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Noteworthy | 6.29.2012

This week, there’s a bunch of noteworthy sales, some great links, and a few CHA-related announcements (of course!)

Nikki Sivils made an announcement this week that will be disappointing to her many fans. Not only is she choosing for her company to not exhibit at CHA Summer 2012 in Chicago, but she has chosen to not design any products for this development cycle. Nikki attributed the decision to stress from several recent family crisises, including her father’s cancer diagnosis, her brother’s long recovery from an accident that left him with serious burns, and her grandmother’s passing away.

I, personally, will miss seeing Nikki (and her husband Dan) and her unique design brand in Chicago. I wish Nikki and her family all the best and look forward to seeing her and her company in Anaheim in January!

Elle’s Studio made a couple of big announcements this week. First, they announced they are exhibiting at their first CHA show, with a booth in Chicago at CHA Summer 2012. They plan to release three lines – everyday, Halloween, and Christmas – along with some new stamps at the show.

Their second announcement was that to make room for the new CHA releases, they are having a Grab Bag and Tag Retirement sale. The grab bags are sold out, but there are still plenty of retiring tags left at a huge discount with the coupon code from the Elle’s Studio blog! Get them while they last, because although the sale lasts until Sunday night, they are going to go fast! Continue Reading →

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Pink Paislee to Partner With Heidi Swapp & Christy Tomlinson

An explosion of signature lines has been happening in the crafts industry, and in Anaheim this month Pink Paislee will be unveiling partnerships with two new signature names: Heidi Swapp and Christy Tomlinson.

Pink Paislee, founded in January 2008, has rapidly become an industry mainstay by producing not only its own brand of lines but also licensed lines from popular designers such as House of 3 and Collage Press. The company will be at CHA Winter 2012 in booth #2091.

Heidi Swapp, who formerly had a signature line with Advantus, is returning to the market at CHA Winter 2012 as a solo brand after several years as part of the House of 3 brand that created digital products and also has licensed designs through Pink Paislee. Pink Paislee is partnering with Swapp to handle the manufacturing, customer service, logistics and distribution of the Heidi Swapp signature line, while Swapp will maintain ownership and creative direction of the brand and its designs as well as responsibility for product development, marketing, and education.

This arrangement is strikingly similar to the recently announced deal between Studio Calico and American Crafts, and emphasizes the increasing importance of economies of scale in product production in the industry, and the need for the creative business owners in the industry to rely on experts in non-creative areas of running their enterprises.

In addition to her new product line, Swapp also has a show on My Craft Channel called Create to Remember that is currently in its second season of shows. She will also be the subject of the June/July 2012 edition of Northridge Publishing’s new book series, Signature Series. Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 11.25.2011

Whether you’re prepared or procrastinating, tackling sales and crowds out shopping this weekend, or spending time with family, there is one thing most of us have in common: the need for inspiration. With time being in demand this time of year more than ever, this week I have a special edition of Noteworthy to share with you – a round-up of many of the best holiday classes and events that can all be found online. So no matter where in the world you are, whatever your crafting preferences, you may just find something here that interests you and that you would like to participate in:

It’s hard to believe, but this will be the fifth year that Tim Holtz offers his amazing twelve tags of Christmas series on his blog. What is incredible about this series is not just that each day he creates a different tag, but that he shares in detail exactly how he has created it including products used. Tim shares an incredible amount of information on techniques and shares photos of all the steps, and at times adds in videos as well. Here is the just-released promo video for the event this year:

The magic starts December 1 at Tim’s blog. The archives can also be viewed on his blog- in the left side bar there is a listing of the previous years with links to those tags. Looking for the products he used? Simon Says Stamp carries all of Tim’s products, and traditionally they create a “12 tags” page for easier searching for the items seen in Tim’s tags. Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 9.09.2011

As the first full week of September comes to a close, it seems education is a big theme this week. Not only are the kids back to school, but new craft classes are popping up all over the place! This week three very different classes make my noteworthy list, as well as some great tutorials and a sale that you don’t want to miss.

Christy Tomlinson announced that she has a new workshop coming this fall: She Art Workshop #2.

 In this workshop, I delve more into the smaller details on how I make my She Art girls, including their hair, face, clothing,plus some really fun technique to make those even more unique!  PLUS I will go into how to create simple faces on your She ARt Girls!

The class begins November 7th, and registration is just $35 when you sign up during September. There is also a discount for those interested in signing up for this new class and the first She Art class. More information and registration is available on Christy’s blog.

Designer Digitals is having their quarterly sale – and with the entire store priced at 30% off, it’s noteworthy indeed! Shown above are just a few of the 39 new items just posted that are of course included in this weekend’s sale. With a lot of new product from Ali Edwards, and with such a huge selection, both digital and hybrid crafters do not want to miss out on the opportunity to save big. The sale ends at 3am EST next Wednesday (9/14) morning.

Get it Scrapped! announced a brand new digital scrapbooking class with Jana Morton called “Blending and Beyond”:

Jana  Morton has a passion for preserving memories, and she pursues this passion with a unique and appealing style. Jana breathes new life into everyday photos using the tools available in Photoshop. In “Blending and Beyond” you have the opportunity to look over her shoulder while she works and, thus, understand the techniques and artistry that are a part of her signature style.

Students will have an “over the shoulder” view of Janna as she creates six digital layouts over six weeks. To see the class schedule, get more information, and to register for this $65 class ($55 if you register before 9/16) visit the Get it Scrapped website.

The Crafter’s Workshop templates are hot – they made Scrapbook Update’s top 10 for CHA, I did a video post about them, and they are popping up all over the place! Scrapbook.com is having a buy two, get one free sale on them right now, and that’s not even the noteworthy part today! The real exciting news is that Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is doing a series of tutorials on her blog that focus on her templates with the Crafter’s Workshop. “Stencil-a-palooza” looks to be a great resource and chance to see get new ideas for these stencils.

Welcome to Stencil-a-Palooza!  Several days a week for the next month or so I’ll be featuring one of my eighteen stencil designs for The Crafter’s Workshop!  Each post comes with a giveaway.  Leave a comment answering the question-of-the-day and you might be the winner of that day’s featured stencil in both 6×6 and 12×12!

With videos, loads of project images, and the added bonus of give-aways this is the start to an amazing series I am really interested in. So far she has done a Chevron post, and a Herringbone post, both of which are exceptional. Watch her blog for more!

There is a cool tutorial up on the Ormolu blog this week, showing how to make this unique hybrid scrapbook page. Creative team member Kaitlin Sheaffer shares the how-to as well as some tips and her inspiration behind the page. Her design process as well as combining digital and traditional into her title is really neat.

Jenny Doh announced that she is bringing back her first on-line class “crafting my best life” this fall.

Crafting My Best Life, Class of 2011 is the same quality content that the founding class experienced, being offered to a brand new group of students. The curriculum helps us get real, dig deep, and explore the answers to these questions which are complex and multi-layered. It’s a curriculum based on a belief that in order to be the best that we can be, we have to roll up our sleeves, and work hard to deliberately face who we are, and to identify our values, so that we can map out our best life strategies.

Class begins October 3, and the $98 fee includes a kit that is mailed to students upon registration. For more information, to see Jenny’s video about class, and to register visit the Crescendoh site.

Shimelle is known for her informative posts on her blog, and her Camera School series is definitely one you don’t want to miss. Rather than making my head hurt with technical lingo, she breaks down information in a format and style of writing that makes sense and is helpful.

I promised I wouldn’t make this technical. I promise to keep that promise. And that’s because my entire process for taking a picture is about stripping away as much of the technical as I can. Basically if you can totally figure out just a couple basics, then the rest gets really easy.

Her lesson 2: let ISO set you free post that she posted on Thursday is a great installment, and I look forward to more. All of her Camera School posts are listed here.

Finally, in new and exciting product news, Simon Says Stamp has all of the new Tim Holtz stamps (wood mounted and cling!) as well as some of his new idea-ology products and some seasonal die cuts in stock now. Over at Scrapbook.com the much anticipated new Studio Calico lines are in-stock this week as well.

“Noteworthy” is a new regular weekly column at Scrapbook Update. Have something new & noteworthy to share? Feel free to leave a comment, or if you have something you would like considered for next week’s column, email may@scrapbookupdate.com with a link or press release.

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