Friday, February 15, 2008
Love the diecut paper where you get the negative and the positive pieces. They cut it from 12x12 paper and they give you both parts--so you can get at least 2 pages from it! Stamps are made from photo-polymer material as well--the new industry standard set by Doodlebug.
I also loved Bam Pop.
Around the Block had these puffy brads that came in a tote that rolled up like the Tim Holtz Junk Bags. They retail for $19.99 but they come filled with brads, the puffy brad shapes (these are adorable) and all kinds of goodies so it looked like it was worth it.
EK Success had a cool powder tool. It was a bottle with a little brush on the end. Fill with baby powder and then use it to take the sticky off the backs of stickers to make them like diecuts.
K&CO has some new cute kits like an explosion box and party hat shaped book that were nice and seemed pretty affordable--I think they came to about $5 retail each.
Bam Pop!'s new line was very Napolean Dynamite and I loved it. Their new acrylic stamps are great and they have two fun alphabets.
New Fancy Pants diecut felt shapes like the monkey and the rocket are awesome!
Sassafrass Lass' stuff was to die for--I wanted it all.
I also loved the new Lil Davis felt--Michelle Hill was there doing a make n take with it.
I took over 800 photos this week!!! There are tons of samples, me with the celebs, me with the Scrapbook Royalty crew, and lots and lots of product pics.
Also, don't forget to check out Scrapbook Royalty's blog and see the HUGE list of companies and manufacturers who gave us donations! http://www.scrapbookroyalty.blogspot.com
Fabric: I saw alot of Fabric being used in layouts, on minibooks--everywhere! Donna Downey is releasing a new book through CK Media called Fabric Finishes in April 2008--saw the mock-up of it there at the show and it was awesome. Also saw alot of mini book covers covered in fabric and then embellished as they were regular pages. Colorbok had an entire display of albums where the artists had altered the covers—here are a few of those:
Raised images are still in: from flocking to embossing, lacquer--you name it, if it was raised off the paper it was somewhere. Making Memories had lacquered and flocked papers, Heidi Grace had lacquered papers, Prima has embossed chipboard albums, Around the Block had puffed up die cuts you could use with their Puffy Brads...lots of "fluff".
Die cuts -- there were alot of die cut items--die cut velvet, paper, and felt from Prima, loads of die cut felt and chipboard from Fancy Pants, Fiskars and Lil Davis had die cut felt borders and flowers--just lots of die cuts and felt everywhere, from bold shapes like Fancy Pants' dinosaur to the intricate laces Prima had on display.
Black & White and damask-- Anna Griffin, K & Co, Luxe, Teresa Collins, and Making Memories all had collections sporting damask prints in bold contrasting colors or in the classic black & white or classic black and cream.
From Teresa Collins:
Acrylic stamps are here to stay--everyone had a line of them it seemed. Photo polymer bases seem to new standard as far as stamp quality as well.
Clear is in--albums, die cuts, accents--everyone had them from Clear Albums the company, to Prima--they were in.
Chipboard albums aren't just 6x6 anymore. EK Success had some cute tiered albums where each page is different but when closed they make up a shape like a castle to cupcake. K&Co had party hat and other shaped chipboard album kits, Prima had albums where the chipboard covers were embossed. And Cosmo Cricket had a cool line of black chipboard albums in cool shapes like and artisan scallop and one where the two opposite corners are rounded. From EK Success:
From Prima--embossed Albums
Speaking of corner rounding--both Zutter and Around the Block release industrial strength corner rounders that can cut 10+ sheets of cardstock at a time plus can cut chipboard. I am partial tot he Around the Block model because it is pink and at CHA summer they will be releasing interchangeable blades you can use with it to make a scalloped border and zigzag border and it retails $49.95.
Speaking of scallops--they aren't the only border any more. Fiskars did come out with a scalloped border punch that has the eyelet holes punched in each scallop as well as a cool ribbon border punch. K&Co and Making Memories released papers with cool die cut edges. And KI Memories really beefed up their line of diecut lace papers to include words and tons of other cool things. Making Memories:
K & Company's Brenda Walton "Mira" Line:
2008 is the year of the boy. Everyone had awesome boy lines. DeJa Vie' new line "Little Yellow Bicycle" had a very teen boy line called Zach's Life with navy red and tan. Fancy Pants had tons of robot, monkey, rocket, and spaceman die cut felt shapes plus cute matching papers. 3Bugs had some cute
Sandylion's "Oh Boy" Collection:
Little Yellow Bicycle's "Zach's Life" Line:
Bo Bunny Press:
3 Bugs In A Rug:
I'm also calling this year the "garanimal" year everyone had the most adorable baby papers with cute elephants, little birdies, monkeys, hippos and all things adorable. BG's new line has giraffe and flamingos on it. Sandylion's new baby lines are too cute with monkeys and I just want to eat it all up! And Making Memories took the cake for me with their adorable journaling blocks and cool paper line with hippos and stuff for boy and girl.
Animals are big. Bambi made an appearance on stamps and on paper from BG and on stamps from I want to say Pink Paislee but I know someone had bambi stamps. Of course there is the big owl and birdie bandwagon--Sandylion (cutest stickers ever!), October Afternoon, Prima (in crystals they had birdies!!) K & Co (Love the new "Berry Sweet" line!!!!), Fancy Pants, Jenni Bowlin, Pink Paislee, and basically everyone had some kind of owl or birdie--not to mention Sassafrass Lass!
Maya Road's Owl:
From Pink Paislee:
K & Co's owls...
Making Memories Zoo Animals...
There were TONS of new tools. Some of my faves are the Slice from Making Memories--I did not actually try it but I saw it demo'd and it is pretty cool. Not sure what the price is. I also really liked the powder tool from EK Success. The new Fiskars border bunches are high on my list as well as their designer scissors that have Heidi Grace paper patterns printed on them. The new QK attachment for the Revolution is a must have as well as the tools they released to help with the Silhouette. Electronic Die cutters were all the rage with Pazzles releasing a newer smaller model to compete with Wishblade. I already talked about the corner rounders. EK came out with these behemoth punches--check out this one next to my coffee. It is bigger than my head! They work like a charm though.
The MM Slice:
As far as samples in the booths glitter and rosettes seemed to be a mainstay. And lots of felt too. I really liked these little ornaments and hope I can get my hands on some too:
Paper Lines I loved:
- Luxe -- the ones that you can color in--I loved that and since they are black and white they can be used that way as well.
Bam Pop *new* their newest line that I think looks like Napoleon Dynamite. Here's the robot in front of their booth:
This guy JJ owns the company with his wife and he does the art:
Pink Paislee *new*
- MM--the noteworthy and the other new line that is black and white--don't remember the name. And the baby collections.
- Teresa Collins-- everything!
- K & Co's new Berry Sweet line
- Paper Trunk *new* - Nice bold prints
- Little Yellow Bicycle -- their “Vita Bella” line and the “Zach's Life” line. Here's Vita Bella:
- Sassafrass Lass--the entire booth--everything!!
- Imaginesce - the new summer line with the penguins was pretty cute. Here is a life size one!!
KI Memories -- all the new lace paper (see below)
That sums up the show for now. Over the weekend I'll post pics of every make n take I did--still have to finish some up. Some booths I did not go in like Basic Grey. Everyone is going to order that. I wanted to go into booths to looks for items I may not see at my LSS and find cool stuff that is cutting edge.
Enjoy! Thanks for looking.