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House of 3 Shutting Down

In a move that surprised most in the scrapbooking world, House of 3 announced via their blog Monday that they are shutting down the popular scrapbook design collaboration.

House of 3 was founded in 2009 by Janet Hopkins, Heidi Swapp and Rhonna Farrer. The company originally sold only digital products through their website. At CHA Summer 2010, House of 3 expanded into paper production when it launched a licensed line of products with Pink Paislee. House of 3 has produced three total collections with Pink Paislee: Parisian Anthology launched at CHA Summer 2010, and Daily JunqueSoiree launched at CHA Winter 2011.

Co-founder Rhonna Farrer had already announced on her blog three weeks ago that she was departing House of 3. Following her departure, the remaining co-founders decided not to continue House of 3, resulting in Monday’s announcement.

The House of 3 website will be available through May 31st, 2011 so that the company’s digital customers may secure all of their purchased downloads. Their digital store will be holding a 50% off sale through May 8th so that House of 3 fans may make last-minute purchases before the company’s digital products are retired from public sale.

Paper forms of House of 3 products will continue to be available from Pink Paislee through 2o12. House of 3 designer Rhonna Farrer told Scrapbook Update that House of 3′s Pink Paislee released lines moving forward will be already created designs previously available only in digital from House of 3.

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Pink Paislee to Market House of Three Collection

Pink Paislee announced this week that they will soon be bringing to market the first line of physical products from digital design studio House of Three.

House of Three was founded in 2009 by well-known designers Janet Hopkins, Heidi Swapp, and Rhonna Farrer.  Until now, the trio have been producing digital products in their signature retro/vintage style and selling them through their website.

The new House of Three collection for Pink Paislee will be called Parisian Anthology. It is being described by Pink Paislee as including “designer ink resist papers, brooch brads, polymer clear stamps, printed corrugate shapes, and several unique embellishments designed with crafters in mind.”

The two companies say they have been collaborating since early 2010 on the upcoming collection.

House of Three co-founder Janet Hopkins explained the group’s new venture into physical products:

Our customers have been requesting physical products from us ever since the inception of our digital site and we think now is a good time for us to infuse our vibe into a craft collection for retailers everywhere.  We could not be more excited about this new venture!

Rebecca Cross, owner of Pink Paislee, is enthusiastic about the collaboration between the two companies:

We wanted to introduce their sophisticated “design district” style to the everyday scrapbook enthusiast. We are very excited about adding this Parisian inspired collection to our growing family of products and we welcome the chance to work with this extremely talented group of women!

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My Hybrid Valentine

With less than a week before Valentine’s Day it would be easy to admit defeat and not do anything special for loved ones, but before you do that I ask that you reconsider and instead try working some hybrid magic. Hybrid crafting, or incorporating digital products into your paper crafting, is becoming more popular, and I remain a big fan!

Before you worry about Photoshop and your lack of digital know-how, let me tell you my favorite trick: I open up Microsoft Word, insert the images I want to use, resize them as needed, and click print. In under five minutes, you can be on your way to paper bliss.

For the projects shown here, I used the lace border set, word art kit, and the backgrounds kit by Rhonna Farrer at House of 3. I really like all of her 2010 Valentine releases, but these products were the ones I knew I could use over and over for sure. After selecting these products to work with, I decided I wanted to pick one other main element to work with: doilies. They have long been a favorite of mine, and lately they seem to be coming back into fashion. So I dug into my stash and pulled out a package.

I printed a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 patterned paper (parts of which can be seen peeking out from my folded doily) in addition to printing out the valentine sentiment on a sheet of vellum. I also inked my folded doily (with worn lipstick distress ink) to add some color and detail before I stitched on the vellum sentiment on the bottom and two sides. Doing this created a pocket and secured the vellum. Now I can tuck love notes inside and give it away!

I liked my folded doily pocket idea so much that I made a second one. This time, I used it as a gift card holder and I added some accents as well. A major selling point for digital products like this word art kit is that I can use it for cards or other items I need to make multiples of with ease.

If you find an idea that works well, why not stick with it? I decided to try and convert my basic idea to a traditional card format:

I used a piece of patterned paper (digital – printed onto white cardstock) as well as some rhinestone brads and pink tulle for this simple card, and I’m happy with the results. None of these projects would take more than 15 minutes to recreate, and they are really budget friendly as well.

Of course my true test of digital products like these that are so strongly themed is “can I use it for other stuff too?” and the answer here is a huge yes! To show you what I mean, I’ve created this layout (doily and all!) to illustrate my point:

I re-colored the patterned paper (pink one) and then layered on some brushes and one of the fabulous word art titles as well and printed onto cardstock. I trimmed off the excess paper (to a finished size of about 8×8) and placed it on a sheet of die cut patterned paper from The Girls’ Paperie. From there it was fun and easy – just adding some stitching, a few fun accents, my doily, bits of patterned paper left over from my digital printouts, and before I knew it I had a layout all finished.

For your boyfriend or mom, favorite aunt or dear friend, any project you put a few minutes of hand crafted love into is sure to be well received. If you make the most of your paper stash and combine a bit of digital goodness you can have unique cards, layouts, home decor, and so much more in less time than it would take to watch your favorite TV show.

Before I head off to make some more love inspired creations I have some more digital product suggestions to check out this Valentine’s Day:

Katie Pertiet at Designer Digitals has been prolific in her offerings this year. A favorite pick of mine is these lovely photo masks.

Melissa Esplin has a font called Classy Cupid that I’ve fallen in love with.

Betsy Tuma has a free kit available at Two Peas that’s perfect for so many love filled projects.

Ali Edwards for Designer Digitals has these love embellishments that would be fantastic for so many projects and layouts.

I hope you too embrace this opportunity to spread happiness and love to all those that mean the most to you. If you’re interested in learning more about working digital scrapbook products into your traditional scrapbook pages, I invite you to check out my on-line six week workshop that starts in just two weeks at Big Picture Scrapbooking.

Until next time – happy {hybrid} crafting!

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CHA-Winter 2010 Color Palette Predictions

CHA-Winter 2010 will be here in less than three weeks! And the big question is, what will the major show trends be?

One major trend indicator to watch at each show is what the color palette is. The dominant color palette is a good way to judge what direction the style trends are moving, since certain colors will be associated with certain styles.

Twice a year, Pantone issues color trend forecasts for the upcoming fall or spring fashion season. These trends aren’t always carried into the scrapbook market, since the colors don’t always translate to the needs of scrapbookers. (neon scrapbook paper, anyone?) Pantone’s Spring 2010 color forecast looks like this:

The background on the graphic is all turquoise because Pantone has declared that 2010 is the year of turquoise. Scrapbook Update Contributing Writer May Flaum and Rhonna Farrer both wrote on their blogs agreeing with Pantone’s forecast, and the early peeks from CHA-Winter 2010 are in fact heavy on turquoise.

So what other colors will we be seeing alongside turquoise? Here’s a few predictions, based on fashion in stores, Pantone, and the early sneak peeks:

  • Navy Blue: Brown will be replaced as the dominant neutral by the warmer and richer navy blue. In fact, all the blue tones will be warmer and richer, in contrast to the past several years of more grey or baby blue tones.
  • Lavender/Violet: Purple will be making a comeback in lighter tones.
  • Red: Rich, vibrant reds will be a popular accent color. Spring/summer reds will be brighter than the cranberries that we saw for the holiday lines.
  • Earthy Greens: Green tones will be even more earthy, vintage and grey in nature than the subdued tones we already saw dominate the holiday lines for 2009.
  • Candy Pink: The innocent, happy look of candy pink is back strong.
  • Lemon Yellow: Another bright, happy color tone that is back for summer and to provide a lift to people.

What does this palette look like in action?

Melody Ross’s Homespun Chic line for GCD Studios incorporates a lot of this color palette:

Kaisercraft’s upcoming Gypsy Sisters collection is also a good example of the trendy palette in action:

Many of the other lines that have already been sneaked also feature touches of many of these colors. Some even feature them as dominant themes, like the Independence line from GCD Studios, which heavily features a deep rich navy blue:

So, that is just a sample of the rainbow that CHA will be bringing our way for spring and summer 2010!

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