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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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Noteworthy | 8.29.2012

Today we’ve got some noteworthy links, some big news from the publishing world, a great class announcement and an easy way to get some fun stamps from a popular designer!

Kelly Purkey’s popular stamp designs that she’s been selling through her own website are now being distributed through Simon Says Stamp!

Kelly Purkey How I Roll stamp

Currently six of Kelly’s eight designs are on sale through SSS. (The other two designs are on backorder on Kelly’s own site.)  The stamps are available individually, or as a set of 6 for $59.99. Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 8.11.2012

Things are picking up again after a post-CHA lull…there’s some really great news and announcements from some big names this week, as well as  some new design team calls and other fun things to check out!

Project Real Life by Becky Higgins

Big Picture Classes is gearing up for a couple of really big events. Registration just opened for Becky Higgins’ upcoming class Project Real Life, which is the 4Experts series class for the 4th quarter of 2012. The class will go in-depth into the philosophy of scrapping and living that is behind the Project Life products.

From Sept. 4th-17th, Big Picture will also be running a free event called Big Idea Festival! Big names like Ali Edwards, Cathy Zielske, May Flaum, and Stacy Julian will each be taking a turn teaching a day of the the Idea Festival. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2012 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

Some shows there’s so much buzz about specific products that the Hot Picks practically write themselves. This show, however, the standouts were more difficult to pick out from a solid field of offerings at a quiet show in Chicago. But after much consideration, and some difficult decisions about some eliminations to get the list to only ten, here’s the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks List for CHA Summer 2012:

Martha Stewart Adhesive Silk Screens by Plaid

I knew as soon as I saw (and tried) this product that it would be a hot pick! These silkscreens are an extension of Plaid’s fabulous line of Martha Stewart acrylic paints and adhesive stencils – and the silkscreens really impress.

Martha Stewart Feather Silkscreen Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 5.11.2012

Wow, it’s been a big week for news this week, huh? Of course (in case you missed it), there was the announcement of the impending closure Scrapbooks Etc. magazine. But there was also a lot of good news in the industry this week – product announcements, events happening, and exciting web content to see!

Studio Calico announced a new line this week called “Hey Day”:


The line also includes a huge assortment of embellishments – including mistable Thickers and shapes, wood veneer shapes, and an assortment of Thickers, diecuts and other stickers. There’s also new Mr. Huey’s mists and a template. You can check out the whole collection on the Studio Calico blog. I have to admit – I usually despise anything orange (or tangerine) but this collection has such beautiful color combinations and patterns that I cannot wait to try it out. Way to go Studio Calico  – you’ve made an orange out of me! Continue Reading →

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