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Project | Fall Pumpkin Tag with Tim Holtz Distress

Perhaps it was sweating in the 100 degree plus heat index for two days while our air conditioner was broken this week that did it, or maybe it’s the calendar changing to September. But for whatever reason, I’m suddenly in the mood for fall colors, changing leaves, and pumpkins! Since I live in Florida, though, I’ll have to settle for making my own on this fall pumpkin tag.

[Disclaimer: Some products were provided by Ranger to Scrapbook Update as editorial samples. My company, Nally Studios LLC, manages social media for Buttons Galore. Links in the supply list are affiliate links or provided as an advertiser courtesy. Translation: People sometimes give me cool things to use, and I’m lucky enough to have clients whose products I like to use.]

Fall Pumpkin Tag by Nancy Nally for www.scrapbookupdate.com

Although the background to this tag looks orange-brown, it actually was created with Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain in Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, and Carved Pumpkin! This was possible because it wasn’t the first tag that I made from a batch of stain sprayed on my craft mat. I sprayed the stains in a triangle arrangement, and pressed the first tag. It created the tag on the left below. Then I added some water with my Distress Sprayer, swiped a tag across my mat again, and got the tag in the middle. Finally, I grabbed a third tag and swiped again. By that time, the three colors were mingled enough on the mat to produce a more brown color, creating the tag I used for this project. (The other two tags will get used on other projects coming soon!)

Distress Spray Stain Tag Art

The design of the tag’s layout is simple so I was a bit stunned when I looked at the supply list to realize I’d used almost 20 products! This is because this project has a lot of layered color on it.

First the background was created using multiple shades of Distress Spray Stain, which gives it that shaded and mottled effect. Then the wood grain was stenciled on it. All of the paper elements added on top have inked edges. I used Antique Linen Distress Ink to age the pumpkin stamp block, and Tea Dye to antique the text strip. That’s a lot of subtle elements that use a lot of supplies. It shows the power of keeping a large tool box on hand. It’s taken me years to accumulate my three drawers full of ink in my Ikea Alex, but they are among the most important tools I have and I reach for them constantly.

Fall Pumpkin Tag by Nancy Nally

Since this fall pumpkin tag was all about the color and shading, the rest of the design is simple. I just used a block of patterned paper offset behind the pumpkin stamp block to highlight and frame it. I hadn’t intended to add the text strip to the left side but somehow the pumpkin ended up off-center with a lot of white space on that side, so the text strip was a perfect filler.

For some reason lately I’m incapable of making something completely flat. Nothing feels finished unless it’s got something thick on it. So I added the leaves that are buttons with the shanks cut off. They add dimension while bringing in some more “fall” to the design.

I didn’t tie off the twine at the top of my fall pumpkin tag because I have a special plan for this tag (and the others). Keep your eyes on my Instagram account to get a peek at it!

Supplies:

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Thoughts on a First Experience with Art Journaling

I’ve been following and writing about the trend towards art journaling in the papercrafts industry for quite some time. But being an observer and being a participant are two different experiences. Recently, after admiring them for a long time, I decided to take the plunge and try out some of the industry’s hottest products and techniques – Dyan Reavely’s Dylusions – for myself.

Diving into the concept of “art journaling” was a bit intimidating. Dyan makes her techniques look so easy and fun but that word “art” just brings to mind all of the highly skilled things that I will never be able to do, like drawing and painting.

But with Dyan’s voice fresh in my head from her basic how-to video,  I closed my eyes (well, ok, maybe not really!) and jumped in.

Just Make Stuff art journal

I was not only stunned with the results I got on my first try at playing with my new Dylusions sprays, but the experience itself can only be described as a revelation. I thought I would be lost without my photos as a basis for my creative process, but the opposite was in fact true – I found not having to work within the parameters of photos to be unexpectedly freeing.

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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Nancy’s Picks

The Scrapbook Update Hot Picks bring you the buzz from CHA shows, but sometimes my personal taste varies from what is “hot” or there isn’t room to include all of the things that I think are exciting.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s do “Nancy’s Picks”, my personal list of what I fell in love with at the CHA Mega Show 2015.

First up is one of my favorite Instagrams from the show! I’ve always loved the concept of Faber-Castell’s Gelatos, but the color palette of brights and primaries left me really cold. Now though, they’ve released a palette of pastel colors for the line that I believe will increase the product lines usability for me (and a lot of other people). Plus it makes for very pretty rainbow pictures!

Gelato Rainbow

Speaking of pastels, the normally very bright Simple Stories is also deviating from their usual color themes. This new line of basic patterns and alphabet stickers in a range of light colors will be great for cardmaking and for girly scrapbook pages! This girl mom is so happy to have a softer look from Simple Stories to work with.

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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Scrapbook Travel Products

With all of the travel that I’ve been doing lately, I have travel scrapbooking on the brain! I will need a steady supply of scrapbook travel products to scrap all of the pictures of the places I’ve been flying off to (and will be going to in the near future). Luckily for me, scrapbook manufacturers are back in the business of producing travel themed items again after taking a short break during the economic downturn. There were plenty of travel product options on show at the CHA Mega Show 2015!

Templates have become go-to products for many scrapbookers with the rise of mixed media, and The Crafter’s Workshop has several new templates that are especially handy for pocket scrapbookers. Good Eats and Radar Fragment are perfect for making custom pocket cards!

Good Eats template
Radar Remnant fragment template

For many people, travel means theme parks – specifically the Disney parks. Simple Stories is back with a sequel to their blockbuster “Say Cheese” collection, called “Say Cheese II”. The new collection builds onto the old one, with all of the elements working together. A new collection of pocket cards is sure to be popular!

Say Cheese II wood veneer
Say Cheese II pocket cards

Camping, featuring retro trailer icons, was a trendy theme this year. Bella Blvd’s interpretation of it in their signature color palette creates a collection that appears to be very 70’s influenced.

Bella Blvd Campout

Crate Paper also did an interpretation of the retro trailers for their travel themed line called Journey. Their color palette and designs appear to be more 1950’s inspired, however.

Crate Paper Journey
Journey Crate Paper
Crate Paper Journey
Pink Paislee Atlas
Pink Paislee Atlas
Pink Paislee Atlas

Instead of campers, Pink Paislee took its vacation line to the skies with Atlas. The bright colorful collection is ultra modern and will be popular with pocket scrapbookers. The gold foil world map transparency from the Atlas collection is sure to attract a lot of attention, as are the silver foil airplanes!

Pink Paislee Atlas
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Teresa Collins also brought gold foil to her new travel collection, Wanderlust. Her black, white and gold mini collection is neutral enough to be mixed in with other travel products to add a bit of pop or drama.

Teresa Collins Wanderlust
Teresa Collins Wanderlust
Teresa Collins Wanderlust

If graphic is more your style than gold foil, Echo Park and Carta Bella have plenty of travel products to make their fans happy. Under the Echo Park Paper brand name, new collections of designer cards for pocketing scrapbooking called “Getaway” are available in a nice subdued color palette.

Echo Park Getaway

The retro camper makes an appearance as die for Carta Bella. The company is also offering several other travel themed dies, stencils and stamps that cover every type of travel imaginable.

Carta Bella dies
Carta Bella travel
Carta Bella Travel Stories

Carta Bella’s new travel collection is called Travel Stories, and the bold color palette is attention-getting. The pocket card designs on one sheet are very creative and unique.   Stamps with matching die sets were everywhere on the show floor, and Technique Tuesday has a great stamp set for pocket scrapbookers to use for travel scrapbooking called Going Places. The matching die set is also called Going Places.

Technique Tuesday Going Places
Technique Tuesday Going Places

There was lots to love in Tim Holtz’s CHA Mega Show 2015 announcements for travel scrapbookers. First up, was the repackaging of his mini blueprint stamps from 12 stamp packs into 4 stamp theme pack. This will make it much more affordable for consumers to buy just the theme that they need of the stamps, instead of possibly having to buy 8 they didn’t need to get the set of four that they did.

Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints

There was also plenty of new stamp designs that will make travel fans very happy.

Tim Holtz travel stamps
Tim Holtz travel stamps

For Tim’s mixed media fans (of which there are many), there are new stencils that will work great for travel scrapbooking of all kinds. There’s also an entire new idea-ology collection devoted to airmail themes called Passport that has great pieces in it for travel usage, like map washi tape .

Tim Holtz travel stencils
Tim Holtz travel tissue tape

What travel scrapbooking are you working on (or anticipating doing in the near future?) What products are you looking forward to seeing hit store shelves?

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Update | 11.12.2012

Wow, the news has been coming fast and furious this past week! We’ve got a little bit of everything – including new products, a big sale, a design team call, and a big industry retirement – to talk about.

(And did you notice the new name? Noteworthy is now “Update”!)

In case you missed our big announcement last week, Nally Studios is the new owner of Craft Critique, the craft industry’s leading product review website. We have exciting plans for the website and hope that both existing Craft Critique readers and our Scrapbook Update audience will like what they see as we grow the site.

Digital diva Renee Pearson is having a creative team call for 2013 for her online education website. Creative team members will gain free access to classes and workshops, and participate in creating layouts, photographs and projects to be used as class samples. They will also be expected to take part in promotional activities via blogs, social media and other venues. Deadline for applications is November 20th.

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Trends | Return of the Hexagons

Long ago at a CHA far, far away…

Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that long ago or even quite that far away, but there was no denying that at CHA Winter 2012, the hexagons were back! I’m not quite ready to call this trend a staple yet – it’ll take at least one more show to tell – but scrapbooking manufacturers of all styles have certainly embraced this shape and put their own spin on it. If you want to see examples from last summer’s show be sure to check out my Trend Watch article on Hexagons, Honeycombs, and Lattices from last October, but right now I want to take a look at some photos from the CHA Winter 2012 show floor and look at just what this trend had to offer this time around.

I have to admit that the Jenni Bowlin booth was one of the last places I would have expected to see hexagons at CHA Winter 2012, but she totally surprised me by putting her own signature (and lovely!) vintage spin on the shape. The hexagon paper (from the Magpie collection) and Quilted Stickers shown below are perfect examples of how a company can be trendy and still stay true to their roots.

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