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CHA Summer 2011 | Bo Bunny, KI Memories, and Prima

Next up on Scrapbook Update’s tour of the CHA Summer 2011 show are the booths of Bo Bunny, KI Memories, and Prima. All of these companies brought some fantastic offerings to the table!

Bo Bunny introduced several new lines at this show, including a very vintage styled holiday line, “Father Christmas”

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All of the new Bo Bunny lines include some fantastic embellishments like these brads, trinkets, and buttons.

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I fell in love with “Et Cetera” right away – the ephemera patterns are right up my alley, and I know I’m not alone in that!

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These sticker sheets containing three sizes of alphabets, borders, and embellishment stickers are an excellent value.

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Bo Bunny’s “Sweet Tooth” line has such a fun color palette! The pinks and turquoise blues really pop.

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“Garden Girl” combines a rich plum tone (Scrapbook Update Contributing Editor May Flaum recently reported on the current plum trend in the industry) with a fun shade of coral and throws in some spring green for contrast.

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Bo Bunny’s “Welcome Home” line features lush patterns infused with fresh greens and blues.

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“Forever Fall’s” rich, gold-toned color scheme just screams to be paired with photos of fall leaves and pumpkin patches.

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KI Memories had some strong releases at the CHA Summer 2011 show. Their fall line, “Good Folk”, has a warm, folk-art vibe to it.

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KI Memories is another company releasing sets of elaborately patterned and decorated brads with each of its new lines. They’re also introducing their own patterned tapes that are printed on clear tape instead of the popular washi style tape.

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KI Memories definitely went with the bright and funky color palette choice for their “Holly Lane” Christmas collection. The colors are so cheery and festive!

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Fans of the old “Love, Elsie” line by Elsie Flanigan will likely find something familiar in the “Hot Date” collection. It features the doodled style and bright colors that Elsie’s lines were known for during her KI Memories days.

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KI Memories also introduced several new styles of their popular “Pockets.”

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The show floor was literally about half an hour from closing on the very last day when I visited the KI Memories booth, and many of the display layouts had already been packed up. The staff was very kind to get a few of them back out for me to photograph!

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Prima’s booth was covered inside and out with their gorgeous new releases. The “Romantique” line is filled with soft colors and sweet illustrations in the classic Prima style.

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The “Printery” collection is going to be a popular one! The neutral color palette makes it easy to mix with so many other paper lines and styles.

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Prima’s “Londonerry” line features an antique-style palette and loads of vintage images.

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“North Country” is a bit of a departure (though not an unwelcome one!) from Prima’s normal style. The colors are much brighter and the designs more clean and graphic than what we’re used to seeing from Prima, but I think it works very well for them!

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“Alla Prima” evokes the colors and feel of the ocean with its aqua and yellow color palette.

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Prima is, of course, well known for their massive selection of flowers and decorative branches.

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Wood embellishments are a hot item in the industry right now, and Prima’s wooden spool top buttons are right on trend!

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Prima also offered a large selection of resin and metal “Treasures” at the show, perfect for mixed media projects.

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They also had several new styles of cling mount stamps on display to coordinate with the new paper lines.

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Prima’s “Tiles” embellishments were generating a bit of buzz on the floor – another great item for mixed media and altered projects!

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Resistant Canvas and Masks are perfect for those who like to play with spray mists and inks in their projects.

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And of course the Prima booth was full of gorgeous projects from their talented design team. You really can’t appreciate the beauty and intricacy of these unless you see them in person. There’s a dimensionality that just gets lost in the photos, but I’ve tried to capture some of it here.

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Prima teamed up with Lilla Rogers to create the new “Ruby Violet” line, targeted at pre-teens and younger crafters.

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A selection of trinkets and baubles that snap into specialized necklaces and bracelets (no glue required) are available to mix and match into your own colorful creations.

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“Ruby Violet” also features a fun, brightly colored paper line.

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The booth tours continue on!!! Stay tuned – there’s a lot more to come!

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In With The New – And Keep The Old Too!

Over the last few months I have been working on purging my craft supplies. As I dig down into the oldest items in my stash (in the time before I was a mom), I’ve discovered something unexpected and wonderful.

Despite all the change, all the constantly evolving trends and new paper lines, there are companies whose products from several years ago are not only still viable but that also still coordinate – and can be updated with – their newer releases. While you might think this would make them stale, instead I believe this gives these products an increased value. I also believe that products from these companies will continue to coordinate and work with future releases. Having a longer shelf life in stores and keeping products relevant in my personal stash is a great thing for companies – and I’d like to take a moment to mention each of them:

The first company I noticed this about was Jenni Bowlin. I still have stickers and papers from years ago that remain just as useful and wonderful as ever alongside her current releases. Not only that, but I sometimes purchase her older products even today because they truly don’t go out of style. Thanks to her signature vintage style, consistent color palette, and ability to create products that are useful and coordinate together so well, I am still just as in love with my older products from Jenni Bowlin as with the newer ones. Jenni Bowlin made the Scrapbook Update Top 10 Hot Picks list for this last CHA show, and it’s no surprise to me. Her products remain timeless treasures.

At the other end of the design rainbow is the always bright and colorful Doodlebug. Known for bright colors and whimsical designs, Doodlebug continues to reinvent the very definition of cute scrapbooking supplies. By staying true to their adorable roots, and continuing to produce products like the above pictured alphabets and buttons, they continue to add onto their lines and create coordinated products that aren’t trend dependent. They base themselves on a core set of colors and a cute aesthetic. By continuing to market fresh product designs with great packaging, Doodlebug manages to stay popular with a wide variety of scrapbookers – from those who simply enjoy their colorful embellishments, to those who appreciate the whimsical designs of their sticker and paper lines.

Finally, we have another CHA Top 10 Hot Pick pick from Scrapbook Update to talk about. I purchased the woodmounted stamp pictured above years ago, and I was delighted to see that this new batch of releases from Tim Holtz included that same image in both paper and sticker form. This is just one example of how Tim continues to keep his ever-growing line of products fresh, while not discarding past designs. You’ll see a lot of browns and creams and kraft, as well as metals in his idea-ology line. The colors not only make it easy to mix and match products from various releases, but also make them perfect to customize to your own preferences.

I like unique releases that stand alone as much as the next crafter, but these brands are ones that have stood the test of time here in my stash, and not only survived my purging efforts but also amaze me with how they still coordinate the older product with the new.

While I feel they are too young to say for sure, I believe there may be several other companies who will choose to follow this path of keeping older product relevant and somewhat coordinated with newer product. Specifically I have my eye on Studio Calico and the Girls’ Paperie, as I’ve been able to mix & match all of their releases so far. There are also companies like KI Memories and American Crafts that continue to release alphabet and general embellishment products that are not tied to any one paper line. This too is something special, as these products are easily mixed with whatever you have on hand or wish to use them with.

I don’t believe that every company can (or should) make coordinating products flow from each new release, but it is a welcome discovery for my budget, and my stash when a company produces coordinating lines. Knowing that some will, and that I’ll be saved the time and energy of trying to find coordinating things for their older products is a lovely thing indeed.

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