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CHA Winter 2013 | Project Life by Becky Higgins

Becky Higgins has been shaking up the industry for a while with her Project Life products, now available through American Crafts and being shown to retailers for the first time at CHA Winter 2013.


I caught up with Becky for a few minutes and she told me how happy she is that this partnership will free up her time for designing new products. Retailers at the booth seemed equally excited for the opportunity to carry these popular products in their stores. Continue Reading →


CHA Winter 2013 | Amy Tangerine

Amy Tangerine’s colorful new “Yes, Please” release is sure to live up to its name. Here’s a few highlights:

There are plenty of Thickers in a rainbow of hues, Slick Writers in colors that coordinate with the line, and two of Amy’s personal favorite new items – a stitching kit and calendar stamp.

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Update | 12.1.2012

The scrapbook industry didn’t get the memo that we’re all supposed to be kicking back and enjoying the holidays, because the news has been flowing fast and furious this week!

As they promised in their statements following the summary judgement against them two weeks ago in their patent infringement case against QuicKutz, Spellbinders has filed notice with the United States Court of Appeals that they intend to appeal Judge Neil Wake’s ruling ending their case against QuicKutz. The notice was filed on November 27th, and the company has until January 28th, 2013 to actually file their brief with the court – meaning like everything else in this case to date, nothing will be decided quickly in the appeal.

First, if you missed our earlier announcements, Nally Studios has a couple of creative team calls out!

The first call is for staff writers for our newly-acquired Craft Critique site. This call is open to crafters of all kinds who want to try out new products and tell the world what they think about them!

We’re also calling for a design team for our newly launched Card Annex site. If you like to make cards, we’d love to see your work!

The calls are open until Dec. 7th, and the new teams will be announced on Dec. 14th. Continue Reading →


American Crafts & Becky Higgins to Partner on Project Life Production, Distribution

Becky Higgins LogoAmerican Crafts announced today that it is partnering with Becky Higgins to manufacture, sell and distribute her overwhelmingly popular Project Life product line to retailers.

Project Life had previously only been available through online retailer in the U.S., and through various exclusive online retail outlets overseas.

Becky launched Project Life through her company Becky Higgins LLC in late 2009. Its popularity has been overwhelming, and has inspired many similar lines from other industry manufacturers. The product line’s offerings have grown steadily with the addition of new core kits and accessories over its first 3 years. In August, Becky announced new additions to Project Life that when released in December will grow the product line to 10 core kits and 3 mini kits. The new offerings also included the product line’s first foray into themed kits, with school and baby kits being announced.

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Noteworthy | 10.23.2012 – New Releases!

There’s lots of new mid-releases being announced, as we hit that magical time between shows where CHA releases are so “yesterday” already! Here’s a look around the industry at what will be coming to a scrapbook store near you soon:

BasicGrey has two new collections that will be available starting in November exclusively at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Fact & Fiction” is full of very usable vintage gorgeousness that will be sure to be a hit for the two companies.

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Noteworthy | 8.21.2012

Today there’s a Noteworthy product sneak, a new event announcement, some great statistics, and some fun links!

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the new iteration of Noteworthy on Scrapbook Update! Instead of bringing a huge round-up to you once a week on Fridays, I’m going to start bringing Noteworthy to you in smaller pieces more frequntly. Scrapbook Update’s readers will receive more news faster that way, and in more manageable chunks. I hope that you like this latest effort to improve Scrapbook Update’s offerings to its readership! –Nancy]

Carina Gardner let Carta Bella fans in on a sneak peek at the company’s October 2012 release when she showed a project in progress on her blog the other day:

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