Archive | February, 2012

Digital Designer Spotlight | Anna Aspnes

[Editor’s Note: This is the first in a bi-weekly series introducing digital designers and their products to Scrapbook Update’s readers. – Nancy]

Meet the Designer | I am happy to introduce you to an incredibly talented digital designer – Anna Aspnes.  Well-known for her artsy style, Anna’s products are immediately recognizable. Anna is a military wife and lives in Colorado with her husband, two children, and two new puppies. I hope that you enjoy getting to know her!

Anna’s Background | Anna is a UK native and has always been interested in art and design. Growing up, she dreamed of being a fashion designer but was persuaded to pursue linguistics instead. She studied German and French at the University of Leeds in England but she always felt destined to be an artist. Nine years ago, she found her way back to her passion with digital scrapbooking and design. Continue Reading →


Pinterest Inspiration | Designing on a Grid

[Editor’s Note: This article is the first in a new bi-weekly series from our new Contributing Writer Steph Vetne showcasing ideas and products on Pinterest that have inspired her creatively. We hope that you’ll find some inspiration from these ideas, too! — Nancy]

Like so many others, I am enamored with the wildly-popular Pinterest website. In case you haven’t ventured over there yet, Pinterest is a virtual pinboard – allowing users to “pin” images from other websites and collect them on virtual inspiration boards. It’s like having visual bookmarks you can share with everyone you know. You can also browse other people’s pins and “repin” them on your boards. It’s a limitless source of ideas and shared inspiration.

I often find scrapbooking and design inspiration from non-scrapbooking sources. There are patterns and designs everywhere you look – signs, paintings, color combinations, clothes, and on and on. Pinterest allows me to collect all those ideas in one place.

When I was trying to narrow down the many images I’ve pinned recently, I came across this photo and instantly knew that I wanted to play with this design idea.

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In Depth | Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Tim Holtz has finally brought his Distress line to pen form in 37 glorious colors. Distress Markers are a product I’ve long dreamed of, but assumed they hadn’t been able to formulate it to work. The exciting part is that I don’t have to wait long – the pens are now beginning to ship to retailers, and will soon be available at local stores as well as online. Today, I will be taking an in-depth look at these pens, and at various ways to utilize them.

At first glance Distress Markers appear to be just your standard pen. They have a brush tip on one end, and a fine detail point on the other. This is my preferred tip selection for dual-tip pens as it allows me to do larger areas and color stamps easily, as well as to write or do small areas. What makes these Distress pens stand out is that they behave exactly as Tim’s Distress ink pads and stains do. They blend with each other, are reactive with water, and can be used in any of the same ways or with the same techniques that you would use with the existing Distress line. This is really great because it means users don’t have to learn a whole new set of techniques. Continue Reading →


Paperclipping Roundtable #103: Too Precious To Scrapbook

This week, Wilna Furstenberg and Shimelle Laine joined us to talk about scrapbooking those things that are just too important or precious to scrapbook.

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Behind the Scenes at CHA Winter 2012

I always get lots of questions about what it’s like to attend the Craft & Hobby Association trade shows. So I thought I’d take some time and give you a peek behind the curtain at my life during my trip to the recent CHA show in Anaheim, California.

The primary word that comes to mind about CHA is exhausting, as the days are way too long and way too busy, and the trip is bookended on each end by what is usually a lengthy flight for me.

So here’s some random images of CHA from my point of view…

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Noteworthy | 2.24.2012

February is quickly coming to an end, but the crafting excitement of 2012 is just beginning! Two big names in the crafting industry announce new on-line classes, a new book is announced, and more in this week’s Noteworthy.

Jenny Doh announced that she has a new book releasing April 6. “Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids focuses on creativity and crafting with your children. Contributers include  Ali Edwards, Pam Garrison, Samantha Cotterill, Cindy Hopper, and sixteen more parenting bloggers.

Hand in Hand features 20 top mommy bloggers who share their insights about parenting and their fantstic craft projects to encourage creativity and fun in the home.   It has been a dream come true for me to have had the opportunity to work with this superb group of creative women and I sincerely thank each of them.

“Hand in Hand” is available now for pre-order at Continue Reading →