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

Tim Holtz is currently traveling abroad, selling out kits on QVC-UK and teaching at events, but while he travels the world teaching, he can’t be everywhere, space in his classes is always limited, and many crafters can’t afford to travel to one of his events. So the news that he will be teaching his first ever online class is indeed welcome! Jennifer McGuire posted on her blog announcing that Online Card Classes is hosting the class. An updated newsletter this week from OCC shares that they will open registration earlier than originally announced. Tim’s class will be open for registration this Saturday, February 25th.

Aside from being able to participate from home, and a much lower cost than an in-person event, another benefit is that because this is an online class registration numbers are not limited, so all those wishing to take the class will be able to. Registration for Creative Chemistry 101 is $35, and the class begins March 19th.

Another big class announcement came this week from Shimelle Laine and Two Peas In A Bucket, with a self-paced workshop called “The Hitchiker’s Guide to Scrapbooking” now available.

Over five chapters, she’ll share forty-two brand new scrapbook pages and easy-to-follow advice on choosing supplies, designing pages, embellishing your work and writing your memories. Each chapter includes a printable PDF and coordinating video, plus the guide’s bonus reference section includes sketches, supply lists and other handy hints. Designed for scrapping at home or at a crop, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Scrapbooking reminds you: Don’t Panic – get crafting!

Shimelle Laine is known for her great videos and on-line workshops. This sounds like it will be really useful for those looking for scrapbook layout inspiration and with featuring 42 new layouts, it’s sure to be popular. The workshop is $25 and available for purchase at Two Peas.

Hambly’s blog has been on fire, with not one but two tutorials really catching my eye this week. First, there is a tutorial by Page Evans showing a really fun idea for using washi tape underneath paper that has been die cut. There are so many applications for this from large to small, layouts to card. It’s such a good idea!

Then there is a tutorial by Kirsty Nealy using bits of paper (rolled) to create unique jewelery. The tutorial shows all the steps, and it looks like a fun project to make your favorite print wearable, or as an activity for older children or teens too.

Christy Tomlinson shared a new project video on her blog this week. The thirty minute video follows her process on creating a mixed media canvas piece featuring her new stamps, new Dear Lizzy Neapolitan, and more.

Jennifer McGuire has been sharing a lot on the Hero Arts blog this week, including a video that features new frame cut dies and a clever way to get a longer strip from the zig-zag die. The short video shares how-to, and she also shares two versions of a card with the technique.

Finally this week, Debbie Hodge posted a great piece titled “20 Lessons on Scrapbook Page Journaling”.

I love scrapbooking. I love having scrapbook pages made. And sometimes, in my rush to try a new look or use a new product or just get those new photos on the page, I neglect journaling. Yep. Even though I’ve written countless articles and lessons on how to incorporate meaningful journaling on scrapbook pages, I’ve been making a lot of pages with very little journaling lately.

The post is a great reminder on the importance of telling stories, as well as offers some ideas that may be new to you as well.

Noteworthy is a weekly column here at Scrapbook Update. Have something new & noteworthy to share? If you have something you would like considered for next week’s column, email with a link or press release.

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7 Responses to Noteworthy | 2.24.2012

  1. Gab February 25, 2012 at 3:23 am #

    Ooh, I’ve already signed up for Tim’s class but didn’t know Shimelle had one too! And the “Hand in Hand” book looks great. Thanks May!

  2. Lucie Hale February 25, 2012 at 7:08 am #

    Excellent article May. Thanks for the heads up on so many exciting things. You are one busy girl! How do you keep up with all you do? I appreciate you!

  3. karen keiper February 25, 2012 at 7:10 am #

    i love noteworthy. there is always so much inspiration. thanks!

  4. JillT February 25, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    What Karen said. . . I spend way more time on scrap. blogs than I will admit to, but I missed some of these announcements. Thanks!

  5. Jodie Lee February 25, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    Thank you so much for keeping us to date!! This is my new ‘go to’ site for what’s rocking’ in the paper world! 🙂

  6. BARB T February 25, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Thanks, May, for keeping us up to date on all the wonderful scrapping events. It is great to have one place where I can find the best of what is new and what is happening.

  7. Karen February 28, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    Awesome info May!! I see a couple of online classes in my future! Thanks so much!!!

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