Monday, January 11, 2021

A little update

Happy new year, everyone! I know we're all wishing and hoping for a better year than the last. (Can we just count last week as part of 2020?) It's been a rough transition into the new year for me personally, and I'm definitely hoping the days ahead are brighter. I figured it was time for a little update so here we go:

In a Creative Bubble // Shop News

Thank you for your patience as I worked on some shop maintenance behind-the-scenes at In a Creative Bubble! The site is now live again and those of you waiting to make orders can head to the site.

I am so grateful that the creative community's continued, enthusiastic support has allowed this little digital store to flourish over the years. Seeing my designs being put to use on your memory keeping projects always puts a smile on my face and I'm thankful that you've found these products helpful for documenting your stories.

With growth does come some changes, and in 2021, I will be charging GST/HST on Canadian orders. I was hoping to be able to implement this while doing the site maintenance, but it appears that Big Cartel (my e-commerce platform) has a very simplified set up/website back end and is not the best platform for setting up these rates. As a result, I've temporarily disabled/suspended Canadian orders as I work on exploring options and possible solutions for charging GST/HST on Canadian orders. To my Canadian customers, I apologize for the inconvenience and I appreciate your continued patience as I figure out a solution!

As for an update on UK/Brexit VAT, Big Cartel has gotten back to me with the following: "We don't have specific details to share on how Big Cartel will be handling this at this time - our legal team is looking into whether OMP (online marketplace provider) status applies to us based on the guidelines set forth. We will keep you posted as we get updates on this." Unfortunately, this means that I will have to continue the policy of no longer allowing orders to UK addresses. I'm sorry and wish I had better news to share.

In a Creative Bubble // Elsewhere

It's been awhile since I've updated you on the recent collaborations I've had the pleasure of working on. As much as I love the convenience of digital products, it is always so awesome to have tangible products to use too, especially since I'm a hybrid scrapbooker (combining my love of digital + physical supplies!). I'm delighted to share these projects:

Pinkfresh Studio recently shared their latest scrapbook collection releases and I had the wonderful opportunity to work on Keeping it Real with fellow designers Inna Moreva and Kaitlin Sheaffer. This new scrapbook collection is a mix of beautiful florals and bold, modern designs, designed to help you tell your imperfect, everyday stories. According to Pinkfresh Studio, the estimated ship date to retailers for this collection is mid-February.

Studio Calico's January kits are now live and I got to design some of the kit components in the January documenter kit and traveler's notebook kit. I love how bright and fresh these kits are and you can find some of my designs in the cards, chipboard pieces, and both kits' stamp sets. I'm also designing the 2021 3x4 monthly stamp series for Studio Calico, and they have a handy designer filter here where you can shop all the IACB for SC stamp sets.

Feed Your Craft's next shop update is coming this Friday on January 15th at 10AM EST and I designed the latest kit called Happy at Home. It's perfect for this season of hibernation as many of us are spending lots of time at home right now. I'm still waiting for my kit to arrive (those darn shipping delays!) but I'm excited to see all the sneaks of the creative team working their magic with the kit and add-ons :)

Memory Keeping Plans 2021

The 2020 pandemic year wasn't good for me creatively as many of my creative projects took a back seat; I lost a lot of motivation to create as I grappled with anxiety, loss, grief, and other personal circumstances. Thankfully, working on my December Daily album last month was a good way to jumpstart that creativity again and I really enjoyed putting together my album. I also purchased an Epson PM-400 photo printer to hopefully help me scrapbook more regularly! Photo printing is one of my biggest setbacks and normally, I would batch print photos at my local Costco. Unfortunately, local Costcos closed down their photo centres last summer and while I can still send my pictures to print online, shipping would take 10-15 business days (according to their site). So far, I'm loving the print quality of this little Epson PM-400 printer and I think it's going to be really convenient to print pictures on demand.

There are no ground-breaking plans for my memory keeping this year, but I hope to get back on track and find more time to create. I want to continue with Project Life and along with all the missing gaps/old spreads I want to make for both my 2017 and 2020 albums, I'm thinking of going with a 9x12 format for 2021 (haven't made any final decisions yet!). I also have lots of travel mini-books I still want to tackle, and I'm crossing my fingers I will find time and stay motivated to work on them as it seems like a lot of this year will still be spent at home.

If you've made it this far, thank you. I hope you are well and safe and this year brings hope and joy in the days ahead. xo.

Monday, December 28, 2020

2021 Freebie + Shop News

Hey everyone! Hope you had a lovely holiday season and are enjoying the winter break. This Christmas season felt a little off, to put it lightly, and I admit there were days where it was difficult to find joy amidst it all. Somehow we've reached the end of 2020 and I'm looking forward to leaving behind this horrible, no-good year. I'm continuing the tradition of offering free new year cards and I've got a set of 2021 cards for you today, which you can download here.

I also wanted to share an update on In a Creative Bubble's digital shop. After December 31st, 2020, I will no longer take digital item orders from UK addresses due to the Brexit tax VAT system which goes into effect on January 1st, 2021. I am afraid I cannot comply to these changes with the limited resources I have. This was not a decision made lightly and I apologize to all UK customers for the short notice. I'm still trying to get more information from my website provider (Big Cartel) if they will act as the marketplace facilitator in this circumstance as they've done so with US state taxes, but I haven't heard back yet. Thus, to be on the safe side, I will not be taking UK orders in the new year. If there are any changes to this, I will keep you updated. Thank you for understanding.

I also wanted to give you a heads up that I'll be doing some site maintenance behind the scenes and the site will be down/offline starting January 1st (11:59PM EST). Hoping to get it back running soon.

Thank you for sticking around and I hope you have a cozy and safe new year! xo. 

Friday, November 27, 2020

Black Friday Sale + Freebie

Hi everyone! It's been one heck of a year, hasn't it? I can't believe we are nearing Christmastime already. I'm back today to share the final sale of the year - a four day storewide sale at In a Creative Bubble! Use the code HOLIDAY2020 at checkout for 10% off your order of $10 or more. This sale is on from now until Monday, November 30 at 11:59PM PST.

I've also got a freebie for you. Many of us are going through a second wave of the pandemic right now and I know this virus is going to change how we celebrate the holidays this year. As we stay apart and at home to stay safe, I found the Judy Garland version of Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas so fitting for this Christmas (you can read the history of this song in this old article). I created this cut file insert/divider for my own December Daily album, and decided to share it here for those who may want to use it as well. It's sized at 5x8.25", which is the size of a traveler's notebook page outside of a TN page protector. I've left a margin on the left side for you to punch your own holes to fit this in your album.

I've provided a couple different versions of this cut file in this Box folder. For those who don't have a digital cutting machine, there's also an inverted black & white PNG so you can just print it out too. Enjoy!

Thank you so much for your continued support, encouragement, and enthusiasm for IACB. I'm so grateful for this community and it means the world to me that you like and use my designs when documenting your memories. I hope you have a great weekend and a safe and cozy holiday season! xo.