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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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Gobbling at Hands on Tuesday

It was Hands on Tuesday today at the York Public Library in York, Maine.  I found inspiration from Pinterest, which had a wide variety of paper turkeys that had upside-down hearts for the bodies.  I had to prepare 20 kits, so I used as many of my Sizzix dies as I could to so I could make up the project quickly and easily.  

For the tail, I used the Sizzix Bigz Pro "Circle Scallop" to make the back of the turkey plume.  I cut 60 smaller scallop circles from a gorgeous assortment of BoBunny's "Forever Fall" paper collection using Sizzix "Flowers" Framelits dies so the kiddos could have their choice of three die-cuts to enhance their turkey tail.

I used scissors to hand-cut both the oval red faces and the beaks.  I made a stack of 6"x6" dark brown papers as well as 4"x4" rust paper for the kids so they would be able to die-cut the turkey bodies themselves.

Putting the ridge-side down,

 . . . the kids made their Sizzix sandwich, starting with all tabs closed on the Sizzix Big Shot Adapter Pad, adding the base cutting pad, paper, the largest of the Sizzix Framelits "Hearts #2" dies (ridge side down), then adding the top cutting pad.  The whole sandwich gets rolled through the Sizzix Big Shot die-cut machine . . .

 . . . and {PRESTO}: a perfect heart!

Next, they repeat the process with the second-to-the-smallest of the five hearts in the Sizzix die set . . .

 . . . and the turkey bodies are done!

The assembly begins with the tail base, then adding the three Forever Fall die-cuts.

The upside-down-heart turkey body and head get added . . .

 . . . and finish with the red face, orange beak, and googlie eyes.

My kiddos are going to love this little critter when they see him after they get off the bus today.  Our first holiday creation of the season!

Now tell me, do you think I love working up theses project, or what?  Look at these guys at Hands on Tuesday at York Public Library today!  Too fun!

If you have an organization that's looking to bring in a craft project to your event, I'd love to hear about it.  Kids, seniors, professionals, stay-at-home-moms, moms-to-be, and brides to be (heck! even grooms-to-be!) - crafting is fun & creative.  I'd welcome the opportunity to create customized paper crafting projects that fit YOUR theme.  I encourage you to contact me at NewEnglandPaperCrafts (at) gmail (dot) com about collaborating together.

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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Monday, November 11, 2013

"Retreat! Retreat!"

No finer words were ever spoken to a crafter, am I right?

I joined the lovely Kim Enck, Creative Memories Consultant, at her semi-annual Scrapbooking Retreat at Purity Springs Resort in East Madison, NH, this past weekend.  Oh, I was so thankful for the long stretch of dedicated time to work on some of my paper crafting projects.  

In preparation of the excursion, I packed up just about my entire Sizzix die-cutting tool table so my fellow Retreaters could enjoy these wonderful, inspiring products that I'm blessed to be able to work with every day.  A few extra trips to the car, and I was loaded with Sizzix crafty goodness to share with our group.

After a full-on scrapping on Friday & Saturday, we woke up early to a winter wonderland at Tecumseh Lodge on Sunday morning.  It was an inspiring sight, especially for those working on their holiday layouts ~

The most memorable part of the weekend?  Escorting our furry visitor from the second floor of the lodge and out the front door.  The text from Nancy Stearns, barricaded upstairs with her roommates read, "Help! Just tried to leave room and a big fat raccoon was there!!!! HELP!"   

First priority of a scrapbooker in this situation?  Get a photo, of course!  Meghan Harriman did not disappoint ~

I recently added the Sizzix Big Shot Pro Accessory - Solo Platform, Shim & Wafer Thin Die Adapter to my tool collection and, BOY, did they make an incredible addition to the versatility of the Sizzix Big Shot Pro die-cutting machine.  With the {new} adapter pad, we worked with the Big Shot Pro non-stop all weekend.

We used the full selection of Sizzix dies through it, including Karen Burniston's "Pop 'N Cuts," Tim Holtz's "On The Edge," as well as Framelits and Sizzlits, not to mention the wide spectrum of Sizzix Bigz Dies I had on hand to share.  By the end of the weekend, even the Sizzix Textured Impressions and Texture Fades Embossing Folders were getting a workout through the Sizzix Big Shot Pro!

Here are a just few examples of some creative works that we were able to personalize with all those beautiful die-cuts:
Melanie Sperry's double-page layout, using both the
positive AND negative from the die cut of
Sizzix "On The Edge - Tree Line" die by Tim Holtz
Debbie Moores' cover page is grounded with her die-cut
from Sizzix "Bigz Pro Die - Square, Ornate"
These little dandies kept me busy on Sunday with customizing
cards from die-cuts from
Sizzix "Pop 'n Cuts" by Karen Burniston
Left - Right: Kim Enck, Laurel Lee Pollard, Melanie Sperry
Front: Debbie Moores
As many of you know, Creative Memories is finalizing a reorganization process. I'm happy to announce that Kim Enck remains committed to the company that has brought so many of her creative friends together over the years.  She will be helping to launch the newly-introduced Ahni & Zoe by Creative Memories Collection throughout her Gorham, Maine-based area in 2014.

I can't wait to see "in-real-life" what creative options Kim Enck will be offering scrapbookers here in Southern Maine, can you?  Let me know what you think of the Ahni & Zoe preview.  Is it something you're considering to use to preserve your treasured memories in the coming year?

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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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