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A Summer Fresh Thank You!

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Doesn’t this card make you just want to run outside and have a picnic in the sunshine? Designer Evgenia Petzer’s thank you card is a fabulous example of the ease and convenience of working with coordinates to create a flawlessly put-together card. Besides the Simple Stories coordinates, the only other supplies needed to complete this card were a sentiment stamp and some ink. If you have collection kits sitting around half-used, this should inspire you to pull them out and use them up!

Once you have coordinates to work with as the base of your design, a few details can go a long way in creating a finished piece. For this card, Evgenia pulled out a tool that is a staple for many card makers: her sewing machine. A few stitched borders and a single row of decorative zig zag stitching turn this card into a pulled-together work of art. The red stitching fits the country theme perfectly.

Supplies | Patterned Papers & Stickers: Simple Stories (Summer Fresh). Stamps: SP & Company. Ink: Tsukineko Versafine, Papertrey Ink. Other: Sewing Machine and thread.

Designer: Evgenia Petzer

Evgenia Petzer is from Russia. She describes South Africa, where she moved about 2 years ago, as “the most beautiful country that I have ever seen” where she can enjoy the sun almost every day. Evgenia has a 4 year old son, that is her inspiration. She started as a scrapbooker, but now mainly creates cards in her signature  detailed, romantic style. Currently, Evgenia designs for Melissa Frances, Tattered Angels, Bo Bunny Designs, OUAS blog and a SOE kit club, and also works part time as a child & family photographer. To learn more about her, check out her personal blog.


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CHA Summer 2012 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

Some shows there’s so much buzz about specific products that the Hot Picks practically write themselves. This show, however, the standouts were more difficult to pick out from a solid field of offerings at a quiet show in Chicago. But after much consideration, and some difficult decisions about some eliminations to get the list to only ten, here’s the Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks List for CHA Summer 2012:

Martha Stewart Adhesive Silk Screens by Plaid

I knew as soon as I saw (and tried) this product that it would be a hot pick! These silkscreens are an extension of Plaid’s fabulous line of Martha Stewart acrylic paints and adhesive stencils – and the silkscreens really impress.

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Noteworthy | 4.06.2012

Welcome to the first edition of Noteworthy by Nancy! May has decided to retire her Noteworthy hat, so I’m taking over to make sure that Scrapbook Update still brings you all the highlights of the scrapbook industry happenings each week.

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been long enough since CHA in January that we are starting to see announcements about mid-release collections. This week brought a whole new stack of releases that will be hitting store shelves soon, as well as a few other fun bits and pieces!

Teresa Collins made several big announcements this week! The first announcement was a mid-release line for spring called Sweet Afternoon. In contrast to the bold colors in most of her recent lines, this new release is created in delicate pastels.

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Paperclipping Roundtable # 91: Scrapbooking The Military

This week we were joined at the table by military wives Stephanie Howell and Elizabeth Dillow, to talk about military scrapbooking and scrapbooking while your loved one is far away.

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Operation Clean Slate: Let’s Get Started!

2011 is winding down and soon it will be 2012. Most of us will probably start the new year off by making resolutions, some scrapbook related, and many of us are already planning scrapbook projects that will span 2012.

But, as we look forward, we have to admit that there is something holding us back: this year’s unfinished projects. Whether it is a Project Life album we didn’t keep up with, or a Big Picture class like One Little Word, or another creative project that we tasked ourselves to complete in 2011 and haven’t, it weighs on our mind and creates guilt and leaves a sense of failure already hanging over us as we try to embark on next year’s projects.

Unless, of course…we come up with a way to finish them or get them off of our mind. Which is why this week Scrapbook Update is launching Operation Clean Slate. It’s all about closing out 2011 with a finished project and a clear mind!

So let’s get started!

Each week, we’ll try to move a bit closer to completing something, and to letting go of the rest – to creating a clean slate for 2012. I know this is a busy time of year so we’ll take it slow and try to create doable tasks. Remember, the goal of this is not to commit to a huge project. The goal is to do something manageable and then give yourself permission to let go of what is not possible to complete, to let go of the massive pressures that we put on ourselves to be superhuman. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2011 | Hero Arts, Unity Stamp, Lifestyle Crafts, Simple Stories, and Uniformed Scrapbooks of America

Scrapbook Update’s last booth coverage post from CHA Summer 2011 brings you not one, not three, but six manufacturers and their new products!! So buckle up for the blitz tour of the CHA floor!

I’ll start off this last segment of our CHA booth tour with a trip to see the new Hero Arts stamp offerings. Their newly announced partnership with Studio Calico was of course the buzz of the show, and by the looks of these fantastic stamp designs both companies have a hit on their hands!

There was alos excitement at the show over Hero Arts introducing new lines of embossing folders with matching stamps (below) and dies with matching stamps (not pictured).

The Basic Grey/Hero Arts partnership that began at the CHA Winter 2011 show is still going strong, with several items from the line on display at CHA Summer 2011.

And of course, Hero Arts carries many designs of cling mount and clear stamps produced by their in-house designers.

Did someone say booth projects? Hero Arts is known for its fabulous design samples (their catalog is practically an idea book full of beautiful inspiration), and these are gorgeous!

Unity Stamps is next on our itinerary. Unity partners with a wide range of scrapbook manufacturers and designers to produce licensed high-quality cling-mount rubber stamps.

Bella Blvd has several new items in the catalog at this show, including a lovely set of doily stamps.

Notice the reflection coming off of the packaging in that photo above? Unity introduced redesigned packaging at CHA Summer 2011 for their stamps. Instead of the previous kraft envelopes, stamps will now be packaged in convenient zip bags.

I got quite excited over some of the new Unity-produced Echo Park Paper stamps – especially the Fright Night set with its adorable little banner!

For the first time, there are now rubber stamps that coordinate with Nikki Sivils paper lines…

Unity also partners with Iron Orchid Designs and Webster’s Pages to produce licensed designs.

Jillibean Soup has many new offerings through Unity, as well. They were displayed along with a lovely bunch of sample cards to show off the goods!

Home letterpress is a rapidly developing market in the papercraft industry as consumer interest in DIY parties and events grows due to the economy. Lifestyle Crafts offers one popular system for DIY letterpress that was an early entrant to the market.

Hint: Look for more on letterpress coming from Scrapbook Update soon!

The Simple Stories brand has grown from a small subset of the Memory Works catalog to a full product line in its own right in a very short time. They introduced four new themed lines at the CHA Summer 2011 show, including the “Generations” collection shown below.

“Happy Day” is perfect for documenting birthdays and many other types of celebrations.

Fans of products using traditional Christmas reds and greens will find much to love in Simple Stories’ “25 Days of Christmas” line.

“Baby Steps” is a sweet, gender neutral baby line designed to make documenting your newborn as simple as possible.

The Simple Stories design team showed in their booth how traditional layouts could be made with the products, even though the products are actually specifically designed for use in a divided page protector scrapbooking system.

Uniformed Scrapbooks of America brought back their signature military uniform album line that earned them so much recognition when they first debuted, and they also added an adorable new Santa Claus “uniform” book to the mix!

 

 

 

 

 

And that concludes our CHA Summer 2011 booth tours!

Scrapbook Update’s CHA Summer 2011 booth coverage may be over, but there’s still more CHA goodness to come! In the coming months we’ll be bringing you in-depth reports on many new products that debuted at the show. We still have a few more “on the scene” reports to share as well (including an interview with new American Crafts designer Amy Tan), so stay tuned for those!

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