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Lily Bee Design Closing, Holding Sale

After a year-long hiatus, Lily Bee Design has announced that they are formally closing down operations and holding a clearance sale.

lily bee head over heels

Owner Kristen Young announced the decision in a blog post on Thursday:

After taking the last year off, I have made the decision to close down Lily Bee Design. It’s been a great 5 years with lots of memories and friendships made. I’d always dreamed of owning my own company and designing scrapbook paper. It was a dream come true.  And to YOU our wonderful customers, thank you so much for all your support.

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And They All Fall Down: Splash of Color, GCD Studios, Canvas Corp, Lily Bee

Scrapbooking companies have been falling like dominoes lately, as four well-known companies have shut down, filed for bankruptcy (or both) since early December.

GCD Studios

California-based GCD Studios filed for Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy in early December, listing assets of less than $2,000 and debts of over $2 million. The company ceased operations in late 2013, listing no profits for 2013 and a little over $300k for 2012. The vast majority of GCD’s debt is to investors, including owner/president Michael Rountree.

In it’s heyday, GCD boasted ground-breaking lines from industry luminaries like Melody Ross, Heidi Sonboul, Kathy Davis, and Donna Salazar, and was one of the first companies to try to bring the concept of mixed media to the masses in the scrapbook segment through lines like Ross’s Chip Art. Sonboul has now launched her own company at the CHA show in January, and Salazar continues to build her licensed line through other companies. Ross appears to be focusing on her retreat business for the moment.

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Design Team Call | Lily Bee Design 1/19/2014

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update publishes the full text of select design team design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header for easy reference!

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.

We’re thrilled to announce the call for the Lily Bee Design Creative Team!

Do you LOVE Lily Bee Design? Do you have an active blog? Are you passionate about social media like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest? Do you have a signature style or an eye for great design? Then we want to hear from you!

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CHA Winter 2013 | Lily Bee Design

Lily Bee Design introduced three new collections at CHA Winter 2013. Sweet Shoppe, Pinwheel, and Destination are the new collections from Lily Bee Design that will be hitting stores soon.



Of note in these new releases are new alphabet stickers, and an Embellishment Bundle for each collection.

The alphabet stickers will still feature Lily Bee’s popular small size of font in an array of six colors, but they now sport a new font style and a larger size font is included as well.

The Embellishment Bundle includes a mix of buttons, brads, flair, and baker’s twine, making it ideal for those who enjoy a sampling of several different types of embellishments.


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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Gallery Highlights | 9.20.2012

Welcome to the latest edition of Gallery Highlights!

This week’s finds include some gorgeous layouts and a card that are sure to inspire you. I found some fantastic designs this week and I hope you like them all as much as I do. Let’s go take a look! Don’t forget – You can click on the links to visit the layouts in their galleries and view supply lists, leave a comment for the designer, or view the designer’s other work.

Fall Berries by grandma lynnie

Lynn’s beautiful fall layout is the perfect example of the possibilities that are open with digital scrapping. She blended her photo with background paper and then blended text brushes onto the paper as well. Her large but light and airy title just adds to the perfection. The result is stunning.

Fall Splendor

 Witch by SIFullerton

I have been a fan of Summer’s work for years and this design is one of her best. She placed strips of paper on a diagonal on both sides of the page and added a black-and-white photo to the top left. This design is so eye-catching and very inspiring. Summer made this layout for Lily Bee Designs. You can see more Lily Bee layouts by clicking on their link or on Summer’s blog – Summer Fullerton.


Oh Yes…I am most definitely spying on you by beehive50

I love what Debi has done with the circular embellishment on this next layout. She used a circular stamp as part of her title and even though the photo is small on this page, the large fun title makes you immediately want to look more closely at the photo. It’s an excellent use of design as a tool to highlight a smaller photo.

Happy Birthday Card by Mendi Yoshikawa

Mendi’s card made with Jillibean’s Watermelon Gazpacho Soup collection immediately caught my eye. I love the rounded stitching around the border and I also really like the way her card title appears to hold the balloon strings in place. There’s a lot of attention to detail on her card and the result is gorgeous.

Project Life Week 13 by Katie Pertiet

I have seen many, many Project Life pages this year and I love all of them. Katie’s design, though, really struck me the minute I saw it. She used a grid format like many Project Life pages but she’s only used a few photos on the page. She didn’t try to fill up all of the spaces with photos and embellishments and journaling like most people do (including myself). She simply filled the other spaces with papers. The effect is beautiful and sophisticated and very inspiring.

And there you have them – our gallery highlights for the week! As I say every week, I really wish we had time and space to feature more of the amazing designs out there.  Thanks so much to all of the designers who shared their work with us this week. What were your favorite gallery layouts last week? Feel free to link us to them in the comments and let us know what you think and which are your current favorites in the galleries!

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