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[Winners] “Update Inspiration” Contest

Scrapbook Update is pleased to announce the winners to the “Update Inspiration” Facebook contest.

Our “Editor’s Choice” winner was Maxine Hodges. Maxine’s frame  was inspired by Melissa’s trend watch article on Decorative Tape

Our random entry winner was Laura Cinae. Her scenic magnet used tissue tape also inspired by Melissa’s article.

Both ladies will receive a copy of Mark Montano’s book “Pulp Fiction: Perfect Paper Projects“.


To view their creations check out Scrapbook Update’s Facebook Page. You can find their entries in our photo gallery under “Fan Photos”. Thanks ladies for being Scrapbook Update readers, and a special thanks to Mark Montano for donating copies of  his book as prizes!

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[Contest] Announcing the “Update Inspiration Facebook Contest”

Have you ever looked at a Scrapbook Update product review or technique article and been inspired to create?  Well, now is your chance to show us how recent SU inspiration articles have inspired your crafting! Scrapbook Update is hosting our first ever “Update Inspiration”  Facebook contest!

For this month’s contest, your inspiration will need to come from:

Melissa’s Trend Watch article on Decorative Tape


May’s Guide to Liquid Mediums

How to Enter: Create a layout or project using one (or both of those) articles to inspire your creativity. It could be as simple as using the product reviewed on your layout, or trying the technique mentioned. You could use the project created for the article to inspire your page. It’s up to you. Once your project is complete, upload a photo of it to our Facebook Page sharing with us what part of the article(s) you got your inspiration from. (To upload a photo to our page click on the photo link at the top and then follow the prompts.)

Entries must be posted by 11:59 pm (CST) May 31, 2011

One more thing…what contest would be complete without prizes?? The very fabulous Mark Montano is donating not one but two autographed copies of his latest book, Pulp Fiction.

If you haven’t read this book, you need to – it’s fabulous! Mark’s passion is paper. He loves repurposing things that would otherwise be trash and turning them into treasure. He provides simple techniques and patterns to inspire you to create a variety of projects worthy of giving as gifts or keeping for yourself, to decorate a room or proudly wear. Projects aside, my favorite part of the book was the brief, yet detailed intro giving a history of how Mark got to where he is today.

One book will be awarded to an entry chosen by and one entry will be chosen by the Scrapbook Update staff as “Staff’s Choice.”

Remember to post your project/layout photos to our Facebook Page before 11:59 pm CST May 31, 2011 in order to enter. Entries will not be accepted in any other form.

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Cricut Competitor Black Cat Lynx Announced

World Innovations Ltd. has announced the addition of a new machine to their line-up, the Lynx. This machine is a version of their popular Black Cat Cougar electronic cutter model designed for the craft market. The Lynx is intended to be capable of cutting a wide variety (such as cardstock, vinyl, cereal weight chipboard) of crafting materials up to 12″ in width, and will work with the full line of Cougar accessories already on the market. In addition, the Lynx is reportedly compatible with many of the software programs already on the market that are designed to work with electronic cutters (such as Makes the Cut and Sure Cuts Alot), and it will also be fully compatible with the company’s upcoming “Black Cat Cutting Studio.”

The Black Cat Cougar Line of die-cutting machines was launched in December of 2008 as a collaboration between Colin Russon and craft industry designer and teacher Dawn Grantham.  Russon is the partnership’s technical expert, while Grantham has knowledge of the craft market.  The Cougar is based on a machine originally designed for the sign making industry, but is modified to appeal to crafters.  The Cougar machines vary in size depending on the maximum width needed to cut various materials. Machines range from a 13″ cutting width to a 24″ cutting width. They are designed to cut everything from paper and cardstock to vinyl and heavy chipboard. There are even cutting tips designed to etch (toughened) glass, emboss metal, cut stencils and do intricate cutting work. For more examples, visit Grantham’s website Thyme Graphics.

The Lynx is priced at $499 retail.  The Cougar starts at $689, and increases in price based on the cutting width desired. Additional accessories available (for additional cost) include specialty blades/blade holders, cutting trays and more. For more information on the Black Cat line of cutters, visit the company’s website.

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A Muse Launches Consultant Program

A Muse Stamps recently announced they are launching a new consultant based program called A Muse Studio. The ten-year -old stamping company, based in Washington state, had previously announced to retailers late last year that they were ending their wholesale program.

In discussions with Scrapbook Update, A Muse Stamps founder Linda Hartwich cited a desire to connect with new crafters for the decision. “When you think of how somebody starts stamping, it’s not because they walk into a store and say ‘oh I want to try a new hobby.’ Most new stampers are introduced to the hobby by their friends… normally in a house party setting.”

The company sells cling mount red rubber stamps and custom dies, and also features their own ink, embossing powders, and paper lines with coordinating ribbon and embellishments.  They also retail other products by other manufacturers, such as Copic markers, the Sizzix Big Shot, Nestibilities dies, and the Crop-a-dile.

Following a traditional multi-level marketing plan, the company is currently in what they call “phase one” of their consultant launch. Phase two is due to be launched in April 2011. This phase will allow people to join specifically under another consultant via consultant websites, and will be featured in an upcoming Paper Crafts Magazine ad.

The A Muse consultant program launch may be on the leading edge of what seems to be a trend in the paper crafting industry. Unity Stamp Co. features their version of an independent consultant program called Ippity. Also, paper crafting superstore Archivers has made known plans to launch their own consultant-based program to promote scrapbooking and local scrapbook stores.

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(Winners) 2011 CHA Make and Takes

When it comes to prizes we wish we had something for everyone, but unfortunately we don’t. Only one person can come away the winner…so, Scrapbook Update would like to congratulate:

Sheri Inman

March 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Permalink | Reply

Thanks for all your informative articles!

Sherri is the winner of the make and take prize box from CHA Winter 2011. Congratulations to Sherri and thank you to all of our readers that commented!

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CHA Winter 2011 Make & Takes: Educational & Enjoyable (Giveaway)

Having the chance to sit down and make projects with a manufacturer’s “latest and greatest” allows CHA attendees to see first-hand why they need what the manufacturers are selling. For retailer attendees, there is another benefit – to bring home creative samples to display using the product that will soon be in their store. For educator/demonstrator members of CHA, make-and-takes not only provide some hands-on time with new products, but a chance to work with a company’s designers to learn specific tips and techniques.

Betsy Burnett of Scrapbook Update and Wendy Russell of "She's Crafty" making a felt clutch purse at i love to create

At some companies’ booths at CHA Winter 2011, their make-and-takes were offered in sort of a classroom setting, with attendees even needing tickets to attend. Prima Marketing sent out email invites to retailers a couple of weeks before the show offering sign-up for a full assortment of classes from altered canvas bags to mini albums. Pink Paislee did something similar issuing email make-and-take tickets to attendees a week prior to the show, as Rebecca Cross (owner and creative director of Pink Paislee) explained: “Although there were some people who didn’t make their time slot, it was still a very successful way for us to make sure the make-n-take time slots would be filled and it kept store owners from having to stand in long lines during a busy show.”

One of Pink Paislee's five different make-and-takes (photo courtesy of Pink Paislee)

At those companies that didn’t require tickets, attendees normally had a bit of a line to wait in. Most lines, however, appeared to be less than a 10 minute wait. Projects ranged from mini albums (created using the Creatopia system by Xyron), to stamped pendants (at Rubber Stamp Concepts). One popular stop for attendees, Bottle Cap inc, was making a bottle cap necklace project and long time CHA make-n-take favorite Quick Quotes was creating decorated canvases.

"Family" canvas make-and-take from Quick Quotes

Some make and takes showcased a new line or concept. At Bo Bunny attendees were met with a table full of elements from the company’s “Crazy Love” card kit and given the chance to create a valentine or two for their sweetheart.  Best Creations showcased their St. Patrick’s line – there attendees had a chance to take home a 12 x 12 page ready to add photos onto.


Bo Bunny "Crazy Love" card kit make-and-take

Many companies worked together to showcase their products. Unibind and Fiskars worked together to create mini albums, using Fiskars punches to decorate the pages and the Unibind system to bind the mini purse albums. Also at the Fiskars booth, Simplicity/Burda was there making a fabric bracelet using Fiskars scissors and Spoonflower fabric.

Ever popular with attendees are what could be called the “free for all” tables. Here attendees were given a “base” for their project and an assortment of other trinkets and treasures to create with. At the Everything Mary booth, attendees were given a choice of catch all and then told to have fun decorating. Gemstones, flowers, foam and felt shapes and a hot glue gun were all provided to create a finished tote. At Westcott, attendees could decorate their own scissor holster in a similar manner. At the Tombow booth, there was a full assortment of their dual brush pens along with some simple instruction on ways to use the pens on an embossed tag. The i love to create booth featured several of these types of projects as well, including reusable lunch bags that became a canvas for a variety of painting techniques.

A zentangle inspired lunchbag from i love to create

On the last day of the show, Ranger Ink designers did something a bit different for their “make and take.”  Instead of having a project for people to do, they provided attendees with their full range of ink colors to make swatch cards of several of their most popular lines, including the new Distress Stains from Tim Holtz. During the make-and-take, Holtz was in the booth talking to people about the product and signing the swatch cards for retailers to display in their stores. In answer to the question, “why swatch cards?”,  Holtz explained: “By this point in the show most of us retailers, manufacturers, everyone… is tired and their brains are suffering from “crafting overload.” Who needs to do a project when you are like this? Creating a swatch gives retailers a tool to take back to the store with them. When customers ask “how dark is this color” they won’t need to open up stock to give an idea as to the actual color.”

Tim Holtz creating swatch cards at Ranger

So…would you like to win an assortment of make and takes from CHA? We have an assortment of finished projects and kits to create with to give away!

How To Enter: All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Sunday night, April 3rd. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. U.S. mailing addresses only please.

Scrapbook Update would like to thank the following companies for donating items for this giveaway: Best Creations, Deco Arts,  Feltables, Epiphany Crafts, Everything Mary, Fiskars, GCD Studios, i love to create, Ranger Ink, Rubber Stamps Inc.,  Simplicity/ Burda Style, Spoonflower, Quick Quotes, and Westcott.

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