Thursday, March 27, 2014

BIG Paper Crafting Weekend, people!

Wowee Kazowee!  What a {HOT} weekend! 

I'm teaching tomorrow at The Collins Group Showa trade show strictly designed for our independent retailers (Read: to the trade, only).

I'll have the pleasure of working with Kellie McGowan, Customer Service Director at Momenta/Little Yellow Bicycle to introduce some of their {NEW} products.  In addition, we'll be exploring innovative ways to expand into mixed media to enhance our paper crafting projects.

Be sure to be on the lookout at the {NEW} Momenta/LYB products coming to an independent retailer near YOU.

** But that's not all . . .  All the greats are coming to Massachusetts for The Collins Group Show.  While they're here in New England, some of our favorites have planned stops to see US along the way:

Oh, the #PaperTrail, has set the bar high, my friends.  Eileen Hull kicks off her whirlwind tour TODAY.


Karen Burniston "Pops Up" again!  She's partnered with our long-time friend and die-cutting enthusiast, Els Van De Burgt of Elizabeth Craft Designs.  What a dynamic combination.  She's at Kept Creations in Whitman, MA, TODAY, from 6-9pm.

**There are other fantastic paper crafting opportunities that are happening this weekend, too:

Joanne Sharpe has a weekend full of classes at Right at Home Scrapbooking. Oh, goodness, have you seen Joanne's {NEW} book, "The Art of Whimsical Lettering?"  Right at Home offers us the perfect opportunity to glean inspiration directly from the acclaimed artist, herself.
  • Friday, March 28th - Decorative Doodling
  • Saturday, March 29th - Whimsical Drawing
  • Saturday, March 29th - Power Pens and Perfect Pages
  • Sunday, March 30th - Artful Alphabet Tag Book & Sampler

And the online paper crafting powerhouse that is Lain Ehmann is hosting her {FREE} online scrapinar TODAY.  "Ribbons & Lace: From Glam to Grunge with Donna Salazar" can be beamed directly into your home.  And don't we all just love Donna?  **Many thanks to our friends at Paper Camellia Scrapbook Kits for sponsoring this free event**


For those that want to fully immerse themselves into a full weekend retreat, you can join our friends at Scrapbook Summit, being held in Simsbury, MA.

Wowee Kazowee!  What a {HOT} weekend!  Be sure to schedule some #Cre8time for yourself - let us know what you have planned.  We'd love to hear about it.

Craft On, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Preparing for My "Life"

Tell me, is there any scrapbooker that isn't currently doing some sort of skew on Becky Higgins® Project Life®?  Beck has certainly created a design phenomenon - and no wonder!

I watched her design debut with American Crafts unfold at the Craft & Hobby Association show last year and I was totally hooked.  Having an active family with two young children, she obviously has the scrapbooking answers I am looking for.  Her product line is:

  • Quick
  • Easy
  • Trendy and
  • Clean
Quickly, I bought two different sets of the her Core Kit (one for each child) with extra journaling cards, albums, photo pocket pages of all description.  I love, love, love my Project Life products!  Even the packaging is sleek, stylish and best of all, organized.

I have a wonderful way to use her organizational features found on her website to help you get a jump start on your Project Life layouts:

First: From the "Freebies" tab on her homepage, I printed out the two-page "Project Life Photo Pocket Page Design Reference" on card stock.  I wanted to add it to a dedicated 12 X 12 album, so I overlaid Becky's pocket page onto the printout to use it as a template.

I outlined where the holes needed to be punched.

Viewing the Design Reference side-by-side allowed me to see the whole collection in one glance.  I punched the holes out so I could use them as a "book view."

I added all the different Project Life page layouts I had into a dedicated 12 X 12 Project Life album, each under a separate tab, and added the hole-punched Design Reference sheets to the front, and highlighted the type of layouts I had on hand on the Design Reference.

Next, I considered which photos were absolutely necessary to the layout that I wanted to create.

Laying out my "must have photos" with the design options in view, I could easily begin to see which layout would be most appropriate for my "must have" photos.

I flipped to the back of my album to pick the pocket page layouts I wanted to use.

Lastly, I did a quick check of my layout by using the Project Life pocket page as an overlay to my photos.  I began by adding my "must have" photos first, then I plugged in some additional favorite photos where appropriate.

Once I had a dedicated album of:
  • my stacks of different Project Life pocket page layout designs organized and tabbed, 
  • and the Project Life Design Reference pages printed and highlighted with the pocket pages I had on hand,

it was smoooooth sailing after that!  Treat yourself by making a Project Life Design Reference book of your own - you'll be smooth sailing, too, before you know it!

Tell me, what's the best way you stay organized with Project Life?

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Special Announcement: Mixed Media Madness

Two of my active "Inspire! New England Paper Crafts" Cre8time teammates have worked up an INCREDIBLE independent project that I'm thrilled to be able to share with you today.

Catherine Scanlon, of Catherine Scanlon Designs, and Kim Parkinson, of Kept Creations, have collaborated on working up an inspiring weekend art retreat.

Mixed Media Madness is being hosted Friday night, March 21st through Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the historic John Carver Inn and Spa in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

The latest information from Kim Parkinson sounds AMAZING:

"Get ready for a total immersion in art, techniques and classes!  Two fabulous artsy classes with published artist Catherine Scanlon, one assemblage class with Mandy Fariello and a fantastically messy class with Kathie DeLuca!  

Each attendee will get their own space in the community room to be able to take advantage of precious "creative alone time" that is perfect for:

  • working in your art journals, 
  • finish up some projects you might have or 
  • work up {new} project by taking advantage of inspiration garnered from other creatives joining you at the event.  

We'll have raffles, goodie bags, trunk show, food, fun and art!  What more could you want from a mixed media weekend?"

I've just learned that Mixed Media Madness has extended their registrations. 

Kim said, "If you've been waiting for those taxes to come in, this is the time. Sign ups have been extended to March 15th or until we are sold out. Call or click on link to sign up today."

** 02/25 Update: A La Carte Retreat Options can be found at
Friday night (6-8PM) mini class and hors d'oeuvres - $25
Mandy Fariello's class - this includes part 1 from 8-11PM on Friday night and part 2 from 2-5PM on Saturday - $100
Saturday Breakfast (7-8:30AM) - $20
Catherine Scanlon's class:
Saturday AM from 9AM-12PM - $60
Sunday AM from 9:30AM-12:30PM - $60
Both Saturday and Sunday classes - $100
Luncheon (12-2PM) - $20
Saturday evening mini class (7-8PM) - $20
Kathie DeLuca's Saturday night class (8-10:30PM) - $50
Sunday morning Breakfast and mini class (7-9:30AM) - $35

There's no doubt in my mind that this event will be a sell-out.  Great work, ladies!

Craft On, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

Momenta's on the MOVE!

MomentaNew England's largest paper crafting industry supplier, headquartered in Portsmouth, NH, is packing up and heading to the Craft & Hobby Association's Mega Show, happening THIS weekend, July 10 - 14, 2014, in Anaheim, California.

When craft retailers and designers from around the world stop in to the Momenta Booth #813, they'll be greeted by some of the most knowledgeable people in the business:

(L-R) Michael Barker, President; Kellie McGowan, Sales and Customer Service Manager; and Jackie O'Connor, Art Director and twelve-year member of the Momenta team ~
Kellie (middle) not only supports sales representatives and
retailers, but she's the real, live person that answers consumer
questions at Momenta's 800 customer service number!

I got to fly through their studios for a sneak peek before all the {NEW} goodies were packed up for the show - and I'm sharing the piccies with YOU!  First on the list is the wonderful selection of stickers, for which Momenta is famous for ~

They pay particular attention to ensuring they have a great mix of textures within the selections, from gloss finish, to glitter, and foil ~
Next up are the "thicker stickers."  Already mounted on solid foam core with an adhesive backing, doing all the "fussy" work for you. 

Look at the detail in these foam core embellishments.  I almost made off with those owls, I'm telling you.  Unbelievably cute - and the colors are right on trend.

The layered embellishments have so much detail ~

These dimensional stickers were absolutely gorgeous.  There's a mini-album right there, right?  

Yes, the Momenta team appreciates the consumer demand for quality wooden rubber stamps - and they're taking them to the next level.  See the doily and frame stamp sets?  These are nesting stamps that separate into three individual sizes, while being able to stack together into the space of one.  It is a huge help for storage and organization in a studio.

Oh, the paper stacks - I think this is the segment of their product line that truly shows the amount of professional design, trend-tracking and consumer responsiveness that Momenta puts into each item they bring to market.

When you hit the Momenta booth at CHA Mega Show, there's a reason you're going to be remarking about how attractive their product line is.  They've done their homework, well in advance.

I've saved, what I believe, is the best for last:  Momenta introduced these cut-and-emboss dies last year and they are expanding on the selection.  The dies cut the shapes and each comes packaged with interchangeable inserts if you wish to emboss the shape with different reliefs.  Or, as another option, you can take advantage of just using the embossing pieces separately.  True customization for your project.

So there's Momenta's 2014 CHA Mega Show Sneak Peek!  What was your favorite item of the preview?

Momenta invites retailers and designers to join their continued success in Booth #813 as they celebrate the recent acquisition of an acclaimed boutique paper crafting brand, Little Yellow Bicycle (read more about that HERE).  **BUYERS: be sure to ask Michael, Kellie or Jackie about Momenta's SHOW SPECIALS!

I can't WAIT to see where the Momenta team takes that in 2014!

Craft On, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Our Cre8time Team Expands our Schedule in 2014

Due to demand, our “Inspire! New England Paper Crafts” Cre8time Team expands our schedule of events in 2014.   After booking successful events this past year, Cre8time’s largest team commits to hosting free paper crafting "Cre8te and Take" events across the region through 2014.
The creative team of designers and specialty art retailers that comprise our "Inspire! New England Paper Crafts" Cre8time Team will be building on their 2013 event coverage which was accompanied by full social media support by New England Paper Crafts (NEPC) and Cre8time.  Promotional opportunities included:

As the Team Manager for our "Inspire! New England Paper Crafts" Cre8time team, I am taking reservations in advance for our Cre8time events.  Whether it's in-store, at a local museum, a consumer event or crop, I look forward to setting the event dates with our team mates and promoting the details of each of event, together.

Each of these free paper crafting Cre8time events will be specifically highlighted in a quarterly NEPC Cre8time Event blog post and social media blitz.  Best of all, our "Inspire! New England Paper Crafts" Cre8time Team members may book as many "Cre8te and Take" events as their schedules allow.

Interested in joining our team?  I'd love to hear from you!  Drop me a note at - I'll give you all the information you need to jump start YOUR New England paper crafting promotional schedule!
Happy Day, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

eclectic Paperie Enjoys Success

Kim Schofield of eclectic Paperie has expanded AGAIN!

Starting as an online retailer, she opened a small part-time studio early this year.  Now, her mixed-media studio is firmly established in the vibrant downtown Exeter, NH business district.

Join Kim {TODAY} for eclectic Paperie's Grand Opening at 121 Water Street, Exeter.  She's offering a TERRIFIC free make-n-take from 10am - 1pm!

Artists if the seacoast rejoice!  We have a LOCAL resource!  

Remember, Kim's bountiful offerings can be found online 24/7 at  

Happy Day, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Momenta Acquires Little Yellow Bicycle

Momenta, a leader in the scrapbooking and crafting market, has announced the acquisition of the Little Yellow Bicycle brand and product line.

Recently launched in 2009, the critically acclaimed Little Yellow Bicycle brand has now become synonymous with beautifully designed scrapbooking papers, stickers and embellishments.  Post acquisition, the team responsible for the brand's creative vision will work with Momenta to continue designing new Little Yellow Bicycle (LYB) branded products.

"We are very excited about adding the Little Yellow Bicycle brand and its outstanding products to the existing Momenta portfolio," commented Michael Barker, President of Momenta.  "The LYB designs and products are a perfect addition to Momenta's extensive selection of paper crafting product lines in collaboration with the LYB creative team."

Ross Zachs, Vice President of Little Yellow Bicycle adds, "This acquisition will allow the Little Yellow Bicycle brand to flourish in new ways.  I'm thrilled that LYB found a home with Momenta and that they are committed to developing new and exciting LYB branded products for crafters everywhere."

Momenta welcomes all sales and service inquiries at their headquarters in Portsmouth, NH.  Wholesale orders and inquiries for LYB should be directed to Momenta's Customer Service at (800) 448-6656 or

Founded in 1979, Momenta ( is a leading designer and distributor of innovative crafting products to retailers world wide.  Based in the seacoast of New Hampshire, Momenta's acquisition of Connecticut-based Little Yellow Bicycle firmly cements the brand in New England.

Happy Day, Laurel

Laurel Lee Pollard, Online Publisher, Promoter
New England Paper Crafts
"Ensuring the inspiring world of paper crafts continues to bloom."

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