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Noteworthy | 5.18.2012

Welcome to another week of Noteworthy! It was a relatively quiet week this week in the scrapbook world compared to the flood of releases and big news the past few weeks, but we still have lots of fun stuff to talk about! So let’s get started…

The biggest announcement this week arguably came from Becky Higgins, and it was about Project Life, of course. Details of the announcement are a bit sketchy because Becky’s announcement video is currently unavailable for viewing. However, the brief summary points that she posted underneath the video indicate the following big changes are coming soon to the Project Life core kits:

  • Project Life core kit production is being shifted to the U.S. from overseas. This will cut down on out of stock time as production is much faster, and the print and paper quality will be much better.
  • Packaging is changing to a large flat package that includes a plastic tray in which all of the cards will lay flat. All of the new packaging is 100% recyclable.
  • Kit contents will be changing: There will now be 500 journaling cards in each kit, with “filler” designs on the back, plus 40 bi-fold cards (up from 24). The title cards will be horizontal designs on the front and vertical on the back (the same designs, just shifted in orientation).
  • Another change that is coming to the kit contents: stickers are being eliminated, for now. Becky says it is too expensive to produce them here in the U.S., so they are eliminating them from the core kits, and looking at options to produce them as a separate item that can be purchased as an add-on for Project Life in the future.
  • The original Project Life kit is coming back! As part of the new U.S. production, all of the Project Life core kits are being reprinted: Clementine, Cobalt, Amber, and Turquoise – and the original kit is coming back as well! It will be called the “Cherry” edition.
No precise word from Becky on when we’ll see these changes in action in the product shipping to customers. Continue Reading →
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From Trend to Staple | Decorative Tape and Baker’s Twine

Trends have come and gone ever since the advent of modern scrapbooking, but sometimes a trend sticks around long enough to move out of the fad stage and become a staple. We’ve seen it happen with many supplies and motifs over the years (clouds, woodgrain, and bling are just a few examples). Thinking back to what I saw at CHA Winter 2012, it’s apparent two more once trendy supplies have firmly cemented their staplehood: baker’s twine and decorative or washi tape. These two items were found in many, many booths on the CHA Winter 2012 show floor and will be plentiful this season on store shelves.

You know an item has become a staple when We R Memory Keepers adds it to their lineup of basic embellishments. This season both tape and twine join the ranks of brads and other staple items on We R’s rainbow wall of embellishments.

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Noteworthy | 11.11.11

It’s 11-11-11 and what a week it’s been! With less than two weeks until Thanksgiving, and the holiday season getting into full swing, it’s been wonderfully busy and crafty here in my home. Online there’s still plenty of crafting excitement, sales, and more to be had in 2011 – check out this week’s Noteworthy stories:

‘Tis the season for sales, and www.designerdigitals.com is having their amazing quarterly sale - all of their digital scrapbooking products are 30% off now through November 16th at 3am EST. Many digital and hybrid scrapbookers (myself included!) look forward to this quarterly sale and use it to stock up. With a wide variety of styles and products from beautiful brushes by Katie Pertiet to word art from Ali Edwards and page templates by Cathy Zielske, there’s something for everyone. Even if you’re not into digital scrapbooking, there are many products that can be printed out and utilized beautifully on paper projects as well.

Stacy Julian’s Photo Freedom episode on My Craft Channel was especially inspiring this week. Focused on telling your stories, and not scrapbooking to “catch up”, Stacy inspires with numerous stories and layouts of her own. All previous epsiodes of her show on My Craft Channel can be viewed here. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2011 | KaiserCraft, Nikki Sivils, and Maya Road

Are you starting to get an idea of just how huge the CHA show floor is?! The summer show is traditionally much smaller than winter, and the Scrapbook Update team still managed to visit enough booths and take enough photos to keep bringing you new goodies for more than a week! Today we’re continuing our booth tours with visits to see what KaiserCraft, Nikki Sivils, and Maya Road have in store for this release.

Australian company KaiserCraft debuted several new lines at the show. As a member of the sales staff said while we were in the booth, their new “13th Hour” collection doesn’t “scream Halloween,” but with its deep purples and golden oranges it could be used for both Halloween or general Fall photos alike.

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In contrast, KaiserCraft’s new “Bonjour” line is filled with soft pastels and sports a Parisian garden theme.

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The “Miss Nelly” line is filled with bright floral prints in punchy colors.

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KaiserCraft is another company that elected to release two Christmas lines this year. “December 25th” is their more traditional offering and is filled with vintage-style holiday imagery.

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“Silly Season” (I absolutely love that name) is the brighter of the two Christmas lines and features snappy pinks, reds, and greens.

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Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker unveiled five new collections featuring Nikki’s darling illustrations. “School is Cool” is Nikki’s back-to-school line, and it contains all the fun primary colors associated with the season.

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“My Little Monster” has some of the cutest little scary guys you could ever hope to meet! It’s great for everyday photos and could be used for Halloween, as well.

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How cute are these corduroy brads and burlap buttons? I just love embellishments like these that are so versatile.

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“Gingerbread Lane,” with its sweet blue and pink color palette and small army of gingerbread men, is Nikki Sivils’ Christmas release.

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Nikki has partnered with Unity Stamps to produce coordinating rubber stamps for many of her lines.

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“Get Well Soon” was the most popular item in Nikki’s booth this CHA. It was the only “get well” themed release that I spotted at the show and fills a niche that’s quite empty in the industry right now.

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Nikki Sivils’ last release, “You’re a Hoot,” features a family of adorable owls.

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Maya Road, known for innovative embellishments and chipboard products, had a strong offering at the CHA Summer 2011 show. Those little chipboard banner ribbons (called “Wavy Layerable Banners”) were on my pre-show picks list, and a member of the booth staff told me that “Home Tweet Home” and “When Skies Are Grey” were popular items, as well.

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Maya Road introduced several new chipboard albums at this show including “Film Strip”, “Wellies Boot”, “Soar” (the butterfly), and a new tab book.

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Wood embellishments are a hot item at this CHA show, and Maya Road debuted several new items in this category including wood doilies, snowflakes, and spools.

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They also introduced two new sizes of bottle caps and several new shades of Maya Mists.

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May Road’s new trims are simply spectacular – so frilly and lush!

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Maya Road made several additions to their kraft line, as well. Clocks, mini tags, mini tickets, snowflakes, and a 2012 calendar set are all new with this release.

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Transparent mini tickets, snowflakes, and ledgers are also new for Summer 2011.

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Maya Road also debuted several new styles of their popular clear stamps.

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And of course, there are new canvas embellishments and albums as well – one of the hottest items in the booth according to their sales staff!

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Maya Road’s design team did a spectacular job with all the booth samples, so we’ll round out this portion of our CHA tour with a closer look at some of them.

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Stay tuned to Scrapbook Update – we have more CHA Summer 2011 booth coverage yet to come!

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Paperclipping Roundtable #21: The Sum Of Our Stories

Paperclipping Roundtable #21 with me and Jessica Sprague, Ana Cabrera, Noell Hyman, and Izzy Hyman is now available for listening! This week we chatted a lot about scrapbooking as storytelling.

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Top Ten Product Trends At CHA Winter 2010: Part 1

At every trade show, trends emerge about what kinds of products manufacturers are introducing. Scrapbook Update has identified the top ten trends in new products that showed up at CHA Winter 2010 in Anaheim, and we’re going to take a closer look at them in a two-part series.

(These trends shouldn’t be confused with design trends, which will be addressed in another article. This article just deals with what types of products are being introduced, not what style they are.)

So, in no particular order…here’s the first five of the top ten product trends from CHA Winter 2010:

1. Banners

This trend is actually a product and a design trend. Banners were everywhere at CHA Winter. They were for sale as products, and handmade ones were used as booth displays to show off new products. But here, we’re only concerned about the products. There were canvas banners, banner board books, banner stickers & paper, and banner stamps:

Clockwise from top left: Canvas Home Basics, Canvas Home Basics, October Afternoon, Maya Road, Webster’s Pages, October Afternoon.

2. Decorative Tape

Tape has been around for awhile in a limited sense – I personally own a huge collection of the Heidi Swapp and Making Memories designs and love using them on pages and cards – but now tape is popping up everywhere. There was even a new exhibitor at CHA Winter called Love My Tapes that sells nothing but tape.

Tape is appealing for several reasons to both buyers and sellers. It can sell at an affordable price point for a large quantity. It also has use to a wide range of crafters, from scrapbookers, to cardmakers and beyond.

Clockwise from top left: Love My Tapes, Pink Paislee, Pink Paislee, 7 Gypsies, Tim Holtz idea-ology, Making Memories.

3. Felt

Felt has been around for awhile as well but it is becoming increasingly commonplace. The retro craze has made it especially popular. It’s being used for a wide range of sticker-type embellishments, as well as by companies like Queen & Co. for ribbon-style borders.

Clockwise from top left: Prima, Making Memories, Dear Lizzy by American Crafts, BasicGrey, Kaisercraft, Queen & Co.

4. Artist Trading Cards

ATC’s have been on the fringe of the paper crafts industry for awhile but lately they’ve been growing in importance as companies like 7 Gypsies have been releasing products aimed squarely at that activity, and stampers and scrapbookers look for more things to do with their supplies.

At the CHA Craft Supershow in Anaheim, one booth was doing brisk business in selling ATC card blanks from specialty papers by Strathmore. At the trade show, companies as diverse as Tim Holtz and Making Memories both introduced ATC supplies. Many stamp designs were being sold that were obviously influenced by the ATC aesthetic, which is infiltrating mainstream scrapbooking.

The bottom example here is of the most importance in illustrating this trend. It is of the Shabby Chic version of the new Tim Holtz idea-ology paper pads. It includes pages that are 12×12 as well as pages that are designed to be cut into smaller sizes. There’s some 6×6, some tiny squares, and then some pages that are a combination of ATC’s and borders. This is a big development in the market, selling a product that is designed assuming that most buyers are interested at least somewhat in ATC’s as well as more traditional scrapbooking and card making.

5. Unmounted Rubber Stamps

The use of acrylic stamps has been exploding in the scrapbooking industry. There are several reasons for the growth of unmounted rubber: Concern about the design limitations of clear stamps, a desire to attract hardcore rubber enthusiasts as customers, or the need to compete with the price of clear stamps.

Clockwise from top left: Eco Green Crafts, Hero Arts, Stampendous, Lizzie Anne Designs, Stamper’s Anonymous, Unity Stamps.

Stay tuned for part two, coming soon!



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