Archive | September 8, 2009

Paperclipping Newsbreak #17 – Trouble for Stampin’ Up!

Paperclipping Newsbreak episode #17 taped on Labor Day Monday. News didn’t take a holiday though in the scrapbook world – we covered everything from the closing of ScrapBiz to the furor over Stampin’ Up’s new demonstrator agreement.

This week’s show is now available for listening or download on the Paperclipping Newsbreak site, or at the links below:

Download Episode 17 of Paperclipping Newsbreak (Right click and select “save as…”, then you can play the file on your computer)

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Giveaway: Handmade Nation – The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft and Design

Handmade Nation coverThe book Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY, Art, Craft, and Design was created as an accompaniment to a documentary that shared its Handmade Nation title. The paper volume profiles the crafters that were featured in the movie, illustrated liberally with photos of their work.

Handmade Nation chronicles a diversity in crafts that exists far outside the stereotypes of the suburban mom or scarf knitting grandma. In its pages you can see everything from clothespin dolls to sock octopi to latchhooked nudes. There’s a significant punk and counter-culture influence here, and yet it’s based in the traditional roots of the crafts almost all of us grew up with: embroidery, sewing, and crochet.

If you’d like to explore this fascinating handmade nation, you can win a copy signed by Faythe Levine at CHA as the first of Scrapbook Update’s birthday giveaways!

All you have to do to be the lucky winner is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time next Sunday night, September 13th. Make sure you include your email address in the line for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the body of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the email line in the form where only I can see it). You will need it to verify your identity if you are the winner. One entry per person and this giveaway is limited to US and Canadian mailing addresses due to postage expense.

Happy Birthday, Scrapbook Update!

Yes, it’s hard to believe, but my little baby blog is 5 years old today.

Five years ago, this site started out as an online journal called Inside Scrapbooking. Originally, it recorded the observations of an aspiring designer submitting work to magazines. The site’s first-ever article, Living In A Scrapbook Time Warp, was about the oddities of scrapbooking while following a magazine’s editorial calendar.

The scrapbook industry was booming when Inside Scrapbooking started. Scrapbook magazines were twice the length (and twice the number) that they are now. In many communities, there was a scrapbook store in every neighborhood.

Around the time of its 3rd birthday, Inside Scrapbooking became Scrapbook Update. The name change reflected the way the content had evolved over time and helped in registering a domain name for the site. Then last year, Scrapbook Update became part of Balalaberry Media LLC when I incorporated a media company for my various writing work.

There have been other changes along the way. This site is now part of a full-time business I run, instead of my hobby, and so advertising is now a necessary part of its design. Earlier this year, Scrapbook Update moved from Typepad to the self-hosted WordPress platform so that the content can be delivered in a more user-friendly way.

None of this growth would have been possible without Scrapbook Update’s thousands of loyal readers, or the support of the advertisers I work with, and the companies that are generous with donations for Scrapbook Update’s readers. So for the past five years, I say thank you to all of you.

Admit it…the best part about birthdays are presents. And for Scrapbook Update’s birthday it is going to be the readers that will get the presents! You’re going to be treated to a whole slate of giveaways in the next few days, from companies like Technique Tuesday, Little Yellow Bicycle, Buzz & Bloom, Cricut, and a few others! So watch for those posts and be sure to get your comment in on them so you have a chance to win!

And thank you again for making the past five years possible…and I’m looking forward to sharing the possibilities of the next 5 years with all of you!