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Layout | We Are Family

Now that my new creative space is finally completed and functional (photos coming soon), I’m able to create much more again! The first thing I whipped out in my new space was this layout, inspired by both the precious photo and the fabulous new Park Bench collection from Fancy Pants Designs. Also, I wanted to take my new Silhouette Portrait out for another run. I love my new toy!

We Are Family by Nancy Nally

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So Sweet Baby Girl


 When you are delivering a card in person and don’t have to worry about fitting it in an envelope and mailing it, you can really get creative – and dimensional! Designer Evgenia Petzer likes to add details to her cards, and this one has a lot of them hiding in her collage of embellishments.

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The little bottle filled with beads mimics a baby rattle. The various layers of paper background are held in place (or appear to be, at least) by several different kinds of stitching. Gesso was used on one of the buttons to create a textured faux finish. And the distressed edges of the background papers adds just a bit of character to the whole arrangement.

Collage isn’t just for wall hangings or layouts…take it out for a try on a card!

Supplies | Patterned Paper: Crate Paper (Little Bo Peep). Chipboard: Crate Paper (Little Bo Peep). Brads: Crate Paper (Little Bo Peep). Buttons: unknown. Beads: unknown. Felt: Papertrey Ink. Dies: Papertrey Ink (hearts, Parisian Doily). Glass Bottle: Melissa Frances. Rhinestones: Bo Bunny (Isabella). Other: Ranger Claudine Hellmuth Studio (White Gesso).

Designer: Evgenia Petzer

Evgenia Petzer is from Russia. She describes South Africa, where she moved about 2 years ago, as “the most beautiful country that I have ever seen” where she can enjoy the sun almost every day. Evgenia has a 4 year old son, that is her inspiration. She started as a scrapbooker, but now mainly creates cards in her signature  detailed, romantic style. Currently, Evgenia designs for Melissa Frances, Tattered Angels, Bo Bunny Designs, OUAS blog and a SOE kit club, and also works part time as a child & family photographer. To learn more about her, check out her personal blog.


Paperclipping Roundtable #121: Your Personal Style

This week, Claudine Hellmuth and Debbie Hodge joined the Roundtable to discuss the evolution of personal scrapbooking style.

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I’m sorry to share with my fans that this was my last episode as co-host of Paperclipping Roundtable. It’s been a fabulous experience doing the show for so long with my friends Noell and Izzy, and I want to express my appreciation to our audience who have always been such a wonderful part of the Roundtable. I look forward to returning to the Roundtable as a guest in the future.

You’ll still be able to see my work here on Scrapbook Update, of course, and in Creative Retailer. You’ll be able to catch me on the new season of Scrapbook Soup this summer – and if you stay tuned to the end of Roundtable, you’ll hear a hint about another big project that I have cooking. Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 3.2.2012

2012 is a leap year, and with that extra February day behind us it’s time to look ahead, and scope out what’s happening this week. It’s March, also known as National Craft Month, so I advise be keeping an eye out for manufacturers and bloggers to get extra inspiring, and perhaps we’ll see an increase in contests and giveaways as well. I look forward to it. Getting the month off to a strong start, here are this week’s stories:

Ali Edwards released a new self-paced online class on her website this week. “Five” is based off of her workshop from Creative Escape last year and is now formatted as an online self-paced classs.

The cool thing about this workshop is that you can really make your album any theme you want: favorite photos from a specific year, photos of a loved one who has passed on, favorite photos from a travel adventure, a collection of photos that celebrate your life right now, etc.

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CHA Summer 2010: More of “May’s Must-Haves”

I did not attend CHA two weeks ago, but that certainly hasn’t stopped me from drooling over new goodies coming out. From where I sit, the scrapbooking industry is doing amazing things and I feel super inspired by all the products I’ve seen – and I know I’ve not nearly seen it all!

As I surf the internet and manufacturer websites I’ve been gathering some of my favorites. I shared an article before the show with some of my sneak peek favorites, and now I’m back with more. It certainly wasn’t easy to narrow down.  There are a lot of great things! A few I’m especially loving are Tattered Angels, Basic Grey, Cosmo Cricket, Bella Blvd, October Afternoon, and Crate Paper. They all have fantastic looking product coming out.

This article contains a few of my top picks. Oh yes – I have a whole new list of must-have items that are soon to be available. (And I hope it’s sooner than later!)

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Winner: Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Medium

It’s time to announce the winner of the Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Medium from May’s review!

And the winner of the random drawing is…

Jacquelin G on May 14, 2010 at 11:38 am, who said:

Love her products – can’t wait to try this!!!

Jacquelin, watch your email box for a notification email from Scrapbook Update about collecting your prize. And thanks to everyone who reads Scrapbook Update who entered!


Review: Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Studio Medium

I have found each product in the Claudine Hellmuth line for Ranger to be a good quality, and items that make a great base for my projects. From adding paint to a scrapbook layout to printing photos onto her Sticky Back Canvas, I have had very good experiences.

In February of this year Ranger introduced a new Claudine Hellmuth product called Extra Time Studio Medium. The idea is a simple one – adding some of this product in with her acrylic paint will extend the time you have to work with it by preventing the paint from drying as quickly. The label suggests using equal parts paint and medium, but I found good results with as little as half the amount of medium to the amount of paint.

Why would you use this? Well, any time you want the drying to slow on the paint – either on the project or just sitting out waiting to be used. I found it incredibly useful as I work and wrangle two preschool-aged children. I don’t end up with dry paint on my palette after I run and solve a problem with the kids – it remained useful even through delays and I really appreciated that.

Extra Time Studio Medium is water-based, safe, and non-toxic; and in addition to extending your working time with paint the packaging suggests this is a good product to use in blending multiple colors of paint, in drier climates, and for creating various paint techniques. The product says it’s for use with Claudine Hellmuth’s paints, but of course I tried (and had success) with other brands as well.

I tested the product a number of times over the last month, and in the right situations I’m finding it a tremendous resource. I covered a small frame with the Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas, which is a staple product in my studio.

First I took the $1 frame apart, and then got the paint and medium mixed together. I used a purple paint by Claudine Hellmuth for this project.

Then I cut and folded pieces of the sticky back canvas to go around each side of the frame. I cut until I was fairly happy with the fit, then removed the backing and stuck the canvas down around my frame.

As you can see above, it’s not always perfect. That’s alright! Paint will be covering the canvas soon, and flaws can be forgiven. Once you are satisfied with the fit, coat the entire canvas surface with the purple paint mixture. Once the project dried (it did take 30 minutes or so) I coated it with Multi-Medium in Gloss to add shine, and to create an adhesive surface for rhinestones and pearls that dot the edges.

Finally, I added a flower to the bottom of the frame, replaced the glass & backing, and inserted a photo.

There is one downside to this product, and that is that when you’re ready for the paint to be dry, you’re going to need some patience. I suggest just setting the project aside and working on something else for a bit. This product is really so simple, yet it’s already saved me a lot of dry paint heartache, and I can see if I decide to produce multiple projects, or take on any variety of crafts where I want the paint to last it will prove invaluable.

Would you like to win some Extra Time Studio Medium to try out yourself?

Thanks to Ranger, Scrapbook Update has a bottle of Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Studio Medium to give away!

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Paperclipping Roundtable #13: Taking It Beyond The Page

I had to miss Paperclipping Roundtable this week because I was traveling for a speaking engagement, but just because I missed it doesn’t mean you have to!

Episode #13 featured Izzy & Noell Hyman, Claudine Hellmuth, Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, and Lain Ehmann.

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