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Big Picture Classes: Forever is Gone [Updated]

Big Picture Classes has notified its customers that a huge transition is coming to the company soon, requiring some changes that have drawn the ire of its customer base.

BPC-websiteThe company had indicated when it announced that it had been sold to Studio Calico in August that a new website was in the works for its customers. On Friday, the company shared more information about the website in announcements via email and on their website – and shared for the first time that the new site will not include many of the company’s previous classes. A large number of classes, which were sold to students with the promise of “forever” access, will be retired from Big Picture’s web presence in February, after a transition period during which the company is promising to facilitate the downloading of class materials (both pdf and video content) for students. Continue Reading →

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All American Crafts Files Bankruptcy

All American Crafts, the New Jersey-based publisher of Scrapbooking & Beyond and Paper Creations magazines, has filed for bankruptcy after closing down all of the company’s publications in August.

scrapbooking beyondIn addition to its paper crafting titles, All American Crafts was also the publisher of a wide range of other crafts titles. Those titles included Quilt Trends, The Quilter, PaintWorks, Creative Woodworks, Woodturning Design, Carving, Create and Decorate, Knit Style, and Bead Design Studio. Continue Reading →

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New Silhouette Cameo Machine Announced

Silhouette America announced today that a revamped version of their flagship Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine will be released soon.

The Cameo was definitely due for an update, as the previous version was released in 2011. This made it three years old, a dinosaur in the electronics world.

Silhouette-Cameo-2014The new version of the Silhouette Cameo will be available from the Silhouette Online Store on October 22nd, and from additional retailers around the end of the month. It will have an MSRP of $299, the same as the previous version of the machine. Continue Reading →

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Silhouette Cameo vs Silhouette Portrait

Today instead of posting the next giveaway for the big Scrapbook Update anniversary, I am going to take an opportunity to answer a recent comment from a reader about the Silhouette Portrait machine that I use.

Scrapbook Update reader Michelle commented on my last Silhouette article that “I’m having a hard time figuring out the distinction between the two,” meaning the Portrait and the Cameo machines.

This seems a good time to discuss the differences between the two machines because a new Silhouette promotion is launching today that focuses on the Portrait machine. (Details on that awesome deal coming at the end!) Despite my personal love of the Portrait machine, it is most definitely the wallflower of the Silhouette line, with most Silhouette fans using (or coveting) the larger Cameo machine as their machine of choice.

portrait_with_cameoThe Silhouette Portrait machine was announced nearly two years ago in October 2012. I bought mine a few months later. For some of those locked out of the Cameo by the $299 MSRP, the $179 MSRP on the Portrait machine is much more reachable (and the frequent Silhouette promotions make it even more affordable). But what are you giving up for the discount in price on the Portrait? Continue Reading →

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Teresa Collins Announces New Partnerships, Products

Teresa Collins has been very busy extending her brand this year. This week she has made two major announcements of new product lines and partnerships.

The first new partnership is with big box retailer Joann Fabric & Crafts. Teresa has designed some exclusive add-ons to her January 2014 line “Hello My Name Is” for the chain, and the company is prominently promoting both that line and her other product lines with partners like Xyron and Craftwell. All of the products are currently available for sale on Joann.com, and are currently showing up in local Jo-Ann stores as well.

Teresa Collins Rub OnsExclusive new products designed for the “Hello My Name Is” line for Jo-Ann stores appear to include the adornments, sticky notes, journal cards, vellum stickers, cards & envelopes, garland, wood dots, border stickers, decorative brads, rub-ons, journaling tidbits, matchbook stickers, 4.5 x 6.5 paper pad, layered stickers, layered butterfly stickers, photo banner kit, celebrate banner kit, and chipboard buttons. Continue Reading →

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Trend | Project Life Out of the Pocket

A new trend is becoming more and more visible in scrapbooking. Many people are enjoying the convenience of the coordinated Project Life and other pocket style kits so much, they are using them for non-pocket pages. Often times, this usage of the pocket cards is coming along with another trend borrowed straight from pocket layouts – grid style layouts.

The straight lines, symmetry, and heavy graphic overtones of this look is in sharp contrast to the random vintage collage look that has dominated the space for the past few years.

First Day Of School Layout Continue Reading →

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