Archive | March 29, 2012

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.”

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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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