Archive | December 29, 2009

2009 Favorite Finds

Editor’s Note: This post marks past guest blogger May Flaum’s official debut as a Contributing Writer at Scrapbook Update. Welcome, May!

One of my favorite year end traditions is to look back and reflect on all that happened this year: what new authors I discovered, life events, changes made, and good things that have happened. This year I thought it would be fun to look over my crafting stash and share some of my new scrapbook discoveries from 2009.

As I sat down to write this I decided that the companies and products I selected must be new to me this year. In other words, they either didn’t exist or I had no knowledge of them or the specific product type prior to January 2009. I also decided they had to be something that I turn to and utilize on a regular basis and consider true additions to my crafting life this year.

In no particular order, here are six things that I consider great finds of the year:


Core’dinations cardstock: I discovered them in the spring, and it was love at first touch. The core is a different color than the cardstock’s front, and this makes for exciting sanding, embossing, tearing, and distressing opportunities.

The Jenni Bowlin Embossed Pack and the White Wash Collection are among my favorites from them – but to be honest I’ve yet to pick up a piece that I don’t love.


Webster’s Pages: This is a company that has been a sleeper for me. You see, I’ve received random single sheets of paper or stickers in kit clubs this year as well as picked a few up in a store but I never really thought about the company. When their latest releases hit the shelves (and I wanted all of it) I realized I’d underestimated the amount of creative love I have for them – and that they’d been flying under the radar for me.

The ribbons, papers, cameos, letter stickers, and everything else they offer is so beautiful – my hands are itching for more already.

girl loft

The Girl’s Loft: This kit club started this summer and I was intrigued from first sight. The kits always have unique items and unexpected pairings – not to mention I find them very easy to work with. I don’t usually pay much attention to new kit clubs, but this one caught my eye and has held it with interesting kits and a very talented team of designers and great ownership.

Margie and her daughters, the owners, even came out with an e-book for Ella Publishing called Vintage Hip Christmas Crafts that is filled with their brand of crafty inspiration – and I hope we see more from them in future.


Smooch Ink: Clearsnap is one of those companies that has been around but I really don’t know much about or pay much attention to. One day cruising my local on-line store I came across Smooch Ink- and I needed to know more. It resembles closest my liquid eye-liner in consistency and in how the brush works. I use it for edging, doodling, detail work, even to hand-color images to stamp. It is so much easier for me to use than ink or paint in my detail work – and I’m totally addicted!

Taffy and Molasses continue to be my most used colors, and Gold Lame and Nautical Navy top my wish list. There is a whole rainbow of colors and even packaged sets available for purchase. How do you decide which to start with?


Making Memories Vintage Findings – I discovered this first on an end cap at Michael’s, and eventually saw them showing up in my favorite stores as well. I can not get over how happy the little packages of put together vintage inspired bits and pieces make me. It is my most sincere hope that we see a new batch of this product in stores in 2010 because I have yet to get my fill.

My favorite kits from this line include: Love, Girl, Nature, Bienvenue, and Christmas.

lily bee

Lily Bee: Finally, this company suddenly started showing up all over my radar last summer. They are new this year, though the owner (kit-club owner) has been in the industry a long time. Their rub-ons and the French Couture paper line¬† caught my attention and they’ve held my rapt attention ever since. The products are great quality and always bring out the best in my photos – what more could a girl ask for?

The new tulle flowers, recurring damask patterns in patterned paper, and beautiful lines overall will keep me checking back in – and hoping for more lines that continue to grow in product types and offerings in the new year.

That wraps up six of my favorite new companies and products of 2009, and now I’m inspired to get out some of my favorites as my husband spends time watching bowl games and more NFL football than I can imagine. I know my list is not a complete one, so tell me: what are some of your picks from this year in crafting? I’d love to hear from you about your favorites from 2009, and about your hopes for what 2010 will bring too!


May Flaum Joins Scrapbook Update

Scrapbook Update is pleased to announce that May Flaum is joining the site as a Contributing Writer effective immediately.

May’s work is familiar to many in the scrapbook industry. She has been published in numerous magazines and is the co-author for Memory Makers of the book Paper + Pixels: Scrapbook Layouts. She is a Big Picture Scrapbooking instructor, design team member for Scarlet Lime kits, and a freelance writer & designer. Until recently, she was also the education coordinator for the Fiskars Crafts website. Over the course of her career she has taught classes around the United States as well as managed a scrapbook store and worked with numerous scrapbook companies. You can read more about her and her crafting adventures at her blog, Confessions of a Chocoholic.


As the Editor of Scrapbook Update, I am pleased both personally and professionally to welcome May to the site. For five years, Scrapbook Update has been a single-author website (outside of the occasional guest piece). However, due to changes in the industry and the needs of our readership, I believe the time has come to expand the content and perspective on the site to beyond that possible from a single writer. May will bring to Scrapbook Update both the incredible creative perspective of an industry-leading designer, and a wider perspective on trends and issues in the industry. Scrapbook Update will of course continue to deliver industry business news as it always has, but our ability to deliver information on trends and the creative side of the industry will be greatly enhanced by May’s addition to the site’s staff.

May will be attending CHA as a representative of Scrapbook Update, so keep an eye out for her (and your trusty Scrapbook Update Editor) on the show floor in Anaheim. If you’d like to contact May, she can be contacted via Scrapbook Update’s contact page which will be updated shortly to reflect her addition to the site.


Becky Higgins Project Life Moving To

Becky Higgins said today on her blog that she will be stopping taking orders after midnight tonight (Dec. 28th) on her popular Project Life kits so that fulfillment of the kit orders can be moved to Higgins warns that due to this transition the kits will be unavailable for ordering for several weeks, but promises that kit fulfillment will be a much smoother process for everyone than it was previously after the move is completed to using Fulfillment by Amazon.

For kit orders placed through Dec. 28th, Higgins promises that they will be fulfilled by early next week. Unfortunately, she reports the digital version of the kit has been delayed into January a week or two.

Editor’s Note: If you haven’t heard of Amazon’s Fulfillment services before, I highly recommend checking them out if you are in the business of selling product like Becky Higgins does. Their service has a great reputation with both buyers and sellers.