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Archive | September, 2011

Noteworthy | 9.30.2011

As October creeps up on us, the fall projects and seasonal tutorials are getting into full swing! There are ideas galore, and I’ve picked out several from this week’s offerings to share with you along with some other noteworthy stories. There never seems to be a dull week in this industry, so let’s dive right into the good stuff for this week:


I simply must lead off this week with the announcement of a new American Crafts line! Chap is described by the company as:

With its warm colors and designs inspired by clothing fabric, the new Chap line has just enough pop to make it perfect for autumn projects. A subtle vignette effect adds depth to the patterned paper. And the small-to-medium patterns are just right for scrapbooking the boys in your life.

The line embodies the discussion we were having on Paperclipping Roundtable this week about how companies are looking more and more to produce products that can be utilized in a wide variety of ways and that are not so theme specific. I think this line could work for anything from a county fair to a first day of school layout to a special moment page. I love the small patterns and versatility this line offers. Continue Reading →

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Video | The Crafter’s Workshop Templates

[Editor's Note: Working with templates is hot hot hot right now in papercrafting, and who better to bring Scrapbook Update readers a tutorial on how to work with them than the designer of the hottest line of templates in the industry - Julie Fei-Fan Balzer! Many thanks to Julie for sharing her expertise with us!]

When May Flaum asked me to contribute a technique to her book, Scrapbook Workshop: The Best Techniques From Your Favorite Scrapbook Bloggers, I was incredibly flattered and then incredibly scared.  I wanted to pick the absolute perfect technique that was going to be simply the most amazing thing in the whole world.  Well, May gave me some good advice: She told me not to overcomplicate it and just do what came naturally to me.

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Paperclipping Roundtable #85: The Many Faces of Neutral

This week on the Roundtable, May Flaum and Christine Urias joined us to talk about the evolution of the concept of neutral in the industry – we covered over a decade of change in what is considered staples in color, theme and pattern!

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Trend Watch | Fashion & Home Decor Motifs for Halloween

Fashion and home decor motifs have completely invaded Halloween, and I love it! I first noticed the trend toward sophisticated patterns in last year’s crop of Halloween lines, and this year many releases from CHA Summer 2011 have taken it to the next level with some truly stunning collections.

Newcomer Authentique kicks off our tour of eerily elegant Halloween designs with their Glowing line. Damasks and fleur de lis reflect the home decor influence in this collection, while the harlequin (diamond) pattern gives a nod to the fashion industry.

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Sassafras Closing Wholesale Operations

Sassafras (aka Sassafras Lass) has announced in an email to customers that they are ceasing the production of wholesale products. Instead, the company’s ownership will focus on licensing opportunities for the company’s designs.

The company is known for its unique signature style that can be described as graphic, retro, funky, and offbeat. They are also known for their three dimensional paper embellishments, mostly floral designs.

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Noteworthy | 9.23.2011

As we enter the nice time of peacefulness as school is back in session and before the madness of the holiday season descends, the craft industry is anything but peaceful and quiet! With holiday product lines hitting shelves and new releases being unveiled, not to mention crafters gearing up for the upcoming holiday season, it’s all hands on deck!  I’ve got a full line-up of great things for you today:

Echo Park Paper unveiled their newest collection on facebook this week. “Times and Seasons” has a distinct antique flair and a great balance of muted colors and patterns. Perfect for a number of subjects, the paper line manages to be timeless and trendy all at the same time. Times & Seasons begins shipping to stores October 6th, so watch for it coming to a scrapbook store (or site) near you soon!

EK Success announced that they are partnering with Operation Christmas Cards, hoping to contribute 9,000 of the 175,000 cards the organization hopes to send to US and Canadian troops deployed overseas. According to the announcement, for approximately half of the card recipients this will be the only holiday correspondence they will get:

All of EK Success Brands’ four office locations—Chicago, Clifton, NJ, Kansas City and Wyomissing, PA—will host office events for employees to take part in the card making, as well as sponsoring a local school in each city with supplies to create and collect cards.

Ready to jump in and help? We have a FREE, self-paced online class available NOW if you want to learn a few new techniques in card making or just get some inspiration

The free class is through spottedcanary.com, and according to the site you will learn several techniques and is video-based broken down into short segments. You can read the whole EK Success post here, and you can check out Operation Christmas Card directly at their facebook page.

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Paperclipping Roundtable #84: So Cute Today

This week on the Roundtable we took on a topic not often talked about…scrapbooking our parents. Debbie Hodge and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer joined the Roundtable for this discussion of family and memories.

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Kit | Plum Crazy For Fall

It’s no secret that fall is my favorite season, so I was happy to create this kit for Scrapbook Update inspired by my favorite hot shade for fall: Plum! Today I’m going to share with you images of the kit I’ve created full of beautiful warm fall colors as well as a layout created with it.

First, here’s a peek at the kit:

The kit has lots of brand new Studio Calico and Amy Tangerine for American Crafts, along with lovely bits from Jillibean Soup and My Mind’s Eye as well.

I used several of the papers, as well as the alphabet stickers, mist, and so much more on this layout. My photos are all 4×6, and thanks to the pre-stitched patterned paper I used as a base this page came together quickly. Continue Reading →

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