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Archive | October, 2013

Scrapbook Soup | Instagram Projects, Part 1 [Giveaway]

Today, in part one of this week’s series on my Scrapbook Soup projects for season 3, I’m going to share a close-up look at my Project Life layout from episode #9, about using Instagram photos, along with some thoughts about it that are not in the segment. (Bonus content!)

You probably recognize the location – it’s Disneyland! During my trip to the Craft & Hobby Association show in January, I actually stayed at Disney’s Paradise Pier hotel, right next door to Downtown Disney, so I got to experience a lot of Disney when I wasn’t at the convention center. The layout is dated with the day that I spent most of at Disneyland, but a few of the pictures of the hotel and Downtown Disney were actually taken on other days.

Disney is such a unreal world anyway – it’s the perfect place to use Instagram and turn your photos into surreal, filtered dreamscapes. You can also use Instagram to improve a photo of something special that was taken under bad lighting conditions. I did this with my night time and indoor shots. It gives a poor shot an “I meant to do that” appearance.

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It’s Scrapbook Soup Week!

This week on Scrapbook Update, we are going to celebrate the start of the new season of the PBS series Scrapbook Soup, which will be coming this month to PBS stations across the country!

This season, for the second time, I was honored to contribute to Scrapbook Soup. I took part in two different segments that you’ll see on the upcoming 3rd season.

Visiting the KS Productions studios outside Cleveland, Ohio is always a lot of fun – it’s a chance to see industry friends, and get a sneak peek at what they are doing on the show for the new season. Lots of laughs are had – along with some more serious talk too.

I shared my scheduled taping day with this lovely group of ladies – Ronda Palazzari, Ali Edwards, Kelly Purkey, and Kim Hupke from Spellbinders.

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Archiver’s to Close Mall of America Store, 4 others

Archiver’s announced on September 27th that they are closing five additional store locations, including their flagship Mall of America store, as part of their ongoing financial difficulties that lead to the bankruptcy that was filed in April.

In addition to the Mall of America store, Archiver’s is closing their Coon Rapids (MN), Gurnee (IL), Nashville (TN), and North Olmsted (OH) stores. The Mall of America store will close “mid-October” according to Archiver’s, and the other locations will close on October 20th.

This round of closures will bring Archiver’s down to only 33 store locations, a significant reduction after they started 2013 with 44 store locations. In February, the company’s Memphis store closed, leaving the area without a scrapbook retailer. This was followed in early April by Algonquin, Fort Wayne, and South Austin closing. Two Chicago area locations were then closed in June. And now, the five additional stores are closing in October – for a total of 11 shuttered stores in 2013, 25% of their locations lost this year. Continue Reading →

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How To | Printing Your Instagrams

In one of my episodes of Scrapbook Soup that will be coming soon to PBS (more on that tomorrow!), I promised that I would share here on Scrapbook Update how I get my Instagrams off of my phone and into print form.

So let’s get started! With the right tools, it is surprisingly easy and fast. (After I show you my process, I’ll discuss a few alternatives).

Method 1: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

I use Adobe’s Photoshop Lightroom software for managing and editing all of my photos, and my iPhone and Instagram photos are no different. The current version is Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, but I am using version 3 at the moment. There is an initial investment in purchasing the software (currently priced at about $149) but it is not necessary to upgrade very often and upgrades are much more affordable (about $79). Unlike programs like Photoshop Elements, Lightroom is designed specifically for managing, editing and printing photos, so the workflow is much smoother than in PSE. I’m on a Mac but Lightroom is available on both Windows or Mac machines.

To get my photos off of my phone, I just plug my phone into my computer and then open Lightroom.

The next step is to select “Import Photos” from the “File” menu.

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Job | Graphic Designer – American Crafts

COMPANY DESCRIPTION

American Crafts is a fun, fast-paced (and growing) company focused on designing products for the crafting and scrapbooking industry. We manage multiple brands with products that are are sold in Target, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Jo-Ann Stores, and independent stores across the globe.

When some people hear crafts they may think kitsch, but that is definitely not the case at American Crafts. Our design team incorporates the latest in design, fashion and home decor into its work. We illustrate, design patterns, invent, and do a ton of creative problem solving.

Our products make the world a happier place — our customers love and are passionate about them. We foster an energetic environment where you can build a career and get to work with other creative and talented people. Continue Reading →

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Design Team Call | Something Tattered

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update now publishes the full text of select 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.

Something Tattered

Calling all card makers and crafters who read this blog:)  Something Tattered has a new line of clear photopolymer stamps just getting rolled out to stores.

I am looking for design team members who will make tags, ribbons, cards and other projects with the Something Tattered designs.

I  am the “jury” for this “show” so please look for projects you have done that are in the genre – “Simple, Romantic, Tattered, Vintage, Chic”.  Submit images to me via a blog link to your project in an email. Continue Reading →

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