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The CHA Winter 2012 Sneak Peeks Page Is Heating Up!

Have you checked out the Scrapbook Update CHA Winter 2012 Sneak Peeks page lately? The Scrapbook Update staff has been hard at work scouring the internet to bring you the latest in new product releases and sneak peeks during this busy season, and I’ve been busily entering them into a single table to make it easy for our readers to stay updated on the latest and greatest from all your favorite manufacturers. The page just passed 100 links in the table and is growing quickly!!

If you’re not familiar with the Sneak Peeks page, you can find it here, and we’ve worked hard to make it as easy as possible for you to find the information you need quickly. Want to see what’s been posted since your last visit? Click on the “Updated” column header to sort peeks by the date they were entered. Want to see the new releases from your favorite manufacturer? Just sort by “Company.” And if you’re headed to the CHA show in Anaheim (in less than two weeks!), we also have a “Booth” column to help you plan your trip.

Be sure to visit the page often as updates are made several times per day. Believe it or not, all the current updates were made during the calmer part of release season. This week and next are going to be hopping as we start to see more input from manufacturers that have been keeping things under wraps. American Crafts (including Crate Paper and Studio Calico), Bella Blvd., and Basic Grey are just a few of the companies that are keeping their new releases quiet until the show date is a little closer.

If you haven’t visited the Sneak Peeks page lately (or at all), here’s a look at some of the new releases you’re missing out on: Continue Reading →

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CHA Winter 2012 | May’s Early Picks

I love this time of year, when new products, partnerships, and lines are announced, revealed, and otherwise unveiled to us. The weeks before CHA always make me excited to check blogs and watch the Scrapbook Update sneak peek page for items I’d missed. While I believe the real pre-show madness and peeks will truly get going this week, there are some strong offerings that have already been shown, and today I am here to share my top early picks.

Rhonna Farrer for My Minds Eye

At the very top of my list is a new partnership and lines that I am very eager to have. Rhonna Farrer has partnered with My Minds Eye to bring us her creative brilliance in a whole new way. With papers and amazingly detailed embellishments, Follow Your Heart by Rhonna Farrer is sure to be one of the show’s major hits.

There are two color schemes in the collection –  ”Be Happy” and “Be Amazing.” As a long time fan of her work, I am very excited to see her designs staying in the paper realm. Many of these designs would work wonderfully with her existing digital designs available at www.rhonnadesigns.com. Continue Reading →

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Valentine’s Day Scrapbooking Paper Lines Roundup

The scrapbooking world is emerging from a barrage of Christmas projects just in time to start crafting for the next holiday: Valentine’s Day! Believe it or not, it’s time to start thinking about what paper line(s) you’re going to use for your Valentine’s Day cards, since the big day of all things pink, hearted, and mushy is a mere six weeks away! Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to shop for your supplies and make your cards without feeling rushed.

After my roundup of Christmas scrapbooking lines went live here on Scrapbook Update, I received many, many requests to do a similar article for each holiday. I can’t promise that I’ll do one for every special day on the calendar (there just aren’t that many paper lines for Talk Like a Pirate Day, you know?), but when there are enough themed lines to warrant a roundup, I’ll be sure to post them to keep you all informed!

As with the Christmas roundup, I’m listing all the Valentine’s Day paper lines that were released either at or after CHA Summer 2011 and have scoured the vastness of the interwebs to bring you representative photos of each. They’re listed in alphabetical order, and, since there aren’t nearly so many of them as there were Christmas lines, I’ll also give a little commentary on each.

Ready to start seeing pink? Let’s get going!

Basic GreyKissing Booth

Kissing Booth is a mix of basic patterns (I spy doilies and herringbone in the mix) and sweet watercolor images. This line uses brown as a contrast color and is one of the few cream-based collections in the roundup.

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Review | Hero Arts-Sizzix Stamp & Emboss and Stamp & Die Sets

As I wrote about in the staff blog hop recently, I use Sizzix dies, because I know they are a great quality and long lasting. I also use a lot of Hero Arts rubber stamps as they also are high quality and long lasting, and have a great library of images too. So as a fan of both companies I knew I had to check out their new collaboration.

There are two types of product sets that Hero Arts and Sizzix are producing together:

 

The first is a stamp plus Framelits die set. These are sets of decorative images that you stamp onto paper, then die cut out. The second type of set consists of a background stamp plus an embossing folder. These combine to create a larger stamped image that is embossed to highlight the design.

To get an idea of how these products work, check out the video: Continue Reading →

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Letterpress | Sizzix Ink-Its

For this next installment of Scrapbook Update’s (mini)series on home letterpress systems, I’ll be taking a look at an option that adds on to a tool that you might already own: a manual die cut machine. Ink-Its letterpress plates by Sizzix are designed to work with the majority of  manual roll-through die cut machines and are an inexpensive (the plates range in price from $6.00 to $8.00 US) way to add the elegance of letterpress to your projects without a lot of extra expensive or bulky new tools.

Many of our readers are probably already familiar with Sizzix’s line of popular embossing folders, and Ink-Its plates work on the same principle – the pressure of rolling the paper and the plate/folder through the die cut machine impresses the shape of the raised portion of the folder or plate onto the paper. The major difference is that while embossing folders raise an image from the back of a sheet of paper, causing the relief to be clearly visible from both sides of the sheet, Ink-Its deboss or “push in” the design from the front of the sheet, making it recessed instead of raised. Ink-Its plates are also one-sided (whereas embossing folders are double-sided) and thus only apply the design to one side of the paper.

Ink-Its plates are made of heavy 1/8″ plastic (much heavier than that used in embossing folders) and are available in both background (5 7/8″ x 8″) and border (3″ x 8″) sizes in a variety of patterns.

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Trend Watch | Fashion & Home Decor Motifs for Halloween

Fashion and home decor motifs have completely invaded Halloween, and I love it! I first noticed the trend toward sophisticated patterns in last year’s crop of Halloween lines, and this year many releases from CHA Summer 2011 have taken it to the next level with some truly stunning collections.

Newcomer Authentique kicks off our tour of eerily elegant Halloween designs with their Glowing line. Damasks and fleur de lis reflect the home decor influence in this collection, while the harlequin (diamond) pattern gives a nod to the fashion industry.

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CHA Summer 2011 | Ranger, Stampers Anonymous, and Sizzix

You’d better sit back and relax for this post, because I’ve got more than a hundred photos from the Ranger, Stampers Anonymous, and Sizzix booths to share with you!

Ranger is well-known and respected in the industry for their huge assortment of inks, stains, embossing powders, and a host of other color mediums. Distress inks and embossing powders are a huge favorite amongst all kinds of paper crafters and mixed media artists.

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Stickles, whether regular, Distress, or Ice, and Perfect Pearls are available in every color of the rainbow (and then some).

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Distress Crackle and Distress Ink re-inkers give crafters an even wider variety of mediums to choose from.

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And then there’s Distress Stain! It’s been generating a huge amount of buzz for CHA Summer 2011 since Ranger announced that it was being released in the full line of the Distress Ink colors, completing the limited set that debuted at CHA Winter 2011.

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Ranger showed off a few new shades of Stickles, as well.

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Jenni Bowlin’s line of inks and paint by Ranger have been very popular, and for this show they expanded her line to include three new colors – Weather Vane, Lavender Sachet, and Speckled Egg.

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Tim Holtz’s products from his Advantus District Market and idea-ology lines were also on display in the Ranger booth…

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…including new Kraft Resist pads in Halloween and Christmas themes!

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Tim also has new Halloween and Christmas dies in his Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix collection (more on those in this post when we get to the Sizzix booth).

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Fans of the now-retired Suze Weinberg will be happy to know that a series of stamps by Ranger senior educator Dyan Reaveley is now being produced by Stamper’s Anonymous and distributed by Ranger.

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I absolutely love these banner stamps!!

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Here’s a glimpse at Wendy Vecchi’s Art Parts line by Stamper’s Anonymous. I’ll share more photos of these along with some stunning projects at the Stamper’s Anonymous booth a little later in this post.

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Tim Holtz released several new additions to his cling mount stamp line from Stamper’s Anonymous.

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Ranger is one of the companies adopting QR codes on their packaging to link customers to further information about their products.

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And of course you can’t stop by the Ranger booth without taking some time to browse through the dozens of beautiful sample projects on display.

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Tim Holtz himself stopped by the booth while I was there to give a demo of some of the new products, and he brought along one of his new storage boxes! It is designed to hold all of the Distress mediums.

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This smaller version is the Trinkets box, and it has lots of small compartments to hold all your tiny treasures.

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Tim asked the crowd what they’d like to see demonstrated first, and when nobody spoke up for a few seconds, I chimed in, “Kraft Resist!”

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Not only does Tim have Kraft Resist paper, but there’s a set of Kraft Resist letters, as well!

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Here’s Tim giving a demo of distress stains on Halloween Kraft Resist.

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And then he broke out the Picket Fence Distress Stain to show that it’s very opaque when first applied but quickly becomes more transparent as it dries and soaks into the paper.

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Picket Fence Distress Stain also softens the look of Distress Inks that are applied on top of it.

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Tim also demonstrated a marbling technique using Picket Fence Distress Stain.

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And then he showed how ribbon could be recolored with any shade of Distress Stain.

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Let’s continue our Tour de Tim at the Stampers Anonymous booth with a close look at his new Halloween and Reflections stamps.

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Stampers Anonymous is another booth that’s full of gorgeous projects.

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Dyan Reaveley’s “Dylusions” stamp line was well represented by projects in the Stampers Anonymous booth, as well.

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Art Gone Wild has a set of circle stamps in their collection that are unlike any designs I’ve seen before.

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Inky Antics had some adorable images in their section of the Stampers Anonymous booth, including a cute penguin!

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I also found the honeycomb paper packs fascinating – these could be used to make so many cute projects!

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Wendy Vecchi’s Art Parts line by Stamper’s Anonymous is a huge favorite among collage artists, as are the accompanying Studio 490 stamps.

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And, of course, Stampers Anonymous had a generous number of sample projects for this line on hand, as well!

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Sizzix is our last stop for this post, and they had some great new products debuting at this CHA!

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Framelits are Sizzix’s new collection of nested dies, available in a variety of shapes.

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They’re also introducing eight new Eclips cartridges, two of which are pictured below.

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Sizzix manufactures Tim Holtz’s “Alterations” lines of dies and embossing folders, and there are several new items on tap for consumers this time around.

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This damask pattern is gorgeous, and also a huge trend in the industry right now.

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Several popular previous shapes are being released now as smaller “mover and shaper” dies, like the bestselling flower and the jalopy design:
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And, of course, there were many, many sample projects on hand. The Sizzix booth was literally a wonderland of crafting ideas!

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I personally loved these bright, colorful examples of what could be created with distressing and aging products.

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There were so many walls like this one in the Sizzix booth – a complete treasure trove of inspiration!

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Here I found another corner stuffed full of Tim Holtz’s Alterations dies, including several new items.

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Everywhere you look, there is more sample project eye candy!

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Sizzix has also started producing letterpress plates that are compatible with the Big Shot and Big Kick die cutting machines. Keep an eye on Scrapbook Update in the next couple of months as I review these in-depth along with other home letterpress options!

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This was perhaps the most gorgeous piece in the whole booth – the entire surface of the table is tiled in embossed (using Sizzing embossing folders) metal sheets!

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If this post isn’t enough to satisfy your collage and mixed media craving, Scrapbook Update will be bringing you another roundup of similar booths sometime in the next few weeks. Stay tuned!

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