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Archive | March, 2013

Design Team Call: Prima Marketing 4/22

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update now publishes the full text of design team design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header!

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.

Prima is SO excited to announce the 2013-2014 Design Team Call to find inspiring designers to add to our talented team!

We truly are looking for fresh looks and styles all around the globe. Do you need Design Team experience? Nope! Do you need to be published? Absolutely not. (It’s okay if you are though!)

Then what are we looking for?

  1. Professionalism–the ability to meet deadlines and conduct yourself professionally
  2. Strong Sense of Style–ability to create original, knock-us-off-our-seats projects!
  3. Photography– skills to take clear, sharp photos.
  4. Video, Live Class, and/or Blogging skills–or the desire to learn how!
  5. Cardmakers, tag makers, mixed-media artists, layout specialists, mini-album experts, and off-the-pagers in every style! (3 projects per month)
  6. Desire to work with the best products in the industry! Continue Reading →
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Digital Designers | Maya de Groot

Meet the Designer | I am happy to introduce you to a wonderful digital designer – Maya de Groot. I have admired her work for a while now and I hope you enjoy getting to know her!

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Maya’s Life | Maya is a 20-year-old student from the Netherlands. She is currently studying architecture at the University of Technology in Delft and lives in student housing with two other architecture students. On the weekends, she loves to go home to her parents’ home and spend time with them and her younger brother. Studying architecture full-time doesn’t give her much free time but when she does carve out a few minutes for herself, she loves to design, scrapbook and have fun with friends. Continue Reading →

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Cards | Be Your Own Kind Of Beautiful

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Today we have designer Carrie Walz joining us! Her exuberant card shows us a great example of letting pattern be the focus of your card’s design.

Carrie made the pattern the focus of this design in two ways. First, she picked something bold to work with. The black and white polka dot is a bold graphic, and the high contrast color scheme draws even more attention to it.

Second, by repeating the same pattern in several design elements – the paper, and the ribbon – Carrie placed more focus on it and made the design more cohesive. The inclusion of several circular elements like the stick pins and bling also echoed the polka dots and emphasized the design theme.

Supplies | Card: American Crafts. Patterned Paper: Pebbles (Basics Cardmaking Pad 2). Sticker: Pebbles (Walnut Grove Masking Tape stickers). Ribbon: May Arts. Bling: Bella!

Designer: Carrie Walz

Carrie Walz is a stay at home mom of two wonderful children who are the inspiration for her scrapbooking. She is currently designing for Ruby Rock-It, We R Memory Keepers and Paper Issues. She has been scrapbooking for many years and loves seeing the world a different way from the art of scrapbooking and cardmaking, and loves seeing the joy in peoples’ eyes when they receive a handmade card or when they are turning the pages of her scrapbooks. To learn more about Carrie, visit her blog, Everyday Moments.


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5 Ideas To Help You Create A Layout Faster

Whether the kids’ activities have gone into high gear, you’re tackling that big reorganizing project, or life is just crazy in general,  there are times when we can get stretched too thin and our crafting time takes a back seat.

So how can you make the most of the creative time you do have? Give yourself a head start! Here’s my five favorite quick and easy ways to create layouts faster:

  1. Don’t recreate the wheel. Take a quick peek through your own gallery or pull one of your albums off the shelf. Find 3-5 favorite page designs and make a quick sketch of each one. The next time you sit down to scrapbook, use one of these pages for inspiration. You’ve already created the design once, so the time consuming design decisions have already been made.
  2. Start at the end. The next time you have a stack of scraps on your table from a project, grab a piece of cardstock or subtle background paper and create a Starting Point layout (a concept created by Shimelle Laine). Trim your scraps into different sized boxes or strips and arrange them to create a versatile background. Leave your Starting Point layout on your desk and the next time you want to scrapbook, you will already have a page just waiting to be finished with photos, embellishments and journaling. Continue Reading →
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