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Project | Travel Album: Wander Heidelberg

It’s hard to believe, but I’m back with another page for my 2014 Creativeworld album. By the time I am done, I think this album covering two travel days, three Creativeworld trade show days and one touring day in Heidelberg is going to be almost full!

[Disclosure: This Project Life kit was provided to me by American Crafts. Creativeworld is a sponsor of this website. Some links to Amazon.com and other retailers in this article are affiliate links that pay a commission to this site at no cost to the user when a purchase is made after a click.Some links included below are courtesy links to our advertisers.]

Heidelberg Project Life travel scrapbook layout

Supplies Used:

  • Project Life “Wander by Christina Herrin” Core Kit (Amazon, SB.com)
  • Heidi Swapp stickers
  • Tim Holtz idea-ology “Small Talk – Occasions” stickers (ACOT)
  • Kelly Purkey Shop “Ready Jet Set by Christina Herrin” kit (stamp set)
  • Project Life date stamp
  • Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink – Black Soot (ACOTAmazonSB.com)
  • Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pen (Superfine) – Black (AmazonSB.com)

For my first layout of Heidelberg, I chose to use the “Wander” Project Life core kit designed by Christina Herrin. (I previously used this core kit on the closing page of this album – click here to check it out.) It might seem kind of a bright selection for a historic shopping district, but these photos had a lot of yellow tones to them and somehow it works.

This layout is super simple. There simply wasn’t a lot of room for embellishment because I have so many photos! This page is actually part one of at least two pages, because I have so many photos from my walk down Hauptstrasse.

Heidelberg Project Life

For my title card, I dug out a stamp set from another kit designed by Christina Herrin. This one was designed for the Kelly Purkey shop. The great thing about using elements from the same designer is that the “handwriting” style elements all match, since they are both Christina’s handwriting.

To finish the title, I paired the stamp with some glitter alphabet stickers. Since that turquoise color has been so trendy, it was easy to find some that matched the Wander kit cards.

I added the date with the original Project Life date stamp that I’ve had forever. Even when I’m doing a series of pages that obviously belong together, I like to put the date on each page.

Project Life Heidelberg layout

I like to take simple cards out of the Project Life kits and use embellishments to customize and theme them. On this card, I combined a stamp by Christina Herrin, a Heidi Swapppuffy sticker, and a Tim Holtz small talk sticker. Three totally different designers but the bits and pieces – chosen carefully – work together. I tend to create cards like this by just digging through boxes and experimenting until I find a combination that I like.

Project Life Heidelberg close-up

I had to be careful when creating these pages to make sure that I balanced the colors across the two pages. Using strong colors like this, it would really look wrong if I didn’t pay attention to color balance. So on the right side, I had to make sure to include the nice bright “today is awesome” card. It balances out the two really bright cards on the other page.

Project Life Heidelberg layout

Our travel doesn’t always go as we plan. My last day in Germany on this trip, I got sick. Miserably sick with the flu, fever and chills and the whole works. But I pushed on with my touring and still had a good time. You can’t tell from my pictures that I was sick, but it’s an important part of the story to tell. We shouldn’t tell just the good parts! So I used a journaling card to tell that part of my story on this layout.

Project Life Heidelberg journaling

Have you used the Wander core kit from Project Life? What did you scrapbook with it?

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Project | Travel Album: Expedition Heidelberg

I’ve been busy making other things for awhile, but I finally got a huge new order of prints made from my first trip to Germany to attend Creativeworld in 2014. Now I can start work on the second half of that album! (If you missed the first half of it, the links to those pages are at the end of the article.)

[Disclosure: Creativeworld is a sponsor of this website. Some links to Amazon.com and other retailers in this article are affiliate links that pay a commission to this site at no cost to the user when a purchase is made after a click. Dymo supplied the label maker to me as part of a previous sponsorship agreement, but this is not a sponsored post. I have continued to use the label maker after the completion of the sponsorship arrangement because I just like it.]

Heidelberg train Simple Stories Travel Notes

For this layout about my train journey from Frankfurt to Heidelberg for a day of touring, I grabbed a recent purchase that I couldn’t wait to use – the new Simple Stories Travel Notes collection that I’d been in love with since I saw it announced before the winter shows. Originally, I intended this to be a brighter layout, but as I worked through it, I ended up focusing on the more muted tones in the collection (like blue, green, and brown) and avoiding heavy doses of the red and yellow that I found overwhelmed the photos. Continue Reading →

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Update | Michaels, Studio Calico, Jared Leto, Sew Sweetness & More!

Dream Job. For many crafters, the dream job is to get a staff designer position where they get paid to craft to produce project samples all day. Find out from three of Cricut’s staff project designers how they got where they are, and what the job is really like in this fascinating behind the scenes article.

Sizzix Sew Sweetness Box Pouch

 

Designers. Sizzix used Quilt Market last month to announce the launch of their new collaboration with “Sew Sweetness” blogger Sara Lawson. Lawson’s three new Bigz L Dies, which retail for an MSRP of $29.99 each, will launch this month. The three new dies create a box pouch (pictured above), coin purse, or purse tabs. For more information, visit the Sizzix website.

Designers, part 2. Tammy Tutterow has announced a partnership with StencilGirl to make signature stencil designs. The initial release of 9 designs includes 7 two-step stencils that create layered designs such as flowers and plaid.

Exclusives. Joann Fabric & Crafts stores are getting four new exclusive kits to add to their large Project Life offerings. There’s “Lullaby”, a value kit available in boy and girl versions, as well as a recipe card value kit and matching album. There’s also an exclusive core kit called “Modern Wedding”.

Mixed Media. Designer Anna Dabrowska has announced that a selection of products from her popular Finnabair mixed media line made by Prima Marketing is hitting the shelves at Michaels Stores. The selection includes rust paste, patina paste, mixed media essentials, glitter, and more.

Trends. Slime is hot this summer and according to Adweek, the trend is paying off huge for craft brands like Michaels Stores and Elmers that have committed heavily to it. My own local Michaels store has an end cap right by the register area in the seasonal section containing gallon sized containers of Elmer’s along with all sorts of additives and other slime accessories.

Marketing. The wedding market is highly competitive, and content marketing continues to become more and more important. How important? Blogger network Aisle Society has just completed a successful $30,000 Kickstarter campaign to create an online tool to make submitting products and content to their more than 30 top wedding bloggers simpler and more streamlined for companies. The tool, called Matchology, will launch later this month, and cost $69.99 a year to use.

Equity. Kentucky-based Inked Brands – better known to most scrapbookers as Studio Calico – has raised $4 million in Series A equity funding. The equity was raised from BIP Capital, whose portfolio also includes companies like Tropical Smoothie, Huddle, and a variety of technology and health companies. Inked Brands was founded in 2007 by April Foster, and creates products for influencer brands such as Ali Edwards, A Beautiful Mess, Baby Boy Bakery, and Tom Kat Studio in addition to their in-house brand Studio Calico.

Equity, part 2. Digital education platform CreativeLive has raised $25 million in Series C funding from a combination of investors that include GSV Acceleration, Creative Artists Agency, Greylock Partners, Jared Leto, REV, Richard Branson, and Social Capital. (Now there’s a few names I thought this site would never have Google results for…) This raises to $58.8 million the company’s total funding. Part of the new funding will be used to extend CreativeLive more into the enterprise market.

Earnings. Michaels Stores will be reporting its first quarter earnings on Tuesday (June 6th) before market open, followed by a conference call at 8am central time. For information on how to take part in the conference call, visit the Michaels website.

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Project | Travel Album: Auf Wiedersehen

Sometimes, for workflow reasons, I like to do things in an album project out of order. That’s the case with the Frankfurt trip album that I’ve been plugging away on for quite awhile. I recently completed what will be the final page of the album, even though I still have a massive section of it to do that deals with the day that I spent in Heidelberg.

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So why would I choose to do it this way? When I ordered my photos, I actually planned to do it this way. I took a massive number of photos on this trip, so I decided to edit and order them in two batches. The first batch was all of the ones that I took while flying and in Frankfurt itself. This included my photos from the last day at the airport. Then the second batch will be the Heidelberg photos. My reasoning for breaking it down this way was that I planned to scrapbook these two groups of photos with fairly different styles, so it made sense to order and scrap them in batches, even if they weren’t entirely chronological.

travel album back page

Supplies:

This page is pretty simple. All of the cards are from the Project Life “Wander” Core kit, although I embellished a few of them. The today journaling card had a stamp from the Kelly’s Food Coma set added to it that said “#delicious” to make it more food themed. Then I used the Kelly’s Outline alphabet set to stamp “Auf Wiedersehen”  – German for goodbye – on the title card. Hey, that high school German comes in handy sometimes (the three words I remember, anyway).

Besides the stamping, the only other real embellishment was a few phrase stickers from a Tim Holtz sticker set. I used the stickers to create a bit of mini journaling on two of the photos.

travel album back page title

The biggest design feature on this page was actually a functional feature. I used my Fuse tool and added an extra pocket as a flap on the bottom left of the page. On the front, my boarding pass from my flight is visible. But if you flip if up, there is a white card with typed journaling telling the story of my trip home while I battled an unwanted souvenir – the flu.

travel album hidden journaling

In addition to hiding the journaling, the add-on pocket also hid the photo that I had put on the bottom left. While I enjoyed the novelty of my German chicken nugget box and wanted to record it, it really didn’t match the rest of the layout. So obscuring it behind the pocket for the boarding pass was a good way to include it without it looking too out of place.

Now that the Frankfurt section of my album is done, it’s time to move on to the Heidelberg section…I guess I better make that photo order!

Check out the rest of the album so far:

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Update | MISTI, Project Life, Etsy, Jobs, Events & More!

The post-winter show doldrums sure are over! Lots of companies have been busy with the result being lots of news to share!

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

Endings. The Project Life partnership with Stampin’ Up! is ending. Project Life branded products will continue to be sold (while supplies last) through Stampin’ Up! demonstrators until the end of the current catalog year on May 31st, 2017.

Patents. My Sweet Petunia, the manufacturer of the popular MISTI stamping tool, was granted their application for a U.S.MISTI patent on March 21st. The original MISTI tool took the stamping world by storm in 2015 and 2016, and the new Mini and Mega sized versions together won the CHA Hot Products Award for Papercrafting products at the 2016 Mega Show.

The MISTI patent had first been applied for by My Sweet Petunia on January 13th, 2015, but was initially denied in the summer of 2016. The company was able to secure approval of the MISTI patent last month after making a revision of their original patent application.

Winners. Etsy was honored as a finalist in the first-ever “World Changing Ideas Awards” sponsored by Fast Company magazine. The online marketplace for crafters was recognized as one of the top 24 finalists out of over 1000 submissions for the idea “Economic Security for the Gig Economy“, a method of ensuring freelance and self-employed people (like their marketplace participants) have stable access to items like healthcare and retirement savings.

Extensions. Tim Holtz has announced a new line of jewelry products that will be exclusive to Jo-Ann Stores called Tim Holtz Assemblage. The line is in Tim’s signature vintage style, and many elements are recognizable as adapted from metal elements designed for his papercrafts line. The line is available now – at 50% off – on Joann.com.

 

Changes. Megan Hoeppner is leaving her role as Editor-in-Chief of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine for personal reasons. She will, however, continue with the magazine as its Pic Tips columnist. The Editor-in-Chief position is being filled by Susan Opel, who is familiar to many in the industry from her time at the now-defunct Papercrafts & Scrapbooking magazine.

Megan Hoeppner

Megan Hoeppner (on left) and I together at SNAP Conference in 2016.

Changes, part 2. Etsy has named Rachel Glaser as its new Chief Financial Officer. She replaces Kristina Salen whose intended departure as of March 31st was announced last fall. Glaser will start work on or around June 1st, and Karen Mullane (Vice President, Corporate Controller) will serve as interim CFO. With 30 years of executive experience in finance, Glaser comes to Etsy from Leaf Group, a consumer media and marketplace company whose brands include Society 6, Livestrong.com, ehow.com, cuteness, and Techwalla.

Events. AFCI (formerly known as CHA) is partnering with SPC (Sierra Pacific Crafts) to put on a Mixed Media buying event in Salt Lake City this summer. Education will be on July 17th, and the show floor will be open July 18th though July 20th. Exhibit space is selling fast, and attendee registration opens on April 19th.

Events, part 2. It may feel like you’re barely over your jet lag from this year, but exhibit registration is already open for the 2018 Creativeworld show at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. Book before April 13th for an early booking discount. More than 130 exhibitors were already signed up as of the end of March, according to Messe Frankfurt.

[Note: Messe Frankfurt and its Creativeworld show are a Scrapbook Update sponsor.]

Considering whether to go for the first time? In case you might have missed them, here’s my show reports from Creativeworld 2017:

Documenting. Ali Edwards has announced that the next “Week in the Life” project will run the week of April 17th. New digital and physical product kits are available for the 2017 project on the Ali Edwards webstore.

Teams. Graphic 45 is skipping their usual design team call for 2017, and instead have announced a group they call the 2017-2018 Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors. The company promises that the design team call will return in 2018, but for this year, the new team includes lots of returning names from last year, with a few new ones mixed in.

Jobs:

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Project | Travel Album: Project Life Modern Core Kit

The Frankfurt Creativeworld travel album is moving along! This final layout of the Creativeworld 2014 show is using the Project Life Modern Core Kit, a feminine kit with lots of bold colors.

The Project Life Modern Core Kit goes to Frankfurt in this installment of my Creativeworld 2014 album.

Supplies:

The Project Life Modern Core Kit is a flowery kit doesn’t exactly scream “travel”. But not everything we do when we travel is suitable for a heavy travel theme. Sometimes we need to think outside the box (or core kit?) to find something that works for a specific activity. The Modern core kit worked nicely for my photos of trends at the Creativeworld and Christmasworld shows.

Creativeworld Project Life Modern Core Kit left

The photos on the left page are very brightly colored and busy. Because of this I kept the colors and designs of the cards muted to avoid it being too busy. Shades of pale pink and peach draw from the photos without competing with them.

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album

For my page title, I pulled out my trusty Dymo Organizer Express to create a custom piece of text to add to the card. And then I added rub-ons to the card to show the days that I was at the show.

I loved the journaling card with the black & white roses pattern but wanted to add another dimension to it. I settled on highlighting part of the design with the frame, and giving it a caption with a rub-on. This added another layer without overwhelming the softness of the card’s pattern that I loved. It also gave the eye a focal point on a very busy card.

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album

The journaling card about Christmasworld was a relatively plain pink card with a “thoughts” caption. A gold holly rub-on added a touch of Christmas theming without seeming out of place alongside all of the pink and floral elements on the page.

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album right

Some of my favorite elements in the Project Life Modern core kit are the bold graphic and floral elements. They need to be used sparingly however, to avoid drowning out the photos. On this layout I was able to get two of them in on the right page. Plus there was a small one of the bright flowers on the left page. It was important to spread these bright spots out to create balance in the layout.

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album

I can’t get enough of use these small text stickers on my Project Life layouts! Several companies make them and they always seem to find their way into my layouts. They are just right for adding a little extra something to my cards, like I did here on the floral card. The white sticker really pops off of the black background!

Project Life Modern Core Kit travel album

These clear Heidi Swapp butterflies have been in my stash for several years and every so often one of them is just what I need to add a little something to a project. I like adding dimension to my Project Life, but this side of the layout was totally flat. Adding the butterfly balanced out the dimension of the frame on the left side.

Don’t forget to look beyond your “travel” supplies when creating travel projects! You may be surprised what you can create!

Check out the rest of the album so far:

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