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Archive | October, 2012

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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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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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.

O’Scraps

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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Noteworthy | 10.12.2012

We’ve got lots to cover in Noteworthy today! The holidays are coming fast, CHA is coming fast, and companies are announcing new lines right and left!

Love Ranger’s Tim Holtz Distress Ink Seasonal Colors? Well, now you can love them all year round!

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Jobs | Scrapbook Artist – Close To My Heart

Looking for a new gig? Direct sales company Close To My Heart has shared with Scrapbook Update that they have the following position available at their Pleasant Grove, Utah headquarters:

Scrapbook Artist

Close To My Heart, a leader in the scrapbook and stamp industry, is looking for a full-time Scrapbook Artist to be a member of our art studio. This position will support the Creative Marketing team through the design and creation of artwork for printed and online collateral, making sure all are on time, on budget, and on strategy. Artwork may include layouts, handmade cards, 3-D items, and home décor.

Qualifications & Responsibilities:
• Create artwork for semi-annual catalog
• Self starter
• Deadline driven
• Problem solver
• Respond well to feedback
• Remain creative under strict guidelines
• Understand and follow trends both inside/outside of the scrapbooking industry
• Interest in scrapbooking and/or crafting
• Excellent organization skills with attention to detail
• One year experience scrapbooking and stamping preferred, but not required
• Working knowledge of Photoshop is a plus
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Gallery Highlights | 10.11.2012

Welcome to Gallery Highlights for this week!

This week’s finds include some gorgeous layouts that are sure to inspire you. I found some really fun single-photo layout designs this week as well as a gorgeous holiday card – it’s almost that time! 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.

Killing Time by scrappyJedi

Melissa used an Instagram photo as the focal point of this layout about her brother. Balancing a design that only uses a single small photo can be very tricky but Melissa did a fantastic job on this layout by adding stencil paper across the middle of the page and underneath the photo. The stencil paper reinforces her reading theme and balances the photo beautifully. She added lots of fun tags and embellishments both to the top and bottom of the page and around the photo. The result is a beautiful design!

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