Sunday, July 29, 2012

Scrapbook Memories Show 1604 Now Online

Series 1600 was the last series of Scrapbook Memories before the show was re-formatted and updated to become Scrapbook Soup.  The second series of Scrapbook Soup is now airing on PBS and will then air online later this year.  Until that time we thought our online viewers might enjoy watching Scrapbook Memories once more.

This is show #4 of the series and I know you'll enjoy seeing Beth again. 


The show theme was Home Dec, so during the open we showed you products that I had found at the recent trade shows.  I really liked the magnetic boards, but even though I saw different variations in the stores for a while, I'm sorry to say I haven't seen any recently.  Hopefully they'll make a comeback at some point.

Julie Fei Fan Balzer joined us for some hosting duties for the first time on this series.  We taped some of the segments on location at the 2010 CHA Summer trade show in Orlando, Florida.  Beth wasn't able to come to the trade shows, so we asked Julie to interview some of the designer demonstrators for the Artist to Artist segments which you'll see on some of the shows in this series.

Julianna Hudgins was our first guest who showed us how make candle wraps using textured papers created from leftover pieces of card stock.  Quick'n EZ to make, they are a perfect home accent as well as being a great hostess gift.

Next we were on location at the CHA Summer trade show in Orlando with Cynthea Sandoval in the Doodlebug booth.  As you'll hear me say on air, I love this booth.  It's such a bright, cheerful and happy place and no matter what the trends and seasonal fads are, this company has maintained its brand while still bringing new and updated product lines to their customers.  At this trade show, we saw how to use their scrapbooking products to brighten our living spaces around the house and were introduced to a wide variety of home accent pieces.

Lisa Singer from Elmers' was our final guest.  You've probably noticed that I design the Elmers' projects, something I really enjoy.  For this project I created a piece of dimensional wall art using 2 of Lisa's vacation photographs.  Both of them were printed onto ink jet canvas purchased from the office supply store, then glued to foam board for stability.  I added sand, a starfish, a shell and a small charm for even more texture and dimension.  I love being creative with photographs.

At the end of the show, we showed you some wood veneer "paper".   I found this line in the Creative Imaginations booth at an earlier trade show and fell in love with the possibilities.  Unfortunately it was one of the products that never made it to any of the stores that I visit, but if you're interested, try "googling" Ink jet compatible wood veneer paper and see what you come up with.

A lot has changed since we taped this series and we are changing with it.  You can now watch show segments on YouTube, connect with show fans on Facebook, get some behind-the-scenes information here on my blog and see project photos on Pinterest.  Social media has changed our lives dramatically.  We're Tweeting up a storm, using Smart Phones to take photographs and videos and using apps like Instagram and this is just scratching surface.  I often wonder what we did without all these options.  There are days when it can be quite overwhelming. 

I hope you enjoy watching the show!  Y'all come back now..........

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Craft Wars!

Michaels opened a new Arts & Crafts store this weekend in Irving, Texas, home of their corporate offices.  Despite the 107˚ record heat on Saturday and 101˚ today, customers were literally hot to trot and flooded the new store and the Make'n Take tent in the parking lot.  Shoppers were also given the opportunity to participate in a mini Craft Wars contest, judged by Jo Pearson, Michaels spokesperson and Craft Wars judge, and Cathie and Steve, hosts of Creative Juice.  It was a wonderful weekend and a great witness to the fact that crafting is HOT - literally, and not just in Texas.  Here are some candid photos taken today.  Enjoy!

This is Glossy the Mod Podge mascot with Ken Oliver and Cathie Filian.   It was so hot, I thought perhaps there was another reason she was glossy........

It was definitely a "fun in the sun" weekend.  Many thanks to Michaels for sponsoring the mini Craft Wars event and also an extra special thank you to all the corporate employees who gave up a weekend with their families to make this a successful event!

Craft Wars is now airing on TLC, each Tuesday at 8pm EST and 7pm CST.  Please check local listings for other time zones.   Y'all come back now.......

Yours truly,
Julie :)

Friday, July 20, 2012

CHA Summer 2012 - Part 3 & Crafty Couture Dresses

More photos from the show floor. 

For the second year, CHA Designer members were challenged to create couture dresses for the "Crafty Couture" display.  These are the 14 entries.  Everyone was allowed to vote for their favourite dress to determine the "Fan Favorite" and, after careful consideration judges picked the winning dress.  Which dress do you like best?  Leave me a comment and let's see if we agree with the judges pick.

Don't forget to check previous posts for your chance to win a selection of Crafters Workshop templates.   Y'all come back now..........

Yours truly,
Julie :)

CHA Summer Show - Part 2

Here are more photos from the show floor.  Don't forget to check yesterday's post for your chance to win a selection of Crafters Workshop templates!

I'll be posting photos of the Crafty Couture designer dresses later today.  There were 14 incredibly creative ones this summer!  Y'all come back now......

Yours truly,
Julie :)