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A Look at Micro Trends at Creativation 2019

It’s easy to spot the big trends while walking the Creativation show floor. When there’s a unicorn or cactus in every booth you go into, it’s pretty apparent that is a headline trend. But one of the more important things you can take away from visiting the show floor is not the big billboard trends (although that is important too). Instead, assessing the micro trends of the industry is a task that should not be overlooked during busy show days.

[Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by AFCI and the Creativation show. Some links in this article may be affiliate links.]

AFCI Creativation 2019 entrance banner

Micro trends, like the micro in their name suggests, are small scale trends. They aren’t industry-consuming like macro trends are. They aren’t “in your face”. But they are noticeable little blips in the flow of the industry.

Why are micro trends important? For one, micro trends are usually cutting edge. Do you or your customer like to be on top of the latest colors or style icons? Micro trends are where you will find that, because the cutting edge comes and goes so quickly that its elements don’t have a chance to become macro trends. If they do stick around long enough to, then they are no longer really cutting edge.

The fact that some micro trends do become macro trends, becoming the next big thing, is another important reason to search down industry micro trends. What today is just an interesting thing being done by a handful of companies might tomorrow be the next industry saturation trend. Identifying that trend early helps you get on board with it- or carve out a position to counter it! Paint pouring, llamas, gold foil, succulents…they all started out as just an interesting product a few brands were doing. And then they took over everything!

Micro trends can be hard to spot because they aren’t at saturation level. At the show, immersed in the new product displays and the industry goings-on, is by far the most effective way to identify them. Reviewing products over a period of weeks, or months….they may not stand out. But at the show, when you realize that shade of yellow looks familiar from earlier in the day, or a discussion you are having is a repeat of one from this morning…you’ve possibly stumbled into a micro trend.

Here’s a few examples of some micro trends that I found at Creativation 2019:

Art Deco:

Hero Arts Deco in the City stamp

Hero Arts 6″x6″ Deco in the City stamp

Hero Arts has released a significant release of Art Deco style stamps and stencils recently, such as this 6″x6″ Deco in the City background stamp. But they aren’t the only ones to dabble in the retro style of Art Deco in the industry – it’s been lurking around for awhile. In 2017, Tim Holtz released an Art Deco styled alphabet as part of his Sizzix line of dies. At the same show, Graphic 45 debuted a heavily Art Deco collection called Vintage Hollywood. (While their lines frequently allude to that period, this particular collection was very up front with classic signature elements of the period.) Both of these brands are known for vintage products however and so it’s not entirely surprising to see the style from them.

Then in late 2018, we saw Art Deco start to show up from companies that didn’t specialize in hardcore vintage. BoBunny released the Something Splendid collection. And then at Creativation we got the new Hero Arts stamps and also a paper collection from Lawn Fawn with Art Deco style scallops. Given that it has escaped its vintage roots and is showing up elsewhere now, it will be interesting to see if Art Deco continues to grow as a design presence in the industry.

Space:

Photo Play To the Moon

Photo Play Paper To the Moon And Back

Whether it was the total eclipse in 2017, America’s impending return to manned space flight, or the raft of recent space themed movies…space seems to be on the mind of a significant number of product designers. Photo Play Paper did an entire space themed collection in December called To The Moon and Back. Meanwhile, other brands like Hero Arts and Doodlebug are doing moon and space themed stamps, and Sizzix has a new set of space themed dies.

Mustard Yellows:

Lawn Fawn No 2 Pencil

Lawn Fawn No 2 Pencil cardstock

The release of the spring lines is usually the time that we see yellow shades turn lemony after having been more brown in the fall lines. Instead, some of the spring lines are showing more mustard tones of yellow. Companies such as Paper House, Simple Stories, BoBunny, Authentique, and Photo Play all showed at least one line that used a more mustard tone of yellow. This micro trend is definitely approaching enough saturation to be called a macro trend!

And in a hint that they think it may stay for awhile, Lawn Fawn has released a cardstock pack they are calling “no. 2 pencil“. Is mustard no longer just a fall seaonal color? The fashion world seems to think so, and now it appears that scrapbooking is following suit.

Card Sentiments:

Altenew Mega Greetings 3

Altenew Mega Greetings 3 stamps

Another micro trend that jumped out while walking the show floor was the number of stamp companies releasing sentiment-only stamp sets. Hero Arts refreshed their line with multiple new staple sets. Stampendous, Altenew, Heffydoodle, Honey Bee, Spellbinders, BoBunny and several others all have released or upcoming sentiment only stamps. While these are an industry staple, the volume of releases at once is perhaps an indicator of stamp companies shifting their sole focus back to card making as scrapbooking and planner stamp sales both decline.

What micro trends did you detect at Creativation? Tell us in the comments!

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2019 Spring & Easter Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

With Valentine’s Day over, that means it’s time for two things…buying Valentine’s candy at 50% off and Easter candy! And of course, you’ll probably want to get started on spring and Easter scrapbooking, too. So, to help you find the supplies you’ll love to use, here’s the 2019 Spring & Easter Scrapbook Collection Round-Up from Scrapbook Update!

2019 Easter Spring Scrapbook Collections

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What are the trends for Spring & Easter 2019?

For the most part, the few companies doing spring and Easter collections for 2019 have stuck to their signature styles and colors. A few things stick out, however.

The gingham and plaid trends that have been evident in scrapbooking design for some time are still being seen in spring and Easter collections. Virtually all of the Easter-specific collections also include all-over prints using tiny carrots. (Use them for garden pictures if they are leftover after Easter!)

Most of the collections are very bright and graphic in style, but fans of vintage style have a few choices that lean that direction. Authentique’s “Abundant” collection brings brown and blue vintage style to Easter. For a lighter vintage touch, “Spring Farmhouse” by Simple Stories interprets a largely graphic spring style in more vintage tones of green, yellow, pink and faux wood.

Only Photo Play (under its Color Play brand) has chosen to create an overtly religious Easter collection. Designed by Becky Fleck, Easter Joy combines crosses, lilies, and stained glass with touches of ecclesiastic purple.

2019 Spring & Easter Scrapbook Paper Collections

The collections below are arranged alphabetically by company:

Authentique Paper: Abundant

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Authentique Abundant

Doodlebug Design: Hoppy Easter

Shipping: March 2019
Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Doodlebug Design Hoppy Easter

Echo Park Paper: Easter Wishes

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

Echo Park Easter Wishes

Echo Park Paper: Spring Fling

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

Echo Park Spring Fling

Lawn Fawn: Spring Fling

Shipping: February 2019
Wholesale:
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon, Simon Says Stamp

Lawn Fawn Spring Fling

Photo Play Paper: Bunny Trail

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

Photo Play Bunny Trail

Photo Play Paper: Easter Joy

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

Photo Play Easter Joy

Simple Stories: Bunnies & Baskets

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Simple Stories Bunnies and Baskets

Simple Stories: Spring Farmhouse

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Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Simple Stories Spring Farmhouse

Simple Stories: Springtime

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Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Simple Stories Springtime

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Update | Cuttlebug, Copic, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JOANN, & More!

With the start of the new year and trade shows happening, we have lots of catching up to do with the craft industry news! So let’s get started!

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Cricut Cuttlebug

Cutting. Cricut has made two big product announcements recently. Fans of the Cuttlebug will be disappointed to learn that the die cut machine and its accessories are being discontinued. Those still wanting one (or supplies for one they already own) can shop while supplies last at Cricut.com.

Files from one of the most popular sources of SVG files for use on die cutting machines are now available in Cricut Access. Miss Kate Cuttables has launched several new collections in Cricut Access, including Spring Has Sprung, Springtime, All You Need Is Love, Be Mine Valentine, Love Letters, and Valentine’s Day.

Closing. Furniture chain Hemispheres, which was founded in 2001 by Hobby Lobby’s David Green, will be closing. The company’s vendors have been told the store will be placing no further inventory orders. Hemispheres’ eight stores in Texas and Oklahoma will close later this year after selling through existing and already-purchased inventory.

Closing 2. Impress Cards + Crafts has been serving Seattle-area paper crafters since 1987. But on February 23rd it will close its University Village store in Seattle, leaving only its Tukwilla location.

Closing 3. Scrapbook Store & More in Greenfield, Wisconsin will be closing their doors on March 31st. The owner, citing health problems and a changing scrapbook market, has announced plans to open a craft retreat house in late spring or early summer 2019 that will sleep 10-12 people.

Every store closure is a loss to the industry, of course. But this particular store is noteworthy as the store that started the scrapbooking career of a young Stephanie Hunt (aka Stephanie Smokovich) – now known to scrapbookers worldwide as the founder and designer of Bella Blvd.

Changes. In yet another sign of the decline of the popularity of pocket cards, Kelly Purkey has announced changes to her  monthly subscription club. The subscription traditionally included pocket cards and an exclusive stamp set. A second subscription option will now be made available moving forward that includes only the stamps, without the cards. The new stamp-only subscription will cost $16/month for a 12 month subscription.

Direct. Too Marker, the manufacturer of Copic markers, has announced that they are discontinuing their distribution agreement with Imagination International in the United States for the popular markers. Instead, the company plans to sell the markers directly themselves to the U.S. market.

Channels. Tonic Studios announced this week that they are changing channels. The company, which has long partnered with Hochanda for TV shopping sales, is jumping to Create and Craft TV starting in March 2019. Click here to see the full announcement.

Legal. After settling their patent infringement lawsuit against Tonic Studios in July, My Sweet Petunia moved on to another target in October: Stampin’ Up. In a widely anticipated move, My Sweet Petunia filed suit against Stampin’ Up in October 2018 alleging the company was infringing its patents on the MISTI tool by selling its Stamparatus tool. Stampin’ Up! has filed counter-claims against My Sweet Petunia challenging, among other things, the validity of one of My Sweet Petunia’s patents.

stamp-n-storage magnet sheets

Stamp-n-Storage magnet sheets in use

Wholesale. Stamp-n-Storage, which produces storage options for scrapbookers and card makers, is entering the wholesale market with its popular magnet cards for storing thin metal dies. All four sizes of Stamp-n-Storage magnet cards (5×7, 6×7, 8×7 and 8.5×11) were on display to retailers at the recent Creativation show in Phoenix. The company had previously marketed its products only via its own website and at consumer craft shows such as Stamp & Scrapbook Expo.

Adjustments. Facing a shrinking market for her company’s core Project Life products, Becky Higgins has shared with fans some major changes being taken to help ensure the health of the company moving forward. The company’s physical office space has been shut down, with all staff working from home now. The Good Life product line – the company’s foray into lifestyle products – is also going away. And they are also stopping exhibiting at consumer shows and shipping product internationally from their online store. Finally, they are discontinuing their affiliate marketing program.

In the email to consumers discussing the changes, Becky promised fans would see more video content containing Project Life projects soon, along with more online courses for the Becky Higgins classroom. The company also is planning what she described as “an adjustment in how we offer / package the Project Life product,” which may be a welcome change to many scrapbookers if it includes fewer duplicates of the 3×4 cards. Too many duplicates of those cards is a common complaint among Project Life core kit purchasers.

Chains. Michaels has announced it is closing all of the 36 Pat Catan’s stores in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The company acquired the Pat Catan stores three years ago when it bought Lamrite West, the parent company of Darice and Pat Catan’s. At the time of the acquisition, Michaels’ public statements pointed to Darice as the motivation for the acquisition, so the announcement of the retail stores’ impending closure is not particularly surprising. Michaels says it intends to rebrand up to 12 of the stores as Michaels stores and reopen them in the 2019 fiscal year. The company will also continue to maintain a warehouse for its wholesale business in Strongsville, Ohio.

“After a comprehensive review, we have decided to close all of the Pat Catan’s retail stores. We expect to rebrand and reopen up to 12 stores as new Michaels stores in fiscal 2019, and we will continue to maintain a support center and distribution center in Strongsville, Ohio to support our growing wholesale business. We believe these changes will provide more value for customers and shareholders by enabling us to leverage a more consistent merchandise assortment and eliminate duplicative retail operating expenses,” says Chuck Rubin, Chairman and CEO of The Michaels Companies. “This was not an easy decision, and I am grateful for the contributions of our Pat Catan’s Team Members. As we work through the closing process, we intend to provide employment opportunities or transition support for all Team Members.”

People. JOANN Stores has a new CEO to replace Jill Soltau, who left for JC Penney in October 2018 – and it’s a familiar face. Wade Miquelon, who had been serving as interim President and CEO since Soltau’s departure, was appointed last week as her permanent replacement. He was also given a seat on the Board of Directors as well. Miquelon joined JOANN as EVP and CFO in March 2016, and came to JOANN from The Walgreen Company.

Cruising. Michaels is partnering with Carnival Cruise Line to be their exclusive arts and crafts provider for their fleet of 26 cruise ships. Onboard ship, Carnival Cruise Line customers will have access to a variety of “Make It With Michaels” craft experiences that will rotate seasonally. And this spring, Michaels will host Carnival Cruise-themed classes in their stores.

“As we continue our mission to make it easy for parents to provide their kids with more mindful, screen-free fun, we are excited to partner with Carnival Cruise Line to inspire creativity at sea,” said Steve Carlotti, Michaels EVP of Marketing. “Carnival carries more than 5.2 million guests every year, including 800,000 kids, and this program will give guests of all ages a new and creative way to interact with our brand. As the number one player in the arts and crafts space, we are the preferred destination for making and creative play, and this new partnership is another way we are solidifying our leadership position.”

To celebrate the program’s launch, the companies are giving away five Carnival Cruises between now and April 30th. You can enter to win on the Carnival Cruise website.

Dates. Speaking of getting away, Jenn Shurkus has announced the 2019 dates for her Creative Journey Art Retreats on Cape Cod. The spring retreat will be April 27th-28th, and the fall retreat is November 2nd-November 3rd. Registration for the spring retreat opens February 17th at 9am ET.

Sold. U.K.-based Coats has sold its North American Crafts business to Spinrite, the Canadian manufacturer of yarn brands such as Caron, Bernat and Lily Sugar n’ Cream, for initial cash consideration of $37 million. The acquisition brings brands like Red Heart, Susan Bates, Aunt Lydia and Coats & Clark to Spinrite.

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A Look Inside Creativation 2019

Creativation 2019 passed in a whirlwind of travel and long show days! Here’s a look at what I did and saw during my three and a half days in Phoenix to attend the show.

[Disclaimer: This content is sponsored by AFCI and the Creativation 2019 show. I am a member of the Plaid blogger program.]

Creativation Show logo

To get to Phoenix, I left Daytona Beach before dawn on a 6am flight. It made for a long day, but with some quick footwork through Atlanta Hartsfield airport it got me on board a flight to Phoenix that landed before 11am!

Atlanta Hartsfield airport

When we left Atlanta, the crew announced that our arrival in Phoenix would be their very first time arriving at the just opened new terminal in Phoenix. The new terminal, while it might feel small to people more familiar with massive airports like Atlanta, is gleaming and beautiful. With excellent shopping and plenty of restaurants, travelers will find everything they need. (Especially if that thing is coffee – I counted no less than three Starbucks between curbside and my gate!) Being a modern terminal, it also has plenty of power outlets for gadget recharging and even laptop workstations. All in all, it is a vast improvement over the massive construction zone that has greeted Creativation attendees the past two years!

Phoenix Convention Center

The Phoenix Convention Center consists of three huge buildings, taking up several city blocks. The one on the left hosts Creativation.

The building on the right was hosting a a Harley event, among other things, during Creativation this year. People staying at the Hyatt Regency, Renaissance and other hotels walk through that building as a shortcut to get to where they are staying. There’s also a popular Starbucks that can be reached by walking through that building.

People driving to the show location on Sunday morning this year may have encountered another event that Phoenix was hosting during Creativation – the Rock n’ Roll marathon. It closed a couple of streets a few blocks from the convention center for a time early Sunday morning.

The first two days of Creativation are education days. Many classes were sold out, and attendees lined up early to get their pick of seats. Attendees in the photo below were lining up for an Altenew class on Friday that was scheduled to start shortly after I took the photo.

Friday Altenew class

One of the best reasons to take a class, even if you are an experienced crafter, is to learn a new technique. Sara Naumann taught a packed class on Friday how to do various techniques with WOW! embossing powders.

Friday Sara Naumann Wow

Mixed media is taking over the paper crafts industry. Judging by attendance at Dyan Reaveley’s art journaling class for her Ranger Dylusions line that I visited, lots of industry people are interested in learning more about it!

Friday Dyan Reavely class

Another popular mixed media education event was the Jane Davenport “workalong”, where attendees learned how to use Jane’s product line from Spellbinders.

Friday Jane Davenport workshop

Calligraphy is the up-and-coming hot thing in the industry. World famous calligrapher Paul Antonio, who has a product line with Spellbinders, drew a crowd of aspiring calligraphers in his class.

Friday Paul Antonio class

Just as important to running a successful craft industry business as creative education is business education. A variety of business classes were on offer for show attendees, including seminars for store owners from the ever-popular Kizer & Bender. Below, 2019 AFCI Industry Achievement Award honoree Tammy Browning-Smith teaches a class called “What to Share: Sponsorships, Endorsements & Interests”.

Friday Tammy Browning-Smith class

Friday evening, the traditional New Product Showcase took place. This year the showcase was in a space on the back of the show floor. Since construction was still going on building booths, showcase attendees walked down an aisle that had been draped off on both sides to reach the showcase. The showcase area was curtained off on all sides as well to screen unfinished booths from view.

The early part of the showcase event was wall-to-wall (curtain-to-curtain?) people, as attendees fought to weave their way through the crowd to the showcases for their first glimpses of what might be the next hot product.

Friday New Product Showcase

Once some of the crowd filtered out for dinner, it became a bit easier to get a view of the various different products.

Friday New Product Showcase 2

If you missed the Facebook Live that I did from the New Product Showcase after the crowd thinned out, you can view it below via YouTube:

Saturday morning arrived, and with it, the opening of the show floor for business! Entrance to the hall was via an entrance that was decorated to look like a house, declaring the theme “Home is where creativity is!”

AFCI Creativation 2019 entrance banner

Once the show floor opened up, attendees quickly filtered throughout the hall to their chosen destinations and the hall that had held a hushed quiet moments earlier began to buzz with activity!

Creativation 2019

Creativation 2019

Some attendees, of course, headed straight for their favorite companies’ booths to start looking over products and placing orders. (Echo Park is shown below.)

Echo Park Creativation 2019

My Facebook Live from the Echo Park booth shows how busy they were – I kept running into people while running around trying to film!

Many booths were offering make & takes, and so that is where a lot of attendees headed when the doors opened. The chance to try a product out before they order, and create a sample to take home to their stores, is invaluable to many store owners.

Here, attendees take part in the Tim Holtz idea-ology make & take while others wait their turn in line.

idea-ology Creativation 2019

(And yes, that cap and those bare legs can only mean one thing…that’s the one and only Mario Rossi keeping an eye on the whole operation from in the aisle.)

In a different area of the hall, Lynn from Spellbinders had show attendees die cutting, stamping and coloring at the make & take she was running.

Spellbinders Creativation 2019

Over at the Hampton Art/Jillibean Soup booth, show attendees participated in a make-n-take that created a trendy embroidery hoop wall art project.

Jillibean Soup Creativation 2019

Seth Apter had his make-n-take students at Paper Artsy getting so mixed media ink and paint happy that aprons were required for everyone’s protection!

Seth Apter Creativation 2019

For those who wanted to get hands on with the latest stamps, a demo area in the Creativation Stamping Village provided a variety of make & take options throughout the weekend. The stamping village also included a large social area (behind the demo area in the photo below) to rest your tired feet between turns at the make & take table, or to peruse catalogs before handing in your order at nearby booths.

Stamping Village Creativation 2019

While there were many make & takes on the floor that were “drop in” opportunities, some educational events on the Creativation show floor were more scheduled. Some, like the classes taking place in the Plaid booth, required signing up for a seat in advance. A few lucky show attendees got to fill extra seats by lining up to replace last-minute no shows (like a certain scrapbook news blogger who completely lost track of time Saturday morning while doing a Facebook Llive and suddenly realized I’d missed my scheduled class….whoops!)

Plaid Creativation 2019

It wasn’t just exhibitors offering scheduled education on the show floor. AFCI was offering offering an organized slate of education at both the Schoolhouse and the Sweet Spot. The Sweet Spot education, as its name implies, was for food crafting while the Schoolhouse offered business education sessions.

Saturday schedule Creativation 2019

The Schoolhouse was a really convenient venue for attendees to get education right on the show floor (and the events were free). This session on Sunday by Kaylee Pope on email newsletters – an important topic for most industry businesses – was well attended by industry professionals eager to learn how to improve their newsletter usage.

Schoolhouse Creativation 2019

For some show attendees, scheduled educational events in the booths extended outside show hours as various companies hosted early morning events for buyers and/or media. In the photo below, Plaid Senior VP Debbie Henley talks to members of the Plaid blogger program about the company’s new Mod Podge Ultra product on Sunday morning.

Plaid Creativation 2019

One of the quasi-scheduled items on the show floor is always the appearances in their various booths by popular designers. Many of them have to bounce between multiple companies where they have products so you have to pay attention to the schedule to know where to catch them when.

Calligrapher Paul Antonio, a relative newcomer to the Creativation celebrity guest scene, could be seen in the Spellbinders booth promoting his product line.

Paul Antonio Spellbinders Creativation 2019

And of course, Tim Holtz attracted a crowd at Ranger as usual. This year he was demonstrating his new Distress Oxide Sprays.

Tim Holtz Creativation 2019

Knowing the schedule so you can get to a celebrity designer’s demonstration right when it starts (or even before) is very important. It’s the only way usually to get a front row seat. This is especially important if you want to film – and it seems these days, everyone does.

Increasingly, demonstrations on the show floor, especially of the most popular companies, look like the one below by Seth Apter. Designers face a wall of cameras, and within minutes of it ending a half-dozen versions of their demonstration will be online for the public to view on Facebook, YouTube, or other video services.

Seth Apter Creativation 2019

It’s not just demonstrations being filmed, either. Christine Urias and her husband Mark Giles of ScrapTime have long been known for their high quality booth tours from the show, and now the genre has become a industry standard for anyone producing video content.

ScrapTime Creativation 2019

A few companies even bring in major tech for their Creativation filming, like this crew I ran into in the Hero Arts booth.

Creativation 2019

And of course, I can’t forget to mention the original livestreamer from the show floor…Elena from Charity Wings! She was doing her usual livestream this year with a new assistant, her adorable son Devin. It seemed everyone at the show wanted to meet Elena’s “baby unicorn”. And who could blame them – he was the cutest thing at the show!

Charity Wings Creativation 2019

And why did so many people want to meet Baby Devin? It’s because crafting is a community, and through our journey in it we make so many friends of other people in the community. Creativation is a chance to come together with those friends and share our journeys, wins and losses from the last year. It’s a chance to get inspiration from each other, learn from each other, and even find new partnerships to build.

(Now if I could only get someone on the show floor to teach me how to take a better selfie…)

Cynthea Stephanie Creativation 2019

This community is why the day doesn’t end when the show doors close. There were plenty of events to attend after hours at Creativation this year – the Prime VIB blogger party, a Hero Arts event, and a social event hosted by Simon Says Stamp, to name a few – but I opted instead for quiet dinners with what I consider some of my industry mentors. There is something to be said for sitting down and talking about where you are at, where you are going, and what your challenges are with just a few trusted compatriots.

Doing this meant taking advantage of some of downtown Phoenix’s wide assortment of restaurants. I think my mom nearly disowned me when I texted her this picture of her basketball idol’s restaurant – and then told her we weren’t stopping.

Majerles Phoenix

But we were headed to another kind of burger joint, called The Counter. Here, there are so many options of ways to get your burger (including even what kind of patty and bread) that they give you a paper form to fill out checking off what you want! So yes, if you want to have grilled pineapple and bbq sauce on your burger…you can totally have it! I did, and it was delicious. And the fries were amazing. And the root beer float made the perfect dessert!

The Counter Phoenix

But if steak is more your speed, The Arrogant Butcher is the hip place to be in downtown Phoenix. This prime rib practically melted in my mouth, and the flourless chocolate cake was so rich I couldn’t even finish it!

arrogant butcher phoenix

arrogant butcher phoenix

Stay tuned for more reports on Scrapbook Update about Creativation 2019…and if you missed it, be sure to check out the Scrapbook Update Creativation 2019 Top 10 Hot Picks!

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Creativation 2019 Top 10 Hot Picks!

You asked for it…the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks are back! Here, fresh from the show floor, are the ten items that I think are guaranteed to be a hit when they show up soon on store shelves.

Scrapbook Update Top 10 Hot Picks

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So, in no particular order…here they are…the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks for Creativation 2019!

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

Shipping: March 2019
Wholesale: American Crafts/We R Memory Keepers
Retail: TBD

This item was absolutely the most talked about product on the Creativation show floor. If you remember the Heatwave Foil Pen that We R Memory Keepers previously released, the Foil Quill appears to be an adapted version of that technology. This new version is smaller, and runs on a USB plug that can be plugged into a power pack or a powered USB outlet (on machines that have them).  The Foil Quill works by inserting in the blade or tool slot of all the major electronic die cut machines (using adaptors), laying down a foil design where normally a pen would draw or a blade would be cutting. Three different sizes of Foil Quills (sold separately or together in a kit) allow for drawing different width of lines.

One of the biggest advantages that jumped out at me of doing foil this way is the ease of doing multi-color designs that are extremely difficult or even impossible to achieve with other foiling methods.

We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill

The We R Memory Keepers Foil Quill works with machines made by Brother, Cricut, Silhouette, and Sizzix. The idea of a product that is an accessory that works with all of the major die cut machines hasn’t really been tried before. This concept could open up a whole new market for innovation in the industry.

The All-In-One Foil Quill kit that includes all three pens and some foil has an MSRP of $99.99, while individual pens retail for $39.99 and foil rolls for $9.99. (The Foil Quill requires special foil.) The tool will debut on HSN shortly before it ships to retailers in March.

 

Paper House Productions “Wonder Woman” collection

Paper House Wonder Woman

Shipping: March 2019
Wholesale: Paper House Productions
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Wonder Woman made over $800 million at the box office to become one of the most popular super hero movies of all time. It especially resonated with women, even ones that aren’t usually super hero movie fans. Whether they plan to use it for theme park visits, cosplay, Halloween or a tribute to their favorite female role model, this Paper House licensed line will find a home in many scrapbookers’ stashes.

The Stamp Market

The Stamp Market stamps

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I always try to find a new exhibitor that warrants inclusion on this list. This year that was no challenge at all, as two year old company The Stamp Market made a debut showing at Creativation that would be impressive for even a much more experienced company.

One of the things that immediately jumped out at me about the excellent design of Amy Yingling at The Stamp Market is the font usage. Fonts can make – or break – a stamp design. Amy’s font choices create clean, readable text with beautiful graphic style. The fonts enhance the message without taking it over.

Amy’s attention to detail shows up in a myriad of other ways as well. There’s the gift bag die with the matching stamp set, and the stamp that creates customizable post-it notes for your planner.

 

AdTech DRIP-LESS Glue Guns

AdTech DripLess Glue Guns

Shipping: Now
Wholesale: AdTech
Retail: Amazon

Most crafters have at least a horror story or two of drips of hot glue ending up where we didn’t want them: on a project, on the carpet, on our skin. And those endless strings of glue that end up everywhere after you release a glue gun’s trigger are at best an annoyance and at worst can damage a project. AdTech is promising to end all of that with their new DRIP-LESS glue guns, which they advertise give users a 90% reduction in strings and drips. This is possible because the AdTech DRIP-LESS glue guns have a feature that retracts the glue away from the gun’s tip when the trigger is released, so it won’t drip when not in use.

The AdTech DRIP-LESS glue guns come in two sizes (mini and full size). The one apparent downside to these glue guns is that they are high temperature glue guns and many crafters prefer to work with low temperature glue for safety. Perhaps in the future we’ll see a low temperature version made available, but in the meantime, this problem-solving innovation will still appeal to many people.

Katie Pertiet for Simple Stories

Simple Vintage Botanicals

Shipping: February & March 2019
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com (Simple Vintage Traveler), Scrapbook.com (Simple Vintage Botanicals)

Katie Pertiet has been one of my favorite scrapbooking designers since her days with the now-defunct Autumn Leaves brand over 15 years ago. For a long time, I had to satisfy myself with getting her designs in digital form via Designer Digitals. Then a few years ago she dipped her toe back in the paper market with 49 & Market, and eventually landed at Simple Stories last year when her “Simple Vintage” brand there was announced.

The first two Simple Vintage collections of 2019 will be Simple Vintage Traveler and Simple Vintage Botanicals. They embody the best of the classic vintage style that Katie has made her signature not just in scrapbooking but in home decor licensing as well. Plenty of vintage (like Tim Holtz and Graphic 45) has remained in the scrapbook market since vintage went out of vogue as the dominant trendy style. But Simple Vintage has a lighter and brighter touch than most of these other retro brands, and so fills a void that I think was begging to be filled. This is your grandma’s vintage, vintage that doesn’t know that it is vintage. Even many scrapbookers who proclaim themselves not to be vintage fans will find themselves drawn to the timeless quality of these collections.

 

Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer die

Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer

Shipping: February 21st
Wholesale: Lawn Fawn
Retail: Simon Says Stamp

Lawn Fawn has long been the industry leader in creating dies that make movable features for handmade cards, but they really outdid themselves with this picture changer. Deceptively easy to assemble considering the complex effect that it creates, this fun die set is sure to find a home in many cardmakers’ toolboxes.

Lawn Fawn Magic Picture ChangerTwo new stamp sets have been released that are specifically designed for use with the magic picture changer die. One is weather themed (pictured above). The other set is called “Get Well Before n’ Afters” and features turtles, whales and chicks with various get well sentiments. Other stamps can be used with the magic picture changer die, of course, and I’d expect to see more sets designed for it from Lawn Fawn released in the future.

Simon Hurley for Ranger

Simon Hurley

Shipping: February 2019
Wholesale: Ranger Industries
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Ranger adding a new signature designer would be the talk of the show no matter who the designer was. But when it’s a 16-year-old Youtube star? Well, the buzz is off the charts!

Simon Hurley’s large debut collection of inks, stamps, stencils and more for Ranger is a foray into a whole new market demographic for Ranger. It’s an attempt to appeal to a much younger market, with bright colors, fun young designs, and a modern look.

Simon Hurley for Ranger

This model has worked for Wilton with the Nerdy Nummies line of baking products by YouTube star Rosanna Pansino – will it transfer to the papercrafts industry? It certainly seems like it from Simon’s Creativation debut. He had attracted a small crowd every time I passed his demo table and he showed maturity beyond his years in handling the pressure and the spotlight while demonstrating.

Waffle Flower Water Media Mat

Waffle Flower Water Media Mat

Shipping: March 2019
Wholesale: Waffle Flower
Retail:

It seemed that everyone I talked to at Creativation that at least dabbles in mixed media mentioned this as one of their favorite new products at the show! With a work area that can hold a 9×12 sheet of paper, this mat will hold a card sized project easily, with plenty of room surrounding it to use as a mixing palette.

Another feature that the professionals attending the show loved were the marks on the mat for 16:9 video format, along with several squares. These guides make setting up perfect video shots or social media images much simpler. It’s a small detail that is only useful to a specific group of users, but will be invaluable to those who need it.

To see the Waffle Flower Water Media Mat in action, visit their YouTube channel to see design team member Channin make a project with it!

Carta Bella “Baseball” collection

Carta Bella Baseball collection

Shipping: February 2019
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com

I rode on the plane to Phoenix (and back home) with people who were attending winter baseball events in Arizona. Another friend of mine just returned from the Bahamas after attending a winter baseball event there. Baseball fans – adult baseball fans – are passionate and devoted to their sport, treasuring their photos with their idols and their memorabilia like game tickets. Yet most sports line that are produced in the scrapbook industry are aimed more at kids’ sports than adult fans.

Carta Bella has stepped into that void with this vintage styled Baseball line. It’s classic emblems and bright colors make it suitable for everything from a visit to Cooperstown to a spring training trip to your kid’s Little League games.

Carta Bella baseball papers

One of the more classic touches in the design is the 3×4 card sheet designed to look like baseball cards. This collection is one that is bound to be snapped up – and hoarded – by baseball fans who have been longing for something that suits their grown-up love of the game!

 

Mod Podge Ultra

Mod Podge Ultra

Shipping: Spring 2019
Wholesale: Plaid Crafts
Retail:

Mod Podge has long been a reliable go to for scores of crafters. But Plaid kicked it up a notch with the Creativation debut of Mod Podge Ultra, a spray version of the versatile craft glue.

Plaid is touting the convenience of the spray format as well as its extreme hold properties. Demonstrations at the Creativation showed heavy ceramic mosaic pieces held in place with just a spritz!  But the product’s killer benefit to most consumers will likely be the promise of “no brush strokes”. The ability to decoupage and have perfect surfaces will be a huge selling point for many crafters.

 

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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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