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CHA Scrapbooking: Webster’s Pages

Webster’s Pages‘ booth at CHA was packed full of brand new collections and embellishments. “Country Estate” is first up; it reminds us of a bed & breakfast kind of feel.

Buttons & Twine are a new embellishment for Webster’s Pages. They are adhesive backed chipboard buttons with coordinating twine right on the card for easy matching!

Layered Transparencies are another new embellishment, each set includes 4 different 4″x 6″ transparencies that can either be layered to create a full scene, or used individually.

“Yacht Club” is a really fun Summer collection with lighthouse, lobsters, whales and fun summer patterns!

“Ladies & Gents” is a bright version of a Victorian collection with tea cups, overstuffed chairs, pocket watches and more!
(Photo from Webster’s Pages website)
Fabric Tickets are beautiful non-adhesive printed canvas tickets that can be used for all sorts of crafty projects, whether you want to sew them on, attach them to a page with adhesive, hang them from ribbons on tags, or just look at how pretty they are.

“Trendsetter” is another bright collection with a modern fashion theme full of patterns fit for any cute, fashion forward layout!

“Spring Market” is a modern take on homemakers brights that just released a couple of weeks ago.

Webster’s Pages has also released a collection of stamps with Unity Stamp Co. There are 4 stamp sets, a large background stamp, and 8 Itty Bitty stamps.

Push Pins are another new embellishment. There are 10 large pins, or 16 small pins in each package depending on the set and they come in the packaging you see here, which is cute and keeps you safe from getting poked!

Lovely as always!
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CHA Scrapbooking: Crate Paper

Crate Paper‘s CHA release seemed to be on a lot of people’s favorites list. They have released four new paper collections that they hope will easily mix and match with other collections for all your crafty endeavors.
Each new collection includes embellishments, and they have added a few more this year. The first of these new additions are Accent Cuts, which is a double-sided sheet of tags and journaling cards that you can cut up to use on your projects. The Eclectic Buttons also debuted at the show and these sets of 14 custom buttons are very dimensional and beautiful in person. 

Emma’s Shoppe is a beautiful, girly collection with a vintage flair that Crate Paper says was inspired by (and can easily be combined with) their super popular Restoration collection from their last CHA release.

Toy Box is exactly what you might expect to find when peeking into an old toy box filled with bright and fun playthings. We love that although a few sides of these papers are very boy specific (which is definitely something we need) this collection could very easily be used for lots of different occasions and non-events as well.

Portrait was a huge hit at the show and we have to say that we agree with the buzz. We can definitely see this wedding and family inspired collection becoming a go-to collection for beautifully crafted events, family history albums, and any other page for that matter. The combination of colors and the gorgeous tones really are lovely.

The last of the 4 new Crate Paper collections is Neighborhood, a whimsical, springlike collection in those classic Spring colors updated with dashes of admiral blue and adorable pennant banners, birds, flowers, and other cute little indicators of Spring.

We’re finding it impossible to pick just one favorite collection from Crate Paper’s new release, but are asking you to do just that! Which of the 4 new collections could you see yourself using the most, and what would you scrapbook with it?

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Basic Grey Precision File Set

Reported by Heather Voinski

The Basic Grey Precision File Set is a set of 6 files that can be used on almost every surface, including all those little tight spots that we never seem to be able to get to. The set includes: 1 round, 1 half-round, 1 square, 1 knife, and 2 file boards. All files come with a rubber coated grip for easy use.

I was introduced to this set while attending a class at my LSS. I noticed several ladies filing away at the chipboard album we were making and I was curious! I picked up a set before leaving the store, unknowing that this was the tool I was needing. I am always making something out of chipboard and cardboard. I save all kinds of boxes and inserts from household items to use in my craft area and usually spend a ton of time with my little scissors shaping it. Since getting this set, my little scissors have gotten quite a rest.

Recently I used the file set when making a mini book about our dogs. My front and back covers were both made of cardboard, from a box waiting to be recycled in my garage.

After cutting my pieces of cardboard, I wanted to round the edges. If I could find my corner rounder (we recently moved and it is still lost) I wound have tried to use it, but I don’t think it would have even fit. The flat board filer made it easy for me to do though. I marked off my corner using a ruler and then cut it with scissors. Then I used the flat board filer to round the edges of my cardboard. The whole process took me about 5 minutes.

For my inner pages, I cut my pages from a piece of 12 x 12 chipboard.

I wanted cute fancy edges that you get from some of the new chipboard books you see in the stores. I took a piece of left over paper with a edge on it and traced it on my chipboard.

I used my scissors to cut off the most I could, and then filed and shaped it with a flat board file and the half round file. It was simple to do, and I think the pages came out great. It certainly looked like one of those fancy albums that I would pay a lot for in the store.

After making all of my pages out of chipboard, I covered them with paper. After they were all covered, I used the flat board file and the half round file to file my edges. This is what I saw the women at my LSS doing.

If you file the edges of your chipboard after covering it, it makes the edges look nice and clean, like the paper was on it all along.

I love the way it makes the edges look. It makes them look finished.

Filing Tip: The important thing I found out, when filing paper on chipboard, is to go in one direction. You want to make passes over the edges in one direction, and then flip your page over and do it again to the other side. If you don’t do this, your edges will become a mess.

My mini book included acrylic pages in between my chipboard ones. The one thing that bugs me about acrylic pages when I cut them myself, are the sharp edges that they can have. I wanted clean edges like my chipboard so I trimmed the edges again and used my flat board file on them.

Filing Tip: Using the files on the acrylic were a little different. What I found is that you need to file in one direction like on the chipboard first and this will produce excess acrylic on the edge and then turn your file on the edge and file off the excess. Doing this will give you a nice smooth edge.

I finished off my mini and embellished it and then tried the flat file on the backside of my staples. A few passes of my file and my edges of the staples were smooth.


  • Simple to use and the rubber grip makes them easy to hold. Plus… the rubber grip on the file boards can be removed so that you can reverse them to extend their use or replace them.
  • Great price
  • Durable
  • Can be used on multiple surfaces
  • Can be used on more than paper crafts. I have a friend that put a wooden dollhouse together for her daughter and used the set to file the entire thing. (this is where the durable come in….she is still using them and they still don’t need replacing)
  • Instead of using them to smooth, you can also go in the other direction with these and distress!!


  • Would love to see them packaged differently, maybe in a case that closes and holds them better
  • That I didn’t find them sooner 🙂

The Basic Grey Precision File Set can be purchased at many sites online and can also be found at most of the chain craft stores.

Overall I can say I am more than pleased with this file set. Definitely gets a rating of 10 out of 10 from me. It has been more helpful than I could have ever imagined, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who crafts. Here at Craft Critique we love to hear what you think of this product and if you have it, please leave a comment and tell us how YOU are using it!

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