Monday, February 02, 2009

Paper Nirvana

As if I don't already love my job with every fiber of my being, I'm forced (forced, I tell you) to attend an annual trade event that is essentially Disneyland for paper crafters.

I really could have photographed every single thing there for one reason or another, but these are the ones that drew me back for second and third drools.

Graphic 45 is a cute little company that has a flair for vintage. This line, Communique, just sent me over the moon:



And this vignette gave me all the inspiration I need to finish off our living room/office and dining room:



Now, I'm not a scrapbooker...card making is my real passion. But the color and composition of these two layouts from Teresa Collins will definitely show up in a few cards I'm making:




As if their booth and brand identity weren't already the cutest ever, the jewel tones and deep saturation of the Zinnia collection from Little Yellow Bicycle just grabbed me from the start:

And then I found these happy flowers...these, well, Pretty Poppies by Kezia Whitteker for Autumn Leaves:

Kezia also did this one, called Wellies and Brellas -- is that name just the best, or what?


Down the way and around the corner, in the Pink Paislee booth, was the Pop Fashion Collection -- this color combination was so unique that I stopped in my tracks to take a closer look:

And I'm already a huge fan of BasicGrey, but their new Porcelain collection (designed by a good friend, who also does a lot of work for us at the magazine) is just beautiful -- and perfectly named:


We eventually wandered over into the new exhibitor area. I have to give props to anyone who has the passion and drive to start up a new venture in this saturated market, and there were three in particular that I thought were da bomb.

First up, and although it sounds kinda iffy, there was FancyThat! and its decorative packaging tape. Now, if you think inside the box (ouch. sorry.) and consider using it only as packaging tape, I do agree that the wow factor is suspect. But when you get one very animated owner/founder (Deborah Curry -- she's a walking talking infomercial!) showing you all the paper crafting options, well...my mind sure went all over the place with ideas. I think I will love this stuff.




Then, because I am a total nut for kraft anything, the Jillibean Soup booth was like a magnet to my steel. They had a fun and very cute make-n-take card (yes...a card! They get it!), so we spent a good amount of time in their booth. They also have a very clever naming scheme for their products.

My favorite line...Cold Raspberry...as in soup (get it?):


And following closely behind that, Cream of Mushroom (which also comes in a kraft version):


The other thing I thought was pretty dang smart about their collections is they understand that not everyone is batty for kraft, so they offer just about everything on a white background, too. And bonus -- the white and kraft designs blend together beautifully.


Lastly, we were completely enamored with this little company called Bella Blvd. Not only are the designs fresh and fun:


...but the high-energy and absolutely delightful owner, Stephanie Hunt, is pure power in a pretty apron. This gal is 25 years old, has successfully launched her own company in less than 6 months, and had buzz all over the show floor. I'm keeping an eye on her. She's from Wisconsin.


Aside from all the product, I sure had fun with my iPhone and mobile Facebook at the show, uploading photos to my wall as well as the Paper Crafts wall. Now all I have to do is stop drooling over my photos, get my hands on some real product and then tuck myself away in my little paper crafting corner of heaven at home. I'm inspired!

1 comment:

Debbie said...

First I loved the zinnias, then the poppies, then I just kept loving everything you showed us. I would love some fabrics in those prints too.