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NSD 2010 11PM Hour: Time To Brag!

Time to turn out the lights…the party’s over….(well, on the east coast anyway for those of us whose kids will get us up at 8am even on a weekend).

I hope everyone has been having a great National Scrapbook Day and got lots of scrapbooking done that they are happy about. We’ve got one last prize to give away here today, and since we figure by now everyone has seriously depleted their stashes scrapbooking all day – it’s a big one from Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker!

This pack has 22 cardstock sheets of patterned paper from a variety of collections, 10 die cut sheets, Cool Cord Brads, Burlap Buttons, and Breadless Tabs. It will keep the lucky winner scrapping for quite awhile!

How to Enter:

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 on Sunday night, May 2nd, and we want to hear you brag about what scrapbook projects you got done today! Feel free to post gallery links if you’d like, even! 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 text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. (Note: If you are reading this post via an RSS subscription, click here and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.)

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NSD 10pm Hour: Easy-Peasy Prima Giveaway

There’s no easier way to fancy up a layout than with a flower! Instantly, it goes from dull to dramatic!

So, we’re keeping this one easy…and it’s a two-prize giveaway! Who wants to win some Primas? Oh yeah!

Here’s prize package #1:

There’s stamps, pearls and bling, and tons of flowers!

Then we’ve got a 2nd package to give away too:

This package has felt, bling and pearls, and a whole garden of flowers!

How to Enter:

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 on Sunday night, May 2nd, telling us your favorite trick for quickly jazzing up a layout. 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 text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.
(Note: If you are reading this post via an RSS subscription, click here and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.)

Two Chicks Designs is having 25% off all of their new t-shirt designs for NSD:

NSD 2010 9pm Hour: Where’s your shopping?

A lot of scrapbooking education and evangelism – important marketing for the industry – takes place through the efforts of local scrapbook stores. Yet those stores are becoming few and far between in many areas, even in places where there used to be many of them.

For most of the time that I’ve lived where I am now, it has been an hour-long one way commute to get to a local scrapbook store. One did open about 20 minutes drive on the freeway south of here but it lasted less than a year even though it was combined with an ice cream shop. Last spring, my medium-sized town actually got its own small scrapbook store but the store has been closed for months now due to personal problems of the owner. (It is still there, but it has remained closed all this time.)

So local scrappers here have to go back to relying again on our local Michaels & Target, reps from companies like Stampin’ Up! and MemoryWorks, and online ordering. Or we have to drive an hour each way to get to a store in the nearest city – and two weeks ago one of the stores in that city (Jacksonville) announced that it was closing its doors.

While attending the previous two CHA shows I’ve also been able to attend one day of the Craft Supershow and do some personal shopping. To me, usually so limited in my options for in-person shopping, all that shopping has been like heaven. I’ve gone home with loaded up suitcases! It’s been such a treat just to have so many products in front of me to choose from. Listeners of Paperclipping Roundtable have heard me mention often that my picks of the week were purchased at the Winter Craft Supershow in Anaheim.

I’m not the only one that has trouble getting my hands on products in person. Seeing products in person is different often – an in-person look can inspire a purchase that seeing a picture might not. Some brands are in wide distribution so I have no problem getting them at places like Michaels (such as K & Company). But other favorites are boutique brands and so a boutique store is the only option.

One of my favorite boutique brands is Technique Tuesday. They had a clearance booth at the CHA Craft Supershow in Anaheim. Other scrapbookers I talked to dismissed the clearance booths as “that’s just old stuff”. But to me, that was my chance to get my hands on stuff I normally have a hard time getting. It was new TO ME. And the low price was a bonus because it meant I could afford to purchase more than I normally would be able to. (And I came home with about half the booth – that mess on the floor next to my scrap table I showed earlier? It’s a lot of Technique Tuesday!)

This is what we lose when we lose the small local stores – the ability to inspire people to continue (or start) scrapping by putting a variety of new product in front of them, and showing them how to use it. I work in the industry, so I’m particularly motivated, and still have a hard time shopping regularly. For regular scrappers without a local store, that has to be even more frustrating.

So…this hour’s giveaway has to be Technique Tuesday, of course!

These are the Storytellers (Well Worn Journals) and Made In The USA sets, being given away courtesy of Technique Tuesday.

How to Enter:

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 on Sunday night, May 2nd, telling us how you shop. 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 text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. (Note: If you are reading this post via an RSS subscription, click here and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.)

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NSD 2010 3pm Hour: CHA Trends

[Editor's Note: Scrapbook Update will be taking a break for a few hours after this giveaway, but will be back later tonight with more NSD fun!]

The scrapbook industry is definitely subject to the whims of trends just like fashion and home decor is. Here’s a look back at some of the past trends in the industry in the past few years:

One of the biggest trends at CHA Winter 2010 (which will probably continue into CHA Summer 2010) was vintage. Nobody does vintage like Graphic 45 does vintage…so this hour our prizes are from Graphic 45!

That’s right, I said prizeS. Plural! This hour there will be THREE winners!

We have 8×8 paper pads to give away: A Proper Gentleman, On The Boardwalk, and Le’ Romantique. Each pad will go to a different winner!

How to Enter:

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 on Sunday night, May 2nd, telling us what your favorite CHA Winter 2010 trend was, or what trend you predict for CHA Summer 2010. 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 text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. (Note: If you are reading this post via an RSS subscription, click here and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.)

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NSD 2010 2pm Hour: Sketches For Cards

Let’s talk sketches some more…but a different kind of sketches.

Remember that Michaels run I mentioned earlier that I made this week? Well along with the items I mentioned earlier (and a huge chunk of the K & Company Handmade collection including the chipboard alphabet & Garnish paper pad) I bought the latest idea book from Paper Crafts magazine. It’s called Go To Sketches. And I’ve been poring over it ever since!

I can’t put this thing down! I love to make cards but I’ve always felt totally useless at it from the perspective of knowing how to use the space on the card and lay it out. This sketch book provides a whole ton of frameworks that I can use to follow as recipes while choosing my own ingredients of elements and supplies to use. I can’t wait to sit down and scrap some cards with it!

If you’d like to see what “real” scrappers are doing with the card sketches, Paper Crafts has been running challenges with the book and having people post their cards on Flickr: Challenge 1 and Challenge 2. Challenge 2 runs until May 3rd, and there are prizes!

Babies (and kids) are a great reason to make cards, so this hour’s prize is a set of stamps from Unity Stamp Company:

That’s the Sketchy Little Boy set. The stamps are cling foam mounted red rubber. They work with an acrylic block.

How to Enter:

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 on Sunday night, May 2nd Monday night May 3rd (deadline extended for this drawing only due to Feedburner mailing issue) telling us if you’ve ever tried using sketches to make cards. 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 text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.
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NSD 2010 1pm Hour: Sketch Challenge by May

Happy National Scrapbook day! I’ve been looking over some of my older pages this week and I found one I wanted to re-visit in design. To join in the celebration with you, I turned it into a sketch and then created a new version to share with you here today.

While the sketch is for 3 1/2 x 5 photos, you can easily adjust the width and height to work for your photos, or even turn the sketch sideways. It would also work well to do a mirror image of the sketch if you’d like a second page to be added on.

supplies: October Afternoon “Fly a Kite” title stickers and patterned paper; Kaiser Craft blue patterned paper; Pink Paislee journaling ticket; Webster’s Pages glitter sparklers, trim, and vintage sparklers ; The Girls’ Paperie striped ribbon; Glitz alpha (round) stickers; American Crafts glitter buttons; Tim Holtz filmstrip; Sakura pen; unknown thread and misc. buttons

I used two 4 x 6 photos and two 4 x 4 photos in my new layout, and because of the patterned paper I used in the background I skipped adding a layer of scallop at the top and bottom and instead went my own way.

Whether you are cropping with friends or at home enjoying all the virtual festivities – I wish you a very happy National Scrapbook Day!

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Thanks May for the fabulous sketch! In honor of May’s beautiful sketch and layout above, this hour’s giveaway is from October Afternoon (a brand which she used in the layout) and Lily Bee! Loads of vintage inspired goodness!

The prize pack consists of October Afternoon’s Thrift Shop collection of papers, and Lily Bee’s Three Little Bird Accent rub-ons:

Now doesn’t that just make you want to run over to Stephanie Howell’s blog for some delicious inspiration and start scrapping?

How to Enter:

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 on Sunday night, May 2nd, Tuesday night May 4th (deadline extended due to Feedburner delivery issues) telling us if you use sketches or not – and if you do, where do you find them? 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 text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. (Note: If you are reading this post via an RSS subscription, click here and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.)

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