As always, the most inspiring booth at CHA/Creativation to me is the Advantus Tim Holtz Idea-ology booth. The designers who create the samples are amazingly creative, using the simple things that he come out with to make these little masterpieces, filled with so much detail.
This next piece by Richele Christensen was one of my favorites... she added a glass front to one of his new wood boxes and then filled it with buttons and thread. So cool! Those white letters are going to be in one of my new classes!
This jewelry box is a configuration book with one of the new little frames on it (also in an upcoming class of mine. :)
The boxes inside have been taped together and a mirror added to the cabinet card to make a sweet jewelry box. I love it!
Love this shadowbox... I ordered the die cuts for a new class that will be coming out this summer...
In the shadowbox on the left I love the trophy cup used as a pencil cup. Don't throw away those old broken pencils! I ordered these silhouetted people for my summer class, too.
I thought this next piece was so creative! I don't know who made it, but they took a tiny dome and put it on a finial - it is the sweetest little thing! Tim's new tiny wheels are adorable.
It seemed that several companies had stamp "positioners" this show. I watched Tim demonstrate his and think it might be something I need! It super cool!
These are a couple collections from the company Photoplay. This outdoor collection is cute - maybe for a Montana class??? Montana girls????
They also had a French Flea Market collection that I wasn't a fan of, but I did like this one sheet!
One of the new things I found that no one has done for a while were these new journals at the Canvas Corp 7gypsies booth. They have reproduction vintage covers with reproduction pages inside. Some of the books have original 7gypsies art inside, which I love.
In the photo above, in front those are VERY large reproduction ledger journals that are super cool but too expensive for a class.
I ordered one of the journals for a new class coming this spring (not one in these photos.)
At the Simple Stories booth I thought this emoji collection was cute...
At the American Crafts booth, the Pink Paislee Paige Taylor Evans collection was happy and colorful!
I'm using some of the paper and the chipboard pieces in one of my new classes for the spring.
I did lots of shopping at the May Arts booth. You know I love my ribbon and found lots of new things to order for classes. I love the muted colors of these ribbons... how pretty!
I ordered some of the Dina Wakley stamps to possibly use in a class - the one on the top left with the women's faces and another with roses that's not shown would be beautiful to use in an altered book.
One of the best things - and I know my students will agree! - is this new punch by We R Memorykeepers. You can move the hole punches to be wherever you want them to be! Hallelujah! I often rant about the lack of consistency of the holes in the albums we use, and now there's a punch that you can customize for any album or planner. I can't wait to get my hands on one! Those are the hands of the engineer who designed it. You can change out the punches to punch 1/4" circles or squares with a slot for wire binding or slots for disc bindings.
Well, that's all my photos from the show! Now I have to get to work! I have all my samples and it's time to get creative! I always get butterflies and a little adrenaline rush when it's time to create the classes that I'll teach over the next few months. I'll be praying (and playing) today because I know that I can create because God is the ultimate Creator - I can't do it without Him!
Thanks for following along, have a great Monday, and stop back to see what I'm making! I'm also going to be updating my online shop (and having a big sale - need to make room!) with kits and goodie boxes from a huge kit room purge. Lots of treasure there! I'll post here and on Facebook when it's ready to go.