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It’s Creativation 2019 Sneak Peeks Time!!!!

It’s that time again…time to enjoy the avalanche of new products that will be coming our way in the first part of 2019! And you can see them all on the Scrapbook Update Creativation 2019 sneak peeks page!

2019 Creativation Sneak Peeks promo

The Scrapbook Update Creativation 2019 sneak peeks page already contains over 40 links to new product previews, and will be updated as more sneak peeks are made available, so keep checking back!

Do you want your company’s sneak peeks included on the sneak peeks page? To submit your sneak peeks to Scrapbook Update, click on this link to be taken to our sneak peeks submission form. (Links are manually added to the page after they are submitted, so your peeks may take a few hours to appear.)

So are you ready for all the sneak peeks? Click here or on the graphic below to check them out! 

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New Events Added to Creativation 2019 (& big AFCI news)

The holidays are over and now the AFCI Creativation show in Phoenix is suddenly just two weeks away! Where did 2018 go, anyway? Here’s some last-minute things you need to know before heading to the show, including details on two new events recently added to the Creativation 2019 show schedule – and some big AFCI news.

[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of AFCI and the Creativation 2019 show.]

Creativation Show logo

The first new event recently added for Creativation 2019 is the Tricky Tray Auction. Thirty five show exhibitors have donated prizes for this auction, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Kids in Need Foundation. Each show attendee will receive three tickets to “bid” on their favorite auction prizes. Additional tickets are available for purchase (cash only) at $1/each. To place your bids, visit booth 1334 (next to the main stage) during show hours on Saturday and Sunday. And don’t miss the announcement of the winners during the Awards ceremony on the main stage from 5:00pm-6:30pm on Sunday evening – You must be present at the drawing to win that prize you’re wishing for!

Another new event added for Creativation 2019 since my last show news update is the Project Embellish Challenge. The challenge is sponsored by Now That’s A Jig as well as Beadalon, ImpressArt, Tierra Cast, Xuron, Craft Optics, Deflecto, and Beads Baubles & Jewels. Six designers will participate in the challenge, competing to see who can create the most beautiful piece of jewelry in only three hours. The theme of the 2019 Project Embellish Challenge is “charm & whimsy”, and contestants will be required to use sponsors’ products and a mystery item in their designs. To see the challenge in action, visit booth 925 on Sunday from 1pm-4pm.

If you fall in love with one of the Project Embellish Challenge projects you see being made, you’ll be happy to know that the finished jewelry items are being auctioned off to benefit Beads of Courage. Visit booth #925 to participate in the silent auction. Winners will be announced on Monday, January 21st at noon!

Also don’t forget an oldie but a goodie event, one of my favorites: the New Product Networking Event from 4:30pm-6ppm on Friday night on the show floor! It’s a great chance to catch up with old friends, and make new ones, while you get a sneak peek of new products before the show floor opens on Saturday. Don’t miss it! (Learn more here.)

And finally, don’t forget one of the most under-appreciated events at the show. It’s true that the AFCI Annual Business Meeting & Town Hall may not be the most fun event on the show schedule (and at 7:30am on Monday it’s definitely one of the earliest in the morning). But this year it promises to be an immensely informative and important event for AFCI members to attend.

The AFCI Board of Directors announced in mid-December that it has decided to let go all of the association’s current permanent staff and instead hire SmithBucklin, an association management firm, to run AFCI’s operations. This shift will take effect on April 1st, 2019, and the Annual Business Meeting will be members’ first chance to hear from the Board and others about what this means for AFCI going forward.

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Some Announcements from Scrapbook Update!

We’re back to work already after a long Christmas weekend! And we’ve got some year-end and pre-Creativation announcements for our readers.

Get Your Sneak Peeks Ad Now!
Creativation is coming

We will be putting up the Scrapbook Update Sneaks Peeks page for Creativation 2019 on January 2nd. The sneak peeks page is always among our most visited content of the year!

Would you like to have your company’s banner ad featured on this popular content? We have two banner slots available, one at the page top and one at page bottom. Don’t miss out – get them while they last!

If you’d like your company’s banner to be seen by thousands of sneak peeks readers, email me at nancy@nallystudios.com for more information.

Looking for a Crafty Domain?

We’re doing our year end inventories and reports here at Nally Studios…and boy, did we realize we have a whole lot of unused domain names in our virtual attic!

So, we’ve decided to make a few of them available for sale! These are currently unused domains that are the type you just can’t register anymore:

  • craftcatalyst.com
  • craftfresh.com
  • craftingtutorials.com
  • craftreader.com
  • craftybloggers.com
  • craftypodcast.com
  • raspberrycalico.com

If any of these domains are of interest to you for your future projects, please email me at nancy@nallystudios.com for more information.

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2019 Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

It’s still two weeks until Christmas, but for us crafters, that means it’s already time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day! Many companies have already launched their 2019 Valentine’s Day collections, and with the Scrapbook Update Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Collection Round-up, you won’t miss a single one!

Valentines Day collections vertical

[Disclosure: Some links contained in this article are affiliate links that pay this site a commission at no cost to you when a purchase is made after a click.]

We likely won’t see more Valentine’s collections released – most companies are already teasing their spring and Easter collections for January and February release. But if there are more released, this article will be updated to include them!

Valentine’s Day is largely a card making holiday for paper crafters. Because of that, several of the collections shown below are only available as paper pads in sizes smaller than 12×12, like 6×6 or 6×8. (But single sheets are available in 12×12.)

What are the trends for Valentine’s Day 2019?

The small number of collections released makes it somewhat difficult to highlight trends for this Valentine’s Day. But one thing jumped out at me in collections that seem aimed at Valentine’s Day for 2019: the colors. Instead of the traditional red and white, a variety of colors appear in most lines. Pink is definitely the dominant Valentine’s Day color for 2019, with red appearing more as an accent color. From a design standpoint this makes sense, as red is a color that can quickly overwhelm a design, especially if photos are involved. It also gives the products a life beyond Valentine’s Day, for wedding, anniversary, and everyday pages.

Trend experts have been predicting that sloths and llamas are the next animal trend. Only Pebbles picked up this trend for their Valentine’s papers, though.

2019 Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Paper Collections

The collections below are arranged alphabetically by company:

American Crafts: Valentines Photo Real

Shipping: now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Amazon

American Crafts Valentines PhotoReal

Authentique Paper: Romance

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Authentique Paper
Retail: Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Authentique Romance

Crate Paper: La La Love

Shipping: now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp,

Crate Paper La La Love

Doodlebug Design: French Kiss

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail:

Doodlebug French Kiss

Echo Park: You & Me

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper Co.
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park You and Me

Pebbles: Loves Me

Shipping: now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Pebbles Loves Me

Photo Play Paper: Wild Love

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp,

Photo Play Wild Love

Reminisce: Heart and Soul

Shipping: December 2018
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Reminisce Heart and Soul

Simple Stories: Kissing Booth

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Simple Stories Kissing Booth

Webster’s Pages: Love Is In The Air

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Webster’s Pages
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Websters Pages Love Is In The Air

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Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 2019, but Pantone has announced their pick for Color of the Year for the next year already – and the winner is a warm, vibrant shade called Living Coral.

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The Color of the Year 2019 announcement is a landmark one, as it marks the 20th time that Pantone has made its trendsetting color prediction.

pantone-living-coral

Living Coral (PANTONE 16-1546) is described in the Color of the Year announcement as “vibrant, yet mellow” as well as “sociable and spirited”.

“Color enhances and influences the way we experience life,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As a shade that affirms life through a dual role of energizing and nourishing, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral reinforces how colors can embody our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.”

Color Codes for Living Coral (ink):

CMYK: 0 50 59 0

sRGB: 255 109 112

HTML: FF6D70

To see the full set of Pantone color codes for Living Coral, including for fabric, click here.

(Feel like painting a wall or two in Living Coral? Visit Apartment Therapy to get their suggested paint matches from 7 different brands.)

Like many color trends, the coral color trend has been slowly building for quite awhile. Living Coral is a natural complement to the turquoise shade that has been omnipresent in fashion and home decor for several years. It’s also been a popular alternative to pink for wedding color palettes for quite awhile. It’s now taking off as a trend in its own right.

Pantone’s shade of coral already made headlines once this fall, when it was one of the colors announced for the new iPhone XR. And in the world of celebrity fashion, actress Gina Torres’ coral dress at the wedding of her Suits co-star Meghan Markle to Prince Harry made news all the way back in May.

If you’d like to add some of the Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral to your paper crafting, here’s a few ideas of current products that seem to be a close match:

Living Coral scrapbook products

  1. Simple Stories Carpe Diem Posh A5 Planner
  2. Kaisercraft Paper Blooms
  3. Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint
  4. Prima Concentrated Watercolor
  5. Daniel Smith Watercolor Stick
  6. Crate Paper “Hooray” collection
  7. BoBunny Double Dot Designs paper
  8. Echo Park Traveler’s Notebook
  9. Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide – Abandoned Coral

What do you think of Living Coral? Do you think it will catch on in scrapbooking?

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Hit the Floor for Creativation 2019 Show Education!

Juggling schedules to fit in everything you need to do is one of the hardest things about attending a trade show! But help for crunched schedules that want to find some education time at the show has arrived, in the form of the Creativation Schoolhouse and Stage! 

[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of AFCI and the Creativation 2019 show.]

Creativation Show logo

At Creativation 2019, the Schoolhouse and Stage will allow show attendees to attend a slate of educational events without leaving the trade show floor. Pop right into your event or class, and when you are done, you are right back in the thick of things at the show, ready to go again!

Clover Needlecraft project – Creativation 2019 Class #W501

Sponsors of workshops at the Schoolhouse, which will be located at booth 2231, include Pink & Main, Catherine Pooler, Studio SN, and Ranger. On Monday, Clover Needlework is hosting two workshops at the Schoolhouse on some very trendy items: needlework & felting [W501, 10am-11:3oam], and macrame {W502, 12:30pm-2pm]. Each of these beginner level workshops is 90 minutes long, and registration is $20 for AFCI members. Rest your feet and learn some new skills!

Clover Needlecraft macrame project

The Creativation Stage, at booth 1324, will be home to a series of business seminars on the Saturday and Sunday (January 19th & 20th) of Creativation 2019. Marketing will largely be the focus of these free events. Attendees interested in email marketing can catch Lindsay Anvik on “Why Email Marketing Isn’t Dead” on Saturday [12:00pm-1:00pm] or you can learn from Kaylee Pope at 11:30am on Sunday “Why Your Email Newsletter Isn’t Successful” (and how to fix it). You can also learn how to write search engine friendly content, social media timesavers, and the results of AFCI’s latest State of the Industry survey at the Creativation Stage. Conveniently close to the concession area, the Creativation Stage is perfect for a “lunch and learn” opportunity! (See the Creativation University schedule for full Creativation Stage session details.)

Another event that will be hosted at the Creativation Stage is the AFCI Awards Ceremony [E405]. This ceremony will honor the 2019 Hall of Fame recipients Ken & Barbara Griffin, and John Laurie, along with other annual award recipients. Honorees will include the Meritorious Award of Honor recipient Richard Brown, the Industry Achievement Award recipient Tammy Browning-Smith, and Special Recognition Award recipient Doug Earle. (For more information on the award recipients, click here.) AFCIs new Retailer Awards will also be presented at this event. The ceremonies will take place from 5:00pm-6:30pm on Sunday, January 20th. A cash bar will be available. Come celebrate the industry’s best while making new friends!

Speaking of networking and the industry’s best….hands down, the best winter trade show event that I’ve ever attended was a panel discussion on the state of the industry that AFCI (then CHA) hosted a few years ago. A few of the industry’s most experienced and brightest minds answered questions and discussed amongst themselves the big issues facing the industry.

I’m very excited to share that AFCI is re-creating that previous event this year, with a larger panel of experts and a networking reception afterwards for attendees to continue the discussion. The experts include:

  • Lynn Lilly, CEO/Founder, Craft Box Girls
  • Mike McCooey, President/CEO, Plaid Enterprises
  • Bobbie Medema, CEO, Notions Marketing
  • Ryan Newell, President/CEO, Sprinrite LP
  • Stacey Park, Owner, Scrapbooking Made Simple
  • Anthony Piperno, President ​& CMMO, A.C. Moore
  • Jennifer Vanderveldt, VP Strategy & Analytics, The Michaels Companies, Inc.

This should be a very enlightening event, and chance to get some perspective from many different parts of the industry in one place. The Creativation 2019 Industry Panel Discussion will take place on Saturday, January 19th from 5:30pm-7:30pm and is free with Creativation badge.

Visit the Creativation 2019 show website to register for these events and others.

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