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Project | Travel Album: An American in Frankfurt

While I’ve been busy sharing holiday content the last few months, I also managed to sneak in some work on some layouts for my Frankfurt travel album that I’ve been slowly working on for quite awhile from my trip to Creativeworld in 2014. Several new layouts from it will be coming to Scrapbook Update in the next week or so as a result! This first layout was my first try working with the new Project Life Modern Core Kit that I had just bought.

[Disclosure: The links in the supply list below either pay a commission to this site when a purchase is made, or are courtesy links to this site’s advertisers. Some product used below was provided to me by Ranger or Dymo, but this post was not sponsored or requested by them in any way. I just use products that I like, and then share the results with my readers.]

An American in Frankfurt by Nancy Nally - travel Project Life layout from Creativeworld 2014

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This layout was a compilation of photos of a lot of my American friends that I saw at the show – plus Dyan, so I guess I made her an honorary American for this layout. I hope she doesn’t mind!

Because this layout was of mostly product and people in the booths, the colors were less subdued than some of the more architectural photos than I took earlier in the album. So this bright Project Life Modern Core Kit seemed a good match for the layout – especially since several of the photos had a lot of pink in them.

An American in Frankfurt by Nancy Nally - Project Life travel layout of the Creativeworld 2014 show.

Did you ever notice that those small Simple Stories alphabet stickers from the collection sticker packs fit perfectly in the journaling space on the title cards in Project Life core kits? They do! I used some pink ones here from the Sunshine & Happiness collection to highlight “Frankfurt” and then used my Dymo labeler and a pen for the rest of the title.

Project Life title card - An American in Frankfurt layout

One of the great things about industry color trends is that products from different companies will work together. These flower die cuts are from the Simple Stories “Sunshine & Happiness” die cut pack, but they look perfect matched with this Project Life core kit to create a custom 3×4 card!

For the same reason, I was also able to use my Picked Raspberry Distress Ink pad to create a special 3×4 card with a stamp from Tim Holtz. The pink ink matches the Modern core kit and the die cuts beautifully!

Project Life journal cards

On the right hand page of this layout, I did something that I don’t do very often: split an image between pockets. I had more 4×6 landscape photos than I had pockets for on the two pages, and extra 3×4 pockets. The art journal photo seemed like the logical choice to split between the 3×4 pockets, turning it into more of a decorative element than just a documenting image.

An American in Frankfurt by Nancy Nally - Project Life travel layout featuring the Creativeworld 2014 show.

It’s often unavoidable when photographing demos or booths at shows that people will get into the front of photographs and block part of the shot. In this particular case, I framed the shot this way on purpose to show how Tim Holtz was attracting a crowd at his demo. But the people in front made it hard to tell what was the focal point of the photo – Tim.

Putting the phrase stickers on top of the “black space” created by the ladies’ coats helped to block them out and point the eye toward Tim in the middle of the image. Plus I used some Tim Holtz stickers to do it with!

Word stickers on photos for a Project Life album

There’s one more of my album pages for the actual show itself to share, and then it’s on to the pictures from the Heidelberg day trip that I took!

Check out the rest of the album so far:

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017: Greenery!

The Pantone Color of the Year 2017 has been announced! For 2017, unlike this year, Pantone has stuck to just one color for the year, giving us the nature-infused green shade appropriately called “Greenery”.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017 Greenery

Described by Pantone as “a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew” and “nature’s neutral”, the tone has appeared in recent fashion collections by names like Michael Kors and Cynthia Rowley.

“While Serenity and Rose Quartz, the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, expressed the need for harmony in a chaotic world,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute “Greenery bursts forth in 2017 to provide us with the hope we collectively yearn for amid a complex social and political landscape. Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate, revitalize and unite, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose.”

It’s only been a few years since a different green shade was the color of the year. Emerald, a jewel tone of green, was the Color of the Year for 2013. Marsala, the 2015 Color of the Year, ended a long run of dark and jewel tones. The Serenity and Rose Quartz colors chosen for 2016 moved away from that trend into very pale tones. Now it seems Pantone is ready to declare brighter and warmer colors the dominant trend, with the selection of the yellow-green Greenery as Pantone Color of the Year 2017.

To use the new Greenery color #15-0343 in Pantone’s Fashion & Home palette for TCX (cotton fabric), the color codes are:

  • RGB: 136 176 75
  • CMYK: 51 9 88 0
  • HTML: 88B04B

For use in graphic design applications like Photoshop, the closest match is PANTONE 376 C.

  • RGB: 132 189 0
  • CMYK: 54 0 100 0
  • HTML: 84BD00

Greenery scrapbooking products

There will almost certainly be a flood of products next month at the Creativation and Creativeworld trade shows that show off the new Pantone Color of the Year 2017. But in the meantime, you might already have products in your craft stash that are similar in tone to Greenery’s yellow-green shade.

Here’s some suggestions:

Doodlebug Design actually has an entire color palette called Limeade made up of several shades of yellow-green. The darker tone in this palette appears pretty close to the Pantone Greenery color.

What do you think of the Pantone Color of the Year 2017? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Do you plan to use it? What for? Tell us in the comments!

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What to Buy a Scrapbooker for Christmas

So, someone you love is scrapbooker. And now it’s the holidays and time to buy them a present. But, well, you have no idea what to get them because you don’t know a glue gun from an adhesive dispenser. Never fear…the Scrapbook Update Holiday Gift Guide is here to help you find the perfect gift. Here’s your guide to what to buy a scrapbooker for Christmas!

[Disclaimer: My company, Nally Studios LLC, manages social media for Buttons Galore. Links in the sources list are affiliate links that pay a commission to this site or are provided as an advertiser courtesy.]

We R Memory Keepers Typecast Typewriter

Great for: Project Life fans, 12×12 layout scrappers
Retail Price: $169.99-$199.99
Sources: Amazon, Scrapbook.com, acherryontop.com mint-typecast-typewriter

Let’s start right off with what is arguably the hottest scrapbooking toy of the holiday season….the We R Memory Keepers Typecast. Typewriters have been very trendy in scrapbooking the past few years, and scrapbookers have been scouring thrift stores for used ones to use to type text elements on their projects. The machine is available in three colors – mint, white, and black – and a variety of accessories such as colored ribbons and paper items to type on are available as well. (A special pink edition machine is available at Michaels Stores.)

Sakura Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Set

Great for: Stampers, Adult Coloring fans
Retail Price: $20-$29.99
Sources: Amazon, acherryontop.com

Sakura Koi Watercolors

This high quality set of watercolors is my personal go to set for almost all of my watercoloring needs. The best part is that it is portable and even includes a collapsible water brush so it is easy to take on the go with you everything that you need for adult coloring while waiting for the kids, traveling, or crafting with friends.

MISTI Stamp Tool

Great for: Stampers
Retail Price: $60-$69
Sources: Amazon, Scrapbook.com, Gina K Designs

MISTI stamping tool

This tool has taken the stamping world by storm this year! It is a lifesaver for fixing incomplete stamp impressions, and makes creating duplicates of a project (such as a party invitation) fast and easy. Simple to use – you don’t know how much you need it until you try it!

Tim Holtz for Tonic Studios 5″ Mini Snip Scissors

Great for: all papercrafters
Retail Price: $12
Sources: Scrapbook.com, acherryontop.com

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Detail cutting is an important task for most papercrafters. These brand new just-hitting-store-shelves detail scissors from Tim Holtz’s line of Tonic Studios tools are a smaller version of the 7″ scissors that I use regularly. Their non-stick, serrated blade will cut a variety of materials, and will clean up easily after coming in contact with adhesives or paints.

28 Lilac Lane Embellishments

Great for: all papercrafters
Retail Price: $3-$9
Sources: Scrapbook.com, acherryontop.com, Buttons Galore

28-lilac-lane-fall-2016-new-embellishment-bottles

Even if I wasn’t their social media manager, I would be totally in love with the 28 Lilac Lane line of embellishments from Buttons Galore. Created by designer May Flaum, the collection consists of kits, bottles, and tins that contain assortments of buttons, sequins, beads, and other embellishments in beautifully coordinated color palettes. These are perfect for a wide range of projects from scrapbooking to cardmaking to mixed media, and I just can’t stop using them! The fun packaging is the perfect size for stocking stuffers, or use several to fill a gift bag!

So there you have it…the Scrapbook Update guide to what to buy a scrapbooker for Christmas. Happy shopping, happy holidays and happy scrapping!

What to get a scrapbooker for Christmas | by Nancy Nally for Scrapbook Update

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Falling Leaves for a Thanksgiving Dinner Layout

The holidays always bring with them a healthy dose of nostalgia. So for today’s Thanksgiving dinner layout, I decided to scrap some pictures that were long overdue to be put in albums – 25 years overdue, in fact!

[Disclosure: Some product used in today’s layout was provided by Photo Play Paper at my request for this project. Links in the supply list are courtesy links to advertisers or affiliate links that earn the site a small commission when a purchase is made after a reader clicks.]
Thanksgiving Dinner layout by Nancy Nally

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This Thanksgiving dinner layout is built on a color blocked background that I created from two patterned papers from the fall collection by Photo Play Paper called “Falling Leaves”.

I inked the edges of the leaf paper with fluid chalk ink to make it stand out from the yellow background more. The next layer was to create a block from the photos, which are arranged in something resembling a pinwheel arrangement. These photos are old enough that they aren’t the 4″ x 6″ size that is standard today, but the smaller 3.5″ x 5″ size. That makes it possible to get four photos on the layout with plenty of room for embellishing still.

Thanksgiving Dinner layout title

The final design layer was to create a visual triangle of embellishments. One embellishment is the title, one is journaling, and one is the date.

For the title, I started by using foam dot adhesive to adhere a turkey sticker. The foam adhesive provides some dimension and helps the turkey stand out from the background. The title heading was created with two different alphabets from the “Falling Leaves” collection sticker sheet. (Numbers from a third alphabet were used for the date in the upper right corner of the layout.)

Turkey Dinner layout journaling

For my journaling, I cut a tag with a Sizzix die and wrote on it. Using the dot paper was a cheat that gave me a way to keep my writing relatively straight!

The sticker border at the bottom of the tag covers something – a mistake. I cut the tag, thinking I wanted it to be trimmed smaller to better fit on the layout. I realized right away that was a bad idea! Border sticker to the rescue! This cute border sticker, which also matches the orange patterned paper that I used for the hole reinforcer, attached the tag back together and hid the seam between the two halves. Problem solved! Although it started out as a rescue from a mistake, I actually ended up really liking the addition of the border sticker.

Tag deconstructed

Even though this was quite a few years before I began scrapbooking, I was already very much a memory documenter with my camera. These aren’t the only photos I took that day. I put the rest of them on a second layout made with this same collection. To see my other Thanksgiving dinner layout, visit my article on our other site Craft Critique.

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See the Entire Halloween Tag Trilogy!

Awhile back, I showed my readers these three tags that I had created in a single inking session from Tim Holtz Distress Stains, intending to use them to create a Halloween tag series. The series is now complete, and I’m back today to share the results!

Distress Spray Stain Tag Art

The first tag that I made was actually fall-themed, not strictly Halloween, and was created around a Tim Holtz blueprint stamp. The directions for creating the fall tag, along with the directions for the inking process that created all three tags, are in my Fall Pumpkin Tag project article.

Fall Pumpkin Tag by Nancy Nally for www.scrapbookupdate.com

The second tag that I inked in the series ended up a more faded mix of orange, green and purple than the first one after it sat for a long time in the sun and got exposed to a heavy dose of UV light. For this one, I wanted to play with my new Tim Holtz Crazy Cats stamps that I just bought. I created a spooky spider and spiderweb to freak out my scaredy cat with! Instructions for this tag – including the seed bead twist tie – are on the Buttons Galore blog.

Scaredy Cat Halloween Tag

Also on the Buttons Galore blog is my Spooky Halloween Tag, created from the first, most bright of the tags that I inked in this series. This one uses another Tim Holtz blueprint stamp, and is a bit different from my usual style, but I’m really pleased with how it came out.

Spooky Halloween Tag

For now, I’m enjoying my Halloween Tag series by using clothespins to attach them to a small spooky Halloween tree that I bought for my living room at a local chain craft store. After Halloween, they’ll find a home in an 8×8 album that I have set aside to store my tag art in.

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Craft & Scrapbooking Jobs – October 19th, 2016

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Looking to launch a new craft industry career, or just find a new craft company where you can continue your existing career? Check out the opportunities below to start your search for the perfect craft or scrapbooking job!

Sales:

Marketing:

Graphic Design:

Product Development:

Buying/Inventory Planning:

Artist/Instructor:

Misc:

If your craft industry company has an open position that you would like included in the edition of this list, please email a link to an online job posting to nancy@nallystudios.com.

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