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Trend | Buttons

It’s hard to call buttons a trend, as they’ve been a staple for many years in scrapbooking. What I will say is that buttons were going new creative places and popping up in all kinds of interesting ways at this CHA show. Today I am going to take a look at some of the exciting new offerings that were seen at CHA.

The photo above is from the Crate Paper booth, a company that is known for their amazingly detailed and beautiful offerings, and they’ve added some new designs into their mix this show as well.

Here are four new fantastic neutral button sets. Clockwise from top left we have Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 for Blossom Bucket, We R Memory Keepers, Jillibean Soup, and Basic Grey. I really like the unique textures and designs of each set, as well as the fact that they are neutral so they will work with any colors. 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 | Sew Ribbon by We R Memory Keepers

I couldn’t write a review of the Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers without also taking a look at the similarly-named Sew Ribbon, introduced at CHA Summer 2011. Though this tool carries a similar moniker to its sewing-related counterpart, it definitely serves a different function and really shouldn’t be compared to the Sew Easy at all, especially based on price-point.

Instead, the Sew Ribbon (complete system with the Scallop punch tool pictured above – a variety of different patterns are available) is more appropriately compared to a border punch, and its MSRP of $14.99 US is right in line with the cost of most border punches currently on the market. The Sew Ribbon tool suite also includes reusable “ribbon needles” (we’ll take a closer look at those in a moment) and a selection of ribbon cards (sold separately – MSRP $4.99 US each), though you could certainly use any appropriate width ribbon that you may already have in your stash. I certainly have enough of it piled up from my ribbon collecting days!

The Sew Ribbon tool itself consists of a top and bottom cutting guide and a punch tool. The punch tool nests in the handles of the cutting guides when not in use.

Some readers may recall the Basic Grey Notch & Die tool that was briefly popular several years ago. The punch tool of the We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon system looks a lot like the Notch and Die tool, except that it makes a major improvement – the blade is shaped in a way that it cuts through the paper in “stages” rather than all at once as the Notch & Die tool tried to do, making the Sew Ribbon a much easier tool to use. I had no problem getting the Sew Ribbon blade to punch through several layers of paper at the same time!

To use the Sew Ribbon tool, you first need to separate the top and bottom cutting templates. The templates are held together by two strong magnets that also serve to align the templates once the paper to be punch is sandwiched between them.

Lay the first cutting template down on a cutting mat (I’m using the same mat that comes with the Sew Easy system), then add the paper to be punched and top with the second cutting template. The magnets will instantly line up the two templates for a perfect cut. This is where the Sew Ribbon system leaves ribbon-threading border punches in the dust – you can use these templates anywhere on your project, even right in the middle of it! That’s a place that a border punch simply can’t reach.

The notches in the cutting templates are perfectly shaped to the cutting tool, so all you have to do at this point is punch through each notch.

Once you’ve finished punching, your paper is ready to be threaded with ribbon!

The “ribbon needles” supplied with the Sew Easy system are actually reusable self-adhesive plastic tips. The one I’m holding in the photo below is brand new and still has the protective backing over the adhesive.

To use one of the ribbon needles, simply peel off the protective backing and fold the plastic over the end of your ribbon.

Then use the end as you would a normal needle to thread the ribbon through the holes that were punched earlier.

Once you’ve finished threading, you’re left with a perfectly-shaped ribbon strip!

I mentioned that the Sew Ribbon could be used anywhere on a page, not just on the edges. On the layout below I used the Sew Ribbon tool right in the middle of my layout and still got perfect alignment, even through several layers of paper!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Echo Park Happy Days (Little Flowers, Journaling Cards, Big Flowers). Stickers: Echo Park Happy Days (Element Stickers). Gems: Melissa Frances 5th Avenue (Trinkets and Baubles). Ribbon Stitching Supplies: We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon Tool (Scallop), We R Memory Keepers Sew Ribbon (Aqua). Decorative Tape: Hambly Screen Prints Washi Tape (Set 1, Set 2, Set 3). Color Mists: October Afternoon (Miss Mary Mack, Strawberry Creme). Font: Pacifico. Digital Die Cutting File: Silhouette (Moroccan Background). Digital Cutter: Xyron WishbladeInk: Tsukinenko (Staz-On Dove Gray). Date Stamp: Office Supply.

 

The Sew Ribbon tool by We R Memory Keepers can help revitalize your ribbon stash by giving you another option besides the same old bows and straight strips of ribbon. And, like border punches, the system offers a wide variety of shapes and styles, so you’re bound to find the perfect fit for your next project!

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Trend Watch | Baker’s Twine

I’ve been scrapbooking long enough (and I’m sure that many of you have, too) to remember a time when “fibers” were all the rage. Whether brightly colored or muted, sleek or fuzzy, thick or thin, fibers could be found in almost any color and made with nearly any material imaginable. The fiber craze eventually gave way to the sleeker, more elegant ribbon trend, but recently a more sophisticated type of “fiber” has emerged as a new scrapbooking must-have: baker’s twine.

Baker’s twine can be purchased in massive spools (that are literally measured by the pound rather than by length) at baking and restaurant supply stores, but many scrapbooking and crafts manufacturers are producing this new staple product in both smaller quantities and a larger selection of colors to cater to those who need a bit more variety (and a smaller size) than, say a 10 pound spool of nothing but red and white twisted cotton string.

Some stores such as The Twinery have popped up in the last year or so and offer baker’s twine as either their only product or their main product. Twine from The Twinery is available in fourteen different colors with new additions occasionally being made (Stone, Buttercream, and Denim are the most recent new colors to join the lineup). Consumers have the option to buy The Twinery’s twine in either large 240 yard single-color spools or in a smaller sampler pack that includes all of the company’s colors in less expensive (and easier to store) 15 yard skeins.

Divine Twine is another all twine, all the time seller with a selection of twelve different colors. They carry both the traditional color/white twist variety of twine as well as a specialty “Air Mail” spool with a red, white, and blue color scheme. Divine Twine is only available in large 240 yard spools from their online store, though a search on Etsy turned up several sellers offering the colored strings in shorter length variety packs.  Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2011 | Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, and We R Memory Keepers

Are you ready for another round of booth photos? I hope so, because today I have a roundup of Pink Paislee, Studio Calico, and We R Memory Keepers goodies to share with you!

Pink Paislee debuted four stunning new lines at this CHA, including the rich patterns of the licensed House of 3 Halloween Line, “Phantom.” Many of the papers in this collection have a glossy raised embossing over the patterns, and the embellishments and clear stamps are a perfect match for the line.

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Here are some gorgeous projects featuring Phantom, including a spooky selection of cards and layouts.

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Pink Paislee’s “Vintage Vogue” line is licensed from Collage Press, and contains one of the most unique color palettes of any line in the show – pink and green mixed with a sweet shade of cool purple.

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The line’s embellishments all fit with its retro theme, especially the tiny thread spool tops and crocheted trim. The die cut pack is reflective of a trend across almost all the manufacturers – packages of either die cuts or mixed ephemera that coordinate with the line and are available at a relatively low price point.

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The very summer-y “Nantucket” line from Pink Paislee is an unusual – though certainly not unwelcome – release as the summer CHA show is usually full of Halloween, Fall, Winter, and Christmas lines. The breezy patterns and strong pastel color palette made this line a definite standout of the show.

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The line’s embellishments certainly don’t disappoint, and I believe this is the first time I’ve seen stickers available in that cute hexagonal shape.

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Wood shapes are also a hot item at CHA Summer 2011.

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The “Mistables” line follows on the success of Pink Paislee’s CHA Winter 2010 “Parisian Anthology” release. These papers have the same style of embossed “resist” areas as “Parisian Anthology” but in a whole new set of patterns. Pink Paislee has also beefed up the thickness of the paper to help prevent it from warping or bleeding when wet.

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They’ve also introduced a whole new line of mistable embellishments, such as trims.

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The staff at Scrapbook Update had the chance to play with some samples of the “Mistables”  paper while at the Pink Paislee booth, and it took color beautifully and blended well without warping, even after several spray coats.

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Pink Paislee’s design team did a wonderful job on booth samples, showing how all of the lines could be blended with “Mistables” items.

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The next stop on today’s tour is perennial favorite Studio Calico. Their new “Calico Basics” line generated a lot of buzz on the show floor! They’ve also added “Calico Shine” to their basic Mister Huey line for those who want a little shimmer on their projects.

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The “Calico Basics” line takes Studio Calico’s signature graphic style and interprets it in kraft paper to create a line that will work with almost any of their other releases both past and present.

I predict that these kraft letter stickers are going to be a hot item!!

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Studio Calico has also designed a line of masks sporting several of their most popular motifs.

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Are those the new Hero Arts stamps that I spy?

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And how awesome is this paper? Woodgrain is another huge trend in the industry right now.

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“Autumn Press” is Studio Calico’s fall release and comes complete with its own shades of Mister Huey.

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A few of the papers have definite fall motifs, but the majority are generic enough to be used for almost any project- even the themed papers have a more graphic “B” side.

And, there’s more new stamps!

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Another hot trend this summer? Map paper is hot, and not just in travel lines!!

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Even these “Autumn Press” alphabet stickers sport a map print.

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Studio Calico’s third CHA Summer 2011 release, “Memoir”, has a much darker color palette than “Autumn Press” and has more of a vintage farmhouse vibe to it. There’s even a pattern or two reminiscent of homemade quilts, bringing the whole sewing theme that was so popular at CHA a year ago back into the mix.

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In this shot you’ll see something else that’s completely new for Studio Calico this show – 6×6 paper pads!!

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As usual, Studio Calico’s design team knocked it out of the park when it came to booth samples.

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Our last stop for this post is the ever-colorful We R Memory Keepers booth. They debuted a new tool at the show – the “Sew Ribbon”, a follow-up to the “Sew Easy” tool. As you can probably guess, it helps you stitch ribbon on your projects in a variety of patterns.

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The We R Memory Keepers booth staff was kind enough to demo the Sew Ribbon for us, starting with using the template and included cutter to punch holes in the paper.

A reusable, self-adhesive set of “ribbon needles” are included with each set and is used to help guide the ribbon through the holes as you “stitch.”

We R Memory Keepers is also debuting a new line of distress inks. The “Sweetheart”-shaped inkers feature a unique grip to help control the ink pad during use.

The Crop-A-Dile 3 is a corner and tab setter, and We R Memory Keepers has a huge variety of colors and styles of the embellishments available.

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These aren’t new, but I just had to include their immensely popular – and extensive – selection of divided page protectors.

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We R Memory Keepers is getting back to basics with a huge range of brads and eyelets that will be available later in the fall.

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The Cinch 2 is also not new for this show, but I couldn’t help but include a shot of that lovely rainbow of binding rings!

While We R has a fantastic range of new tools (actually more of them than are even covered here), their paper lines also really shine for this release and I wanted to make sure they got a bit of the spotlight as well.

The “Autumn Splendor” collection has a lovely, soft fall palette and plenty of coordinating stamps and embellishments.

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“Peppermint Twist,” We R Memory Keepers’ Christmas line, puts a cute, funky spin on a traditional color palette.

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The line also includes an advent calendar kit. (We saw many advent calendars all over the show floor).

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“Tres Elegant” would be lovely for wedding photos.

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And I spy a set of cameos here! This is a trend that’s continued from the last several CHA shows.

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I’ll round off the tour with this fantastic wall of die cuts. I told you die cuts were hot! You’ll be seeing a lot more of them as Scrapbook Update continues to post booth photos.

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So did you see anything you like? Did anything in particular jump out at you? Leave a comment and let us know! We’ll be back later with lots more coverage from the show floor!

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Review: We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Big Bite

It was a cold winter’s day, and my hands had taken a real beating when I walked into the craft store. I was there for some more canvas and cardstock, but I had to pause at a display of We R Memory Keepers Crop-a-dile products. Covered in craft knife slices and jabs from paper piercing tools, and with every single finger either protected with a band-aid or bearing a wound farther along in healing, I had a moment of total madness – or utter clarity, depending on how you look at it.

Without a second thought, I grabbed the Crop-a-Dile Big Bite that was on sale and threw it in my cart.

It took a pre-CHA crazy week of intense creative deadlines, but I finally caved into one of these very popular cutting tools.

So there it sits on my desk, as it has since the day I brought it home. Today I can honestly say that I wonder what I ever did without this tool. It’s one heck of a hole punch, essentially. Sure, it has eyelet setting tools, but I haven’t used an eyelet since 2004, so that part has gone wholly untested. What really works for me about it is that because of its design (it has a 6″ reach), I can punch a small (1/16″) or a large (3/16″) hole anywhere on almost any scrapbook project I make. Also, because it is so heavy duty, I can punch through almost anything. From fabric to chipboard, canvas to thick paper and even acrylic,  I’ve chomped right through many materials to make holes for ribbons, brads, or any other reason I might have.

The key to actually using it is that it is right on my desk. I don’t have to dig it out from some hidden space. – when I need holes punched I just run my project through it! Since purchasing this tool, my need for band-aids and Neosporin due to craft knife and paper piercing tool injuries from putting holes into projects has become all but non-existent. In short, I’m loving this tool!

On the flip side, despite my passion for my Big Bite, I still don’t have any interest in the original Crop-A-Dile (pictured above). Not only is it very limited in depth as to where it can punch or set eyelets, but because of the design the punched circles of material can potentially fly out of the tool – potentially causing injury. Scrapbook Update’s own Betsy Burnett experienced this first-hand when a piece of laminant she was punching flew out and got embedded in her eye. I’m sure this isn’t common – but if you’re like me and putting all kinds of materials through your tool, it would be better to just get the Big Bite – where any debris goes down through the hole (and onto your work surface) – and it would be nearly impossible to injure yourself with debris.

So that’s my story of impulse purchase turned craft staple! Since I put brads through many of my layouts (and often in the center and through multiple layers) what previously required bravery and a kraft knife now just is a push of an orange handle. In short: the Crop-A-Dile Big Bite is fabulous. I have not used a regular hole punch even once since this tool came into my studio, and I’m so glad that my deadline madness led me to discover this great tool!

The Crop-A-Dile Big Bite II is a product of We R Memory Keepers. Scrapbook.com currently has the Big Bite II for $24.99, and is featuring an informative demonstration video of the tool as well.

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