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Archive | October, 2011

Noteworthy | 10.28.2011

The scrapbook world is preparing for the holidays this week it seems. Now I know that might seem extreme to some, but when we’re talking about providing ideas, inspiration, and helping to get ready to tackle holiday projects as crafters we do need all the time we can get! Of course, despite my love of the holiday season, I have more than just holiday spirit to share in this week’s Noteworthy column:

When looking through this week’s potential noteworthy stories, one name popped up three times. I’d say that is not only noteworthy, but lead off the week worthy! Ali Edwards is having a great week – and fans should be rejoicing. First she announced a brand new downloadable class available on her website called Storyology:

Topics covered during the almost 2-hour presentation include the reason why, getting ready to write, story mechanics, rhythms, etc. The class includes six different writing prompts and you are encouraged to take the time during the presentation to write your responses to those prompts (pause the video and then resume when you are ready).

Class includes a 7-page full-color PDF handout, plus 6 pages for responding to the writing prompts.

The class can be purchased here (cost $14). Continue Reading →

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Paperclipping Roundtable #89: Makes Me Want To Go Make Something

Ali Edwards and Nichol Magouirk joined us at the Roundtable this week for a fun and lively discussion all about stamping! And the title of this show is very appropriate because after taping it, my creative mojo (which had been AWOL for a couple of weeks) suddenly made a reappearance!

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Letterpress | Papertrey Ink Impression Plates

Scrapbook Update’s next stop on our tour of home letterpress options brings us to a tool that wasn’t actually created specifically for letterpress: Papertrey Ink’s line of Impression Plates. These handy tools are wonderful for debossing (that is creating a relief design by pressing in on the front of the paper), and as it turns out some of them also have a hidden letterpress talent just waiting to be discovered!

Papertrey Ink’s Impression Plates (priced at $16.00 US each) are 4.5″ x 5.75″ in size and are made of sturdy U.S. steel.

The Impression Plates are double sided, meaning that consumers get two designs for the price of one with this tool! Often the designs are the same but oriented vertically on one side and horizontally on the other, but some such as the Mehndi Medallion plate have a completely different pattern on each side. Continue Reading →

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Trend Watch | Chevrons

The latest releases of scrapbooking products have shown a huge increase in the use of chevron patterns. A chevron refers to an inverted v, the pattern version being more than one of them strung together. This is often seen repeated to form a graphic looking design. While the design is nothing new, or especially interesting even, it is indeed a hot trend.

When I walked into Target weeks ago, I was assaulted by multiple displays of a limited edition collection by Missoni for Target that featured Chevron-filled sweaters in bold colors, and everything from matching socks to baby apparel to underwear. (In fact, that Misssoni collection was so hot that its launch crashed Target.com and it sold out in hours. Its products are now selling for multiple times original retail price on ebay.) While the wild and bright graphic look applied to clothing is a trend I will happily skip, I like the idea’s potential for decor, crafting, and other applications. Indeed, that trip to Target showed me that the chevron pattern is a trend to watch! Continue Reading →

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Paperclipping Roundtable #88: I Scrap Dead People

Ana Cabrera and Jessica Sprague joined us this week to talk about digging up our dead relatives and scrapping what we find! [To be clear, since there seems to be some confusion among some readers: this episode is about genealogy, not scrapping memories of recently deceased family members.]

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Noteworthy | 10.21.2011

The days are getting shorter here, which means they seem to fly by that much faster. I can hardly believe another week has passed, and it’s time to share the noteworthy stories I’ve found:

Let’s start with a company and their customers who have made a $60,000 donation possible! I’m talking about Stampin’ Up! and their recent donation to the BCRF (Breast Cancer Research Foundation) in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

A special Strength & Hope stamp set and Strength & Hope digital kit were designed specifically for the campaign, and contained inspirational messages and images. Both were promoted through Stampin’ Up! direct-sales representatives, also known as demonstrators.

BCRF is dedicated to preventing breast cancer and finding a cure in our lifetime by funding clinical and translational research worldwide. For more information about BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org.

It’s always so wonderful to see a company doing something to give back and working towards making a difference for a cause.

Big Picture Classes announced their 2012 line-up of 4-Expert Classes this week. Most notable for 2012 is that Big Picture will be featuring Scrapbooking’s first true celebrity designer Becky Higgins in her first ever online class. Continue Reading →

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Monthly Tags | #7 & #8 – July-August 2011

It’s time to make tag #9…and I’m just finally getting around to posting tags #7 and #8! Tag #7 has been done for a long time but the posting got delayed by the site outage from the server failure. Tag #8 was also finished in late September, just under the wire before it was time to start making tag #9…


Supplies | Dies: Tim Holtz Alterations for Sizzix (Tag & Bookplates, Mini Hearts, Collage & Notebook Embossing Folder). Cardstock: Core’dinations (Tim Holtz Kraft Core), Bazzill (Kraft). Patterned Paper: Jillibean Soup (Apple Cheddar Soup 6×6 pad). Ink: Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inkpad (Black Soot). Stickers: K & Company (Handmade Stamp Sticker Pad). Pen: American Crafts (Precision 03). Metal Embellishments: Tim Holtz idea-ology (Muse Tokens), Unknown (brads).

Unlike previous tags where I’ve used an embellishment to create the number, for this month I used the embossing folder on the Kraft Core and then sanded and inked it to highlight the #7. The butterfly stamp embellishments are give the tag a touch of summer and also reflect my frequent letter writing with Mike. The Muse Token – E for Excellence – was a nod to the importance of my work in my life during July, when I traveled to Chicago to speak at the Craft & Hobby Association trade show. Continue Reading →

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Letterpress | Sizzix Ink-Its

For this next installment of Scrapbook Update’s (mini)series on home letterpress systems, I’ll be taking a look at an option that adds on to a tool that you might already own: a manual die cut machine. Ink-Its letterpress plates by Sizzix are designed to work with the majority of  manual roll-through die cut machines and are an inexpensive (the plates range in price from $6.00 to $8.00 US) way to add the elegance of letterpress to your projects without a lot of extra expensive or bulky new tools.

Many of our readers are probably already familiar with Sizzix’s line of popular embossing folders, and Ink-Its plates work on the same principle – the pressure of rolling the paper and the plate/folder through the die cut machine impresses the shape of the raised portion of the folder or plate onto the paper. The major difference is that while embossing folders raise an image from the back of a sheet of paper, causing the relief to be clearly visible from both sides of the sheet, Ink-Its deboss or “push in” the design from the front of the sheet, making it recessed instead of raised. Ink-Its plates are also one-sided (whereas embossing folders are double-sided) and thus only apply the design to one side of the paper.

Ink-Its plates are made of heavy 1/8″ plastic (much heavier than that used in embossing folders) and are available in both background (5 7/8″ x 8″) and border (3″ x 8″) sizes in a variety of patterns.

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