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Job | Apostrophe S: Strategic Innovation Specialist (Riverton, UT)

Nally Studios logoFor our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update now publishes industry job listings in our main feed, with the company name in the header! To see a page listing all of these published jobs for easy reference, visit the Jobs category page of Scrapbook Update.

Editor’s Note: This listing is interesting both as a job posting and for informational purposes. Apostrophe S is the new direct sales company that was recently announced by Stampin’ Up! and the job requirements in this listing provide a peek into the new company’s intended direction.

Strategic Innovation Specialist, Emphasis: Communications & Customer Care

The Company

Apostrophe S is a new startup company in the direct sales craft industry, to be launched this summer.​  The company is backed by a leader in the craft industry and has a plan for aggressive growth over the next 5 years. Since early 2013, the startup team has focused on customer and market  research to better understand the needs of aspiring creative women ages 18 to 35.​  Out of these investigations and inspired by a team of passionate makers comes Apostrophe S.​ We are a unique culture with a unique vision.

Who We Are

We are a no-pressure direct sales company that believes in making fool-proof projects at parties.​ Purchase a kit of your choice before the party, then make it together with your friends.​ No sales pitch ever—only fun! Continue Reading →

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Create Wearables with your Silhouette! [Giveaway Alert]

Heads up, Scrapbook Update readers! How would you like to win a Silhouette Portrait machine? If so…head on over to our sister site Craft Critique, where there is a giveaway going on!

You’ll also get a look at some ideas of what you can do with your Silhouette machine and the Silhouette iron-on materials to make some fun wearables for the littlest fashion plates in your life!

SIlhouette Baby Onesie Continue Reading →

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Surfers for Autism Mini Album

Some projects just take time to marinate. This mini book was started probably five? years ago…I fell in love with this album and the Mudd Puddles sand textured medium and knew I wanted to make an album out of them together, but didn’t know what I wanted to do with it!

I applied the sand texture, did all the backgrounds on the chipboard pages – and hit a wall. The album was so beautiful and I didn’t have a purpose for it. None of my pictures seemed worthy of this beautiful piece of art – until our family found Surfers for Autism.

Surfers for Autism mini albumI don’t often turn this site into a platform for my personal causes but April is Autism Awareness Month. Many of my readers are already familiar with my daughter Bridget, who is almost 11 years old. Bridget was diagnosed with autism at 2.5 years old. Continue Reading →

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Michaels Credit Card Data Breach Confirmed

Michaels thumbnailMichaels Stores confirmed yesterday that 2.6 million customer credit cards (approximately 7% of cards used during the affected period) were compromised in a credit card data breach that extended from May 2013 until January 2014. Another 400,000 cards were compromised at Aaron Brothers, a Michaels Stores subsidiary.

The company had warned of a possible data breach in late January, and indicated at that time it was working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate what it called “a pattern of fraud activity” on credit cards that had links to Michaels Stores.

The Michaels credit card data breach affected point-of-sale systems at a limited number of Michaels Stores between May 8th, 2013 and January 27th, 2014. Not all locations were affected for the entire window. My local store in Palm Coast, Florida, for example, is listed as only being affected from May 8th-July 29th, 2013. The list of affected Michaels Stores, and the dates the individual stores were affected, can be viewed on their website. Continue Reading →

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Update | 4.18.2014 – Tombow, Craftsy, Crate Paper, Our Daily Bread, more

Spring is coming, and the press releases are suddenly popping up like spring tulips in my inbox! Here’s the latest and greatest that is happening around the industry!

American Tombow, popular among many scrapbookers for its Mono Adhesive line and for its markers, has announced that it donated $10,000 in product to the national non-profit Council for Art Education during the recent 2014 National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention in San Diego.

The donation was part of Tombow’s “100 Days of Tombow” campaign that was launched in March 2013 to mark its centennial year in business by promoting crafts education through the work of 90 art, craft, mommy and scrapbook bloggers.

“100 Days of Tombow was started with the goal to show our gratitude to the arts and crafts community by supporting its art education efforts,” said Jeff Hinn, president of American Tombow. “With great thanks to our blogger participants and the great people at CFAE, we were able to successfully make that promise come to fruition.” Continue Reading →

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Update | 4.15.2014 – Project Life Stampin’ Up!, Scraptime, Studio Calico, Simon Says Stamp, Bella Blvd

There’s lots of news today from the industry’s biggest & brightest names…let’s dive right into it!

Becky Higgins has just announced on her blog that she is partnering with Stampin’ Up! to create exclusive Project Life products for the direct sales market. The announcement promises card collections, accessory packs, albums, pocket pages, tools, other accessories, and stamps (in keeping of course with the mission of Stampin’ Up!). The card packs will be somewhat different than the ones sold in retail stores in two major ways, however. First, they will have square corners – unlike the signature rounded corners of the current Project Life products. Second, the Project Life Stampin’ Up! cards will come in packs of 100 double-sided designs, with no duplicates in a pack.

Project Life products will be available for order through Stampin’ Up! representatives on May 1st, and more product preview information will be available soon. In the announcement, Higgins also promised a future digital release of the Stampin’ Up! exclusive products. Continue Reading →

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And They All Fall Down: Splash of Color, GCD Studios, Canvas Corp, Lily Bee

Scrapbooking companies have been falling like dominoes lately, as four well-known companies have shut down, filed for bankruptcy (or both) since early December.

GCD Studios

California-based GCD Studios filed for Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy in early December, listing assets of less than $2,000 and debts of over $2 million. The company ceased operations in late 2013, listing no profits for 2013 and a little over $300k for 2012. The vast majority of GCD’s debt is to investors, including owner/president Michael Rountree.

In it’s heyday, GCD boasted ground-breaking lines from industry luminaries like Melody Ross, Heidi Sonboul, Kathy Davis, and Donna Salazar, and was one of the first companies to try to bring the concept of mixed media to the masses in the scrapbook segment through lines like Ross’s Chip Art. Sonboul has now launched her own company at the CHA show in January, and Salazar continues to build her licensed line through other companies. Ross appears to be focusing on her retreat business for the moment. Continue Reading →

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American Crafts Acquires Bazzill Basics

American Crafts announced today that they have purchased Bazzill Basics.

Bazzill logoThe name of Arizona-based Bazzill has been practically synonymous with cardstock in the scrapbook industry for well over a decade. The company’s canvas textured cardstock sparked a craze in the late 1990′s for textured cardstock that literally changed the face of scrapbooking. It’s only been with the rise of stamping, which isn’t compatible with textured paper, in the past few years that smooth cardstock has made a serious return. The company has met the trend for smooth cardstock with a popular line called “Smoothies“, available in a limited selection of colors. Continue Reading →

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