MY CAMERA IS MISSING IN ACTION!
Memory Trends was nice this year. Before I get into the recap though I'm going to post a request.
MY CAMERA went MIA toward the end of the show. I'm not sure what happened to it and am holding to the hope that it somehow ended up left behind at a booth or fell onto the floor near someone and that they have found it and are trying to find WHO it belongs to.
The camera has precious images and videos on it. It contains my son's first Pine Wood Derby at Boy Scouts, (and him making his car - well actually tank) my husband teaching Martial Arts and I'm sure other images that I'm going to sorely wish to have in my scrapbook. It also has video and pictures from the show.
IF ANYONE has information, please please please email me at email@example.com
I'm less upset about the loss of the physical camera than I am of the memories I will not be able to recapture.
I do want to say a special THANK YOU to LANE HILL from Lasting Impressions (http://www.lastingimpressions.com/
) When he heard about my loss and the fact that the images I needed to write up about the show were gone, he graciously offered me one of his cameras to use during the last hours of the show to recapture as many of the images as I could. THANK YOU LANE for your kindness!
Okay, onto the show review.
I have to say, my favorite - favorite thing is this cool XSHOT! (http://www.xshotpix.com/
) I know I keep talking about it but I use it all the time and I love being able to be in the pictures. A friend of mine was at the show and took this picture of me with Cricket and Cuddlebug, using my Xshot. YES - THAT IS MY MIA Camera :(
Me with CuddleBug & Cricut
Marge Lutz, Me and Laura Vaughn at the show
The show this year was extremely small. This has pro's and con's. I think the smaller size allowed those attending to spend more time in each booth and to really explore everything out there. I enjoyed the quality of the attendees and what they were offering.
There were some new companies that I liked.
Brindy's Backyard http://www.brindysbackyard.com/
is one. They offer acrylic books that are thicker than any I've seen on the market thus far, chipboard books, and so forth. They have these neat kits for puzzle books that contain everything you'd need to assemble the books (minus your pictures of course). I didn't see a lot of the stuff from the show on their website yet but I'm sure they'll get it up there soon.
Boulder Innovations http://www.bragonit.com/
have these great frames that are crafted from wood. They hold 8x8 images in them and are easy to craft and alter. I liked the quality of them and the variety of options. They have all different sizes that include 8x10's and 5x7's and they have a cool calendar and magnet board frame. Neat company. They do not sell directly to consumers though so you'll have to look for their products in stores like Roberts and perhaps your local scrapbook store. If you want to see them in your Local Scrapbook Store have them contact Scott at 435-491-0069 to set up a retail account.
The Scrap-O-Nizer was another manufacturer that caught my eye. Cindy Wyckoff spotted them at a scrapbooking expo in Salt Lake City, UT. She told me all about them. I was so surprised when I ran into their booth. I like their product. It is a great organizer for the scrapbooker, allowing you to keep tools and misc. bits in one place. It is ready for your creative touch and personalization. I love the various ways that they showed it embellished at the booth.
Glitz Designs http://www.glitzitnow.com/
was at Memory trends too. We had the opportunity to see them at Summer CHA but this was their first Memory Trends. I really like what they offer. Their CD's are full of designs that you can adjust the color on to fit whatever scheme you need. I love their mesh and frosting.... BLING ROCKS! It is so easy to use and can bend and conform to pretty much any shape. I love their ideas. They designs are completely ready for hybriding. They are running a contest right now for creative use of their journaling cards - check it out at http://www.glitzitnow.blogspot.com/
Creative Options have some really cool organizers and totes. They aren't brand new but I think this was their first Memory Trends. Anyhow, I am impressed with their tote and storage designs. They have a few that I'd like to use just as purses because they are so cute! They have a laptop tote that is pretty cool and has room to spare for a few things of paper, glue, etc. I like their products and hope to have time to take a more in depth look at all they offer.
Other companies that had items that I liked.
Lasting Impressions was demonstrating the Memory Mixer software. This software is really cool and I'm going to have the opportunity to play with it, so expect some further information in the near future. The one thing about Memory Mixer that stands out so far is how easy it is to use from the first click to the last. The directions and onscreen prompts are understandable and walk you through each step. I think for people that are just starting out with their digital images, this software really offers a lot of options. You can also mix video in with your layout pages and then burn it all to a CD for a slide-show -complete with music, narration, etc. It's pretty extensive in what it offers and yet extremely easy to use. I love easy!
Poppy Hills is a company that offers a Kaleidoscope software that has more options than ones I've demo'd in the past - allowing you to export it in a number of ways as well as print to create 12x12 designs using a standard 8.5x11 printer.
Purple Cows were out in force. They have some neat digital content that goes with their products. This company is fun. I like their cutters and their lamination system. Very cool!
Tiliano Fresco has really awesome CHALKBOARD PAINT that they were displaying along with their Fresco tiles, Canvas transfer kits, marble and glass coaster kits, magnet kits and ornament kits. If you haven't checked this company out before you really need to do so! They offer a very cool product that can bring your scrapbooks to your walls in a lovely and creative way. Expect to hear more from me about this company too.
Hot Off The Press had a great display in their booths. I love that they have online digital content that they are EXCITED about. They have a great amount of products that are creative and fun to use. I like the variety they offer.
Tattered Angel was there with great energy. I just love their glimmering mist. In the booth there was a lot of stuff to oogle over. I love the combination of Tattered Angel's Glimmering Mist with product from Crafty Secrets. It's so cool and really works great on an array of scrapbook designs including heritage. I also ran into Vicki Chrisman who was demo'ing in the booth. She's so FUN!
Me & Vicki
Pine Cone Press has always had vision when it comes to hybrid. I love that they have so many creative products that are ready to be altered. I took some pictures of my favorites.
Marvy Uchida has some really cool pens out that caught my attention. The Puffy Velvet pens (like the one in my photo) are fun to use. You color in or draw with them onto your project and then, once dry, use a heat gun to turn the ink into a puffy, velvet texture. It's really cool and simple to do. I like the added dimension. They also have a really easy to use Glitter pen, the "Just Glitter" pens.
Zutter Innovative was at the show with their fabulous BIND-IT-ALL. This product, if you haven't heard, is REALLY awesome. (Allowing you to bind pretty much anything.) It is another one of those products that I think every scrapbooker should have. They debuted their tote for the bind-it-all, tool kit and the Bound 2 Bind book that is a great companion to the Bind-It-All and DreamKutz machine.
There were quite a few other booths I found fun hybridable products within... Pazzles has their awesome die-cut machine that hooks to your PC, Provo Craft had some cool Vinyl paper that can be used to decorate scrapbooks and your home, some really nice 'ready to embellish' craft items like purses, frames, etc, and of course the cuddlebug which I think my kids would love using. Rusty Pickle was out in force with their awesome papers and designs. There were a number of booths with really lovely Holiday paper lines. Be Blessed Scrapbooking had their gorgeous Watercolor paper collections out. Dezignz by Dezda had some rich and vibrant papers (new company), Creativity Inc, Pioneer, Quick-Kutz, Technique Tuesday, and American Crafts had their great product line-up available. Best Creation, Inc has some LOVELY glittered papers with beautiful designs that could almost be framed instead of scrapped (I had this thought for many of the companies out there!) Wow, I know I'm leaving out a bunch of stuff that I loved...
I was able to attend a breakfast with Shutterfly where they unveiled their new products and printing options. They will now offer single prints of layouts (like 12x12 and 8x8) They also have a great deal of products that you can customize with your designs.
I was also able to attend Stacy Julian's keynote address on Tuesday. That girl has so much energy! She gave a great address and touched on key points about the hobby and industry. I think everyone that attended enjoyed it.
I know I didn't cover everything but I definitely wanted to come and post before the show was too far behind (yes yes I know I'm guilty of that from Summer CHA... )
So my challenge for you, if you accept, find something in your home that you might not consider worth scrapbooking and find a way to scrap it (even if that means you scrap ON it!)
I hope to be back soon with more fun stuff, thoughts, etc. Be sure to check out Scrapbook Dimensions http://www.scrapbookdimensions.com/
Volume 1 Issue 4 is due out in October and it will be chalked full of great stuff!
Labels: Brindy's Backyard, Glitz Designs, Hot Off The Press, Kristi McFadden, Lasting Impressions, Memory Trends 07, Scrapbook Dimensions Magazine, Tiliano Fresco, Vicki Chrisman, Xshot