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Update | Big Picture Classes, The Messy Box, & More!

There’s been lots of great announcements and good news this past week…let’s check out all of the updates!

Messy BoxElsie Larson and Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess have announced a new monthly papercrafting subscription kit called the Messy Box. The kit, which is being produced in conjunction with Studio Calico, will retail for between $19.99 to $24.99 each month depending on subscription length.  The Messy Box contents for March 2015 will include 9×12 paper, washi tape, a transparency, journal cards, and various embellishments. This is the second subscription product from the sister team at A Beautiful Mess, joining their Happy Mail stationery offering. Continue Reading →


Update | Ella Publishing Closing, Design Teams, & More

Ebook publisher Ella Publishing has announced that they will be closing down on February 1st. The company was co-founded in 2009 by former Simple Scrapbooks staff members Angie Lucas and Lain Ehmann, before being sold in 2012 to Big Picture Classes (which was co-founded by Simple Scrapbooks founding editor Stacy Julian). Ehmann left the company in early 2010 and was replaced by Wendy Smedley. Big Picture Classes was sold to Studio Calico in 2014, and as an apparent result of that transition, the Ella Publishing brand is being discontinued.

Ella Logo

The Ella website will disappear on February 1st, and has already ceased sale of the brand’s publications. Ella’s products are still available for sale through the Big Picture Classes website. until January 31st. Continue Reading →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →