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Archive | November, 2011

Noteworthy | 11.18.2011

This week has felt like one of review and preparation. From all of the reviews here at Scrapbook Update, to people preparing to take on big December and holiday crafting, and companies quietly working on new products and releases for 2012, it feels like the calm before the (holiday) storm.

Looking for a cute place card for your Thanksgiving table? Check out this tutorial from Doodlebug’s blog. I think this could be done with a rosette die (if you’ve got one), but I like how Stephanie used a scallop border punch to create hers. I think this would be great to use at a kids table, or even take the turkey off the placecard and use this idea as a homemade embellishment on your scrapbook layout. Continue Reading →

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Paperclipping Roundtable #92: The Two Page Layout Show

Stacy Julian and May Flaum joined us at the Roundtable this week to talk about all things 2 page layouts – pros, cons, tips and tricks!

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Review | Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers

I’m no stranger to stitching on my layouts, since I use my sewing machine to add detail to nearly every page I make, but I’ve always been a bit hesitant to try hand stitching- especially some of those gorgeous decorative stitches! I’m always nervous that I’ll punch a hole in the wrong place on my page or create a part of the design out of scale with the rest of the pattern, so it’s something that I’ve avoided in the past.

I’m not avoiding it any more though! Since taking the Sew Easy system by We R Memory Keepers for a test drive, I’ve got a tool that takes all the guesswork out of creating both basic and decorative hand-stitched accents on my scrapbook pages. Today I’m going to introduce you to this system, and show you exactly how it works.

There are several components to the We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy system, but don’t let that fool you into thinking that this is a complicated or expensive tool. The price point is actually very reasonable: the Stitch Piercer starter kit is $9.99 US (all prices listed are MSRP), and the decorative stitch heads are $2.99 each for small designs, and $3.99 for larger ones. Continue Reading →

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Welcome to Review Week on Scrapbook Update!

Did you notice something unusual about the posts on Scrapbook Update this week? It’s review week on Scrapbook Update! This week we have a whole slate of articles lined up for you that are all product reviews to help you with your holiday gift lists and sale shopping!

In case you missed them, here’s the ones that we’ve already brought to you:

We have more coming too, the rest of the week…so keep coming back!
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Review | Hero Arts-Sizzix Stamp & Emboss and Stamp & Die Sets

As I wrote about in the staff blog hop recently, I use Sizzix dies, because I know they are a great quality and long lasting. I also use a lot of Hero Arts rubber stamps as they also are high quality and long lasting, and have a great library of images too. So as a fan of both companies I knew I had to check out their new collaboration.

There are two types of product sets that Hero Arts and Sizzix are producing together:

 

The first is a stamp plus Framelits die set. These are sets of decorative images that you stamp onto paper, then die cut out. The second type of set consists of a background stamp plus an embossing folder. These combine to create a larger stamped image that is embossed to highlight the design.

To get an idea of how these products work, check out the video: Continue Reading →

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Letterpress | Spellbinders Grand Impressabilities

While you’ve all been patiently waiting for the final installment of my series on home letterpress systems, I’ve been rather impatiently waiting for today’s featured product to become available! I had Spellbinders’ new Grand Impressabilities impression plates in my hands almost as soon as they were available from the manufacturer, and I immediately set to work with the same inks and watercolor paper that I’ve used for the other articles in this series to see exactly what these tools could do.

Spellbinders’ Grand Impressabilities plates are larger versions of the existing Impressabilities line. Each Grand Impressabilities plate measures 8″ x 11″, meaning that crafters can emboss and letterpress on nearly a full 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of paper!

Unlike other tools that have been reviewed so far (such as Papertrey Ink’s Impression Plates) that have letterpress as an unadvertised “hidden talent” that sometimes carries some quirks, Grand Impressabilities were designed from the beginning with letterpress in mind – it’s even advertised right on the product packaging! Continue Reading →

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