Archive | February, 2013

Trending: Feathers (Part 3) – DIY Feathers!

This is Ashley again this feathery Friday, with the third installment in Trending Feathers. Today we are going to look at all of the amazing ways you can make your own feathers! Don’t forget, at the end of this DIY Feather Round-Up, there is a chance to enter for a great give-away! 

When I first started looking at handmade feathers, I was amazed at the sheer artistry that goes into some of them. And I thought, there is seriously no way I can do this. But, the more I looked, the more I realized that for all of the artistry that goes into feathers (paper and real), that they are essentially quite basic. And then I thought, I can do basic.

As a simple shape, a feather is really just a somewhat curvy, kinda long and skinny type shape. As having pattern, it really just looks like there are lots of fine downward pointing lines running the length of the center spine. Basically: long + chevrons = feather. Then whatever else you want to add in is just details. A pointy bit at the bottom for the quill, maybe some texture up the sides for the notches that gives each feather its unique shape.

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Michaels Stores Names Ulta Salons’ Chuck Rubin As New CEO

Michaels Stores has announced that they are naming Chuck Rubin as their new Chief Executive Officer and a member of the Board of Directors. The company has been operating under an interim Office of the Chief Executive Officer since the departure of previous CEO John Menzer on medical leave in mid-April 2012.

Chuck Rubin is resigning the post of CEO and Board Member of Ulta Beauty, where he’s been since 2010, effective February 21st to take the post at Michaels Stores. Before joining Ulta, Rubin was at Office Depot for six years. From 2007 to 2010, Rubin was also a member of the executive committee of the National Retail Federation. Continue Reading →


Gallery Highlights | 2.14.2013

Welcome to another edition of gallery highlights! This week’s layouts are all about using photo placement to build a solid design. All of these designers used classic, traditional designs but added something unique to each of them that truly make their layouts shine. I love every single one of these layouts and I can’t wait for you to see them. Let’s go take a look 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.

Turning 4 by Kathleen Summers

Kathleen grouped her photos and embellishments in the middle of her page and then worked out towards the edges with stitching and stamping. I really love that a large portion of her collage is a mixed pattern of papers forming a sunburst pattern. It draws more attention to her focal photo and adds a lot of color and energy to the layout. It’s a beautiful layout made even better with a fantastic design.


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CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

It’s been a tough decision to make this time around…there were a few hard choices to make in narrowing it down…but it’s finally here: The CHA Winter 2013 Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks list!

The show was buzzing with excitement as we rang in 2013 in Anaheim. Attendees were very optimistic about the future. The Hot Picks definitely reflect that excitement over new directions and a new evolution happening in the industry.

So, in no particular order, here’s the Top Ten Hot Picks for CHA Winter 2013!

Becky Higgins’ Project Life

So let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Project Life was already hot, hot, hot with consumers before the announcement that it would be available wholesale starting at CHA Winter 2013, and in Anaheim, retailers flocked to the Project Life booth so that they can give their customers the latest trend they are asking for!


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Trending: Feathers (Part 2)

It’s Ashley again, back with part two of Trending: Feathers! Last time, I covered the fantastic assortment of new scrapbooking products available with feather motifs. Today we are going to look at finding feather products outside of the scrapbook store and craft aisle.

First up is an item I haven’t seen embraced by the scrapbooking world yet (or, again)… feather metal charms! There is a huge selection available online through sources like independent Etsy shops, and I bet you could find them in person in jewelry and beading stores. Here are a few of my favorites I’ve seen recently:

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