Archive | August 25, 2008

[Photography] Looking for a different kind of camera case?

If you have a point-and-shoot camera (or an iPhone) and normal camera cases are just too boring for your taste, you might want to visit the Etsy store of Canadian artist Hine [hee-neh] Mizushima.


Hine handmakes felt cases that are designed to resemble the item that they carry, but with a whimsical twist. With buttons standing in for elements like lenses and the flash, and the contrasting handstitching lending a finishing touch, these camera cases are works of art. The beautiful colors make them girly accessories instead of the boring functional colors of traditional camera cases.

This isn’t strictly photography-related, but I couldn’t resist showing you while I was at it. If you have an iPhone you can enjoy Hine’s art while protecting your precious device as well. Her rotary phone “iPhone” designs will make you smile!


If you’d like to see more of Hine’s creations (she does other art besides her felt cases), you can visit her Flickr gallery to see some really adorable and creative work.

Hine makes these cases available in her Etsy store as she has time to create them by hand in between other projects…if you are interested, let her know or just keep your eyes on her store!


[Poll Results] What is the most popular page size?

The results of this poll surprised me for sure! I expected 12×12 to probably win it, but definitely not this decisively! I expected that 8.5 x 11 would have a much better showing than this based on recent magazine content. Here’s how it shook out…

What primary page size do you create layouts in?
(79 votes)

12 x 12 – 78.5%

8.5 x 11 – 8.9%

8 x 8 or 9 x 9 – 8.9%

Other – 3.8%


[Poll] Does Your Business Have A Disaster Plan?

Last week those of us here in Florida were treated to a tropical visitor named Fay, the tropical storm that definitely overstayed her welcome. And that is the inspiration for this week’s poll…

According to the emails that I received from them, several local scrapbook stores were forced to close down due to the weather conditions (as were a lot of other local businesses). Disaster planning is something that we don’t like to think about personally or in our businesses, but it is still necessary.

I wonder, how many retail or manufacturing businesses in the scrapbook industry have disaster plans to cover everything from minor power outages to full-scale destruction of their buildings by fire or natural disaster?

Let’s take a poll and find out how prepared we all are. As usual, I’d love to hear in the comments about your thoughts on disaster planning for your business.

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