Top

Tag Archives | The Crafter’s Workshop

Highlights from SPC Mixed Media Show 2015

This year, instead of my usual trip to the Craft & Hobby Association’s summer show (called the CHA PaperArts show in recent years), I decided to try something new for a summer trade show experience by traveling to Salt Lake City for the SPC Mixed Media Show in late July.

The SPC Mixed Media Show is put on by the Sierra Pacific Crafts buying group of stores, and until last year was not open to non-members. With the demise of the traditional CHA Summer show after the 2013 show in Las Vegas, SPC made the decision to open the show for part of its time to non-member buyers, and to host the show to Salt Lake City. The result has been a rapid growth in popularity of what was until recently a relatively unknown event.

There is one catch for those willing to take part, however. While the doors have been opened to make non-member buyers welcome, manufacturers can still only exhibit by invitation. That hasn’t stopped the show from being popular with both buyers and manufacturers, however (especially since so many manufacturers are based in the Salt Lake City area).

I spent two days at the show this year….here’s some highlights of products and trends that I saw during my visit!

Ken Oliver

Just like at the CHA Mega Show 2015 in January, one of the undisputed stars of the SPC Mixed Media show was Ken Oliver. Ken was debuting a new line of papers as well as promoting and demonstrating his incredibly popular Colorburst pigment powders.

Continue Reading →
10

Design Team Calls | The Crafter’s Workshop, Ruby Rock-It

It’s the season of hopes and dreams for industry designers, as the design team calls keep rolling in! Here’s the latest two design team calls to come around.
Ruby Rock-It has a call due on March 20th for a 6 month Creative Team term that will start on April 1st. The call requires submitting three Ruby Rock-It projects and (like many recent calls) places an emphasis on the importance of social media presence. Team members will be required to complete 3 projects per month and will receive quarterly allocations of free product.

The Crafter’s Workshop has a call due on March 25th for a one year term on their design team. The term begins on May 1st, and requires 2-3 projects per month. Social media activity, good photography, magazine submissions, and linking to TCW and its partner companies are among the company’s desired priorities for its team according to the call. Team members receive product, endorsement fees for publications, and an opportunity to attend Stencil U.

0

CHA Mega Show 2015 | Nancy’s Picks

The Scrapbook Update Hot Picks bring you the buzz from CHA shows, but sometimes my personal taste varies from what is “hot” or there isn’t room to include all of the things that I think are exciting.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s do “Nancy’s Picks”, my personal list of what I fell in love with at the CHA Mega Show 2015.

First up is one of my favorite Instagrams from the show! I’ve always loved the concept of Faber-Castell’s Gelatos, but the color palette of brights and primaries left me really cold. Now though, they’ve released a palette of pastel colors for the line that I believe will increase the product lines usability for me (and a lot of other people). Plus it makes for very pretty rainbow pictures!

Gelato Rainbow

Speaking of pastels, the normally very bright Simple Stories is also deviating from their usual color themes. This new line of basic patterns and alphabet stickers in a range of light colors will be great for cardmaking and for girly scrapbook pages! This girl mom is so happy to have a softer look from Simple Stories to work with.

Continue Reading →
13

CHA Mega Show 2015 | Scrapbook Travel Products

With all of the travel that I’ve been doing lately, I have travel scrapbooking on the brain! I will need a steady supply of scrapbook travel products to scrap all of the pictures of the places I’ve been flying off to (and will be going to in the near future). Luckily for me, scrapbook manufacturers are back in the business of producing travel themed items again after taking a short break during the economic downturn. There were plenty of travel product options on show at the CHA Mega Show 2015!

Templates have become go-to products for many scrapbookers with the rise of mixed media, and The Crafter’s Workshop has several new templates that are especially handy for pocket scrapbookers. Good Eats and Radar Fragment are perfect for making custom pocket cards!

Good Eats template
Radar Remnant fragment template

For many people, travel means theme parks – specifically the Disney parks. Simple Stories is back with a sequel to their blockbuster “Say Cheese” collection, called “Say Cheese II”. The new collection builds onto the old one, with all of the elements working together. A new collection of pocket cards is sure to be popular!

Say Cheese II wood veneer
Say Cheese II pocket cards

Camping, featuring retro trailer icons, was a trendy theme this year. Bella Blvd’s interpretation of it in their signature color palette creates a collection that appears to be very 70’s influenced.

Bella Blvd Campout

Crate Paper also did an interpretation of the retro trailers for their travel themed line called Journey. Their color palette and designs appear to be more 1950’s inspired, however.

Crate Paper Journey
Journey Crate Paper
Crate Paper Journey
Pink Paislee Atlas
Pink Paislee Atlas
Pink Paislee Atlas

Instead of campers, Pink Paislee took its vacation line to the skies with Atlas. The bright colorful collection is ultra modern and will be popular with pocket scrapbookers. The gold foil world map transparency from the Atlas collection is sure to attract a lot of attention, as are the silver foil airplanes!

Pink Paislee Atlas
IMG_5187

Teresa Collins also brought gold foil to her new travel collection, Wanderlust. Her black, white and gold mini collection is neutral enough to be mixed in with other travel products to add a bit of pop or drama.

Teresa Collins Wanderlust
Teresa Collins Wanderlust
Teresa Collins Wanderlust

If graphic is more your style than gold foil, Echo Park and Carta Bella have plenty of travel products to make their fans happy. Under the Echo Park Paper brand name, new collections of designer cards for pocketing scrapbooking called “Getaway” are available in a nice subdued color palette.

Echo Park Getaway

The retro camper makes an appearance as die for Carta Bella. The company is also offering several other travel themed dies, stencils and stamps that cover every type of travel imaginable.

Carta Bella dies
Carta Bella travel
Carta Bella Travel Stories

Carta Bella’s new travel collection is called Travel Stories, and the bold color palette is attention-getting. The pocket card designs on one sheet are very creative and unique.   Stamps with matching die sets were everywhere on the show floor, and Technique Tuesday has a great stamp set for pocket scrapbookers to use for travel scrapbooking called Going Places. The matching die set is also called Going Places.

Technique Tuesday Going Places
Technique Tuesday Going Places

There was lots to love in Tim Holtz’s CHA Mega Show 2015 announcements for travel scrapbookers. First up, was the repackaging of his mini blueprint stamps from 12 stamp packs into 4 stamp theme pack. This will make it much more affordable for consumers to buy just the theme that they need of the stamps, instead of possibly having to buy 8 they didn’t need to get the set of four that they did.

Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints

There was also plenty of new stamp designs that will make travel fans very happy.

Tim Holtz travel stamps
Tim Holtz travel stamps

For Tim’s mixed media fans (of which there are many), there are new stencils that will work great for travel scrapbooking of all kinds. There’s also an entire new idea-ology collection devoted to airmail themes called Passport that has great pieces in it for travel usage, like map washi tape .

Tim Holtz travel stencils
Tim Holtz travel tissue tape

What travel scrapbooking are you working on (or anticipating doing in the near future?) What products are you looking forward to seeing hit store shelves?

6

Ranger Announces Dina Wakley Signature Line

Ranger has announced that mixed media artist Dina Wakley is being added to their line-up of signature designers. Wakley joins a cast of Ranger signature designers that includes Dyan Reavely, Claudine Hellmuth, Wendy Vecchi, Vintaj, and of course Ranger Creative Director Tim Holtz.

Wakley is developing a line of mixed media products with Ranger which will be called Dina Wakley Media, presumably to be released at CHA in January.

Dina Wakley Stencils

Previous to the Ranger announcement, Wakley has designed stencils for The Crafter’s Workshop, stamps for Stampington & Company, and check products for CheckAdvantage. Her book, Art Journal Freedom: How to Journal Creatively With Color & Composition, was released in February 2013 by North Light Books. Wakley also sells online art journaling classes through her personal website. Her new contract with Ranger is exclusive, ending her partnership with The Crafter’s Workshop.

Wakley, who is known for her artsy mixed media and art journaling work, lives in Arizona with her husband and three sons. She’s an experienced instructor who loves to travel. In her spare time, she volunteers as a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, giving tours to school children.


1

CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: The Crafter’s Workshop

Welcome to Scrapbook Update’s CHA Top Ten Hot Picks list!

To see all the hot picks posted so far, visit this link. At the end, after I’ve published all ten of the picks, I’ll publish a summary list for easy reference.

So here, in no particular order, is the next hot pick for CHA Summer 2013 (aka Create-n-Connect)…

Like the previous pick (Lawn Fawn), this is another company that grabbed this honor for their continued upward motion in the market and for showing increasing signs of being a mature company with a completely solid offering and development program.

The Crafter’s Workshop now has a stable slate of four big-name signature designers, and their efforts for CHA Summer 2013 showed how all these names mesh together, complementing each other without really competing.

Ronda Palazzari’s new stencils really stood out because of the nature of their design. Her style I’d describe as outgoing, in contrast to Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, whose style is more introspective. This distinction is reflective of their backgrounds, with Ronda’s work focused more on layouts that cater more to an audience, and Julie’s more focused on art journaling (which to most is private and personal).

These stencils of Ronda’s have multiple designs on them, making them quite versatile:

Ronda Palazzari stencils
Continue Reading →
5