I love checking out the shiny new scrapbook products as they're released at CHA. (Scrapbook.com has a range of videos; Scrappy Jedi has booth photos and links to manufacturer's sneak peeks.) Thankfully I'm a lot more discriminating about what I buy nowadays, paying more attention to the type and style of products I actually use, rather than just because something looks pretty! But there were a couple of collections that captured my interest and some of them are hitting scrapbooking stores now.
This morning I went shopping! Thank you Christmas money. :)
Although I'm not generally a huge fan of themed products, I fell in love with Crate Paper's Little You collection. (Only a month till Chip is due now!) The line divides into a pink based colour scheme for girls and boy tones for boys. Brand new in store at scrapbook.com AND currently on 20% sale with an additional 10% discount code available, I had a great time selecting my favourites. Among my purchases:
The chipboard stickers and cardstock stickers aimed at baby boys. Not knowing Chip's gender I've selected from both sides of this collection, but favoured the blue tones a little as I find them more versatile. There aren't that many pieces in either pack that specify boy, some of which I could cover if necessary or use on cards.
This gold vellum is adorable. I can see cutting it up to use as page titles, maybe even framing a section or two for Chip's room. (Actually, I'm already wishing I purchased an extra sheet of this!)
Almost the exact opposite of Little You's pastels, On Trend 2 was another of my favourites from the CHA show. Again, 30% off My Mind's Eye at scrapbook.com right now. I've had great shopping karma this morning! (Just need the Australian dollar to improve against the US and I'm all set.)
I liked enough of the papers in this collection to justify buying the 6x6 paper pad, which does include some gold foil pages. Many of the designs are so bold I knew I'd struggle to use them as backgrounds or in large portions, but the scaled down 6x6 size makes chopping into paper for little pops of colour so much easier. I just went with two single sheets as full 12x12, and I'd really like to see what I can create using the chunky green stripe as a background.
Enamel dots and hearts, of course. There are more of the littlest size than any other so I'm definitely sold. And I rounded out the embellishments with cardstock stickers and die cut pieces. Although there are a few flamingos and cactus pots - this might be motivation to scrapbook our trip to the Galapagos Islands as I've no idea in what other context I'd use flamingos! - the majority of these packs are simpler shapes and sentiments.
I'm still on the look out for Basic Grey's Hillside and Paislee Press' Fancy Free, the other two CHA collections that caught my eye, but I finished up my shopping with some metallic sequins (I think this is a great price for the amount), vellum with gold foil hearts, a ridiculously cute onesie transparency, new cutting mat and blade for my Silhouette Cameo and a Wink of Stella glitter brush marker. It's something new for me but Jennifer McGuire uses it to great effect as a finishing touch on cards. Oh, and a few more packets of enamel dots. :)