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Giveaway | Scrapbooking Mystery: Gossamer Ghost

Laura Childs’ latest Scrapbooking Mysteries book is available! It’s called Gossamer Ghost, and it is set in New Orleans during Halloween festivities.

The book’s heroine, Carmela Bertrand, is the owner of a scrapbook store with a habit of tripping over over bodies – and then solving their murders. The French Quarter setting is spooky, and full of style (and unique characters).

Gossamer GhostIn Gossamer Ghost, which is the thirteenth book in the bestselling Scrapbooking Mysteries series, Carmela discovers the dead body of the owner of a neighboring antiques shop. When the eccentric man’s fiancée begs Carmela for help solving the crime, she soon has a long list of suspects – and lots of creepy crafting to do, as Halloween is rapidly approaching! The book features recipes for classic Cajun favorites as well as instructions for fun craft projects. Continue Reading →

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World Card Making Day | Watercolor Thank You Card

Welcome to World Card Making Day on Scrapbook Update!

For many, today is about getting started on their Christmas greetings for the year. But it can also be a great chance to restock our stash of the cards we need throughout the year. Perhaps one of the most useful cards to have on hand is a thank you card!

Wondering where to start as you sit down to make cards today? This card was inspired by this pin by Jennifer McGuire. The concept is the same but I changed the design and used a totally different technique to achieve it. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration for cards – I have boards for Cards, Christmas Cards, and Single Layer Cards.

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Project | Travel Album: The Römer

The third layout set is complete for my travel album of my trip to Frankfurt in January for Creativeworld!

The tone of this layout is different from the two previous ones, because this is the first layout that shows any of the historic sites that I saw on the trip. So the color scheme was darker than the two previous layouts. For this layout, I drew from two Project Life core kits. The major contribution came from the Project Life “Vintage Travel” core kit, which is an exclusive to Michaels Stores. That kit has the same brown shades in it as the Cinnamon core kit, so I was able to snag a few journaling cards from that kit as well to fill out my layout’s design.

The title of this layout has a double meaning. The Römer is the name of the historic Frankfurt city hall that sits on the square I visited in these photos, but the English homonym “the roamer” also means “the wanderer” which is exactly what I did that day, hopping on the train and heading off into this area of Frankfurt without an exact plan of where I was going or what I intended to do.

Project Life Romer full

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Giveaway | Spellbinders Nestabilities

It’s time for another anniversary giveaway for Scrapbook Update’s readers!

This time the giveaway is a set of Spellbinders Nestabilities, the small Classic Squares set that cuts and embosses.

Spellbinders NestabilitiesYou might be thinking, “why would I want a square die cutting set when I can cut squares with my paper trimmer?” There’s a couple of reasons that die cutting squares has advantages. For one, it’s easier to get squares that are absolutely perfect and all exactly the same size – especially important if you are using them in a grid design together. Another advantage is that it is easier to place (or even center) a design in the middle of the square when you can place the die and then cut. Continue Reading →

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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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