Noteworthy | 3.23.2012

Things are warming up, and the paper crafting world is full of inspiring ideas, tutorials, new challenges, and even the announcement of a new e-book that will include Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally!

Let’s begin with a breathtaking tutorial on how to use Distress markers to stamp and create this beautiful card. Personally I’d frame Richele Christensen’s finished project instead! This would be perfect for a butterfly, flower, or any image really. I love the look and her photography of the steps and how-to instruction is concise and easy to understand. I am always amazed by her projects.

Jennifer McGuire shared a really interesting folded ribbon card on the May Arts blog this week, and it really caught my eye. Chevrons, banners, and twine are very popular right now, and this card combines the look of all three things.

My current favorite ribbon is this chevron twill. The colors are delicious, it is high quality and it seems to go with any type of project. For this card, I used a ribbon folding technique to add some fun interest and texture.

The post includes a video with how-to instruction, and the technique could easily be used as an embellishment on a scrapbook page, journal cover, or other project as well.

My Minds Eye creates beautiful papers and has long been a favorite company of mine. This week a very exciting announcement came that I hope will mean a significant increase in online presence and creative inspiration as well. The company has hired well-known designer Stephanie Howell as their social media director.

From relaunching the blog,twitter, FB…to interacting with the community of scrapbookers out there. that will be me.

I will also be designing with their products,traveling to shows (CHA), and all kinds of other things.

To say I’m thrilled would be a massive,massive understatement.

You can read Howell’s announcement post here on her blog.

Do you ever wonder how people make sketches or use them? Master card maker Kristina Werner has a really fascinating inside look at her sketchbooks, and how she uses them with her cardmaking this week on her blog. She shares numerous sketches, information about her process, and sketches a card as well. I am really taken with this idea for cards because you give them away and unlike layouts, you don’t look through an album to be reminded of things you’ve done (and liked) in the past. The video is posted here.

Linda Ledbetter is launching a challenge series on her blog inspired by the new Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities 2 book. Launching Friday April 13th, each week a different technique will be looked at.

We’ll be working our way randomly through each and every technique in Tim Holtz’s awesome new book, A Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 2!
Everyone is welcome to join in as we explore all the fantastic tutorials Tim created for his second Compendium.

This sounds really inspiring, and I’m sure it will be a popular challenge series.

As a lover of little notebooks (and known collector) I was really excited to see Amy Tan’s how-to on a simply decorated notebook. She shares the step-by-step photos and it’s a great quick project and way to use some of that washi tape many of us have growing collections of.

Wanda Guess shared a really cute card utilizing Hexagons (which are wildly popular at the moment) – and I love her take as well as the detailed photos and instruction. What I appreciate the most, and what is now so obvious to me but I hadn’t yet thought of, is that she used the hexagon to make quilt-like flowers.

I went for the shabby-chic-grandmas-quilt look for this card. I picked colors I like for Spring – happy, cheery colors. It’s really easy to form the hexagons together – just like quilting – into flowers.

This transforms the very graphic shape into something (as Wanda said) more shabby chic – I love that! I will be using my stickers and papers with hexagons on them in this way immediately!

Last, but certainly not least, a new e-book was announced this week that has 33 contributors including Jessica Sprague, Amy Tangerine, Debbie Hodge, and Scrapbook Update editor Nancy Nally.

Everyday Storyteller: 33 Practical Ideas from Real World Scrapbookers is a digital idea book from the owner of Simple Scrapper, Jennifer Wilson. It will be released at 10pm CDT on Friday, May 4 immediately following a live chat launch party.   With 33 inspiring contributions from across the scrapbooking industry, Everyday Storyteller is an essential resource for the modern memory keeper. Find out how your favorite scrapbookers document their stories, create amazing pages and still have time to make memories.

If interested, you can sign up for the VIP list so you can be included in the launch party. Click here to sign up and for more information.

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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8 Responses to Noteworthy | 3.23.2012

  1. Wanda G (stampcat) March 23, 2012 at 2:19 pm #

    You’re tooooooo good to me lady! Glad you liked the hexagons…I’m hooked! Have a super weekend! XOXOXOXO

  2. Linda Ledbetter March 23, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    May, thank you enormously for sharing the info about the Compendium 2 Challenge! I’m honored and so grateful for the shout out, and hope your readers will join in!


  3. Lori March 24, 2012 at 5:20 pm #

    Wow, May! Great post–so many great links and fantastic information here. Thank you!

  4. Gab March 24, 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    Thanks for the wrap-up May!!

  5. Ruth G March 24, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    Thanks for keeping me up to date on What’s Happening in papercrafting webland! I loved Wendy’s card! I saw something similar recently and really felt like it was so perfect with stitching and the trendy hexagons! Thanks so much for sharing another beautiful take on that idea!

    • Ruth G March 24, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

      OK, so I totally messed up – It’s WANDA’s card (which I just pinned from her blog and realized I blew her name) SO Sorry about that, Wanda! At least I got it right on my pin!

  6. Lisa S March 25, 2012 at 3:46 pm #

    Thanks for all the great information! Got some wonderful inspiration from all these links! Always enjoy reading your posts, May!

  7. Maria March 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    May – can I just say how much I love and look forward to your Noteworthy. Reg Amy’s book….I’m running out right now to do this. I LOVE this and since I’m someone who has post-its and pieces of ripped paper everywhere for PL I need this book. It’s one of those face palm why didn’t I think of that moments. Amy SO rocks! Thanks for all your awesome hard work….Until next time 😉

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