Noteworthy | 8.26.2011

Children are heading back to school, CHA product is hitting stores every day, and on-line there are all kinds of exciting things going on in the scrapbook world. Here are some noteworthy happenings this week:

BasicGrey has been exploding with announcements this week. The company just started a blog, and leading the way is their new (also just announced) social media coordinator Melanie Bauer. This is noteworthy on its own, as the company has not had a blog previously – instead most new product peeks and announcements by the company could be found via designer Kelly Goree’s blog. Adding to the excitement, the company has also announced a long-awaited design team search this week. All of the requirements are posted on their blog.

Perhaps the most exciting BasicGrey news is that their new lines are hitting store shelves now. has received over 150 new items just this week. Nordic Holiday is one of my favorite new holiday lines this season. I can’t wait to try it out.

Jennifer McGuire has a new class called Inspiration Showcase coming online September 12th-23rd, that features special guests like Tim Holtz and Kristina Werner, and more than 40 techniques. At an affordable price ($19)  for what looks to be a value packed event, even I could not resist signing up. Here is a bit from the class description:

In this class, you will follow the creation of a 12×12 canvas utilizing over 40 fabulous techniques including tried-and-true favorites as well as new tips and techniques. This technique-heavy class will explore the many forms of resist, creative uses of distress inks, die cut and embossing techniques along with fabulous finishing touches and using your stamps with more than just the usual suspects of ink and paper.  Through daily videos, you will learn creative ways to make your supplies go farther, such as creating your own embellishments and making the most of your inks, stamps and papers.

Authentique has begun releasing images of their soon-to-be-released line “Free Bird”. All the details are not released yet, but they have said this line will feature 32 designs in eight color themes. The 6×6 patterned papers in this line will be sold in individual sheets instead of just in paper pads – something that is definitely groundbreaking. Having 6×6 papers “freed” from the paper pad that they are normally sold in is something I am sure 6×6 paper fans will be excited about.

Making Memories sent out an email on August 22and, announcing that consumers can now buy from them at a wholesale price:

Making Memories is offering YOU the opportunity to buy direct from the manufacturer!
Not only will YOU find product you’ve not been able to locate in years but YOU will get it at Wholesale pricing!
As incentive to the launch and for a limited time, we are offering 20% OFF WHOLESALE!  Use code:  SHOPMM at checkout.
Simply Click:  Shop Making Memories
This is your opportunity to save on your favorite makingmemories products!

Some of the offerings are products I’ve not seen in years, while others are less than a year old (for instance, the 2010 holiday lines are there). When Scrapbook Update contacted Making Memories for more information, a company representative stressed that this is not a liquidation sale, and that they have product launch plans going forward into 2012 and beyond.

Tutorials from Tim Holtz are always popular, and this one is no exception. In this post on Tim’s blog he shows why the new Snow Cap mixative (from his Adirondack alcohol ink line with Ranger) is a game-changer, and shows the possibilities for getting more out of your alcohol inks, especially on metal surfaces.

After reading I purchased some from This Scrapbook Update sponsor carries a full selection of alcohol inks, and most all things “Tim” as well. Once my Snow Cap mixative arrives, I’ll be sure to do a video post here at Scrapbook Update to share my personal findings.

Here at Scrapbook Update I’ve been sharing back to school inspired posts, and I’m not the only one! Bella Blvd has had new projects posted each day this week for their own B2S week. Above is a peek at a project they posted earlier this week. They all feature Bella’s Midterm line, which is of course perfect for school scrapbooking. I also spotted fantastic blog posts from Fancy Pants Designs and Core’dinations celebrating the back to school spirit. Based on the peeks I’ve seen of Studio Calico’s September kit  (named Glee Club), I have the feeling that it is going to be filled with product perfect for fall, as well.

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2 Responses to Noteworthy | 8.26.2011

  1. Barb T September 2, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    Great update on what is worth checking out. I did not know about MM and being able to purchase wholesale from them. Awesome!

  2. Felicia's Scrapbooks September 21, 2011 at 11:33 pm #

    Why would making memories do that to their retailers??

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