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Big Picture Classes: Forever is Gone [Updated]

Big Picture Classes has notified its customers that a huge transition is coming to the company soon, requiring some changes that have drawn the ire of its customer base.

BPC-websiteThe company had indicated when it announced that it had been sold to Studio Calico in August that a new website was in the works for its customers. On Friday, the company shared more information about the website in announcements via email and on their website – and shared for the first time that the new site will not include many of the company’s previous classes. A large number of classes, which were sold to students with the promise of “forever” access, will be retired from Big Picture’s web presence in February, after a transition period during which the company is promising to facilitate the downloading of class materials (both pdf and video content) for students. 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.

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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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Update | 5.2.2014 – Bella Blvd, Big Picture, CHA PaperArts, Fancy Pants, and more!

Happy National Scrapbook Day (early)! The year is flying by! May is already bringing us lots of news…here’s the Roundup!

It’s time for another Bella Blvd box sale! These sales are usually wildly popular so get yours while it lasts…the price is $48.50 plus shipping ($10 in the U.S.) for a box containing over $175 in Bella Blvd product. Visit the Bella Blvd blog to find out how to get yours! Unlike in some previous sales, this time around all the boxes contain the same items, and there’s only a 5% overlap with the contents of previous boxes, according to the company.

Bella Blvd Box Sale 2014 Continue Reading →

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Sponsor | “Play!” with Big Picture Classes

Today we are welcoming Big Picture Classes’ “Play” event as a Scrapbook Update sponsor!

“Play!” takes place in Anaheim, California from January 14th-16th. The event will feature a host of popular Big Picture instructors, including Stacy Julian, Ali Edwards, Tracey Clark, Heidi Swapp, Elise Blaha Cripe and Tammy Tutterow. Fans of our former Contributing Editor May Flaum will also get to see her in action at “Play!” as well!

playbanner2The event starts in the evening of the 14th, with a 3.5 hour “Product Playground” session hosted by Wendy Smedley and Angie Lucas that will give attendees the opportunity to experience products from 14 sponsors and work on mini projects while taking advantage of an all-you-can-eat cereal bar. Continue Reading →

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Get Kit-tastic with May!

[Today Scrapbook Update welcomes back former Contributing Editor May Flaum, to share why she loves using kits in her scrapbooking, and to give away a seat in her upcoming Big Picture Classes workshop! – Nancy ]

Whether you have been scrapbooking for years or are new to the hobby, one thing that we can all benefit from is using kits in our crafting lives. I’m a big fan of incorporating kits (both homemade and purchased) into your scrapbooking because I find that it is a great way to use up your stash, get creative with how you mix up supplies, and try new combinations and find unexpected ideas as well.

scrapbook kit close-up

Hi there – I’m May Flaum and today I’m here to share some thoughts on kits, as well as giving away a spot in my upcoming Big Picture class Kit-tastic. One question that I get a lot is – why would you make or buy general crafting kits? It is a good question, and so today I thought I’d address the reasons that I choose to craft with kits on a regular basis. Continue Reading →

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Big Picture Classes Acquires Ella Publishing

Big Picture Classes announced today that it has acquired ebook publisher Ella Publishing Co..

Ella Publishing was founded in 2009 by former Simple Scrapbooks magazine personalities Lain Ehmann and Angie Lucas. Co-founder/CEO Lain Ehmann departed the company in January 2010 and was replaced as CEO by Co-founder Angie Lucas. Former Simple Scrapbooks staffer Wendy Smedley stepped into a management role at that time as well. Ella Publishing’s library of offerings currently includes 32 ebook titles on scrapbooking and photography, by such well-known industry figures as Stacy Julian, Renee Pearson, Rebecca Cooper, Courtney Walsh and Elizabeth Dillow. Former Simple Scrapbooks graphic designer and personality Cathy Zielske is responsible for the signature “clean and simple” graphic look of Ella Publishing’s line of titles.

Step Up Your Supplies: Get crafty with patterned paper, popsicle sticks and more (by Courtney Walsh) Continue Reading →

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