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.

Are you looking for inspiration for scrapbooking boys? Good news! This week Doodlebug celebrates their new Boys Only collection by posting projects and ideas for using it. The stand out for me was the mini airplane tutorial that shows how to fold a paper airplane then cut it in half to create two unique accents. This is a great idea for a spring, travel, or boy page as shown! See more posts at the Doodlebug blog.

For even more great ideas, check out Get It Scrapped for an article focused on ideas for scrapbooking teen boys. Her ideas could prove useful for teen girls or anyone really – but the specific ideas and page examples are really well done.

Christy Tomlinson announced her first (solo) on-line workshop of 2012 this week, that is in part inspired by her business/life coach Art McCracken:

Each week’s lessons in this workshop will be based off  Art’s excersizes in helping to create our living canvas. I will also share my experience with each lesson and how it has helped me and what I have done to apply them into my life. Then we will take everything we have learned and create messy fun art journals and canvases and vision boards.. so we have something to look back to to remind us and motivate us to stay on our new path!

The six-week class begins May 21st and is $109. For a limited time (until April 15) registration is reduced, and is $89. More information and detail can be found here.

Elle’s Studio announced that they will have their first on-line class this May called 30 minute layouts & more.

I’ll be showing you some tips and tricks to complete layouts faster, along with giving you step-by-step instructions to complete a bunch of layouts on your own. All layouts will be exclusive to the class and brand new – plus, there will be lots of encouragement to use the stash of scrapbooking supplies you already have!

More information will be posted on their blog soon.

Julie Ebersole posted three cards and a video tutorial on adhesives with delicate and tiny die cuts on the Ellen Hutson blog this week. In the video she walks through various adhesive preferences, and how she utilizes each. The end results (cards) are shown, and at 8 1/2 minutes long the video is a great length too.

Falling behind on your project life? Need a creative boost or fresh ideas? Or perhaps you want to try just one week? Don’t miss Ali Edwards special Week in the Life event April 23-29. Ali posted some details here, including some specifics in the way she’ll approach the project, links to past posts and years, and more. Ali writes:

It’s a lot of work. Think Project Life on steroids in terms of the details and the photos and the commitment of time.

And that is precisely why I love it and precisely why I will be doing it again.

These albums are amazing looks at our lives over the course of one week each year. They are in-depth. They document so much of the basic pieces of our existence. They show me so many things to be thankful for in my life yesterday and today. So I’m going to do it again and you can consider yourself invited.

Ali is taking a spring break this week, and her blog is filled with posts from guests – myself included. My personal favorite is Kelly Purkey’s nod to ombre and how she cleverly alters some ruffled paper to create a unique layout.  All of the guest posts can be found here.

Speaking of Project Life, as the first quarter of 2012 comes to a close, it’s interesting to note who is still creating (and sharing) PL layouts on a regular basis. A few that have done a really nice job of posting and sharing some ideas as well include Amy Tan, Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, Melissa Stinson, and Jenni at Elle’s Studio. The links I included to their blogs will take you right to their Project Life category pages. If you have some PL favorites, please feel free to share in the comments section.

Noteworthy is a weekly column here at Scrapbook Update. Have something new & noteworthy to share? Beginning in April Editor Nancy Nally will be writing the noteworthy column. If you have something you would like considered for next week’s column, email with a link or press release.

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4 Responses to Noteworthy | 3.30.2012

  1. Laura March 30, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Love your SU Friday posts, May — thanks for all the goodies you share. 🙂

    ~ Laura

  2. Gab March 31, 2012 at 3:16 am #

    Ooh lots of good stuff happening! Thanks May

  3. MichelleGB March 31, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    Lots of good links in this week’s post! Thank you!

  4. Renee J. April 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

    May, thank you for sharing all that you do with us!! I can’t wait to check out these ideas! Oh, I did take a peek at the flowers….so cute! Hmmm, maybe I need to get my sewing machine up and running again!!

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