CHA 2015 - Craft and Hobby Show in Anaheim

 I usually think of January as a 'slow' month, but this one has just flown by. First, I went to CHA, the Craft and Hobby Megashow in Anaheim, CA and was super excited about all the new products. Best show in several years, I think. Some exciting reveals/news/video links if you keep reading....Then, I attended my annual scrapbooking retreat with all my favorite ladies (we were missing a few, but they will be back next year).

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It's so important to just get away, have some great gourmet food, and laugh the night away. I look forward to spending time with this group all year long...

CHA was SO much fun this year! If you follow me on Instagram (blaynewhite), you saw the posts from the block party and some video clips of my favorite products. Here are a few recaps: I got to meet Teresa Collins for the first time. I didn't realize until I left that she had no fancy handouts or slides, she just spoke from the heart and we were all spell-bound. What an inspiration. Met up with great friend, Stephanie Hackney, from Paper Crafters Corner - we always have 6 hour dinners! Danced with my Tombow friends and met some new ones. And talked with Kelly Purkey about living out of a suitcase. She's such a sweetie. Her new line with Hero Arts was adorable: see catalog HERE.

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 And I also got a fist bump from Jack, Amy Tan's little boy - isn't he the cutest! Love Amy's new

 

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Happy New Year: 24 NEW Digital Freebies For You!

Happy, happy, happy! Isn't that what the guy says? I'm hoping your new year is off to a great start. We've got lots of big plans for 2015 and I've got a special gift for you! 24 NEW digital scrapbook freebies from one of my favorite digital shoppes: Sweet Shoppe Designs.

This is extra special news and you will want to download these right away - because we have a set of THREE BRAND NEW CLASSES coming to ScrapRoom ClassRoom - starting this month! I will be sending out an email, so be sure you're on the email list to be notified. You can sign up HERE. Scroll down to read more and download your mini-kits!

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Repurposing Gift Wrap Ideas Using Photos

Being the co-owner of a photography studio (I'm the wizard behind the curtain, not the photographer) has created plenty of opportunities to become create using photos as decor, but I'm usually too busy to think about blogging about it. This afternoon's project made me so happy, I remembered to take a moment to share. I haven't spent a dime on Christmas gift wrap this year, but I've ended up with the prettiest and most functional wrap I've ever had. Not only is it pretty, but my 3 year old nephew, who can't quite read yet, will be able to help hand out Christmas gifts on Christmas Eve.

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I gathered up some leftover kraft paper from the frame shop, unused organza ribbon from some long ago marketing project,

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December Daily Tips & Tricks Using ScrapRoom


December Daily scraproom blog postWe've added a new playlist to our YouTube Channel just in time for December DailyTM projects. I've been doing DD albums for the past several years and I just love looking back at how our traditions have changed as the kids have grown up. My kids are older and we do less of the blatantly Christmas things than we used to do (less school parties and activities), but still, we manage to make the most of the holidays and my albums still feel like Christmas.

I still like a mostly traditional album, but I do love adding some of Ali's digital templates and I've made a few videos showing that process and will be adding more as we go. The photos at the left show a couple of previous pages (one is the same photo/template used 2 totally different ways). These really only took a couple of minutes to complete and print out. I'd love to see you dabble and share your photos on IG or on Facebook. Please use #scraproomsoftware so I can see them. We're about to start building a gallery and YOU could be featured there!

You can watch the videos HERE and be sure to check back throughout the holiday season. Please be sure to like our video or leave a comment! We ALSO have a special offer for Ali's blog readers HERE.

Have a great holiday season!

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