Archive | October, 2012

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!


Gallery Highlights | 10.18.2012

Welcome to Gallery Highlights for this week!

This week’s finds include some very special layouts that are sure to inspire you. I was very inspired by both the soft textures and the topics of the layouts I found this week. And it’s almost that time – I’m going to keep including holiday projects every week.  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.

Annie and Daisy by mamabean

Carolynn’s layout inspired me so much. The soft papers she used, the cool color palette and her delicate embellishments all create a wonderful sense of love and family. And look at her layering techniques! This is just a gorgeous layout.

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Pink and gray has always been a favorite color combination of mine. Throw in some very trendy yellow and gray, and you’ve got a very hip looking card just to say “hello”! (If you follow Card Annex on Facebook, you got a sneak peek of this card over the weekend while it was under construction, so make sure you follow us there!)
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Digital Trends | Halloween

It should come as no surprise that Halloween products are popping up everywhere in the digital scrapbooking world right now. I love the variety that’s available, so let’s go take a look at just a few of the great Halloween products I’ve found.


At O’Scraps, Jen Maddocks has released a Halloween-inspired kit with great shades of orange and yellow. It comes with 12 digital papers, 53 elements and one alphabet.

Forever Joy also has a new Halloween kit – this one has some beautiful and unique blues in it with just a bit of retro sophistication.

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