Archive | March, 2012

Review | Crashplan Cloud Back-Up Service

We all know that we should ideally be backing up our computers regularly to an offsite location to prevent a disastrous data loss. But, admit it, knowing that and actually doing it are two different things…

Today is World Backup Day! Maybe it’s time to stop thinking about protecting your data, and start acting to protect your data, before something happens that makes you wish that you had. I’m glad I did, as you’ll hear in a moment.

I’ve known for a long time that I needed to get a better back-up system in place than just using Apple’s Time Machine, which is good but offers limited protection since it is a local back-up and was being done only intermittently when I plugged into my external drive. I needed something real-time and that was off-site. Crashplan had been recommended to me by another user of the service. But of course I procrastinated about actually doing anything about it, until Crashplan offered me the chance to try their service out for a review. I figured being offered a review of a service I had been planning to try anyway was the back-up gods telling me it was time, so I decided to give it a try. Here’s what I’ve learned.

What it is:

Crashplan is an online back-up service that allows users to install software on their computers that then runs automatic, real-time back-ups of their system to the Crashplan servers via an internet connection or another back-up location that the user specifies (such as to space on another computer on the same network). Offsite back-up provides superior disaster protection for data over running a local back-up since it protects data against damage that might destroy all data in a physical location, such as a lightning strike or building fire. Continue Reading →


Noteworthy | 3.30.2012

International craft month is coming to the end, new CHA released products continue to arrive in stores, and inspiration is springing up everywhere. From new classes to tutorials, special events to videos there was a lot to check out this week. All signs point to a fantastic year for papercrafting in 2012, so let’s dig into this week’s noteworthy stories:

Let’s begin with a tutorial that makes creating a stitched flower so easy – and in a way I never thought of doing. The always inspiring Rebecca Sower posted a very detailed and easy to follow tutorial on free-motion flower stitching. Sharing a lot of photos and helpful tips, I can now imagine creating my own flowers with some fabric scraps and a bit of time. Perhaps making these will become my new ‘while I watch TV’ project.

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Announcing Everyday Storyteller + Me!

Today I’m pleased to share with Scrapbook Update’s readers about another project I’ve been working on!

Everyday Storyteller: 33 Practical Ideas from Real World Scrapbookers is an upcoming e-book from Jennifer Wilson of Simple Scrapper. I’m honored to be included in a group of 33 scrapbookers who are contributing content to this e-book, a list that includes talents such as Debbie Hodge, Melissa Stinson, Elisa Blaha, Amy Tan, Jessica Sprague, CD Muckosky, and Anna Aspnes.

My segment of Everyday Storyteller is about creating a quick & easy version of the vintage collage look for simple scrappers (like me) who love the look but whose natural design instincts it goes against. I hope that it works as well for you as it does for me!


Trends | Return of the Hexagons

Long ago at a CHA far, far away…

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that long ago or even quite that far away, but there was no denying that at CHA Winter 2012, the hexagons were back! I’m not quite ready to call this trend a staple yet – it’ll take at least one more show to tell – but scrapbooking manufacturers of all styles have certainly embraced this shape and put their own spin on it. If you want to see examples from last summer’s show be sure to check out my Trend Watch article on Hexagons, Honeycombs, and Lattices from last October, but right now I want to take a look at some photos from the CHA Winter 2012 show floor and look at just what this trend had to offer this time around.

I have to admit that the Jenni Bowlin booth was one of the last places I would have expected to see hexagons at CHA Winter 2012, but she totally surprised me by putting her own signature (and lovely!) vintage spin on the shape. The hexagon paper (from the Magpie collection) and Quilted Stickers shown below are perfect examples of how a company can be trendy and still stay true to their roots.

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Chicagoland Scrapbooker Magazine To Launch In Fall 2012

A new magazine, Chicagoland Scrapbooker, will debut from Motor City Publishing in Fall 2012, the company has announced.

Motor City Publishing currently publishes Michigan Scrapbooker magazine. The free magazine has 40,000 readers and it’s quarterly issues cover stamping, scrapbooking and papercrafting.  Content includes a variety of editorial topics as well as a local calendar of events. Like Michigan Scrapbooker, Chicagoland Scrapbooker will be distributed through local scrapbook retail stores.

“As we celebrate our fifth year at Michigan Scrapbooker, we are thrilled to branch out and provide a locally focused print resource to the Chicagoland area,” said Carrie MacGillis, Editor and Publisher. “This publication will serve as the perfect go-to spot for the Chicago area scrapbooking community while boosting the support of brick and mortar businesses.”

For more information about Chicagoland Scrapbooker, contact or


Paperclipping Roundtable #107: Scrapbooking Teens

This week, we were like totally joined at the Roundtable by Ana Cabrera and Debbie Hodge to talk about scrapbooking teenagers. Whatever.

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Digital Designers | Katie Pertiet

[Editor's Note: This author is a long-time member of the Designer Digitals creative team.]

Meet the Designer | I am happy to introduce you to an incredibly talented designer that you are probably already familiar with – Katie Pertiet. Katie is both the owner of, and lead designer at, Designer Digitals. I hope you enjoy getting to know her!

Katie’s Background | Katie grew up as a middle child of four children and earned a degree in graphic design from Iowa State University. After working at various ad agencies in several design positions, she started her own business in 1993 and freelanced for textbook publishers and corporate design departments. She has been a hobby scrapbooker and photographer since high school and worked as a professional photographer in college. Combining those two loves with her extensive design experience led her to digital scrapbooking in 2004.

Just a year later, she founded Designer Digitals and then found herself moving across the country. With the move, she decided to forego developing a new corporate client base and instead focused all of her energy into building Designer Digitals.

Katie’s Style & Inspiration | Katie’s style is varied – she designs vintage products as well as products with a more modern, graphic feel. She seems to effortlessly bring together vintage-based products and the art world to create timeless designs. As she says, “ I can easily go from designing vintage products, to whimsical graphic, and everything in between.” When asked about her favorite style, it was an easy answer, “My favorite things to create are vintage products.” Katie is very open to inspiration in the world around her and finds inspiration everywhere. “Advertisements, music videos, magazines, the mall! It all stirs up something!” Continue Reading →


Pinterest Inspiration | Pops of Color

While looking through Pinterest a couple of weeks ago, I spotted some delightful bracelets that really intrigued me. The clean lines of the design plus the pops of gorgeous color drew me in immediately. When I clicked through to the designer’s website, the first thing she explained was that she was inspired to create them by another bracelet she had found on Pinterest. I love that circle of inspiration!

The designer of these charming bracelets is Katy, the owner and writer of the popular blog, Sweet Verbena. Made of just embroidery floss, beads and hollow charms, they are beautiful in their simplicity. Katie has a full tutorial on her site found at Bracelets: A Tutorial and I can’t wait to make some. Continue Reading →