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CHA Mega Show 2015 | True Stories by Shimelle Laine [Video]

Reported by Maria del Pinto

Shimelle True Stories Paper Collection

Let’s take a close-up look at the “True Stories Paper Line” designed by Shimelle Laine for American Crafts, which was unveiled at the CHA Mega Show 2015! The collection will ship to stores in April 2015.

True Stories paper packs are available in 6×6 size as well as the traditional 12×12 size.

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For comparison, the layout above is from Shimelle’s first collection. In the tradition of other American Crafts brand designers such as Amy Tangerine and Maggie Holmes, you can see that the new line will coordinate beautifully with the previous one.

Shimelle debuted a range of new papers in the new line, including some great die cut papers that have tabs so that they can folded to create fun cards and home decor pieces.  She also released some new collections of stickers (like the ones below) and more of her popular cork stickers from the first release. Shimelle even added a wood veneer line that compliments all the papers and can be used for crafting projects too.

The sticker book below contains elements that are designed to be layered, so each sticker can be built upon to create a fun project piece.

Shimelle True Stories Small Sticker Book

The new line also contains new 4×4 cards that can be cut down, along with phrase stamps, darling little wooden buttons, multi-color Thickers with complementing alphabets, and several other cool items. The True Stories line is inspired by daydreams, where little things can make a difference, like a child dreaming of rockets.  Shimelle also included some overlays that can enhance a scrapbook page.

To get more of an idea of the inspiration and the darling papers in this line, watch the video below:

I loved all the cute papers and accessories that Shimelle had on display. I think my favorite element of the line is the tag set, because everything can be layered to create a unique tag.

I would love to hear what our readers think about this line! Leave a comment below!

Review | Elmer’s Painters

Reported by Angela Butler-Carter

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Elmer's Paint Pen

I received my first paint pen a few years ago. It was a very popular brand I loved writing with it on everything. It would write everywhere and I must have doodles to my little hearts content because low and behold that pen went dry.

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Most of my experiences have been with chisel tipped markers. This particular one however was a medium bullet tip (Elmer’s Painters come in both bullet and chisel tip, and in several sizes) and I loved it! With a bullet tip, you can make quick and easy polka dots – and who doesn’t love polka dots?

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You can see here that I added a little polka party on my journaling card for my pocket scrapbook layout, and I used it to draw journaling lines as well.

The ink flow on this pen is very good, but the ink is a bit streaky (which is a typical issue with paint pens). Personally, my preference would be to see the medium bullet tip be a bit smaller for my use. There is a “fine point” version of this pen but it is a tiny point for writing, too small for bullets.

Elmer’s Painters Markers in Metallic Gold retail for approximately $4 each at Walmart, Amazon.com, Dick Blick, and other art supply stores.

We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Dispenser

Reported by Maria del Pinto

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We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Dispenser

I recently bought myself a “We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape with Dispenser” to hold my collection of washi tape. I was going to purchase just the dispenser but found this fabulous deal and had to have it. The dispenser alone is currently about $20 but for about $32 it can be purchased with a really nice selection of 20 rolls of washi tape already included. The price of the tapes alone made this a great deal. I usually pay between $3 to $5 for a roll of washi tape. These tapes are great quality and buying them in the kit was a tremendous saving. It was like getting the dispenser for free! (This kit has been sold in Costco several times for $20-$22, but it is still a fabulous deal even at $32.)

The kit includes:

  • 10 – 1.5 cm rolls (26 feet each)
  • 10 – 1 cm rolls (26 feet each)
  • 1 Revolving Tape Dispenser in white

These washi tapes are made from beautifully printed Japanese paper. The vellum material is fairly transparent and looks beautiful on my projects. This washi tape (like most) is slightly re-positional, so you can move it if you are gentle. The color selection in this collection is great. The patterns are subtle which means I can easily incorporate the tape into a variety of craft and DIY projects.

We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Dispenser

The Dispenser itself has a convenient tape cutter located at each tape dispensing point.

I love that the Washi Tape Dispenser is so easy to use. It’s just like loading any desktop tape dispenser – you just match up the square end and pop the tape in or out. It makes it so very easy to change out my washi tape. I found that having the tape displayed made it so much easier for me to complete my projects. I load the dispenser with tapes that I need for a particular project and I can use them right from the holder.

We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Selection

The dispenser revolves which makes it very convenient to use when working on a project. The dispenser is heavy so it won’t move easily when you are using the tapes. To ensure it stays in place on your table top, it has the additional feature of rubber anti-slip pads underneath the dispenser.

Anti Slip Pads on Washi Tape Dispenser
Anti Slip Pads on We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Dispenser

One challenge I had with the dispenser is that it does not come with a cover. I live near the beach and need to keep paper and plastic crafting products well covered to protect them from our crazy weather and all the dust. So I used the plastic container that held it in place in the box and cut the excess plastic away (seen below). It fits perfectly. An alternative would be to use a clean plastic shower cap to cover the dispenser like a slipcover.

We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Dispenser Lid
We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Dispenser Lid

If you have a lot of washi tape to organize, We R Memory Keepers sells an add-on product called a Stackable Post for about $5 that can be used to stack multiple washi tape dispensers together into a rotating tower of tape!

I found the We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape Dispenser set to be a great way to organize and store my washi tapes. The conveniently located tape cutters and the fact that it revolves is an added bonus. I would recommend this set to anyone who loves working with washi tapes or is looking to start their own collections.

The We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape & Dispenser can be purchased on Amazon for around $36, or at Scrapbook.com for around $32. The dispenser is also available on Amazon and Scrapbook.com without tape for about $21-22.

We would love to know how our readers utilize washi tape. Please feel free to leave a comment below and share your experience or hints with washi tape.