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Project | Travel Album: Going Places

In my usual efficient (not) scrappy way, I am finally getting around to putting together a travel album for the trip that I took in January to Germany for the CreativeWorld trade show. It’s a daunting task, since I took about 900 photos over 7 days (two of which were travel days spent on planes, of course).

With that many photos, and the speed at which I create (molasses) I know the only hope I have of getting all of them in an album is to use a Project Life type pocket scrapbook. I’m starting the album by creating my first page, a layout about my prep and flight over. Later, when the album is complete and I see what it ends up looking like, I’ll make a title page for it that ties together the style of the whole thing.

I bought several kits of journal cards to use in the album because I have a lot of different types of photos to scrap: ultra modern convention center, historic tourist pictures, and random travel stuff. For this starter layout, I primarily used the very graphic designs of the Urban Traveler collection by Simple Stories, but there are also several other designs worked in as well.

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Baby Cards with Simple Stories Hello Baby!

You may have noticed we are trying some new things at Scrapbook Update lately. Welcome to one of my favorite new features that I hope you’ll like: the card theme of the month! Throughout the month, you’ll see several articles containing cards built around the same theme. For the feature’s debut month, the theme is baby cards!

The brand new collection “Hello Baby” from Simple Stories is a perfect choice for making cards with. The 6 x 6 paper pad has great small patterns that are nicely scaled for card elements, and the chipboard and stickers offer great options to work with for embellishing.

My first card is a bit “shabby country”. The doily was inspired by one of the collection’s prints that uses a doily in it. The chicken wire stencil detail is an example of why I don’t stick things down right away. I had all of the elements – the doily, the title block, the chipboard word, the butterfly – arranged and was staring at the card. It needed something more, but not too much.

A stencil for some added texture on the wood paper seemed like just the right amount of detail, adding something visually without being too heavy. Using the stencil with some Distress Ink and the Ranger ink blending tool allowed me to fade out the edges of the design to soften it.

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Update | 4.28.2014 – Graphic45 Halloween, Pink Paislee digital, New SImple Stories

Here in Florida, spring is over and the summer heat is upon us while the rest of the country enjoys beautiful spring days. This is when you pay us all back for our beautiful winters!

Lots of mid-season releases are rolling in…let’s take a look at a few!

I’m pretty sure that Graphic45 wins the prize for the earliest release of a Halloween collection in 2014. Their new collection “An Eerie Tale” will be shipping to stores in May, featuring traditional black, orange, green and purple with their signature detailed vintage look:

Graphic45 An Eerie TaleIn addition to the Graphic45 Halloween line, the company is also debuting a travel-themed collection called “Come Away With Me”. That collection will feature shades of blue, coral and brown with motifs for all different modes of travel, heavily featuring maps and vintage transportation modes. Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show 2014 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks

It’s that time again – time to name the hottest brands from the CHA Mega Show 2014 in Anaheim last month!

This time around, several themes seemed to emerge as I assembled the list, themes that were evident in the show in general. Most notable perhaps was the large influx of truly quality new exhibitors, a group of which the show hasn’t seen like this in years. Another recurring theme, that was evident again and again on the show floor, was of companies who have remade themselves after challenges the past few years and are rising again creatively. Together, these two phenomena combined to lend an air of positivity and optimism to the show.

So, without further ado…here’s the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks from the CHA Mega Show!

Brother Scan-n-Cut

Brother Scan-n-Cut

This machine has been taking the crafting world by storm in 2014, winning first the Innovations award at the CHA Mega Show and then Tool of the Year at Creativeworld in Frankfurt less than two weeks later. Scan-N-Cut enters a crowded, competitive market for digital diecutting that already featured at least four major competitors duking it out, but the machine’s unique ability to cut whatever it sees on a piece of paper is garnering it a closer look from crafters. Continue Reading →

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MemoryWorks To Cease Direct Sales Operations

MemoryWorks, the direct sales company that gave birth to wholesaler Simple Stories, has announced that it will be ceasing operations effective December 31st.

The company was founded in 2002 by Kevin and Amber Crowell, and carried a range of products from My Mind’s Eye, Fancy Pants, Echo Park, BoBunny, Teresa Collins, American Crafts, Bella Blvd, and a host of other companies. The 2009 release to MemoryWorks customers of an exclusive in-house pocket scrapbooking collection, the same year that Project 365 and Project Life also grabbed the imagination of scrapbook consumers with pocket scrapbooking, catapulted the company in a whole new direction. “Life Documented by Simple Stories” was a massive success and lead the company to launch the Simple Stories wholesale line in 2010. Since then, MemoryWorks has increasingly lived in the shadow of the explosive success of Simple Stories, which quickly became one of the industry’s juggernauts, riding the wave of consumer passion for pocket scrapbooking. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: Simple Stories

This time around I’m doing something a bit different with the CHA Hot Pick list. Instead of giving the ten Hot Picks to my readers in one huge overwhelming chunk, I’m going to give you one pick per article for each of the ten picks. At the end, I’ll publish a summary list for easy reference of all ten. This will allow me to bring you more information about each of the Hot Picks, and also bring them to you faster!

So here are the hot picks for CHA Summer 2013 (aka Create-n-Connect), in no particular order…

Hot Pick: Simple Stories

This pick was an easy one to make. Simple Stories was the top vote getter in our pre-show Sneak Peeks survey, and it was the name I heard over and over again talking to show attendees about what they liked. Simple Stories did a huge release for this show: Four collections of 12×12 papers and elements plus their matching SN@P! system accessories, along with albums and page protectors.

For all those summer days in the sun, Simple Stories has a new collection called “I {heart} Summer”. Created from bright colors like yellow, red, and turquoise, and grounded with deep shades of brown, the collection features summer icons like bicycles, ice cream, clouds, surf boards, and flip flops.

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