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Author Archive | May Flaum

In Depth | Tim Holtz Distress Markers

Tim Holtz has finally brought his Distress line to pen form in 37 glorious colors. Distress Markers are a product I’ve long dreamed of, but assumed they hadn’t been able to formulate it to work. The exciting part is that I don’t have to wait long – the pens are now beginning to ship to retailers, and will soon be available at local stores as well as online. Today, I will be taking an in-depth look at these pens, and at various ways to utilize them.

At first glance Distress Markers appear to be just your standard pen. They have a brush tip on one end, and a fine detail point on the other. This is my preferred tip selection for dual-tip pens as it allows me to do larger areas and color stamps easily, as well as to write or do small areas. What makes these Distress pens stand out is that they behave exactly as Tim’s Distress ink pads and stains do. They blend with each other, are reactive with water, and can be used in any of the same ways or with the same techniques that you would use with the existing Distress line. This is really great because it means users don’t have to learn a whole new set of techniques. Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 2.24.2012

February is quickly coming to an end, but the crafting excitement of 2012 is just beginning! Two big names in the crafting industry announce new on-line classes, a new book is announced, and more in this week’s Noteworthy.

Jenny Doh announced that she has a new book releasing April 6. “Hand in Hand: Crafting with Kids focuses on creativity and crafting with your children. Contributers include  Ali Edwards, Pam Garrison, Samantha Cotterill, Cindy Hopper, and sixteen more parenting bloggers.

Hand in Hand features 20 top mommy bloggers who share their insights about parenting and their fantstic craft projects to encourage creativity and fun in the home.   It has been a dream come true for me to have had the opportunity to work with this superb group of creative women and I sincerely thank each of them.

“Hand in Hand” is available now for pre-order at Amazon.com. Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 2.17.2012

With the excitement of CHA becoming a fading memory, and the new year stretching ahead, it’s time to bring Noteworthy back to Scrapbook Update, and just in time! Things are getting exciting in the scrapbooking world and I have some inspiring projects, tutorials and news to share this week.

First of all, Tim Holtz has cancelled Christmas. What I mean to say is, he has announced that he is retiring his twelve tags of Christmas series, and instead is going to be starting a series that will be sharing one tag a month: Continue Reading →

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Trend | Travel

So many scrapbookers begin the hobby with scrapbooking a big event. A wedding, baby, or big vacation gets a person inspired to pick up some papers and stickers and start recording their memories. At this CHA show, we saw a huge revival of themed product – most especially travel. Today I want to share some of the best travel lines that debuted at CHA Winter 2012.

Studio Calico | Abroad

“Abroad” is filled with great useful patterned papers, but they go above and beyond with garlands, fabrips, letter stickers, and shaped stickers that utilize map print. They also have die cuts and wood veneers of each state (USA), stamps, and more. The blues, greens, and neutral colors will be so versatile and would mix well with other brands as well as perfectly coordinate with existing Studio Calico products. Continue Reading →

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Trend | Buttons

It’s hard to call buttons a trend, as they’ve been a staple for many years in scrapbooking. What I will say is that buttons were going new creative places and popping up in all kinds of interesting ways at this CHA show. Today I am going to take a look at some of the exciting new offerings that were seen at CHA.

The photo above is from the Crate Paper booth, a company that is known for their amazingly detailed and beautiful offerings, and they’ve added some new designs into their mix this show as well.

Here are four new fantastic neutral button sets. Clockwise from top left we have Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 for Blossom Bucket, We R Memory Keepers, Jillibean Soup, and Basic Grey. I really like the unique textures and designs of each set, as well as the fact that they are neutral so they will work with any colors. Continue Reading →

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Trend | Mason Jars

Mason jars have become a hot trend for weddings as both glasses to hold drinks and vases for flowers. They are popping up in stores like Anthropologie as snow globes, seen for so many uses around trendy blogs and websites, and now we are seeing them enter the scrapbooking world. At CHA this week, several companies featured new releases with Mason jars and today I will take a closer look at this emerging trend.

In the Dear Lizzy line at American Crafts, Mason jars can be found on her paper, stickers, and a stamp as well as in the booth decor.

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