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Update | Pantone, Etsy, Pinterest, Jobs, Calls & More!

The summer shows are over, and it’s hard to believe it but the industry is already ramping up for Christmas and winter shows. Where did 2016 go?

Consolidating. Canvas Corp has announced that the 7 Gypsies and Tattered Angels brands have been consolidated under the single company of Canvas Corp. The three brands were previously separate companies. All of the brands will continue to be marketed, but can now be ordered together from one company.

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Expanding. Project Life founder Becky Higgins has announced the launch of a new brand called “HOME by Becky Higgins“. The lifestyle brand is launching with an initial product offering of four designs of all-occasion premium wrapping paper. Although she’s known professionally for her work in the scrapbooking industry, Becky’s popular blog often features her home and her style is frequently the subject of admiring comments and questions from readers. Higgins’ move is not unprecedented – it takes place against a backdrop of a changing scrapbook market in recent years that has sent many of the major scrapbook segment companies (such as My Minds Eye, Teresa Collins, Heidi Swapp, and American Crafts) looking for new markets in markets like stationery, party goods, and lifestyle products.

Launching. Ali Edwards will be launching pre-orders for 2016 December Daily kits on September 1st. The designer reveal will begin next Monday, on August 22nd. (Hmm, maybe I should finally finish that 2013 album….)

Mobilizing. Pantone has launched a new iOS app called PANTONE Studio. The app takes mobile the ability to build and share color palettes using Pantone color tools, and apply colors to various designs and surfaces as a visualization tool. Users can also access Pantone trend information. A free limited version of the app is available, or the full version can be purchased for $7.99/month or $59.99 for an entire year.

Linking. Etsy is partnering with Intuit to offer a special Etsy version of Quickbooks Self-employed. Etsy storeowners will be able to download their Etsy sales, as well as transactions from other providers such as Square and Paypal, directly into the accounting software. The software will be available the first year for $5/month, or for $12/month with a TurboTax bundle.

Curating. Pinterest announced some feature changes to its site design today, including a new preferences setting that will allow users to stop the presence of “Picked for You” pins in their feeds. Pinterest, in their announcement, said this feature was added at the request of users. Personally I find the “Picked for You” pins to be a great way to find interesting content, but it seems that a vocal segment of Pinterest users disagree. If a large portion of Pinterest users take advantage of this new feature, it could impact site traffic and account growth for users whose pins are favored by the Picked for You engine.

Changing. Instagram’s new Stories feature has a lot of users wondering what to make of it. Abby Glassenberg of While She Naps has an interesting perspective on exactly how disruptive Stories is to the direction of Instagram.

Sharing. I’m pleased to announce that I will be serving another term on the design team at the Layout-A-Week blog run by Jennifer Priest. My first layout of the new term is a summer garden layout featuring Simple Stories and Quick Quotes products.

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Events, part 1. Registration is open for the Designer Day portion of Bella Blvd’s event in Milwaukee on October 20th. Workshops may be purchased ala carte from a schedule that includes Shanna Noel, Jill from Jillibean Soup, and Julie Johnson.

Events, part 2. Prima is launching a planner line, and they are having an event in Temecula, California to celebrate. Tickets are $120 per person for the October 15th event, and include a goodie bag with a planner, a workshop, lunch, demos, and more.

Events, part 3. Altitude Summit, the popular social media and blogger conference for creatives, has a call for speakers out for its 2017 event. The conference will take place in Palm Springs, California from January 31st to February 3rd, 2017, a week after Creativation (and overlapping with Creativeworld).

Returning. The Craft & Hobby Association is advertising a list of previous exhibitors that will be returning to the winter show (now named Creativation) after a break that includes Darice, Walnut Hollow, Coats and Clark, Springs Creative, TrimCraft, Modern Store Fixtures, Prym Consumer USA, and Crescent Cardboard.

Jobs. The following craft industry positions are currently advertised as available:

Calls. The following calls for designers are currently open:

Moving. My company Nally Studios has moved business locations and has a new address. Please contact me by email at if you need our updated address information.


Update | Chameleon Pens, Handmade at Amazon, New Books, much more!

There’s tons of great  – and even industry changing – news this week! Let’s dive in!

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Kickstarter. Chameleon Art Products, which has been getting notice for its self-blending pen products, has launched a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign aimed at funding an expansion of its color palette. Chameleon’s current palette is 20 colors. With Kickstarter support, Chameleon is planning to add 20 more colors plus 5 skin tones and 5 gray tones to the palette, more than doubling the company’s offerings. The campaign has raised raised over $73,000 from 669  donors, far exceeding its posted target of $25,000. Supporters can still get in on the offering until October 30th.

For those unfamiliar with Kickstarter, it is an online crowdfunding app for creative businesses. Companies or individuals can make an offering where users get certain benefits for pledging certain amounts of money if the Kickstarter meets its funding goal and goes live. In Chameleon’s case, Kickstarter contributors will receive various products for various contribution levels, beginning at a single pen for a $5 contribution, and going all the way up to a contribution of $499, which will get you the complete line of Chameleon products. Continue Reading →


Scrapbook Soup | Instagram Layouts, Part 2 [Giveaway]

And we’re back with the second part of my up close and personal look at my layouts from my Instagram segment for the new season of Scrapbook Soup!

Since Instagrams are square, they lend themselves perfectly to making grids. Before stitching, I measured and drew my grid very lightly in pencil. When I was done stitching, I erased with a white eraser in any areas where the pencil line was too dark and was visible through the zig-zag stitch.

For this grid layout, I combined an assortment of photos from the entire month. It provides a good overview of the high points of our month for May. There’s my birthday, our family time on my husband’s weekend visits, my daughter giving thumbs down in the dressing room to something while going birthday shopping for her…

I filled the leftover empty spaces in the grid with vignettes that I created (with the exception of the title block) with a recipe of patterned paper, a text element, and a chipboard element. All the major elements are from collections – the patterned paper is all from a Maggie Holmes paper pad, and the chipboard is from the Color Magic collection by Heidi Swapp. Each element also has some Recollections pearls added to tie them all together as well.

The edges of the patterned paper blocks are edged in white paint with a dry brush technique that I used a make-up sponge to apply. It softens the harsh line of the grid and ties the white stitching to the blocks a bit. It also mimics the vignetting on the edges of most of the Instagram pictures.

The label next to the big blue butterfly is from Martha Stewart’s line for Avery, which is a Staples exclusive. I have a big basket of those labels in my drawer right next to me when I’m working and I use them a lot!

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It’s Scrapbook Soup Week!

This week on Scrapbook Update, we are going to celebrate the start of the new season of the PBS series Scrapbook Soup, which will be coming this month to PBS stations across the country!

This season, for the second time, I was honored to contribute to Scrapbook Soup. I took part in two different segments that you’ll see on the upcoming 3rd season.

Visiting the KS Productions studios outside Cleveland, Ohio is always a lot of fun – it’s a chance to see industry friends, and get a sneak peek at what they are doing on the show for the new season. Lots of laughs are had – along with some more serious talk too.

I shared my scheduled taping day with this lovely group of ladies – Ronda Palazzari, Ali Edwards, Kelly Purkey, and Kim Hupke from Spellbinders.

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