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Paperclipping Roundtable #39: Halloween Scrapbooking Ideas

Something spooky is taking over the Roundtable, as Amy Coon joined Noell and Izzy and I to talk about Halloween projects.

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Show Notes:

Scrapbook Update Contributing Writer May Flaum very kindly volunteered to share a photo of the house that she made using a birdhouse and textured grunge board that Amy talked about on the show this week:

To see her full article on the project, including technique close-ups, visit the Spooky Halloween House article on her blog.

And here’s some samples of the iPhone HDR photos that I took, both with the built-in HDR capability in the new iPhone camera software and the PRO HDR app that I talked about.

The top two are from the Pro HDR app, and the bottom one was from the built-in feature. All are incredibly crisp given they came from a camera phone. While the foregrounds are a bit dark, that can be fixed in only a few seconds in Lightroom with some fill light:

Voila! It’s a much improved shot, but because of the HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, the sky isn’t blown out. Not bad for a camera phone!

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Trend Watch: Crochet Flowers

I first really noticed them back in January at CHA Winter 2010, and I see crochet flowers gaining in popularity as time goes by. A few options currently available:

Making Memories (pictured above) [Scrapbook.com | Two Peas]

Creative Charms [Scrapbook.com]

Dear Lizzy by American Crafts   [Scrapbook.com | Two Peas]

Prima  (pictured below)  [Scrapbook.com |Two Peas]

Ruby Rock It Designs  [Scrapbook.com]

Crochet flowers and doilies that are perfect for scrapbook projects can also be found in abundance on www.etsy.com.

Why are crochet flowers surging in popularity? I believe it is because they go so beautifully with the immensely popular retro and shabby chic collections currently filling stores.

Adhesive that holds can be an issue for these, so I suggest using a strong double-sided tape, a generous dollop of liquid adhesive (careful if the flower is dyed though – it can bleed), or stitching (hand or machine) to hold in place.

I really like the old-fashioned and homespun charm of the flowers, not to mention the texture and dimension they add to my pages. Here I’ve made a simple page featuring several flowers.

Supplies:
Core’dinations cardstock [Scrapbook.com]
Creative Charms blue flowers [Scrapbook.com]
Jolee’s Boutique by EK Success (white crochet flower sticker)
Jenni Bowlin gold damask rub-ons  [Two Peas]
The Girls’ Paperie chipboard letters  [Scrapbook.com | Two Peas]
Tattered Angels glimmer glam in Hay Ride  [Scrapbook.com | Two Peas]
Tim Holtz sanding grip [Scrapbook.com | Two Peas]

Whether you’re looking to add some feminine charm, a touch of vintage appeal, or just wanting something a bit different, I strongly recommend trying out knit and crochet flowers. They are widely available and in a growing assortment of colors and styles.

Check out the latest ebook from Ella Publishing:

Ella's Essential Guide to Scrapbooking Girls: 91 super-sweet ideas for girls of all ages

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Industry Jobs: September 18th – 24th, 2010

Each week we list a selection of scrapbooking industry positions that we have been made aware of.  If you would like to have one of your job openings listed here, please forward your information to jobs@scrapbookupdate.com

Company
Position
Location
Fabric.comBuyerMarietta, GA
Archiver'sCustomer Service AssociateOmaha, NE
Archiver'sCustomer Service AssociateAurora, CO
Archiver'sReceiverBoise, ID
Creative MemoriesProduct Marketing SpecialistSt. Cloud, MN
Archiver'sCustomer Service AssociateOverland Park, KS
Cybercoders.comProduct ManagerLos Angeles, CA

*Please note that Scrapbook Update is in no way associated with the companies and the positions listed here.  Please forward all questions or comments about the job listings to the offering organization via the links provided.  Thanks!

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Big Picture Scrapbooking Changes Name

Big Picture Scrapbooking announced this week that it is changing its name to Big Picture Classes.

The name change is part of the company’s ongoing expansion of its education mission, from focusing on strictly scrapbooking to encompassing topics both related to scrapbooking and beyond it.

Big Picture’s recent class offerings include education in the areas of journaling and photography in addition to more traditional scrapbook education. Recent examples of the new style of classes include Fun with Fabric, taught by mixed media artist Donna Downey, and Picture Fall, taught by Shutter Sisters founder Tracey Clark.

Founder Stacy Julian explained the expanding mission of Big Picture:

Storytelling and helping people value and preserve their personal experiences has always been at the heart of who we are and what we do. With the launch of the new name and website, we hope our site now better reflects our efforts to include anyone who has the desire to document stories and explore creativity.

Big Picture boasts a subscriber base of 45,000 members. The company offers self-paced classes and multi-week workshops from instructors such as May Flaum, Nic Howard, Jen Mohler, Georgana Hall, and many other instructors.

[Disclosure: Big Picture Classes is a sponsor of the Paperclipping Roundtable podcast that is co-hosted by Scrapbook Update Editor Nancy Nally.]

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Paperclipping Roundtable #38: A Metaphysical Bandwagon

This week, Shimelle Laine joins the Roundtable to talk about using our scrapbooking to help us work through a project or reach a goal that we want to achieve.

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Sponsors:

Building Pages from GetItScrapped.com: Click Here for the course information, and make sure you use coupon code building4prt at checkout.

Big Picture Classes! Big Picture Scrapbooking has a new name! Click here for a promo code for Paperclipping Roundtable listeners to use to save 10% on any one class at Big Picture Classes! (Don’t forget that you can still use the link to support Roundtable even if you’ve already used the one-time discount code.)

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ScrapHD Acquired By Michaels

Online scrapbooking application ScrapHD, which shut down on July 31st, announced today that it has been acquired by Michaels Stores, Inc.

The ScrapHD website allowed users to combine their photos with design elements from scrapbook companies such as American Crafts, Jenni Bowlin Studios and My Minds Eye to create photo books, greeting cards and posters.

“We have focused on building an application that gives scrapbookers the ability to really customize their pages and books in an online world with an application that is intuitive and easy-to-use,” said Ross Petersen, President and co-founder of ScrapHD. “Michaels can take the ScrapHD technology to the millions of Americans who are interested in preserving their digital photos in a fun and creative format.”

“We believe existing and future Michaels customers will love this application, featuring more than 10,000 pieces of digital creative content and an easy-to-use interface that appeals to beginners and experts alike,” said Michaels CEO John Menzer. “Digital photo booking and digital scrapbooking are an important part of Michaels’ strategy to continue as a world-class leader in the arts and crafts industry.”

The companies indicated in the announcement that ScrapHD’s website will remain closed until 2011, when it will re-launch under the banner of Michaels Stores with both free and premium content. One possible new feature for ScrapHD has already been hinted at in the acquisition announcement with the mention of customers having the ability to have their photo books delivered to their local Michaels store.

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