Meet the Faculty: Meet Natalie Wright

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Natalie Wright!

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What a wonderful time of year it is to register for Natalie’s workshop: W305: What a Wonderful World with Social Artworking! In addition to being introduced to one of DecoArt’s exciting new product launches of 2017, you’ll make a show-stopping piece of art using on-trend crafts to display in your store.

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Read our interview with Natalie to learn more about her and what you can expect to learn by taking her Creativation University workshop!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was genetically bred to be creative. Okay, not really, but my father was a builder, and my mother a crafter and event planner. So I naturally love getting my hands dirty and making things. I am also a lefty. Do I get bonus points for that?

My career in the creative industry has been very focused on the DIY movement. I have worked in paint and paper crafting mostly. My background is in photography, so I know how to make anything look good! I am currently working as the Education and Creative Design Manager at DecoArt. I basically get to play on my computer and paint all day. Yeah, it’s a pretty good gig. I also have a creative blog at natalme.com, and four fabulous children at home. Well, except for the last one. She’s a bit of a stinker!

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

I will be teaching a Social Artworking class. This is a canvas painting class that teaches a lot of great terminology and brush knowledge to beginner artists. Paint parties are becoming more and more popular, so this will be a fabulous way to understand the trend better, and potentially become a paint party consultant. Wine will not be included in this paint party event, but what your teacher doesn’t know will never hurt her. Winking Face on Apple iOS 10.0

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Anyone can attend! Beginner or seasoned artists can have fun painting canvas art. We provide you with all the materials you need, including instruction and design. We will have staff available to help you with any questions, so it really is a fun way to create an art piece for your home or craft room, or garage if you are like me and hide all your projects at home from your husband.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

All of it! These are my people! I am incredibly passionate about the creative world, and I’ve made some of my dearest friends from attending CHA’s annual trade event. It’s a wonderful place to connect and meet others just like you in the industry. Although stretchy pants and Netflix are not a conference focus, if you love to create in that type of environment, you are sure to meet a new best friend at this event!

What do you love most about your job?

I am so lucky to have found a job that allows me to bring my passion and creativity to the workplace. I am involved in education initiatives, product testing, product development, and creative design. And coffee! No one at work judges me based on how much coffee I drink every day – so I really, really love that.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

I get asked all the time if I ever run out of creative energy. No way! Creativity inspires more creativity. My favorite thing about the creative industry is that I get to inspire others, and be inspired myself. Making crafty things just makes my heart happy!

Register for Natalie’s workshop and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

Get Crafty with Fabric Editions

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This is a guest post by Fabric Editions.

Tired of being labelled by your age or generation? At Fabric Editions, we have something for everyone. No matter what alphabet generation you fall into, whether you are booming or part of the millennium, we have a range of products from the timeless classics to the up and coming trends. We can’t wait to feature our fresh Pre-Cut 100% cotton fabrics at Creativation in Phoenix! The ideas and projects are endless for everyone. Whether you are looking for kid’s crafts, home dec, quilts, card making or mixed media, we have the fabric you need and the inspiration to get you started.

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Come see what we have up our sleeves at booth #1853 and let us inspire you! Check out the Fashion Fusion Challenge too! We are a proud sponsor this year!

The Craftys Awards Launch New Categories with Red Heart and the Duck Brand

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The Craftys, the awards celebrating the best in crafts, are getting more diverse and splashier in 2016. The event that celebrates the best in crafts is now entering its third year and continuing to expand its categories.

Given the large number of crafters who create work for newborns and toddlers, The Craftys now has a Baby Crafts award. This category not only includes booties and sweaters, but also furniture made for the nursery and even gender-reveal items. Almost any project related to welcoming an addition to the family can be considered. Red Heart Yarns, sponsor of the Baby Crafts category, will be awarding the winner $100 in yarn as well as $200 in cash.

The Duck Brand has also partnered with The Craftys to launch a Duct Tape crafts category.  Expectations are high for an impressive array of flowers, dresses and accessories, all made out of the ultra-durable material. The Duck Brand will also be awarding $200 as well as $150 in Duck Tape to the category winner.

A Geek Crafts category appeals to projects made by die-hard sci-fi fans, 3D printing enthusiasts and creators of handmade electronics. Given the popularity of wood projects in the past, a woodworking category has been added to the verticals.

The Craftys will be awarded at a live event in February of 2017 in New York City.

For more information and to check out the latest entries, go to TheCraftys.com.

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Meet the Faculty: Meet Richard Garay

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet John Richard Garay!

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Watch this video to get to know him and more about his two Creativation workshops: W103: RG Richard Garay Silver & Gold Mini Album and W112: Days Masculine Card Class.

Register for Richard’s workshops and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

Find Demos, Giveaways & More at Clover Needlecraft’s Booth at Creativation

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Make sure to stop by the Clover Booth #409 at Creativation 2017. You don’t want to miss out!

Here is what you can expect.

Demonstrations:

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New Products (new product info will be made available soon)
Sewing: Press Perfect and Nancy’s Notions
Crafts: Tassel Maker, Flower Making Tools (Kanzashi Flower Maker, Flower Frill Templates)
Knitting and Crochet: Standing Oval Knitting Loom, Takumi Bamboo Knitting Needles, Amour Crochet Hooks

Giveaways:

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Classes:

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Make Tassels the Easy Way | Jan. 20, 2017 | 8-10am
Join us to embellish a personalized home décor pillow with tassels. Discover the many fiber options and decorations available for you to use. Our tool makes tassel-making easy, consistent, and fun!

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From vintage to modern, hand embroidery is an enduring needlecraft. Work with our markers, hoops, needles, threaders and scissors, and learn to build a great embroidery program for your shop.

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Fun Scrap Yarn Projects | Jan. 22, 2017 | 3-5:30pm
Be the first to work with one of Clover’s new Winter 2017 products. No matter how many knit projects you start there’s always yarn left over! Up cycle these scraps into woven pieces. We’ll show you exactly how to do this with one of Clover’s new products

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You can register for classes here. Make your search easier with these event numbers. Make Tassels the Easy Way (Event #W201), Hand Embroidery for Home Decor (Event #W404) and Fun Scrap Yarn Projects (Event #W410).

To stay connected with Clover for updates:  Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest.

Meet the Faculty: Meet John Creighton Petersen

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet John Creighton Petersen!

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Read our interview with John to get to know him and more about his three Creativation workshops: W226: Everyday Crafting; W503: Technique Transformation; and W303: Relics and Artifacts Shrine.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a lifelong resident of Seattle, Washington with a degree in photography. My knowledge of a variety of art mediums, including painting, calligraphy, journal and book making, collaging, beading, resin jewelry making, soldering and metalworking, has dubbed me a “Mixed Media Fusion” artist. My passion for teaching keeps me on the road several months throughout the year, sharing my knowledge and techniques with others. I’ve been an educator and designer for many high profile companies in the craft industry, including Prima Marketing, Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko, “The ICE Prince” with ICE Resin, and Authentique Paper, and an ambassador for RELICS & ARTIFACTS.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

I will be teaching three workshops at Creativation.

In two of these workshops, I will be representing Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko. We’ll explore a variety of new and innovative ways to use Tsukineko’s inks and Imagine Crafts’s products, including making your own t-shirts and other DIY projects. And of course I’ll introduce you to new products!

The other class that I will be teaching has been talked about for a couple of years and is finally going to happen – I will be teaching alongside my dear friend and amazing mixed media artist Debby Anderson! This is going to be a truly amazing class incorporating both of our styles and techniques using the RELICS & ARTIFACTS line of products from Sandra Evertson, who will also be making an appearance in class!

Who and why should someone attend your session?

I always design my classes to be approachable for any skill level. I often take more complex projects and try to translate them into finished pieces that you can be proud of while showing new techniques and how to use products. It’s this hands-on experience that allows you to share this knowledge with your own students and customers.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

I always look forward to attending this show every year – meeting new people and of course catching up with familiar faces. Whenever I attend this show, I’m filled with the creative energy that can only be found when surrounded by so much inspiration and I always head home excited to start new projects with renewed energy!

What do you love most about your job?

I love being able to share my knowledge with others.  I often say that my role as an educator is like that of a tool box. My job is to show you how to successfully use those tools to create works of art! Many students are apprehensive about working in mixed media, especially for the first time. I try to create a learning environment that promotes creativity and experimentation and I am always surprised by what students create!

What do you love most about the creative industry?

I have been in this industry for over 15 years and have developed many deep, long lasting relationships. This industry is quite unique – there are not many industries that foster creativity, celebrate new and innovative ideas, and give individuals the freedom to be themselves and a platform to express that. We are an industry that supports one another and is continually evolving, and we should all be proud of how truly special it is that we all have the opportunity to be part of this!

Register for John’s workshops and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

Get inspired by visiting John’s website where you can find his teaching schedule, tutorials and blog. Follow him through social media channels via the “artnewwave”.

CHA Influencers & How To Connect With Them

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This is a guest post by Simone Collins, DoItMakeItLoveIt.com

New for 2016 in the Craft and Hobby Association family is the development of an Influencer Program. This exciting new program utilizes popular craft and DIY bloggers’ influence to help shape the industry and the organization. These talented, creative, and passionate bloggers will be in full force at Creativation in January. Walking the show floor, the Influencers will be reporting on the hot new trends for 2017, connecting with brands, and experiencing some of the fun new events at the show.

The Influencer group has already been creating great content for attendees based on their personal experiences like Why Bloggers Should Attend Creativation and Why You Want To Be a CHA Designer Member. They are attracting new blogger and designer CHA members who will help the organization grow even more. Reporting from Creativation, they will be sharing content from all over the show using the hashtags #CHAShow and #Creativation, so that you can follow along. If you are a new exhibitor, have a new product launching at the show, or would like to meet them, feel free to reach out before the show to set up a time to meet.

Meet the Influencers –

Kathy Cano-Murillo

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Blog: CraftyChica.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: Snapchat (@craftychica)

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: Seeing the show reinvented and refreshed, I can’t wait for all the new features!

Fun Fact: I write novels and short fiction about crafty women.

 

 

Jen Goode

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Blog: 100Directions.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: Instagram

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: Seeing all the creative inspiration: new products, project ideas and talking with the people behind it all.

Fun Fact: I still love coloring and drawing with markers or pens with fun fruity scents.

 

Amanda Formaro

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Blog: CraftsbyAmanda.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: Facebook

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: Essentially being a roving reporter and showing my crafty audience all the new goodies that are coming to a store near them!

Fun Fact: I was born in England, not the United States like most people assume.

 

Angel Hickman-Peterson

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Blog: FleeceFun.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: YouTube

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: Meeting new people!  I love making new contacts and being inspired by all the wonderful makers and designers.

Fun Fact: I love going to the movies.  I especially love movie theater popcorn – It’s a must have when I go see the latest flick!

 

Angie Holden

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Blog: TheCountryChicCottage.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: Pinterest 

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: I love seeing all of the latest innovations in the craft industry.

Fun Fact:  I was an engineer up until this past summer when I quit my job to blog full time.

 

 

Amber Kemp-Gerstel

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Blog: DamaskLove.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: Instagram

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: The classes! I’m excited to learn some new techniques with brands like Sizzix and Lawn Fawn.

Fun Fact: I speak fluent pig latin! Not kidding.

 

Carolina Moore

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Blog: 30MinuteCrafts.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: Pinterest

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: I’m most excited to see new products not yet on shelves.

Fun Fact: English is not my first language! Though I have lived in the US most of my life, I was born in the Netherlands, and Dutch was my first language. I always love running into other Dutch folks on the tradeshow floor to get a chance to speak a little of my native tongue.

 

Adrianne Surian

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Blog: HappyHourProjects.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: YouTube

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: EVERYTHING. Primarily the networking and checking out new products but specifically I’m pumped about the fashion fusion challenge.

Fun Fact: My career as a writer and author actually got started writing terrible fiction novels! I have proudly written FIVE bad first drafts of fantasy and mainstream fiction. Blogging was only an extension of my love of writing when I started in 2011, but I realized I had a knack for explaining techniques and step by step projects related to my other passion – art and crafts – much better than my previous attempts at writing. I started focusing on blogging instead of noveling, and two books later, I ave been able to turn my passion, writing, into a real career.

 

Heather Valentine

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Blog: TheSewingLoft.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: Facebook

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: If I had to pick just one thing, it would be that I’m pretty pumped to see the creative mind at work. I know there will be so many new products, cool designers and eye candy around every corner. Not to mention the fashion challenge… I can’t wait to see what the contestants make. I’m pretty sure the entire event is going to be a creative whirlwind and will leave me with a ton of new ideas.

Fun Fact: Well, it’s not sewing related but I’m a sucker for crazy socks and am fueled by milk duds.

 

Hannah and Rosie

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Blog: TheNewCraftHouse.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: Instagram

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: Meeting lots of US crafters and businesses for the first time!

Fun Fact: We’ve both been friends since school and used to knit on the school bus together.

 

Simone Collins

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Blog: DoItMakeItLoveIt.com

Favorite Social Media Platform: Instagram 

At Creativation, I’m most excited about: Seeing all the new exhibitors and new products. Seeing the amazing products first and connecting with those brands is invaluable.

Fun Fact: When I was eight years old, I quit Brownie Scouts because I thought we did too many crafts. Look at me now!

Meet the Faculty: Meet Tracy Moreau

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Tracy Moreau!

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Read our interview with Tracy to get to know her and more about her Creativation workshop, W401: Home Décor For Indoors and Out.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a multimedia artist, author and educator with 35+ years of experience! I love anything creative, but my favorite thing is DIY! From hand painting and detailing furniture, to upcycling and recycling items for my home, I love making home décor my own!

I have been working with DecoArt for more than 16 years. I enjoy sharing and teaching everything I know about the best creative products in the world!

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

My workshop is all about flexibility! We’ll use soft surfaces to demonstrate the versatility of some simple techniques to create awesome home décor items for indoors and out! We’ll also use a variety of products from DecoArt’s Americana Decor, generate plenty of great ideas, and most of all have fun!

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Who should take my class? Anyone who LOVES DIY or markets to those who do! This is a chance to learn about and play with some amazing NEW products, and acquire techniques that will help you market them well! Simple, but effective is my mantra for this workshop!

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

Creativation is literally a wellspring of inspiration!! Sharing my own and learning from others, it helps me develop as a designer and strengthen my skill set! I highly recommend that designers from all disciplines attend!

What do you love most about your job?

What do I love about my job? I get to play for a living! Do what you LOVE and you never work a day in your life! What could be better?

What do you love most about the creative industry?

The creative industry is driven by innovation, and innovation is driven by creativity. I LOVE the dynamic of having a hand in the development of new products; in helping others find their own brand of creativity; and sharing all of it! This is a rewarding and FUN industry to work in!

Register for Tracy’s workshop and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

Meet the Faculty: Meet Wyatt White

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Wyatt White!

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Read our interview with Wyatt to get to know him and more about his Creativation workshop, W111: Bangle and Cuff Bracelets.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have been in the jewelry industry since 1982 when I got my first job, and have been here ever since.  I am currently the Product Manager and Education Director at Beadalon/Artistic Wire, where my energy is focused mostly on product development and education. I continue to make jewelry mostly for company use, and knot pearls for friends and clients.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

This workshop will teach you the variations of using our 2015 CHA Hot Product Winner in Jewelry, the 3D Bracelet jig. You’ll make bangle bracelets and cuff bracelets decorated with beads, charms and cording, which can be used as samples to show your customers. You’ll also learn our cold connections technique, attaching two wire ends securely without soldering or wrapping the ends together.

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Anyone interested in learning some great new tricks on how to quickly and successfully enter the jewelry making market!

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

How attendees respond to our new products for 2017. Beadalon was fortunate to win the Hot Product Award in the Jewelry category for new products in both 2015 and 2016. I also can’t wait to see what the CHA team has in store in the creative city they created and the rebirth of the trade show.

What do you love most about your job?

Bringing completely new products to market that help people make better, faster and more professional looking jewelry.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

The amazing people I get to meet and befriend. There’s just nothing better than the people in this industry!

Click here to register for this seminar and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

Meet the Faculty: Meet Shanna Noel

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Shanna Noel!

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Shanna is the creative genius behind Illustrated Faith and the Bible journaling community. If you’re not aware of these products or you’re not sure how to market them to your customers, her workshop at Creativation is for you! Register for W224: Bible Art Journaling with Illustrated Faith and Shanna Noel to learn about the meaning behind this creative movement as well as new products and techniques using creative tools and supplies.

Read our interview with Shanna to get to know her and more about her Creativation workshop.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I have always had a passion for capturing little details I want to remember 10 years from now. I fell in love when I first discovered paper scrapbooking in the summer of 2012; however, I never really felt meaning for what I was creating until I started using my journaling Bible. I was extremely nervous to share my new form of worship, as I wasn’t sure how people would react to it. Looking back, I am so glad I listened to the whisper that God put in my heart and shared it with you all. It has been a wildfire that just keeps growing since the moment I published that first post on my blog in early 2014. By sharing documenting my faith in my Bible, it turned the light bulb on for so many women – “YES! It’s okay to use the gifts God has given you to glorify HIM!”

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

My workshop is all about how to share the world of Bible art journaling with your customers and host Illustrated Faith workshops at your store or workshop space with my “7 Steps Approach”. We’ll use hands-on Bible Journaling techniques with Illustrated Faith’s product line and Bella Blvd, including tools and creative supplies.

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Retailers and distributors should take my workshop to understand why and how consumers should illustrate their faith with the products alongside Bella Blvd.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

I’m looking forward to seeing and meeting my customers who are helping spread the awesome techniques and word of Illustrated Faith!

What do you love most about your job?

I love being able to share my passion with others that ultimately shares the story of the Lord. I love that each person I meet through workshops and through business at Illustrated Faith experiences their own personal journey.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

The excitement and the passion that exists!

Click here to register for this seminar and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

Why you want to be a CHA Designer Member

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This is a guest post by Jen Goode, 100 Directions.

I joined the Craft and Hobby Association as a Designer member in 2010 and have loved getting involved. Over the years my craft know-how has grown and so has my business. My CHA membership has provided me fantastic opportunities… let me tell you what I love about it.

As a Designer member, I’ve been able to enjoy benefits of the Designer Section, a community for creative professionals to network, collaborate and work with other members in the industry including manufacturers and craft retailers. I’ve lead discussions during the Designer round table session on education day. My art has been displayed through various Designer specific events like the new Designer Cafe during the upcoming trade show. Collaborating with some of the best brands in the business has definitely been a result of the connections made on the show floor during various CHA events. There’s no better opportunity to meet the companies that make the products we love to create with than the Craft and Hobby Association Trade Show aka Creativation.

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You might be asking, What is a CHA Designer Member?

There’s a variety of different membership types. The CHA Designer Members are creative professionals that work with craft brands to help teach, promote and build awareness. They create art for licensing, demonstrate product use and techniques, help develop products and project ideas with industry brands and consult on a variety of design and promotion related topics. CHA Designer Members bring great value to the organization on so many levels and in turn, the organization provides a place for community, networking and growth for the Designers that get involved.

One of my favorite CHA Designer benefits is getting involved in the Designer Display. This year the event has been renamed to the Designer Cafe. This is a gallery and networking style presentation set up to showcase designer work, located on the exhibit floor during the entire trade show. Designers can sign up for different display options depending on the kind of work they’d like to feature. I’ve been able to show off illustration and project design from my portfolio, demonstrate some of my design skills and techniques during live demos and network with other CHA members during a special meet-n-greet. I have also found many connections for work by participating in this event. It’s a great opportunity to build business relationships during the CHA show. These same opportunities and benefits are open to all Designer Members. You can get involved in so many different facets of the organization. Join in and share ideas or sit back and take it all in.

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If you are looking for more opportunities to learn, network or connect, CHA Designer members get the best of all worlds. Your badge will allow you to attend a wide variety of classes, workshops and presentations. You can teach, show off your art, work in a brand’s booth, participate in show floor activities and connect with other designer members. Check out all the benefits a CHA membership has to offer.

In over 6 years as a CHA Designer Member, I’m still excited to be a part of this organization. I look forward to attending the winter show and connecting with old and new friends. It’s so much fun to explore new ideas and encourage others to make something. I hope to see you there!

Meet the Faculty: Meet Sidney Church

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Sidney Church!

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Sidney is partnering with Michael Mayne, founder of Kin Community, to hold one of our iDiscover Chats titled, Making Their Way Home & Maker Space: What the Heck Is It? Sign up for Sidney’s seminar to learn how a maker space is relevant to your creative business, whether you or your customers do or don’t identify as makers.

Read our interview with Sidney to get to know him and more about his Creativation seminar.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Sidney Church and I’m the Electronics Zone Manager at CREATE at the Arizona Science Center.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation. 

I’ll be giving a seminar on what the heck a maker space is and how it’s good for business.

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Anyone interested in finding out what goes on in a maker space or wondering why these spaces are starting to pop up everywhere – especially those who have never heard of a maker space before.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

Edible arts!

What do you love most about your job?

My job allows me to expose people who have never even seen 3D printers or laser cutters to these technologies. For a creative person, these become fantastic tools that allow you to take your projects to the next level. I also get to see people who don’t feel like they’re creative realize that they can make things relatively easily with computer numerical controlled (CNC) equipment. It can open up a new world for some people.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

It’s an ever growing and expanding industry. This also means that more and more people want to make things, which is amazing. It’s exciting to see what new technologies become available to the home consumer that will help her or him make new and awesome things that have never been seen before.

Click here to register for this seminar and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!

You Won’t Believe What’s Next for Eclectic Products

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This is a guest post by Eclectic Products Inc.

We are excited about the upcoming CHA show, Creativation, and can’t wait to get to Phoenix in January to see everyone, be inspired, and maybe even share a brand new product that we believe will be the talk of the show (Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone!)

Eclectic Products has a collection of brands and products consumers love and trust, like E6000, Amazing Goop, Shoe Goo, Allure, and Glaze Coat.  We know that you spend a tremendous amount of time and creativity bringing your inspirational visions to life, so we make sure all our products are made to the highest quality and performance standards to ensure your vision becomes the reality you desire.

We love hearing stories about how one of our E6000 products, or Allure, or Glaze Coat allowed you to make something that you never thought possible.  We look forward to hearing more of those stories at Creativation!  Come see us at booth #1055 and inspire us!

One of the things we love to do is meet folks face to face and demonstrate what some of our products do and have our experts answer questions.  This year, we will be sharing our Glaze Coat High-Gloss Craft Resin, and sharing ideas that will get your creative wheels rolling!  Glaze Coat Craft is ideal for creating beautiful jewelry, amazing craft furniture and tables, beautifying clocks, picture frames, embedding keepsakes, making bed trays, jewelry boxes, plaques  & much more!  Our resin is a very durable, waterproof and acid-free finish that allows you to create heirloom quality projects that have a hard, smooth professional finish.  Come by and see for yourself.  We think you will walk away with some new ideas about how to create even more spectacular projects!

And speaking of something new…… if you come see us at booth #1055, we will let you in on our newest secret…… It’s a new product that we are VERY excited about sharing that is not anywhere in the marketplace!  We don’t want to say too much yet, but it allows anyone to turn ordinary objects into personalized masterpieces!  It is almost limitless in its uses, and can be used on wood, glass, metal, fabric, pottery, concrete, laminate and most any other substrate!  Truly, the only limit is your imagination!  We are “Spitting Excited” to get this into everyone’s hands and see where the creativity takes you…..

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We are so excited to see everyone at Creativation in Phoenix in January!  Come to Eclectic Products at booth #1055 and let us show you what everyone will be talking about for the rest of the show!  See you in the desert!

Meet the Faculty: Meet Eloise Wagers

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Eloise Wagers!

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Hand embroidery is the perfect solution for vintage and modern home décor! Join Eloise in her workshop, W404: Hand Embroidery for Home Décor, to learn how to build a great embroidery program for your shop using Clover Needlecraft’s markers, hoops, needles, threaders and scissors.

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Read our interview with Eloise to get to know her and more about her Creativation workshop.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a former public junior high school and adult education teacher. Since, I’ve spent many years employed with various companies in the craft industry in management and sales. I love sharing my knowledge and the importance of learning crafts for our well-being. Garment sewing and knitting are my favorite pastime activities, along with a pursuit of fashion forward trends.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation. 

Embroidery stitches are fun to do and create unique designs. With so many threads and yarns in a myriad of colors and textures, why not use these talents to embellish items for your home? There is something gratifying and relaxing about hand stitching!

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Anyone who would like to learn or relearn some basic embroidery stitches in order to add artistic touches to projects for home environment enjoyment.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

I’m looking forward to see new products and tools that have been developed for crafts and get inspiration for new projects. The booths are always great to visit and see companies’ complete product offerings as well as meet with their personnel.

What do you love most about your job?

I love the opportunity to learn, share my knowledge and inspire others to enjoy the benefits of developing fun, creative projects.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

There is always some new tool or product that I have to try! I love getting new ideas for future projects, too, but most of all, I love the opportunity to mingle with my industry peers, friends and colleagues!

Project Runway Contestant to Host The After Party at Creativation!

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When Faber-Castell offered Valerie Mayen the opportunity to be part of our Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge, she couldn’t resist. Valerie signed on to host the fashion show at The After Party, where the winners of our Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge get to walk the runway and meet her!

If you’re like most of us and have been a fan of Project Runway, then you already know of Valerie Mayen.

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Valerie made her own personal “Project Runway” long before the reality television series was a gleam in some cable TV producer’s eye. As a child, she turned hand-me-downs into coveted fashions.

In 2008, she started her own design business, Yellowcake, and created an online presence for her work.  Her garments were well-received and gained national attention on the award winning reality series Project Runway where she competed to much praise in Season 8. She earned her spot in the top six of 17 designers, designing through 11 out of 14 episodes, and winning a showcase at New York Fashion Week in September of 2010, which earned her recognition by national celebrities and stylists. Valerie was asked to come back to Project Runway and competed in the All-Stars Season 5 which aired early 2016.

Sign up to participate in our Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge to learn how crafts meet fashion design and for a chance to meet Valerie! Only a limited number of spots are available, so register today!

Here’s to the Start of a Beautiful Friendship

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This is a guest post by Vital Imagery.

Making new friends is nice. They bring us different perspectives and experiences. They are confidantes, providing the ear and advice we occasionally need. They support us, share the good times, and work with us.

The same is true of friends in business. Brainstorming opportunities and a strong union are integral for building success into the future. Connecting with companies that complement your own, forming partnerships that inspire growth are extremely beneficial in today’s competitive market.

At Vital Imagery Ltd. (VI), we’re excited about the new ‘Affinity’ relationship with the Craft and Hobby Association and absolutely thrilled to be offering CHA members a great value on quality images for use in products and projects that are only limited by one’s imagination. Given that CHA is the largest creative and craft organization in the world, we suspect there will be no bounds to what its talented membership will do with this resource.

An online subscription graphics industry leader, VI is the parent company of several popular websites, including Clipart.com, iCLIPART.com, iPHOTOS.com and Animation Factory. All boast diverse content for creative success, and CHA members are now able to subscribe to the one of their choice or bundle up for optimal benefit at exclusive/discounted rates. Just visit the CHA Member Benefits page under Vital Imagery to view the various discount codes and make sure you’re logged in.

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In addition to having one of the world’s largest collections of wholly-owned content, VI’s royalty-free photos, illustrations and animations are fresh and original. As we like to say, “We help you do great work.”

Each site, not unlike a circle of friends, has a unique personality. The eldest ‘family’ member is actually one of the most recent to be welcomed into the fold. A pioneer in the business, Clipart.com was acquired by VI in the early part of 2014. With thousands of new images being added to freshen the content, subscribers to this site have access to over 13,000,000 downloadable photos, illustrations, animations and fonts.

iCLIPART.com is the world’s number one royalty-free clipart subscription site with over 8 million images. Besides the fact that the vast majority of its illustrations are available in vector formats, it also offers photos, fonts, sounds, web graphics, animations and video.

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For small business, iPHOTOS.com is the perfect place to go when looking for print-quality photographs in sizes from small to X Super. With an incredible virtual warehouse of over five million images, there is something perfect for every requirement.

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With over 600,000 animations, 3D clipart, HD videos, PowerPoint templates and backgrounds, Animation Factory is the number one 3D animation subscription site. No question. Bumping the entertainment factor, this site offers a wonderful variety of images to enhance designs and presentations.

No matter what the choice, one thing is certain. From scrapbooking to photography, having a cost-effective resource for accessing images is as great a boon to creative businesses as having good pals is to our personal lives. “We feel sure that this new relationship between VI and CHA is going to be the start of a productive and long-lasting friendship.”

Meet the Faculty: Meet Dana Walsh

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Dana Walsh!

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Calling all creative entrepreneurs! Join Dana Walsh of Weebly for a hands-on lab where you’ll create your website or online store in one night. Dana will help you design your website or store for optimal customer experiences. You’ll learn to design and master SEO, while enjoying a beer or wine!

Read our interview with Dana to get to know her and more about her Creativation workshop.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Dana Walsh and I am the event and community coordinator at Weebly. Weebly has three office locations: Scottsdale, New York City and San Francisco. I’m based in New York City, but I have the opportunity to travel across the country and meet and work with some of our 30 million users.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

Our Weebly team is going to help anyone get online with a free website, blog or online store in one night. We will be helping people with e-commerce, SEO, email marketing and so much more. Get the one-on-one help you need.

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Small business owners, students, bloggers and anyone that wants to start a website, blog or online store EASILY!

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

We are excited to get to work one-on-one with Weebly users and those who are new to the product. It is one the most rewarding feelings to see the excitement on someone’s face when he/she hits “publish” and his/her website is live.

What do you love most about your job?

One of my favorite things about my job is getting to work with Weebly users all over the United States. I get to spend a great deal of time interacting with their websites on a daily basis. Although, when I get to host an event and meet the small online business owner in person, it is a humbling honor.

Experience Paint like Never Before with DecoArt

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This is a guest post by DecoArt.

Preparation for the next CHA show seems to begin the moment we’ve unpacked our bags from the last one. Like you, we return full of ideas and inspiration that makes us want to hit the ground running innovating for next year’s show. There’s something about that much creativity all coming together under one roof that really motivates us to think again about ideas that might have been previously discarded as “too risky” or “too early for the market.”

With over half the year behind us, we assure you the entire company has been buzzing like Santa’s workshop on Christmas Eve to develop our new product offerings for the 2017 launch in Phoenix. Make sure you stop by our booth, #1233 to visit your old friends like Americana, Gloss Enamels, and the Americana Décor product family and see what new items we have to offer.

We have lots to share and will gladly give you a personalized tour of our booth. While there, you should rest your feet while doing one of our many make-it-take-its that will offer you a hands-on experience with our product lines. The instructors are full of knowledge and enthusiasm for our products so make sure you take advantage of your time at the tables and pepper them with questions!

We are also happy to announce that world-renowned mixed media artist, Andy Skinner will be back with us offering education on our Media line and demonstrating some of his tricks-of-the-trade with you. Make sure you visit our website ahead of time to watch his Media tutorial videos. If you weren’t already a mixed media artist, we are certain you will want to at least try it out after seeing Andy work his magic in our booth.

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But hanging out in the booth isn’t the only thing we will be doing at the show. Check out some of our sponsored events as well!

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Splatter Room – It’s exactly what it sounds like! You, bottles of paint, and some blank canvases positioned across the room will create some fun and unique art with just a tiny bit of mess. Don’t worry! We will make sure your fancy show duds are covered before you enter the Splatter Room. Even if you don’t want to participate, make sure you walk by to see the finished paintings displayed and to watch the fun in person!

Paint & Sip = While there, you can also check out the Paint & Sip event where students will be walked through painting a simple canvas in a relaxing atmosphere.

From all of us here at team DecoArt, we can’t wait to see you at the show! If you can’t make it be sure and follow along with us on our blog and social media platforms to get behind-the-scenes looks as well as plenty of on-the-ground video footage and candid photos of all the fun.

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Meet the Faculty: Meet Kim Bell

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Kim Bell.

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If your goal is to learn more about sewing and sewing techniques, then Kim’s workshop, Sewing Notions 101 is for you. Kim will teach you useful and unique sewing tools and hardware, explain how to use them, and let you give them a try! Plus, you’ll take some of the tools home with you.

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Read our interview with Kim to get to know her and more about her Creativation workshop.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

My mother is a sewer and I became interested at a very young age. I started to make my own clothes at age nine and went on to receive a degree in Home Economics Education. I have been in the creative industry for over 20 years.  Currently, I am a Product Specialist for Prym Consumer USA. My goal is to teach others about sewing and hopefully transfer that love of creating to them.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

Have you ever stared at the sewing notions wall in your local store and asked – What are all these tools used for? Why are there so many different pins and needles? We’ll answer those questions and more during Sewing Notions 101. It will be a great introduction to our wide range of sewing products. We’ll be making some simple projects while we learn about the many uses of sewing tools.

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Beginning sewers and those who want to learn more about sewing should register.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

I am looking forward to meeting lots of creative people, and hearing and seeing their great ideas.

What do you love most about your job?

I get to express myself creatively and share my knowledge with others.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

Innovation; just when you think it has all been thought of or there’s no better way to do something, someone has another great idea!

Welcome to PHOENIX! Home of Spellbinders and a creative community like no other

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This is a guest post by Spellbinders.

There is not a more beautiful place on the planet in January than Phoenix, Arizona. With the mild temperatures to ease your stress, colorful sunsets to take your breath away and the unique mountains, rocks and cactus that adorn the landscape you will forever be enchanted by its creativity and brilliance.

The Arizona environment inspires a one-of-a-kind region that is home to countless companies, artists and Native American Tribes that embrace creativity and self-expression as a way of life. The CHA team could have also not picked a better place to host its annual convention because among the inspiring environment you can walk to amazing restaurants and entertainment to enhance your show experience. It’s only fitting that the all-new Creativation show will be hosted by such an amazing and dynamic city.

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The sun sets between the Saguaros Cacti, in the Sonoran Desert, a desert home to the cultures of over 17 contemporary Native American tribes.

It’s no secret that the craft industry is in it’s own evolution and needs to look at how we speak to our customers and people who desire to be creative alike. As creative individual businesses and collectively as an industry, we cannot continue to do the same things, in the same places, the same way and expect different results. We must embrace our history, love our core customers and lead our industry into the future. If there is to be a craft/creative industry tomorrow we must embrace and teach the millennial’s today that the ink, the paper, the fabric, the metal and the techniques of the Craft past are the fuel for the Maker future. Creativity knows no limits, no age boundaries, no style limitations, no medium or surface is sacred, and creativity is inside out. That is where we came from and that is where we are going.

It is with Phoenix as a backdrop that we must collectively recognize that now is the time to embrace the new name of the show, enjoy the adventure of a new host city, tackle the challenges ahead of our industry with new ways of doing things and speak to new consumers while cherishing our core and the beautiful past we created together. The limitations of the future of our industry are only the limitations that we collectively allow ourselves to have.

That is the future of the craft industry and that is the future of Spellbinders. No matter what your thoughts or pre-conceptions are about Spellbinders as a company, they are wrong. We are working harder than ever to embrace our heritage and past while also reaching out to new users, new creative types and teach people “craft” is not a dirty word and “maker” is not a new word. Creativity and self-expression bonds us generationally and unites a passion for baby boomers and generations X, Y and Z.

Join us at the first ever CREATIVATION 2017 Show at booth #419 to see how we are evolving with amazing new licensed designers, stunning projects made from our user friendly products and embrace creativity, young or old, simple or sophisticated the passion to make and the joy to share will make Phoenix in January the time that changed your belief in what is possible and what you can do about it.

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Meet the Faculty: Meet Julia Sandvoss

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Julia Sandvoss, Director of Education and Social Media at Therm O Web. You’ll create unique projects in Julia’s workshop, Therm O Web Mixed Media and Deco Foil™, using Therm O Web’s new mixed media sheets, which can be inked, stamped, sprayed, printed, foiled and more!

Watch this video to learn more about Julia and this mixed media project at Creativation!

Why Should a Blogger Attend CHA’s Creativation?

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This is a guest post by Carolina Moore, 30MinuteCrafts.com.

As a craft blogger who has attended half a dozen CHA Mega Shows, I can tell you that I look forward to January every year, and attending the CHA trade show. It is a not-to-be-missed annual event for me. This year, CHA has changed the name to “Creativation”, and I’m even more excited. They have made some fantastic changes that are right up my alley! I’d like to share with you the many ways that I benefit from going to CHA. If you’re a blogger, vlogger, or social media influencer, you’ll find that many of these will apply to you!

1. Face Time
Meeting with someone face-to-face immediately takes a business relationship to the next level. Lots can be done with e-mails or conference calls, but being able to sit with someone face-to-face is worth 100 e-mails or 50 conference calls. It allows both parties to see each other as human beings, instead of items on a to-do list.

Before the show, scroll through the website to pick 5-8 companies you’d love to work with. Send them an e-mail asking for 15 minutes of their time before, after, or during the show to discuss ways you can work together. Not all of them will say yes – some of them won’t be sending their marketing team to the show – but you’ll be able to make connections with several.

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Bloggers meet face-to-face with an exhibitor.

2. Seeing New Products
At Creativation, companies will have their newest product lines out. They’re displaying them so that shop owners and other decision makers will see their product, and decide to carry it in their stores. The trade show is for business – stores are deciding which products they will sell in their shops over the next year, and placing orders with the manufacturers. This puts us in a unique position – we see the products before they show up in stores! We can share images on social media to our followers, getting them excited about upcoming products. We can even try out some of these products, and create videos of how they work right on the show floor!

Many manufacturers have staff on hand who will demonstrate the products for you. Simply record video, and ask a few questions – in 5 minutes or less you have new content your audience will love!

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Why not give your next project a nice bubble gum scent?

3. Make-n-Takes
To show off their new lines and new products, many manufacturers offer “Make-n-Takes”. They have all the supplies ready for you to make a craft project. Walking the show floor is hard on your feet – sit in a chair and make a project. If you have a partner with you, they can record video while you make the project – which gives you a quick and easy video tutorial. If you don’t have an extra set of hands, you can take still photos of each step to turn into a written tutorial later. Convention center lights are fine for step-out photos, but be sure to take a photo of your finished project in natural light for a “Pinterest-perfect” image. When you write up your post, add affiliate links to help offset the cost of your trip.

While sitting and making the Make-n-Take, be sure to chat with those around you. The demonstrator will likely be able to give you information about the company, and who you should contact after the show if you want to work with them. Be sure to chat with the other people at the table as well. You might run into a local shop owner who would love to have you teach in their shop, or another blogger you can collaborate with.

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There are plenty of “Make-n-Take” projects for Bloggers to develop content with!

4. Collaboration
Creativation is one of the few times during the year when you’ll get to surround yourself with so many like-minded people. The creative industry is a very collaborative one, so take advantage of this opportunity.

Take photos with other bloggers to post on social media – be sure to tag everyone in the photo, and encourage your followers to follow them. They’ll do the same, and you’ll all grow your following.

Record video together, either on the show floor or on a field trip. I know two vloggers who, at a past CHA Mega Show, went to a local shop together. They both recorded video, and were able to link to each other.

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Three creative bloggers Periscope together.

5. Education
The show is more than what happens on the show floor. Upstairs there are classrooms of experts teaching craft and business classes. Learn more about e-mail marketing or how brands and bloggers work together. Or take a class on a new technique that will up your crafting game. Take some time away from the show floor to learn something.

Each summer, CHA opens applications to teach classes. If you’re an expert on a subject in our industry – offer to teach a class. You’ll be able to help our industry grow, add “CHA speaker” to your crafty resume, and you’ll be attending the show with a speaker badge. Last year I spoke at the show, and had great conversations with manufacturers that started because they saw my badge and asked what I spoke about – having a speaker badge gave me instant credibility.

6. Blogger-only events
Many manufacturers offer events exclusively for bloggers, social media influencers, or media. These events often take place before or after the show floor opens, and give you an exclusive peek at the new products they are unveiling. Brands that offer these exclusive events are looking to work with you. The best way to get on the list is to register for Creativation early – most of them use the list of attendees as a starting point when creating their guest list.

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Exclusive events for bloggers? Now we’re talking…

7. “Free” Stuff
At the show, some companies offer samples of their product. However, because many companies are showing products that won’t be in stores for months, they often only have a few samples for display, because the rest are still in production or being shipped from overseas. Even companies that are showing existing product may not have brought inventory because of the freight costs involved.

However, some companies do have samples they would like to share with you. And others are happy to ship items directly to you after the show. When accepting samples, only accept samples you reasonably believe you’ll be able to share with your followers. Companies aren’t providing samples to fill your supply closet or for you to give to your child’s school. Use the samples to create innovative projects that your followers will love – creating engaging content for your readers, and a relationship with the brand.

8. After-hours CHA
After the show floor closes, you’ll be on your own to grab dinner with friends. This is a great opportunity to catch up with others in your niche – talk about the latest social media trends, come up with ways to collaborate the rest of the year, and share resources. The relationships you make with your peers at the show will be something you can lean on all year.

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A group of bloggers grab some drinks and recap the day.

9. After-after-hours CHA
If you absolutely need your 8 hours of sleep each night, you’ll head to your hotel room. But if you can get by with less shut-eye for a few nights, you might enjoy the witching hours. As bloggers, vloggers, and social media influencers, we often work from home alone (or with small children “helping”). While CHA is not a conference, the late hours away from the show floor give you a chance to catch up with your peers in a casual setting. Hanging in the hotel lounge after others have gone to bed, that’s when bloggers plot to take over the world.

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The fun doesn’t end in this community!

If you’re a blogger, vlogger, or other social media influencer who works in the creative or crafting niche, attending Creativation might be the best thing you do for your business all year. And it is as simple as getting a membership with CHA, registering for the event, then making your travel plans. I’m looking forward to seeing you there!

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Carolina is a creative blogger, living in sunny San Diego, California, a recent transplant from even sunnier Las Vegas, Nevada. She loves to come up with original craft ideas, as well as re-invent old favorites. Many of her crafts are perfect for adults to create, while others are fun for children. She loves to create with and for her two young boys, as well as for herself, her friends, and her home.

Creativation University: Meet the Faculty Blog Series

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Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the next several weeks, we’ll be introducing you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers here so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, we are kicking off this blog series by meeting Seth Apter!

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Sign up to take Seth’s fun and technique-heavy workshop, Mixed Media to the Max, and discover the many possibilities that mixed media offers both beginner and seasoned artists and crafters.

Keep reading to learn more about Seth and what you can learn from him at Creativation.

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I am a mixed media artist from New York City with a passion for art, crafts and all things in between. From my own personal experience, I recognize the importance for those without formal training to have an opportunity to learn creative skills. I therefore spend a good deal of my time teaching art workshops in the U.S. and abroad.

I have had the good fortune to publish several mixed media art books and workshop DVDs through F+W Media and to write an ongoing column in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine. As a designer, I have product lines with StencilGirl Products, Impression Obsession, Spellbinders and PaperArtsy.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

I am teaching a workshop called Mixed Media to the Max. This class explores approaches to creative layering that are the basis for mixed media art.

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We will be using stamps, stencils, die cuts, paint, ink, gel pens, and more to create the complex layers that will set your art apart. The approach is creating random with abandon so that you can maximize your creativity and minimize that inner critic.

Who and why should someone attend your session?

This workshop is open to all attendees who are interested in learning the techniques that are the hallmarks of mixed media. The class is perfect for both beginners and more seasoned artists. Store owners looking to be able to show their customers varied ways to use mixed media products will leave with a full menu of techniques.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

I always look forward to attending this event. Being surrounded by the all-stars of the industry gives me the opportunity to connect and network with so many creative professionals at the same time and place. And, as I am a supply junkie, I love to be able to walk the aisles to see the newest products and trends. Plus, I am extra excited to be there this year to see all the changes in store.

What do you love most about your job?

I absolutely love the fact that I am able to be creative every day. No matter how hard I work, there is an element of play too, which I believe is absent in many other professions.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

There is an excitement and energy that is evident throughout the year as new ideas are developed and new products released. And, it is those products that offer many people an opportunity to play, relax, develop their own creativity, and heal.

Post-Show Seminar Throwback Series

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So, you attended our Conference Program at the 2016 CHA MEGA Conference & Trade Show in Anaheim earlier this year. You absorbed a ton of information on everything from basic blogging and social media to legal and finance management.

Have you implemented what you learned to better your business yet?

Over the next several weeks, we’ll be featuring your favorite seminar speakers to remind you of the knowledge you learned and why it is important for your creative business.
This week we’re doing a throwback to Kizer & Bender Speaking’s seminar: Feed Your Brain: Engage Customers and Take Your Sales to Insane New Levels. Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender taught you all the things you have to do to be connected to your customers online – listen, interact, react and sell.

Watch this video for a quick recap of key online marketing techniques for your day-to-day business activities.

Time to Start Being the Change

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By Laura Kelly-Walters

My creative life is a never ending journey and one that causes great joy for me and many others.  I started on this path when I was first pregnant and that baby is now TWENTY.  After 20 years of doing the same things (all things that I love like doodling, painting and making), I decided it was time to keep doing these things but also make a big change.

I love licensing my art and am proud of my relationships and partnerships in the craft industry, including with Sizzix, AdornIt, Tombow, Sculpey and Kunin Group.  With so much growth, I decided that it was time to start sharing my designs in a bigger way and to change the way I thought about social marketing myself and my works.  I have been doing everything on my own for 20 years.  I decided that I was ready to change and be the leader of a team, a design team that is all about me and my mission.  I wanted to create a team that would support these manufacturers through the sharing of my doodles and designs because when it all comes down to it, we are in this together.

I put an application out there and was floored at the crazy huge number of responses.  More than the shock and excitement, I was empowered and honored.  I thought this change would be challenging, but truth is, it has been a blast.  I struggled to choose who to put on the team and wish I could have chosen them all.  It is like I created a big creative party with a team of amazing and talented colleagues who not only support me 100% but also each other.  We are a winning team filled with love, passion and creativity.

I am convinced that my journey starts with me. If I want change, I get to cause it. I guess that is why I love Gandhi’s quote so much…”BE the change you wish to see in the world.”  I accessed my courage and caused change for me and the members of my team.  I am now BEING change and it is awesome sauce.

Meet the inaugural Laura Kelly Design Team and learn how they will be sharing different ways to make Laura Kelly products, designs and doodles part of your life.

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Laura Kelly-Walters
Licensed Doodle Artist/Designer/Project Maker/Mom/Tombow Senior Ambassador
www.laurakellydesigns.com

 

31 Days of Crafting: Challenging Your Crafting

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

“Isabella is seven years old and enjoys crafting on a daily basis. She learns how to make various things using Youtube Rainbow Loom tutorials. Most recently, she took on creating a Star Wars C-3PO character using Rainbow Loom elastics.

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This year for National Craft Month Isabella is going to spend her crafting time challenging herself to see what else she can create using her Rainbow Loom.”

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Listen to Isabella share with us how she is celebrating!

That concludes our 31 Days of Crafting series for National Craft Month!

Keep us informed of your events that encourage creativity all year long. Tell us your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA and #CRE8TIME on social media.

 

 

31 Days of Crafting: A Unique Craft Coming Soon to Ridgewood, New Jersey

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

CHA staff member, Alison Muldoon, found her creative inspiration when she least expected it:

“I wish I had the crafting spirit and talent of my neighbors, Leslie and Stephen Kolvek! One recent Saturday, Stephen showed up on our door step and asked if we had any extra wire hangers; my mind was immediately racing. What for? A closet project? A problematic clog? What could the Kolvek’s be up to now?

I made it my business to visit them later that afternoon to discover the most heartfelt and inspirational crafting project just beyond my own front door.

Leslie Kolvek serves on the Conservancy for Ridgewood Public Lands and is helping to organize the third annual Daffodil Festival in Ridgewood, to be held on April 17. This festival celebrates so much within the community. It’s an arts festival and spring celebration all rolled into one event. And the planting initiative of daffodils around the Village of Ridgewood is just one small part of this special day.

And it is here where my moment of craft awe and inspiration happened…

My neighbor and her husband are creating giant daffodils by repurposing wire dry cleaning hangers and covering them with crepe paper. After searching the Internet for a picture and crafting inspiration, Leslie created her own larger than life wire framed daffodil.

Below are pictures of the frame in process, and of course the finished product! These daffodils on my suggestion could even be a fundraising vehicle of sorts. They are so photo worthy, what parent wouldn’t think twice to pay to have their munchkin peeking out from that crepe paper craftiness?

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Leslie and Stephen are crafters who immerse themselves 100% into their crafting moment. They give their projects their all, absolutely love crafting, and in this case are giving back ten-fold to the community!

The Kolvek’s are my crafting inspiration. I hope to one day watch my crafting ideas flower like theirs!”

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

Keep us informed of your events that encourage creativity all year long. Tell us your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA and #CRE8TIME on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Prepping for the Paper Trail

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

To celebrate National Craft Month, CHA Designer Eileen Hull is getting Scotty and Big Daddy ready for Paper Trail 9!

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In 2013, Eileen bought a vintage trailer and outfitted it as a mobile studio. Since then she has been touring the country in Scotty and teaching classes in independent stores, art galleries and at events, retreats and trade shows. You may have spotted the pair on the Show floor at the CHA MEGA Show in January doing #Cre8time make and takes! The projects were designed and taught by many well-known CHA Designers using products generously donated by the Paper Trail sponsors: SizzixCrescent CardboardThermOWebCrafter’s HomeGraphic 45ClearsnapSakuraBeacon AdhesivesLittle BDecoArt, and M-D Hobby and Craft.

One of the highlights of the Paper Trail 9 is the Quartermain House Creative Retreat. CHA Designer members Lorine Mason, Cheryl Boglioli, Marie Browning and Laura Kelly are headed north to Fredericton, Canada for an art retreat at fellow designer friend Debra Quartermain’s B & B. The cost of $350 includes a Friday night reception, two full days of workshops (all supplies included), and lunch both on Saturday and Sunday. All are invited to attend!

Read more about Eileen’s journey on her blog.

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

Keep us informed of your events that encourage creativity all year long. Tell us your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA and #CRE8TIME on social media and we will share it!

31 Days of Crafting: Aunt Maureen’s Art Club

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

Nothing gives Maureen Walsh, CHA’s Vice President of Membership and Marketing, more joy than spending time creating with her nephews and nieces. Read about the “side business” she runs after work and on the weekend, where she gets paid in paint, smiles and sugar crafts.

“I’ve always been the ‘artsy’ one in the family and enjoy sharing my talents with the next generation. I started sharing my love of all things creative many years ago with my first two nephews, Jack and Alec, who are now college age and fabulous people! I’ve continued to invite my nieces and nephews to join me for creative projects and lessons.

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My siblings are quite happy to send the children to Aunt Maureen’s Art Club, where they learn painting and drawing techniques, or often choose a new and interesting creative process to explore. We will be gathering this March for an official meeting and mosaic project!

Last Spring we made our Club official, painted a sign, elected my nephew Tyler as president, and got down to some serious acrylic painting. Another meeting involved shamrocks, glitter, glue, clay and 3D St. Patrick’s Day cards for Grandpa and Grandma!

Since that time, I’ve watched my niece Katie and nephew Tyler blossom into talented young artists. Tyler has his own sketch pad and draws regularly; Katie has won an award for her work. A bit like Cezanne in technique, certainly the most passionate about creativity, Tyler told me he likes that you can ‘design anything you think of and make it into something beautiful.’ His words, not mine.

And recently, my nephew Liam drew an amazing sailboat for his Grandma as a gift. While my nephew Dylan is more into sports than artwork, he too has been part of our Club and shows his stellar intellect and talents in everything he does, especially when he convinces me his time would be better spent watching hockey and calling the play-by-play! He’s a better artist than he realizes!

Generally, Art Club is a sleepover event and involves some sugar craft when we’re done with our projects, which generally ends with sprinkles, icing and frostings smeared on faces and fingers and walls and gigantic smiles on all the Art Club members.

This family creative adventure has become so important to all of us and is as much about sharing love as it is about sharing our imaginations and creative energy. I have seen my very special group grow in confidence, self-esteem and pride as we come together to make stuff! This year we will welcome two new members, Ainsleigh and Brendan, who are just old enough to put on their smocks and get busy. Ainsleigh already loves purple crayons, especially on the wall. And we have another little one ready to join us next year, Gracie ‘Van Gogh’. Her first art project from day care is already framed and hanging in my living room.”

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

Keep us informed of your events that encourage creativity all year long. Tell us your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA and #CRE8TIME on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Crafting in the Kitchen

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

When CHA employee Keli Bell-Cole isn’t in the office, you may find her at home doing something creative in the kitchen. Read about how she involves her family in her creative hobby, no matter how busy the week may be!

“With the world being enamored by technology, I try to involve my family in hands on activities as much as possible, despite our crazy schedules! I have never met a craft supply that I didn’t like; my love is in baking and cake decorating. Lucky for me, my daughters (ages 16 and 6) love to help, so it is an easy distraction from iPads and the Disney Channel.

I love how baking is a science and very left brain, but decorating can be whatever you want it to be and very right brain. It’s an opportunity for them to experience both worlds and have fun in each.

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I often get caught up in my projects and have to force myself to go to bed. These are usually the more technical projects that the girls can’t help me with…yet.

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So in those times I will give them blank canvases and let them have their own fun; no rules, no expectations.

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This month we will have to check our craft supply wish list to see what we will purchase to increase our decorating fun. New cutters, molds, edible paint? Who knows? We enjoy the journey, no matter where it leads!”

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

Keep us informed of your events that encourage creativity all year long. Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA and #CRE8TIME on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Pipe Cleaner Flower Pots

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

Several of our stories this month have demonstrated how creative activities bring people together. This story is no different.

CHA employee Lidia Diaz had the pleasure of joining her daughter at her Girl Scouts meeting, where the group was celebrating National Craft Month.

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They had a lot of fun making colorful flower pots, using pipe cleaners, playdough, and ice cream sticks.

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Here are some of the final pieces, just in time for Spring!

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Tell us your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media and we will share!

31 Days of Crafting: DIY Chalk Paint Floors

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

CHA Membership Director Jason Baum is exploring DIY projects in his house this month. Keep reading to learn about the project that his and his wife are currently working on.

“My wife and I are doing work on a spare bedroom in our house. The walls are painted, the blinds are up and we just tore up the old stained carpet left by the previous owners. Throughout our house we have original maple floors; they need refinishing, but having them exposed really adds character and charm to our 100 year old house. Although, we discovered the floors in this spare bedroom are not in great shape. They had paint stains all over.

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We searched all over for ideas and we landed on the following, which we’ll be taking on during National Craft Month:

Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint can transform old concrete and wooden floors, even if they’re varnished. All you have to do is apply two or three coats of the Chalk Paint, and then apply Annie Sloan Lacquer with a sponge roller, for added durability.”

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Tell us your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media and we will share!

31 Days of Crafting: Crafting With My Grandkids

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

Society of Decorative Painters employee Sheryl Born coordinated a craft day with her six grandchildren. You heard that correctly – six grandkids, with number seven on its way! Read about her craft day below to get a free project that you can use in your store or for your next family gathering.

“Crafting is a wonderful way to hang out and connect with the most creative group I know – MY GRANDKIDS! Celebrating National Craft Month with them is a good way to share what I enjoy doing – exploring and having fun with crafts!

My grandkids, in Wichita, KS, are between the ages of 17 months to 3 ½ years. I wanted to do a craft they all would have fun making without getting frustrated. It had to be simple, colorful, and a way to explore textures and shapes. So, I decided to make colorful butterflies and flowers with them.

PREPARATION
Preparing the project ahead of time keeps it simple for the toddlers.
Step 1: I designed the butterfly and flower patterns, and used the templates to cut the pattern out of foam paper and glitter paper.
Step 2: Cut out the center of the pattern.
Step 3: Peel the back off the contact paper and press the pattern on sticky side up. Trim.
Step 4: Cut up various lengths of ribbon and different shape from the paper scraps and place in a bowl or in the center of the table.

LET’S CRAFT
I gave my grandkids the butterfly and told them to stick the ribbons or shapes onto the contact paper in the center of the butterfly. They did not need much help unless they asked.

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The older toddlers started sticking on the ribbons right away. The younger toddlers explored their project, getting their hands stuck to the contact paper, examining the ribbon rolls, and dumping the shapes on the project and the floor. (Nothing wrong with that, I consider that creative exploring and part of the activity of crafting.)

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When done, we taped the finished craft to the sliding glass door to admire with the light shining through.

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As you can tell, they had a lot of fun and they did a great job! I love doing things with my grandkids; they have a lot of creative energy and a great imagination that I love to be around. It’s fun to play in crafting!”

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Tell us your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media and we will share!

31 Days of Crafting: Aviation Creation

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

Our International Sales Director Andrew Morton has always been an avid aviation enthusiast. Read on to find out what his passion inspired him to do for National Craft Month.

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“At one stage of my life, I was learning to fly; however, rising costs and family life curtailed this pastime. Recently, I started to make aircraft models again, a pastime that I thoroughly enjoyed in my childhood. So, this month, I will be making a Typhoon Fighter jet model. Making models is a great stress reliever and, for me, the fact that the model I am making is related to aviation enables me to dream……..Could I have been the next Top Gun?”

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Tell us your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media and we will share!

31 Days of Crafting: Helping Our Veterans Heal

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

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Help Hospitalized Veterans is a nonprofit organization that distributes therapeutic arts and craft kits to military personnel and their families and caregivers as a means to help them heal and rebuild their lives. Watch this video to learn what the organization is doing to celebrate National Craft Month and how your business can help veterans heal.

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Tell us your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media and we will share!

Why Only 31 Days of Crafting?

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

For CHA employee Donna Cennimo, every day is a reason to craft something! Right now, Donna’s craft of choice is art journaling. Read about the project

“With the amount of crafting I do, you would think every month is National Craft Month! For the official National Craft Month, I’m journaling every day! As you can see in the pictures below, I’ve taken a blank journal and turned it into a piece of art! I’ve created backgrounds for all of the pages, and will continue journaling and really bringing them to life throughout the month. I’ll also try out some new techniques that I’ve learned from Pinterest and watching YouTube videos.”

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Crafting With Our Future

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

Society of Decorative Painters employee Miho Halsey organized a craft day at her son’s school on March 9. She created a step-by-step painting and paper crafting project for 11 year olds. She taught two classes with a total of 67 students.

Click here to watch a recap of Miho’s craft day. Read her story below to see how craft day ended up being a learning experience for her, just as much as it was for the students.

“My son and I always do craft projects together, so I made the assumption that other kids his age would have the same skill level. That was a big mistake!

I learned that some kids do not have the coordination to hold a pair of scissors to cut a simple circle. They told me that they never cut a circle by hand because they can get a perfect paper circle in stores or their parents have a machine that they can use to cut shapes. My son’s teacher even seemed shocked to learn that they could not use scissors property.

This made me sad. When I was their age, I always used scissors for craft projects. My school had an art class every week in which the art teacher taught students how to use scissors, x acto knifes, wood burning equipment and other crafting materials. My school also taught students how to paint, draw and sew.

Today, many schools have cut their art programs for young kids. Many families do not have the time to do crafts at home. Especially after seeing how some kids struggled with the project at first, I was glad this craft day was an opportunity for these kids to truly focus on a creative activity – something that they might not get to do regularly.

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Another observation I made was that kids were concerned when their project did not look like the sample I showed them. I told them it was okay because everyone creates differently. I told them each project should look a little bit different based on everyone’s unique characteristics and personality.

It took some time and assistance, but once the students really started to focus on the project I could tell they were enjoying the activity and, more importantly, learning from it. Their teacher even said, “Wow, I never thought you guys could be so quiet in my class!”

At the end of the day, the kids loved their minions.

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The craft day was also a learning experience for me. Parents and teachers need to make time and find ways to keep kids encouraged and interested in creative activities.

“We cannot lose our future artists and crafters.”

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

 

31 Days of Crafting: Mother Daughter Painting Night Out

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

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CHA employee Nidia Negron and her eldest daughter try to have a mother daughter date night each month by doing some type of craft project. To celebrate National Craft Month, they had a social painting night out!

“We’re both so busy and, as you can imagine, trying to schedule a date with a twenty-something-year-old can be challenging. Yet, she says I have more of a life than she does! Our mother daughter dates are something that we both always look forward to. It’s our time to connect, be creative and do what we love.”

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: First Home Signage

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the mortgage! CHA employee Kristen Farrell and her now husband Jonathan got married this past September. Now, they’re buying a house!

Conveniently, their closing date is in March. So, to celebrate National Craft Month Kristen is making items for their first home.

“Our house is in a lake community and has a deck with a gorgeous waterfront view. Jonathan and I are looking forward to spending a lot of time on the deck together, as well as entertaining family and friends.

To give our deck a homey feel, it needs some homey décor. In this blog post, I am sharing my first, first home craft project. I purchased all of the materials at Michaels, which cost only $25. Many, many more DIY projects are in my future, during National Craft Month, and beyond!”

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Reusable, Recyclable & Charitable Crafts

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

Niki Meiners, founder of 365 Days of Crafts, turned 44 this month. To celebrate her birthday and National Craft Month, Niki held a girls night to create reusable hygiene products for women in third world countries. Visit the blog to learn how her charitable project relates to crafting!

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Join the Maker Revolution with Brother

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

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Brother’s designers are offering ScanNCut2 project and accessory bundle giveaways, plus tips and tricks throughout the month. Visit their blogs to participate!

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Also, Brother wants you to join the maker revolution now. Watch this video to learn how the ScanNCut2 is perfect for artists.

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Feeling Lucky?

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Follow the rainbow – we mean CHA on Pinterest – to find a pot of our golden, holiday craft picks that will put you in the good ol’ Irish spirit!

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Spring Cleaning

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

MichelleCummingsCHA Member Michelle Cummings is celebrating National Craft Month by getting rid of the craft clutter in her home and studio! Her studio is getting what she describes “a long awaited purge”, making an environment in which she can freely create. Also, she is rejuvenating old furniture to wake up her living room, and jazzing up old pots with a few coats of paint and new blooms to give her garden a fresh look.

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: CHA Craft Day with Little B

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

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Last week, Dale Nicholson from Little B visited the CHA headquarters in Elmwood Park, NJ for a Craft Day with the CHA staff. Dale walked our employees through two projects that used some of Little B’s newest washi tapes.

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Little B is happy to share these projects with you too so you can get imaginative using its new washi tapes to create gift décor. Make these projects, then “craft them forward” to inspire your friends, family or colleagues.

Download the Project Instructions

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

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What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: National Craft Month Challenge

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

CHA Designer Member Carol Heppner is challenging you to create her Spring Dress Card from her column in Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine. Visit her site to grab your copy of the magazine, and then share your creation on Twitter using the hashtag #ScrapandStampArtsDress. Carol will retweet your creation to her 74,600+ followers!

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Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Creative Crocheting

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

Janice Ogata likes to encourage people to use materials other than yarn to step out of their comfort zone and be creative. Janice is the founder of the Pasadena Crochet Group in California. The group has been meeting on the first Saturday of each the month at a local bookstore for the past seven years. These crocheters have used wire, plastic grocery bags, cut-up t-shirts and VHS tapes, just to name a few of the non-traditional materials that they’ve experimented with. They’ve yarn bombed an entire museum in Los Angeles with hundreds of Granny Squares, and the historical Alex Theatre to celebrate its 90th Anniversary.

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“A lot of people get bogged down thinking what they’re making has to be perfect. I try to keep them motivated, and reassure them they can just call a tiny mistake a ‘design element’ and move on, instead of ripping apart their whole project. The joy for me as a teacher is seeing the look of satisfaction on my students’ faces when they complete their first project. I teach all ages, men, women and children, and almost everyone has the same reaction. They can’t believe they crocheted something!”

JaniceOgata2Janice also teaches at Needle in a Haystack on the third Saturday of the each month. Her patterns have been published in Craft Ideas Magazine, and she is a blogger for Red Heart Yarns.

If you want to crochet creatively this National Craft Month, you can contact Janice at janiceogata@gmail.com.

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

 

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

31 Days of Crafting: Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z

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March is National Craft Month! All month long we will be sharing stories from your peers about what they are doing to celebrate and how they are encouraging others to discover the benefits of creativity.

Stampendous is really excited to be celebrating National Craft Month this year. The company just released its first book about crafting, Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z, by its owner Fran Seiford. Fran and the staff love educating crafters about one of its specialty products and all the amazing ways they can use it to create mixed media art pieces as well as traditional greeting cards and scrapbook pages.

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From March 21 – 25, the company’s Design Team will be sharing some of the wonderful techniques from the new book on the Stampendous Blog. There will be many opportunities for visitors to win some products to try on their own!

Stay tuned for more stories and tips on the CHA Blog and all of CHA’s social media channels.

What are you doing to celebrate National Craft Month? Share your story by emailing marketing@craftandhobby.org or using the hashtags #WeAreCHA, #CRE8TIME and #NationalCraftMonth on social media.

 

Meet the Faculty: Meet Michael Wayne


Registration for Creativation University is open! Over the past several weeks, we’ve introduced you to some of our workshop teachers and seminar speakers so you can learn what to expect from taking their live classes in Phoenix this January.

This week, meet Michael Wayne!

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Read our interview with Michael to learn more about him and what you can expect to learn by taking his two free* (for CHA members) Creativation University seminars – S219: Surprise and Delight: How to Building and Engage Audiences Across Social Platforms and S309: iDiscover: Making Their Way Home & Maker Space: What the Heck Is it?!

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m a native New Yorker who has been living in Los Angeles for the past 18 years. I’m married with two children: a boy who is 10 and a girl who is 8. I’ve been an entrepreneur since high school and founded three companies. I founded Kin Community in 2007 and it is now a global media and entertainment company. I love traveling (I lived in Prague for three years), basketball and cooking for friends and family.

What do you love most about your job?

Working with creative, passionate people and creating and developing compelling content brands.

What do you love most about the creative industry?

Developing new ideas and watching them come to life with a passionate team.

In a few words, tell us about the education session you’re teaching at Creativation.

The traditional media landscape is being disrupted in multiple ways and by multiple companies. Everyone with a mobile phone is now a global media company. I will explain how new business models are being born by content creators and the companies that serve them.

Who and why should someone attend your session?

Anyone interested in the future of media and entertainment and how that relates to the craft and hobby world. DIY content across social platforms is growing around the world. People will learn how to reach new audiences through these socially influential content creators.

What are you looking forward to the most at Creativation in Phoenix?

I’m looking forward to meeting people who are passionate about their business and want to explore new ways to connect with online audiences.

Register for Michael’s and our other education sessions and events at Creativation!