is indeed lucky, as it is a collection of ideas for the scrapbookers on your list (and yes, this means you — feel free to send a link/hint to anyone who might need it!) Be prepared, this is long — I want to give you LOTS of options in a wide price range!!
JUST FOR FUN
The Magna-Frame – how totally cool is this? With all the pictures I take I’m always on the hunt for ways to incorporate and showcase pictures outside my albums.
Features: Double-sided frames that hold 2 photos, super strong magnets that hold said frames all packaged together in an attractive clear gift box! Cost is only $9.99 for a basic set of 6 frames and 10 steel balls.
FYI: found this at Digital Scrapbook Place, where you can of course purchase many additional gifts relevant to the digital side of our craft.
Bling for your stocking. I’m not much of a jewelry person — which isn’t to say I would to unwrap something sparkly!
Met these adorable girls, Laura and Erin at Memory Trends and am totally enamored with their "Glitz Frosting" malleable strips of jewels that provide endless possibilities for that touch of scrapbook "flash." So completely impressed with them and the fact that they are following their dream. You go girls! Read their blog and you could WIN some amazing prizes. GO NOW!
Like cool stitching! Read all about it, here!
Hand in hand with my ongoing desire to simplify, I’m recently re-exploring my love of stamping and other "easy-than-you-might-think" techniques — loving and learning more about the iconic Tim Holtz. He’s got a relatively new blog,that will blow you away, if you have not yet explored it. Tim’s new Fragments were my top pick from Memory Trends this year. I’ve always loved the "old" and quickly disappearing "icicle" line of accents from KI Memories and Tim is now allowing me to create my own.
Learn more and purchase here. I realize the product shot is hard to see, so take a look at this lunch box that I photographed on the show floor.
LOVE. Scrapbook.com has these in stock — and they are also hosting a 12 Days of Christmas with freebies and other promotions every day, so nows a perfect time to shop!
The Ka-Jinker attachment tool (perfect stocking stuffer for you, or an older child) I just got one of these handy tools. I played with it as I was compiling my Christmas List project and decided to give it a home in my island — this means, It is within "reach" and that I’m going to use it often. It sets gems and buttons with one easy click, in the same fashion that price tags are attached to clothing.
BOOKS & IDEAS
For those of you who don’t know Nicole LaRue, too bad for you. No seriously, this girl is amazingly talented, has done graphic design work for various projects at CK and left her mark in many ways over at American Crafts . Nichole has now authored a very fun book loaded with hip, handmade gift ideas — appropriately titled 101 Hip, Handmade Gifts. Believe it or not, it’s already on sale — in my opinion these are the kinds of ideas we need to promote — to help us elevate paper crafting and attract more people — the concepts, design and photography are original, and thoughtfully chic — Hip, for sure.
Check it out.
and btw CKMedia has got some super deals on LOTS of special issues and other books.
Next up, my two scrapbooking book choices, both of which are currently on my night stand and if not already in your home, hopefully high on your list!
Ali has done it again and really, I think, done it better than ever before. I personally like idea books you can READ, not just look at. Books that share conceptual ideas, not just pretty pages. When I read Ali’s stuff, I often think "Hey, I’ve say, teach, and write these ideas and philosophies in nearly identical ways … "
Our philosophies are very much aligned, and so I rejoice in seeing her "coolness" and creativity applied to concepts that I so strongly promote and believe in. This is so much more than an idea book — it’s a tome that you will use and refer back to for years to come.
Next up, someone relatively new to the scrapbook scene; however, someone who I guarantee will be around a long time, an influencer and beacon of all that we stand for as scrapbookers. If you’re a reader of Simple Scrapbooks, then you have undoubtedly read articles by Elizabeth Dillow — now you can read her first book.
Elizabeth is a life-long learner, avid reader, fantastic writer and inspiring scrapbooker. I am absolutely smitten with the Scrapbookers’ Almanac and I know you will be too.
Ok, one more — just in case you do NOT know about The Enclyclopedia Of An Ordinary Life, by Amy Krause Rosenthal. I got an email from Amy today and it made me think, you know what I’m going to pick up that book again. And I did. I actually had gum surgery today (YUCK!) but it meant I got to curl up on the couch for hours and read — what a treat!
I recommended this book as an all-time favorite in The Big Picture and that it is. Picking it up again today made me laugh and reminisce and "get in my groove, for an assignment I’m working on for an article by Elizabeth Dillow in our May/June issue. I cannot say enough about Amy and her authentic and humorous style. Btw, you can listen to Amy on the Land of Nod website, in some "nod casts" — time well spent.
And, great news. If you already have and love Encyclopedia, Amy has other books. Check them out
TECHNOLOGY and TOOLS
I’ve been in the market for a new photo-printer for quite some time. I upload and print TONS photos every 3 months or so at Shutterfly (preferred) and often use ScrapbookPictures.com for cool sizes and borders. If however it’s crunch time on a deadline and I use the 1-hour option at Walmart, but I’ve grown more and more anxious to do the latter at home. I also see what others do on the home printers, in terms of customizing and so I decided to investigate my at home options. I took my time and finally settled on the rather new Epson RX680. I wanted an "all-in-one" with more capabilities than the little personal printers. Have to say … I LOVE it!!
There are some serious great promotions going on right now — free stuff, rebates, etc.. You could actually put this under the tree for as low as $99, if you act FAST. Read all about it here.
If you sign up for email promotions from Epson, you can get some decent deals on ink too. If you already have this printer, leave a comment and let me and others know what you think!
Lifetime from Top-Line Creations – had the pleasure of meeting of couple of dynamic Top-Line consultants at a consumer show this year and have really enjoyed playing around with their software and designs for digital albums …
The designs are fresh and clean and the results are fast and sharable!!
Big Picture Scrapbooking. Indulge me for a minute here, as I do some shameless self-promotion. There are some serious cool Christmas gift certificates available right here. Why not give yourself or a group of friends the chance to take a class together (even if you and they live far apart)
January is a great time to learn something new (for example handmade book binding or the art of playing with paint ) and of course, the new year is the obvious time to recommit to a more organized space and approach to this hobby of ours. Hopefully, you are aware that my dear friend Wendy (Creative Editor at SS) is coming to BPS for a 12-week course called Get Organized and Be Inspired. I’ve chatted with Wendy several times this week and am amazed at the innovative things she has planned — everything from "Internet Inspiration Exercises" to LIVE sessions where hundreds of folks with creative hobbies will work in unison to carry out specific processes at the same time and report back in ongoing chats with Wendy and each other. Wendy is a very busy lady– so, I would advise you NOT to miss what could be your one chance to really get inside her head and allow her to teach you the concepts and processes in her already Best-Selling book, The Organized and Inspired Scrapbooker.
I’m beyond excited about this workshop–to prove it, I am going to give away three of Wendy’s books (a pre-requisite for class, one sale now for just $14.95) and one FREE pass, from all who comment today. Simply tell me why you NEED Wendy’s expertise!
and, thanks for reading this very long post.