Archive | January 16, 2010

Paperclipping Roundtable Martha Stewart Glitter Giveaway!

As promised in episode two of Paperclipping Roundtable…here is the giveaway for some Martha Stewart Crafts glitter!

The glitter set that I talked about on that Paperclipping Roundtable that I bought Thanksgiving weekend and am liking so much was the Martha Stewart Essential Colors 24 piece Glitter Set.

Paperclipping Roundtable listeners can win, courtesy of EK Success, a three pack of the same glitter in shades of trendy turquoise. The set is called “Ocean Glitter”:

How do I enter to win the giveaway?

All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time next Monday night, January 18th. (EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: DO NOT HIT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL TO ENTER. Click on the title of the entry and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form to enter.) Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved 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 line labeled “email” in the form where only I can see it. You will need that email address to verify your identity if you are a winner. Limit one entry per person!

Good luck to everyone who enters!

BasicGrey: Now available in Digital

I was sitting in my car one crisp winter morning the first week of December. I was about to head inside the gym to work off some dessert calories when my phone rang. It was someone with information I would be interested in for my upcoming Hybrid Scrapbooking class, and it totally made my day. The news I am talking about is not just that BasicGrey was about to announce a new website design, but something bigger – something that has a lot of people talking:

BasicGrey has gone digital.

The website is not yet complete (there will be a gallery and more to come at some future time) so I won’t attempt to review the site as a whole at this time. Instead, I’ll stick to the big, exciting, available now news that BasicGrey has digital scrapbook products.

I understand that some retailers could be concerned about the effect digital products might have – that consumers might just “go digital” and skip them all together. While I understand the initial concern, I don’t believe there is any reason for alarm here. I know I speak for many when I say that nothing will ever kick paper out of my scrapbooking. I enjoy the textures and hands-on approach to crafting too much! Secondly, and more importantly, BasicGrey is releasing only their older lines in digital form. I was told that the plan is to continue this down the road. They will release their paper lines to retailers as they always have, and then at some later date they will become available in digital form.

This should give retailers a good run with the paper products, but it also gives us as consumers the knowledge that BasicGrey product has a longer life in our stash, and that if a favorite line is discontinued or hard to find we can purchase items in digital form.

BasicGrey gets a big thumbs up from me for their debut digital offerings and approach. Sande Krieger, a longtime favorite product designer of mine (both in digital and in paper) is now working exclusively with BasicGrey, and I see that as a very good thing for both their future digital products as well as their paper lines.

Ordering off of the new digital site was easy and not only are the products the best quality, but the pricing is reasonable as well. They are offering everything from brushes to page kits to blog backgrounds – and this hybrid scrapbooker is happy with what she sees. Many of the brushes and elements can be easily utilized with newer lines, or other digital brands, and will make for great additions to any digital or hybrid scrapbooker’s stash.

supplies: BasicGrey digital textures and Urban Couture starter kit; BasicGrey Origins patterned paper, clip, flowers, and canvas tag; BasicGrey Sugared collection alphabet stickers, Maya Road Envelope, unknown lace and thread

In the layout above I used the texture .png files along with the Urban Couture digital papers to create the papers framing the left side of my photo. I also added in a black flourish and the border accent along the bottom before printing out on white cardstock.  Then I paired it with some of my Origins stash and a few random bits and pieces.

There are a lot of products to explore – and I’m enjoying every creative moment. Above is a peek at a BasicGrey digital page template that I’m playing with right now as a part of my Hybrid Scrapbooking class at Big Picture. I look forward to what will be released next – both digital and paper – from this long time favorite company.



Bazzill Acquires Prismatics from Prism Papers

Bazzill Basics has announced that it has acquired the Prismatics collection of cardstock from Prism Papers.

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Prism Papers had been selling the Prismatics collection for five years.

Prism’s signature Prismatic texture will become Bazzill’s 13th cardstock texture offering. Bazzill has purchased Prism’s inventory of the product and will sell Prismatics going forward. A representative for Bazzill tells Scrapbook Update, “We will continue to sell the same fine colors and textures [that] customers are used to purchasing.”

Bazzill will be displaying the Prismatics line in their booth at CHA-Winter 2010 in Anaheim. They will begin shipping the products on February 15th, 2010.