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Design Team Call | Keep It Simple 12/31

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2019 KIS DESIGN TEAM CALL

 

Keep It Simple is so excited to announce our first ever DESIGN TEAM CALL! 

As a member of our 2019 team, you will be expected to create a minimum of 2 projects per collection, photograph them, and occasionally write a correlating blog post featuring your project.  These projects will be posted on the KIS social media accounts, email blasts, our website, and sometimes displayed in the KIS booth at our Stamp & Scrapbook Expo events.

In exchange for creating gorgeous layouts, cards, TN spreads and more, you will receive all the latest Keep it Simple product releases as well as monthly compensation for your completed projects. To be considered for the 2019 Keep It Simple Design Team, you must possess the following:

  • Creative & Inspiring Projects
  • An Eye For Color & Design
  • Awesome Photography Skills
  • A Familiarity in Creating Video

Deadline to Apply is December 31, 2018.

Selected applicants will be notified on or before January 15th.

To apply for this call, visit the Keep It Simple website.

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2019 Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

It’s still two weeks until Christmas, but for us crafters, that means it’s already time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day! Many companies have already launched their 2019 Valentine’s Day collections, and with the Scrapbook Update Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Collection Round-up, you won’t miss a single one!

Valentines Day collections vertical

[Disclosure: Some links contained in this article are affiliate links that pay this site a commission at no cost to you when a purchase is made after a click.]

We likely won’t see more Valentine’s collections released – most companies are already teasing their spring and Easter collections for January and February release. But if there are more released, this article will be updated to include them!

Valentine’s Day is largely a card making holiday for paper crafters. Because of that, several of the collections shown below are only available as paper pads in sizes smaller than 12×12, like 6×6 or 6×8. (But single sheets are available in 12×12.)

What are the trends for Valentine’s Day 2019?

The small number of collections released makes it somewhat difficult to highlight trends for this Valentine’s Day. But one thing jumped out at me in collections that seem aimed at Valentine’s Day for 2019: the colors. Instead of the traditional red and white, a variety of colors appear in most lines. Pink is definitely the dominant Valentine’s Day color for 2019, with red appearing more as an accent color. From a design standpoint this makes sense, as red is a color that can quickly overwhelm a design, especially if photos are involved. It also gives the products a life beyond Valentine’s Day, for wedding, anniversary, and everyday pages.

Trend experts have been predicting that sloths and llamas are the next animal trend. Only Pebbles picked up this trend for their Valentine’s papers, though.

2019 Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Paper Collections

The collections below are arranged alphabetically by company:

American Crafts: Valentines Photo Real

Shipping: now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Amazon

American Crafts Valentines PhotoReal

Authentique Paper: Romance

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Authentique Paper
Retail: Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Authentique Romance

Crate Paper: La La Love

Shipping: now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp,

Crate Paper La La Love

Echo Park: You & Me

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Echo Park Paper Co.
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Echo Park You and Me

Pebbles: Loves Me

Shipping: now
Wholesale: American Crafts
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Pebbles Loves Me

Photo Play Paper: Wild Love

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Photo Play Paper
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp,

Photo Play Wild Love

Reminisce: Heart and Soul

Shipping: December 2018
Wholesale: Reminisce
Retail: Scrapbook.com,

Reminisce Heart and Soul

Simple Stories: Kissing Booth

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Simple Stories
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp, Amazon

Simple Stories Kissing Booth

Webster’s Pages: Love Is In The Air

Shipping: now
Wholesale: Webster’s Pages
Retail: Scrapbook.com, Amazon

Websters Pages Love Is In The Air

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Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Living Coral

It’s hard to believe that it’s almost 2019, but Pantone has announced their pick for Color of the Year for the next year already – and the winner is a warm, vibrant shade called Living Coral.

[Disclosure: This article contains affiliate links that pay this site a commission at no cost to the reader when a purchase is made after a click.]

The Color of the Year 2019 announcement is a landmark one, as it marks the 20th time that Pantone has made its trendsetting color prediction.

pantone-living-coral

Living Coral (PANTONE 16-1546) is described in the Color of the Year announcement as “vibrant, yet mellow” as well as “sociable and spirited”.

“Color enhances and influences the way we experience life,” said Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute. “As a shade that affirms life through a dual role of energizing and nourishing, PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral reinforces how colors can embody our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.”

Color Codes for Living Coral (ink):

CMYK: 0 50 59 0

sRGB: 255 109 112

HTML: FF6D70

To see the full set of Pantone color codes for Living Coral, including for fabric, click here.

(Feel like painting a wall or two in Living Coral? Visit Apartment Therapy to get their suggested paint matches from 7 different brands.)

Like many color trends, the coral color trend has been slowly building for quite awhile. Living Coral is a natural complement to the turquoise shade that has been omnipresent in fashion and home decor for several years. It’s also been a popular alternative to pink for wedding color palettes for quite awhile. It’s now taking off as a trend in its own right.

Pantone’s shade of coral already made headlines once this fall, when it was one of the colors announced for the new iPhone XR. And in the world of celebrity fashion, actress Gina Torres’ coral dress at the wedding of her Suits co-star Meghan Markle to Prince Harry made news all the way back in May.

If you’d like to add some of the Pantone Color of the Year Living Coral to your paper crafting, here’s a few ideas of current products that seem to be a close match:

Living Coral scrapbook products

  1. Simple Stories Carpe Diem Posh A5 Planner
  2. Kaisercraft Paper Blooms
  3. Prima Finnabair Art Alchemy Acrylic Paint
  4. Prima Concentrated Watercolor
  5. Daniel Smith Watercolor Stick
  6. Crate Paper “Hooray” collection
  7. BoBunny Double Dot Designs paper
  8. Echo Park Traveler’s Notebook
  9. Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Oxide – Abandoned Coral

What do you think of Living Coral? Do you think it will catch on in scrapbooking?

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Make DIY Holiday Gift Tags with Cricut Maker

I’m a big fan of the convenience of gift bags for my holiday gifts. (And they are environmentally friendly too, since I reuse them year after year!) Extra special DIY holiday gift tags are the perfect way to punch up simple gift bags and turn them into something fabulous!

[Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cricut.]

These wood DIY holiday gift tags that I made with my Cricut Maker machine each have only three pieces to cut. But with this much style, no one will notice how simple they are!

Cricut DIY Holiday Gift Tags

These DIY holiday gift tags are really simple to make, because what makes them special is the material that is used. With the Knife Blade, the Cricut Maker is able to cut Basswood and Balsa Wood that is up to 3/32″ thick. The look of natural material, and the dimension that can be created, takes these tags to a whole new level!

Supplies Used:

Start your DIY holiday gift tags by using your Cricut Maker and the Cricut Knife Blade + Drive Housing to cut out all of the wood parts from the projects.

Cricut Maker cutting wood

Cutting the 1/16″ basswood with the Knife Blade requires using a Cricut Strong Grip Mat. You also need to fasten your wood down to the mat with plenty of painter’s masking tape. Don’t skimp on the masking tape, and make sure that it is pressed firmly down!

(Don’t forget to slide the white rings on your rollers to the right to get them out of the way of your wood as it passes under the rollers.)

Cricut Maker cutting wood

When you are done cutting the wood pieces, switch to the regular blade and a light hold mat to cut the two patterned paper pieces for the DIY gift tags.

When you are done, you should have these three pieces to make the Christmas tree gift tag. Use a glue like Mod Podge to assemble them into a sandwich in the order shown.

DIY Holiday Tag parts

You will also have these three pieces for the Christmas ornament DIY holiday gift tag. Paint the ornament base with black chalkboard paint, and paint the frame red.

(Here’s a great idea to customize this ornament tag – Instead of using chalkboard paint, paint the base with regular paint and cut a photo to fit in the center of the frame!)

DIY Holiday Tag parts

Use glue again to assemble these pieces with the patterned paper on one side of the ornament base, and the red frame on the other. (The patterned paper is optional, but sure brightens up the back of the tag.)

After the chalkboard paint is cured, rub it with a piece of chalk to prepare the surface for writing. Then you can write on your tag with chalk over and over!

DIY Holiday Gift Tag with chalkboard

Since they are made of wood, these durable DIY holiday gift tags can be used again and again. Or, after you use them, hang them on the Christmas tree as ornaments!

DIY Holiday Gift Tag

Attach your DIY holiday gift tags with a  loop of baker’s twine or ribbon and enjoy all the compliments that will come your way!

DIY Holiday Gift Tags

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

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Hit the Floor for Creativation 2019 Show Education!

Juggling schedules to fit in everything you need to do is one of the hardest things about attending a trade show! But help for crunched schedules that want to find some education time at the show has arrived, in the form of the Creativation Schoolhouse and Stage! 

[Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post on behalf of AFCI and the Creativation 2019 show.]

Creativation Show logo

At Creativation 2019, the Schoolhouse and Stage will allow show attendees to attend a slate of educational events without leaving the trade show floor. Pop right into your event or class, and when you are done, you are right back in the thick of things at the show, ready to go again!

Clover Needlecraft project – Creativation 2019 Class #W501

Sponsors of workshops at the Schoolhouse, which will be located at booth 2231, include Pink & Main, Catherine Pooler, Studio SN, and Ranger. On Monday, Clover Needlework is hosting two workshops at the Schoolhouse on some very trendy items: needlework & felting [W501, 10am-11:3oam], and macrame {W502, 12:30pm-2pm]. Each of these beginner level workshops is 90 minutes long, and registration is $20 for AFCI members. Rest your feet and learn some new skills!

Clover Needlecraft macrame project

The Creativation Stage, at booth 1324, will be home to a series of business seminars on the Saturday and Sunday (January 19th & 20th) of Creativation 2019. Marketing will largely be the focus of these free events. Attendees interested in email marketing can catch Lindsay Anvik on “Why Email Marketing Isn’t Dead” on Saturday [12:00pm-1:00pm] or you can learn from Kaylee Pope at 11:30am on Sunday “Why Your Email Newsletter Isn’t Successful” (and how to fix it). You can also learn how to write search engine friendly content, social media timesavers, and the results of AFCI’s latest State of the Industry survey at the Creativation Stage. Conveniently close to the concession area, the Creativation Stage is perfect for a “lunch and learn” opportunity! (See the Creativation University schedule for full Creativation Stage session details.)

Another event that will be hosted at the Creativation Stage is the AFCI Awards Ceremony [E405]. This ceremony will honor the 2019 Hall of Fame recipients Ken & Barbara Griffin, and John Laurie, along with other annual award recipients. Honorees will include the Meritorious Award of Honor recipient Richard Brown, the Industry Achievement Award recipient Tammy Browning-Smith, and Special Recognition Award recipient Doug Earle. (For more information on the award recipients, click here.) AFCIs new Retailer Awards will also be presented at this event. The ceremonies will take place from 5:00pm-6:30pm on Sunday, January 20th. A cash bar will be available. Come celebrate the industry’s best while making new friends!

Speaking of networking and the industry’s best….hands down, the best winter trade show event that I’ve ever attended was a panel discussion on the state of the industry that AFCI (then CHA) hosted a few years ago. A few of the industry’s most experienced and brightest minds answered questions and discussed amongst themselves the big issues facing the industry.

I’m very excited to share that AFCI is re-creating that previous event this year, with a larger panel of experts and a networking reception afterwards for attendees to continue the discussion. The experts include:

  • Lynn Lilly, CEO/Founder, Craft Box Girls
  • Mike McCooey, President/CEO, Plaid Enterprises
  • Bobbie Medema, CEO, Notions Marketing
  • Ryan Newell, President/CEO, Sprinrite LP
  • Stacey Park, Owner, Scrapbooking Made Simple
  • Anthony Piperno, President ​& CMMO, A.C. Moore
  • Jennifer Vanderveldt, VP Strategy & Analytics, The Michaels Companies, Inc.

This should be a very enlightening event, and chance to get some perspective from many different parts of the industry in one place. The Creativation 2019 Industry Panel Discussion will take place on Saturday, January 19th from 5:30pm-7:30pm and is free with Creativation badge.

Visit the Creativation 2019 show website to register for these events and others.

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What To Buy The Scrapbooker Who Has Everything

Are you making your list and checking it twice…and don’t know quite what to get that special scrapbooker in your life? Or are you a scrapbooker looking for ideas for your wish list for Santa? I’ve got just the ideas you need for perfect gifts!

[Disclaimer: Some of the links in this article are affiliate or advertiser links.]

What to Get The Scrapbooker Who Has Everything_


We R Memory Keepers “Label It” Label Maker

Great for: Project Life fans, 12×12 layout scrappers, Card Makers
Retail Price: $30-$35
Sources: AmazonScrapbook.comacherryontop.com

We R Memory Keepers Label ItLabels are a fun way to add titles, sentiments, or bits of journaling to just about anything paper crafters make. This recent tool by We R Memory Keepers is a take on an old fashioned office labeler that creates embossed labels. But with interchangeable font wheels, trendy tape colors, and a choice of a mint or pink case, it is a much more creative option than the old office standard!

(For a more budget option in this tool category, check out the Dymo Organizer Xpress Pro. The previous version of that label maker is a go-to in my tool box!)


Ken Oliver Color Burst

Great for: Mixed media fans, card makers
Retail Price: $25-$35
Sources: AmazonScrapbook.comacherryontop.com

Ken Oliver Color Burst

Watercolor is hot, hot, hot right now! No one makes watercolor more fun and more accessible for paper crafters to play with than Ken Oliver through his Color Burst line. These little bottles of powder create gorgeous watercolor effects with just a squeeze and a spritz of water!


Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

Great for: Mixed media fans, stampers
Retail Price: $30-$35
Sources: AmazonScrapbook.comacherryontop.com

Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat

The rise of mixed media in scrapbooking means paint, ink…and more messes! The Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat has a central work area for holding a project, and a side palette area for holding materials. No matter what media you’re working in…this will stand up to it, and make clean-up easier.


Boutique Stamps

Great for: Stampers, card makers, Project Life, planner fans
Retail Price: $15-$20
Sources: Everyday Explorers, Kelly Purkey, Ink Road, Stamp Diva

The strength of the stamp industry is in the numerous small boutique companies that produce creative designs that never see mass market exposure. Often to buy these brands it is necessary to seek out the company’s own site or a small boutique retailer. If you are looking for a gift for a stamper, gifting stamps from one of these small companies can be both a unique gift and a way of supporting ongoing diversity in the industry.

Kelly Purkey Jenkins alpha

Kelly Purkey “Jenkins” alphabet stamps

Nobody does alphabet stamps like Kelly Purkey! Her beautiful, clean and detailed alphabets (like Jenkins above) are perfect for titles on scrapbook layouts, Project Life cards, and for customizing cards.

The Ink Road stamps

The Ink Road stamps

One of the things that boutique stamp companies can do that larger ones rarely attempt is to create stamps for niche themes…at The Ink Road you’ll find stamps for topics like blended families (above), Minecraft, and tv show fans.

Cat's Life Press stamps

Cat’s Life Press stamps

For fans of a quirky (and irreverent) vintage style, Cats Life Press is the perfect answer. Their little icon stamps are perfect for everything from Project Life to ATC cards! You can find their beautiful red rubber stamps both mounted and unmounted through small retailers like Stamp Diva.

Everyday Explorers stamps

Everyday Explorers stamps

If you loved Christina Herrin’s Wander kit for Project Life like I did, you’ll think you’re in heaven browsing her Everyday Explorers stamp store. Her clean and simple designs are perfect for Project Life, card making, and 12×12 layouts. As the name implies, travel is a heavy focus, but there’s plenty for other occasions (like the Thanksgiving set above) as well.

The above is just a sampling…there’s many more small stamp companies. Whatever the style, there’s someone creating beautiful stamps! Seek them out and support them!

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