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Archive | July 10, 2012

Digital Trends | Blending

Blending has always been a popular tool for digital scrapbookers. It’s one of those fun techniques that you just can’t do with paper scrapping. Using photoshop or other similar programs, you can blend papers, photos, textures, overlays, brushes and on and on. The possibilities are truly endless. Blendable products are really hot right now. Let’s take a look at just a few of the new digi products that have been released.

Designer Digitals

Katie Pertiet has collection after collection of blendable products at Designer Digitals. She has just released 3 new blending products this week, including vintage journalers with soft edges for easy blending, as well as a blended template that includes snippets of papers and elements. All you have to do is add your photo, paper and some journaling. Her third release is a set of 4 12×12 clipping masks for blending your own papers and photos.

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Report: Michaels IPO On Hold “Indefinitely”

The Wall Street Journal is reporting, via its Deal Journal blog, that sources familiar with the company’s plans say the planned IPO of Michaels Stores Inc has been put on hold indefinitely following the stroke in April of CEO John Menzer.

Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group, the private equity companies that own Michaels Stores, filed in March with the SEC declaring their intent to take the company public through a $500 million IPO offering. Lew Klessel, who is Managing Director with Bain Capital Partners, LLC, and Charles “Chuck” Sonsteby, who is Michaels Stores’ Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer, have been running Michaels Stores since Menzer’s stroke. The company announced Menzer’s illness on April 20th.  Continue Reading →

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