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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!

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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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CHA Mega Show 2016 | Succulents are Hot!

The CHA Mega Show is a great place to distill scrapbooking trends and craft trends, with so much of the industry and its products in one place for the show. Walking the show floor, patterns and themes become easily apparent – trends!

One thing that kept popping up as I walked the floor of this year’s CHA Mega Show was succulents for crafts! This trend, an outgrowth of the general 1970’s trend in crafts, fashion, and home decor, started to manifest in 2015, but really became prevalent at this show.

Several companies were using real live succulents in their booth decor as a touch of green:

Webster's Pages planner display with succulents

Webster’s Pages planner display with succulents

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Three Things I Resolve To Use In 2010

I’ve never been one to like New Year’s resolutions. However, this year, I’m making an exception. In a recent cleaning session I found some oldies-but-goodies in my crafting supplies, and I’m resolving to bring them back into the mix. Here are three items I’m resolving to use more of in 2010:

1. Metallic pens
From gold leafing to Sakura’s fine tip pens, metallic pens once ruled my world. Over the years they dried out and I suppose I just didn’t replace them. On a recent craft store trip I stumbled across some, had myself a nice ‘remember when I used to use these?’ moment, and bought a few. They can add so much to a layout quickly, and at little expense.

2. Vellum
I used to print, stamp, and otherwise utilize vellum on nearly half my layouts. Last year? I only used it once or twice. Why did it fall out of favor with me? Why did I stop? I’m not entirely sure, but I am going to be bringing plain vellum back. Whether for titles, journaling, or for embellishing there is much that can be done with vellum and I intend to make the most of it.

3. Powders & Sprays
I have embossing powder unused, my heat gun collecting dust, and several lovely mists just waiting to add sparkle to my layout. I have no good excuse for not using these supplies in my stash, and I’m going to make every effort to get them out more. Using with stamping, masking, decorating chipboard, and altering the look of patterned paper are just a few of the ways I see making the most of these products already in my studio.

To get my year off to a good start I’ve created this layout using Glimmer Mist, vellum, and embossing powder – not to mention some random goodies from my stash. I like to lightly dab some Versamark ink and then sprinkle embossing powder for a sprinkled look (using a heat gun to set it). I also printed out a title onto vellum (very light grey) and painted it with Smooch Ink. I’m loving how that turned out and see more in my future.

Am I happy to have this year off to such a positive start? You bet! I think some crafting goals help keep me on track and make me more productive for sure.

Supplies: Webster’s Pages patterned paper, Cathy Zielske word art, Glimmer Mist in Pink, American Crafts Cardstock and Zing Embossing Powder in Copper, Pink Paislee journaling punch out, Jenni Bowlin butterfly and jewel button, Versamark watermark ink pad, Smooch Ink in Taffy and Green Apple, Maya Road floral pins, unknown cardstock, ribbon, jewels, and vellum.

Examining my stash I feel like I could add in a fourth resolution here, and that would be to utilize my stamps better. I have a healthy supply of stamps. So why don’t I stamp more? I believe the answer is that my collection of acrylic stamps grew and I don’t have them organized. They’re just in a big bucket. The task of locating a stamp to use is so daunting I usually just work something else out.

My wood mounted stamps remain used because they are out on a shelf (there are only a few) and they’re easy to grab and use. My plan is to come up with stamp organization that works for me this year so that I can have better access to my collection. Stay tuned – I’ll share the results here!

I’d love to hear what you would like to use more of in 2010 and any crafting resolutions you’ve made for yourself. Please do feel free to share.

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