Hey, friends! Sorry it's been so long since I posted. Just haven't had much to talk about, I guess. I've been getting ready for a winter scrapbooking retreat that is coming up in a few weeks. I'm going again as a vendor and am really excited. I absolutely love getting my tables and shelves all set up, making everything look pretty, and hanging out with crafty friends for 3 days. If you aren't attending, you should! :) If you are in the area, stop by and peek in and shop. Would love to see you.
So, CHA is over and I've had the best time following my friends Tweet and Facebook from the show, watching recorded videos, and peeking at manufacturer's websites for sneak peek photos. I'm in love with so many new things, so I thought it would be fun to do a blog post dedicated to just a few of my favorite new releases. Here we go, in no particular order:
1. Basic Grey's BASICS line - Oh my gosh, BRILLIANT. One of my favorite "go to " papers is ledger paper. Well, Basic Grey has come out with a line called BASICS - three different shades of different ledger, graph, and grid papers. (white, cream, kraft) Smart cookies, they are.
2.Tim Holtz/Ranger new Distress Ink colors - 12 beautiful new shades. I've only seen them in video demos and swatches, but I love the Spun Sugar, Crushed Olive, and Pumice Stone already.
3. 7 Gypsies Printer's Trays and Label Holders - Loved the printer's trays already, but these little label holders are sooooo neat. There are many more beautiful new products if you follow the link above.
4. Cosmo Cricket's "Garden Variety" and "Material Girl" lines - Even the LOGOS ARE CUTE! When I saw these papers in some CHA show floor videos, I absolutely loved them.
Follow the link and look how precious these papers are - especially love the strawberries and measuring tape.
5. Lisa Pace's new book - "Delight in the Details" - I've always loved Lisa's style. She is SO detail-oriented, so it only makes sense that her book is titled this way! I'll definitely be purchasing this one.
6. The Girls' Paperie Cabbage Rose patterned paper and Eclectic Chipboard Alphas - I was fortunate enough to be able to make some sample projects for Margie's booth and when I saw this cabbage rose paper, I was afraid to cut it! It's so, so gorgeous. And look at those alphas! How fun to have so many different styles mixed in one box. Perfect!
7. Melissa Frances gold glitter chipboard alphabet and postcard mini album - I love pretty much everything in the Melissa Frances attic treasures line, but cannot WAIT to get these gold glitter letters and postcard album! I have several of the BINGO albums and sell them in my retreat vendor store, too. The postcard album is heavyweight, like the BINGO album and is sooo beautiful. I've noticed gold creeping back into style lately. Gold is good in small quantities.....like trim, glitter, and edges. (and alphas!) You can actually see these products and all of the MF line in two of Amy Coon's wonderful CHA videos. (link below)
8. Tattered Angels' Glimmer Glam - My favorite CHA video of this product was Heidi Swapp, using it on chipboard. The bottle has a dauber built into the lid and it's like a shimmery glaze with chunky glitter added to it. It is so beautiful! The link I put here is actually Liz Hicks of Tattered Angels giving an intro and demo of it.
9. October Afternoon's Thrift Shop line - Love the colors! The only photos I could find of this line were in CHA booth photos, so that's what the link is. I'm a little frustrated that OA's website is so out of date. Their papers are SO darn cute and popular...just wish they'd update their site so we can see what's coming out in high quality photos. :)
10. Maya Road - It is very difficult to pick favorites in their new releases. Everything is adorable! I especially love the strawberry mini album, canvas albums, vintage crochet and ruffled trims, and kraft scalloped envelopes. You can see Amy Coon's two part video from their booth below and the link above shows you the Maya Road blog with releases photos. Gorgeous!
Well, those are a few of my favorite new releases. If you'd like to see lots of show floor videos, check out Noell of Paperclipping.com and Amy Coon of The Paper Life.com. They did a great job of showing all of us at home what we have to look forward to in the world of scrapbooking. Thanks, Izzy, Noell, Amy, and Amy's mom! :)
It's so encouraging to me to see so many people sharing their God-given talents with others. Think of all of the brainstorming, late nights, decisions, sweat, tears, and joy that went into each and every product at that show. Each one of them represents someone who is PROUD of what he/she does. I'm so thankful for creativity!
Have a beautiful weekend. :)