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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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Craft Month Q&A: Lain Ehmann

Almost none of us come to scrapbooking as “crafting virgins”. Many of us were crafting from childhood, and as scrapbookers, continue to engage in other crafts as well – and even to incorporate those crafts into our scrapbooking. So, for National Craft Month, Scrapbook Update has decided to talk to some scrapbookers about their “other” craft loves. (Would you like to be the subject of one of these Q & A’s? Visit the Scrapbook Update Editorial Calls page!)

Lain Ehmann is the co-founder of Ella Publishing and a former contributing editor at Simple Scrapbooks. She’s the author of the book Snippets: Mostly True Tales from the Lighter Side of Scrapbooking, and currently blogs at Five Things.

Lain’s love of knitting is well-known – her blog URL is actually “” – which makes her the perfect scrapbooker to ask about her love of crafting to kick off our National Craft Month Q&A series!

What was the first craft you ever remember doing? At what age? And what got you started?

I have lots of crafting memories! One of the very first is when my mom used to help me make paper dolls from the Sears catalog, and then I’d cut out tons of outfits for them… We’d select a face we liked from the models in the catalog and then I’d go to town. I tried to get my own daughters interested in this DIY activity, but they just looked at me like I was nuts. They’re spoiled with the readily available fancy graphics on the computer!

Can you name all the crafts you have tried as hobbies?

This is in no particular order….

  • Calligraphy
  • Crochet
  • Knitting
  • Stamp carving
  • Scrapbooking
  • Sewing
  • Embroidery
  • Card-making
  • Collage/art journaling
  • Painting
  • Sketching

This doesn’t count the activities I bought supplies for but never actually attempted!

What crafts do you currently do?

  • Knitting
  • Scrapbooking
  • Card-making

I’ve taken a break from sewing but will get back into it soon! We moved recently and I haven’t had a chance to get all my goodies unpacked. 🙂

What other crafts have you incorporated into your scrapbooking?

I’ve sewn some on pages, and I once knit a mini-sock that I included on the page… but pretty much scrapping is scrapping! I do use the leftovers for my card-making, though.

What is your favorite craft & why?

Scrapbooking, definitely! It’s so versatile — I can document my other crafts if I like. It’s also relaxing for me, and a way of being creative without having a particularly artistic bone in my body. And the paper… ahhh! I love the ability to combine photos with stories (my love of writing, you know). And my family can enjoy it, too.


Introducing Paperclipping Roundtable!

It’s time to share the new Paperclipping Roundtable with the world!

We’ve made a few changes from the previous Paperclipping Newsbreak show. As the name suggests, the show each week will now be a panel discussion similar to the one we taped at CHA-Summer in Orlando. That episode was incredibly popular with our fans (and incredibly fun to tape) so we hope that everyone will love the new format.

Noell Hyman and I will be on the panel each week. A third panelist slot will rotate between Ana Cabrera, Lain Ehmann and Angie Lucas (and probably a fourth person to be named later). Then each week we will also welcome a guest for an interview segment.

Unfortunately, due to the technical difficulty of taping all of these participants, the show taping will no longer be able to be streamed live. But the audience will be able to continue to participate through the viewer mail segment and by submitting questions in advance for the interview segment.

The first episode is available now! It features our first guest Stacy Julian joining Noell, Ana and I for our discussion.

Stacy Julian is, of course, the co-founder of Big Picture Scrapbooking and the founding editor of Simple Scrapbooks magazine.

To listen to this week’s episode, you can click here.



Lain Ehmann departs Ella Publishing

E-book publisher Ella Publishing announced today that founder Lain Ehmann has left the company. Co-founder Angie Lucas will take over Ehmann’s role as CEO of Ella, combining that title with her previous title of president. Ehmann had been CEO of Ella since it’s founding last year.

Ehmann is transitioning to the role of an “Ella Friend,” the advisory board that assists Ella, and will no longer hold an ownership stake in the company. Ehmann was previously a Contributing Editor at Simple Scrapbooks magazine and is the author of Snippets: Mostly True Tales from the Lighter Side of Scrapbooking.

Although Ehmann indicated on her blog that she is leaving Ella due to the pressures on her family of working in a start-up company, she told Scrapbook Update that her fans will still see plenty of her. She will continue with Write.Click.Scrapbook, her Layout A Day challenge, her blog, and says she may even revive her podcast. In addition, The Scrap Review announced today that Ehmann has joined their staff of reporters. Scrapbook Update has also extended an open invitiation to Ehmann to repeat her guest appearance from late last year.

Ehmann will also continue as part of the new Paperclipping Roundtable podcast that is in the process of launching, along with Noell Hyman, Angie Lucas, Ana Cabrera, and Scrapbook Update’s editor, Nancy Nally.

To help fill the hole created by Ehmann’s departure, Wendy Smedley is joining Ella Publishing. Smedley was the Creative Editor at Simple Scrapbooks magazine for eight years and is the author of three books: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Scrapbooking, The Organized & Inspired Scrapbooker, and a title coming in fall 2010.