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Paperclipping Roundtable #26: Organize Your Photos

Kayla Lamoreaux joined the regular panel this week on Paperclipping Roundtable #26 to lend her expert voice to our talk about organizing digital photos.

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May’s Product Picks: Stars

When I think about shapes commonly found in scrapbook supplies, one of the most universal that comes to mind is stars. They can work on pages for boys or girls, vacations or special events, and with any color, size, or materials you want to use. Whether you’re focusing on a future star, an all-star, or whether it’s a patriotic symbol to you – there certainly is plenty of product to choose from.

What I really appreciate is how many companies are coming out with useful products that can be used on anything from county fair to picnic to just because layouts, and everything in between. Today I’d like to share some recent favorite finds that feature one of my favorite scrapbooking shapes: stars!

We R Memory Keepers has a great line called “Old Glory” that looks especially useful. I like the paper pad available for the line (shown above).

I also think the embellishments like this glitter lace would be easy to use – and so fun.

Bo Bunny has a fun new line called Block Party that is filled with warm colors and star-spangled inspiration.

If you search digital sites, you’re bound to find all kinds of fun things. One of my favorites has to be these star flourish brushes by Katie Pertiet of Designer Digitals.

EK Success has a photo corner punch with star cut-outs that looks like a lot of fun.

Last but not least, Pink Paislee has a collection called Starlight that is filled with stars and potential. I especially love the sticker sheet, but really it’s all fantastic to use. Here is a layout I created with it:

I am having so much fun with this line, I picked up extra at my local store! I really like the yellow and all the different blues in the Starlight line because it lets me expand the subjects I can use it on that much farther. Not to mention it has one of the best sticker sheets I’ve had the pleasure to utilize in a long while. Every piece is wonderful!

Supplies: Pink Paislee patterned paper, sticker sheet, and letters; Ranger enamel accents (white);  American Crafts pen; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ-Runner

If you have a favorite star product, or use for stars in your scrapbooking, please feel free to share!

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Amazon To Increase Craft Offerings Through Fabric.com?

Amazon.com purchased online sewing retailer Fabric.com two years ago in June 2008. Now it looks from an online job listing like the company might be planning to use Fabric.com to expand their presence in the online crafts market, including scrapbooking.

The job listing of interest is for a merchandise buyer at Fabric.com’s Marietta, GA offices. The description for it includes the following: “Our current plans include expansion into the broader needlecraft and craft categories (crochet, embroidery, knitting, scrapbooking, etc.).”

Currently, Fabric.com does have a Crafts section with a scrapbooking sub-section. But they carry only an extremely limited number of SKU’s from Basic Grey, Clearsnap, Cricut, Die Cuts With A View, Fiskars, Glue Dots, GCD Studios, Hampton Art, Hero Arts, Inkadinkado, K & Company, Mrs. Grossman’s, Ranger, Sizzix and Tattered Angels. Much of the selection is actually rubberstamping supplies, with only a few paper pads or collections and embellishments offered.

Amazon.com already is a force to be reckoned with in certain areas of the scrapbook market. Of course, their book selection and pricing (their specialty) is excellent. Their selection and pricing of various die cutting equipment is extremely competitive, as well. Some niche retailers are using Fulfilled by Amazon to order & deliver their products, most notably Becky Higgins’ Project Life.

It will be interesting to see what Amazon.com may have in store for the crafts market via Fabric.com…


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Papertrey Discontinues Ink, To Attend Chicago Supershow

Online stamp manufacturer & retailer Papertrey Ink made two big announcements last week.

First, on June 14th, Papertrey announced that they are discontinuing most of their signature Perfect Match hybrid inks pads due to what they call “quality control issues” and because the inks were “unstable”. All colors except Tea Dye Duo, Fresh Snow, and Vintage Cream are being discontinued.

Papertrey is selling their remaining inventory of the discontinued ink pads & ink refills while they last as final sale (no returns or exchanges).

A new ink is currently in development with a new supplier to replace the discontinued ink but Papertrey says that it won’t be available until a tentative release date of October 15th.

In better news for the company, Papertrey (which normally only sells via its website) announced on June 16th that they will be hosting a booth at the CHA Craft Supershow in Chicago next month. It’s the company’s policy to attend a consumer event once per year to sell in person to consumers. Last year, at the CHA Craft Supershow in Orlando, the company’s booth was literally mobbed, with consumers waiting in line for over a half hour at one point on Friday to even enter the booth to begin shopping.

On the left, attendees do the Papertrey make-n-take while on the right shoppers wait to get into the Papertrey booth.

Each day of the Supershow, Papertrey will be hosting two free make-n-takes, for a total of four different projects over the two day show. They will also be offering the same promotion they ran at the 2009 Orlando Supershow, where each $100 spent will earn shoppers a free $15 CHA exclusive stamp set that will never be available for sale.

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Pink Paislee to Market House of Three Collection

Pink Paislee announced this week that they will soon be bringing to market the first line of physical products from digital design studio House of Three.

House of Three was founded in 2009 by well-known designers Janet Hopkins, Heidi Swapp, and Rhonna Farrer.  Until now, the trio have been producing digital products in their signature retro/vintage style and selling them through their website.

The new House of Three collection for Pink Paislee will be called Parisian Anthology. It is being described by Pink Paislee as including “designer ink resist papers, brooch brads, polymer clear stamps, printed corrugate shapes, and several unique embellishments designed with crafters in mind.”

The two companies say they have been collaborating since early 2010 on the upcoming collection.

House of Three co-founder Janet Hopkins explained the group’s new venture into physical products:

Our customers have been requesting physical products from us ever since the inception of our digital site and we think now is a good time for us to infuse our vibe into a craft collection for retailers everywhere.  We could not be more excited about this new venture!

Rebecca Cross, owner of Pink Paislee, is enthusiastic about the collaboration between the two companies:

We wanted to introduce their sophisticated “design district” style to the everyday scrapbook enthusiast. We are very excited about adding this Parisian inspired collection to our growing family of products and we welcome the chance to work with this extremely talented group of women!

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Paperclipping Roundtable #25: Jen McGuire Gets Her Fix

Want to know how to use those older products you have laying around? Noell & I talked with Jen McGuire and Ana Cabrera about how to make everything old new again on this week’s Roundtable!

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Papercrafters and Altered Arts

Today’s guest blogger is Scrapbook Update reader Ibis Arrastia.

Ibis Arrastia is a scrapbook layout and altered art enthusiast who enjoys teaching new techniques and designing projects that have an element of texture through inking, embossing, adding fibers or embellishments. She is heavily involved in local civic organizations dedicated to promoting crafting and creativity through workshops and community events. To learn more about Ibis, visit her blog.

Papercrafters are relishing in the excitement of new and exciting projects through the world of altered arts. Whether it’s home decor, gift, or found antique items, altered arts projects are a great way to use one’s papercrafting techniques and products in a fun and new way. There is so much that you can do. It’s just limited by your creativity.

There are very few rules in altered art. All you need is an object of some kind, and your papercraft supplies. This object can be just about anything. Try transforming a vase, a pillar candle, a picture frame, a candy tin, or any other item into something of your own design. There is no limit to what you can do.

The results may surprise and delight you. Once you add your own style and techniques you transform an item into something unique and often simply fabulous! You are free to express your personal creativity and represent that in an altered arts project all your own.

I recently had the pleasure of redecorating a room using altered arts. I found some patterned paper that matched my accent wall color and used it, along with some lace ribbon and some bling, to alter a vase, my sconces, and a blank canvas. With just supplies that I had at hand, I was able to redecorate without spending any money! And the best part is that next month I can change my mind and redecorate again!

There are just a few tips to keep in mind when working on altered arts projects: Use strong liquid glue to create a longer lasting bond, even if your supplies already come with adhesive backing. If your item will sit by a window or be exposed to much sunlight, consider spraying it with a UV protective sealer. Buy multiple sheets of your favorite paper designs so you have enough for large projects, or multiple coordinating projects.

Consider an altered art project when designing your next project, class, or event. It is a great way to combine the papercrafting skills you already have, with a fresh new item you may have never worked with. You may be surprised with how much fun you will have!

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A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to My Perfect Life…

Today Scrapbook Update welcomes the return of Tami Morrison as guest blogger. In today’s post, Tami reminds us what an important tool that humor is in coping with life, and shares how to put that perspective in our scrapbooking as well.

Tami Morrison is a mom of four who lives and laughs in Orange County, California. She is a member of the Ella Friends team at Ella Publishing and an instructor at Big Picture Scrapbooking. Her latest BPS workshop, Kidding Around: A Mom and Me Scrapbooking Escapade, is full of summer scrapbooking fun for kids of all ages, and is open for registration now.

Tami blogs at http://bcre8uv.typepad.com and tweets at http://twitter.com/bcre8uv.

As Dr. Seuss once penned, “Funny things are everywhere.” The famed whimsical writer also said, “Humor has a tremendous place in this sordid world. It’s more than just a matter of laughing. If you can see things out of whack, then you can see how things can be in whack.”

Things don’t always go as planned, or meet our sometimes unrealistic expectations. I am a big believer in using humor to get over life’s little (and big) hurdles, and I am also a big believer in letting my scrapbook pages reflect this part of my personality. I routinely laugh at myself, my kids, and my assorted daily predicaments, so why not lighten up and scrapbook these experiences with the same authentic levity?

Whether I’m telling the tale of my oldest daughter running out of gas…

…or recounting my little one’s cheekiness:

humor helps put it all into perspective.

Some situations are inherently comical…

…and sometimes we have to hunt for the humor in the stuff that would otherwise drive us nuts.

Either way, becoming the comedy writer of our own life can be the key to turning frustration into appreciation for our unique experiences, and coping with the curveballs life tends to throw.

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