Monday with Megan: A look inside CHA and a note of thanks!

Monday with Megan: A look inside CHA and a note of thanks!

Hello! Good Monday morning to you. Today, I write with some bittersweet news. This will be my final Monday with Megan post. Why sweet? Well, it’s because my role with the magazine has shifted. As you may know by now, I’ve been promoted to be the magazine’s editor-in-chief. (Very sweet!) With that move, comes much more involvement with the production of the magazine, leaving me less time to do weekly blog posts. BUT, the added “sweet” comes in the amazing line-up of blog ideas Catherine has put in place for this year. (Yes, she’s that scheduled, and her plan is awesome!) You’re going to love the ideas coming to you each week, and I’ll still be here once a month with some behind-the-scenes magazine news to share, so this absolutely isn’t goodbye.

Speaking of behind-the-scenes news, I thought I’d share a few pictures from our latest big adventure in Anaheim, California, where Catherine and I spent several days walking the floor of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) show. 

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This show is nothing if not inspiring, so I thought I’d show you some of the beautiful details we happened upon, like these pretty new stamps coming from Crate Paper. 

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With phrases like “Made with love,” they’re ones you’ll want out on your desk, and won’t they look cute sitting there in their pink glory?

The new releases from My Mind’s Eye will take your creativity to new heights. Check out this adorable home decor idea! 

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There’s nothing like a birdie perched on a typewriter to make my heart happy. In fact much of the Chickaniddy booth made me smile. (Spoiler alert: We’ll show you one of their very cool new releases in our Spring 2015 issue!) 

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These gorgeous flowers from Marion Smith Designs were colored using her new pigment powders. Aren’t they beautiful? 

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Want to add a little springtime to your home? How about lining your walls with pinwheels made from Bella Blvd’s new transparency sheets? 

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Or maybe foil pinwheels are more your thing? If so, the new Minc machine by Heidi Swapp has you covered. It will add sparkle and shine to your surroundings quickly and creatively. 

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Delicious, indeed! If you’re into mixed media art and Gelatos by Faber-Castell, you have some wonderful new colors coming your way! 

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Leave it to the cuties at Lawn Fawn to have the sweetest samples on display. Hello, little Easter rabbit! 

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I love this storage idea from Crate Paper—keep your die cuts out where you can reach and use them by placing them on a cake stand. Beautiful! 

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Don’t wait for warmer weather to see spring come into full bloom. Instead, plant a few of these DIY beauties from Little B. 

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If gold foil is your thing, then this was the show for you. It was everywhere. Including these brilliant large paper sheets from My Mind’s Eye’s new party line.

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Inspiration lined the walls of the Hazel & Ruby booth, including these handmade home decor pieces.

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Yes, it was definitely a beautiful show, with creative eye candy as far as the eye could see. If you’re also interested in product shots, looks into booths, and more, I invite you to check out our Facebook and Instagram accounts, where we’ve shared much of the show from a more arial view. But I just couldn’t help but share a few of the details that make CHA so special. I hope they’ve inspired you and have you excited for what’s to come in this happy crafting world of ours. 

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In my last note, I asked for your CHA feedback—what you wanted to see. Thank you so much for your wonderful replies. Catherine and I took notes and hope to bring you more of your wish list in the future pages of SCT.

I also promised to share a look at my new line with Webster’s Pages. Eep! So, *gulp* here it is—These Are the Days! 

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I created it to work for a variety of crafting needs and interests, from pocket scrapbooking and the square Instagram craze, to traditional scrapbooking/card making and planner projects.

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It takes a calendar-year approach, offering you a little something for each month ahead. I wanted clean lines, and black-and-white basic with a little color woven in. I hope it sparks your creativity and gives you ideas that work with your love of crafting. Thank you for allowing me to share my happy news with you here!

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Oh, and this is my new signature Color Crush day planner with Webster’s. I can’t wait to track my magazine deadlines in it from now on while also adding my own creative touches to its pages.

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Well, folks, that’s a wrap. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your Monday for this past year. What a special treat it has been getting to know you better. I feel this opportunity has helped prepare me to take the wheel of the magazine, and that’s because you’ve been so kind and welcoming. You’ve shared amazing ideas and insights into your creative lives, which I’ve read and enjoyed with each and every post. What a gift that is to me now. Remember, this is not a blog goodbye. I’ll be back from time to time. But I do want conclude Monday with Megan by offering a sincere thank-you. Because of you, my weeks have started on very happy notes, and I’ll always appreciate that! Here’s to another wonderful year ahead on the SCT blog.

In true Monday with Megan fashion, I’ll leave you with a song. The song that inspired the name of my paper collection. Not because of the paper, however, but because of the message. These are the days we’ll remember. Thanks for helping make them so memorable. 

 

 

Warmly,

Megan Hoeppner

Editor-in-Chief, Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine

 

 

 

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21 Comments

  1. barbara macaskill January 19, 2015 at 11:31 am

    Congratulations on your new position! I will miss your Monday posts but know that each day will be filled with something new and exciting! LOVE your collection with Webster’s Pages! Can’t wait to get it and use it to create with!! Your planner is GORGEOUS!!!! I really need to get me one of them!!!
    Thank you for sharing all of your exciting new with me and I will be back every day to see what is going on here! 🙂

  2. maria f. January 19, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    All the best in your new role. And thanks for sharing CHA with us.

  3. Dianne Haist January 19, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    All the best in your new position. I know that you will do another fabulous job.
    Love all the new and exciting stuff.

  4. Janis in ID January 19, 2015 at 12:28 pm

    Best of the future to you, Megan!! Your new position sounds very exciting. How very lucky S&CT is to have you. I love your new signature lines. Gorgeous!!
    <3 J
    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

  5. Sandy January 19, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Your Monday posts will be missed Megan, but congratulations on the new gig! I can imagine how much fun it is to work with Catharine – she’s a gem! I look forward to every issue of SCT!

  6. kae January 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Best of luck to you in your new role. I am going to miss Mondays with Megan but look forward to crafting with your signature line. It looks beautiful.

  7. Jean Marmo January 19, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Congrats! Love the look of your line!

  8. Kathy P January 19, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    Congrats on your promotion, Megan! I will miss seeing you here on Mondays! But I know you will bring your creativity to us in different ways. Tell Catherine not to change too many things….I love SCT JUST the way it is! Perfect!

  9. Lynne in NI January 19, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Congrats on your promotion!

  10. TracyM #6773 January 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS Megan!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS on your EXCITING new role!!!
    CONGRATULATIONS on your FABULOUS new collection!!!
    THANK YOU for all you have shared with us and still looking forward to your posts 🙂
    Hope you ENJOY EVERY MOMENT of your new adventures!!!

  11. Kim Thomas January 20, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Congratulations Megan, you deserve it! You were amazing at CK, and amazing here. Take care, Kim 🙂

  12. Tara W January 20, 2015 at 6:25 am

    Congratulations on your promotion!

  13. May Flores-Lyons January 20, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Moving up in the paper-world, whoo hooo!!! Congratulations!!! Thanks for the eye-candies, just made my day!!!!

  14. Beverly Jordan January 20, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Congratulations and wishing you the bestest! Thanks for the pics of CHAW! Your new Webster’s Pages collection is wonderful and can’t wait to see it in person!

  15. Jen Matott January 21, 2015 at 7:26 am

    Congratulations Megan! It was so great to see you at the show and I love your new line with Webster’s Pages! So many blessings have come your way! These are the days! LOVE that song and the message!

  16. Lorraine Melin January 21, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Congratulations! I love your new line! The colors are SWEET!!!

  17. Lisa H January 21, 2015 at 11:57 am

    Love those beautiful paper flowers from Little B. thanks for sharing all the wonderful details of the CHA show.
    Good luck in your new Venture

  18. Tracy :) January 21, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Thank you for sharing the goodies we weren’t all able to see in person 🙂
    How exciting 🙂

  19. Vicki Myhre January 22, 2015 at 11:20 am

    Megan, I wanted to say congratulations on all your new adventures! We met at the last CKU when I was in your “Geek” class and you were so sad about the CK job ending. So wonderful to know “you can’t keep a good woman down!”
    Best of luck with all you do! Vicki

  20. Marianne C January 24, 2015 at 1:30 am

    Those CHA peeks were super cool. Such a great experience, I’m sure. Congratulations on taking the helm at SCT and the line of Webster’s Pages line looks fabulous!

  21. Linda Johnson January 27, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Congratulations. So happy for you. Will miss you on Mondays but look forward to your new endeavors!

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