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Update | Endings and Beginnings…Designer Edition

This week has brought some endings and some beginnings to the industry…


Tim Holtz has announced that he is ending the experiment of sharing his blog with a creative team of bloggers. The media team had been in place for about five months, creating content for the Tim Holtz blog, and was packed with some of the industry’s best talent:

In explaining the move, Tim wrote that he missed having his blog as a personal communication tool with his fans.

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Trending: Feathers

[Editor’s Note: With this post, we welcome the newest addition to our staff, Ashley Calder! Ashley will be a familiar face to many of our readers, as her writing and creative work has been widely published in print and online in the scrapbook world. She’s also the author of the book, Scraptastic!: 50 Messy, Sparkly, Touch-Feely, Snazzy Ways to Jazz Up Your Scrapbook Pages –Nancy]

Feathers are a hot and trendy fashion, home decor, and art-inspiration item right now! Seen in everything from feather hair extensions, earrings, feather screen printed clothing, to watercolour wall art, scrapbooking is not to be left out! Fortunately a few scrapbooking companies have already jumped on this trend, and there are products made just for scrapbookers. Today I am going to take a look at feather-inspired scrapbooking products currently available.

Several scrapbooking companies debuted new lines featuring a good dose of feathers last month at CHA Winter 2013. As a feather-lover, I was excited to see these new releases as there were relatively few available in the scrapbooking world until now.

Jenni Bowlin Studio came out with a fantastic new line that is just chock full of lovely feathery goodness.

Jenni’s new feather rub-ons come in black, gold, and silver. I love that there are different styles and sizes included! Four of the designs even match previously released Jenni Bowlin Studio stamps and digital cut files, which means you can layer these feathered beauties.


Two styles of of chipboard feathers have also been added to the existing line of die cut plain chipboard elements.


These new feather tags come strung on cotton string. Each package contains nine pieces in total, three of each size. I love how versatile these are, and can see they are going to be easy to slip into an embellishment cluster or great tucked in with some of Jenni’s other gorgeous tags.


One of Studio Calico’s newest lines, Sundrifter, contains many feather motifs including on patterned paper, die cuts, and even a lovely pink feathered piece of flair! I love that the feather patterned paper options include both a multicolour bold pattern, and monochromatic tone-on-tone patterns for those that prefer subtle patterns.


In Sundrifter, I see bold and multicolored feathers on patterned paper,  plus some b-sides in monochromatic tone-on-tone feather patterns. That pink feather flair is adorable, and I’m excited about those feather cardstock die cuts.

So, we’ve seen lots of stylized feathers so far, but what about real feathers? Bella Blvd has a rainbow of full and fluffy feathers for those that prefer the real thing.

There are several styles of feather stamps out there, from photo-realistic to whimsical patterns. This set of two feather stamps by Cocoa Daisy is fun and versatile.

If you’re thinking, “hey, I like feathers, but I don’t scrapbook bird pictures!“, don’t worry — feathers aren’t just for birds any longer! Just like you don’t need to scrapbook constellations to use stars, or a florist shop to use a flower, you can use feathers just about anywhere that needs some airiness, delicacy, or simply a cool trendy touch!


I paired photos of my three pretty girls with three sets of feather embellishments. A Jenni Bowlin Studio feather stencil served as a great host for paper and wood veneer feather embellishments. I cut cardstock feathers using Jenni Bowlin Studio feather digital cut files, but those Jenni Bowlin chipboard feathers above or the cardstock die cuts from the Studio Calico Sundrifter line would be a great substitute if you don’t have an electronic die cutter. The Studio Calico wood veneer feathers were transformed with a dusting of fine gold glass glitter.


Supplies | Patterned Paper: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Tags and labels: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Wood veneer feathers: Studio Calico. Feather mask: Jenni Bowlin Studio. Mist: Maya Road, October Afternoon. Enamel dot: My Mind’s Eye. Alphabet: Jenni Bowlin Studio.

Need to see more feathers? More stamps? More ideas? More layouts? Check out my Feathers Pinterest board for more inspiration!

How will you use feathers on your layouts or papercrafting projects? Will you go full and fluffy, or stylish and stylized?

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win a wonderful package of feather goodies supplied by some wonderful companies! Give-away will be on February 28th. Leave a comment on my Trending Feathers article each week for another entry for a chance to win!


Give-away prizes provided generously by: Jenni Bowlin Studio; Cocoa Daisy; Creatiate; Fall In Love Gems; and handmade feathers by Ashley Calder and the Things That Shine.

Tune in next week for another feathery installment in this trending series!

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CHA Winter 2013 | Jenni Bowlin Studios

The biggest buzz at Jenni Bowlin for CHA Winter 2013 is about popular designer Lisa Dickinson’s new line, Modern Mercantile. It’s a fresh melding of Jenni’s signature vintage style and Lisa’s knack for combining color and graphic elements. Lisa’s pictured below with some of her new products!



Jenni Bowlin is on top of the feather trend, with feather rub-ons, tags, and chipboard pieces. She has also released tiny chipboard dominos, watch faces, and bingo numbers. Her True Vintage items are always a treat — packages of actual vintage tickets and price signs will be making their way to retailers soon. And a new batch of clear stamps are just the right size for pocket page journaling.


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Update | 12.1.2012

The scrapbook industry didn’t get the memo that we’re all supposed to be kicking back and enjoying the holidays, because the news has been flowing fast and furious this week!

As they promised in their statements following the summary judgement against them two weeks ago in their patent infringement case against QuicKutz, Spellbinders has filed notice with the United States Court of Appeals that they intend to appeal Judge Neil Wake’s ruling ending their case against QuicKutz. The notice was filed on November 27th, and the company has until January 28th, 2013 to actually file their brief with the court – meaning like everything else in this case to date, nothing will be decided quickly in the appeal.

First, if you missed our earlier announcements, Nally Studios has a couple of creative team calls out!

The first call is for staff writers for our newly-acquired Craft Critique site. This call is open to crafters of all kinds who want to try out new products and tell the world what they think about them!

We’re also calling for a design team for our newly launched Card Annex site. If you like to make cards, we’d love to see your work!

The calls are open until Dec. 7th, and the new teams will be announced on Dec. 14th.

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Noteworthy | 10.12.2012

We’ve got lots to cover in Noteworthy today! The holidays are coming fast, CHA is coming fast, and companies are announcing new lines right and left!

Love Ranger’s Tim Holtz Distress Ink Seasonal Colors? Well, now you can love them all year round!

Seasonal Distress Colors

Ranger has announced they are expanding the basic Distress Ink Pad color palette to 48 colors from 36, to include the 12 colors that have been released as “seasonal” ink colors in the last year.  The new colors, like the previous colors, will be available in both ink pads and reinkers as full-fledged members of the Distress Palette.

In case you missed them the first time around, the new colors are: Picked Raspberry, Festive Berries, Ripe Persimmon, Squeezed Lemonade, Iced Spruce, Mowed Lawn, Evergreen Bough, Salty Ocean, Peacock Feathers, Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, and Gathered Twigs.

The addition of these 12 colors to the full-time Distress palette does more than give Distress fans more colors. It also provides a significant update to the palette in terms of color tone. The twelve new colors are distinctly brighter and more saturated than the existing palette, which will make the Distress Ink palette more relevant to current trends in scrapbooking as vintage is starting to give way to the dominance of a more vibrantly colored graphic look.

After conducting a recent survey on Facebook about whether their customers might be interested in purchasing stamps individually rather than in sets, Stampin’ Up! is now offering 21 stamps that are being sold by the individual item. The stamps are from the popular collections Perfectly Penned, Word Play, and Seasonal Sayings. The stamps are being sold in clear-mount only, and come packaged in a plastic bag.  The individual stamps are priced starting at $4.95 and up.

A few new design teams have been announced this week:

NBC News has an interesting article up on their website debating whether or not it’s truly creating if you use a craft kit. There’s some thought provoking opinions from some experts in the crafts market in the piece.

Jenni Bowlin wrote a great blog entry this week. She called it a rant, but I call it inspiring. She bared her soul quite a bit about how the day-to-day minutiae of running a business can distract you from the passion that brought you into the business in the first place. More importantly, she talked about the steps she is taking to grab that passion back from the brink of the cliff it was teetering on. It’s a must-read for anyone whose job is also their passion.

If you are a WordPress user, you should check out Mashable’s recent article containing 6 tips on how to integrate your Twitter account with your WordPress site. Even if you think that you are in pretty good shape in that area, you might find a useful idea that you’ve overlooked in this fabulous article.

It’s not even Halloween yet on my calendar, but BasicGrey has just announced a new Valentine’s Day line already! The line is called True Love, and features a dozen papers in pink, red, turquoise and brown, along with a variety of other embellishments.

BasicGrey True Love

Graphic45 is also getting ready for the new year with a calendar themed line. “A Place in Time” is huge – it features 26 double-sided patterned papers! Each month of the year has a foundation sheet, plus a cut-apart sheet.

Graphic45 A Place In Time
Graphic 45 A Place in Time

In addition to the 24 monthly sheets, there are two annual sheets, one with a blank calendar and one cut-apart with sentiments on it. Like all Graphic45 collections, A Place in Time also features chipboard and sticker elements as well.

And rounding out the new releases, we have some new peeks from My Mind’s Eye! They are adding to their blockbuster Lost & Found series to create Lost & Found 3!

The new Lost & Found will feature two sub-collections, Oliver and Ruby.

As you’d expect from the name, Ruby is full of brilliant red:

Lost Found Ruby

Oliver, on the other hand, is full of masculine blues:

Lost Found Oliver

BasicGrey isn’t the only company preparing for Valentine’s Day already – My Mind’s Eye also has announced a new line called Lucky in Love that is full of pink and red hearts and flowers:

Lucky in Love

The Mom Creative has a brief, but very helpful, article about what to do when you are behind on Project Life. She shares a few key tips that will help you get back on track without tearing your hair out, or losing your passion for the project that you started.

And lastly, how about a good laugh? If you are a manufacturer and need a demonstrator for CHA, you might want to try hiring this guy:

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