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Archive | October, 2012

Digital Trends | Flair Buttons

Flair buttons and pins are hitting the digital – and paper – scrapbooking world in a big way. They are such a fun embellishment and I love the variety that’s popping up everywhere right now. Let’s go take a look at just a few of the great digital flair buttons I’ve found.

Two Peas in a Bucket

At Two Peas, Edeline Marta and Jen Martakis both have brand new sets of flair buttons available. Edeline Marta’s set is an adorable bunch of circus characters and Jen Martakis’ set includes a set of muted sports and stars buttons.

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American Crafts & Becky Higgins to Partner on Project Life Production, Distribution

Becky Higgins LogoAmerican Crafts announced today that it is partnering with Becky Higgins to manufacture, sell and distribute her overwhelmingly popular Project Life product line to retailers.

Project Life had previously only been available through online retailer Amazon.com in the U.S., and through various exclusive online retail outlets overseas.

Becky launched Project Life through her company Becky Higgins LLC in late 2009. Its popularity has been overwhelming, and has inspired many similar lines from other industry manufacturers. The product line’s offerings have grown steadily with the addition of new core kits and accessories over its first 3 years. In August, Becky announced new additions to Project Life that when released in December will grow the product line to 10 core kits and 3 mini kits. The new offerings also included the product line’s first foray into themed kits, with school and baby kits being announced.

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Gallery Highlights | 10.26.2012

Welcome to Gallery Highlights for this week!

This week’s finds include some very cute layouts that are sure to inspire you. I was very inspired by the adorable photos these designers used and  how well they incorporated multiple photos and fun embellishments onto their pages. Let’s go take a look at them and I hope you like them all as much as I do. 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.

Loved This by RobynRW

Robyn did a beautiful job of making this first layout both clean and simple yet bright and active. She placed all of her photos, papers, and washi tape in a grid pattern – making it one cohesive unit. This design allowed her to use a lot of fun product yet also keep the design sleek. Her gorgeous mixed-font title with the large arrow is the perfect finishing touch.

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Digital Designers | Pattie Knox

Meet the Designer | I am so happy to introduce you to a wonderful digital designer and a very familiar name in the digital scrapbooking industry – Pattie Knox. I have been a huge fan of Pattie’s designs and layouts for years and I hope you enjoy getting to know her. Her energy and sense of humor are guaranteed to bring a smile to your day.

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Pinterest Inspiration | Book Cover

The day-to-day school routine has been a bit stressful in my household this fall and I’ve been searching for some products to help make schoolwork more fun for my preteen daughter. And so I went to Pinterest. But instead of finding something for her, I found something for me! Funny how that happens sometimes, isn’t it?

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Noteworthy | 10.23.2012 – New Releases!

There’s lots of new mid-releases being announced, as we hit that magical time between shows where CHA releases are so “yesterday” already! Here’s a look around the industry at what will be coming to a scrapbook store near you soon:

BasicGrey has two new collections that will be available starting in November exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Fact & Fiction” is full of very usable vintage gorgeousness that will be sure to be a hit for the two companies.

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Weekend Reading | 10.19.2012

Looking for some creative inspiration or edutainment reading for the weekend? Check these great links out!

Have you got too many 3×4 Project Life journaling cards that you don’t know what to do with? With the growing number of these cards available, it’s easy to collect too many of them. Tammy Dailor at Your Memory Connection has a great post on using up those journaling cards by using them on traditional layouts  and scrapbooking projects!

If you are like me and have a hard drive full of photos that are almost fabulous – except for the drab washed out sky – then you’ll love this tutorial from The Daily Digi. In her post, Steph shows step-by-step how to take that drab gray sky and turn it a beautiful natural looking blue gradient. The instructions work for both Photoshop CS and Photoshop Elements.

“Mommy, where do baby Distress Stains come from?” Ranger is very proud of their products being made in the USA, and this week on their blog, they showed off a photo tour of the process of making a batch of Metallic Distress Stains. It’s a surprisingly complex process!

 Hero Arts has been focusing this month on holiday cardmaking, and today they featured a great Christmas card made with a stamping/masking technique that gives new versatility to background stamps. It also makes beautiful use of stamping on patterned paper. The result is a pretty and sparkly card made from just a few patterned scraps and some stamps!

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