Sunday, August 2, 2009

Scrapbook Memories Films Segments at CHA

We taped segments for a new series of Scrapbook Memories at the CHA trade show in Orlando last week. It was a 3 day show and we spent the last day filming. We chose the last day, since film crews inevitably draw a crowd and the last day is usually less busy, making it easier for us to get from booth to booth. Here's the sign from the crew's equipment cart and Ivy and Diane making adjustments to their camera angles, etc.

We have a new guest host for this series, Julie Fei Fan Balzer. You may remember that Julie presented projects for Sakura on the last series and you'll be seeing her again on the series which will start to air in September. Julie will be hosting "Artist to Artist" segments for us, the first of which we taped at the show. Her special guests include Claudine Hellmuth, Suze Weinberg and Mou Saha.

Julie's projects have always had a fun element, and as you get to know her, you'll understand why. Living in New York, in Times Square no less, Julie is one of those amazingly talented, artsy designers I so admire. Her own designs as well as the Artist to Artist segments will bring a new element of creativity to the show. In the meantime you can check out her blog at for an up close and personal look.

Our first stop was at Hampton Art where Melodee Langworthy showed us how to use tags to make a quick and easy mini album for everyday photos, or special occasions. It never ceases to amaze me how versatile clear stamps can be. Melodee also showed us a new product that looks like nail polish, but is used to add a little sparkle to stamped images.

For our next segment Suzie Gurzi showed us how easy it is to create 12" x 12" pages in minutes using coordinating paper pads and embellishments at Me And My Big Ideas. This is the company known originally for their stick figure kids. You'll be happy to know - they're back!!! You'll just love the papers in their themed paper pads - there are transparent overlays, flocked and foiled papers and everything coordinates. Awesome!

Next stop was the Flower Soft booth. This is such a great product. It’s totally unique - nothing else like it anywhere. Flower Soft is a British company (not that I’m biased or anything) that was founded by Susan Balfour. Noreen McKie showed us how to use Flower Soft to "sprinkle a little imagination" on our projects. Susan and Noreen are from Newcastle, which is even further North than from where I was born, so when you see the segment you’ll notice her accent is a lot thicker than mine. You'll get to see their colored sprinkles at work on the show, but they also had white sprinkles, which is new this year. It looks like snow and I can hardly wait to use it on some Christmas projects I'll be working on in a couple of months or so. Flower Soft products are readily available in the US. Their website is: One important thing to mention is that Flower Soft sprinkles only work with a quality PVC glue. Their own brand is available, or they recommend Aleene's.

What can I say about the Doodlebugs booth...... I am drawn to it each show, because it is such a fun and happy place. Their product line is always new and fresh, but they have always maintained the "Doodlebug" look by maintaining their signature colors. I talked with Cynthia Sandoval about how she was using their paper line for everyday home dec items throughout the house. I wish you all could see what she has accomplished, but here are some photos to whet your appetite starting, appropriately enough, with the kitchen............

Liz Hicks showed us how to use Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Chips and Glimmer Screens with coordinating stamps at the Tattered Angels booth. You can find lots of information about their products and how to use them at their website, and there are more photos of their booth in my previous post below.

We also taped segments at the Sizzix and Spellbinders booths; you can find photos in my previous post below.

All in all it was a great show. The filming went well and you'll be able to see the results in 2010. Filming Scrapbook Memories is always fun. We have wonderful guests with a great variety of ideas, projects, tips and techniques to share. Filming on location, however, adds an additional level of excitement and I hope you enjoy the segments as much as Julie and I did filming them.

This is Kathie, our producer in the photo above with Mou. Kathie also produces Hands On Crafts for Kids, Beads Baubles & Jewels, America Sews, Bake Decorate Celebrate and Knitting Daily.

Scrapbook Memories has been on the air now for 12 years and we have taped over 312 half hour shows. We've seen a lot of changes since 1997, but that's the nature of crafts, the Creative Side of Life................ Enjoy!

Yours truly,
Julie :)


  1. Hi Julie when will the new season start.Can you please post it on your blog so I'wont miss a beat lol.Thank you and your crew for all the lovely shows that comes for the show.I'been watching for 6 years now.GOD BLESS YOU ALL..
    P/S KEEP THEM COMING!!!!!!!! VON..

  2. So glad to see the new blog complete with pix! Looking forward to seeing more! Thanks!