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Design Team Call | Imagine Crafts 10/5

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update publishes the full text of select design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header!

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.


The 2015 – 2016 Artist in Residence Design Team OPEN CALL is here Imagine Crafters! We are looking for makers like yourselves who exude creativity and are ready to share that creativity with the world. If you or someone you know loves to paper craft, DIY from top to bottom, mixes all sorts of media or loves to demonstrate crafting inspiration through video. Look no further, you’ve found your home.

This year we are looking for DIYers, Card Makers, Memory Keepers, Mixed Media and Video artists. From CAS to retro and vibrant, we welcome all varieties of aesthetics. Continue Reading →


Design Team Calls | IMAGINE Crafts 10/3

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update now publishes the full text of select design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header!

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.


IMAGINE Crafts is proud to announce its Call for Artists In Residence for 2015! We’re looking for artists and designers who can inspire our customers and the crafting community with amazing projects using IMAGINE Crafts/Tsukineko products. Continue Reading →


NSD 2014 | National Scrapbook Day Giveaway #3: Memento Markers!

Are you ready for another National Scrapbook Day giveaway? This is a great one!

One lucky Scrapbook Update reader is going to win two sets of Memento Markers by Tsukineko, the Jelly Bean and Prime Time sets!

Memento-Jelly-Bean Memento-Prime-Time

These dual-tip markers are so versatile…with a brush tip and fine point, you can journal, stamp and do so much more!

How To Enter: All you have to do to have a chance to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before noon eastern time on Monday,  May 5th, 2014. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. Open to U.S. and Canadian addresses only.

Keep checking back…we have two more giveaways coming tonight – including a huge final one!

For Baby: Yay! Woo Hoo! Congrats!

This super-cute card by designer Sara Grafton brings baby congratulations in an adorable, and slightly unconventional, design!


Supplies | Cardstock: Neenah (Solar White), Stampin’ Up! (Daffodil Delight). Patterned paper: Lawn Fawn (Bright Side “Silver Lining”). Clear stamps: Lawn Fawn (Plus One, Critters in the ‘Burbs, & Critters in the Forest), Hero Arts (Right at Home). Ink: Tsukineko Memento (Tuxedo Black & Danube Blue), Ranger Tim Holtz Distress (Peeled Paint). Markers: Copic (YR61, E33, E39, V09).

This card was designed for Sara’s friend who just adopted a beautiful baby girl.  The nursery theme is owls, so she used that as inspiration for the card theme.  The owls were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copics.  After the owls were cut out, a black marker matching the ink color helped define the edges.  The hill was hand cut and Distress ink added some definition to the patterned paper. One sentiment did not seem to be enough for this card, so Sara mixed the sentiments from three Lawn Fawn stamp sets to complete the card.

Sara Grafton is a wife, mama, academic advisor, and college instructor who squeezes in time for stamping, scrapbooking, and blogging.  She began scrapbooking in 2005 and fell in love with card making in 2008.  She is settling into life in the Bay Area of California and blogs at  Her 3 year old son loves to take pictures and took the photo shown here.


CHA Summer 2011 | Tsukineko, Faber Castell, Crafter’s Workshop, Canvas Corp, and Basically Bare

I thought I’d take a break for a moment from the purely scrapbooking posts and do another roundup of mixed media, art, and collage medium manufacturer booths from CHA Summer 2011. All of these items would be wonderful additions to any scrapbook, of course, but they are also great for more “artsy” projects such as decorative canvases and art journals.

Tsukineko is the first stop on this little tour, and the Scrapbook Update team found several things here to be excited about, including new shades of their Fireworks craft ink spray.



Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally took some time to play at Tsukineko’s make and take table and found that the Fireworks sprays not only give great coverage, but they also dry very quickly!


Tsukineko’s Goosebumps texture spray is now available in two new finishes- matte and shimmer. Both of these new formulations and the original Goosebumps spray dry quickly and can be used to give your art projects a slightly “bumpy” surface.



Delicata is a new formulation of gold ink that dries quickly on porous papers (the smudge in the sample image is due to a non-porous surface being used, but I was told that a heat gun will set the ink on a slick surface) and is advertised as never losing its luster or tarnishing.



Tsukineko introduced two new colors – Ivory Black and Roast Coffee – to their popular StazOn Opaque collection at this CHA show.


Brush Stix are also new with this release. These brushes have firm, slightly flexible dense foam tips and are perfect for those who want to paint with their inks.


Art supply giant Faber Castell introduced several new items at the CHA Summer show, as well as expanding several existing lines.


Their “Mix & Match” system allows artists to mix mediums easily by providing samplers and kits that have been specially selected to coordinate.


Faber Castell’s Stamper’s Big Brush Pens will be popular with scrapbookers, cardmakers, and anyone looking to color directly onto their stamp before making an impression (versus using a traditional ink pad).


Faber Castell introduced a new Neutrals set to their PITT Artist Pens.  These India ink pens are archival and can be used on a variety of surfaces, including canvas and wood.


Art GRIP colored pencils provide rich pigment color to any project – these would be absolutely perfect for art journaling!


The PITT Artist Pen Writing Set from Faber Castell provides the same great features found in the regular PITT Artist pens, but with an unltra-fine nib perfect for journaling.


The next stop on our mixed-media blitz is The Crafter’s Workshop, home of plastic templates in a huge variety of styles and sizes.





Scrapbook Update carried the news earlier this year that Julie Fei-Fan Balzer was signing on with The Crafter’s Workshop to bring her signature designs to their line, and both she and her new templates were on hand in the booth for a make and take session. Nancy Nally took part in this project and spent some time using the templates and a variety of mediums to create a tag (I admit that I hung back solely because I was afraid of getting paint on my shirt!).






Canvas Corp’s huge range of kraft papers caught my eye as soon as I walked into the booth.



The reason I wanted to include their booth in this roundup post, though, was because of the sheer variety of canvas items they carry- perfect for all your altering and mixed media needs!




Eventually the kraft paper pulled me (and the camera) back, though, because if there’s anything that all of us at Scrapbook Update can agree that we love, it’s kraft!!


I can see these kraft clocks being used in a Week in the Life album.



This damask pattern is set on black paper instead of kraft, but I couldn’t help including it in all of it’s fuzzy flocked glory.


Canvas Corp had Halloween kraft on hand…


…and Christmas kraft as well!


Post card motifs are a hot item right now.


Aren’t these damask and text patterns simply elegant?



Canvas Corp. also offers plain corrugated sheets. These have so many uses – mini album covers, die cutting, and even layout backgrounds!


I spotted a festive Fourth of July kraft set in one corner of the booth.


These tissue paper sheets are full of possibilities, too! We inquired, and they do take ink well, meaning they can be stamped or distressed.


Even though I visited on the last day of the show (and in the afternoon, no less), the Basically Bare booth was so packed that I could barely get in to take photos. This was one popular place at Summer CHA!!


It’s no wonder that they were so busy – just look at all those awesome shapes, including an adorable set of cupcakes!



These chipboard gears will satisfy steampunk and grunge fans.


Basically Bare had a great selection of chipboard and corrugated die cuts following the home arts trend we’ve been seeing the last several CHA shows, with buttons and dress forms in several sizes and colors.



The pennant banner trend is still going strong, if Basically Bare is anything to judge by!


And, of course, the booth was filled with lovely sample display projects.












Did you see anything in that mixed media feast that caught your eye? Anything you think will be a hot trend, or that you personally just have to have now? Leave us a comment and let us know what you’re thinking! We’ll be back later – there are still many, many booths to share with you!

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Scrapbook Update CHA Winter 2010 Top 10 Hot Picks

Well, it’s all over. The suitcases are unpacked, the photos are loaded in Lightroom, the jet lag is easing. After taking some time to analyze what I saw, and go over my notes and photos in detail, I’ve assembled this list of Scrapbook Update’s Top 10 Hot Picks from CHA Winter 2010:

1. BasicGrey

This pick may sound a bit redundant, because BasicGrey is such a force in the industry. But their last few show introductions have been somewhat underwhelming. One of my favorite companies was frankly, starting to edge toward getting stale. But with the introduction of Kioshi, Green At Heart, Capella, and Max & Whiskers, BasicGrey is starting to look more again like the company whose papers used to make a serious dent in my budget. I wasn’t the only one excited, either – I heard the same sentiment from many others on the show floor.

Another fabulous showing from the company at CHA Winter was their Basics line. Available in 3 colors (white, cream and kraft), it is a line consisting completely of text and ledger-style paper designs that make great backgrounds for building on. Ledger paper is incredibly popular – a whole collection of it is a dream for many scrapbookers.

2. EK Success Slimline Punches

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the EK Success slimline punches. There will be plenty for everyone to love now, because despite the trend towards smaller product line introductions, EK Success is introducing 78 new designs of slimline punch.

A large number of the new punches are border punches, including some that create paper ribbon chains. For Halloween, EK was previewing a punch collection that included a new even larger size of border punch.Consumers are all about tools right now, and punches are used by scrapbookers and cardmakers. Expect the popular slimline punches to get even more popular with this huge introduction of options.

3. Melody Ross for GCD Studios

A few months after the news broke that the Ultra-Pro owned Chatterbox was defunct, founder Melody Ross is back in style with an amazing collection for GCD Studios. She’s obviously thriving in her new professional home, as this is the best creative work that we’ve seen from Ross in quite some time. Ross, who revolutionized the industry a decade ago with her work at Chatterbox, reclaims her position as one of the leading creative minds in the industry with her CHA Winter lines for GCD Studios.

4. Staz-On Metallic

Stamping is hot. Metallic is hot. So StazOn, the ink that stamps on almost any surface, being introduced in new metallic shades seems like a made-to-order hit for manufacturer Tsukineko.

The metallic StazOn ink pads come in four metallic shades: gold, silver, copper and platinum. The pads work in a similar fashion to the Tsukineko glue pad, coming with a pad and a re-inker bottle from which the pad must be loaded and then more frequently refreshed than a regular ink pad.

5. The Girls Paperie

Margie Romney-Aslett has definitely moved on to a successful new chapter after being let go by Making Memories nearly a year ago. Her new line with Advantus, called The Girls Paperie, was all the buzz at CHA in Anaheim.

The designs are in the beautiful vintage style that Romney-Aslett is known for, and include both papers and embellishments. There are two lines. One is travel-themed, and one is a classic feminine floral grouping.

6. Tim Holtz for Sizzix

Sizzix generated a lot of excitement with the announcement that Tim Holtz would design a line of dies for them called Alterations, and the products unveiled at CHA did not disappoint Holtz’s fans. Alterations is something of a departure style-wise for Sizzix, so it may attract a whole new group of customers for the machine.

One nice feature of many of Holtz’s die designs is that they are divided into many pieces. For instance, pieces from the butterfly die can also be used to create  a dragonfly or half butterfly design. The Alterations line also includes a group of embossing folders for the Sizzix machine.

7. Cricut Cake

While technically not exactly a scrapbook product, the Cricut Cake machine from Provo Craft is designed to extend a papercrafting product line to a new audience: bakers. This new version of the Cricut Expression machine is food safe and designed to cut sheets of sugar to use in decorating cakes and cookies. It will ship in May and retail for $399. Regular Cricut cartridges do work in the machine.

The machine can cut from two different thicknesses of decorating material. From the examples on display at the Provo Craft evening event in Anaheim, the Cake is capable of cutting quite detailed images. The images on the cake below come from a Cricut cartridge called A Child’s Year. The Cricut Cake generated a lot of buzz at CHA, and is a great opportunity for Cricut to extend its market base beyond just papercrafters. According to a representative for Provo Craft who spoke to Scrapbook Update at CHA, the Cake is just the start of some major development in the Cricut line – the company has five new machines in the pipeline for the next few years.

8. Copic Markers

The rise of interest in stamping has brought along a rise in interest in mediums that are used with stamps. There’s been a lot of buzz recently about Copic alcohol-based markers for use with stamps. Copic markers were hot sellers at the CHA Supershow in Anaheim (in fact, the booth with a great deal on them was the only one I waited in line at all day). There were examples on display in many stamping booths at the show that had been made with Copics, and Couture Cardstock was advertising its new bleed-proof Pure Silk blending papers designed especially for use with Copics.

9. Lily Bee Design

Lily Bee Design, a new exhibitor, has been attracting a lot of buzz with its vintage feminine designs. They’ve achieved something that usually seems to be difficult for a new company, by creating embellishment designs that are beautiful and noteworthy. Their chipboard flowers and 12×12 rub-on sheets are worthy accompaniments to the company’s beautiful papers, giving Lily Bee’s lines a depth that many new companies can’t match. These lines’ reasonable size and their quality means that a retailer doesn’t need to cherry-pick them to carry them.

10. Eco Green Crafts

Also in the new exhibitor section, Eco Green Crafts is making a timely entrance to the market when interest is building in “green” products. Co-founder Julia Andrus is a cancer survivor, and all of the company’s products in some way are designed to be environmentally friendly – from low VOC paints and inks to unmounted rubber stamps that save wood. The company’s line of inks are vegetable-based. Eco Green Crafts offers an extensive selection of colors of inks and paints, recycled paper board books, and a catalog of unmounted rubber stamps that are “steampunk” styled, among other products.

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