Monday, January 14, 2013

CHA Winter 2013: More inspiring products and projects

I spent another exciting day at CHA yesterday; today I'll hang out for an hour or two, then I'll head home. I wanted to post more inspiring projects, then late tomorrow or Wednesday I'll post about trends and exciting products that we all need but they may not be visible in the gorgeous layouts in the booths.

Here's the first:

Paper Smooches sells adorable stamps and coordinated dies. I love to be reminded of ways I can use both on my pages, and this layout does that. The booth was filled with adorable cards. Check out this one that made me chuckle:

I love it.

Next was Technique Tuesday:

The layouts on the booth were 8x8, a size I rarely scrap, but how lovely it is. The above page is from Ali Edwards, and this one from Linda Barber.

Love how it uses the white space of the photo to stamp on.

Next was Jillibean Soup, which I almost missed and am so glad I didn't:

Their collections were among the best, in my opinion. Every one was gorgeous, and the company does a terrific job of using the B-side of the pages to create usable themed papers. Not all collections were themed. The Placemats--die cut 12x12 paper--were inspiring. The above layout trimmed down the circle paper, and the next one:

This one cut apart the photo frames paper. It also used the die cut stickers (everyday) and the typical adorable Jillibean Soup stickers  and papers to embellish.

(Note: Project Life, which is something I don't do, has become an industry standard when it comes to sizing. 4x3 sized cards and cards-within-12x12-paper fit perfectly for those who do Project Life.)

Doodlebug had their usual bright, fun products and pages:

I liked the colored washi, which serves as the background here.

GCD Studios also had some amazing collections and pages. This one shows off Heidi Sonboul's new line Special Delivery.

Prima...I have to admit I tend not to go in that booth because it is not my style, but I did check it out with Donna Januzzi, just to see how the other half (mothers who scrap girls) live. Here's one project I really liked:

Not too dimensional, and nice use of several photos. Prima did have nice collections of wood veneer; you can see the plane here.

Jenni Bowlin also tends to be a style that for me tends towards the feminine, but the collections were very usable for masculine pages, perfectly demonstrated by Lisa Dickenson's amazing pages. Here's one that uses feathers and her new papers:

Lovely, and not girly at all. I may have to get those feathers.

Little Yellow Bicycle was one of the only booths that had some two page designs. Their Vintage Summer collection was USA-patriotic in its colors, but the patterns were more versatile.

Glitz had some of my favorite collections. This one shows their summer collection Uncharted Waters. Absolutely gorgeous.

Finally, the big section that was American Crafts and its satellites contained lots of inspiring projects. Here's some from Crate:

Maggie Holmes' collection had a lot of buzz. It is gorgeous. I love that cloudy-dreamy background paper. I'm not so keen on the glitter thickers--Dear Lizzy had some clear glitter thickers that were nice, but these are just too much bling for me. I love the die cut collection--it's smaller, so easier to cluster.

Though Maggie's collection had more buzz, I love the DIY Shop collection:


Again, smaller die cuts, and the papers were fun. There was one that was sort of like a rainbow-ish TTV frame. Sigh.

And from AC Dear Lizzy, Lucky Charm:

Notice the navy blue. Dear Lizzy has always had gorgeous product and patterns, but this one, with its navy touches, feels more masculine to me, but still playful, so perfect for scrapping boys as well as girls. I like that companies like Fancy Pants, American Crafts, and Jillibean Soup are making die cut papers. Not everyone has a Cameo.

Thanks for reading about my second day--I'll share some of my favorite products that you might not have heard about tomorrow.

What are you excited to get that you've heard about so far?


Sue Althouse said...

Thanks for posting your CHA experience! We must share a lot of the same tastes in products, I can really relate to your comments.

Christy aka. Emeraldvalkyrie said...

I wish I could have been there with you! I am especially loving the Glitx uncharted waters and the new Amy Tangerine line. I want all things wood veneer. I adore those little shapes!

Lain said...

I totally don't mean to be stalking you but there's no email on your site that I could find and twitter doesn't seem to be working. Wanted to touch base about a project I'm working on. Can you email me at lainehmann(at) comcast (dot ) net?
If I don't hear from you in the next day or so I'll assume you're not interested and stop bugging you!