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CHA Mega Show 2014 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks

It’s that time again – time to name the hottest brands from the CHA Mega Show 2014 in Anaheim last month!

This time around, several themes seemed to emerge as I assembled the list, themes that were evident in the show in general. Most notable perhaps was the large influx of truly quality new exhibitors, a group of which the show hasn’t seen like this in years. Another recurring theme, that was evident again and again on the show floor, was of companies who have remade themselves after challenges the past few years and are rising again creatively. Together, these two phenomena combined to lend an air of positivity and optimism to the show.

So, without further ado…here’s the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks from the CHA Mega Show!

Brother Scan-n-Cut

Brother Scan-n-Cut

This machine has been taking the crafting world by storm in 2014, winning first the Innovations award at the CHA Mega Show and then Tool of the Year at Creativeworld in Frankfurt less than two weeks later. Scan-N-Cut enters a crowded, competitive market for digital diecutting that already featured at least four major competitors duking it out, but the machine’s unique ability to cut whatever it sees on a piece of paper is garnering it a closer look from crafters. Continue Reading →

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MemoryWorks To Cease Direct Sales Operations

MemoryWorks, the direct sales company that gave birth to wholesaler Simple Stories, has announced that it will be ceasing operations effective December 31st.

The company was founded in 2002 by Kevin and Amber Crowell, and carried a range of products from My Mind’s Eye, Fancy Pants, Echo Park, BoBunny, Teresa Collins, American Crafts, Bella Blvd, and a host of other companies. The 2009 release to MemoryWorks customers of an exclusive in-house pocket scrapbooking collection, the same year that Project 365 and Project Life also grabbed the imagination of scrapbook consumers with pocket scrapbooking, catapulted the company in a whole new direction. “Life Documented by Simple Stories” was a massive success and lead the company to launch the Simple Stories wholesale line in 2010. Since then, MemoryWorks has increasingly lived in the shadow of the explosive success of Simple Stories, which quickly became one of the industry’s juggernauts, riding the wave of consumer passion for pocket scrapbooking. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: Simple Stories

This time around I’m doing something a bit different with the CHA Hot Pick list. Instead of giving the ten Hot Picks to my readers in one huge overwhelming chunk, I’m going to give you one pick per article for each of the ten picks. At the end, I’ll publish a summary list for easy reference of all ten. This will allow me to bring you more information about each of the Hot Picks, and also bring them to you faster!

So here are the hot picks for CHA Summer 2013 (aka Create-n-Connect), in no particular order…

Hot Pick: Simple Stories

This pick was an easy one to make. Simple Stories was the top vote getter in our pre-show Sneak Peeks survey, and it was the name I heard over and over again talking to show attendees about what they liked. Simple Stories did a huge release for this show: Four collections of 12×12 papers and elements plus their matching SN@P! system accessories, along with albums and page protectors.

For all those summer days in the sun, Simple Stories has a new collection called “I {heart} Summer”. Created from bright colors like yellow, red, and turquoise, and grounded with deep shades of brown, the collection features summer icons like bicycles, ice cream, clouds, surf boards, and flip flops.

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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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Cards | A Handmade Nest for Mom

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Designer Terri Davenport is here today with a unique take on Mother’s Day greetings! We often use the word “nest” in connection with moms and their role in our life…why not put a handmade one on a Mother’s Day card?

In Terri’s own words, here’s her handy technique for making this cute embellishment!

1. Create nest by adhering jute to cardstock. Start in the center and wrap in a spiral. When the nest is the correct size, wrap a few strands upwards to add depth. Tuck the end of the jute under the edge. To note: It may be good to start with a piece of cardstock larger than what’s actually needed. If the nest is off center, it’s easy to trim the edges of the cardstock and center the nest.

2. The eggs are created from buttons. Punch holes in white sticker paper and add dots to the eggs. This gives the eggs their spotted design as well as covering the button holes.

3. Add ribbon, patterned paper and nest/egg accent to card. Finish card with sticker letters.

Supplies | Cardstock: Papertrey Ink (white). Ribbon: Offray. Patterned Paper: American Crafts. Letter Stickers: Simple Stories. Other: jute, buttons, sticker paper.

Designer: Terri Davenport

Terri Davenport has been paper crafting since 1995. She is currently a creative team member with Designer Digitals and Ta Da Creative Studios. Terri teaches digital scrapbooking classes locally at Owens Community College She has won several contests including Creating Keepsake’s Hall of Fame and Paper Crafts World Card Making Day contests. Terri lives in Toledo, OH with her husband, four sons and dog. Since even the dog is male, her blog is appropriately titled Outnumbered.


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My Mind’s Eye | Thanks

 

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Terri Davenport is here today to bring us the final installment of our My Mind’s Eye feature week highlighting their new CHA Winter 2013 collections! Today, we are highlighting the Boy Crazy collection once again in this fun “thank you” card.

Balloons are trendy, and this one makes a great makeshift banner to carry our card’s sentiment on. The blue literally pops off the card and highlights the gracious message!

To balance the visual weight of the chipboard piece, Terri layered twill and baker’s twine at the bottom for an interesting piece of texture. It also covers the seam between the two patterned papers to keep it from looking awkward.

Supplies |  Cardstock: Core’dinations. Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Boy Crazy” (Point the Way). Chipboard: My Mind’s Eye (Boy Crazy). Alphabet Stickers: Simple Stories. Twill: Stampin’ Up!. Baker’s Twine: unknown.

Designer: Terri Davenport

Terri Davenport has been paper crafting since 1995. She is currently a creative team member with Designer Digitals and Ta Da Creative Studios. Terri teaches digital scrapbooking classes locally at Owens Community College She has won several contests including Creating Keepsake’s Hall of Fame and Paper Crafts World Card Making Day contests. Terri lives in Toledo, OH with her husband, four sons and dog. Since even the dog is male, her blog is appropriately titled Outnumbered.


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Thinking of You

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For this fairly straightforward and quick card, designer Terri Davenport utilized the brand new just-in-stores collection called Boy Crazy that My Mind’s Eye released at CHA Winter 2013.

One of the major design features of this card is the text in the sentiment. Terri used the center of the chipboard circle to take the place of the “o” in you. Also, she was running out of a few of the alpha rub-on letters, so she mixed two different sizes/styles and also turned a “z” on its side to create an “n”.

With the bold patterned paper, and the big text embellishments, this card didn’t need much else. Terri just finished it off with a quick wrap of baker’s twine, and that was the perfect finishing touch! The yellow striped twine repeated the yellow bands on the chipboard element, appearing perfectly “tied” together!

Supplies | Cardstock: Core’dinations. Patterned Paper: My Mind’s Eye “Boy Crazy” (Diamonds). Chipboard: My Mind’s Eye (Boy Crazy). Alphabet Stickers: Simple Stories. Rub-ons: Doodlebug Designs. Baker’s Twine: Twinery.

Designer: Terri Davenport

Terri Davenport has been paper crafting since 1995. She is currently a creative team member with Designer Digitals and Ta Da Creative Studios. Terri teaches digital scrapbooking classes locally at Owens Community College She has won several contests including Creating Keepsake’s Hall of Fame and Paper Crafts World Card Making Day contests. Terri lives in Toledo, OH with her husband, four sons and dog. Since even the dog is male, her blog is appropriately titled Outnumbered.


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CHA Winter 2013: Simple Stories

The Simple Stories booth at CHA Winter 2013 was filled with color and fun designs!  The booth was fun, inviting and offered all sorts of fun new ideas for scrapbookers and card makers. As a card maker, I was happy to see clear stamp sets and fun 6×6 paper pads filled with fun designs.

The clear stamps, stickers, and brads all coordinated. They are in different patterns that would capture the eye of any crafter and are great for many occasions. I spoke to Amber Crowell, Founder/Owner of Simple Stories, and her great vision shows in her product. Simple Stories is more then just for scrapbook pages – it is a must-have for card makers too.

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Here’s two of Simple Stories’ new clear stamp sets. Camera icons are a hot trend in papercrafting right now.

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Simple Stories’ new Vintage Bliss collection is a delight. Its fun patterns are not as bright as the typical Simple Stories collections have been:

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