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Color Trends | Neutral Navy

Color trends often begin in the worlds of home decor and fashion before migrating to crafts. The latest color trend making its way to the papercrafting world, neutral navy, is no exception.

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Color purists may argue that navy is not a neutral, but it is increasingly used as one, especially in fashion. Darkwash denim may be the ultimate in neutral navy – it goes with everything and can go almost anywhere. But in the last two years we’ve seen its influence spread beyond the basic in both fashion and home decor.

In the fashion world, navy has found popularity as a slightly softer alternative to black. It’s a trendy option for replacing everything from your “little black dress” to those black leggings. It’s even become a popular color for bridesmaids’ dresses!

The home decor world has seized on to the neutral navy trend as well. Best used in small doses due to its eye-catching drama, navy is being used for everything from accent chairs to kitchen islands to throw pillows. To see a few examples, visit Freshome.

Navy is perhaps most often associated with a nautical style in fashion and home decor. Last year we did see navy invade the scrapbooking world as a nautical trend. But this year, navy is back on its own – and trendier than ever.

Neutral navy nurseries are quite trendy in home decor, and BoBunny has seized on that trend for their newest baby themed line “Little Wonders”. The collection has two parts, one that pairs navy with pink and one that pairs navy with mint and dusky blue.

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BoBunny Little Wonders collection

I bought a few sheets of the navy and pink part of the “Little Wonders” collection to try out on some baby pictures of my daughter. (Let’s not talk about the fact that she just turned 15 and there were still baby pictures to be scrapped, alright?)

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American Crafts Buys BoBunny Press

American Crafts announced on October 6th (Friday) that they have purchased Utah scrapbook wholesale company BoBunny Press from the family that founded it over 20 years ago.

BoBunny exhibiting at Creativeworld at Messe Frankfurt in 2015.

BoBunny Press was founded in 1996, on the eve of the scrapbooking boom, by Jan Lanoy. The Layton, Utah company grew to include Lanoy’s husband Don and son Matthew over the years, and today BoBunny product lines are sold in 40 countries.

“It’s bittersweet to say goodbye to the industry, the store owners and the friends that we’ve made over the years, ” says Jan Lanoy. “But with me retiring, I wanted to make sure that crafters could continue to enjoy BoBunny for years to come. I have confidence that American Crafts will do a great job of making sure that happens.”

“The Lanoys have established a wonderful brand that resonates with crafters around the world,” says American Crafts CEO Wayne Mitchell. “They have tirelessly helped built the industry, and American Crafts is proud to continue their legacy by offering BoBunny products to the craft market.”

According to the announcement, product from BoBunny will begin shipping to retailers on November 1st from the American Crafts warehouse. Until then, retailer orders will ship from BoBunny’s current warehouse. Invoices dated October 3rd or earlier should be paid to BoBunny. Invoices dated after that date should be remitted to American Crafts.

Ordering of BoBunny branded product will be available immediately through the company’s sales reps, and new product will be developed under the BoBunny brand, according to American Crafts. Some of BoBunny’s designers have been hired by American Crafts to continue the brand’s signature look and feel under the new ownership.

This is the third acquisition this year by American Crafts, which has become known for acquiring smaller companies in recent years as it has made eight previous acquisitions and signed several high profile licensing deals as well. Earlier this year, the company first acquired Core’dinations (from its previous owner Darice) in January, and then DCWV’s paper division in June.

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Update | Michaels Stores, Lia Griffith, May Flaum, Bella Crafts and more!

Wow, the news has been coming like crazy, and we are overdue for an Update column! Here’s what you might have missed!

In case you missed it last month, Stampin’ Up! has discontinued their Blendabilities line of pens. The alcohol markers suffered from quality issues with the attaching of the tip during manufacturing that could lead to the marker drying out. For information on receiving a refund if your markers are defective, visit the Blendabilities FAQ.

Bella Crafts Publishing, publisher of Bella Crafts Quarterly, has made several big announcements in recent months. They have rebranded, announced a new publication (Craft Techniques) and also a new event!

The event, called Bella Crafts Connections, will take place September 24th-27th at the Mall of America. This is a similar time frame as was previously occupied by the Archiver’s Scrapfest at the Mall of America, before the Archiver’s bankruptcy and store closures. The Bella Crafts event is planned to be huge, and not just for scrapbooking. The company is promising 60-70 craft workshops in areas like mixed media, jewelry making, ice resin, needle arts, as well as more. Over 20 teachers, including Lisa Pavelka, Seth Apter, Gina K, and Eileen Hull, are planned for the event.

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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.

Bazzill Basics PaperLove Story

Bazzill, long known for its quality cardstock, has only recently entered the patterned paper market. The Love Story line continues the graphic style displayed in other lines that have already been released by the company, and they’ve chosen grey to offset the sweet pinks and bright reds of the designs.

Bo BunnySmoochable

Bo Bunny’s signature style is readily apparent in their Valentine’s Day offering, Smoochable. Light distressing and the use of light purple and hints of green are the signature elements in this line.

Crate PaperPaper Heart

Crate has knocked Valentine’s style out of the park with their Paper Heart collection. It’s at once vintage and trendy with its pops of turquoise and use of popular elements such as chevrons and doilies. I predict that Crate will have a major hit on their hands with this collection!

Doodlebug DesignSweet Cakes

Sweet Cakes is everything we’ve come to expect from Doodlebug – whimsical graphic designs in their signature color palette make it easy to identify. Doodlebug has gone all out for this release, producing a wide variety of coordinating embellishments including a special Doodle Twine card and a Doodle Twine spool featuring a red, pink, and white twist. Be still my baker’s twine loving heart!

Echo ParkYours Truly

Following in the footsteps of their Be Mine collection from last year, Echo Park continues to produce Valentine’s Day papers in a traditional color palette. This year they’ve thrown red and grey into the mix of Yours Truly (last year’s collection was almost all pink and black), but if you’ve got any Be Mine still hanging around your stash, this new collection should coordinate with it wonderfully.

Fancy PantsLove Story

Fancy Pants has amped up the pink to nearly hot proportions and added lots of turquoise to their Love Story collection. This is one of those lines that would work well for everyday pages, especially with some of the strong, non-themed B-side patterns that the line sports.

Jillibean SoupHearty Barley Soup

Hearty Barley Soup shows Jillibean returning to their krafty roots. I’m completely in love with the woodgrain print – it has tiny little hearts worked oh-so-subtly into the pattern!

K & CompanyCircus Valentine

K & Company “themed the theme” with their Valentine’s release Circus Valentine – it’s filled with circus motifs!! The pops of blue add unexpected contrast and interest.

KaiserCraftSweet Nothings

This line from the Australian powerhouse is pure vintage elegance. Filled with Victorian-style cupids and flowers, Sweet Nothings is perfect for those who want a softer feel for their Valentine’s projects.

Karen Foster DesignsValentine’s

Karen Foster Designs’ Valentine’s collection puts a comic book style spin on the holiday.

KI MemoriesHot Date

While not specifically advertised as a Valentine’s line, the Hot Date collection has all the motifs (including plenty of XOXOs and hearts!) associated with the holiday, wrapped up in a completely nontraditional color palette.

Lily Bee DesignHead Over Heels

Head Over Heels is another line that isn’t specifically for Valentine’s, but in my opinion it’s a stronger collection for that very reason. There are plenty of pinks, creams, and floral motifs to make it suitable for the holiday, but the addition of orange and turquoise and the lack of a huge amount of Valentine’s specific motifs make it a very versatile line sure to keep you scrapping long after 2/14 has passed.

Martha Stewart CraftsValentine’s

Martha Stewart brings her simple, graphic styling to her newest Valentine’s Day collection. The real news here, though, is the punches! Perenially a highly sought-after crafting item, her newest border and shape punches are sure to be a hit!

My Mind’s EyeLove Me

My Mind’s Eye chose a decidedly cream base for their Valentine’s line Love Me, then loaded it up with several shades of pink, plenty of grey, and just a hint of baby blue. The collection is filled with the doily and banner designs that we’ve all come to know and love from My Mind’s Eye’s more recent offerings.

PebblesWith Love

Long known for having a simple graphic style, Pebbles has kicked it up a notch with the With Love collection by including a kraft-based sheet in the mix. The speech bubble pattern is printed right onto heavy-duty kraft paper, providing a great contrast to the pinks and reds in the rest of the collection.

SEIPromise Me

The Promise Me line from SEI is all softness and beauty, with just a hint of gold to set it apart from the rest of the field.

Tim Holtz for Sizzix – Texture Trades, Love Struck Bigz Dies, and Love Struck Movers and Shapers Mini Dies

Tim doesn’t have a paper collection for Valentine’s Day (though I think that a V-Day version of his Kraft Resist paper would be an awesome addition to his line- hint, hint!!), but since this is such a huge cardmaking holiday I just had to include his new Love designs from Alterations for Sizzix – dies (available in both Bigz and Movers and Shapers mini formats) as well as his new Texture Trades embossing folders.

We R Memory KeepersLove Struck

We R Memory Keepers finishes up our roundup with their Love Struck collection. Here light blue offsets the plethora of pink, and the collection has a nice variety of both large and small patterns.

And now, dear readers, I’d like to hear from you. Which of these collections has caught your eye? Any favorites? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

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CHA Summer 2011 | Bo Bunny, KI Memories, and Prima

Next up on Scrapbook Update’s tour of the CHA Summer 2011 show are the booths of Bo Bunny, KI Memories, and Prima. All of these companies brought some fantastic offerings to the table!

Bo Bunny introduced several new lines at this show, including a very vintage styled holiday line, “Father Christmas”

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All of the new Bo Bunny lines include some fantastic embellishments like these brads, trinkets, and buttons.

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I fell in love with “Et Cetera” right away – the ephemera patterns are right up my alley, and I know I’m not alone in that!

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These sticker sheets containing three sizes of alphabets, borders, and embellishment stickers are an excellent value.

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Bo Bunny’s “Sweet Tooth” line has such a fun color palette! The pinks and turquoise blues really pop.

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“Garden Girl” combines a rich plum tone (Scrapbook Update Contributing Editor May Flaum recently reported on the current plum trend in the industry) with a fun shade of coral and throws in some spring green for contrast.

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Bo Bunny’s “Welcome Home” line features lush patterns infused with fresh greens and blues.

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“Forever Fall’s” rich, gold-toned color scheme just screams to be paired with photos of fall leaves and pumpkin patches.

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KI Memories had some strong releases at the CHA Summer 2011 show. Their fall line, “Good Folk”, has a warm, folk-art vibe to it.

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KI Memories is another company releasing sets of elaborately patterned and decorated brads with each of its new lines. They’re also introducing their own patterned tapes that are printed on clear tape instead of the popular washi style tape.

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KI Memories definitely went with the bright and funky color palette choice for their “Holly Lane” Christmas collection. The colors are so cheery and festive!

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Fans of the old “Love, Elsie” line by Elsie Flanigan will likely find something familiar in the “Hot Date” collection. It features the doodled style and bright colors that Elsie’s lines were known for during her KI Memories days.

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KI Memories also introduced several new styles of their popular “Pockets.”

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The show floor was literally about half an hour from closing on the very last day when I visited the KI Memories booth, and many of the display layouts had already been packed up. The staff was very kind to get a few of them back out for me to photograph!

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Prima’s booth was covered inside and out with their gorgeous new releases. The “Romantique” line is filled with soft colors and sweet illustrations in the classic Prima style.

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The “Printery” collection is going to be a popular one! The neutral color palette makes it easy to mix with so many other paper lines and styles.

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Prima’s “Londonerry” line features an antique-style palette and loads of vintage images.

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“North Country” is a bit of a departure (though not an unwelcome one!) from Prima’s normal style. The colors are much brighter and the designs more clean and graphic than what we’re used to seeing from Prima, but I think it works very well for them!

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“Alla Prima” evokes the colors and feel of the ocean with its aqua and yellow color palette.

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Prima is, of course, well known for their massive selection of flowers and decorative branches.

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Wood embellishments are a hot item in the industry right now, and Prima’s wooden spool top buttons are right on trend!

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Prima also offered a large selection of resin and metal “Treasures” at the show, perfect for mixed media projects.

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They also had several new styles of cling mount stamps on display to coordinate with the new paper lines.

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Prima’s “Tiles” embellishments were generating a bit of buzz on the floor – another great item for mixed media and altered projects!

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Resistant Canvas and Masks are perfect for those who like to play with spray mists and inks in their projects.

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And of course the Prima booth was full of gorgeous projects from their talented design team. You really can’t appreciate the beauty and intricacy of these unless you see them in person. There’s a dimensionality that just gets lost in the photos, but I’ve tried to capture some of it here.

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Prima teamed up with Lilla Rogers to create the new “Ruby Violet” line, targeted at pre-teens and younger crafters.

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A selection of trinkets and baubles that snap into specialized necklaces and bracelets (no glue required) are available to mix and match into your own colorful creations.

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“Ruby Violet” also features a fun, brightly colored paper line.

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The booth tours continue on!!! Stay tuned – there’s a lot more to come!

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CHA Winter 2011 Make & Takes: Educational & Enjoyable (Giveaway)

Having the chance to sit down and make projects with a manufacturer’s “latest and greatest” allows CHA attendees to see first-hand why they need what the manufacturers are selling. For retailer attendees, there is another benefit – to bring home creative samples to display using the product that will soon be in their store. For educator/demonstrator members of CHA, make-and-takes not only provide some hands-on time with new products, but a chance to work with a company’s designers to learn specific tips and techniques.

Betsy Burnett of Scrapbook Update and Wendy Russell of "She's Crafty" making a felt clutch purse at i love to create

At some companies’ booths at CHA Winter 2011, their make-and-takes were offered in sort of a classroom setting, with attendees even needing tickets to attend. Prima Marketing sent out email invites to retailers a couple of weeks before the show offering sign-up for a full assortment of classes from altered canvas bags to mini albums. Pink Paislee did something similar issuing email make-and-take tickets to attendees a week prior to the show, as Rebecca Cross (owner and creative director of Pink Paislee) explained: “Although there were some people who didn’t make their time slot, it was still a very successful way for us to make sure the make-n-take time slots would be filled and it kept store owners from having to stand in long lines during a busy show.”

One of Pink Paislee's five different make-and-takes (photo courtesy of Pink Paislee)

At those companies that didn’t require tickets, attendees normally had a bit of a line to wait in. Most lines, however, appeared to be less than a 10 minute wait. Projects ranged from mini albums (created using the Creatopia system by Xyron), to stamped pendants (at Rubber Stamp Concepts). One popular stop for attendees, Bottle Cap inc, was making a bottle cap necklace project and long time CHA make-n-take favorite Quick Quotes was creating decorated canvases.

"Family" canvas make-and-take from Quick Quotes

Some make and takes showcased a new line or concept. At Bo Bunny attendees were met with a table full of elements from the company’s “Crazy Love” card kit and given the chance to create a valentine or two for their sweetheart.  Best Creations showcased their St. Patrick’s line – there attendees had a chance to take home a 12 x 12 page ready to add photos onto.

 

Bo Bunny "Crazy Love" card kit make-and-take

Many companies worked together to showcase their products. Unibind and Fiskars worked together to create mini albums, using Fiskars punches to decorate the pages and the Unibind system to bind the mini purse albums. Also at the Fiskars booth, Simplicity/Burda was there making a fabric bracelet using Fiskars scissors and Spoonflower fabric.

Ever popular with attendees are what could be called the “free for all” tables. Here attendees were given a “base” for their project and an assortment of other trinkets and treasures to create with. At the Everything Mary booth, attendees were given a choice of catch all and then told to have fun decorating. Gemstones, flowers, foam and felt shapes and a hot glue gun were all provided to create a finished tote. At Westcott, attendees could decorate their own scissor holster in a similar manner. At the Tombow booth, there was a full assortment of their dual brush pens along with some simple instruction on ways to use the pens on an embossed tag. The i love to create booth featured several of these types of projects as well, including reusable lunch bags that became a canvas for a variety of painting techniques.

A zentangle inspired lunchbag from i love to create

On the last day of the show, Ranger Ink designers did something a bit different for their “make and take.”  Instead of having a project for people to do, they provided attendees with their full range of ink colors to make swatch cards of several of their most popular lines, including the new Distress Stains from Tim Holtz. During the make-and-take, Holtz was in the booth talking to people about the product and signing the swatch cards for retailers to display in their stores. In answer to the question, “why swatch cards?”,  Holtz explained: “By this point in the show most of us retailers, manufacturers, everyone… is tired and their brains are suffering from “crafting overload.” Who needs to do a project when you are like this? Creating a swatch gives retailers a tool to take back to the store with them. When customers ask “how dark is this color” they won’t need to open up stock to give an idea as to the actual color.”

Tim Holtz creating swatch cards at Ranger

So…would you like to win an assortment of make and takes from CHA? We have an assortment of finished projects and kits to create with to give away!

How To Enter: All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Sunday night, April 3rd. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. U.S. mailing addresses only please.

Scrapbook Update would like to thank the following companies for donating items for this giveaway: Best Creations, Deco Arts,  Feltables, Epiphany Crafts, Everything Mary, Fiskars, GCD Studios, i love to create, Ranger Ink, Rubber Stamps Inc.,  Simplicity/ Burda Style, Spoonflower, Quick Quotes, and Westcott.


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