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CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

It’s been a tough decision to make this time around…there were a few hard choices to make in narrowing it down…but it’s finally here: The CHA Winter 2013 Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks list!

The show was buzzing with excitement as we rang in 2013 in Anaheim. Attendees were very optimistic about the future. The Hot Picks definitely reflect that excitement over new directions and a new evolution happening in the industry.

So, in no particular order, here’s the Top Ten Hot Picks for CHA Winter 2013!

Becky Higgins’ Project Life

So let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Project Life was already hot, hot, hot with consumers before the announcement that it would be available wholesale starting at CHA Winter 2013, and in Anaheim, retailers flocked to the Project Life booth so that they can give their customers the latest trend they are asking for!

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Have you ever considered using a layout as inspiration for a card? Designer Yana Smakula’s card was inspired by this layout by Kelly Goree!

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This quick and easy card features a wonderful die set from Spellbinders and Becky Fleck called Say What?.

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By adhering the speech bubbles using different heights – 1mm and 2mm foam dots –  of dimensional adhesive, as well as leaving some flat, it created more depth and interest on the card.

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Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Patterned Paper: Echo Park (So Happy Together 6×6 pad). Die Cutting Machine: Spellbinders (Grand Calibur). Dies: Spellbinders (Say What?). Pearls: Hero Arts (Light Green). Alphabets: American Crafts Thickers (Rockabye White, Amy Tangerine Foam Journal White). Adhesive: Dovecraft. Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers Corner Chomper.

Designer: Yana Smakula

Yana Smakula is a newlywed from Ukraine (which is in southeastern Europe) with no kids but two black cats. She loves to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with her new husband she’s been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Check Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Their next dream destination is Madagascar, because they hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! Yana fell in love with the U.S. while living here (in Las Vegas, NV) as a high school foreign exchange student when she was a teen. She enjoys scrapbooking, mostly about her travels. Her other passion is cardmaking – she enjoys trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. She’s also very much into stamping (although she didn’t realize it until she took a close look at her cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps!). To learn more about Yana, visit her website.


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My Valentine

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Doesn’t the texture on this card make you just want to reach out and run your fingers over it? Designer Yana Smakula used a brand-new-not-yet-available-in-stores M-Bossabilities embossing folder from Spellbinders called “Dotted Flower” to create this beautifully embossed background. Even without any color added to it, the texture is so stunning that it provides plenty of interest to the eye.

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With the opulent texture on the card, only a few light touches are needed to decorate it. Yana choose another brand new Spellbinders product, this time one of their new Shapeabilities dies, to create a label frame to anchor her sentiment sticker and heart embellishment with. A few light touches of pink in the floss and pearls some on pins) are all that is needed to finish this off!

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Sometimes less is more in card design, especially when you have a strong element like the embossed background on this one. Elements like this should be highlighted, no buried!

Supplies | Cardstock: Dovecraft (Premium White). Pattern Paper: Trimcraft (First Edition Rose Garden 12×12 pad). Die Cutting Machine: Spellbinders Paper Arts (Grand Calibur). Embossing Folder: Spellbinders Paper Arts (M-Bossabilities Dotted Flowers). Dies: Spellbinders Paper Arts (Framed Tags 1 Shapeabilities). Floss: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy. Pearls: Dovecraft. Stick Pin: Pebbles. Sticker: Making Memories. Corner Rounder: We R Memory Keepers (Corner Chomper). Adhesive: Dovecraft (Foam Squares).

Designer: Yana Smakula

Yana Smakula is a newlywed from Ukraine (which is in southeastern Europe) with no kids but two black cats. She loves to travel across the world and meet new people, discover new cultures and just explore. So far together with her new husband she’s been to a few places in Europe (Poland, Check Republic and UK), Africa (Egypt, Tunisia and Israel), Asia (China and Sri Lanka) and USA. Their next dream destination is Madagascar, because they hear the nature there is simply breathtaking! Yana fell in love with the U.S. while living here (in Las Vegas, NV) as a high school foreign exchange student when she was a teen. She enjoys scrapbooking, mostly about her travels. Her other passion is cardmaking – she enjoys trying new products and techniques, experimenting and creating in different styles. She’s also very much into stamping (although she didn’t realize it until she took a close look at her cards and noticed almost all of them use stamps!). To learn more about Yana, visit her website.


Crazy for You…

Do you see all the washi tape? It’s hiding in lots of places on these Valentine’s cards by designer Carrie Walz!

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In the first card, the washi tape is tiled to become the background behind the chipboard frame. The edges sticking out from under the frame in a few places make the card less stiff and formal, and carry through the vertical line outside the frame.

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The tape is harder to find on this one…it’s hidden on the clothespin! Washi tape is great for giving color and pattern to things like clothes pins. It adheres all by itself, is flexible for uneven or non-flat surfaces, and can easily go around corners or curves.

Hugs & Kisses by Carrie Walz

Here again, the washi tape is tiled, but this time it is to create a “patterned paper” cover for the heart die cut! It was also used to create a fast and easy border element at the bottom of the card.

Washi tape is a very versatile coordinate to add to your creative toolbox…don’t forget to grab yours and see how many different purposes you can find for it on your cards!

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Top |  Cardstock: We R Memory Keepers (White Textured,  Red Textured).  Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers (Crazy for You). Stickers: We R Memory Keepers (Crazy For You Layered Chipboard). Die Cut: We R Memory Keepers (Pretty). Washi Tape: We R Memory Keepers (Pink, Red).  Floss: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy (Red, Grey).

Middle |  Cardstock:  We R Memory Keepers (White Textured),  Momenta (Textured Grey).  Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers Crazy for You (My Type, XOXO). Stickers: We R Memory Keepers (Crazy For You Layered Chipboard). Washi Tape: We R Memory Keepers (Pink).

Bottom |  Cardstock: We R Memory Keepers (White Textured, Light Pink Textured), Momenta (Textured Grey).  Patterned Paper: We R Memory Keepers Crazy for You (My Type).  Stickers: We R Memory Keepers Crazy for You (Layered Chipboard Words). Washi Tape: We R Memory Keepers (Pink). Ribbon:  We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon (Pink).

Designer: Carrie Walz

Carrie Walz is a stay at home mom of two wonderful children who are the inspiration for her scrapbooking. She is currently designing for Ruby Rock-It, We R Memory Keepers and Paper Issues. She has been scrapbooking for many years and loves seeing the world a different way from the art of scrapbooking and cardmaking, and loves seeing the joy in peoples’ eyes when they receive a handmade card or when they are turning the pages of her scrapbooks.


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CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Totes by We R Memory Keepers & Everything Mary

Scrapbook totes were not as numerous at CHA Winter 2013 as they were in past years, but at least two manufacturers presented pretty and practical solutions for crafters to store their stashes.

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We R Memory Keepers offered a new “360” spinner wheeled bag and a coordinating shoulder bag.  The teal patterned two-piece set makes a beautiful, classically stylish statement for scrapbookers and other crafters on the go.

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A Pastel Birthday Celebration

Celebrate in style

This card has such an explosion of fun pattern on it, but in small pieces and from a coordinated collection, the effect is bright and happy instead of chaotic. The ribbon “bundles” the pattern pieces together and forces their visual movement to be vertical.

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The round buttons soften the hard lines of the paper strips, and lead the eye across the card and up to the sentiment as well.

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Using the white Signo Uni-ball gel pen to add stitching detail to the card’s elements is simple, and yet it is the all-important detail that pulls the card together and finishes it.

Supplies | Cardstock: Core’dinations (Pastel Lemon 12×12). Patterned Paper: DCWV (Spring Stack 4.5″ x 6.5″). Adhesive: Xyron (Mega Runner, Glue Stick). Buttons: docrafts (Capsule Collection). Sentiment: docrafts (Lucy Cromwell). Floss: We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy (Bubblegum, Little Boy Blue, Granny Smith, Avalanche). Pen: Signo Uni-ball (white gel). Ribbon: May Arts (White Satin). Card Blank: 6×6 (unknown).

 Designer: Sharon Callis

Sharon Callis lives in Ireland and has been a crafter for over twenty years.  In 2011, Sharon was named ‘Cardmaker of the Year’ by Cardmaking and Papercraft/ Quick Cards made Easy’ Magazines in the UK. Sharon’s work has been featured in publications such as Creative Cardmaking, Papercraft Essential, Create and Craft TV, Cardmaking and Papercraft as well as on various craft companies Facebook pages and blogs. She currently designs for Xyron, gel-a-tins and Little Yellow Bicycle. In addition to her passion for papercrafts, Sharon also likes to do a wide variety of crafts: knit, sew, cross stitch, machine embroider, plastic canvas, costume design, woodcraft, dollshouse miniatures, sketching, home decor, model making and baking. To learn more about her,visit her blog.


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Teddy Bear: My Heart Sings

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 This dynamic card by designer Carrie Walz will deliver your message of love with a smile!

The patterned papers are selected and coordinated by color and scale of the pattern. The single color, from the same collection, makes them all cohesive. The scale of the patterns is varied, making them work together well. There’s one very small print, one medium print, and one larger one. This keeps the design balanced.

All of the design elements are flat paper, so the bow and stick pin add an important element of dimension and a needed soft touch to the design, making it feel really finished and pulled together.

Supplies | Cardstock: We R Memory Keepers (Black Widow Potion, Crazy for You White). Patterned Paper: Ruby Rock-It Bella Fundamentals (Pink Fusion Weave, Pink Fusion Reel, Pink Fusion Thread). Ribbon: May Arts. Embellishments: Ruby Rock-It (Narratives, DIY Decoupage), Momenta (Black Tie Embossed Message, Clear Layered Black and White Flower Stickers), Little Yellow Bicycle (Clothesline Flower Stick Pins).

Designer: Carrie Walz

Carrie Walz is a stay at home mom of two wonderful children who are the inspiration for her scrapbooking. She is currently designing for Ruby Rock-It, We R Memory Keepers and Paper Issues. She has been scrapbooking for many years and loves seeing the world a different way from the art of scrapbooking and cardmaking, and loves seeing the joy in peoples’ eyes when they receive a handmade card or when they are turning the pages of her scrapbooks.

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CHA Winter 2013 | We R Memory Keepers

In addition to six new paper collections, We R Memory Keepers introduced their Albums Made Easy system, available to stores in March. In a sea of pocket page products and accoutrements at this show, several items in particular stood out.

The 3×4 rounded corner rectangle punch helps memory keepers punch their own pocket-sized journaling cards or photos in that ever-so-familiar, rounded style. It ships to stores in June and will cost $29.

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