So I forgot to bring the camera down to the cafe this morning, sorry.
It was a great day yesterday. We connected with many companies that will become feature artists or companies/guest companies during the year. I am so excited for this. We have product that connects with thiers in wonderful ways.
Talking to old friends has been wonderful for me, after 2 years in Africa. I can see such a huge change in the industry. The big companies are no longer focusing on scrapbooking, but other crafts instead. This is nice for the smaller companies like us. We love to bring you wonderful designs, and new looks.
Flowers of course are a huge hit, and have been for a while. Spellbinders has some wonderful dies that create the base for your flowers. It is so fun to use thier dies with our papers, and their dies also cut through our glittered chipboard. I made a wonderful top of a box full of flowers using thier dies and large punches. I promise to post this later.
Probably the greatest need I see in the industry after 2 years of being gone, is the need to go back to the basics. Simple layouts, simple looks, simple papers. We carry these items. Not many companies do anymore. There are those layouts that are so full of "stuff" you wonder where the picture is and what it really is we are trying to accomplish on a page. The photo is the most important thing on the page, next to the journaling information about life, and feelings. Those are the real reasons we scrapbook!
We will be posting journaling books made with our journaling tags, with pics attached it brings your feeling and photos together for your children and extended family member to read about you and them.
We love to continue to show those simple layouts and needs. On our website there are small books and layout kits that fill these needs. They are for sale, and we will continue to add to these layouts for you the consumer to be able to purchase and complete pages in no time.
This morning gives me time to reflect on these things, the love I have for my family and the need I always feel about putting into my pages "history" as you might say about them.
We love sharing these ideas with you too. Keep plugging away at this beautiful hobby. We are creating great history books for our children and grand children, and thier children. This is the only way they will remember the wonderful times in thier lives with and without you.
Hugs to all of you today,