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The Results Are In – What Is The Buzz?

It’s time for THE BUZZ! The hundreds of votes from the CHA Create-n-Connect Buzz survey have been tallied, and now it’s time to share the results! Here’s the three new products from the CHA Create-n-Connect show in Las Vegas that are getting the most pre-show buzz among Scrapbook Update’s readers!

So, in no particular order, here’s THE BUZZ!

Cut & Paste by Amy Tangerine for American Crafts

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Judging from the buzz, Amy Tan has not worn out her welcome yet with her Amy Tangerine line for American Crafts! She has a consistent (and unique) signature style, and her collections are very compatible with each other from one release to the next, making her very appealing to paper crafts consumers. Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 9.10.2012

To kick the week off this week with Noteworthy, we’ve got some big announcements from some industry favorites, and some design team news, too!

Ranger is having their annual warehouse sale again! The sale is this Saturday, September 15th, 2012, from 9am-2pm at Ranger’s Tinton, NJ headquarters. Discontinued or imperfect products will be sold at prices up to 75% off of wholesale pricing. Sales will be made by cash or check only, no credit card sales. For more information and directions to the sale, see Ranger’s 2012 warehouse sale announcement.

Heidi Swapp has a new digital shop! She’s selling her past release paper lines, and digital elements (including SVG cutting files) that coordinate with her products.

Heidi Swapp No Limits Digital Word Stickers

 To celebrate the opening of the new digital store at HeidiSwapp.com, all products are 25% off through Friday, Sept. 14th if you use coupon code HEIDI. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2012 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

Some shows there’s so much buzz about specific products that the Hot Picks practically write themselves. This show, however, the standouts were more difficult to pick out from a solid field of offerings at a quiet show in Chicago. But after much consideration, and some difficult decisions about some eliminations to get the list to only ten, here’s the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks List for CHA Summer 2012:

Martha Stewart Adhesive Silk Screens by Plaid

I knew as soon as I saw (and tried) this product that it would be a hot pick! These silkscreens are an extension of Plaid’s fabulous line of Martha Stewart acrylic paints and adhesive stencils – and the silkscreens really impress.

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Trends | Return of the Hexagons

Long ago at a CHA far, far away…

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that long ago or even quite that far away, but there was no denying that at CHA Winter 2012, the hexagons were back! I’m not quite ready to call this trend a staple yet – it’ll take at least one more show to tell – but scrapbooking manufacturers of all styles have certainly embraced this shape and put their own spin on it. If you want to see examples from last summer’s show be sure to check out my Trend Watch article on Hexagons, Honeycombs, and Lattices from last October, but right now I want to take a look at some photos from the CHA Winter 2012 show floor and look at just what this trend had to offer this time around.

I have to admit that the Jenni Bowlin booth was one of the last places I would have expected to see hexagons at CHA Winter 2012, but she totally surprised me by putting her own signature (and lovely!) vintage spin on the shape. The hexagon paper (from the Magpie collection) and Quilted Stickers shown below are perfect examples of how a company can be trendy and still stay true to their roots.

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Noteworthy | 3.9.2012

It has been a quiet week around the scrapbook world – no major announcements or huge batches of new products hitting store shelves, but it’s been an inspiring week never the less. I believe that many creative people are gearing up for winter’s end and the beginning of spring, while store owners make room for the massive amounts of new product that may be arriving as I type this.

Yes, with the new CHA goodies hitting store shelves and spring break approaching, blogs lighting up with pastels and Easter ideas and flowers beginning to grow – it’s hard for me not to love early March. Here’s a look at some inspiration for you this week:

On Jenni Bowlin’s JBS Mercantile blog this week designer Ranjini Malhotra shared a how-to for taking metal tart tins and turning them into cute Easter baskets. There are a lot of variations that could be created, and with the holiday being less than a month away now, it’s that time of year to be looking at inspiration! Continue Reading →

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CHA Winter 2012 | Top Ten Hot Picks

It’s that time again…time for Scrapbook Update to put out the list of the hottest products at CHA Winter 2012! Unlike our lists of personal favorites that we posted earlier in the week, this list compiled by me (Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally) is a measure of the buzz and marketability of a product, not just personal tastes. These are the products that were buzzed about the most at the show, that Scrapbook Update believes will be big hits for retailers and that consumers shouldn’t miss!

So, in no particular order…here’s the Scrapbook Update CHA Winter 2012 Top Ten Hot Picks!

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook from American Crafts

This may have been the most buzzed-about line at the entire show. Every conversation about what was hot at the show inevitably seemed to include this line eventually. To generate this level of excitement with a sequel to Amy Tan’s red-hot debut at CHA Summer 2011, is a real accomplishment.

Amy Tangerine Sketchbook Album (photo by Melissa Stinson)

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