Interview with Mothership Scrapbook Gal: The Creator of CRE8TIME Crafty Happy Hour

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The CHA Blog recently caught up with Mothership Scrapbook Gal, a blogger who hosts a CRE8TIME event regularly in California called, “Crafty Happy Hour“. This event encourages people to get together and take time out to be creative.

What is Crafty Happy Hour?

CHAblogpic1Crafty Happy Hour is a crafty fun CRE8TIME event produced by Mothership Scrapbook Gal. It is held in venues throughout the Inland Empire and Orange County. Crafters of all levels and ages, come together and create greeting cards for $5 per card – best of all, no experience is required & all supplies are provided!

What inspired Crafty Happy Hour?

In late 2012 I attended an event with a “craft your name tag station”.  I thought this was a fun way to make people happy and entertained and my mind began to think of how I could make this type of craft station as part of an ongoing event.  I kicked off my first Crafty Happy Hour in Downtown Riverside at a local restaurant – it was the “Valentine’s Day Edition” of Crafty Happy Hour. I later learned about the CRE8TIME movement and thought this would be a great tie in with my event.

How has the community responded?

A:  The community I live in is always ready for new fun events, so the response has been really amazing.  We usually rotate venues, we go to local breweries, restaurants and coffee shops.  Lately, a lot of the community has been learning about the event by following Mothership Scrapbook Gal on Instagram!

CHAblogpicv3How do you get to work with new restaurants and venues?

A:  I am fortunate to know several small business owners and the manager of our local Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (and event better the manager is a crafter!).  So, I basically asked if they would be interested to let me host an event and then coordinate a date.  It’s a win for the event venue because I help to publicize and bring in the customers.  Crafty Happy Hour is a destination for food, drinks and crafty fun!

Do you plan any other events?

Yes, I plan all day scrapbook events and I also started a new event called “Crafty Night In” which includes 3 crafting stations, tasty eats and an opportunity to relax and visit with fellow crafters.

What is your favorite part of Crafty Happy Hour?

Crafty Happy Hour continues to unfold and the creativity of all who attend just amazes me – with the right supplies – anyone can be a crafter.  I love to see people get excited and create fun designs, the possibilities are endless with the “craft buffet” we provide at Crafty Happy Hour.

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Mothership Scrapbook Gal is very passionate about giving back, so incorporating CRE8TIME into Crafty Happy Hour was a no brainer.  We have signage at the event sharing that we are a CRE8TIME event and we also encourage our crafters to hashtag #CRE8TIME when they share photos of their crafts on social media.  A portion of Crafty Happy Hour proceeds are donated to the CHA Foundation too!

 

MothershipScrapbookAbout Mothership Scrapbook Gal
Mothership Scrapbook Gal is a craft business based in Riverside, California with a mission to help people craft their special and everyday moments through craft events, DIY card kits and custom orders.  Follow her on social media:

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/mothershipscrapbookgal
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/mothershipscrapbookgal
Website/blog:  www.mothershipscrapbookgal

About CRE8TIME
CRE8TIME is a movement to raise awareness for the need to devote more time for creative expression, and provide a forum for you to share your experiences – the joys, lessons, and results – with the creative community at large. Driving the movement is the CHA Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, whose purpose is to serve as a catalyst for enhancing life through creative expression throughout the world. Follow CRE8TIME on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cre8time
Twitter: www.twitter.com/cre8time

Creative Expression’s Impact on Job Performance

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By Andrej Suskavcevic
President and CEO, CHA
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Employers are good at providing information, suggestion and incentives for their employees to take care of their physical health. Guidelines on eating right, exercise routines, etc. Insurance companies even offer premium discounts for participation in company sponsored fitness programs or showing that you don’t smoke. What about mental wellness? Crafting and other forms of creative expression are proving to have a major impact on ones recovery from the stress of people’s job and daily life.

A recent study by San Francisco State University organizational psychologist Kevin Eschleman published in the Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology showed that expression also helped improve job performance beyond your traditional forms of recovery. “It can be rare in research to find that what we do in our personal time is related to our behaviors in the workplace, and not just how we feel,” Eschleman said.

If employers can incorporate a mechanism to address mental wellness through creative expression as they do for physical wellness we are looking at a happier and more productive workforce. I would bet we’d see a rise in the degree of innovative output employees are producing as well.

If you’re looking for ideas on creative expression activities for your employees just contact us at the Craft & Hobby Association. We can connect you with right people to help take your employees to the next level.

 

 

New for the Paper Arts Show: BoBunny Introduces a Breathtaking Travel Collection

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By BoBunny

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This retro, vintage line will add style and flair to all your vacation photos.

In this class you will construct a charming suitcase complete with an accordion photo banner which will enable you to show off 10 or more of your favorite vacation photos. In addition you will create a fabulous layout to capture more of your treasured memories from your summer vacation or a trip filled with fun. Be one of the first to enjoy these new papers and embellishments from BoBunny.

Class recipients will receive a $25.00 credit toward their CHA Paper Arts Show order. Only one credit per store will be honored.

Come explore and enjoy the BoBunny experience  with your BoBette travel guides Vicki and Liz. Vicki’s mission is to help all travelers have an enjoyable experience, there is never a dull moment when Vicki is around.  Bring your running shoes so you can keep up with Liz! Her enthusiasm and energy is sure to keep you on your toes.

Click HERE to register today for the CHA 2014 Paper Arts Show – July 29-31 in Atlanta, GA

Sizzix Events: Designer Workshops at Paper Arts!

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By Sizzix

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Sizzix is ramping up for the CHA 2014 Paper Arts trade show taking place this summer in Atlanta, Georgia. We want you to get excited about the brand new designs and products that will be featured in our booth! Stephanie Ackerman, Lori Whitlock and Stephanie Barnard will be teaching workshops at this bi-annual industry event. And we could not be more thrilled to give you a sneak peak of what they’re making!

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With the Big Shot Machine, a pair of Standard Cutting Pads, some tissue paper, a stapler, fabric and string this is the colorful banner that Stephanie Ackerman will be teaching in her workshop at the Paper Arts trade show. It is incredibly easy to create! Stephanie created the designs in the upcoming release, Homegrown & Handmade, for the fresh and cute Sizzix Bigz and Originals that you see used here. She loves to doodle and make things and has designed for Sizzix in the past.  Having started out in the craft industry around 2006, she has had craft magazines published, created the Homegrown Hospitality blog and made lots of friends in the industry.

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Lori Whitlock will be showing how to create this adorably charming cupcake box using Sizzix Framelits with Stamps and Thinlits that she designed. To make this precious treasure she will also be using the Sizzix Big Shot, the Magnetic Platform, a pair of Standard Cutting Pads, ink, paper, adhesive and a little string. Lori’s experience as a graphic designer, her love for crafty things and for creating memories have combined in her upcoming line to offer you absolutely darling designs!

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At the work shop for Stephanie Barnard there will be not one, but two projects being made, and they are very hush-hush! But, what can be said is that they will be made using her brand newest of new Triplits, Framelits and something totally unseen ever before! So be sure to arm yourself with the Stamper’s Secret Weapon which is an absolute must-have accessory for stamp lovers and paper crafters!

Sizzix Designer Work Shops will take place on Tuesday July 29, 2014

**$60 retail value of product will be given at this class so be the first to get the the latest products with designs by Stephanie Ackerman and Lori Whitlock!

Stay tuned to see what more delights Sizzix has in store for you at the CHA 2014 Paper Arts trade show!

Click HERE to register today for the CHA 2014 Paper Arts Show – July 29-31 in Atlanta, GA

 

 

Graphic 45 Summer Plans

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By Graphic 45

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Happy Monday, G45ers! Are you ready for a new week of inspiration, fun, new projects, featured artists, and more? We sure are! Today, we are sharing with you our fun summer events coming up in the next month. We have been kitting classes, getting ready, and most of all feeling excited for all of the fun events coming up!

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July 29-31, Graphic 45 will be in Atlanta at the CHA 2014 Paper Arts Show. Another great wholesale buying event where your favorite LSS will be purchasing new collections from us and many other great companies. There will also be a fabulous workshop there and a great time to catch up with our wonderful stores!

Here is a Sneak Peek of the great project we will be creating at the Show in our Graphic 45 workshop, “Love Come Away with Me!”.
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Jeff Filimoehala will be teaching the Come Away with Me workshop at the Paper Arts Show in Atlanta!
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It’s going to be a fantastic summer! We hope to see many of our store owners there!

Click HERE to register today for the CHA 2014 Paper Arts Show – July 29-31 in Atlanta, GA

Mixed Media Beauty Journal Workshop By Stampendous

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Are you eager to try your hand at monoprinting?

In the mixed media beauty journal workshop at the Paper Arts Show with Fran Seiford of Stampendous, you will learn just that!

You will be amazed what you can create with the new Stampendous Creative Palette with brayers and acrylic paint.

Discover how quickly you can be a portrait artist with the Blossom Beauty face stamp and template to paint your own unique beauties. You will learn shortcuts for stamping, die-cutting gorgeous flowers and have the start of an amazing mixed media journal like no one else’s. Leave with the cover for a 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ ribbon bound journal.

paperartsshowADClick HERE to register today for the CHA 2014 Paper Arts Show – July 29-31 in Atlanta, GA

Craft Industry Award Nominations Being Accepted

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Do you know someone in the craft and hobby industry that should be recognized for the great things they’ve done for the community, industry or humanity? Nominate them for any of the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Industry Awards listed below.

•     Meritorious Award of Honor – Service to CHA
The Meritorious Award of Honor is the highest award of recognition that CHA can bestow upon an individual member, past or present. This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to CHA.

•    Industry Achievement Award – Contribution to Craft and Hobby Industry
The Industry Achievement Award is for a CHA member (individual, group and/or company) that has made a significant contribution to the growth and vitality of the craft and hobby industry as a whole.

•    Special Recognition Award(s) – Good Deeds
The Special Recognition Award is presented to a person, group and/or company for their extraordinary contribution in an activity that showcases the craft and hobby industry in a positive way. Award recipient(s) need not be a member(s) of the Association. Industry Award Nomination forms can be downloaded at www.craftandhobbby.org/awards. Complete the form and return it by fax or email to Lidia Diaz at (201) 835-1267 or ldiaz@craftandhobby.org.  The deadline for submissions is August 31, 2014.

The Awards Committee, composed of CHA Board members and member volunteers, will review all applications, which will be presented at the CHA 2015 Conference & Trade Show (CHA MEGA Show) in Anaheim, CA., January 9-13, 2015.

“This industry touches people’s lives every day, helping them to discover their own unique creativity and to leave their own imprint on the world. There are heroic people within our industry who innovate, educate, and open up this world of creativity to others — making a tremendous impact within the industry and in people’s lives — all without the need for personal recognition. The Industry Awards provide the opportunity to recognize individuals who have made a tremendous contribution to the creative industry, and a platform to showcase their efforts. Please complete the nomination application and give us the opportunity to honor these well-deserving individuals!” said Jessica Goursolas, CHA Awards Committee Chair.

Click the button below to nominate today!

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Peace, Love & Sandy Feet Workshop at the 2014 Paper Arts Show

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By Paper House

We’re really excited to be exhibiting at the CHA Paper Arts Show this July! And just as exciting – we’ll be offering a Beach themed workshop taught by the very talented Linda Auclair! If you’ll be at the to the show, make sure to sign up for our Peace, Love & Sandy Feet class – it takes place on Tuesday July 29, 2014 from 8:00 – 9:30 am (classroom W0101).

This class will have you bringing the beach inside with this decorative shadowbox and capturing your summer memories with our Message in a Bottle Mini Album! You’ll be smelling that salty air and feeling the sand between your toes in no time!

PHP-Peace-Love-_-Sandy-Feet-class-w-bannerAren’t these adorable?! These two projects, the painters tray and mason jar mini album, were created using our Beach Collection. More specifically, they use our Beach Foam PaperAt the Beach 3D StickersBeach Comber 3D StickersBeach Cardstock StickersBeach Time Chalkboard Stickers,Beach Canvas StickersBeach Sign Paper and Getaway Paper. That is a lot of beach!

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Linda used the border from our cardstock stickers on the bottom of the tray. The shells look amazing used this way! It looks like she spent hours to cut them out when really she just peeled and trimmed them!

This “Message in a Bottle Mini-Album” combines Instagram-style photos with the popular mason jar look. In the class, you’ll also get to make this trendy mini-album that’s perfect for your vacation pictures or just a lazy day on the beach!

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So make sure you sign up for this great class and come play with us in July! If you’re not going to be there, don’t worry – stop back by our blog after the show to see some follow up photos and instructions on these great projects!

To see more of Linda’s amazing projects, swim on over to her blog!

Click HERE to register today for the CHA 2014 Paper Arts Show – July 29-31 in Atlanta, GA

American Crafts Aquires We R Memory Keepers

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downloadAmerican Crafts has announced today its acquisition of We R Memory Keepers. This move brings together two craft industry leaders.

We R Memory Keepers is an innovator of crafting tools that simplify and enable the creative and memory keeping process.

Sarah DeVoll, president of American Crafts, says that the company intends the We R imagesbrand to operate long-term, expanding on its superb track record of product innovation.

Many of We R’s employees will continue to develop and innovate under the We R brand.

“This is an exciting new chapter in the history of American Crafts and We R Memory Keepers,” says DeVoll. “We’re very happy to have We R join forces with AC – working together we will be able to provide a broader assortment of top-quality products, a stronger method for innovation, and more convenient one-stop shopping for our customers.”

Wayne Mitchell, CEO of American Crafts, says that previous owner Andrew Hiller ran an innovative company that is an important part of the scrapbooking and crafting industry.
“For more than 90 years, Andrew, his family and team did a great job of building We R into a company that makes unique and creative products,” says Mitchell. “We look forward to decades more of success with the We R brand.”

Mitchell adds that American Crafts is committed to maintaining the distinctive look and quality of We R’s product offering.

For the foreseeable future, We R will continue to independently operate while thoughtful integration of the two companies takes place. Future announcements to retailers will explain any changes in ordering or processes.

Living in Generosity #CRE8TIME Event Benefitting St Jude Children’s Hospital

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By Sallianne Mclelland

CRE8TIME ART IS YOU EVENT1On a night when the storms and tornadoes were raging down in the southern states, artists from the Art is…You family gathered in Olive Branch, MS to create Banners of Love for the children of St Jude Children’s Research Hospital. This Living in Generosity project, generously promoted by CHA and the #CRE8TIME Movement, received tremendous support from the wider creative art community.CRE8TIME ART IS YOU EVENT2

We were inundated with fabulous banner squares from across the country.  These squares were combined into over 40 banners that exuded color, joy, laughter and above all, love.

This project would not have been possible without the support of all those who contributed their squares including: Melissa Bolton, Jean Peters, Aleta and Katie Totire, Lora Frisch, Ms. Gangi’s 3rd grade class, Judy Hand Pitts, Alicia Caudle and Finn, Patricia Kierys, Monica M, Linda Quick, Roberta Decker, Patricia K. Kurowski, Jennifer Liston, Glenda Miles, Roberta (Robbie) Decker, Linda Quick, Barb Patterson, Kathleen Bricker, Patty Kierys, Susan Milo, Heather Brauner, Sandra Koterba, Elizabeth Fort Pisons, Danielle DeMont, Ellie Grossman and we would like to thank (left to right) Kim Griggs, Kecia Deveney and Linda Willis who committed hours of their time, talents and sewing skills to ensure that all of the squares were sewn together so beautifully.
CRE8TIME ART IS YOU EVENT 3The banners were hand delivered to one of the St Jude Family homes for distribution to the sick children and their families. It gave us great joy to coordinate the activity and this joy was compounded by the additional $2,150.00 that was raised at our Art Trunk and presented to St Jude’s.

To see the full photo gallery please visit the CRE8TIME Facebook page: www.facebook.com/cre8time.

Sallianne Mclelland is the owner of CHA member, Visually Speaking LLC, who puts on Art is… You retreats, which are all inclusive week-long art workshops, Buffet Bonanza Lunches, Morning Motivators, Eat Cake Create events, plus Art Trunk and so much more. For more information visit: http://www.art-is-you.com/