Archive | December, 2012

Purple Cows and Tonic Studios Announce Partnership

Purple Cows and Tonic Studios have announced that they will partner on future product distribution and development.

Tonic Studios Trimmer

Beginning in March 2013, Purple Cows will be responsible for distributing Tonic Studios product in the Americas, and Tonic Studios U.K. will distribute Purple Cows products in the U.K. and parts of Europe.

No change of ownership has taken place as part of the arrangement – both companies are remaining under their existing ownership.

“We are very excited about this new partnership”, said Rick Tremmel, CEO of Purple Cows. “The two companies have complementary strengths in sales, marketing, distribution and product offerings.

Tremmel also said that Purple Cows is already working with Simon Bathard and Gareth Davies at Tonic Studios UK on development of future products. Continue Reading →


Provocraft Selling Single Images for Cricut Machine

Provo Craft announced today that they are beginning to sell single image files for cutting on the Cricut Machine through their online Cricut Craft Room software.

Initially the company is making available 200 images from some of its most popular cartridges, such as Create a Critter, Cindy Loo, and Team Spirit, but plans to add more to the selection in coming months. Images are priced at $.99/each.

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Digital Trends | Holiday Templates

Holiday and December Daily albums are hot right now – in both the digital and traditional scrapbooking worlds. There are a bunch of digital templates that I’ve seen recently that would be perfect for a December or holiday album. Let’s go take a look at some of them!

Design House Digital

This is a two-part collaboration by Karen Funk & Crystal Livesay.  Karen designed the products and Crystal designed the templates. The templates are versatile enough that you can modify or flip them a number of ways to document a month of holiday memories.

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Gallery Highlights | 12.08.2012

Welcome to Gallery Highlights for this week! This week’s finds include designs with an assortment of photos – from 1 single, enlarged photo to a photo collage using 25 photos. 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.

Finally by Jenniferlala

Jennifer’s layout is stunning in its simplicity. It is a single, enlarged photo that she embellished with banners and a tag at the top. She added a single twine bow and tiny brads to complement the title and journaling. Gorgeous!

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Technique | Debossing & Inking

Eagle-eyed readers will have noticed a new byline on this post! This post marks the debut of a new contributing writer for Scrapbook Update, Tammy Dailor. Tammy’s style is very clean and simple and she has a great way of breaking down her creative process and writing short and clear technique tutorials that appeal to scrapbookers of all styles. We hope you will welcome her contributions at Scrapbook Update, and if you want to see more of her, you can visit her website, Your Memory Connection. — Nancy

Today I wanted to share a fun and easy technique using embossing folders. The photo for this layout is of my youngest nephew taken during a Christmas shopping excursion. Because the colors in the photo are blues and grays, I thought a wintry spin would set the right tone. For the main design element on my layout, I used a snowflake embossing folder and two coordinating distress inks.

First, emboss the snowflake pattern on a piece of smooth cardstock. If you do this technique with textured cardstock, you might want to make sure that the embossing goes on the textured side so that it will be smooth on the debossed side that you want to work with. Once you have your embossed piece, turn the sheet over so that the debossed or smooth side is up (i.e.the side with the bumpy texture of the design is face down on the table).

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