#makeitwithMichaels at Creativation!

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Michaels is proud to be a sponsor of the 2017 Creativation Show. As a company rooted in the spirit of creativity and making, we are excited to bring that energy to Phoenix this weekend! Through a variety of fun and engaging events you’ll find numerous ways to #makeitwithMichaels. The trade show floor, will host The Michaels bookstore sponsored by our friends at Baker and Taylor. Drop by for a chance to join (and meet!) some of your favorite artists. Project sheets will be available for guest to take away all the exciting tips and tricks they hear.

On Sunday evening, The After Party at The Duce, is sponsored by Michaels and is not to be missed! The night will be full of creativity and innovation, as the top looks from the fashion fusion collaboration are showcased! Guests will be able to use the evening to mix, mingle and make. The night will be a great time to network, find inspiration, and of course-kick back and have a little fun J

We hope you’re ready to enjoy the weekend and unleash your inner maker!

Your Crafting Corner: Work Your Magic

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This is a guest post by Office Depot.

When you start a craft project, working in a bright organized space is the key to success. The space needs to be organized, the atmosphere must evoke creativity, and your supplies have to be within arm’s reach. If any of these scenarios are off, then your work – and your sanity – suffer. Finding a solution to simplify your space can seem impossible.

Luckily, Office Depot has picked the best craft room organization products to store your tools, papers, beads and any accessories in between. Improve the flow of your space with collapsible boxes that stack and slide under your desk, or brighten your area with clamp-on lamps that can move to any spot that needs extra illumination. Whether you need to stock up on general craft supplies or are looking for a specific type of storage cabinet, this selection will do the trick when it comes to sparking your creativity.

It’s important to remember that everything has its place when trying to keep chaos at bay. Keeping your workspace tidy should be a breeze once you’ve incorporated some of Office Depot’s clever organization solutions. Find just what you need to help keep unruliness to a minimum and productivity to a maximum.

Who says your organizational solutions and desk accessories have to be boring? Liven up a drab workspace with stylish accents that also serve a purpose. Create a unique theme with coordinating pieces or choose colors and elements that complement your existing décor.

Best of all as a CHA member you can take advantage of the newly launch Office Depot member benefits program.  You will receive 10% off the everyday web price on everything business needs, from must-have crafting and office supplies including ink, to printing services that will help build your brand.  Office Depot has category experts and dedicated account managers that will provide you with personalized service.

For more information, visit the Office Depot Booth #2539 at the CHA’s 2017 Show or take advantage of your member savings at www.1800member.com/od-cha.

Top 5 things you need to know before you go to Creativation

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This is a guest post by Angel Hickman Peterson of Fleece Fun and DIY Video for Bloggers

 

Whether you’re a seasoned  CHA member or a newbie who’s just barely registered this year will be everyone’s first time at Creativation!  I’ve put together a few tips ( many I wish I knew the first time I went) to make your trip to Creativation enjoyable and profitable!

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Tip ! – Download the Creativation app

This app is key to having a good experience.  Not only does this app contain the show’s schedule, and list of vendors, but it also has maps, social media tracking, and downloads for courses and classes.  Once you input your schedule information it will also tell you what classes and events you have coming up.

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Tip # 2 – Pack comfortable shoes

Don’t get me wrong I love trading in my daily yoga pants for my convention skirts and jewelry – but leave the heels at home.  The showroom is BIG and you’ll be on your feet for a large chunk of the day.  Wear shoes that will work for you and invest in some gel inserts.  Upside – you’ll easily make your daily steps goal on your Fitbit.

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Tip #3 – Bring Business Cards

Whether you’re a blogger or the head of a major company business cards are the life blood of networking. While this process might seem antiquated – it still works!  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve met with someone that I wanted to connect with after the show asked for their card only to be met with a sheepish smile and excuse that they didn’t have a card.  “They didn’t arrive in time for the show… etc.”.  To be honest that slip of paper with your contact information will get lost in the bottom of my purse.  There are lots of overnight business card services – it’s worth the cost so you don’t miss out on networking opportunities.  Have a way for people to contact you – put it on a card.

Bonus tip:  I like to carry small post its and write a few notes about the person and what we talked about and stick it to the card so I can remember them later.

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Tip# 4 – Have proper luggage

This is not a “carry on only” trip.  There are two reasons for this: First, you’re going to be taking home samples, lots of samples and you will need a place to put them.  Make sure you have ample space in your luggage for these. Second crafting samples don’t always agree with the TSA.  And while it’s technically legal to carry 30 metal crochet hooks in you carry on it might raise a few eyebrows (and red flags).  It’s just better to keep crafting supplies in a checked bag.  It will make your (and the TSA agents’) life easier.

When I first went to the CHA mega show I noticed while I was waiting for the exhibit hall to open that most of the people had a rolling bag.  I confess that I thought it was strange (and a little dorky).  After about 2 hours of walking the hall with my large sample filled bag digging into my shoulder, I realized the genius (and un-dorkiness) of having a rolling bag to put everything in.  It’s worth having a rolling bag to save your shoulders.

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Tip #5 – Smile and say hello

I’m an introvert.  I make a concerted effort to smile and talk to people.  It’s amazing you can meet at Creativation.  It’s great to meet other creatives who have a passion for making amazing art, crafts and general awesomeness.  I think this is the most important tip out of all of them.  A smile and friendly attitude can open doors and opportunities.

NEW Deco Foil Color line, Transfer Sheets and Mixed Media Products at Therm O Web Booth #513!

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Winter CHA Creativation Show is just around the corner…in fact just a few short days away in sunny Phoenix Arizona. Our team is excited to bring you brand new, innovative products that will have you thinking outside the box!

Our Deco Foil™ product line has been a success with our consumers and retailers and with that success we continue to build and grow the line. This year we’re pleased to announce 5 NEW colors to the Deco Foil™ color line. Introducing: (from left to right)

Amber, Emerald, Amethyst and Lapis Watercolors along with Summer Rainbow which is a beautiful ombre transfer foil.

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With the addition of these 5 new colors that brings the total up to 31 amazing choices of Deco Foil™ Transfer Sheets. Our Transfer Sheets work beautiful with our core adhesive products: Deco Foil™ Liquid Adhesive, Deco Foil™ Foam Sheets, Deco Foil™ Hot Melt Sheets, Deco Foil™ PeelnStick Toner Sheets, Deco Foil™ Toner Sheets, Deco Foil™ Fusible Spray and our Deco Foil™ Adhesive Pen! Here are some examples of the beautiful projects you can make for both paper and fabric with our Deco Foil™ Products!

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In addition to our Deco Foil™ we have some exciting new products for Mixed Media! We’re thrilled to introduce our new iCraft® Mixed Media Adhesive and iCraft® Mixed Media Sheets available in Heavy and Lite.

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Our Mixed Media Adhesive is the perfect liquid adhesive to keep on hand for all types of projects including paper, metal and fabric. Our Mixed Media sheets add a unique and dimensional texture to projects. With unlimited options of how you can work with them from stamping, inks, sprays, paints….and our light sheets can be torn for a unique look! Here’s some ideas for what you can make with these new products!

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Amazing Mixed Media Canvas using our NEW Heavy and Lite Sheets along with Summer Rainbow Deco Foil.

Fall Mixed Media Leaf Wreath by Audrey Yeager

 

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Those leaves are diecut from our Mixed Media Sheets then painted and foiled!

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Stunning flowers created from our Mixed Media Sheets by Audrey Pettit!


This year ThermOWeb is proud to be a sponsor for the Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge! We’ve joined up with fellow companies at CHA for the chance to have designers work with some of our favorite products. The participants will pair up and create either a top or an a-line skirt using a variety of products provided by the sponsors, along with an accessory. Therm O Web will be providing our Liquid Fabric Fuse™ along with our Deco Foil™ Liquid Adhesive and Transfer Sheets!

Our Liquid Fabric Fuse™ is created specifically for fashion eliminating any sewing or ironing! Here’s a video to learn more about our Fabric Fuse™ Liquid Adhesive!

blog-header-new-logo-1Be sure to stop by our Booth #513 at the show to see all of our NEWEST products! For more information about all of our products, visit us online at www.thermowebonline.com. Visit our blog for projects, tutorials and step by step instructions on how to use our products! And be sure to sign up for our newsletter to keep updated on what’s happening at Therm O Web!

Join us on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Twitter too! We’ll see you at the show!

Jo-Ann Sponsors Creativation Celebration and much more!

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The 2017 Creativation Celebration sponsored by Jo-Ann Stores takes place on Saturday, January 21. Look forward to networking with creative industry professionals, witnessing recognition of industry veterans and award recipients all for a great cause — benefitting schools and students through The Kids in Need Foundation.

Join us Monday, January 23 for The Ultimate Pitch. Aspiring innovators will pitch their product to seasoned leaders in the creative industry for a chance to win a $10,000 cash prize and CHA’s Top Creative Innovation of 2017 honor. CHA Board Officer and Jo-Ann Stores’ Senior Vice President of Marketing and Omni-Channel, Chris DiTullio, will serve as a judge.

For CHA exhibitors and attendees interested in creative inspiration all year-round, visit joann.com for projects with detailed how-to’s, and our company blog, The Creative Spark, which showcases trending projects covering sewing, fashion, food crafting, home décor, party planning and more.

Share your projects with us on social by using our hashtag, #handmadewithjoann

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Phoenix: The Perfect City for Creativation

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This is a guest post by Kathy Cano-Murillo, Crafty Chica.

The cacti trend is still going strong, which means Creativation is on point by coming to Phoenix – a city that celebrates all things succulent!

See what I did there? Hyper-excitement will do that to you! I’m still in disbelief that Creativation is taking place in my beloved home town. My two worlds are colliding to create a giant burst of glittered happy-face confetti. I’m a third generation Phoenician, both sets of my grandparents raised their families here, as did my husband’s. My dad worked as a civil engineer for the city, proudly drafting the plans for streets and parks. Phoenix has afforded my husband and I to raise a family while making a living from our art, writing and music.

I’m loyal. Bring on the cacti!

People say the desert radiates a tinge of magic, and I believe that. Creativity thrives here. Which is why it’s perfect for those of us attending Creativation.

The Craft and Hobby Show, now known as Creativation, has always been a highlight of my annual business travels. The show helps me set intention and focus for my company for the year. Not only that, but connecting with such a fabulous group of people kickstarts my inspiration.

Just so you know, I’ve had a one-on-one pep talk with my city, I told it to come through, a lot is riding on it! And I’m happy to report, Phoenix, all sunny and flirty, offered a confident wink in return.

We got this, guys. I promise you’ll be wooed by the gorgeous January weather, the decadent concoctions from local eateries, the southwest charm, and the multi-culti artfulness. I’ve compiled a list of my personal city favorites for you to try out. These are the places where you’ll see me shopping, eating, shopping, dancing, meeting with friends, hanging out.

Eating:

Lolo’s Chicken and Waffles: OMG. OMG. OMG. Homemade southern soul food that will make you bust a tear in delight. I always order the Betty Boop (a chicken breast and a waffle), with a side of cornbread. Aside from their name, you’ll also be privy to Red Velvet Cake, mac n cheese, fried catfish, Kool-Aid in every color, and my personal weakness – the banana pudding.

Welcome Diner (Garfield location): Planted smack dab in the center of a Central Phoenix neighborhood, sits this chunk of heaven. The team works their edible magic (gourmet biscuit sandwiches!) inside a refurbished 1940s nine-seat Valentine diner, while guests take a seat on the outdoor patio. What I love is it’s open until 2 a.m., perfect for that late night poutine or watermelon salad craving! Seriously, if you have a midnight craving, text me. We’ll Uber or Lyft our way there!

Short Leash Hot Dogs & Rollover Donuts (Roosevelt Location): OK, people. Think mixed media, only with hot dogs. The ingredients sound crazy, but they will make your taste buds break dance. My go-to is the BEAR: the all natural gluten/nitrate free dog comes loaded with peanut butter, smoked gouda, bacon, BBQ sauce and Cracker Jacks. CRACKER JACKS. I told you! And for a side, the fried pickles or cheese curds will lift your brows. You’re welcome.

Luci’s at The Orchard: This is an indoor-outdoor park-inspired eatery where they serve fresh baked goods, ginormous artful salads, sinful desserts, coffee, wine, ice cream, and sell whimsical finished goods. This is a great place to bring your laptop to work, have a meeting in a cool setting, sketch ideas or just daydream.

Rosita’s Place: Classic, authentic, Mexican food. This family-owned eatery is a longtime valley favorite and once you taste the rice and beans you’ll know why.

La Santisima Taco Shop: If you love Day of the Dead, Latino art, and artful Mexican food, this place will be a treat for the senses!

All in the same area: Postino for bruschetta and wine;, Joyride for crazy tacos; Windsor for steaks, fish and/or burgers, loaded chips; and Churn for everything ice cream.

My go-to downtown coffeehouses: Fair Trade Cafe, Lola Coffee, Lux Coffee.

Shopping:

Changing Hands Bookstore (Camelback location): This indie bookstore has two locations and is one of the gems of the city. It’s hosted events from A-list celebrity book signings to writing workshops, “drink and drawing” classes and my personal favorite, The Arizona Craft Rave (which I founded!). There is a beer and coffee bar with baked goods, kitschy gifts, and of course books for the creative mind. If you are free on the 19th, I suggest the storytelling workshop!

Frances Vintage: You’ll need a friend to go with you to this cheery shop – to stop you from buying all the local handmade goods that are as clever as they are cool. I’m talking lots of emerging trends, you’ll gasp at least half a dozen times. And here’s a bit of trivia: The daughter of the owner is a regular cast member on Saturday Night Live. If you are a fan of Aidy Bryant, you can pop in this store and tell her mom, Georgeanne, to say hi for you!

Purple Lizard Boutique: If you love Frida, Day of the Dead, loteria, and the like, check into this lively spot that is teeming with silver jewelry, shrines, wall art, books, clothing and more.

MADE Art Boutique: Closer to downtown, this former house-turned-shop features all functional locally made goods. Very edgy, trendy and oh-so-Phoenix!

SAS Fabrics for obscure and bulk textiles and craft embellishments. Arizona Art Supply for all types of mediums and supplies.

Phoenix Open Air Market: Located in the parking lot of the Phoenix Public Market (an eatery and shop), this popular community gathering runs every SAturday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. You’ll find locally made food products, art vendors, food trucks and music performances.

Practical Art: This gallery/boutique is unique in that in order have your merchandise to be sold there, it has to be 100% handmade. From scratch. If you see a beautifully painted wood box, it’s likely the artist built it as well.

Sightseeing:

Phoenix Art Museum, Eye on Fashion: The Phoenix Art Museum is a main staple in our city and community. It’s huge compound with plenty to see and do. This fashion exhibit just opened last month and is sure to inspire.

Heritage Square: If you feel like hanging out or holding a meeting at someplace close that is lush and atmospheric, come here. The star of this corner is the Rosson House, built in 1895 and is haunted! You can take a tour to see the original furnishings, shop in the boutique, or sit and enjoy coffee or lunch at one of the four restaurants.

Arizona Latino Arts & Culture Center: Pinturas Vivas: Walking distance from the Convention Center, this Latino-themed gallery and shop has a pretty wild event taking place – a body art competition inspired by Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. You’ll witness Phoenix artists showcase a variety form of temporary body art including; body paint with brush and sponge, airbrush, costuming elements and more. This is a real time, live competition event! Watch as they transform models into Frida and Diego masterpieces!

Grand Avenue or Roosevelt Row: If you are into the local art scene, clock in a stroll down one of these areas!

Crescent Ballroom: There’s always a concert going on here, or for a quieter pace, go on Sunday for brunch on the balcony to hear DJ Shane Kennedy spins some tunes.

The Rose Room at Valley Bar: Named after Rose Mofford, Arizona first female governor, this is the perfect spot if you want a neighborhood speakeasy/bar with sass. You’ll find more than 50 cocktails (all named after AZ politicians!), the usual bar munchies, a game room and if you are in the mood for a concert, you can step into the music hall next door.

Explore the Creative World of Cake, Cupcake, & Cookie Decorating at the Satin Ice Edible Arts Shoppe!

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Visit the Satin Ice Edible Art Shoppe at Booth 1901 to explore the creative world of cake, cupcake, & cookie decorating! Hands-on-demos, giveaways and more… it’s too sweet to miss!

New to the world of cake decorating? You’re probably familiar with buttercream frosting, but what is fondant? Fondant is a type of sugar dough that can be rolled out to cover your cake for a sleek, smooth finish. It’s made predominantly of sugar, corn syrup, and water melted over heat and cooled to produce a dough like consistency.

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Fondant is used to cover the cake and for decorating it as well. The moldable, shapeable nature of fondant makes it the perfect medium for everything from small ribbons and bows to elaborately modeled sculptures. The first step to working with fondant is to knead it to soften it up. Once softened, you can roll it out to a thin sheet or start molding it. If you’ve never used fondant before, don’t be afraid to try! It’s fun and it’s something the whole family can enjoy learning together.

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If you’re in the business of dessert, adding fondant to your sweet creations can substantially increase your profitability. Whether its a small character atop a cupcake or a burst of flowers streaming down a cake, fondant opens the door to your creativity. The time and talent poured into your custom desserts will easily allow you to go from cake maker to running a profitable business.

Visit SatinIce.com for product info, tutorials, inspiration galleries and more!

JEJE Produkt Brings Exciting, New & Different Products From Europe

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This is a guest post by JEJE Produkt

Attending Creativation?
Make sure to visit JEJE Produkt, booth #2526, Europe’s number one manufacturer of peel-off stickers, developer of craft techniques and craft products.

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Our new Dream Catcher Peel-off’s will charm you and you can collect a free sample by visiting our booth.

Looking for something exclusive? We can make it. Eric and Elly, owners of JEJE Produkt, will be happy to give you more information to develop your own range of peel-off stickers.

Completely new: ” Marij Rahder by JEJE Produkt”.
Marij Rahder, designer and artist draws cheerful and comical characters for clear stamps, peel-off stickers, 3D booklets and we know you will love them!

We offer you:

  • New, splendid and unique products
  • Ongoing demonstrations
  • Giveaways
  • Free catalog

Like us on Facebook and send a private message before January 15 mentioning: CHA and join our CHA raffle for winning prices!

Access our online catalog here.

Watch this video to learn more.

DIY Sewing for Family, Home, Fashion & Fun – Discover Dritz® at Creativation 2017

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This is a guest post by Prym Consumer USA

Sewing. It’s an old-school craft, with plenty of new-school applications. Bag making. Easy-sew curtains. Doll clothes. Home and fashion hacks. Accessories and things for your kids. These are activities you might not traditionally associate with sewing, but that’s what today’s makers are doing with needle and thread. When it comes to sewing, Dritz® is a mainstay. Yes, Dritz® is your grandma’s tomato pin cushion. But it’s so, so much more. Visit us at Creativation and see for yourself!

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Our Products: Dritz® products empower you to make things you never dreamed you could. Our comprehensive product range includes tools for sewing, quilting and home decorating. Top-notch Dritz® products are easy-to-use, and allow you to accomplish a variety of DIY projects creatively and economically. At Creativation, you’ll be the first to see 50+ new fashion fasteners, tools for hand and machine sewing, and more. New to the game? No worries! We can introduce you to our standard line-up of must-have Dritz® sewing supplies.

Our Events: Experience Dritz® in action and see how easy DIY can be. We have a host of events going on in our booth (Prym Consumer #1315) allowing you to get a hands-on feel for Dritz® DIY. Come chat with our demonstrators, who will be using new and favorite Dritz® fasteners such as grommets, rivets, swivel hooks and rings. Finished projects will be displayed, providing inspiration for incorporating Dritz® into bags, accessories, device storage, clothing, items for kids and home.

Throughout Creativation, you’ll see Dritz® popping up everywhere! Find us here:

  • Fashion Fusion Collaborative Challenge (Thurs. 1/19, 11:00am, Lecture Hall/booth #1951: Fashionistas unite! At this exciting event you’ll make a garment and/or accessory. You’ll be able to use a Dritz® dressform, and talk with two of our experienced seamstresses who will be available to help you during the event.
  • Maker Space (Sat. 1/21, 1:00pm, booth #1759): Want to see sewing and jewelry collide? Make a funky bracelet using traditional sewing supplies (belting, fasteners, embroidery floss/needles). You’ll use these basic materials to make a bracelet that shows your unique style – sweet, boho, minimal, funky – it’s up to you!
  • Sewing 101 Workshop (Sun. 1/22, 11:00am, room 121D): Don’t let the word “sewing” scare you! Check out this workshop and learn about the essential tools and hardware you need to get started. You’ll pick up some time-saving tips, discover clever uses for basic products, and make some low-sew projects. Bonus: you’ll get to take some Dritz® tools home with you!
  • Pillow Talk Demonstration (Sun 1/22, 1:45pm, booth #1759): Pillows can transform pretty much any space in your home. You can change your look for a special occasion, or for the whole season with a few new pillows! During this demo, you’ll learn how to cut, shape and embellish pillows to create something fabulous regardless of your personal style. We’ll share tips for button tufting, inserting welting and trims.
  • English Paper Piecing Demonstration (Sun 1/22, 3:00pm, booth #1759): Have you heard about English Paper Piecing? Wondering what all the chatter is about? It’s an addictive way to hand sew small fabric shapes that are perfectly and precisely shaped. You can then use these fabric shapes in so many ways – accessories, fashion, quilting and more!

Our People: We’d like to meet you! Beyond the products and the demonstrations you’ll see in our booth, we’ll also have lots of friendly faces at Creativation, waiting to see YOU! Retailers, bloggers, makers, designers – if you’re engaged in sewing, quilting and DIY, please make sure to come by and say hello!

Our Digital Spaces: Like what you see at Creativation? It doesn’t end here – you can connect with Dritz® every day! You’ll find Dritz® on Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest and Twitter, and our make something blog is packed with thoughtful projects and product information. The Dritz® website provides a complete online product resource for you – everything Dritz® is right at your fingertips!

Things to Remember:

  • See Dritz® in the Prym Consumer USA booth #1315
  • Getting social at Creativation? Use #Dritz and/or #DritzItYourself so we don’t miss you!

Unleash Your Creativity, with Design Ideas from Deflecto®


This is a guest post from Jesika Musall – Marketing Associate at Deflecto.

At Deflecto®, we’re about more than just creating fabulously handy and customizable storage solutions to help keep your creative space organized. We’re also crafters ourselves.

Over the past year we’ve featured dozens of ideas and projects to help inspire others. In fact, we’re bursting with so many craft goodies we started a blog to better share it with you!

The Deflecto Craft blog features ideas and projects developed by a magnificent group of creative women from our Ambassador Design Team. Many of our projects feature step-by-step instructions and photos to help you recreate the project.

Check out some of our recent posts:

Store and keep journal cards organized with the Stackable Caddy Organizer.

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Be the master of organization with Deflecto’s Multi-Bin Tilt Bins.

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We even have how-to videos:

A creative way to store your wafer thin dies

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Looking for more inspiring design tutorials?

Visit us at http://bit.ly/2fToFCn

And stop by the Deflecto booth (#1751) at Creativation 2017. You’ll have a chance to meet members of the design team, create a unique make and take project and compete for prizes in the “Caddy Challenge.”