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Update | 5.12.2014: Echo Park, Ranger, Craftwell, Jessica Sprague, National Stationery Show

It’s Monday already? Where did the weekend go? The week is in full swing and we’ve got news for you!

It may be snowing in Colorado, but Echo Park is all in on summer with their new May releases!

Walking on Sunshine” is a summer vacation themed line, with lots of beachy elements like fish, palm trees, sailboats and beach balls:

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We are Family,” while ostensibly a family themed line, is also heavy on the summer elements like butterflies, flowers, and bicycles, and has navy as its neutral base:These two collections will be released “Mid-May”, so they should be in stores any day now!

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CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: Echo Park & Carta Bella

It’s time to finish out Scrapbook Update’s CHA Top Ten Hot Picks list!

To see all the hot picks posted so far, visit this link. I’ll also publish a summary list for easy reference after this article goes up.

So here, last but not least, is the final hot pick for CHA Summer 2013 (aka Create-n-Connect)…

As time passes after a show, you get perspective on what you saw on the show floor. The reality distortion field fades, the blinding glare of “shiny and new” goes away, and you start to look with a more practical eye at what you’ve seen.

It’s under that practical gaze, the one that looks at what is eminently usable from the new products as you are filling your own shopping cart, that the CHA Summer 2013 products from sister companies Echo Park and Carta Bella stand out.

So let’s start with the Echo Park offerings…

First up, Echo Park added to their collection of Mini Themes, with several more designs in the bright and cheery style they are known for:

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Cards | Made with LOVE for Friends

Hi All… Card Annex Designer Deena Ziegler here to bring you some card inspiration today.

This week I got a couple uninterrupted hours to get creative in my craft room. I set out to create one “friendship” card for my post today, but, that turned in to a run away session of cutting, gluing and making a huge mess. I was in love with the super cute – just my style – papers from Bella Blvd that were sent to me last week. I love when all the creative planets align and designing projects I love becomes so easy!

While the Bella Blvd “Love and Marriage” line was meant to be for weddings, I think it’s also well suited for all girly occasions.

For this little 4×4 card, I layered up several layers of patterned paper and topped it off with a Thinlit die from Sizzix, called “For the Record 2 – Documented” from the new Echo Park collection. The sticker letters are so tiny and adorable, I love well designed products like these.

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I was especially excited to have a chance to design with the American Crafts card bases. Chevrons continue to be a hot trend in the industry, and I love this well sized gray version. I matted the paper with complimentary colored cardstock, and another Sizzix Thinlit (another Echo Park design called For the Record 2 Documented) acts as an anchor for the sentiment. Another design element I’ve been loving is multiple sentiments on one card, so I added a small sentiment from the “Love and Marriage” sticker sheet.

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And finally here’s the “friendship” card I set out to create! Again here’s the chevron pattern from the Love and Marriage Line, this time in a multi-colored scheme. I created a little nature scene using a tree cut from the Sizzix eclips, cloud patterned paper, and some tiny little flowers from American Crafts by Dear Lizzy. If you’re interested in creating the woodgrain I’ve shown here, you can download my PDF tutorial HERE. I  finished up this card with a couple of sentiments.

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Want to know one of my best time saving ideas? I made all these projects using die cuts I had on hand… create a die-cut or punch stash for yourself. Don’t throw away those pieces that didn’t make the project… just collect them and turn to your stash for some quick creating. Here’s a sneak peek at my stash!


I hope you enjoy a creative weekend ahead!

Smiles, Deena

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill. Patterned Paper: Bella Blvd (Love and Marriage). Die cuts: Sizzix (For the Record 2 – Tailored, For the Record 2 Documented). Stickers: Bella Blvd (Love and Marriage). Flag Sentiments: Pebbles. Card Base: Pebbles (Basics). Flowers: American Crafts “Dear Lizzy”. Twine: Divine Twine. Pearls: Martha Stewart.


CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

It’s been a tough decision to make this time around…there were a few hard choices to make in narrowing it down…but it’s finally here: The CHA Winter 2013 Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks list!

The show was buzzing with excitement as we rang in 2013 in Anaheim. Attendees were very optimistic about the future. The Hot Picks definitely reflect that excitement over new directions and a new evolution happening in the industry.

So, in no particular order, here’s the Top Ten Hot Picks for CHA Winter 2013!

Becky Higgins’ Project Life

So let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Project Life was already hot, hot, hot with consumers before the announcement that it would be available wholesale starting at CHA Winter 2013, and in Anaheim, retailers flocked to the Project Life booth so that they can give their customers the latest trend they are asking for!

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CHA Winter 2013: Echo Park Paper

During the CHA Winter 2013 show in Anaheim, Echo Park Paper introduced several new collections. Their newest collections that are available in stores right now are Scoot and the Photo Freedom Volume I. February releases are All About A Boy, Sweet Girl, Happy-Go-Lucky (a Photo Freedom collection) and several new mini themes.

They also introduced another addition to their popular Dots and Stripes Line – baby boy and girl collections called “Bundle of Joy” that will be shipping in March. And finally their April collection is A Perfect Summer along with some other mini themes.


As a cardmaker, I was very much excited about the addition of washi tape to their new lines. Here’s a peek at the new All About A Boy washi tape set:


Washi tape will also be a part of the Sweet Girl Collection. Just a reminder – besides paper, Echo Park has matching brads, stickers and chipboard as well for most of their collections.

Here are a few of the gorgeous projects that were displayed in the booth: