Archive | March, 2010

Craft Month Q&A: Betsy Burnett

Today Scrapbook Update is pleased to bring our readers a Craft Month Q&A with Betsy Burnett.

Betsy is a scrapbooking/crafting demonstrator, instructor and freelance writer. She currently teaches and does demos at Scrapbook Junction in Minooka, IL and JoAnn Fabrics, as well as offering in-home scrapbooking classes. Betsy will be a speaker at the upcoming “Clean Sweep” women’s conference  in New Lenox, IL,  and just hosted the 3rd “Illinois Area Fiskateer crop.”  Online, she is a frequent contributer to Faithfully Yours and currently works with MemoryWorks‘ social medial team. You can visit Betsy’s blogs at Aim Happy and Aim Scrappy. Betsy previously appeared on Scrapbook Update to report on the Fiskars 360th birthday bash at Epcot in July 2009.

What was the first craft you ever remember doing?

Well the first “craft” I remember doing was “web making” I was about 4 and read the book “Charlotte’s Web” well there was a skein of yarn so I created a web, I tied yarn to EVERYTHING in my bedroom, the knobs of the dresser, the bed post, the door knob the chair…and then I wove yarn through everything. The goal was to be able to crawl on my web. Sadly I fell short of my goal literally …and the furniture, drawers, chairs…fell with me :)

Beyond my failed attempts at web making. I don’t ever remember NOT doing crafts. Mom loved arts and crafts, we even “scrapbooked” way back then (I have an “album” I made out of craft paper from when I was 5, I had cut out photos journaling it was pretty cool!)

Can you name all the crafts you have tried as hobbies?

I went through a big phase of “finger-weaving” as a kid, I’ve sewn, cross-stitched, floral arranging, kids crafts/costumes, cake decorating, scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, altered stuff and a bit of stamping thrown in

What crafts do you currently do?

I will admit I do mostly paper crafting as those are the most supplies I have collected. But dabble in stamping, altered art, floral arranging, sewing, and general crafts.

What other crafts have you incorporated into your scrapbooking?

Probably sewing and stamping the most…I’ve also rediscovered a love of writing so many of my stories have found their way into my albums.

What is your favorite craft & why?

I do a little bit of everything. I’m a big time people person so I love creating gifts. Whether it’s a handmade card, home decor item or home-cooked meal for a sick friend, I love giving gifts from the heart and for me that means creating something for those I love.

Visit the Two Chicks Designs sale to find ten awesome scrapbooking t-shirts for only $9.99!


Canon Announces Plans For Top-Level Domain

Canon announced on Tuesday that it plans to become one of the first companies to take advantage of the new procedures that ICANN will put in place in 2010 or 2011 to allow creation of new gTLD names (global Top Level Domains).

For the non-geeky, a Top Level Domain will essentially mean that visitors will be able to type simply “canon” into their address bar of their browser instead of The biggest appeal of these addresses is their simplicity for consumers to find and remember them.

Despite the appeal of the simplicity of these addresses, a recent Wired article also pointed out several issues with using them. Many web browsers now allow searching by typing a term into the address bar – what will those browsers do when a Top Level Domain (also a single word like “canon”) is entered there? Also, email programs will not recognize an address like john.smith@canon as a valid address. Issues like these will have to be dealt with before TLD’s can become a convenient part of everyday usage.

Registration of TLD’s will be a complex and expensive process, unlike the current domain registration process where five minutes and around $10 will get you any available .com for a year from a registrar like Draft rules for Top Level Domain registration will require a public notification stage, vetting of the company by ICANN, and a minimum fee of $185,000.

Top Level Domains like “scrapbook,” “scrap,” “digitalscrapbook” and other related terms might be very appealing to certain companies in the scrapbook industry, in addition to their own company names. However, given the high price tag for registration, the list of companies in the industry with the budget for making a TLD purchase is fairly small. It will be interesting to see going forward if any of these companies see a TLD as a good investment, or if any new start-ups form to take advantage of the concept in the scrapbooking and crafts industry.


Paperclipping Roundtable #11: Viewer Mail

Paperclipping Roundtable #11 was all about viewer mail! This week’s panel of Noell Hyman, Angie Lucas and me (along with male/mail man Izzy) spent the whole show answering viewer mail…with some fun and interesting results!

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Scotch Denies Licensing Kokuyo Adhesive

Fans of the discontinued Kokuyo adhesives jumped on internet speculation this week that the new Scotch dot roller adhesives were in fact licensed from Kokuyo. Hope spread among Kokuyo’s fans that the Scotch adhesives were simply re-labeled Kokuyo products.

Unfortunately for Kokuyo fans, Scrapbook Update was able to confirm today with a representative for Scotch that the Scotch dot roller adhesives are not related to Kokuyo in any way. Scrapbook Update was told that the Scotch dot roller products are manufactured by Scotch and, aside from some general similarities in shape and size, do not share anything in common with the former Kokuyo products.

So if the Scotch products aren’t made by or licensed from Kokuyo, are they still a possible replacement for them? Only the scrapbooking customers can decide that. If you’ve tried both adhesives, let us know in the comments what you thought. Scrapbook Update will be running a trial comparison of the new Scotch adhesives in the near future.


Michaels Owner Bidding For UK Retailer HobbyCraft

The UK craft trade magazine Craft Business is reporting that private equity group Blackstone, which along with Bain Capital purchased Michaels in 2006, is now bidding to purchase UK craft retailer HobbyCraft.

The company has been for sale since late last year. Competition for the purchase is fierce, attracting reportedly as many as 20 bidders.

HobbyCraft, founded in 1995, is the UK’s only dedicated craft chain store. It currently has 47 stores and plans to expand to 180.


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