Introducing American Vintage
Our gypsy adventures have taken us home where we were inspired to create our newest collection American Vintage. Inspired by our travels and the travels we want to take, American Vintage captures a little heart and a little soul of the Americas. Our gypsy journeys take us by road, by sea, by rail and by air to the many places of this great nation. If by air we can miss the journey, but arrive quickly to magical places and if by road we can take our gypsy time and explore nooks and crannies.
The American Vintage (AV) 12×12 Papers capture North, South, East and West as they stop along the way to point out what the USA has comet to call its own from the Golden Gate Bridge to Miss Liberty. Maps, license plates, street signs, old postcard and vintage prints and art from the past all come together to crate a this collection that is meant to be mixed and matched to create mixed media projects, scrapbook layouts, beautiful cards, travel journals, photo crates and capture the memories. Each paper is printed in full color on 80# cardstock which makes it perfect for creating books, boxes, cards, journals, Artist Trading Cards and just about anything crafty.
8×8 Paper Pad
The American Vintage 8×8 Paper Pad is filled with reduced images of the AV collection that are printed on a beautiful text weight that lends itself to lots of laying, card making, decoupage, Scrapbooking layouts and more. Six two-sided papers with 8 pieces of each per pad for a total of 48 sheets.
American Vintage File Folders are the perfect way to organize, classify, document, categorize or display your travel, holiday or everyday photos. Designed to hold 4”x6” items it is the perfect place to store photos, postcards, small travel documents, old passports and note cards. Add your file folders to our Vintage Photo Crates, wrap them with twine as a gift, layer them together to make a book or seal them away in an envelope to cherish and keep.
Black & White Vintage Photos
American Vintage Black & White Vintage Photos are a collection of 14 photos from the past printed in black and white and ready to be tinted, misted, distressed or left as they are and added to your craft projects. Each photo has a distressed edge to represent those amazing photos of the past. To create a slight shine as old photos do, simply add a clear coat of our Glam and allow them to dry. To tint pour a little glimmer mist or simply sheer into a cup after shaking and apply with a brush for a fine water color look. You will be amazed how beautiful they are.
The Vintage Postcards are 10 4”x6” cards printed on both sides to represent a true postcard of the past. You get 10 of the same design with a vintage green stamp to one side. You can layer, stamp, distress or draw what you want to say, add a stamp and send it on its way. Perfect surface for simple vintage invitations, thank you notes, bound tougher to make a book, notes a day along a trip or to send from each stop along the way.
American Vintage Mini Ephemera packs include 15 beautiful vintage images that will take you to and fro across the nation with touches of red, white and blue but more focused on all that makes the USA true.
American Vintage Journal Pages are 5”x7” two-sided cards with beautiful designs with lots of space to jot down your gypsy moments along the journey. Those moments can be the simplest of events that catches the eye or the highlight of your travels. Add words, photos, quotes, facts, dates and times to keep the memories alive. Bind the journal pages between two 7gypsies Book Covers or add them to the pages our our new Dungaree Journals.
Dungaree Journals come in three sizes and are screaming to travel across the lands. Filled with 10 clear protectors that are ready to hold photos, postcards, journal pages, ephemera or items picked up align the way. The journals are covered with denim that is stitched like a pair of faithful blue jeans adorning two metal rings ready to be opened and filled complete. Available in three sizes 5”x7”, 4”x6” and 6”x4” to house just what you need.
Stained Wood Photo Box
Our Stained Wood Photo Box is coming along soon, this box has 6 slots that are ready to hold your travel loot. Each section is just over 6” wide and room to store photos, file folders, postcards, journal pages, recipes alike. Not quite ready to be had these will arrive in April. If you must have you can pre-order and you will have.
Love is in the Air
We can’t wait to share our fun new Love Collection. Trendy new papers and embellishments with a sophisticated flare. We wanted to design new papers that were perfect for making Count Down to Valentine’s Day, DIY Valentines, Love cards, Valentine Mini Books and other fun paper craft projects. Our favorite new items are the Sending Love papers that have tons of great love sayings and words that make saying what you need to say fun and easy. With so much to say and not wanting to have to write it down, these new papers are so fun to work with.
CCP2839 Paris Hearts on Ivory
2755 Countdown to Kisses on White
CCP2840 Sending Love Words on Ivory
CCP2754 Stache Lips On White
CCP2841 Sending Love Words on White
CCP2651 Red and White Mini Hearts
CCP2838 Pink and Ivory Toile
CCP2655 Black and Ivory Love Script Reverse
If you are a current wholesaler interested in placing an order for the Valentine Collection please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak to a representative, call 866-376-9961. For new wholesale accounts, please fill out a wholesale application form and we will be in touch with next steps!
For consumer orders, visit our online shop at shop.canvascorpbrands.com.
Canvas Corp Brands, a US manufacturer of craft supplies, is excited to announce their sponsorship of the 2014 Winter Renegade Craft Fair. The Renegade Craft Fair began as a place to host and highlight independent artisans and craft businesses and has since blossomed into the nation’s largest DIY/craft fair.
“We chose to sponsor RCF because we believe in their mission of advancing independent artisans,” says Christine Meier, owner of Canvas Corp Brands. “We also found a commonality among our company and RCF makers–a commitment to quality, handmade products. Many people don’t know, but the majority of the products that we produce are handmade right here in our USA factory.”
Despite having a commonality, however, Canvas Crop Brands also serves as an affordable resource for makers and independent artisans. “My husband and I started Canvas Corp Brands nearly 7 years ago, so we understand the financial burden of running your own business. We want to be a reliable resource for these independent business owners when it comes to packaging, marketing, booth display, product development etc. We have a breadth of products that are not only available at an affordable cost but also are made with high attention to detail. It is our hope that RCF makers turn to Canvas Corp Brands for items such as tags, cards, canvas and burlap blanks, etc.”
Canvas Corp Brands will be sponsoring the makers and indie artrepreneurs in this years winter fair. They’ve custom designed a burlap and canvas tote bag that will be given to each vendor in all participating US Cities. The bag was designed by Meier and is sized 16″ x 18″ with one side containing ivory burlap and the other 14 oz. canvas and is further customized with the RCF logo.
“I designed a two-toned bag because it’s unique, similar to how the items sold at these fairs are unique to their maker,” says Meier. “We are excited to see where this event takes us and are happy to be working with such an amazing group of makers.”
Canvas Corp Brands is the manufacturer of craft supplies based out of Springdale, Arkansas. The company sells both wholesale and retail and can be contacted atwww.canvascorpbrands.com, via email at email@example.com, or at 866-376-9961. For more information on how Canvas Corp Brands is participating in the Maker Movement, visit www.canvascorpbrands.com/makers.
Located on a little island off the coast of Washington, you’ll find a sweet, caring and incredibly talented individual, Sally Moore. Sally is the owner and creative brain behind Sally by the Sea, an Etsy shop dedicated to handcrafted tea towels, pillows and more. We spoke with Sally to hear more about her business and were pleasantly surprised to hear about her journey.
Q: Why did you begin Sally by the Sea?
A: In 2009, I left my day job and was looking for something unique to do on the island, but I didn’t have a lot of talent. I wanted to combine something I loved with something that I was good at, and that something was painting. One Saturday I attended a local farmer’s market and got the idea to make hand-painted tea towels, and the rest is history.
A: My business has grown so much since I first started. On the island, plastic bags are not given out in stores so I expanded to hand-painted totes. My line now includes wine bags, tote bags, pillows, and tea towels.
Q: What inspires the designs on your products?
A: My surroundings inspire the designs. I have quite the view when I wake up and look out my window, it’s rather spectacular. Most of my designs are related to Lopez Island where I live and things that make me smile.
Q: Since you’ve grown, do you still do everything by hand?
A: I’ve outgrown my living room, so I moved to my backyard and created an office where I now have my own screen-printing studio. The designs are still hand painted and then screen-printed onto the items. However, the handmade aspect is very important to me, so I make sure that every piece is still hand-painted. After they’re screen-printed I paint over the artwork to ensure that each item is different.
Q: What has been the highlight of running your own business with handmade products?
A: Running my own business is great because it makes me excited to get up every day. I know I’m doing something for me and I’m doing something for the economy.
A: They’ve definitely been a huge help. If it weren’t for Canvas Corp I’d still be printing on tea towels. If anything, they’ve given me many more ideas on items to screen-print on and have expanded my product line.
Q: Where can we get your amazing products?
Thank you Sally, for telling us about your inspiring journey. We are so glad we could be apart of the process! If you’re a maker who is interested in creating your own line of products, we’d love to help! Send us an email today to see how we can work together!
Creative Merchandising Ideas for the Craft/DIY Retailer
Retailing today is not just about the products you buy, it is about the way you display it, what you display together and how you inspire your customers. Our eclectic mix of products challenges us to come up with creative ways to display our goods and we wanted to share some of these ideas with you. The consumer is changing and that is driving us to be more creative, more visual and more inspiring.
Here are 10 simple ideas you might want to try:
1. Find Your Voice
Many store fixtures and display units are very commercial and have little personality. There are many trends in the market including rustic vintage, colorful vintage, industrial, casual beach, repurposed, all white, all black, bohemian, minimalist, etc. Choosing a style will make creative merchandising easier and more fun. If your retail space requires the use of the fixtures, don’t shun them. Rather, embrace them in the new style. How? Faux paint them, paint them all one color or color each one a bright and fun color and change the dynamics of the space. Adding display tables, signage and other small details will allow you to start bringing your style to life.
2. “Un-dress” Products
Consider displaying products out of their original packaging, creating a more one of a kind, handmade look. Tie them with ribbon or jute that represents your style and add a handmade price tag. If the retail package offers valuable information, make a sign or print a small card that is added to the tied product.
3. Use Found Items as Displays
Display goods in unusual containers such as old crates, boxes, tin cans and other found or vintage pieces. You can leave them as they are or paint them. These can be displayed on entry tables.
4. Make Space
If space for products is limited or if you have run out of room on your fixtures, feature items on unusual objects such as windows, shutters or even an old screen door. Simply add nails or thumb tacks and your are ready to hang products.
5. Pack on the Paper
Paper is a hot selling item. For stores that are not traditional scrapbooking stores loaded with great fixtures to hold 12×12 papers, there is a dilemma on how to display them. Before investing in large paper rack fixtures, consider the following ideas:
- Hang one of each paper from a banner of jute and clothespins, keeping the rest of the inventory in a box.
- Display them in a crate or box that holds 12×12 or larger, separating them with paper dividers or 12×12 file folders. Customers can shop like they would a record album back in the day.
- Display them on vintage hangers and hang
- Purchase stackable 12×12 paper holders that are easy to move around, add to display tables and you can adjust the number of trays in the stack.
- 12×12 paper is not just for scrapbooking anymore, it is an essential part of the new DIY trend, so finding fun ways to display in your store is essential!
6. Adopt a Unique Selling Strategy
Consider selling your products by the piece versus by the pack. Find a vintage box or crate with separate compartments and begin filling them with loose products such as cards, tags, charms, crystals and sell them by the individual piece. When you sell by the piece you can generally get more retail dollars per item and it allows you customers the freedom to buy just what they need. As many of the items are small, we suggest you put this display on the counter or in an open space. Include small paper or clear bags that they can fill with their goodies.
7. Diversify your Selection
Bring fabric into your store, no we are not suggesting bolts of fabric and fabric tables, but a few rolls or folds of burlap and canvas will add warmth to your store. Natural fabrics are very popular in many markets right now and having a good selection of both fabrics, ribbons, ropes and cords that you can sell as they are or by the foot or yard will give you something unique to offer your customers. Rolls of fabric can easily be dispalyed in a corner or smaller pieces can be cut and stacked on shelves or in crates and sold. Taking the fabrics out of the packaging will also add textures and dimension to your display. If you are considering adding rolled fabric, locate long poles or paper cores that are approx. 60″ in length and purchase your goods folded and roll them onto your poles when it arrives, saving freight and costs in shipping, but allowing you to display.
8. DIY Peg Board Displays
Make your own peg board boxes or displays to feature smaller programs that get lost on big fixtures or if you are out of space. You can purchase peg board at your local hardware store in 4’x8′ pieces. Many stores will cut the pegboard and wood for you to make it easier to handle. You can frame your custom size peg board with a simple wood frame or you can add detailed frames to give them a more ornate look. Faux paint them, distress them or paint them any color and they are ready to hang on the wall, become part of a table display or even by the front counter. You can make them bit bigger and add an easel stand and set them anywhere in the store. These fun little fixtures allow you to add more personality and style in various places around the store. You can buy various size peg hooks to hold bulky items to tiny items, the choice is yours. You can also spray paint your peg hooks fun colors or distress them as well.
9. Funky Furniture
Bring in old furniture like old dressers, chairs and tables to display goods…paint them in your style and add them throughout your space. If you can find dressers with drawers that hold 12×12 paper or fabric this is another great way to display both. Chairs also make great shelves, cut them in 1/2 and hang them on the wall for eclectic shelves, child-size and adult-size can be mixed and matched and you get two shelves as you cut the chairs in half.
10. Display on Doors
Old doors make great screens, places to hang models, tack up project ideas or even hang product. Hinge 2 or more together and they stand anywhere you want them and you can use both sides. If you find screen doors you can use the screen or replace with chicken wire or even peg board for more display space. Add nails, tacks or hooks anywhere and create your display.
A fun shopping environment filled with inspiration, a diverse product selection and creative displays will draw customers to your store. Word of mouth can be your best asset and the more you offer what your customers are looking for in and outside of your current market the more you store takes on a new personality. The retail lines are no longer cut and dry– customers expect to find what they are seeing on pinterest, instagram and their favorite blogs. If they are ready to create they want to be able to walk in and buy everything they need to make it. You cannot be everything to everyone, but adding a little bit of fabric, hardware, crafts, gifts, vintage pieces, furniture (to sell), scrapbooking, ribbon, ropes, knobs, old doors & windows (to sell), craft tools and die cut machines, notions, sewing machines, screen, chicken wire, nails, tacks, glue gun, drill, craft glues, DIY paints, craft paints, paint supplies…ok the list can go on and on, but the fun part is displaying all of these items in unique ways that tell the story and inspire your customers.
Canvas Home Basics has added to their ever expanding line of product with an exciting new collection inspired by culinary designs of the past, Farmhouse Kitchen. What started as a tag for a homemade gift has grown into a new collection that embodies all that is Farmhouse– rustic decor, the country kitchen, vintage cookware and bakeware, etc. Our inspiration came from the idea of simple gifts and food that comes from a place of warmth and love– the kitchen. This inspiration enabled us to design a product line that captures the essence of creating and gift-giving, whether that be homemade goods or handmade gifts.
This collections steps us away from many of our traditional releases with many new products that take you beyond scrapbooking, card making and paper crafts and into a broader spectrum of creativity.
Card Stock Papers
The card stock papers are printed on kraft and ivory base papers and mix and match beautifully. They’ll also coordinate with any color palette and allow you to add color to the artwork (of course we suggest Tattered Angels Paints).
Cards and More
For the first time, we’ve included specialty items such as panel cards, thank you cards, recipe cards and our favorite, a printed canvas panel. We wanted to be sure to include all the elements needed to host a party, give gifts, store recipes and more.
We’ve introduced a line of tags that focus on gift giving with 10 of the same tags per pack so that you can create your homemade items with the tag of your choice.
File Folders & Recipe Crates
7gypsies is so excited to launch a new creative concept for every-day journaling, Gypsy Moments. We found ourselves seeking an instant, yet creative way to document the little moments that present themselves in the uniqueness of our one of a kind lives— points in time that make us blush, grin, smirk, tear, think, breath, dance, dream, wish, sigh and help us realize who we are. Thus, ‘Gypsy Moments’ was born.
The emphasis of this collection is to incorporate a vintage theme into every-day journaling. For example, the collection includes pre-designed cards that capture how we are feeling at the moment, file folders that organize those moments and vintage crates that store the moments on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. And of course the line also includes tags, papers, naked items, charms and ephemera that can be used to embellish.
Gypsy Moments are also meant to be shared and to help shape the lives of others. Fill out a Gypsy Moments card and add to a greeting card or slip it onto a co-workers desk at just the right moment to make their day. For more on the Gypsy Moments story, visit gypsymoments.sevengypsies.com.
Gypsy Moment Cards
Little vintage designed cards that are two sided with plenty of space to capture the ‘moment’ and then ready to be stashed away in a folder, envelope, journal or little paper bag. Each pack has 10 of the same style, so find the perfect little vintage tray or use one of our new Vintage Photo Crates so they are ready to go when a ‘moment’ needs to be captured.
Gypsy Moment Crates
Perfect for photos and so much more, these vintage style mini crates hold anything 4″x6″ including: photos, file folders, recipe cards, post cards, note cards, mini books and more. Also great for mini gift baskets, photo storage, scrapbooks in a crate and other fun paper crafting projects. Vintage ATC Crate – Perfect for holding business cards, calling cards or storing Artist Trading Cards. Try our ATC file folders that were designed to fit right in and organize anything that is mini. Also great for tiny gift baskets, wallet size photos, custom business card holders for a desk and more.
Gypsy Moment File Folders
Available in two sizes, these fun little folders fit right into our Vintage Crates and help store, organize and add fun design to your Gypsy Moments Projects. They are also great for creating greeting cards, gifting photos, DIY gift card holders or just because. Our Vintage File Folders are great companions to the line and just work so well together.
Gypsy Moment Tags
This new collection of tags coordinates with Gypsy Moments, but each tag was designed to stand on its own. Designed as vintage inspired tags that are perfect for adding to handmade gifts, homemade goodies, holiday gift wrap, birthday presents or just because. 10 tags of the same design per pack, so pick your favorite.
The line comes together in our Gypsy Moments Look Book, where you will find a complete collection of projects and ideas. Here are just a few of our favorites.
Hanging Memory Keeper
This clever tray if filled with pockets of paper, file folders and fabric that are ready to store finished Gypsy Moments Cards or house those just waiting for their moment. Beautiful to look at and functional as a living journal of your Gypsy Moments.
Gypsy Moments Crate
Looking for a fun way to store you moments, try this fun little project which offers an easy way to organize and store your moments, photos, tickets and mementos of the days of your life, our Vintage Photo Crates hold so much more.
Little Moments Journal
Personal journaling is so popular and here is a way to bring in the fun of mixed media, vintage and personal journaling together into a journal filled with texture, dimension and heart.
If you are a current wholesaler interested in placing an order for the photo crates please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. To speak to a representative, call 866-376-9961. For new wholesale accounts, please fill out a wholesale application form and we will be in touch with next steps!
Consumers may place orders at their favorite craft supplies store or online at shop.canvascorpbrands.com.