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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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CHA PaperArts | Spellbinders Celebra’tions

Spellbinders unveiled a new collection at the CHA PaperArts show last week that wasn’t just new designs but a whole new direction for the company. The collection, Celebra’tions by Richard Garay, is a break from Spellbinders’ typical style in more ways than one.

Garay’s previous position was at Stampin’ Up!, and influences from that type of style and sales are definitely visible in the Celebra’tions line. Spellbinders’ usual style is very vintage and intricate. By comparison, the Celebra’tions line is simple, cute and fun – a look that could attract a whole new segment of customers to the company.

IMG_4459The line seems especially tailored for card makers, with die and stamp sets, embossing folders, and even its own color palette of ink pads and cardstock. It is, essentially, an entire self-contained program – similar to something that you would see in direct sales, and an easy foundation for teaching classes and helping launch beginners. Continue Reading →

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New Product: Heidi Swapp Project Life Kits!

Heidi Swapp and Becky Higgins have announced that they are working together to produce a line of exclusive Heidi Swapp signature Project Life kits for Michaels Stores.

Heidi-Swapp-Project-LifeThe partnership between Becky and Heidi is not exactly unexpected. The pair have known each other a very long time, and Heidi has been part of the American Crafts family, which Project Life has been drawing on to create signature kits, for some time now. In addition, Heidi has a long history of creating custom exclusive lines for Michaels, so it makes sense that they would be interested in an exclusive Project Life product line with her name on it. Continue Reading →

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Studio Calico Acquires Big Picture Classes

Studio Calico announced this morning that they have acquired online education platform Big Picture Classes.

Big Picture Studio Calico

l-r: Greg Foster & April Foster of Studio Calico, Stacy Julian, Kayce Rehn, Mark Seastrand.

Washington-based Big Picture Classes was founded in 2005 by Stacy Julian & Kayce Rehn, and quickly became known for offering online classes from the biggest names in the industry like Ali Edwards, Heidi Swapp, and Becky Higgins. (The company was originally called Big Picture Scrapbooking, but changed its name in 2010 to Big Picture Classes as part of a broadening of its mission to include a wider range of classes.) Until 2008, Julian also served as founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine until stepping down from that role to focus on Big Picture. In 2012, Big Picture acquired ebook publisher Ella Publishing, which had been owned by Wendy Smedley and Angie Lucas, and also brought in former Creating Keepsakes publisher Mark Seastrand as CEO. Continue Reading →

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Design Team Call | Core’dinations 8/20

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update publishes the full text of select design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header!

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.


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Do you love crafting with Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock? Core’dinations is looking for new design team members!

Design Team Perks:

  • FREE Core’dinations ColorCore Cardstock and LOTS of it!
  • Payment for magazine publications, catalogues, and CHA assignments!
  • TONS of additional product from our industry partners.
  • Your name, bio, headshot on the Core’dinations website.

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