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Project | Baby Boy Gift Bag

Gift bags are so easy to deliver gifts in, but they are so expensive and it seems I never have just the right one on hand. Craft stash to the rescue!

My local Michaels store carries packs of gift bags in various sizes in neutral colors like white and kraft. These are great to create coordinated items for occasions like bridesmaid gifts, but they are also good neutral canvases to keep on hand to decorate anytime you need a quick gift package!

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Best Wishes To The Mr. and Mrs.

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 When it comes to weddings these days, your average young couple wants their wedding to be hip, trendy, and personal, but with just the right amount of class and elegance as a nod to the traditional.  You might find it difficult to combine traditionally opposing ideas like “trendy” and “elegant” in order to create cards (and gift items) for newlyweds on their big day. I consider this card cute and trendy, but still elegant and fit for a wedding.

Here are some tips to help you along:

1: Consider keeping the color scheme simple.  You might want to use mounds of flowers and lace (and if that fits your bride and groom – have at it!) but, you can effortlessly infuse a little classic elegance into almost any design by sticking to a few traditional colors.

2: Let the iconography make a statement.  Using cute bird and cloud images stamped in classic black and white, I was able to add a sweet and trendy feeling to the card.

3: Keep the design focused.  When it comes to big occasions – like weddings – everything is super embellished to make a statement. On my card, I used very specific, coordinating colors and stamps to convey my message.  In a sea of forgettable white cards printed with flowers and frills a clean and straightforward design could be a bold stand-out.

Supplies | Cardstock: American Crafts (Red), The Paper Company (White).  Cardbase: David Tutera (Celebrate, Cardmaking System). Stamps: Hampton Art (For Bella Blvd and Art Warehouse). Inks: Clearsnap (Pigment White, Black). Die cutting: Silhouette Cameo (heart). Punch: EK Success (corner rounder)


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Cards | Celebrate…Happy Birthday

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Designer Deena Ziegler is here today with a card that shows blocking taken to a whole new level!

Deena used blocking on this card to create distinct areas for two different sentiment phrases on the front of the card, allowing them to co-exist in the design without seeming to compete with each other. The longer sentiment got a larger, more elaborate mounting block, while the simpler sentiment (happy birthday) got a smaller, simpler background block. This also helped the card’s balance by giving the eye someplace to rest that wasn’t too busy.

Supplies | Cardstock: Bazzill. Die Cuts: Sizzix. Stamp: Stampin’ Up!. Twine: May Arts. Patterned Paper: October Afternoon. Rhinestones & buttons: unknown. Pen: EK Success. Ink: Ranger.

Designer: Deena Ziegler

Deena Ziegler has been a crafter for as long as she can remember. Her Mom, Grandma, and Aunts were always crafting up some project and they were happy to teach her everything they knew. Baking, sewing, needlework, you name it, they did it! As a young mom Deena became a professional crafter, and now she works at Sizzix as a Craft Designer, teaches card making classes, teaches online at My Creative Classroom, and owns and operates a small card kit business – and she blogs all about it. Deena enjoys finding ways to be creative in daily life by repurposing, giving handmade and creating with her daughters.


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Thank You Sew Much

card annex thanks and birthday

Sometimes you can take your design inspiration from your sentiment stamp. Designer Sharon Callis’s sentiment stamp for this card provided not only an obvious theme but also a style as well for the card.

Thanks Sew Much (Slant) (545x400)

The vintage look of the sentiment set the tone for the materials, and then Sharon carried the theme through with basic elements that create a unified look: the paper with stitching on it, machine stitching, and buttons. It only took a few elements to establish the theme, and the card maintains a simple elegance.

Supplies | Card Blank: docrafts (6×6). Patterned Paper: DCWV (Home Spun Stack). Punch: EK Success (Round Flower Layering). Adhesive: Xyron (150 X). Stamp: Cardmaking & Papercraft (Sew Pretty). Buttons: unknown. Thread: Gutterman (green, brown).

Designer: Sharon Callis

Sharon Callis lives in Ireland and has been a crafter for over twenty years.  In 2011, Sharon was named ‘Cardmaker of the Year’ by Cardmaking and Papercraft/ Quick Cards made Easy’ Magazines in the UK. Sharon’s work has been featured in publications such as Creative Cardmaking, Papercraft Essential, Create and Craft TV, Cardmaking and Papercraft as well as on various craft companies Facebook pages and blogs. She currently designs for Xyron, gel-a-tins and Little Yellow Bicycle. In addition to her passion for papercrafts, Sharon also likes to do a wide variety of crafts: knit, sew, cross stitch, machine embroider, plastic canvas, costume design, woodcraft, dollshouse miniatures, sketching, home decor, model making and baking. To learn more about her,visit her blog.


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Sandy’s Effects On The Scrapbook Industry

The northeast U.S. coast was hit hard by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. Dubbed “Superstorm Sandy” by meteorologists, the storm has devastated parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and adjoining states.

Several large scrapbook industry companies are based in the affected area.

Craft & Hobby Association (Elmwood Park, NJ): According to their Facebook page, their offices are closed through today (11/2). Their staff also does not have access to email according to their website. For updates, check their Facebook page.

Due to the widespread power outages from the storm, CHA is extending the deadline to register for the workshop lottery for CHA Winter 2013 through 5pm ET Thursday, November 8th. Conference Program Registration for CHA Winter 2013 has also been delayed and will now open at 11am ET on Tuesday, November 13th.

EK Success (Clifton, NJ): As of yesterday, EK Success was open and operating, with the assistance of the children of their employees! They reported on their Facebook account that they were hosting their employees’ children, who were out of school due to the storm, so their parents could continue working. Check out their Facebook page for a photo of their impromptu kid’s crafts party!

Ranger (Tinton Falls, NJ): Tim Holtz reported on his blog on Wednesday (10/31) that the power was back on at Ranger on Wednesday (10/31), and some employees had returned to work.  Ranger’s blog that same day said everyone was safe as far as the company knew, but were dealing with the after effects of the storm.

Of course, the area is also home to many small retailers as well. Some of them reported in on Scrapbook Update’s Facebook page:

  • Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair, NJ is open!! No credit card system as of today [11/1] still, but hopefully the Internet and phone will be working soon!” — Aubrey Cece
  • “Hey there! Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT is back open for business.” — Tracie Larson
  • “We were very lucky in MD. We were south just far enough. Lots of rain but not much flooding. Business as usual at Photo Scraps in Eldersburg, MD.” — Tracy Beck

Hurricane Sandy has seriously impacted the country’s blood supply as the Red Cross has been forced to cancel blood drives in 14 states due to the disaster, and these cancellations are likely to continue for some time. The shortage of platelets is especially critical as these blood products have a shelf life of only 5 days. Please make an appointment today to donate blood or platelets to maintain the nation’s blood supply. You could save a life! 

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Winners | French General by Jolee’s Boutique

It’s time to announce the winners from last week’s giveaway! Two Scrapbook Update readers are winning some of the hot new French General collection from Jolee’s Boutique by EK Success to play with!

And the lucky winners are….

The winner of Package #1 is Becky J (MplsBetty), who posted:

Just saw these at Michael’s. Love it.

The winner of Package #2 is Heather Beasley, who posted:

I am lovin’ all the new Jolees. These are going to be a hit!

Congratulations to Heather and Becky! You will get an email in a moment with instructions on collecting your prize! Thanks for reading Scrapbook Update!

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