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Archive | June, 2010

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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