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Archive | May, 2013

Design Team Call | May Arts Ribbon 6/10

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.

Have you ever thought that it would be fun to be a Prima Ribbonista?  Would you like to have May Arts Ribbon’s entire online catalog, available for you to use on your projects?  Would you also like to play with lots of craft goodies generously sent by our Partners in Craft?  If so, this Design Team Call is for you!

I am currently looking for a variety of designers to create either written or video tutorials for our ribbon blog.   There are no restrictions for this call – everyone is welcome to enter!

As a Prima Ribbonista, you will:

  • Receive a regular supply of May Arts Ribbon to work with.
  • Prima Ribbonistas will also receive product from our Partners in Craft.
  • Have your name, bio, headshot and link to your personal blog on our site.
  • Be compensated for all work posted for the M/A Blog.
  • Be compensated for any published work where May Arts is credited, courtesy of our Publication Appreciation Program.
  • Receive exposure through the M/A blog & our other social media sites.
  • Receive a discount off our wholesale prices for all your purchases. Continue Reading →
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Digital Trends | Template Packs

As I’ve mentioned before, I love digital templates. They are so versatile and so helpful when you just want to get a page done quickly. Which, let’s face it, most of us do! But what I really love is when designers offers template packs or bundles – you get so much more “bang for your buck” as the saying goes, and you have multiple templates that usually coordinate. I’ve been seeing more and more template packs this spring so let’s go take a look at some of the newest ones I’ve found!

Pixels & Company

Tiffany Tillman has two beautiful new template packs out at Pixels & Company. The first is a set of six two-page clean and simple layered templates. I absolutely love the look of these templates and the two-page design is fantastic for those of us who like to fit a lot of photos on a layout. Her second set has a clean and simple style again but is just a bit more artsy – it includes four single-page templates.

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Using Color Palettes to Inspire Your Layouts – Part Two

Welcome to part two in my series of articles about using color palettes to help you create scrapbook pages. In part one, we talked about how color palettes can help you make product selections. Today, I wanted to show how color palettes and the accompanying photos to help you make design decisions.

We all come at the design process from different points of view. Many people start with photos and select supplies that match. Others may get the creative juices flowing by opening up a new set of supplies. But what about something entirely different?

I am a big advocate of shaking up the process and approaching a scrapbook layout in a different way. I am a process driven scrapbooker so I understand that it can be easier to just keep doing what works instead of trying something new.  But from my own personal experience, I know that approaching the process in a different way can help you stretch your creative muscle.

Today, I wanted to try something a little bit different. I’m going to use color palettes not only to help me make color choices, but I’m also going to use the photo to inspire the design or starting point for some layouts in progress.

Three color palettes, three different layout designs

1. The rule of thirds

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This image made me think of the rule of thirds. In the photo above, the bottom two thirds of the photo is in monochromatic shades, while approximately one third down from the top is a splash of contrasting color. I think this composition could result in a dynamic layout design. Continue Reading →

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Cards | Thank You

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Do you need some quick thank you cards?  Well, here is all that you need:

  • Some washi tape
  • Card bases for  3 1/2  x 4 7/8 cards
  • Pieces of 4×5 coordinating card stock
  • White card stock pieces measuring approximately 4×5 ea
  • A sentiment stamp
  • Sequins Continue Reading →
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Exclusive | Teresa Collins To Partner With Craftwell

Craftwell announced today exclusive to Scrapbook Update that they are partnering with Teresa Collins Designs on an exclusive signature collection of design products for their eCraft and eBosser machines.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with Teresa Collins and offer her exclusive collections of designs to users of eBosser and eCraft machines,” said Craftwell’s CEO, David Tse. “Craftwell products have generated significant excitement in the hobby market by virtue of their ease of use and flexibility, and we believe Teresa Collins’ outstanding designs will further enhance the creative experience for our customers.”

Teresa explained why she chose to partner with Craftwell: “In order to expand our line and showcase our designs, we wanted to partner with a strong technology company that could provide a broad range of innovations. We selected Craftwell as they have demonstrated their ability to develop products that revolutionize the industry.” Continue Reading →

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Scrapbook Update 2013 Reader Survey

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