August 2010

16 posts.

Sarah’s CHA Favorites

I’ve finally recovered from my first CHA! After scouring tons of boths and new product (it’s so good I couldn’t buy anything there!), I’ve created a list of my faves.


I immediately fell in love with the Making Memories Christmas line — Noel. This banner/advent calendar was on my mind the entire show. It’s such cute, crafty decor. And all the pieces come in a kit for easy creating. The Christmas lines this year have a more traditional feel, which I’m definitely on board with after the whimsical designs last year. It’s nice to switch things up!


Amidst the Christmas greens/reds and Halloween oranges/blacks, the Socialite line from Bella Blvd. really caught my attention. (This card showcases about every paper they have in the line!) It’s best described as a party line and would be great for birthdays, New Year’s Eve, wedding showers, etc. My best friend is getting married next year and I can see using this for fun bachelorette party invites!


Savor, a line from My Little Yellow Bicycle, has me all ready for Thanksgiving. You’ll want to check this out if you plan on making a recipe book for a Christmas gift (or for yourself!).

Last but not least, the MyStik from Scrapbook Adhesives! There are so many customizable options on this easy-to-use tape runner. See the images in the handles above? You can open up the sides and insert your own design or photos! At a crop, you’ll be able to show off your personal style, and you’ll never get confused about which tape runner belongs to you. (You can download a template for the inserts online.) The handles rotate into three different positions to maximize your holding comfort. When the tape runs out, you can 1) recycle the use cartridge and 2) buy a refill cartridge so you don’t have to get a whole new runner. Plus, the refill cartridges (permanent, vellum, squares, and repositionable dots) will fit in any original runner you purchase!

You can get more information and see examples of customized MyStiks in the October 2010 issue of Scrapbooks etc., on newsstands October 17.

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CHA Favorites Part 2

Two products that caught my eye at the show were die-cutting tools. And we have video demos for you to see!

The first is SpellbindersGrand Calibur. This die-cutting tool cuts up to 8-1/8″ wide and also embosses. (I was really impressed with how crisp the embossing was.) All of the dies coordinate with the smaller Nestabilities and are classic shapes you can use over and over again.

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The second is the eCraft by Craftwell, a mat-less electronic die-cutting tool.

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The coolest things in the eCraft booth were the projects made using it.

This wreath was made using designs cut from the eCraft. Sarah and I had to have our picture taken in front of it so you could see just how big it really was.

Project Runway fans might recognize Suede from a couple seasons back. He cut designs for these dresses using the eCraft. I love seeing how scrapbooking tools can be used for other things! (And who would have thought to use die cuts on dresses?)

What new products are you excited to add to your stash?

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A Banner Day

We knew banners and garlands were hot, but we didn’t realize how smokin’ they were until we went to the CHA summer trade show last week. Here is a small sampling of all of the banners adorning various manufacturer booths at the show!

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Michelle’s CHA Faves

It’s taken me a couple of days to sort through my photos and decide on some of my favorite CHA finds. Here’s a sampling of goodies to look for in your local scrapbook store in the coming months!
1.    With rolled roses being so popular these days, I thought Imaginisce’s Roly Rosies were brilliant. They’re paper flowers die-cut into the coils you need to make the roses. And there’s a tool to help roll them. Brilliant!
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2.    Speaking of flowers, I found my new favorite flowers at Prima. These canvas blooms from their Donna Downey-designed line are so cool! She’s designed a number of new canvas products, including tags and 6x12” albums. So cool!

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I also loved these crocheted flowers in one of my favorite color combos.

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3.    Making Memories has a ton of new paper goodies, including a seriously pretty Valentine line. But my favorite was the new Slice Elite. It’s like the Slice on steroids!

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And my personal fave was the new Slice carrying case.

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4.    Because I my obsession with rosettes continues, I was immediately drawn to American Crafts’ Delights stickers.

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5.    And, of course, one of the products making the biggest splash was the Provo Craft Cricut Imagine. Think of it as a hybrid between a Cricut shape-cutter and an HP printer. We saw a couple of demos, and though pricey ($599), it looks very interesting!

6.    I was also excited to see the Teresa Collins stampmaker—it makes a clear stamp, die, or stencil in just a few minutes! On the paper side of things, her birthday collection was one of my favorite paper lines. You can make a whole banner with one sheet of patterned paper! Here’s a photo from her site:

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Photo: Teresa Collins Design

So look for these products in stores soon!

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CHA Favorites

The summer CHA trade show is always a bit like Christmas in July—seeing the new paper collections (especially the Christmas and winter lines) always gets me in the holiday spirit! Here are a few of my favorites from the show.

This wall art was made using Making Memories new Je t’adore collection. For me, it was love at first sight. J’adore “Je t’adore”! There were so many inspiring projects made with this collection, and you have to see the journaling vials—so cute!

One thing that has always frustrated me about making holiday greetings is finding multiples of sentiments. Little Yellow Bicycle solves that problem with the Christmas Delight clear stickers.

BoBunny Press put a twist on the border strip with this fun Halloween take. I loved the whole Whoo-ligans collection, but this accent really caught my eye.

I’ll be back with more later, including dresses made from a die-cutting machine and the new Spellbinders Grand Calibur!

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Quick Collage Basics: Week Three

Welcome to Quick Collage Basics, a six week blog series sharing basic techniques for our free photo templates. Each week I’ll post a new tutorial featuring a technique readers frequently ask about. All of the tutorials will be in Adobe Photoshop, but leave a comment if you have questions about adapting the instructions to the software you use.

Week Three: Deleting and Combining Template Blocks

It’s easy to customize digital templates by deleting or combining template blocks.


1. Use your Rectangular Marquee tool to select the template block you would like to delete.

2. Go to Edit>Clear or press the Delete key to remove the block.


1. Use the Rectangular Marquee tool to select an area that is slightly wider and the same height as the space between the template blocks you would like to combine. Press Control + C.

2. Press Control + V to paste. (This will create a new layer.) Use the arrows on your keyboard to move the block over to bridge the gap between the two blocks.

These are the two methods I use when deleting and combining template blocks, but they aren’t the only way! If you’ve found a method that works for you, share it with your fellow scrappers in the section below! Next Tuesday, check back in for Week Four: Deleting Excess Photo from Shape Templates.

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