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Stampin’ Up! In Color Palette for 2014-2016 Announced

Stampin’ Up! released their 2014-2015 catalog yesterday, revealing the new “In Color” palette for 2014-2016 as well.

Each year, Stampin’ Up releases a palette of 5 colors for its color media collection that will be only available for two years. The company appears to be alternating releasing collections of dark and light colors, so there is always an active In Color light palette and an active In Color dark palette.

For 2014-2016, Stampin’ Up! was replacing the 2012-2014 collection which was made up of dark shades. Stampin’ Up! fans must say goodbye now to Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Starfruit, Gumball Green, and Primrose Petals. (I am a huge fan of Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple and use them quite often myself.)

The new 2014-2016 In Color palette, while dark like the previous palette, is bolder:

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Splash of Color Partnership Implodes into Lawsuit

Jack Behlmer, the former owner of Creative Imaginations, filed suit on May 13th against Leslie Ohnstad, founder of LuminArte, alleging in nine wide-ranging causes of action that she committed fraud, misappropriated jointly-owned company assets, and violated the operating agreement governing the Splash of Color partnership.

Splash of Color booth art, CHA Winter 2013

Splash of Color booth art, CHA Winter 2013

Splash of Color debuted at CHA Winter 2013, and was founded of the melding of the remnants of Creative Imaginations and LuminArte. Creative Imaginations had long been an industry staple primarily for its licensed lines and for the work of designers like Marah Johnson and Samantha Walker.  LuminArte was known for its various color mediums like Twinkling H20s. Under an agreement inked in April 2011, Behlmer purchased 50% of LuminArte from Ohnstad for $100,000, and then Splash of Color was formed by both Behlmer and Ohnstad contributing their 50% interest in LuminArte to the new company. Johnson, who is also Behlmer’s fiance, joined Splash of Color as Vice President and Brand Manager. Continue Reading →

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Update | 5.12.2014: Echo Park, Ranger, Craftwell, Jessica Sprague, National Stationery Show

It’s Monday already? Where did the weekend go? The week is in full swing and we’ve got news for you!

It may be snowing in Colorado, but Echo Park is all in on summer with their new May releases!

Walking on Sunshine” is a summer vacation themed line, with lots of beachy elements like fish, palm trees, sailboats and beach balls:

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Update | 5.8.2014: Fedex, October Afternoon, Sakura, CHA PaperArts

Tonight is the annual NFL draft – a very scrapworthy moment if there ever was one for some proud football moms! Combined with today’s annual “Day in the Life” project by Ali Edwards, which encourages scrapbookers to record the normal everyday things about their lives, the two events make a good reminder of the importance of recording not just the victories, but everyday battles in our lives, and even the defeats.

Fedex has announced that effective January 1st, they are reworking the pricing structure on Fedex Ground. Previously, shipping on Ground packages below 3 cubic feet in volume was charged based solely on weight. After January 1st, the company will be going completely to “dimensional weight” pricing, where packages are charged based on a combination of their weight and volume.

This pricing change is being put into effect to combat e-retailers’ habits of selling large lightweight items with free shipping, or packing items in boxes that are way too large for the item and then filling the rest of the box with air pillows or other packaging. These low density, high volume packages result in lower profits for the carrier because they take up large amounts of space without generating equivalent revenue. The new rate structure is in effect a rate increase for anyone selling large relatively lightweight items and shipping them via Fedex Ground: yarn, batting, embellishments, albums, adhesive refills, to name a few. Continue Reading →

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The Dark Side of Crafting for Public Consumption

There’s a lot of great things about having a creative job in the crafts industry. Most people tend to focus on them when asked about their jobs in this industry. Few of us acknowledge the darker side of being publicly creative: unsolicited criticism. It can come in the form of web comments, emails, forum posts, or social media or blog entries…but you can be guaranteed that it will come.

Learning how to handle that, how to develop a thick skin, is an important part of having a career in a creative field, be it crafting, architecture, dance – or photography. It’s from the field of photography that I want to bring you a wonderful lesson on how to sort through this criticism to find the nuggets of gold, and how to hold your head high in the face of it. It comes from the online show The Grid, a production of KelbyTV, which is hosted by well-known photographers Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski.

On last week’s episode #141, which they called “The Power of the Unsolicited Critique”, Matt and Scott talked at length about hearing that a photographer that they admire was considering quitting after getting an email criticizing her work. Their advice to her was inspiring, uplifting and touching (Scott even teared up at one point) and was a powerful lesson for anyone working publicly in a creative space. It’s definitely worth the time to watch, even if you never use a camera at all.

We’ve set the video to start at 7:30 minutes into the show to get to the topic discussed here but please feel free to rewind and watch the entire video if you wish.

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NSD 2014 | National Scrapbook Day giveaway – Silhouette Cameo Accessories

We hope you’ve all had a great day today, sharing and creating…it’s time to go out with a bang on our celebration!

But before we go, one lucky Scrapbook Update reader is going to win a prize bundle of Silhouette Cameo accessories to close out our National Scrapbook Day giveaway spree!

First up in the giveaway pack is a brand new product. Silhouette recently introduced a cutting pad called the Light Hold cutting mat that is designed to work with lighter materials that could be damaged by their regular cutting mat.

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