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Archive | July, 2012

Gallery Highlights | 7.27.2012

Welcome to Gallery Highlights for this week!

This week’s finds include some gorgeous projects, including two-page layouts, a mini-book and a card – I had to stop myself from including even more. I love it when the galleries are just bursting with this much inspiration. I hope you like them all as much as I do. Let’s go take a look! Don’t forget – You can click on the links to visit the layouts in their galleries and view supply lists, leave a comment for the designer, or view the designer’s other work.

Celebrate Freedom by Betsy Gourley

There are so many 4th of July layouts in all the galleries right now but I just adore Betsy’s two-page layout. I love all the details, including stamping, misting and sewing and the design is fantastic. She has fit in almost 30 photos! What a phenomenal bit of inspiration this is for all of us who love two-page layouts.

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Events | 2012 Stampin’ Up! Convention

Editor’s Note: The annual Stampin’ Up! convention is one of the largest events of its kind in the industry, but since it is a private event, little is usually heard about it in the mainstream scrapbook media. This year, freelance writer Connie Myers was invited to attend by Stampin’ Up!, and she offered to share her experience with Scrapbook Update’s readers. Her report below provides a fascinating window into the company culture that has created the success of Stampin’ Up! as an organization, as well as an informative look at the company’s latest new products and marketing focus. — Nancy

Thousands of women cheered as the doors opened for the first General Session of the 2012 Stampin’ Up! Convention, held July 18th-21st, 2012 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Stampin' Up Convention Doors Opening

Inside, as lights flashed and party music played, 3500 demonstrators walked, ran and danced through a gauntlet of 500 Stampin’ Up! employees offering applause, hugs, and high fives. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2012 New Exhibitor: Some Odd Girl

Clear stamp company Some Odd Girl was one of the standouts of the new exhibitor section at CHA Summer 2012 in Chicago.

Michigan-based Some Odd Girl was founded in 2010 by owner Kristy Dalman as a digital stamp company. In May 2011, she branched into physical products and began producing clear stamps of her unique, quirky characters.

Many companies are currently offering stamp designs of human characters. Most of those designs are somewhat vintage or cute looking, and of young children. Some Odd Girl stands out because it offers designs of more mature looking figures (like those pictured above and below). The company’s designs feature a modern styling that is closer to anime or gaming avatars than it is to most of the current character stamps on the market. Continue Reading →

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Digital Designer | Krista Sahlin

Meet the Designer | I am happy to introduce you to a wonderful digital designer – Krista Sahlin. Krista is the designer behind Sahlin Studio. I have admired Krista’s work for a while now, and I hope you enjoy getting to know her too!

Krista’s Life & Scrapbooking History | Krista lives in Minnesota with her husband and two children. Her husband is an “IT guy” – which really helps in her line of work as a digital designer. Her children are “wonderful and rambunctious kiddos” and you can almost feel her smile as she describes them. Krista considers herself  ”an avid memory keeper” and has combined her love of digital scrapbooking with her newer love of designing. She loves designing and finds it “incredibly surreal and such an honor that people use my designs to help capture their most treasured of memories.” Continue Reading →

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Digital Trends | Travel

Summertime travel is in full swing in the digital world. Travel kits, brushes and elements are all hitting the stores and I’ve collected some of them here for you. Let’s go take a look at just a few of the new digi travel products that have been released.

Designer Digitals

At Designer Digitals, Katie Pertiet has three new travel-themed kits this week, including circular word stamps, blendable dictionary definitions, and gorgeous soft blendable maps.

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CHA Summer 2012: Jillibean Soup

Jillibean Soup can always be relied on for some solid new introductions at any CHA show, and CHA Summer 2012 in Chicago was no exception.

The company introduced four new lines of paper at the show – let’s start with their great new addition to their line of Soup Staples!

Chevron Soup Staples

Hello, chevrons! These trendy chevrons in beautiful bright colors that coordinate with the rest of Jillibean’s lines are sure to be popular with both scrapbookers and cardmakers. The dots on the reverse make them incredibly versatile for a variety of projects. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2012: Silhouette

Silhouette was in Chicago with a large booth footprint, promoting their Cameo machine and its many accessories such as materials for cutting and add-on tools like the sketch pens.

A new product introduction that will likely appeal to many Cameo users are the dust covers, available in three colors, with an MSRP of $6.99.

Silhouette Cameo Dust Covers

Here’s a look at some examples of what can be done to pretty them up if you put your cameo to work with some of the company’s iron-on materials: Continue Reading →

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What is Cre8time?

The Craft & Hobby Association shared an initiative at the Chicago show which is a concept that has grown out of the newly-revived non-profit CHA Foundation.

Cre8time is a consumer movement to help us all with an area that interferes with our crafting – time. Subtitled “Reclaim your creativity at Cre8time.org”, the initiative is aimed at helping crafters recover time in their lives so that they can devote it to their chosen craft.

Cre8time will launch fully in January 2013. The Foundation is currently soliciting donors and content contributors for Cre8time. Contact ldiaz@craftandhobby.org for more information on how to help.

So, what do you think of the Cre8time concept? Will you implement the campaign in your business? How?

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