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One Little Word: January 2011

I finished my January assignment for Ali Edwards’ One Little Word class at Big Picture Classes earlier in the week, and I have to say I am pretty happy with it. This was the end result (all the pictures can be clicked on to view them larger):

I was surprised how much doing the assignment helped solidify my thinking on the word that I had already chosen (focus). Until I worked my way through this project, I thought I already had a good feel for what my word meant but I discovered new depth to its usefulness while doing this first assignment.

First up is the photo page that backs the title page of the album. I know the instructions called for a photo of just me but given the situation right now in our family, with Mike having just gone away, me alone is something that I didn’t want to celebrate on the title page of my album. And it also seemed appropriate to use a photo of the three of us since that is what my word choice is all about: focusing on us, and what needs to be done to get us through this experience.

In the close-up you can see that I altered the overlay that was provided with the class assignment this month. I imported it into Photoshop Elements as a brush and placed it on a new layer over the photo. Then I got out (sorry, I’m not enough of a digi person to say “switched to” yet) the eraser tool and erased the date part from the overlay. I then added two new elements to the photo: the word “transitions” from Ali Edwards’ Growing Up brush set at Designer Digitals, and the year number “2011″ in text using the Georgia font.

Here’s some close-up looks at the individual cards in the 9 card page. I was particularly pleased with the quote that I found for my quote card:

The text cards are all entirely digital. The graph paper background on those cards is from the new Jesse Edwards kit I Declare at Designer Digitals. I decided to do those cards digitally because I could fit more on them than if I used my large handwriting.

The cards made from red patterned papers (the text and the floral) are the digital papers that I discussed in the tip on Paperclipping Roundtable about how digital papers are perfect for projects like this because they can be resized easily to the perfect scale to be used in small pieces. I then layered paper and stamp elements on top of the printed out digital backgrounds.

Two of the cards I made from kraft paper and then stamped on them. I included touches of red on both of these to tie them in with the red patterned paper on the other two decorative cards.

Discovering the words “adjust”, “heart”, and “sharpen” within the thesaurus entry I used for my word “focus” made me even more certain that I had chosen the right word for 2011. All of those other words definitely add meaningful depth to my word.

I think I want to do an additional page of quotes like I have heard some people discussing doing in the class forum and Ali mention doing. But with CHA prep in full swing, that will probably have to wait until February to be done.

Supply List:

Designer Digitals Digital Papers: I Declare by Jesse Edwards
Designer Digitals Digital Papers: Typo by Lynn Grieveson
Designer Digitals Brushes: Growing Up by Ali Edwards
Technique Tuesday Clear Stamps: No Day Like Today by Ali Edwards [Studio AE - Oct. 2010]
Stamper’s Anonymous Clear Stamps: Nature’s Elements by Tim Holtz
Unity Stamp Co. Rubber Stamps: She Sprouted Wings by Melody Ross
Bazzill Kraft Cardstock
BasicGrey 6 x 6 paper pad Boxer
American Crafts MiniMarks Ned Jr (Black)
October Afternoon Label Stickers Road Map
K & Company Mini Accents Handmade Stitched Floral
EK Success Large Punch Square Flourish
Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Black Soot)
DMC Floss

I’m really excited to continue this album next month. I’m almost sorry that CHA will interfere with the start of the February so I won’t be able to dive into February’s assignment right away. But ironically, that is what my 2011 word is all about…having to learn how to focus on priorities that are important to my family. And my work will have to come first in early February before I can take personal time for the class work!

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Paperclipping Roundtable #53: Getting It All Together

The process of how to organize all the stuff we accumulate in the course of our hobby challenges many scrapbookers…this week on the Roundtable, Angie Lucas and Molly McCarthy sat in with Noell, Izzy and I to chat about how to keep that stash under control!

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CHA Winter 2011 Keynote Speaker Replaced

The Craft & Hobby Association announced today that there has been a last-minute change in the keynote speaker that is scheduled for the CHA Winter 2011 Conference & Trade Show that opens on January 29th.

Randi Zuckerberg, sister of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook’s Marketing Director, was originally scheduled to give the keynote address for the show on Saturday morning. Zuckerberg is unable to present “due to unforeseen circumstances” according to the CHA announcement.

Stepping in at the last minute to deliver the show’s keynote will be Nick Bilton, the lead technology writer for the New York Times. Bilton is the author of I Live in the Future & Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted. Bilton will speak to CHA attendees about the advantages that businesses gain by staying on the cutting edge of technology. He’ll discuss the impact of Facebook and Twitter, and how technology has altered the next generation of consumers.

Nick Bilton will speak to CHA Winter 2011 attendees on Saturday, January 29th at 8:30am in Concourse Ballroom 153 of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Tickets are available to registered attendees at www.chashow.org until pre-registration ends January 25th.

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Trend Watch: Rosettes

As the new year gets underway and winter CHA products are revealed, there is an obvious trend that continues to grow and flourish: Rosettes. Whether made from crepe paper, ribbon, or patterned paper, they are a hot item to purchase and make. Something I like about them is that they can be used as a circle embellishment, as a center to a larger embellishment, or as a flower. They don’t have the super feminine look that flowers so often do, and the colors and designs can vary from a bright and graphic look, to a more vintage and soft look. In other words – rosettes can be made to suit most any style!

(shown above: American Crafts)

To see how rosettes can be used in something besides a scrapbook layout, check out this Jennifer Gallacher tutorial on making cupcake toppers on the American Crafts blog.

Rosettes are created from strips that are either folded, crumpled, or otherwise pleated into a circle. It’s simple enough to make your own, though I tend to find the process time consuming unless you’re going for a more rustic crumpled look. Here is a link to a great vintage rosette tutorial video by Lain Ehmann.

To make your own folded paper rosette, you’ll simply need to fan fold a strip of paper. I find this tends to be tedious. I never can keep the folds the same size (without considerable amount of effort and time), and the look is never just right when I’m done. When I want to make this style of rosette, I reach instead for my Tim Holtz Alterations rosette die.

If you like the convenience of the die too, you’ll be happy to hear that Tim recently showed a sneak peek on his blog of a new (smaller) rosette die coming soon. So there will be more size options available for those choosing this method of making rosettes.

For a full how-to on using the die, I recommend Tim’s how-to video for his rosette die, as well as a custom rosette video where he doubles up the die cuts to make a bigger (very cool!) rosette.

The Girls’ Paperie has some cool crepe paper layered rosettes available, and I’ve heard that in 2011 the Girls’ Paperie will be one to watch for more vintage inspired rosettes. In fact – as a design team member – I’ve been able to work with some new designs already, and I believe they’re going to be a hit!

In researching for this article, I also found these new K & Co. ribbon rosettes. So lovely! I am excited to see not only new products featuring rosettes, but also more tutorials and project examples with handmade ones popping up on my favorite blogs.

I have been wishing rosette ribbons would start to pop up, and Jenni Bowlin just released this sneak peek of ribbons coming soon. So fantastic! They will be available in several colors, and are already at the top of my wish list.

To show how I put rosettes in action for my own personal style, I created a layout featuring a few of my favorite photos from my girls’ recent meeting with Santa to share today:

Supplies:
Fancy Pants Tradition flocked transparency and buttons
The Girls’ Paperie Tinsel & Twig alphabet stickers, snowflake rosette, and chipboard letters
American Crafts City Park rosette sticker
Tim Holtz Distress Stickles in Rock Candy
Hipstamatic iPhone application
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L foam adhesive squares
other: rhinestones, kraft cardstock, black pen

From childhood pages filled with whimsy to vintage inspired pages, and for every color out there, there’s likely a way to make a rosette work. I’m sure that the rosette trend is here to stay for a while. It goes so well with many other existing trends (such as banners, vintage, etc) and the materials and options are nearly endless – I’m glad to play with them more this year.

Do you like this product trend? What is your favorite way to put rosettes to use? Please feel free to share with us in the comments!

[Disclosure: May Flaum does design work for The Girls Paperie and Tim Holtz.]

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Paperclipping Roundtable #52: Hook Drugs

Everyone has CHA on the brain right now…and the Roundtable is no exception! Stacy Julian and Ana Cabrera joined Noell, Izzy and I to talk trends and new products that we expect to see in Los Angeles!

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Betsy Burnett Joins Scrapbook Update as Contributing Writer

Scrapbook Update is happy to announce that we are adding Betsy Burnett to our staff as a Contributing Writer.

Betsy has written previously for Scrapbook Update as a guest author, and has long served as my informal advisor in the areas of direct sales and die cutting due to her extensive background in those areas. I’m happy to say that we are now formalizing that role, and as a Contributing Writer her official “beat” will be direct sales and the die cutting segment of the scrapbook market. However, our readers will hear from her on other topics from time to time as is appropriate. After all, we wouldn’t want to miss out on opportunities to bring our readers things like the photo below of the irrepressible Betsy kissing a ProvoCraft executive to get some swag for her CHA swag article last July.

All kidding aside, Betsy brings to Scrapbook Update a wealth of experience in direct sales, having worked for TopLine Creations, and Scrap In A Snap, and most recently in marketing and consultant relations for MemoryWorks. She also is an experienced demonstrator and instructor, having taught at Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Stores, local stores and expos, and done demonstrations for companies like Fiskars and Xyron, among others.

Betsy’s expertise in die cutting comes from extensive personal experience in her 15 years of scrapbooking. She owns 6 machines of various different types and brands. She’s literally a walking encyclopedia on die cutting technology and products.

With this new addition to our staff, we look forward to greatly expanding our coverage in these two very important areas of the scrapbook industry. We know that Betsy will bring valuable (and entertaining) information to our readership at Scrapbook Update and we look forward to sharing her work with you all.

Besides Scrapbook Update, Betsy also currently writes for Faithfully Yours and coordinates their design team. She also teaches at Scrapbook Junction in Minooka, IL.

Betsy can be reached at betsy@scrapbookupdate.com. She will be attending CHA Winter 2011 in Los Angeles as part of Scrapbook Update’s staff if you will be there and would like to meet in her person.

Along with our new Contributing Writer, another change has also been made at Scrapbook Update this month. May Flaum has been promoted to Contributing Editor in anticipation of our further plans for expansion in 2011.

Welcome Betsy, and congratulations to May on her new position!

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