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Make a Quick Collage Halloween Card with Tim Holtz!

The time for ghosts, goblins, and other spooky stuff is upon us! Today for World Card Making Day, I’m sharing a quick collage Halloween card that can be made with just bits and pieces of your Halloween stash from previous years!

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Collage Halloween Card with Tim Holtz idea-ology

Supplies Needed:

If you don’t have the specific pieces listed above, please dig in your stash! The magic of collage style is that the randomness of the effect means you can follow the general concept while using what you have on hand. Swap a stamp for a rub-on, or patterned paper bits for ephemera…use your imagination!

Halloween Card 01

I started this card, like most I make, by creating a background layer. For this one I used two neutral-colored patterns, and divided them with a strip of the stripe to separate them visually. I cut the striped strip longer than the background so that when I glued it down, I could slide it to adjust what color was along the edges.

Once it was designed, I set it aside without gluing it down!

Halloween Card 03

Step two was a sentiment label. I trimmed a piece of text out of my Gothic remnant rubs sheet, and put it as near to the top edge of the label as I could. Then I tucked it behind the striped border on the right side. Before I glued everything down, I inked all of the edges of the pieces. (I used Black Soot for the black checked piece, and Frayed Burlap for all of the other pieces.)

Halloween Card 02

Next I started playing with some elements for the top layer: ephemera, a scrap cut from a sheet of the paper pad, and a button. I just shuffled things around until I had a group that I liked.

Halloween Card 04

Then it was time to add a few details. I went back to the Gothic remnant rubs sheet. The labels were easy to fill with text. But then I decided to also add a teeny spider detail in the corner of the little paper block for some extra spooky detail!

Halloween Card 05

The final touch was to add the sequins and beads for a few highlights of sparkle! I dropped a few spots of white glue onto the card, and filled them with orange and black bling.

Once the glue was dry, I snipped the ends of my striped strip and attached my card front to a folded card.

Now, it’s all ready to bring some boo-tiful greetings to someone this Halloween!

Halloween Collage Card

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2019 Christmas Scrapbook Paper Collection Round-Up!

There’s a fall breeze in the air, and forget pumpkin spice and fall leaves…many crafters are already thinking Christmas! Most of the scrapbook manufacturers have already announced their 2019 Christmas scrapbooking products, and many of those products are already available on store shelves. Here in the Scrapbook Update 2019 Christmas Scrapbook Collection Round-Up, you won’t miss a single one!

2019 Christmas Scrapbook Papers

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As evidenced by the huge number of collections – and their early release before the holiday – Christmas scrapbooking remains one of the most popular themes to create for many crafters. Whether creating cards & invitations, party decor, advent calendars, December scrapbooks, Christmas villages, or other projects, there’s so much crafting to be done around the holidays!

What are the trends for Christmas 2019?

Consolidation in the scrapbook industry is affecting virtually everything, and that includes industry trends. A total of two-thirds of the paper packs on this list are the products of only four industry companies (American Crafts, Simple Stories, Echo Park, Photo Play) through their associated brand names.

What does this mean for the trends? It largely kills them, at least as we knew trends a decade ago in the industry when they were flagrant and at times overwhelming. Comparing product lines from year to year, it’s apparent that most of these large companies design their Christmas products to fill a certain staple “slot” in the holiday product line-up. So, for instance…DCWV has a blue and white Christmas paper pad this year, and they had a blue and white Christmas paper pad last year. They are both beautiful, and different from each other, but the general look is similar. If you liked last year’s, you’ll like this year’s.

Overall, a few subtle trends are still apparent. That blue and white paper pad I just mentioned? Let’s take a closer look. Last year’s gingham pattern is replaced with two plaid designs. This is a reflection of two trends. First, it shows the conversion of plaid (which was a trend a few years back) into a holiday scrapbooking staple. And it also shows that the “farm” look is receding in the industry, replaced by mid-century modern. Look closely and you’ll see that last year the pad’s paper designs had a more classic look, and this year the designs are infused with just a bit of a mod direction.

One interesting thing to note this year is the number of “themed” collections within the Christmas offerings. Simple Stories has expanded their Say Cheese theme park line to Christmas, and Photo Play Paper is offering the dog-themed “Muttcracker”. Several companies (including Authentique, with a whole paper pad) have food & baking themed items – great for making items to accompany holiday treats.

If you know of a Christmas scrapbook paper collection that is new for 2019 that should be included here, please email nancy@nallystudios.com.

2019 Christmas Scrapbook Paper Collections

The collections below are arranged alphabetically by company:

Authentique: Calendar Collection – December

Size: 12×12, 6×6
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Authentique Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Authentique Calendar-December

Authentique: Rejoice

Size: 8×8, 12×12
Shipping: now
Wholesale: Authentique Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Authentique Rejoice

Avery Elle: The Holiday Collection

Size: 6×6
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Avery Elle
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Avery Elle The Holiday Collection

BoBunny: Christmas Treasures

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

BoBunny Christmas Treasures

Carta Bella: Buffalo Plaid

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Carta Bella Buffalo Plaid

Carta Bella: Christmas Market

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Carta Bella Christmas Market

Carta Bella: Merry Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Carta Bella Merry Christmas

Carta Bella: Snow Much Fun

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Catherine Pooler: Patterns & Pine

Size: 6×6
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Catherine Pooler
Retail: Catherine Pooler

Catherine Pooler Patterns and Pine

Color Play: One Night In Bethlehem by Becky Fleck Moore

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Color Play One Night in Bethlehem

Color Play: Dear Santa Recipe Cards

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Photo Play Dear Santa Recipe Cards

Crate Paper: Snowflake

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Crate Paper Snowflake

DCWV: Candy Cane Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Candy Cane Christmas 2

DCWV: Christmas Nutcracker

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Christmas Nutcracker

DCWV: Christmas Pals

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Christmas Pals

DCWV: Classic Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Classic Christmas

DCWV: Joyeux Noel

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Joyeux Noel

DCWV: Merry & Bright

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Merry & Bright

DCWV: Merry Mod Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Merry Mod Christmas

DCWV: Mrs Claus’ Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Mrs Claus' Kitchen

DCWV: O’ Christmas Tree

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV O' Christmas Tree

DCWV: Winter Wonder

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

DCWV Winter Wonder

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Magic

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Doodlebug Christmas Magic

Doodlebug Design: Christmas Magic Petite Prints

Size: 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Doodlebug Design
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Doodlebug Christmas Magic Petite Prints

Dress My Craft: Christmas Bells

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Dress My Craft
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Dress My Craft Christmas Bells

Echo Park: A Cozy Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park A Cozy Christmas

Echo Park: Away In A Manger

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park Away in a Manger

Echo Park: Here Comes Santa Claus

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park Here Comes Santa Claus

Echo Park: My Favorite Christmas by Lori Whitlock

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park My Favorite Christmas

Echo Park: My Favorite Winter by Lori Whitlock

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Echo Park My Favorite Winter

Echo Park: Warm & Cozy

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Echo Park Warm and Cozy

Fancy Pants Designs: Home For Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Foundations Decor
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Fancy Pants Home for Christmas

Graphic 45: Joy To The World

Size: 8×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Graphic 45
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Graphic 45 Joy to the World collection

Graphic 45: Joy To The World Patterns & Solids

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Graphic 45
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Graphic 45 Joy to the World patterns solids

Heidi Swapp: Winter Wonderland

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Heidi Swapp Winter Wonderland 2

Kaisercraft: Let It Snow

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Let It Snow

Kaisercraft: Peppermint Kisses

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Peppermint Kisses

Kaisercraft: Starry Night

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Starry Night

Kaisercraft: Under The Gum Leaves

Size: 6.5×6.5, 12×12
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Kaisercraft
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Kaisercraft Under the Gum Leaves

My Mind’s Eye: Holly Jolly

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: My Mind’s Eye
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

My Minds Eye Holly Jolly

My Mind’s Eye: Yuletide

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: My Mind’s Eye
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

My Minds Eye Yuletide

Pebbles: Merry Little Christmas

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Pebbles Merry Little Christmas

Photo Play Paper: Christmas Memories by Becky Fleck Moore

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Christmas Memories

Photo Play Paper: Christmas Memories Solids Plus by Becky Fleck Moore

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Christmas Memories Solids Plus

Photo Play Paper: For The Love Of Winter by Michelle Coleman

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play For the Love of Winter

Photo Play Paper: Kringle & Co

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Kringle and Co

Photo Play Paper: Kringle & Co Solids Plus

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Kringle Solids Plus

Photo Play Paper: Muttcracker

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Muttcracker

Photo Play Paper: Muttcracker Solids Plus

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Photo Play Muttcracker Solids Plus

Pink Paislee: Together for Christmas

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com

Pink Paislee Together for Christmas

Pinkfresh Studio: Home For The Holidays

Size: 6×6, 12×12
Shipping: now
Wholesale: Pinkfresh Studio
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Pinkfresh Home for the Holidays

Reminisce: Gold Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Reminisce Gold Christmas

Reminisce: North Pole Express

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Reminisce North Pole Express

Reminisce: Santa’s Sweater

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Reminisce Santas Sweater

Simple Stories: Simple Vintage Country Christmas by Katie Pertiet

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Simple Vintage Country Christmas

Simple Stories: Simple Vintage Country Christmas Simple Basics by Katie Pertiet

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Country Christmas Simple Basics

Simple Stories: Holly Jolly

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Holly Jolly

Simple Stories: Holly Jolly Simple Basics

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Holly Jolly Simple Basics

Simple Stories: Say Cheese Christmas

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Say Cheese Christmas

Simple Stories: Winter Farmhouse

Size: 6×8, 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse

Simple Stories: Winter Farmhouse Simple Basics

Size: 12×12
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Simple Stories Winter Farmhouse Simple Basics

Tim Holtz idea-ology: Mini Christmas Stash

Size: 8×8
Shipping: October
Wholesale: Advantus
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Tim Holtz Mini Christmas Stash

Tonic Studios: Merry & Bright

Size: 6×6
Shipping: Now
Wholesale: Tonic Studios
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

Tonic Merry and Bright

What is your favorite new Christmas scrapbook paper collection of 2019?

2019 Christmas Scrapbook Paper Round Up

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Make a Caring Coupon Book with New Adaptive Tools for Cricut Maker!

Do you know someone who needs a little extra love and care right now? Why not make them a book of caring coupons with the help of the new Adaptive Tools for the Cricut Maker machine?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

Coupon Book with Cricut Maker Adaptive Tools

When Cricut released the Cricut Maker machine two years ago, the Adaptive Tool System unleashed a whole new world for Cricut users. The system’s ability to provide 10 times more force than the previous Explore line of machines (and its sophisticated system for steering those tools) opened the door to many different types of possibilities for tools – and Cricut promised that users would get many more options. With the latest release of tools for the Adaptive Tool System, Cricut has delivered again on that promise in an exciting way!

Cricut Adaptive Tools

Until now, there was no way to create an “embossed” look with a Cricut machine. Meet the Fine Debossing Tip for the Cricut Maker’s Adaptive Tool System! Now users of the Maker can create sophisticated debossed designs on cardstock and similar materials.

Cricut Adaptive Tool Fine Debossing Tip

The new Basic Perforation Blade for the Adaptive Tool System creates professional looking perforations for beautiful tear-offs and peel-aways. Create coupons, calendars, planner items, and so much more…with no messy tears!

Cricut Adaptive Tool Basic Perforation Blade

The delicate waves of the Adaptive Tool System’s new Wavy Blade are just the right size for versatility. A nice updated substitute for a deckled edge, I expect this blade will become a staple in many Cricut Maker owners’ tool boxes.

Cricut Adaptive Tools Wavy Blade

A fourth new Adaptive Tool that I haven’t pictured, the Engraving Tip, works with materials like aluminum, leather, wood, acrylic, and more to create debossed designs. Use your Cricut Maker to create jewelry, home decor and beautiful gifts!

For my book of caring coupons, I used four of the Adaptive Tools. Three of them – Wavy BladeDebossing Tip, and Perforation Blade – are new, and I also used the Single Scoring Tip.

Coupon Book made with Cricut Maker

Supplies Needed:

If you don’t already have the Cricut Adaptive Tool Quick Swap Drive Housing, it will need to be purchased with one of the adaptive tools.

It’s easy to swap the various tools out of the right hand tool slot on my Cricut Maker. To swap tools, I just open the slot, and remove the drive housing from the machine. Then I pop the top button on the drive housing to remove the tip, and click the new one on. Finally I slide the drive housing back into the machine and fasten the latch. I’m ready to go! (It took me longer to type that than it takes to do the process!)

Cricut Maker using Fine Debossing Tip

When you are done cutting out the coupon book, you should have all of these pieces below ready to go: coupon pages, cover, cover title, and binding.

Cricut coupon book pieces

I cut my title for the cover from vinyl for several reasons. First I love how easy it is to stick down intricate pieces cut from vinyl. Also, I love how flat the vinyl lays, and how “finished” it looks. Using patterned paper for the binding is a great way to add a design element, while using up paper scraps!

Assembling Cricut Maker coupon book cover

The coupon pages are designed very simply with some text and a pen art design representing the item. That makes it really easy to add your own coupon. I even included a blank page in the cut file for making your own coupons! Just find a graphic that will work with the pens, and add your text!

Cricut coupon book pages

If you’d like to customize this coupon book even more, it’s easy to change up the colors for a holiday. Use purple and orange for Halloween, or red and green for Christmas!

To bind your coupon book, stack all the pages together. Then fold the patterned binding piece and line the holes up with the front and back of the stack of pages. Tie it all together with ribbon in a pretty bow!

This coupon book of favors is a great gift for a new parent, a newly divorced friend, someone dealing with an illness, or so many other situations. Show your love with gifts of your time, and small favors!

Caring Coupon Book with Cricut Maker Tools

Who will you give your caring coupons to? Which new Cricut Adaptive Tool is your favorite?

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ClearSnap Closing Down Operations

ClearSnap announced today that they are closing down operations. The Burlington, Washington-based company has been  manufacturing industrial and craft inks in the U.S. for nearly 30 years.

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ClearSnap was purchased either by direct sales company Stampin’ Up! or its founders Shelli & Sterling Gardners in 2006. It was being run by Sterling Gardner (husband of Stampin’ Up! founder Shelli Gardner) as a separate entity from the Utah-based Stampin’ Up!.

News of the closure was shared with ClearSnap’s wholesale customers last week. In the announcement to consumers today, ClearSnap said it was sharing the news “with a heavy heart” and thanked customers “for all your continued support over the years.” The company said that the last day to place orders from ClearSnap is July 31st, but gave no final date for ceasing operations.

Clearsnap Inks

My personal stash of Clearsnap inks.

ClearSnap, under its brand name ColorBox, is widely known to scrapbookers and stampers for its signature Cats Eye pigment ink pads. In addition to its pigment ink pads, the company is also known for its Petal Point, Chalk, India Ink, and other specialty inkpads. Graphic 45, Doodlebug, Stephanie Barnard, Ann Butler, Eileen Hull, Donna Salazar, Susan Weckesser, and Teresa Collins have all produced licensed products with ClearSnap.

I caught up with Eileen Hull when she was demonstrating her ColorBox Blends at Creativation 2019 back in January:

The closure of ClearSnap will leave Ranger and Imagine Crafts to fight it out as the major brand players in the retail ink market, along with contributions from companies such as Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts, and others. And of course, Stampin’ Up! and Close to My Heart will continue to provide stamping ink to the direct sales market as well.

Asked about the impact the closure of ClearSnap will have on the stamping segment, Hero Arts CEO Aaron Leventhal told Scrapbook Update:

ClearSnap is a long-time contributor to the stamping market and I’m sorry to hear they will no longer lend their innovative approach and quality products to our industry. We will miss you!  Not having quality companies like ClearSnap means less investment in the industry — in the form of marketing, advertising, new products and creative ideas, which is bad for everyone.

According to the Michaels website, my local store has about two dozen Colorbox SKUs stocked. (Joann’s is only showing a handful of Colorbox SKUs available in store when I search.) Who will get that shelf space is a big question. Will it be Ranger? Or Imagine Crafts? Or store brand products? Or will no one get it, further shrinking the big box’s paper crafts foot print?

If you want to grab reinkers for your favorite ink pad or that must-have item from your wishlist before they are gone, ClearSnap products are available online at Scrapbook.com and Amazon.com

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A New Travel Layout – And Big Announcement!

Today I’ve got a fun new travel layout to share with my readers…and an announcement about something that I hope you’ll love as much as I do!

[Disclosure: This site is a participant in the Amazon.com affiliate program. Some links in this article are affiliate links.]

I’ve been working hard behind the scenes around here on a big project that I’m finally ready to share with you all today!

Nally Studios logo

My eagle-eyed followers may have noticed a new logo for Nally Studios appearing on some of our social accounts. It was past time for the old logo to be refreshed but it never got to the top of my “to do” list before now. But this occasion bumped it to the top of the list…

Nally Studios is now on Etsy!

So why an Etsy shop? My scrapbooking has become increasingly focused on travel-themed layouts in recent years. I’ve struggled to find things (especially destination-specific items) that match my style. It has left me frustrated creatively, to say the least. I realized that if I was struggling, there must be others searching as well.

So the Nally Studios on Etsy digital shop was born! Through the shop, I’ll be offering a variety of travel-themed SVG files, and eventually other things possibly as well.

One of the things I’m most excited about is designing pen drawing files. I’ve always loved the pen feature on my Cricut but so few designs are available of that type. My first pen drawing file is already available in the Nally Studios shop – it’s an architecturally proportionate design of the Eiffel Tower! The details have been simplified to allow for shrinking it down to use on smaller items like cards and tags, but the architectural outline is correct to real life.

Eiffel Tower pen drawing by Nally Studios on Etsy

And it comes with a background outline so you can cut it out!

In case the Eiffel Tower didn’t give it away, the first release is Paris themed. In addition to the Eiffel Tower, there’s also a selection of Paris-themed titles. Click here to see them all!

I have been enjoying playing with my new designs, and I hope you do as well! Here’s a peek at what I’ve been creating with some of them:

Paris eiffel tower pen layout

Supplies Used:

This layout is super easy to put together with the new Nally Studios SVG files. I imported the two SVG’s and set up the pen file in the upper left of the page. Then I sized the “Paris” title. I ran my Cricut machine to do the drawing on the background paper (if this makes you nervous, do it on a separate sheet of cardstock and use the background mat that is included to cut it out and then glue it to the background.) Then I cut my title out and glued it down.

I cut a 4.5″ x 12″ piece of natural cardstock for the photos. Four 3″ by 4″ photos fit perfectly on it! Then I made the two journaling blocks by just quickly trimming paper scraps and writing on them. Voila! My page is finished!

Since my style tends towards a vintage look, I personally tend to prefer the copper Cricut pen to get a gold look on my pen projects. The copper is a bit deeper, warmer, and has more depth than the brighter “gold” one. On this layout, the copper was an almost perfect match for the real Eiffel Tower!

I hope you love what you see at the Nally Studios shop! I look forward to sharing more releases soon. To make sure you don’t miss them, sign up for our shop mailing list!

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Ellison/Sizzix Patent Litigation Update

In a move likely in the works for months, Stampin’ Up has announced that they are discontinuing the Sizzix Big Shot and also are replacing Sizzix as the manufacturer for their dies. Stampin’ Up’s new dies will be a slightly different die style than the previous ones. As part of the transition to a new die manufacturer, Stampin’ Up is discontinuing (they call it “retiring”) a large number of die designs from their catalog The existing designs that are being retained in the product line will transition to the new style of die once existing inventory of the old Sizzix-manufactured die style is sold out.

In early April, Ellison laid off a significant number of staff in their U.S. office in Lake Forest, California. The layoffs, reportedly as high as 20% of the U.S. staff, included at least some of the company’s U.S.-based in-house project designers. Several of Ellison’s graphic designers also departed the company around that time, according to their LinkedIn profiles.

Ellison lawsuits

Against the backdrop of those events, four of the patent lawsuits initiated by Ellison in defense of its die patent have also continued throughout April. (To learn more about the background on these lawsuits and the patent they are alleging infringement of, click here.)

Court proceedings have been quiet in Ellison’s case against Stephanie Barnard since early March when a Special Master was appointed by the judge to assist in managing the case. The parties have entered the time-consuming (and expensive) period of litigation involving discovery and other out-of-court preparation for an eventual court trial scheduled for September 2020.

April has been taken up by relatively routine matters in the case between Ellison and Hero Arts. The two companies jointly requested a protective order from the judge to govern the handling of confidential information during the case. That order was granted on April 24th. The two sides have also agreed with the court to a schedule for the case that will lead to a trial in October 2020.

Heartfelt Creations filed a Motion to Dismiss Ellison’s case against them on April 24th. The filing claims that Ellison was too vague in their original lawsuit filing, failing to meet a sufficient burden of proof for a claim of infringement because they never pointed to a specific product of Heartfelt’s that allegedly infringes under the ‘325 patent standard. Heartfelt is asking for the lawsuit to be dismissed as a result.

Avery Elle was responsible for the most notable activity in any of Ellison’s ongoing lawsuits in April. On April 11th, Avery Elle’s lawyers filed a Motion for Sanctions against both Ellison and their lawyers. The motion accuses Ellison of filing a frivolous lawsuit to harass Avery Elle and failing to do a proper investigation before filing. Avery Elle claims that their dies do not infringe the ‘325 patent because 32% of their dies’ flat border extends into the center and the ‘325 patent describes dies with “none” of the border extending into the center.

The company went a step further in its Motion for Sanctions, however, by claiming that prior art from Spellbinders (a 2011 video and an internet archive of their website)  and Quickutz (a 2007 circle die) makes the patent itself invalid. Avery Elle also claims that Ellison should have been aware of this art, and concludes, “Ellison and its Attorneys either failed to perform a basic pre-filing investigation or they knowingly brought an objectively baseless lawsuit.”

As a result of the claims in its motion, Avery Elle is asking for the court to sanction Ellison and its attorneys by awarding attorney’s fees and other costs to them to compensate them for what they call an action that was “frivolous and filed to harass.” Attorney’s fees being awarded to a successful defendant is not the normal outcome in patent litigation. It’s only done when the court rules there has been some egregious behavior by the plaintiff in the course of the suit. (Coincidentally, the industry’s previous die patent litigation ended this way, with Spellbinders ordered to pay attorney’s fees to Quickutz.)

Ellison filed its response to the Motion for Sanctions on April 29th. To defend their lawsuit, they presented some interpretations of both the word “none” and the first claim in the patent to the court.

The original patent application demonstrated the die construction with “none” of the cutting edge extending into the center of the die with this art:

 

325 Patent Illustration - figure 4

However, Ellison (via an affidavit from ‘325 inventor Kevin Corcoran) now claims that the word “none” encompasses a lip inside the die’s vertical surface because that lip is technically part of the blade. They used this art to demonstrate their claim:

Ellison die lip blade

They also made a second argument, however, that could render that one moot. They claim the “none” description of the die lip is part of a “preamble” and not actually a technical requirement of the patent. In essence, they are trying to divorce it from the method claim of aligning a die with a stamp to cut it out. Were that argument to be successfully defended, Ellison would be the only company with the legal right to manufacture and sell open centered chemically etched dies that match stamps – regardless of whether there is an edge extending into the center or not – in the U.S.

Oral arguments are scheduled about the motion on May 13th in U.S. District Court in the Southern District of California before Judge Marilyn Huff.

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