Author Archive | Nancy Nally

Thoughts on a First Experience with Art Journaling

I’ve been following and writing about the trend towards art journaling in the papercrafts industry for quite some time. But being an observer and being a participant are two different experiences. Recently, after admiring them for a long time, I decided to take the plunge and try out some of the industry’s hottest products and techniques – Dyan Reavely’s Dylusions – for myself.

Diving into the concept of “art journaling” was a bit intimidating. Dyan makes her techniques look so easy and fun but that word “art” just brings to mind all of the highly skilled things that I will never be able to do, like drawing and painting.

But with Dyan’s voice fresh in my head from her basic how-to video,  I closed my eyes (well, ok, maybe not really!) and jumped in.

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Update | Graphic 45, Studio Calico, Ranger, Simple Stories, and more!

It’s May and there is lots to celebrate – National Scrapbook Day, Mother’s Day, and the end of the school year approaching. From the manufacturers, there’s new products to celebrate, as the mid-release announcements keep coming! Who’s the first to take on Halloween? Read on to find out!

SC-planner-kit-subscription-logoTrends. Studio Calico has announced that it is jumping on the hot trend for planner products by adding a planner kit subscription to their portfolio of monthly kit offerings. Preorders are currently open and the first kit will ship in July 2015. The company promises that each kit will contain 8-10 items such as a stamp, sticky notes, washi tape, clips, dividers, or stickers. Continue Reading →


Layout | Color Chaos by Bella Blvd

[Bella Blvd and Cricut provided some product that was used in this article. I also do demonstration work for Cricut. I am not required to blog as part of that project, or as a condition of receiving the product I used. I use, and write about, products that I love. Some links may also be affiliate links that support Scrapbook Update by paying a commission if you make a purchase after clicking.]

This photo of my daughter and I is just a random selfie we took goofing off during one of her online school classes, but it came out so wonderful that I wanted to do something special with it. The bright fun patterns of Bella Blvd’s recent Color Chaos collection seemed the perfect answer!

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Update | Michaels Stores, Lia Griffith, May Flaum, Bella Crafts and more!

Wow, the news has been coming like crazy, and we are overdue for an Update column! Here’s what you might have missed!

In case you missed it last month, Stampin’ Up! has discontinued their Blendabilities line of pens. The alcohol markers suffered from quality issues with the attaching of the tip during manufacturing that could lead to the marker drying out. For information on receiving a refund if your markers are defective, visit the Blendabilities FAQ.

Bella Crafts Publishing, publisher of Bella Crafts Quarterly, has made several big announcements in recent months. They have rebranded, announced a new publication (Craft Techniques) and also a new event!

The event, called Bella Crafts Connections, will take place September 24th-27th at the Mall of America. This is a similar time frame as was previously occupied by the Archiver’s Scrapfest at the Mall of America, before the Archiver’s bankruptcy and store closures. The Bella Crafts event is planned to be huge, and not just for scrapbooking. The company is promising 60-70 craft workshops in areas like mixed media, jewelry making, ice resin, needle arts, as well as more. Over 20 teachers, including Lisa Pavelka, Seth Apter, Gina K, and Eileen Hull, are planned for the event. Continue Reading →


Scenes from a Scrapbook Expo (or four….)

As many of you are aware, I spent quite a bit of February and March on the road, traveling around the country to work at Scrapbook Expo shows for Cricut. I had previously been to local Scrapbook Expos in Florida in the area where I live, but the experience of attending four events within five weeks – spread all over the country – was a great look at the state of scrapbooking across the country, and a great chance to interact with many different types of scrapbookers.

Nancy at Scrapbook Expo(Like my t-shirt? It’s a Cricut Design Space “Make It Now” project, created with Cricut Iron-On material!) Continue Reading →


Mother’s Day with Tim Holtz Distress Color of the Month!

[Disclaimer: Some Ranger products used in this project were received as promotional samples. Ranger had no control over how, when or even if they appeared on this website. I only use products that I love to make things that I love to share with my readers.]
Mother’s Day is coming! Greeting card industry statistics show that it is the third most popular holiday of the year to send cards for (after Christmas and Valentine’s Day). Today’s project will help you get ready to send your good wishes to the special mom in your life. As a bonus, I got to play with some of the latest Tim Holtz products from Ranger, Stamper’s Anonymous and Tim Holtz idea-ology along the way – including all three of the Distress Color of the Month products to hit shelves so far in 2015!

I started with Ranger’s 4.25 by 5.5-Inch Watercolor Cardstock, with about one half inch cut off of the top and side. My first element for the card was stamping with Tim’s new Flower Garden stamp set from Stamper’s Anonymous. As soon as I saw that set in the CHA preview I knew I’d be buying it! The beautiful flowers are perfect for so many projects.

It was important to use Archival Ink for stamping the flower and stem because the image needed to be water safe for the steps that happen later.

The next step was to color in the flower with the new Abandoned Coral Distress Marker – the February 2015 Distress Color of the Month! I put pigment in each area of the flower but didn’t go to the edges of the areas, leaving a white border. I did the same thing with the Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker (the January 2015 Distress Color of the Month) for the flower stem.

stamped image to watercolorWith the pigment in place, I grabbed my Fine Detailer Ranger Waterbrush and began spreading it to the edges of each area of the flower. The water diluted it, and let it spread, until it looked like this: Continue Reading →