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Noteworthy | 5.18.2012

Welcome to another week of Noteworthy! It was a relatively quiet week this week in the scrapbook world compared to the flood of releases and big news the past few weeks, but we still have lots of fun stuff to talk about! So let’s get started…

The biggest announcement this week arguably came from Becky Higgins, and it was about Project Life, of course. Details of the announcement are a bit sketchy because Becky’s announcement video is currently unavailable for viewing. However, the brief summary points that she posted underneath the video indicate the following big changes are coming soon to the Project Life core kits:

  • Project Life core kit production is being shifted to the U.S. from overseas. This will cut down on out of stock time as production is much faster, and the print and paper quality will be much better.
  • Packaging is changing to a large flat package that includes a plastic tray in which all of the cards will lay flat. All of the new packaging is 100% recyclable.
  • Kit contents will be changing: There will now be 500 journaling cards in each kit, with “filler” designs on the back, plus 40 bi-fold cards (up from 24). The title cards will be horizontal designs on the front and vertical on the back (the same designs, just shifted in orientation).
  • Another change that is coming to the kit contents: stickers are being eliminated, for now. Becky says it is too expensive to produce them here in the U.S., so they are eliminating them from the core kits, and looking at options to produce them as a separate item that can be purchased as an add-on for Project Life in the future.
  • The original Project Life kit is coming back! As part of the new U.S. production, all of the Project Life core kits are being reprinted: Clementine, Cobalt, Amber, and Turquoise – and the original kit is coming back as well! It will be called the “Cherry” edition.
No precise word from Becky on when we’ll see these changes in action in the product shipping to customers. Continue Reading →
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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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Trend | Mason Jars

Mason jars have become a hot trend for weddings as both glasses to hold drinks and vases for flowers. They are popping up in stores like Anthropologie as snow globes, seen for so many uses around trendy blogs and websites, and now we are seeing them enter the scrapbooking world. At CHA this week, several companies featured new releases with Mason jars and today I will take a closer look at this emerging trend.

In the Dear Lizzy line at American Crafts, Mason jars can be found on her paper, stickers, and a stamp as well as in the booth decor.

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Noteworthy | 9.23.2011

As we enter the nice time of peacefulness as school is back in session and before the madness of the holiday season descends, the craft industry is anything but peaceful and quiet! With holiday product lines hitting shelves and new releases being unveiled, not to mention crafters gearing up for the upcoming holiday season, it’s all hands on deck!  I’ve got a full line-up of great things for you today:

Echo Park Paper unveiled their newest collection on facebook this week. “Times and Seasons” has a distinct antique flair and a great balance of muted colors and patterns. Perfect for a number of subjects, the paper line manages to be timeless and trendy all at the same time. Times & Seasons begins shipping to stores October 6th, so watch for it coming to a scrapbook store (or site) near you soon!

EK Success announced that they are partnering with Operation Christmas Cards, hoping to contribute 9,000 of the 175,000 cards the organization hopes to send to US and Canadian troops deployed overseas. According to the announcement, for approximately half of the card recipients this will be the only holiday correspondence they will get:

All of EK Success Brands’ four office locations—Chicago, Clifton, NJ, Kansas City and Wyomissing, PA—will host office events for employees to take part in the card making, as well as sponsoring a local school in each city with supplies to create and collect cards.

Ready to jump in and help? We have a FREE, self-paced online class available NOW if you want to learn a few new techniques in card making or just get some inspiration

The free class is through spottedcanary.com, and according to the site you will learn several techniques and is video-based broken down into short segments. You can read the whole EK Success post here, and you can check out Operation Christmas Card directly at their facebook page.

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Check out May’s new book, Scrapbook Workshop!

We are so happy and excited to share with our Scrapbook Update readers that Contributing Editor May Flaum has authored another book!

May’s new book from Memory Makers is called Scrapbook Workshop: The Best Techniques From Your Favorite Scrapbook Bloggers. It features May along with 25 of the industry’s most amazingly creative bloggers showcasing their favorite techniques through tutorials and layouts. Both digital and paper techniques are included, so there is something for everyone no matter what kind of scrapbooker you are! Scrapbook Workshop is available in print, Kindle, and iBook versions.

Among the bloggers featured in the book are Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Katie Pertiet, Tammy Tutterow, Wendy Vecchi, Doris Sander, Sharyn Tormanen, Debbie Hodge, Becky Olsen, and Dina Wakely, along with a host of other familiar and not-so-familiar names.

And there’s another reason we’re excited around here, because Scrapbook Update Contributing Writer Melissa Stinson is one of the book’s featured bloggers as well! I’m so inspired to try out her fun technique from the book after reading it just now!

Congrats to May and to Melissa on this big accomplishment for both of them!

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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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