Here’s my short list of *REALLY* memorable products from CHA 2011.
ONE. Smash Books
I think this “back-to-basic” stuff+book approach is spot on. I LOVE products that bridge the gap between scrapbookers and the rest of the picture-taking, stuff-collecting world out there.
They are beautifully designed.
They are fun.
They come with dozens of cool accessories.
Smash Books (to me) are the offspring of the uber-cool office store Russell + Hazel and K & Company’s always gorgeous lines of product for traditional scrapbookers.
They are a beautiful, archival composition books for the memory laden.
Watch this video and I think you’ll see why I’m so excited about these.
Here’s where you can learn more about Smash Books.
TWO. The Lucky 8 Punch
I preface this pick by saying I’m not much of a punch-girl, so you really need to pay attention. The NEW Lucky 8 punch from We R Memory Keepers will (with 8 successive punches) turn an ordinary sheet of cardstock or pattern paper into a decorative-edged sheet of paper.
Once again, you can watch the video to get a better idea …
Looks like you can pre-order one here.
THREE. For The Record
I’ve mentioned this paper line from Echo Park already, but it really is worth another post. It’s bright and vintage-y all at the same time and I’m all about the typewriter and the twisty phone-cord line. The mix of colors and patterns makes me want to sing. This line would make a FABULOUS Finish Line Scrapbook.
Click on the link to see individual pieces.
Ok, that’s it — other than I got to sit around the real Paperclipping Roundtable at CHA and talk about all these fabulous products (and more!) The table itself was just slightly oval, but the company was grand. It was an absolute delight to see the girls that I so often talk with when we record monthly episodes that I am on. Pictured here (clockwise from me: Ana Cabrera, Nancy Nally and Noel Hyman) If you haven’t listened to the CHA episode yet, you can do so here.
I just realized that Wendy posted this same photo to the BPC blog today. Be sure to go over there to read her post about this and other ways you can stay connected with our AMAZING industry!