cha2014 recap – part 2…


welcome back to day 2 of my cha2014 recap.  as you can see from yesterday’s post, it takes lots of teamwork and creativity to create the booths to showcase the latest products at cha.  today’s post is all about the talented designers that we reach out to that create amazing projects to bring all of the new products to life.  for each show we reach out to several bloggers and designers that create projects using my products on their own personal blogs and pinterest.  we contact them and ask if they would like to create samples for the booths, and then send them the new products under strict confidentiality.  these amazing artists not only create wonderful projects in secret (the hardest thing to do), but they do it all in very short timeframe.  i’m always amazed as a product designer, what outstanding creations these designers make using my products.  i want to take this opportunity to personally thank each and every one of them, and ask you to please visit their blogs for even more inspiration…

thank you again to the following designers for creating such inspiration, and sharing a bit of themselves with all of us:
paula cheney
richele christensen
debi adams
mou saha
vicki boutin
kaz hall
anne kristine holt
heather smith
jan hobbins
chelle fowler
connie fong
may flaum
joy kennedy

let’s begin with photos of the wonderful projects created for the idea-ology booth.  i love the new wallflower paper stash and the versatility of the imagery and palette of this collection, and it’s evident the designers do too.  you can see the versatility of this line and the influence of flowers and botanicals.  many of the designers used these elements as focal points in their projects…


the new wood letterpress were also used in a variety of ways including glueing letters together to form a word, painting and distressing them, then adding a memo pin to the top for a mini sign or photo holder (like shown in the opening photo).  letterpress were also used in the new mini configurations books along with a variety of new elements including mini cabinet cards, dies, ephemera, and other nostalgic findings…


idea-ology can also be used for home decor and jewelry elements as shown in the wearable assemblage created from an idea-ology pocket watch and lots of great trinkets…


of course the world of mixed-media is definitely a place for idea-ology and many of the designers created stunning works of art on the various sized burlap panels.  these are great surfaces to design a variety of different ways, and incorporate everything from inks and paints to photos and ephemera.  some of the designers even turned the burlap panel around and used the back inset area for a clever shadow box or attached a new clipboard clip to display the new found relatives…


however without a doubt the most talked about new item in idea-ology are the new collection folios.  this concept from paula cheney allows you a versatile creative surface to incorporate photos, documents, ephemera, and any other artful idea you wish to create.  this multi-layered chipboard surface contains a cascading spine allowing you to display various layers upon layers with endless possibilities…


next up is sizzix and the projects created by the talents of several designers are simply over the top.  along with designing the booths, debi adams also shared her skills by making many of the projects in the booth.  you can see that the botanical theme from idea-ology also played a role in a few inspired designs as well as the popular layered insects from this release…


of course the new shadowpress was also something that many people were curious about, and then beyond excited once they saw these great samples.  the simplicity of the drop shadowed font  allows for creative versatility on everything from cards to photographs, scrapbook pages, and mini books.  you can use shadowpress on plain cardstock, ink over the debossed design, or fill in with color using a marker – absolutely love this concept…


check out this series of videos i did with scrap time demoing many of the new sizzix items including frameworks, the new layered dies, decorative strips like the new butterfly frenzy and bow tied, and of course the new shadowpress…

the ranger booth is always filled with the most variety of creative styles.  since all of their inks, paints, sprays, and powders are so versatile, it’s no wonder people always love checking out all of the sample projects displayed throughout the booth.  whether your style is simple or layered, colorful or grungy, there is definitely a ranger product for your creativity…


check out a few videos i did with sara at demoing the new distress mini ink pads, new min blending tool, the new distress marker spritzer, and the new colors of alcohol inks…

finally here is even more inspiration from a variety of designers working with the new release stamps and layering stencils from stampers anonymous.  this is another one of those booths that are simply filled with creative ideas and inspirations for all type of artistic styles…


well i hope you’ve enjoyed my recap of the cha2014 winter trade show.  as i mentioned many times, it takes a great deal of time, effort, teamwork, and creativity to not only design new products, but to showcase them in the hopes of inspiring all of you.  thank you once again to everyone who helped in making this show as amazing and successful as it was.  i hope after reading this blog you too feel inspired to create and continue to do what we all love to do, and remember the now…t!m

how about a blog giveaway of a new idea-ology bag from cha???
these bags were inspired by the new wallflower collection and feature a different design on each side of the bag.  these are not sold in stores and used for promotions only, so mario grabbed a bunch at the show to giveaway here on the blog.  just post a comment on the blog and we’ll pick 12 winners for (1) of the new bags… winners will be announced on monday 1/27 – good luck!


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