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Noteworthy | 8.21.2012

Today there’s a Noteworthy product sneak, a new event announcement, some great statistics, and some fun links!

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the new iteration of Noteworthy on Scrapbook Update! Instead of bringing a huge round-up to you once a week on Fridays, I’m going to start bringing Noteworthy to you in smaller pieces more frequntly. Scrapbook Update’s readers will receive more news faster that way, and in more manageable chunks. I hope that you like this latest effort to improve Scrapbook Update’s offerings to its readership! –Nancy]

Carina Gardner let Carta Bella fans in on a sneak peek at the company’s October 2012 release when she showed a project in progress on her blog the other day:

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Noteworthy | 5.25.2012

Welcome to a holiday weekend edition of Noteworthy! This week I’ve got some new collections, a big sale, some eye candy, and some food for thought to share with you. That’s a lot to cover, so let’s get started!

The mid release announcements were still coming this week! Echo Park announced a total of 3 new collections for their June release: So Happy Together, Homemade, and School Days.

So Happy Together is a full collection designed by Deena Rutter, with 12 double-sided patterned papers, 3 double-sided solid papers, and two sheets of stickers. It is also available in a 6×6 paper pad.

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Check out May’s new book, Scrapbook Workshop!

We are so happy and excited to share with our Scrapbook Update readers that Contributing Editor May Flaum has authored another book!

May’s new book from Memory Makers is called Scrapbook Workshop: The Best Techniques From Your Favorite Scrapbook Bloggers. It features May along with 25 of the industry’s most amazingly creative bloggers showcasing their favorite techniques through tutorials and layouts. Both digital and paper techniques are included, so there is something for everyone no matter what kind of scrapbooker you are! Scrapbook Workshop is available in print, Kindle, and iBook versions.

Among the bloggers featured in the book are Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, Katie Pertiet, Tammy Tutterow, Wendy Vecchi, Doris Sander, Sharyn Tormanen, Debbie Hodge, Becky Olsen, and Dina Wakely, along with a host of other familiar and not-so-familiar names.

And there’s another reason we’re excited around here, because Scrapbook Update Contributing Writer Melissa Stinson is one of the book’s featured bloggers as well! I’m so inspired to try out her fun technique from the book after reading it just now!

Congrats to May and to Melissa on this big accomplishment for both of them!

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Paperclipping Roundtable #71: For Big Scrapbooking Projects (And Grocery Lists)

This time around, the Roundtable was joined by Angie Lucas and Scrapbook Update’s own Melissa Stinson to talk about how to tackle planning for large scrapbooking projects (and because it wouldn’t be the Roundtable without a rabbit hole or two, we threw in a few grocery shopping tips while we were at it).


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Melissa Stinson Joins Scrapbook Update as Contributor

Today I get to do something that is my absolute favorite part of my job as Scrapbook Update’s editor. I get to tell all of my readers about a very talented woman who I believe has a lot to contribute to the scrapbook industry. Her name is Melissa Stinson, and she is not only talented, she is also Scrapbook Update’s newest Contributing Writer.

Melissa has been a dedicated scrapbooker for 13 years, and is also an avid photographer. Her scrapbooking, a combination of orderly paper & photo elements and more organic embellishment arrangements, can only be called eclectic because of the way that it combines various different style elements.

Although this may be the first time that you’ve heard Melissa’s name, it won’t be the last. She was just named to the design team at Counterfeit Kit Club Challenge, and has several other (still-secret) design gigs coming up in the near future.

Melissa, who lives in Alabama with her husband, is definitely a scrapbooking geek girl. She calls herself “scrappyjedi” online, combining her love of scrapbooking with her love of all things Star Wars, Dr. Who and Stargate. She even has a geek job, as a software engineer. Oh, and don’t even think about getting in between Melissa and her patterned paper: She also has a second degree black belt in Taekwondo.

At Scrapbook Update, Melissa will serve to bring to the table more of a consumer voice on industry issues – an important perspective in an industry that is ultimately catering to consumers. She’ll also be writing product reviews, and has a great eye for spotting trends that she’ll share with our readers.

We’re very excited to welcome Melissa to Scrapbook Update! If you’d like to learn more about her, you can visit her personal blog or follow her on Twitter. If you’d like to contact Melissa, she can also be emailed at

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