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Trends | Coral

Coral was without a doubt one of the hottest color trends on the show floor at CHA Winter 2012. Existing somewhere between the 2011 Pantone color of the year, Honeysuckle, and Pantone’s 2012 pick of Tangerine Tango, shades of coral run the gamut from vibrant pinks to sultry oranges. A quick Google Image search for “coral color” turned up this spectrum of shades, showing just a few of coral’s many faces.

With versatility like this, it’s no wonder that coral made an appearance in one form or another in almost every paper manufacturer’s booth on the CHA show floor. In fact, the color was so popular that I had to narrow down the list of collections to feature here to those that prominently used coral in their color scheme. In reality, there were many more lines that I could have shared that used coral as an accent color, but the range of images and styles shown here should give you a pretty good taste of what’s to come (and is in some cases already available!) from the new crop of collections.

Die Cuts with a View (also known as DCWV) made the color the focus of one of their newest paper stacks. Coral Couture pairs both the orange and pink versions of coral with aqua and yellow to create a sophisticated color palette. The addition of large floral and butterfly motifs give the line a vintage feel. For more on this line, you can visit my blog here, where I spotlight this new paper stack, and May Flaum also took it for a test drive in a post on her blog.

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CHA Summer 2011 | Die Cuts with a View, Glitz Designs, Grant Studios, Little Yellow Bicycle, and SEI

It’s ironic that the Die Cuts with a View booth is in one of Scrapbook Update’s final posts since its upside-down Christmas tree is the first thing that all CHA Summer attendees saw as they descended the steps to the show floor.

Yes, I did say upside down Christmas tree!
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This tree and the others in the booth were covered in the most gorgeous paper decorations, made from both old and new DCWV lines.

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Die Cuts with a View introduced a new line of personal stationery and decorative office items at the CHA Summer 2011 show.

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“‘Tis the Season” and “Midnight Spell” (partially cut off in the photo) are two of DCWV’s back-catalog items on display.

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My time at Glitz Designs was short, but I found so many lovely things in the short time I was there.

The “Beautiful Dreamer” line is a lovely pink-dominated collection with a sweet floral motif.

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I simply adore Glitz’s “Teeny Alpha” stickers!!

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These ephemera packs are from the “Vintage Blue” collection, as are the handmade flowers in the photo below them.

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Australian company Grant Studios displayed two main product lines at the show – a range of children’s craft projects and some lovely papers by designer Grace Taylor.

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Some of the designs in their lines are really lovely, such as this yellow sheet with a white doily print.

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Many of Grant Studios’ papers are available individually, but they also produce 100 sheet paper pads with many of the same patterns.

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This grey and black print was quite lovely and sophisticated.

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Grant Studios offers a range of packaged die cuts, as well.

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Shortly before leaving for CHA, I asked Scrapbook Update readers to chime in and let me know what they were most interested in seeing at the show. Several readers specifically requested to see Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Winter Twig” line.

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I have to stop here for a moment and give a quick shout-out to Judy at SEI (the next booth on our tour). She gave me a wonderful overview of the new product lines!

SEI’s fall line, “Homestead,” features a rich orange, yellow and brown color scheme with an abundance of foil accents.

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SEI’s Valentine’s Day line, “Promise Me”, is set to release in November 2011.

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“Holiday Cheer” has one of the brightest color schemes of any of the Christmas releases that I saw at the show and is full of festive fun!

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Cool blues and soothing browns are the hallmarks of SEI’s winter themed line, “Silver Valley”.

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SEI’s “White Elegance” collection is a back catalog item, but totally worth mentioning here for its unique resist effects. It doesn’t completely resist the ink, but instead the glossy and non-glossy portions of the paper absorb ink at different rates yielding a two-tone effect.

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SEI also had their line of wearable art items on display including their “Tumble Dye” mists. Papercrafters may be interested in these for home decor and party projects- just look at those gorgeous misted tissue paper flowers!

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There’s just one more post left in Scrapbook Update’s CHA booth coverage! We’ll be back soon to bring you the rest of what we saw at the show.

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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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CHA Summer 2010: More of “May’s Must-Haves”

I did not attend CHA two weeks ago, but that certainly hasn’t stopped me from drooling over new goodies coming out. From where I sit, the scrapbooking industry is doing amazing things and I feel super inspired by all the products I’ve seen – and I know I’ve not nearly seen it all!

As I surf the internet and manufacturer websites I’ve been gathering some of my favorites. I shared an article before the show with some of my sneak peek favorites, and now I’m back with more. It certainly wasn’t easy to narrow down.  There are a lot of great things! A few I’m especially loving are Tattered Angels, Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, Bella Blvd, October Afternoon, and Crate Paper. They all have fantastic looking product coming out.

This article contains a few of my top picks. Oh yes – I have a whole new list of must-have items that are soon to be available. (And I hope it’s sooner than later!)

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Paperclipping Roundtable #12: Heart on Fire, Brain on Ice

Paperclipping Roundtable #12 was all about balancing scrapbooking for our families versus ourselves! This week’s panel consisted of Noell Hyman, Stacy Julian, Steph from The Daily Digi, and me (along with our resident non-scrapper Izzy).

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Links from this week’s show:

Product Picks:

Here’s video that was taken with the Canon 5D Mark II camera that Izzy talked about:

Here’s the layout that I mentioned that uses the Tim Holtz paper pack and the Graphically Speaking cartridge:

Supply List: Paper – Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby Paper Pack, Marcella by Kay (Sophie); Punch – EK Success (Binding Edge); Ink – Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Pumice Stone); Spray Ink – Clearsnap Smooch Spritz (Vanilla Shimmer); Sticker – Grand Adhesions by K & Co (Hopscotch); Jewel – Prima; Flower – Prima Tea Roses (Peach Frost); Decorative Tape – Making Memories; Ribbon – unknown; Die Cut – Cricut (Graphically Speaking).

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St. Patrick’s Day: Get Lucky

I’ll admit, we don’t do much for St. Patrick’s Day at our house, but I’ve always enjoyed the green and shamrock feeling of the holiday. In the spirit of all things green, I’ve found a few fantastic products I love that will make you feel lucky: Tattered Angels’ Glimmer Mist (in Meadow Green or Sweet Clover), the Fiskars 2010 spring punch ‘flower power’, Catslife Press’ good luck stamp, and Little Yellow Bicycle’s “Lucky Me” product line.

What are the scrappy reasons I pull out the clover, shamrocks, and green stuff in general?

  • Seasonal. First, the obvious – use them for St. Patrick’s Day festivities and photos.
  • Luck. A shamrock symbolizes luck (good luck, my lucky charm, lucky in love, lucky to have you in my life…)
  • 4-H. Embrace the green and clover to create 4H themes!
  • Versatility. Green is great with most anything.

Armed with these products – and lots of ideas – I’m ready to get creative!

I used products (paper, chipboard, buttons, sticker, rhinestones) from the “Lucky Me” collection by Little Yellow Bicycle for this page. This line is perhaps one of the best I just love the metallic accents and how useful the line is. I had so much fun with this product line I just kept on creating…

I used more of the “Lucky me” papers including pieces of the die cut paper, buttons, and rhinestones on this page, as well as canvas words and ribbons. For the background I placed punched clovers (punch by Fiskars) all around and spritzed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist. I worked my Catslife Press stamp in as well. For the journaling I simply printed (Mom’s Typewriter) onto green patterned paper and cut out strips.

I love the aqua blues, with the greens and hints of Navy. It’s such a nice color combo! Since I had some ‘good luck’ chipboard stickers left and I don’t envision using them on a layout, I made a quick card:

(supply list: paper, transparency, button, ribbon, rhinestones, stamp)

If digital is more your speed, I have a few suggestions for you too!

Above is Katie Pertiet’s “Lucky Gardner” kit from Designer Digitals. I’ve used this a few times and I love the muted colors and versatility. Below is a new free kit available at Two Peas by Tricia Chapman.

In fact, I used that free kit to pull together a quick little St. Patrick’s day card I’ll e-mail to friends and family on the 17th…

I will be posting another lucky green layout on my personal blog on the 17th as well if you’d like another idea. In the meantime, happy green crafting!

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