Noteworthy | 8.21.2012

Today there’s a Noteworthy product sneak, a new event announcement, some great statistics, and some fun links!

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the new iteration of Noteworthy on Scrapbook Update! Instead of bringing a huge round-up to you once a week on Fridays, I’m going to start bringing Noteworthy to you in smaller pieces more frequntly. Scrapbook Update’s readers will receive more news faster that way, and in more manageable chunks. I hope that you like this latest effort to improve Scrapbook Update’s offerings to its readership! –Nancy]

Carina Gardner let Carta Bella fans in on a sneak peek at the company’s October 2012 release when she showed a project in progress on her blog the other day:

Carta Bella October Release

This fall line looks sure to please fans of Carina and Carta Bella!

Speaking of Carta Bella, the company has announced its new design team. Five U.S. and two international members will make up the new Carta Bella design team for now, although the announcement indicates that more members will be joining the team later this year.

The Craft & Hobby Association has announced the CHA Fall Creative Conference, to be held in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada from October 3rd-4th, 2012. The conference, apparently the first of the regional events that CHA had been hinting was on the horizon for their membership, will focus on businesses in Ontario and Quebec, which make up 80% of the Canadian market, and bring them together for networking and education. The conference will feature an exhibit hall, business seminar on successful retailing, an industry trends panel and a papercrafting workshop, among other scheduled events. The cost of registration is $25/day for CHA members.

Bella Blvd has a call out for applications for its 2012-2013 design team! Applications are due Sept. 5th and must include 4 never-before-seen projects that include 99.999% Bella products. For more information on guidelines and how to apply, check out the design team call on the Bella Blvd blog.

Former Scrapbook Update Contributing Writer Melissa Stinson has been busy shopping and has some very informative blog posts to share as a result! I mentioned Ikea several times in my recent scrap room overhaul article, and the store is a favorite of many scrapbookers for affordable and usable storage. Melissa went on a safari to Ikea recently and afterward shared an article that is packed full of ideas from Ikea for scrapbookers!

Melissa also made the rounds of her local big box stores and shared the special offerings that she found from from some of the biggest names in scrapbooking – particularly My Minds Eye and the American Crafts family of brands.

Load of Scrap blogger Eric Erickson has posted an interesting post and video discussing statistics about the size of the scrapbook industry and putting them in perspective. The comparison to golf is especially thought-provoking.

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5 Responses to Noteworthy | 8.21.2012

  1. Judy McCleskey Webb August 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    Nancy, Everyone is organizing and rearranging craft room. No one addresses the lighting issue. Lighting so important, even the kind of light bulbs used is important. Can you find pro to give us some direction?!! Love Scrapbook Update.

    • Melissa Stinson August 21, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      Judy- I might be able to help with that! I was actually very careful about the type of lighting I put into my scrap room. Not so much the fixture- it’s just a cheap 3-bulb fixture from Lowe’s, but I was very particular about the *temperature* of light bulb I used. When incandescents were still in common use, light temperature was a problem since incandescents tend to the warmer, yellower side of the spectrum. With the increased usage and availability of compact fluorescent bulbs, we now also have a much wider range of color temperatures to choose from. You’ll generally find them categorized as “Soft White” (has a yellower, warmer, incandescent hue to it), “Daylight” (a bit cooler tone and what I tend to use in most of my house), and then “Sunlight” which is the coolest white shade of all and is what I use in both my scrap room and in the photography setup I use to photograph my projects. I’ve found that the ideal bulb for my scrap room falls in the 5500K temperature range- you get a true and accurate representation of color with it.

      Hope that helps!

  2. Katherine M August 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    LOVE the new Noteworthy format! Thank you for making the change to smaller bites!

  3. Melissa Stinson August 21, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    Thanks so much for the shout-out, Nancy!! 🙂

  4. Gab August 22, 2012 at 7:35 am #

    Great idea to have a smaller and more frequent Noteworthy

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