babies and business

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Sure, we were at CHA to showcase the latest and greatest in paper crafts, but it seems that babies were slightly more popular than any other products or embellishments. And babies looking at the camera (or slightly off camera) for an Instax photo? Pretty much perfect.Jack did great at his first trade show. Showing off his smile, drooling all over the place (many people said he could be teething early!) and being a good little trooper and napping on me in the ERGO Performance Carrier every once in a while. It helped big time that my mom was there to help with diaper changes and some of his naps. The whole experience was slightly different than when I used to take the pups to fashion trade shows. Ok, I take that back, it was WAY different. And for those who adore both babies and paper products, here is shot May Flaum took of me carrying a sleeping Jack in the Ergo while being filmed by PaperClipping.com. I did a little demo showing off some of my favorite new products.

And here is a super fun video capturing CHA along with sunshine, babies and products from American Crafts:

Plus One collection will be available at the beginning of February - ask your local scrapbook stores if they ordered it! Some of the products are already online at Two Peas In a Bucket.

Instant Gratification

Instax Mini 90Oh how I loved having this Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic at my Plus One booth. Although I have the Instax Mini 7S as well as the Fujifilm INSTAX 210 WIDE, there is just something so refreshing about the design of the newest one.20140115-111658.jpg20140115-111757.jpg20140115-111743.jpg20140115-111712.jpg20140115-111727.jpgApparently there is also a self-timer and other cool editing options built in that I have yet to explore. And the quality of the photos? So good. Definitely better than before. It takes the same Fujifilm Mini Film. The pictures come out sharper, and the camera actually captures the image you see through the viewfinder. The older mini model was slightly shifted, so you had to cheat the camera a little to the right. Or was it the left? In any case, I think they have perfected the art of instant gratification with this retro, yet sleek Mini 90.

Behind the Scenes | Cut & Paste CHA booth

Hi! I'm Lindsay Bowerman and one of the designers behind a few of Amy's collections for American Crafts. I'm excited Amy invited me to share a little behind the scenes peek at one of the many things that go on at AC. One of my favorite things about working at AC is taking a collection and creating a tradeshow booth around that collection. Amy's Cut & Paste line debuted at CHA in Las Vegas this summer, and a few of us in the office (ErikTim and me!) helped pull everything together for the booth.Amy_BehindTheScenesAfter looking over a few sketches and ideas, we decided on covering the back wall of the booth with cork to create a huge pinboard and pin some of the icons to the wall, showcasing some of our favorite pieces from the collection.

We made a few trips to Home Depot and Hobby Lobby to pick up our supplies, and it was time to get to work. It was decided it'd be fun to cut the collection name right out of the cork, exposing the teal paint below. To say we were nervous about messing up the cork would be a huge understatement, but it ended up turning out better than we had hoped.Amy_Cut&PasteBoothSmallEverything came together once the back wall was finished. The extra large pink scissors on the wall are probably my favorite cut out. I made little push pins by gluing the resin bows from the collection to thumb tacks--they turned out so adorable! I think I need to make a set of those for my home pinboard!

It's always rewarding to see the whole collection come together at tradeshows. It's really the first time that we as designers see everything together and seeing it in a booth adds to the experience!

We have an exciting new collection with several new products in the works for Amy's January release, so stay tuned!

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Fun with Simon Says Stamp at CHA

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Last week at Create-n-Connect in Vegas, I had a bit of a cough and a slightly raspier voice than normal. While I don't dig the coughing, I really do like my scratchy voice. Weird, I know. The funny thing is that at these shows, people want to get video footage showing the products, etc. Thank goodness the focus is mainly on the products - here's a little video shot by Simon Says Stamp where I say the F word (fun, in this case) quite a bit.

The entire crew of Simon Says Stamp paid a visit and we got this fun group shot where Heidi cutely cops a feel of my 32 week belly. You can see the rest of the fun we had on the Simon blog.

Quick hello from Vegas

cha_summer_2013Photos from my Instagram feed as well as marikobrown's. The first day of CHA's Create-n-connect show was yesterday and it was positively great. Highlights include:

  • eating mini kit kats for breakfast, though I lost count of how many.
  • seeing so many wonderful familiar faces (well, the ones who look like their avatars, anyway)
  • meeting new, awesome creatives of all ages
  • people being excited about the baby
  • people asking if they can touch my belly - it really doesn't bother me so much. yet.
  • having a very comfortable chair to sit in at the booth
  • getting Instax photos taken to add to my daybook
  • having lunch at a quintessential Vegas institution - Peppermill Restaurant
  • eating more mini kit kats after lunch
  • going to see Cirque du Soleil's Zarkana and having amazing 5th row seats
  • all the wonderful feedback and reactions for Cut & Paste, especially finding out that my collection is buzz worthy, according to you all and Scrapbook Update! Thank you for that!