Papercrafting Product Share Videos from Creativeworld | Paperworld 2015 – Messe Frankfurt (Germany)

Papercrafting Product Share Videos from Creativeworld | Paperworld 2015 – Messe Frankfurt (Germany)
Papercrafting product, project, demo, artist and booth shares from Creativeworld | Paperworld 2015, Messe Frankfurt (Germany) – January 31-February 3, 2015

Papercrafting Industry Event: Creative World - Messe Frankfurt (Germany) - January 31-February 3, 2015 (image)

Papercrafting Industry Event: Creative World | PaperworldMesse Frankfurt (Germany) – January 31-February 3, 2015

Wow, it’s hard to believe we’re back here again so soon…and that the show is already over!

I spent three of the four show days at this international craft industry event – Creativeworld | Paperworld – walking the show floor and capturing what I saw and heard, all in the hopes of capturing the spirit of the event for YOU!

It’s an exhausting three days, but also super fun and exciting…and very different from our U.S. shows.

My focus was, of course, on all the new papercrafting products, but I was also very focused on sharing with you papercrafts and other types of crafting that are more well-known in other parts of the world, and all the LIVE art-making that goes one.

Wow, are there some talented artists at this event and we can’t wait for you to see them in action!

I visited most every booth in the Creativeworld halls, many in the Paperworld halls and the trends area of Christmasworld, an event that runs simultaneously and focuses on holiday decor.

I also enjoyed some great meetings, ran into and caught up with new and old industry friends, met many fun folks from around the world, and shot almost 1,000 photos, 796 of which made the final cut – they’re up next!

Since this event is not open to the general public, this is a chance to peek inside and see what goes on “behind the scenes.”

Papercrafting Product & Techique Video: EBRU Technique Video - Creativeworld | Paperworld 2015 (image)

Papercrafting Product & Techique Video: EBRU Technique Video – Creativeworld | Paperworld 2015

First up are 14 videos I recorded on the show floor – click here to see videos of the latest and greatest papercrafting products being demo’d, your favorite (and some new!) papercrafting designers and manufacturer reps and artists in action, and peeks into the papercrafting manufacturers’ booths.

It’s time to grab a snack and a drink, get comfy and check out what our favorite (and new-to-you!) papercrafting product companies have to share with us!

Then, let us know what you think of what you saw – leave a comment below and tell us what you find exciting.

Share your thoughts about what you saw
&
YOU could WIN!

And when you’re done, don’t forget to share the gallery link with your buddies – they want to see too, you know.


Stay tuned for our next set of shares – photos galore and more chances to WIN some fab papercrafting products!


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Papercrafting Product Share Photos from CHA’s Mega Show 2015

Papercrafting Product Share Photos from CHA’s Mega Show 2015
It’s that time of year again, time to share more of what we saw at the industry’s annual Craft and Hobby Association’s Mega Show (#CHAShow2015) – Anaheim, CA (USA) – January 9-13, 2015

Papercrafting Industry Products & Education: CHA Winter MegaShow - January 2015 - Anaheim, CA (USA) (image)

Papercrafting Industry Products & Education: CHA Winter MegaShow – January 2015 – Anaheim, CA (USA)

We’re back, ready to give you another inside peak into the industry’s largest U.S.-based trade event for crafting (and papercrafting!). This time, through photos!

The four-and-a-half days I spent at this craft industry event – the Craft and Hobby Association‘s Mega Show – attending business sessions, checking out manufacturers’ workshops and walking the show floor, were captured “on film,” as they say, and it’s time to share the pix with you.

And no, this is NOT like watching your Uncle Ned’s vacation slides – we’d never bore you like that!

Since this event is not open to the general public, this is a chance to peek inside and see what goes on “behind the scenes” through the lens of my camera.

This about showing you the stuff that makes us ooh and aah, the papercrafting goodies that’ll soon be making their way to your favorite local papercrafting store!


My focus was, of course, on all the new papercrafting products, but I did find myself oogling products for all sorts of crafting pursuits (wait till you see the Lion Brand Yarn #SCARFIE letters!).

I visited 178 booths, had lots of great meetings, ran into and caught up with old industry friends, and shot more than 1,250 photos – check ’em out below!

PCC’s CHA Mega Show 2015
Papercrafting Product Shares Photo Gallery – Pt I

PCC’s CHA Mega Show 2015
Papercrafting Product Shares Photo Gallery – Pt II

Depending on your internet speed, it may take up to a minute or longer
for the 600+ images in each collection to load –
once they load, click on the first image and you can view the images as a slide show;
click on the slideshow arrows,
or use your computer keyboard arrow keys,
to navigate left and right.
Enjoy!


Well, what do you think?

How many of these new fun new treasures
will be making it to your crafting table?

Let us know what you think of what you saw –
leave a comment below
and tell us what you find exciting.

And when you’re done perusing, don’t forget to
share the gallery link with your buddies.
They want to see too, you know. :)

Oh, and keep your eyes open for some hidden presents!!!

How do you enter to win the presents?
Find the hidden presents in the image captions,
copy the image captions and paste them in an email,
add “I Found the CHAShow Goodies” to the email subject line
and send your entry to us via email to
shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com.
Easy!

***Please don’t share the presents’ locations!***

We’ll randomly draw one winner for each present next week!

Oh, and one more thing…

If you missed the CHA MegaShow 2015 event videos we shared, you’re not too late – here’s a link to the post and videos:

PCC’s CHA Mega Show 2015
Papercrafting Product Shares Videos & Post

Thanks for tuning in again – we love sharing the hottest NEW products and awesome papercraft projects with you,
Steph

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Papercrafting Product Share Videos from CHA’s Mega Show 2015

Papercrafting Product Share Videos from CHA’s Mega Show 2015
It’s that time of year again, time to share what we saw at the industry’s annual Craft and Hobby Association’s Mega Show (#CHAShow2015) – Anaheim, CA (USA) – January 9-13, 2015

Papercrafting Industry Products & Education: CHA Winter MegaShow - January 2015 - Anaheim, CA (USA) (image)

Papercrafting Industry Products & Education: CHA Winter MegaShow – January 2015 – Anaheim, CA (USA)

Wow, it’s hard to believe we’re back here again so soon…and that the show has come and gone already!

I spent four-and-a-half days at this craft industry event – the Craft and Hobby Association‘s Mega Show – attending business sessions, checking out manufacturers’ workshops and walking the show floor, all in the hopes of capturing the spirit of the event for YOU!

It’s an exhausting four days, but also super fun and exciting!

My focus was, of course, on all the new papercrafting products, but I did find myself oogling products for all sorts of crafting pursuits (wait till you see the Lion Brand Yarn #SCARFIE letters!).

I visited 178 booths, had lots of great meetings, ran into and caught up with old industry friends, and shot more than 1,200 photos – they’re up next!

Since this event is not open to the general public, this is a chance to peek inside and see what goes on “behind the scenes.”

 

Papercrafting Product Video: Tim Holtz's NEW Foil Sheets (image)

Papercrafting Product Video: Tim Holtz’s NEW Foil Sheets

First up are 16 videos I recorded on the show floor – click here to see videos of the latest and greatest papercrafting products being demo’d, your favorite (and some new!) papercrafting designers and manufacturer reps in action, and peeks into the papercrafting manufacturers’ booths.

It’s time to grab your favorite drink and a snack, get comfy and get ready to see what our favorite papercrafting product companies have in store for us this season!

Then, let us know what you think of what you saw – leave a comment below and tell us what you find exciting.

And when you’re done, don’t forget to share the gallery link with your buddies – they want to see too, you know.


Stay tuned for our next set of shares – photos galore and chances to WIN some brand new papercrafting products!

Worried you might miss a share, giveaway or winner announcement?

Don’t be!

Just subscribe to our blog feed and you’ll be the first to know when the shares, giveaways and winner announcements go live!

Thanks for tuning in – we love sharing the hottest NEW products and awesome papercraft projects with you,
Steph

 

 

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster
We’re Putting Papercrafting Products Through Their Paces, Just For YOU!


Hello Papercrafters!

We’re happy to share yet another unbiased papercrafting product review with you today.

Our goal?

To provide you with valuable information to help you decide whether or not this product is worth your hard-earned papercrafting dollars.

What’s involved in a papercrafting product review?

We put papercrafting products through their paces and share our experiences with you.

What can you expect from our papercrafting product reviews?

We’re focused on providing you with totally unbiased papercrafting product reviews, including how the products perform “in real life,” and what we think of the value (cost vs. functionality).

And when we say totally unbiased papercrafting product reviews, we mean it!

If we really love a papercrafting tool or product, we’ll say so.

Conversely, if we find shortcomings, we’ll call attention to those as well.


The manufacturers who submit their papercrafting products to us have been told about our commitment to creating unbiased papercrafting product reviews and they have agreed to our policy prior to sending us their product(s).

And, in case anyone’s interested, we do not accept payment in conjunction with any of the papercrafting product reviews we conduct and share.

Finally, we give away or donate many of the papercrafting products and tools we review when the reviews are complete – we accept papercrafting products for review solely to enable us to try out the product and share a totally honest review with you, our valued community members.

Of the papercrafting products we do keep, all are kept so they can be used to create projects to share with you in the future, and/or in the case of a machine like the Brother Scan’NCut (which we reviewed in 2013), to enable us to further explore the product and share our results.

Our papercrafting product reviews will always include photos and/or videos, as well as spoken and/or written lists of product specs, features and benefits, pros and cons, pricing information, links to the manufacturers’ website and social media channels, and/or places where the product can be purchased. And, we do our best to find other, unique ways to use the products and share our ideas (and tips and tricks!) with you.

Additionally, when appropriate, we’ll share projects we’ve created with the product or tool and/or link you to one or more created by others. 

Hopefully you enjoy watching and/or reading the papercrafting product reviews as much as we enjoy producing them!

Have questions about our papercrafting product review process? 
Leave a comment on this post, or send an email to Stephanie at shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com, with “Papercrafting Product Review Question” in the subject line.


Manufacturers:

Are you a papercrafting product manufacturer looking to have your product(s) reviewed?

Send an email to Stephanie at shackney {at} papercrafterscorner {dot} com, with “Papercrafting Product Review Request” in the subject line, and we’ll follow up with you about your product(s).

Please note: we only accept papercrafting products and tools for review AND we do not accept all papercrafting products for reviews – appropriateness to our audience is a key factor when we consider whether or not to accept a papercrafting product for review.


And now, let’s check out the review…

Holster Brands - Creators of The Hobby Holster (image)

Holster Brands – Creators of The Hobby Holster

Today’s papercrafting product review is of

The Hobby Holster®

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster (image)

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster


I first learned about The Hobby Holster® at the Craft & Hobby Association‘s (CHA‘s) Mega Show last January.

I love visiting with the creators of new products entering the craft and hobby market and Holster Brands (the maker of The Hobby Holster®) was on my “hit list.”

After a brief intro to the product by the creators, I was intrigued enough to want to get my hands on one to review, and thus, here we are!

Since dealing with heat tools while creating can be both hazardous and a pain (literally and figuratively!), The Hobby Holster® seemed liked a solution that might serve me – and you! – quite well.

Let’s find out…

This is the description the manufacturer provided:
“The Hobby Holster® is a heat-resistant, 100% silicone pocket that is designed to hold hot crafting tools. A divided pocket separates a glue gun from hot glue sticks, glitter pens from scrapbook paper, Mod Podge® from felt, and endless other odd couples and crafty pairings.  The silicone material allows The Hobby Holster® to cling to any smooth surface without the use of suction cups or adhesive, and it’s easy to place and easy to move when your crafting day is complete.” 

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster Used to Hold A Glue Gun (image)

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster Used to Hold A Glue Gun

Even before we received The Hobby Holster® for review, I immediately started thinking about other ways I (and you!) might be able to put The Hobby Holster® to use.

  • To hold small papercrafting tools, or pens and markers, (out of the way, but at-hand) when working on a small work surface (TV tray or airplane tray table?)
  • To protect my work surface from the heat of my small craft iron
  • To hold my heat gun when it’s intermittently in use
  • To hold paintbrushes (and rinsing water?)
  • To hold my phone or camera (so they’re easy to find when my creative “mess” takes over my work surface!)
  • To hold my crochet hooks, scissors and counting rings when I’m crocheting

And,

  • To hold toothbrushes and toothpaste, or cosmetic brushes, in the bathrooms
  • To hold dish brushes or sponges in the kitchen sink
  • To hold toiletries while traveling (hanging them from plane, train and hotel bathrooms?)
  • To hold craft tools and supplies while crafting on the road

I’m sure you’ll come up with even more ideas once you’ve seen The Hobby Holster® in action.

Are you ready for the review?

Here we go…

 

So, what do you think so far?

The Hobby Holster® is certainly a handy addition to a craft space…and many other areas of one’s home, or office, car or travel bag!

Here are some shots of The Hobby Holster® in action
around the house, in an office or classroom, and while traveling:

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Bathroom Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Bathroom Use

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Bathroom Use 2 (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Bathroom Use 2

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Kitchen Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Kitchen Use

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Office or Classroom Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Office or Classroom (Whiteboard) Use

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Hotel Bathroom Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Hotel Bathroom Use

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Hotel Nightstand Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Hotel Nightstand Use

(Note: I keep my iPhone 6 in the larger pocket on the right,
but I was using it to shoot this photo!)

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Hotel Desk Use (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Hotel Desk Use

(Note: This would work well at crops and other crafting events
where works surface space is limited.)

Papercrafting Review - The Hobby Holster - Hotel Desk Use (Close-up) (image)

Papercrafting Review – The Hobby Holster – Hotel Desk Use (Close-up)


Following are some important points from the Holster Brands‘ website, followed by product specs, pros and cons discovered during my testing and the taping of the video, tips, tricks and usage ideas, pricing information, my manufacturer feedback, and our overall rating after completing our review.

Important Points:

  • The Hobby Holster® can be used on any smooth, non-porous surface (including tile, porcelain, stainless steel, granite, marble, metal, smooth laminate, glass, wood and plastic) that is clean and dry.
  • The “stickiness” is a permanent feature of the product and can be refreshed simply by cleaning The Hobby Holster® with alcohol or water.
  • Press on the flap to ensure The Hobby Holster® is firmly attached and test by pulling downward before adding products to its pockets. (Lift up on the flap to easily remove The Hobby Holster®.
  • Holster Brands claims The Hobby Holster® has been tested for heat resistance to 400º F – they do not recommend it be used to hold items that may be hotter.
  • Holster Brands states that you can leave a hot glue gun on while it’s resting in The Hobby Holster®, but you should always follow the heat tool manufacturer’s instructions; they also remind you to never leave any heat tool unattended. Additionally, we remind you to keep heat tools out of reach of small children!
  • Because The Hobby Holster® has two separate pockets, you can place two glue guns in it, one in each pocket. Holster Brands recommends only one heat tool be placed in each pocket at a time so the tools don’t damage each other.
  • Hot glue which might drip in or on The Hobby Holster® can be easily removed/peeled off once the glue is cool.

For confirmation of all of the above, and to review other frequently asked questions, please visit the Holster Brands website FAQ page.

Product Specs:

Papercrafting Product Review: Hobby Holster Measurements & Features (image)

Papercrafting Product Review: The Hobby Holster Measurements & Features

  • Lightweight
  • Overall Measurements: 10.5″ x 5.5″ (see The Hobby Holster product pages for all measurements)
  • Materials: Heat-resistant (to 400º F), 100% silicone pocket
  • Features: Two pockets, one shorter, one taller (there’s a slot in the outside of the taller pocket so a glue gun rests easily inside); built-in, double ruler on the flap section (one side has inches, one side has centimeters)
  • Made in China


The Hobby Holster® – Pros:

  • It’s lighweight and portable, and packs down quite small when you need to take it with you to crops, craft events or while traveling
  • Includes a built-in ruler (actually two – one side includes inches and one side includes centimeters)
  • It can be easily cleaned and used again and again, for a variety of purposes
  • It keeps small tools corralled and off your work surface
  • It keeps heat tools, such as glue guns (along with their glue sticks), off your work surface and out of the way
  • It makes using a glue gun much easier – you can simply swipe off excess glue on the flap of The Hobby Holster® and drop your glue gun into its “holster” to keep additional melting glue off your work surface
  • It’s currently available in four colors: grey, green, pink and turquoise
  • And, it’s great for storing so much more than craft supplies: toiletries, eyeglasses, small mobile phones, kitchen sponges and brushes, etc. (note: Holster Brands makes products specifically for the kitchen, and several other products for your home, office or car). Note: My iPhone 6 fit into the larger pocket, but not into the smaller pocket.

 
The Hobby Holster® – Possible Cons:

  • I really can’t think of any cons, although it would be great if it could be used for more heat tools, such as the Heat-It tool and all small craft irons. Since the former was not its intended purpose, we’ll share that suggested purpose with the manufacturer in our feedback below.

Tips, Tricks & Usage Information:

  • The Hobby Holster® is perfect for holding small papercrafting or needle-art tools (scissors, hooks, needles, etc.), or pens, pencils and markers, while you’re creating. It’s especially handy when working on a small work surface as the pocket and items hang off the edge of your work surface, leaving your work surface area free for your project (scrapbooks, cards, canvases, drawing or watercolor pads, etc.).
  • I’ve now gotten used to using The Hobby Holster® while traveling – The Hobby Holster® is now on my pack-list for traveling by car, plane or train, and for when I attend crafting events where space is at a premium.
  • I’m using The Hobby Holster® to keep my portable electric toothbrush and toothpaste hanging from the bathroom mirror in the train and hotel bathrooms I use. It holds the weight well and the items are more visible, meaning I’m less likely to leave them behind when I get off the train or check out of my hotel! I’m thinking I will need to buy a two more – one for crafting, one for toiletries and one to hold my phone!
  • I tried resting my small craft iron*, plate side down, on the flap of The Hobby Holster® to determine whether or not it was a viable option for keeping the hot iron on my work surface while crafting. My small craft iron appeared to get too hot for The Hobby Holster®, causing the surface of the flap on The Hobby Holster® to buckle, but the buckling did disappear once The Hobby Holster® cooled down. Because I couldn’t verify the temperature of my small craft iron, and because I’m not sure the flap was intended as a resting surface for a craft iron such as mine, I can’t recommend using the flap of The Hobby Holster® for this particular iron.
  • I was able to hang my small Heat-It heat gun* in the larger pocket of The Hobby Holster®, but it was a snug fit due to the circumference of my heat gun. A more narrow heat gun may fit better, but remember to follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding usage of the tool you own (and do not leave the heat gun on if you place it inside The Hobby Holster®!).
  • I also tested The Hobby Holster® in the kitchen – it easily holds kitchen sponges and brushes out of the way, while keeping them close at hand. And, The Hobby Holster® can get wet without the “stickiness” failing. Keep in mind that Holster Brands does make other Holster Brands products which are specifically meant for the kitchen.
  • To clean The Hobby Holster® (after it got  covered in paper dust while sitting on my work surface while I was cutting up lots of cardstock), I simply placed the backside under running water and dried it by patting it with a microfiber towel (I recommend using a towel that doesn’t deposit lint, or let The Hobby Holster® air dry). The “stickiness” was good as new!
  • To take the The Hobby Holster® with you to crops and other crafting events, or while traveling, simply fold the top flap over the pocket section – it takes up very little space.

Pricing:
The Hobby Holster® retails for $ 19.99 USD. (Stay tuned for a special PCC offer below!)

Feedback for the Manufacturer:
My only feedback for the manufacturer is as follows:

  • It would be great if The Hobby Holster® could be used for more heat tools, such as the Heat-It tool and small craft irons such as the one I tested on the flap. Accommodating the Heat-It tool would require the larger pocket to be a bit wider and/or deeper, and a higher heat rating would be required to make the flap section of the product compatible with small craft irons such as the one I tested.
  • I’d love to see a larger, multi-pocket product made available – it would be great to have one that could hold a variety of tools simultaneously – 12″ across, with 3-4 pockets or varying depths would be ideal!



Overall Product Rating for The Hobby Holster®?

This Papercrafting Product Receives: 10 out of 10 Stars (image)

This Papercrafting Product Receives: 10 out of 10 Stars

The Hobby Holster® received 10 out of 10 stars!

(Note: I had considered giving The Hobby Holster® 9 out of 10 stars
given that laying my craft iron on the flap caused the flap to buckle a bit,
but since I was not able to confirm the temperature of my craft iron
and the product is only rated to withstand temps up to 400ºF,
and the product performed just fine once the flap cooled down,
I didn’t think that was fair.)

So, what do you think?

Is
The Hobby Holster®
the perfect papercrafting tool for you?

Please ask questions, if you have any,
and share your comments about this product.

How would you use the
The Hobby Holster®
,
and what, if anything, would you change?

Looking for more information on The Hobby Holster® and other Holster Brands products?


Thanks for joining us for today’s product review.

Now, are you ready for a surprise?

We have a giveaway!!!

Holster Brands sent me two of their products and
we’re giving away the second one,
The Hobby Holster® in turquoise!

Papercrafting Product Review Giveaway: THIS Hobby Holster Could Be YOURS! (image)

Papercrafting Product Review Giveaway: The Hobby Holster in Turquoise Could Be YOURS!

So, who wants to win one of these
for their papercrafting space?

Entering is easy –
simply tell us how you’d use
The Hobby Holster®
if you won one
and
share this giveaway with others
using the social media sharing tools
at the bottom of this post
and/or attached to any of the above images
(simply click on any image above and choose the social media icon you prefer)

This giveaway is open to all papercrafters,
not just those in the U.S.!

Deadline:
8 p.m. central (GMT-5),
Sunday, November 23, 2014

We’ll draw one winner, randomly, from all entries received by the deadline
(note: only those who followed the rules will be eligible for the giveaway!)


Another surprise?

Holster Brands has offered our community
a special limited-time discount on
The Hobby Holster®!

Buy The Hobby Holster®
before November 26, 2014
and use code paper25
to
save a whopping 25%!

What a great deal!

And what a great Christmas present
for your favorite crafter or hobbyist,
or anyone who could use help
keeping their small tools & supplies contained,
at-hand and out of the way!


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Happy Papercrafting,
Steph



The Hobby Holster® was provided to PaperCrafter’s Corner (and more specifically, to Stephanie Hackney) for the purposes of this review. 
All opinions of The Hobby Holster® are entirely those of Stephanie Hackney and there was no payment for the review of this product.

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