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Happy Birthday to Scrapbook Update! [Giveaway]

It’s hard to believe, but earlier this week, Scrapbook Update passed the 10th anniversary of its existence on the internet!

Over the years the website – and the industry it serves – has gone through a lot of changes (even a name change) but some things have never changed: the loyalty of our readers and the passion I feel for papercrafting.

To celebrate, over the next few days we’re going to be running a few giveaways on the website to share a few of my current favorite items with you.

We’re starting off with a new discovery from the CHA PaperArts show in Atlanta in July. While there, I met some lovely ladies at a brand new stamp company called Pink & Main.

Pink & Main’s stamps are definitely targeted at card makers (although many could be useful for other projects as well) and have a very clean, simple and graphic/modern signature style. I fell in love immediately! Since the company was one of the participants in the Open Market event in Atlanta, I was able to bring some product home to try (and share with readers).

Here’s a look at some of what they were showing in Atlanta:

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Silhouette | School Calendar Magnets (and Promo!)

Last week, I showed you the dry erase whiteboard that I decorated with my Silhouette Portrait for us to keep track of my daughter’s new virtual school calendar. It now hangs on the wall above the side of her desk, conveniently showing us her week at a glance.

Weekly Dry Erase BoardIn addition to being a whiteboard, the board I used is magnetic. I decided to use that property – and my Silhouette and printable magnet paper – to keep the board more organized, easier to read and change, and looking neater. Continue Reading →

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Silhouette | Back to School with a DIY Weekly Dry Erase Board

It’s time for back to school at our house next week, and so we are in full preparation mode! This year, preparation is a bit different as we are planning to enroll our daughter for the first time in virtual school as she goes into 6th grade. So instead of buying backpacks and school uniforms, we are worrying about turning her computer desk into a full-time school area at home for her.

One important part of virtual school will be keeping track of when her lessons are, to make sure that she doesn’t miss attending one and that she gets all of her hours in. So after some research I have come up with the idea of a dry erase board that can be refreshed weekly with a schedule of her lessons and activities. Regular weekly schedules are designed for office cubicles so they are expensive, small and boring. We wanted something fun, large and affordable for our new “classroom”. So I decided to make a DIY weekly dry erase board with the help of my Silhouette Portrait machine!

Weekly Dry Erase BoardThe blank dry erase board is from Walmart, and cost about $8. It’s 17″ x 23″ in size, and came with a pen and two colorful magnets (it’s also a magnetic surface). Continue Reading →

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Project | Travel Album: Hello There, Frankfurt

It feels so great to be finally getting my memories of my Frankfurt trip from January into a travel album! And I’m really enjoying the process. I am realizing that until now I have just actually been dabbling in pocket scrapbooking. This album is getting me really intimate with it, and I am developing a process and a flow – and a comfort with it – that I’ve never had before.

I had a certain amount of time and photos that I wanted to cover in this spread, and to do that I ended up inserting an additional protector in the center. I cut down a Project Life Design F protector by cutting it vertically down the center to create the extra center flap. This gave me just the right additional pockets that I needed, and it’s a trick that I’ve used before very successfully.

Instead of the travel stuff in my stash, for this section I turned to two completely different Project Life kits: Midnight and Clementine. Midnight, of course, is all black, gray, white and yellow – very bold and graphic. Clementine on the other hand is pink and gray and yellow and turquoise, very pale and pretty in comparison. How on earth do you combine those two?

ProjectLife Midnight Core KitProject Life Clementine core kitThe key to combining these two kits (or any set of kits) is to find what they have in common and use it as a springboard to tie them together. In this case, these two kits share a common set of colors: yellow, grey, black, and white. They also share a common polka dot pattern. Then next I chose certain colors from out of the Clementine palette to serve as accents. Eventually I settled on the pale shade of turquoise and the pale pink. Continue Reading →

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Project | Travel Album: Going Places

In my usual efficient (not) scrappy way, I am finally getting around to putting together a travel album for the trip that I took in January to Germany for the CreativeWorld trade show. It’s a daunting task, since I took about 900 photos over 7 days (two of which were travel days spent on planes, of course).

With that many photos, and the speed at which I create (molasses) I know the only hope I have of getting all of them in an album is to use a Project Life type pocket scrapbook. I’m starting the album by creating my first page, a layout about my prep and flight over. Later, when the album is complete and I see what it ends up looking like, I’ll make a title page for it that ties together the style of the whole thing.

I bought several kits of journal cards to use in the album because I have a lot of different types of photos to scrap: ultra modern convention center, historic tourist pictures, and random travel stuff. For this starter layout, I primarily used the very graphic designs of the Urban Traveler collection by Simple Stories, but there are also several other designs worked in as well.

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Baby Cards with Simple Stories Hello Baby!

You may have noticed we are trying some new things at Scrapbook Update lately. Welcome to one of my favorite new features that I hope you’ll like: the card theme of the month! Throughout the month, you’ll see several articles containing cards built around the same theme. For the feature’s debut month, the theme is baby cards!

The brand new collection “Hello Baby” from Simple Stories is a perfect choice for making cards with. The 6 x 6 paper pad has great small patterns that are nicely scaled for card elements, and the chipboard and stickers offer great options to work with for embellishing.

My first card is a bit “shabby country”. The doily was inspired by one of the collection’s prints that uses a doily in it. The chicken wire stencil detail is an example of why I don’t stick things down right away. I had all of the elements – the doily, the title block, the chipboard word, the butterfly – arranged and was staring at the card. It needed something more, but not too much.

A stencil for some added texture on the wood paper seemed like just the right amount of detail, adding something visually without being too heavy. Using the stencil with some Distress Ink and the Ranger ink blending tool allowed me to fade out the edges of the design to soften it.

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