Archive | April, 2011

House of 3 Shutting Down

In a move that surprised most in the scrapbooking world, House of 3 announced via their blog Monday that they are shutting down the popular scrapbook design collaboration.

House of 3 was founded in 2009 by Janet Hopkins, Heidi Swapp and Rhonna Farrer. The company originally sold only digital products through their website. At CHA Summer 2010, House of 3 expanded into paper production when it launched a licensed line of products with Pink Paislee. House of 3 has produced three total collections with Pink Paislee: Parisian Anthology launched at CHA Summer 2010, and Daily JunqueSoiree launched at CHA Winter 2011.

Co-founder Rhonna Farrer had already announced on her blog three weeks ago that she was departing House of 3. Following her departure, the remaining co-founders decided not to continue House of 3, resulting in Monday’s announcement.

The House of 3 website will be available through May 31st, 2011 so that the company’s digital customers may secure all of their purchased downloads. Their digital store will be holding a 50% off sale through May 8th so that House of 3 fans may make last-minute purchases before the company’s digital products are retired from public sale.

Paper forms of House of 3 products will continue to be available from Pink Paislee through 2o12. House of 3 designer Rhonna Farrer told Scrapbook Update that House of 3’s Pink Paislee released lines moving forward will be already created designs previously available only in digital from House of 3.


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Cricut Competitor Black Cat Lynx Announced

World Innovations Ltd. has announced the addition of a new machine to their line-up, the Lynx. This machine is a version of their popular Black Cat Cougar electronic cutter model designed for the craft market. The Lynx is intended to be capable of cutting a wide variety (such as cardstock, vinyl, cereal weight chipboard) of crafting materials up to 12″ in width, and will work with the full line of Cougar accessories already on the market. In addition, the Lynx is reportedly compatible with many of the software programs already on the market that are designed to work with electronic cutters (such as Makes the Cut and Sure Cuts Alot), and it will also be fully compatible with the company’s upcoming “Black Cat Cutting Studio.”

The Black Cat Cougar Line of die-cutting machines was launched in December of 2008 as a collaboration between Colin Russon and craft industry designer and teacher Dawn Grantham.  Russon is the partnership’s technical expert, while Grantham has knowledge of the craft market.  The Cougar is based on a machine originally designed for the sign making industry, but is modified to appeal to crafters.  The Cougar machines vary in size depending on the maximum width needed to cut various materials. Machines range from a 13″ cutting width to a 24″ cutting width. They are designed to cut everything from paper and cardstock to vinyl and heavy chipboard. There are even cutting tips designed to etch (toughened) glass, emboss metal, cut stencils and do intricate cutting work. For more examples, visit Grantham’s website Thyme Graphics.

The Lynx is priced at $499 retail.  The Cougar starts at $689, and increases in price based on the cutting width desired. Additional accessories available (for additional cost) include specialty blades/blade holders, cutting trays and more. For more information on the Black Cat line of cutters, visit the company’s website.

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Layout | Celebrate Spring

OK, it’s been a little dead around this place…but it’s time to blow the cobwebs off of it because I’ve got a lot of stuff I’m hoping to share with you in the immediate future!

First up, here’s some more info on the digital layout that I talked about on this week’s Paperclipping Roundtable episode.

I made this layout to record spring at our house, and share spring at home with Mike. It’s 8.5 x 11 for ease of printing and mailing. More of what I do now will likely be that size for that reason. It’s also the reason that I’m working more in digital when I’m not working on things like Big Picture classes and my Project Life.

Supply list: (all from Designer Digitals)

Cathy Zielske – Layered Template No. 5
Katie Pertiet – Lovely Damask paper pack
Jesse Edwards – Come Spring solids paper pack
Michelle Martin – Lovisa solids paper pack
Andrea Victoria – Whisper Song paper pack
Lynn Grieveson – In Distress: Got The Blues paper pack
Lynn Grieveson – Rosalie paper pack
Katie Pertiet – Crocheted Doilies: Reds No. 1
Ali Edwards – Spring Celebrations Elements Kit
Ali Edwards – Spring Sentiment Stacks
Font – American Typewriter

Notes on the layout:

  • The bottom of the blue block of patterned paper was scalloped in the template. I removed it by spinning the block and hiding the scalloped edge under the photo block. (The scallop didn’t work well with the patterned paper I wanted to use, which is why I removed it.)
  • The doilies form a visual triangle, as well as the three white text elements.
  • The border of the journaling box was created from patterned paper to give it some texture.
  • The photos were positioned so their visual lines pulled the eye through the grid.

Paperclipping Roundtable #63: Strangely Obsessed & Sick Group

Lisa Dickinson and Debbie Hodge joined the Roundtable this time around to talk about creative process when we are creating layouts. And we even have visual aids in the show notes this week so everyone can follow along!


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A Muse Launches Consultant Program

A Muse Stamps recently announced they are launching a new consultant based program called A Muse Studio. The ten-year -old stamping company, based in Washington state, had previously announced to retailers late last year that they were ending their wholesale program.

In discussions with Scrapbook Update, A Muse Stamps founder Linda Hartwich cited a desire to connect with new crafters for the decision. “When you think of how somebody starts stamping, it’s not because they walk into a store and say ‘oh I want to try a new hobby.’ Most new stampers are introduced to the hobby by their friends… normally in a house party setting.”

The company sells cling mount red rubber stamps and custom dies, and also features their own ink, embossing powders, and paper lines with coordinating ribbon and embellishments.  They also retail other products by other manufacturers, such as Copic markers, the Sizzix Big Shot, Nestibilities dies, and the Crop-a-dile.

Following a traditional multi-level marketing plan, the company is currently in what they call “phase one” of their consultant launch. Phase two is due to be launched in April 2011. This phase will allow people to join specifically under another consultant via consultant websites, and will be featured in an upcoming Paper Crafts Magazine ad.

The A Muse consultant program launch may be on the leading edge of what seems to be a trend in the paper crafting industry. Unity Stamp Co. features their version of an independent consultant program called Ippity. Also, paper crafting superstore Archivers has made known plans to launch their own consultant-based program to promote scrapbooking and local scrapbook stores.

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Provo Craft Issues Statement on MTC, SCAL Lawsuits

Provo Craft today issued a public statement in response to public outcry about its lawsuits against Makes The Cut and Craft Edge over their 3rd party software for Cricut machines.

As previously reported on Scrapbook Update, Provo Craft recently settled its ongoing lawsuit against Makes The Cut. Around the same time, the company filed suit against Craft Edge over their similar Sure Cuts A Lot software.

Consumer response to these lawsuits has been largely less than favorable to Provo Craft, but until now the company has not discussed the matter publicly due to the ongoing litigation in the two lawsuits. Today, however, the company finally issued a statement related to the lawsuits, saying that while it couldn’t comment on specifics of the suits it hoped that “context will help our customers understand why we have taken these steps, and why we believe we are acting in both a fair and ethical manner.” Continue Reading →