Archive | April 23, 2013

L.A. Mart Rebrands Gift + Home Shows

L.A. Mart, the west coast’s pre-eminent market for gift and home wholesale goods, has announced that it is rebranding its quarterly markets. Formerly called the Gift + Home Shows, the trade shows will now be branded as GALLA, an acronym for Give And Live Los Angeles.

Frank Joens, senior vice president, general manager of the L.A. Mart, explained the change:

This is going to be a fantastic market and we are thrilled with the re-brand of our Gift + Home Market. GALLA, as the name suggests, is an event with substance, style and class which is the perfect description of what to expect during markets here at the L.A. Mart. Plus with this new identity, our industry can be assured that change is in the air at the L.A. Mart. Our building and our markets are going through rapid changes that, among other things, are manifesting as new product resources, new showrooms, new educational opportunities and new energy. This, like our new brand, is the beginning of an L.A. Mart evolution! Continue Reading →


Pinterest Inspiration | Doctor Who Poster

My kids are totally obsessed with the BBC television series “Doctor Who.” So I was searching through Pinterest for some Doctor Who t-shirts for them and came across a gorgeous, but very simple, Doctor Who poster. And guess what I thought of instead of t-shirts?! Yep – I thought scrapbooking inspiration!


This image is a poster, and also the cover of the DVD. You can find it here. I love the impact of the very simple photo with the title along the bottom. What a great intro page to an album this would make or an insert for Project Life or even as a layout. And to be perfectly honest about my inspiration, the poster also immediately brought to mind some of Ali Edwards’ layouts, especially the enlarged photos she uses on layouts and in her Project Life album. Ali is the master of adding just a few elements to an enlarged photo and the photo is instantly transformed into a layout. She has far too many beautiful layouts for me to link to, but you can see them on her blog at Ali Edwards/blog. Continue Reading →


Cards | Happy Mother’s Day


Designer Susie Moore joins us today to show us her Mother’s Day card made only with scraps!

Check out what she had to say about making it:

This card was created with only scraps right out of my scrap drawer! I had bits and pieces of this and that which I layered until I had enough for a card.

But as Susie says, “the real stars of the show are the large and small butterfly brads from Eyelet Outlet.” These realistic-looking brads are a soft feminine touch perfect for Mother’s Day!

Supplies | Paper: scraps. Brads: Eyelet outlet (butterflies). Dies:  Spellbinders (rectangle and scalloped rectangle). Font: LD Typeset.

Designer: Susie Moore

Susie Cannon Moore is married to her soulmate Randall, and between them they have five grown children – four boys and one girl – and five wonderful grandchildren. They live in a small country town called Maypearl, Texas. Susie has been paper crafting all her life, but started scrapbooking seriously in 1998. She  has been published in Paper Crafts and Just Steampunk, and also have been on HGTVʼ’s Crafterʼ’s Coast to Coast. Susie loves to scrapbook her family, and do mini books (mostly as gifts). Card making is also a passion she has embraced for years. As a computer nerd, she especially enjoys using digis. In May of 2011, Susie, who has been a dieaholic from the early Sizzix days, started a website devoted to crafting with dies. You can visit her website at The Dies Have It.