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Giveaway | Spellbinders Nestabilities

It’s time for another anniversary giveaway for Scrapbook Update’s readers!

This time the giveaway is a set of Spellbinders Nestabilities, the small Classic Squares set that cuts and embosses.

Spellbinders NestabilitiesYou might be thinking, “why would I want a square die cutting set when I can cut squares with my paper trimmer?” There’s a couple of reasons that die cutting squares has advantages. For one, it’s easier to get squares that are absolutely perfect and all exactly the same size – especially important if you are using them in a grid design together. Another advantage is that it is easier to place (or even center) a design in the middle of the square when you can place the die and then cut. Continue Reading →

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Layout | ‘Tis The Season

I have started documenting my holiday season via Instagram this year. I was late to the Instagram party, but like many other scrapbookers and paper crafters have found, the medium has quickly grown on me. It’s a fast and easy way to share snapshots of your life with family and friends.

In my layout today, I wanted to capture my early December holiday traditions – shopping, baking and deocorating – and paired my Instagram photos with Polaroid frames. The frame gave me room to add short descriptions to each photo and in doing so, there wasn’t a need for additional journaling on my layout.

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Holiday Paper Crafting | Assembly Line Tags & Place Cards

Right around the end of September, I think to myself, this year will be the year that I start my holiday paper crafting early. But it’s such a busy time. Things come up and the next thing you know, it’s December. With time running out, is it possible to still add a handmade touch to your gifts and cards?

Absolutely! When I need to do some bulk paper crafting quickly, I set up an assembly line and everything comes together in snap. In fact, it usually takes me longer to gather all the supplies than it does to actually create the projects.

Over this past weekend, my goal was to create three different sets of items: gift tags for family and friends, place cards for the holiday table and embellishments for holiday cards.

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Gallery Highlights | 12.08.2012

Welcome to Gallery Highlights for this week! This week’s finds include designs with an assortment of photos – from 1 single, enlarged photo to a photo collage using 25 photos. Let’s go take a look at them and I hope you like them all as much as I do. Don’t forget – you can click on the links to visit the layouts in their galleries and view supply lists, leave a comment for the designer, or view the designer’s other work.

Finally by Jenniferlala

Jennifer’s layout is stunning in its simplicity. It is a single, enlarged photo that she embellished with banners and a tag at the top. She added a single twine bow and tiny brads to complement the title and journaling. Gorgeous!

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Digital Trends | Holiday Products, Part II

Welcome back to the second part of this week’s Digital Trends. There are so many beautiful and fun holiday products available right now that I’ve broken the article up into two parts. In case you missed the first part, you can see it here: Digital Trends | Holiday Products, Part I. And don’t forget to check out the store links below – there are many, many more wonderful products out there. Right now, let’s go take a look at even more new holiday digi products!

Two Peas In A Bucket

Two Peas has a lot of really cute holiday-themed kits but two in particular caught my eye. Baers Garten Designs has a new release of adorable Christmas elements that includes a bunch of toys, including an airplane, cars, trains, tractors, a princess and 3 adorable houses, with and without snow accents.

Dianne Rigdon’s new release is beautiful and includes 21 elements to help you plan this year’s elf shenanigans.

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Quick & Easy Christmas Gift Tags & Gift Card Holders

At this local outpost of Santa’s workshop, the shopping may be done but frantic work is definitely still in progress on packaging and wrapping gifts. But a frazzled brain can make it hard to get those creative juices going to create those extra little touches for holiday gifts! So what can you do? I grabbed a few sheets of cardstock stickers I had on hand and created a couple of “recipes” for tag designs that could be duplicated over and over. Problem solved!

I needed two types of tags for my gifts this year: gift name tags and tags to hold gift cards. Now my personal holiday style tends towards jewel tones and lace and vintage goodness. But all of these tags were for gifts for kids under age 12, so I knew I needed something bright and colorful and fun. And sitting in my Christmas stash I found just the thing – the Christmas Wishes and Winter Wonder collections by Bella Blvd. (Thanks to Bella Blvd for supplying the editorial samples that were used in these projects.) Even if you are over 12…who can help but feel festive when faced with multi-color penguins?

The first tags I made were the gift name tags. These followed a very quick and simple formula:

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