being well-received, and which may open the industry to a whole new market of crafters.

Jillibean Soup

And last, but not least…there’s Jillibean Soup! This is yet another company that consistently turns out good, reliable product lines that both consumers and retailers can come back to time and again.

Their holiday line “Christmas Eve Chowder” contained a popular icon for this show: Penguins. We predict that the bright, colorful line will be popular in both its full-size version and in the 6×6 paper pad version for making cards and other small holiday projects.

Jillibean also previewed another holiday line that was heavily buzzed about – for Valentine’s Day. “Hearty Barley Soup”, with a palette of pink and red and white on a kraft background, was a heavy favorite of show attendees.

The company’s several other lines, all in bright colors, were also buzzed-about heavily at the show as crowd favorites for various seasons. Jillibean released lines that spanned summer to Valentine’s Day – a wide range of options to choose from.

But perhaps above all, the star of Jillibean’s introductions was their embellishments. They made a small, important change to their paper embellishments (cardstock alphabets and stickers) – they are now printed on matte finish paper for ease of writing on, inking, distressing, etc. The company’s button assortments are beautiful, and along with their soup label sheets, are sure to be popular with the growing market of card makers in the industry.

So…there they are…the Scrapbook Update CHA Summer 2011 Hot Picks list! It was a difficult decision, and there were many successful companies and products that didn’t make the list since we can only pick ten. But we believe that these are the true standouts in the crowd…and we can’t wait to see what they and everyone else will bring to Anaheim in January 2012!

[Editor's Note: Many thanks to Scrapbook Update Contributing Writer Melissa Stinson for contributing the fabulous photography for this article.]

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CHA Summer 2011 | Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, and Doodlebug Designs

I’ve got another collection of bright, colorful, and fun booth photos ready to share with you!

Our first stop on this tour is Bella Blvd, whose booth was full of playful designs and fun patterns such as those found in their Halloween line, “Too Cute to Spook.”

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Bella Blvd didn’t miss any details with this one, even adding lightning bolts to their signature cloud paper.

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Bella has new colors of chipboard alphabet stickers, as well.

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I heard lots of good things about Bella Blvd’s new “Making the Team” collection out and about on the show floor. So many CHA attendees said they were happy to see a sports themed collection that featured fun colors and manageable patterns and that also wasn’t too masculine to be used for girls’ sports photos, as well.

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While there aren’t any new shades of letter stickers for this line, Bella Blvd did make entire sheets of coordinating chipboard numbers to help with recording scores and jersey numbers.

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“Finally Fall” is Bella Blvd’s happy autumn line, filled with bright oranges and turquoise contrasted against plenty of brown and woodgrain patterns.

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Bella Blvd chose a nontraditional color palette for their “Christmas Wishes” line, mixing reds and greens with bright pinks and blues. The penguins are just too cute!

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Bella Blvd’s “Sophisticates” line of basic papers and letter stickers was introduced at the last show, but I love it so much (and it’s been so popular) that I wanted to include a couple of photos of it along with the new items.

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Bella’s also got a line of coordinating rubber stamps from Unity Stamps.

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Jillibean Soup’s booth was directly across the aisle from Bella Blvd, so it seems like a natural next stop on our booth tour.

The summer-themed “Watermelon Gazpacho” is one of Jillibean’s new releases and is filled with bright colors and fun, homey icons.

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The new “Apple Cheddar Soup” is a perfect line for both fall and back to school photos.

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I absolutely love these buttons, and those letter stickers pictured to the right? Jillibean Soup has started printing those and all of their stickers and tags on matte paper instead of glossy!

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Jillibean Soup’s “Christmas Eve Chowder” is another great nontraditional Christmas line from the CHA Summer 2011 show. Like in Bella Blvd’s line, pinks and blues are also mixed here with red, green (and penguins!) for an adorable result.

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Jillibean also introduced “Homemade 6 Bean Soup” at this show. This line has a home-y feel about it and has a strong sewing theme.

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Jillibean’s “Sweet and Sour Soup” is another line that is versatile enough to use for back to school or a variety of other subjects.

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“Hearty Barley Soup” shows off what Jillibean really does best – kraft paper!! I’ve never seen a Valentine/love line printed on kraft, and I’m quite excited about this one!

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Oh, and do you see that woodgrain paper? It actually has little hearts right in the pattern!

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Jillibean Soup also has a great line of basics. These “Soup Labels” are going to be a huge hit with both scrapbookers and cardmakers.

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And I really love this baker’s twine!

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Jillibean has also introduced a new color (red) to their line of corrugated alphas, perfect for holiday projects.

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And you can now purchase plain corrugated sheets, as well!

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I’m very excited about these new chipboard alphas.

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Let’s take one last look at some fabulous projects in the Jillibean Soup booth before moving on…

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Doodlebug Designs built a Christmas wonderland right in the middle of the CHA show floor.

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Their booth was so well done, in fact, that it won an award from CHA for Excellence in Exhibiting at the show!

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One of Doodlebug’s strongest offerings this show is their line of basic embellishments. They really know how to rock the brads, buttons, and bling in every color of the rainbow!

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Doodlebug has a new build-it-yourself card line, as well, and it sports their signature color palette in a variety of cards and embellishments.

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And did you spot these little guys on the rack? Doodlebug is now making baker’s twine on adorable 2” spools!! I was so excited when I spotted these that I immediately grabbed Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally by the arm and dragged her into the booth to rejoice with me. [We definitely geeked out over baker's twine at CHA! Keep your eyes peeled for an article all about nothing but baker's twine coming soon on Scrapbook Update! -- Nancy]

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Look closely at the last two spools in this frame – they are black/orange/white and red/white/green combinations for Halloween and Christmas! So fun!

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Doodlebug is also getting ready to release a new line of alphabet stickers in a baker’s twine pattern – be still my heart!

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Doodlebug rocked the paper releases at this CHA, too. Their “Classic” collection would work well with any of their other releases.

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“Santa’s Workshop” has one of the brightest color palettes of any holiday collection at the show, and super cute icons to boot.

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Doodlebug’s “Colorwheel” collection combines bright, cheery colors with tight floral patterns.

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And did you happen to spot the matching twine?

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“Monster Mania” is Doodlebug’s Halloween collection, featuring bright oranges and purples contrasted with black.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this stop on our CHA booth tour. I still have hundreds of photos to process, and who knows where we’ll go next?

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Scrapbook Update CHA Summer 2010 Top 10 Hot Picks

It’s that time once again…time to run down the list of ten items that Scrapbook Update thinks will be sure-fire winners from the CHA trade show introductions! Not all of them are groundbreaking, or even a departure for the company making them, but we think they are guaranteed to be bestsellers for the companies that make them and the stores that sell them!

(You’ll note there aren’t any holiday items on the list. Due to the relatively short shelf life of seasonal items compared to tools and non-seasonal items, we are doing separate themed lists to make seasonal picks.)

So, in no particular order…

1. Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology by House of Three

Shortly before CHA Summer 2010, Pink Paislee announced they would be releasing a collection of signature designs by the House of Three. House of Three is made up of designers Rhonna Farrer, Heidi Swapp, and Janet Hopkins, and their designs had previously only been available in digital form.

Parisian Anthology’s papers are double-sided, white tone-on-tone papers featuring very trendy text and journal styled designs. Rhonna Farrer’s signature swirl elements are present as well. Part of the designs are printed in resist ink, providing a beautiful background for using all the spray inks and other inking techniques that are so popular right now. Photos simply cannot do these papers justice to how they look in person. The image above shows the paper in its original unaltered form, and then the darker circle is what it would look like with ink on it, revealing the resist design.

An interesting background note: some of Heidi Swapp’s last products with her signature line with Advantus were papers using a similar resist ink design technique. They debuted at CHA Winter 2009, but for that product the resist ink was printed on a plain white background, not layered on top of a print.

2. Jillibean Soup: Alphabets & Pasta Fagioli collection

To put it simply, Jill Yegerlehner just knows alphabets. Her company’s previous release of corrugated alphabets made our CHA Summer 2009 Hot Picks list, and Jillibean has done it again with their CHA Summer 2010 alphabets. The font is an excellently usable choice for coordinating with both vintage and graphic layouts, and the prints are perfect for the small form factor of an alphabet.

The letter size is perfect for everything from medium-sized tags to large layouts, and the colors are great basics.

Another offering from Jillibean that beautifully straddles the line between graphic and vintage (thus reaching a wider market of customers) is their new Pasta Fagioli collection.

Several of the prints are extremely graphic in style, but many of them (such as the small flowers, the script text, and the toile) will appeal to fans of vintage. This collection’s wide appeal – from scrapbookers to cardmakers, and vintage to graphic fans – should help make it a bestseller.

3. BasicGrey Curio collection

Once again, BasicGrey proved they have thrown off the aura of mustiness that had settled around them and returned to the excellence that scrapbookers have expected from them for so long. According to staff in the BasicGrey booth, Curio was their most popular new collection, and it is easy to see why. The embellishments are absolutely gorgeous vintage and incorporate several trendy design elements such as birds, butterflies, and antique labels.

This collection achieves something very difficult – both the papers and the embellishments are absolutely exquisite. In most collections, one element or the other is stronger. This collection is the rare “must buy” in both areas.

4. Tim Holtz Vagabond by Sizzix

Yes, the MSRP is $250. (As with most things, street price will likely be lower shortly after its release.) But once you get past the sticker shock, the marketing power of the Tim Holtz name can’t be argued with. He’s arguably made manual die-cutting cool again at a time when scrapbookers were becoming obsessed with electronic die cutting machines. Several of his Sizzix Alterations dies that were introduced at CHA Winter 2010, eons ago in scrapbook product time, are still on the bestseller list at Scrapbook.com as of today (July 31st). And this machine has an innovative marketing program attached to it.

See those stickers all over the outside of the case? Owners of the Vagabond are supposed to collect them at various different events and then decorate the case themselves with their personalized sticker record of their scrapbook travels. This makes the Vagabond not just a tool but a participatory program that gets its users interacting with the company on an ongoing basis to collect more stickers.

The Vagabond has more going for it than marketing and Tim’s name, however. It excels in several key areas that are very likely to appeal to modern crafters.

First, there are the Vagabond’s looks. While looks are only skin deep, many crafters are obsessive about the appearance of their work spaces. (Reference the recent marketing of the Cricut Cake first in “kitchen” red to match Kitchen Aid appliances, and then by Martha Stewart in neutral creme “to match any decor”.) The Vagabond is by far the prettiest die cutter in its category, and to a certain market segment that counts for a lot.

Then there’s the fact that it has an electric motor. That’s very appealing to two important market segments – aging crafters who may be losing hand strength  & dexterity, and professional crafters cutting large quantities of items.

Last but not least, the strength of the electric motor is an important factor in the machine’s potential success. Sizzix does already make a die cutter with an electric motor (Big Shot Express, $108.95 at Amazon.com), but Tim greatly increased the size and power of the motor in the specs for the Vagabond machine, as seen below:

The Vagabond motor is on the left, with the Big Shot Express motor on the right. More power, a full horsepower, means the Vagabond can cut a wider range of materials, such as cork and fabric, that appeal not only to scrapbookers but also to general crafters. Given that Tim’s work is more in the general crafts arena than scrapbooking (although his products are loved by scrapbookers), this will give the machine a very wide market appeal.

5. Teresa Collins Stampmaker

This machine, which lets crafters make their own clear stamps, has actually been on the market from British company Photocentric for several years, but didn’t generate much buzz until Teresa Collins put her name on it for a relaunch at this show. It was runner-up in the Innovations award at the show, and the demo area was packed. It consistently was mentioned by attendees as a show “must-see”.

The machine, actually a light oven, uses a multi-step process involving (among other things) packets of photopolymer. The process really has to be seen to be understood, so check out the launch video below.

Even at a price point of $160, I predict papercrafters will snap this up. Participants in the Scrapbook Update live blog who were polled seem to think the price was about right for the product, and buzz at CHA seemed to contain no concern about the price.

6. Core-dinations Core Impressions Stacy Julian Happy Colors collection

It seems like everything that Core-dinations does these days is a winner, with all the licensed Core Impressions collections that they’ve introduced at the past few shows from names like Cosmo Cricket and Jenni Bowlin. (For those who don’t know, the Core-dinations cardstocks have a contrasting inner core color so when they are sanded, the distressed area is very visible.) This time around, they introduced collections by Graphic 45 (which is gorgeous and deserves honorable mention in this Hot Pick) and Stacy Julian.

Stacy’s collection is called Happy Colors and contains papers in bright colors that are embossed with “happy” words (a different assortment on each color sheet), or an all-over dot design.

The word papers are available by the sheet as well as in the stack. Some of the word papers have the words embossed in rows, while on some the arrangement is more criss-crossed and random looking.

These papers play into several current trends. The bright colors go with the current trend away from muted and dark colors into a brighter palette. The use of text as an all-over design is a massive trend right now. Core Impressions lend themselves very well to using techniques on, a style that is rising in popularity. And finally, the papers are excellent for card making, which is also gaining in popularity.

Some of the booth samples showed the versatility of these papers, and how they can be used to create very affordable word embellishments by snipping out pieces of them:

7. We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy tool

Hand stitching has been gaining in popularity as an embellishment. Bazzill tried to capitalize on this with their stitching templates, but it looks like We R Memory Keepers has really come up with the killer app: the Sew Easy tool.

The tool is a simple roller with a handle that pokes a pattern of holes in paper when it is rolled across the paper.

The roller has interchangeable heads that can make different patterns of holes for different types of stitching. Each head’s pattern can be used to make at least three different stitching styles. With an MSRP of only $7.99 for the tool and $2.99 for the extra heads, it is a very affordable way to quickly make perfect stitching! The tool needs to be used on a foam mat to work correctly. A 7 x 12 mat has an MSRP of $7.99.

We R Memory Keepers is also offering extra-think skeins of floss and needles with extra large openings.

The floss and tool together looks to be very popular with both card makers and scrapbookers. The show floor was buzzing about the tool’s possibilities and affordable price point – a big selling point in the current economy.

8. Crate Paper Restoration collection

After a couple of only so-so collections, Crate Paper is back in the form that long-time fans expect from them with their CHA Summer 2010 release. Especially hitting the mark is the Restoration collection, a warm and welcoming collection of vintage patterns and embellishments.

Restoration is a vintage collection in a slightly unusual color scheme, and the patterns and embellishments are not only beautiful but usable. With borders, banners, and text & journaling elemets, it hits all the notes that scrapbookers want in embellishments. Overall, it will definitely stand out from the crowd of vintage that is available right now: part of the trend but with its own distinctive style.

9. My Minds Eye Lost & Found collection

This collection was huge at CHA. And I don’t just mean the buzz about it. I mean the collection, especially by the standards of recent releases in the industry, was actually massive. It’s really four collections in one, containing four sub collections called Portobello Road, Market Street, Madison Avenue and Union Square.

The collection is elegant, usable vintage with all the embellishments that typical scrapbookers love. It hits on several trendy designs of the moment: the Eiffel Tower, banners, birds, text and sewing. This collection will move fast when it hits stores, and will find its way into lots of layouts and projects once it moves out of stores into scrapbookers’ hands.

10. Echo Park Paper

For a company that was only formed several months ago, Echo Park Paper is sure making a splash! Many items from their first three collections are currently on Two Peas In A Bucket’s “What’s Hot” section, a big accomplishment for a brand new company. Their small booth was heavily trafficked and they were much buzzed-about on the CHA Summer 2010 show floor.

Their latest collection of licensed designs, Life is Good, is already shipping to stores. To see Echo Park Paper in action, check out May’s review of their first collection. Echo Park’s impressive debut sets high expectations for the larger CHA Winter 2011 show for the company.

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May’s picks {so far} from Summer 2010 CHA peeks

Christmas in July is a reality in the on-line scrapbooking community, as it’s the month of the Summer CHA show where companies reveal all kinds of good things to come for the second half of the year. While I won’t be attending this show, I also have no intentions of falling behind or missing out. I have been checking Scrapbook Update’s peek page in addition to the blogs and Facebook pages I already follow in the industry.

Today I’d like to share a few of my top picks based on the product images I’ve seen so far on-line. With the show still a week away and many things not yet revealed this is the tip of the iceberg I’m sure – but it’s sure a fun thing to uncover, so I wanted to share.

In no order at all, here are products I’ve seen that I can’t wait to get my hands on:

Pink Paislee has done it again. I am most anxious to see their collaboration with House of 3, but their other lines are awesome too. This “old school” line makes me so very happy – especially the plaids and that die cut “members only” paper.

Despite the cost and (of course) availability issues, I still love Prima products. These pink flowers make me so very happy. I don’t just want them – I need them!

I’m THRILLED to see Cosmo Cricket bringing some new items back into the wild west with the line “Wanted”.

I loved the last batch of Lily Bee chipboard elements – and I really like the new offerings too. Can’t wait!

This paper from Jillibean Soup has me super excited! I just love the filmstrip look and see so much potential for the vibrant fall colors.

American Crafts does cute so very well, and it looks like their Love line is going to be no exception.

Continuing as a top pick – Elementary from Studio Calico is a line I want in full. Specifically, I want about 10 sheets of this paper. It’s die cut and just so cute.

I literally squealed when I saw that Tim Holtz is making more tissue tape (a favorite of mine!) and in holiday themes too. Thanks Tim!

Jenni Bowlin is once again knocking my socks off – from stickers to vellum butterflies to new chipboard buttons.

Glitz Design, a company that has worked it’s way up to favorite status for me will firmly stay that way. I love the new stuff – especially this Scarlett line.

My Minds Eye goes hot and cold for me – but this new offering is smoking hot. I adore Lost & Found, and I can’t wait to play!

Looking for a super cute line for those little girls in your life? This is it. I can’t help but smile at this playful collection from My Little Shoebox.

I have a feeling that Webster’s Pages is going to offer up some beautiful things based on what I’ve seen so far on their facebook page. I hope this tinsel trim is the tip of the iceberg!

I will continue my hunt for the latest & greatest as I prepare new articles, reviews, and features to share here. What great things have you located? Is there something you’re hoping for or looking forward to? Please feel free to share – and for links to all of these and many more sneak peeks click this link.


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