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Archive | July, 2008

CHA-Summer 2009 Will Bring Big Changes

CLN Online and Craftrends are both reporting (and I’m hearing from upset CHA members) that there will be big changes to the CHA-Summer show in 2009. Those changes will start with the venue, which will move from the show’s longtime home in Chicago to a new venue in Orlando. Also the show will take place on weekdays (Tuesday-Thursday) July 28th-30th instead of the traditional weekend date.

But perhaps the biggest – and most controversial – change of all is the addition of two days of consumer show dates following the three days of trade show. No details have supposedly been ironed out yet about exactly how this will work (whether exhibitors will be required to stay for the consumer show, whether retail sales will be required or allowed at the consumer event, etc).

So far, the overwhelming reaction I’ve seen and heard in various forums from those in the trade is negative, especially to the idea of the consumer show. Most of the complaints revolve around the extra expense and time seemingly being required of companies by the addition of the two consumer days, as well as concern that the consumer show will hurt area retailers.

CHA will be holding conference calls to get input and answer questions about the changes. The calls are scheduled for the following dates (note the first one is tomorrow):

  • Friday, July 25th, 11 a.m.-Noon
  • Friday, August 8th, Noon-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, August 12th, 3-4 p.m.
  • Monday, August 25th, 2-3 p.m.

To participate in the conference calls, pre-registration is required (which is done on a first-come, first-served basis). This can be done by emailing Tara Smith (tsmith@craftandhobby.org) with your first and second time preferences. If no response email is received, call 201-835-1223.

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[Bookshelf] Real.Life.Scrapbooking.

real-life-scrapbooking-coverI’ve mentioned previously that thanks to the closing of my local AC Moore I was able to score some scrapbooking books 50% off. One of the titles I picked up was Rebecca Cooper’s Real.Life.Scrapbooking., from Simple Scrapbooks.

I love the subtitle of this book: “I take shortcuts. I make the most of my supplies. I find significance in the everyday. I scrapbook my ordinary life.” The first two especially are something that almost every scrapbooker can relate to.

The design aesthetic of the layouts in this book, created by Cooper and a team of six contributors, are clean & simple.

The book is divided into four sections: Why, What, How & Real. To me, the first two sections (Why and What) are great eye candy but not incredibly (scrap) life-changing. But the How and Real sections are a whole different story. That’s where the real meat of Real.Life.Scrapbooking. is found.

Those two sections include some real constructive and solidly useful information. The “to-do” binder project on page 76 is the best idea I think I’ve seen for me to arrange my photos that I’ve had printed and am waiting to scrap. There are also time-saving photo and design tips and my favorite tips – how to extend kits to get the most out of them. This is taught through several actual examples of kits shown with examples of projects created from them. Then most of the final section is devoted to using schemes to save time, another of my favorite techniques. There are two full pages of schemes as well as a many examples of how to use them.

Real.Life.Scrapbooking. could be a great help for scrapbookers with a clean and simple style who want some tips and tricks for saving time and supplies.

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[Positions] Available Scrapbook Positions

Assistant Editor – Memory Makers Magazine: F&W Media is looking for an Assistant Editor for Memory Makers Magazine. The position is full time, located in the Cincinnati, Ohio. Qualifications include a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism, English or a related field, 1-2 years experience, experience with Microsoft Office/Quark Xpress/Adobe InDesign, and knowledge of AP style.

Responsibilities include “researching and developing story ideas, writing and editing articles, working with freelancers and contributors on assignments and revisions.”

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More CHA Peeks from A to Z!

Here’s some more CHA-Summer 2008 sneak peeks, from A to Z:

Basic Grey: Ambrosia, Eva, Granola, Offbeat, Urban Prairie, Chipboard Albums, Card Kits

Daisy Bucket Designs

Daisy D’s: Chloe Marie

Hambly: Climbing Vine, Frame Wallpaper, Mini Bicycles, Mustache Rub-ons, Decor Notes, Notepads, Birdcages

Jenni Bowlin: Peek 1Peek 2

KI Memories

Melissa Frances: Little Boy Blue, additions to Thankful Collection

My Minds Eye

PiggyTales

Want more peeks? To see Scrapbook Update’s first list of sneak peeks, visit CHA Peeks From A to Z.

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Around the Block Joins Ultra*Pro Family

Ultra*Pro Corp, already the parent company of scrapbooking manufacturers 7 Gypsies and Chatterbox, announced July 10th that it has also added the company Around the Block to its growing scrapbook industry portfolio.

Around the Block, which was founded in 2005 by Guinevere Wessell and Jennifer Straus and previously owned by Masterpieces Puzzle Company, specializes in creating tools for scrapbookers. Their most recent introduction is the Paper Gator, a tabletop corner rounder tool that cuts through multiple sheets of paper (or even chipboard), and which features several available cutting blades for different corner cuts. Around the Block also makes the Tape Writer, a label-maker type tool with interchangeable font wheels.

Ultra*Pro will move Around the Block’s operations to their City of Commerce, CA headquarters just as they have done with previous acquisitions 7 Gypsies and Chatterbox. Ultra*Pro has been on something of a scrapbook company buying spree of late – it was only in Dec. 2007 that they snatched up the reportedly struggling Chatterbox.

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Big Changes Underway At Inque Boutique

Signs are starting to point to trouble at Inque Boutique.

Inque Boutique, formerly known as stamping company Sugarloaf, debuted its new brand identity at CHA-Summer 2007. At CHA-Winter 2008 the company debuted its expansion from stamping into paper lines.

However, sources close to the company are now telling Scrapbook Update that since CHA-Winter 2008, several key company employees have been laid off – including some extremely long-term personnel with Sugarloaf. These include Kitty Foster and Marg Helmsted, who were let go shortly after CHA. Within the past few weeks, additional personnel have been let go from the company: Kathleen Summers, and Kenny & Stacey Panassidi. All three were high-profile Inque employees. Summers had been with the company since 2005 and was its design team coordinator. The Panassidis were a much-publicized addition to Inque after the demise of their own company, Junkitz, in Dec. 2007.

In addition to the layoffs, several reliable sources tell Scrapbook Update that the company has suspended its (lucrative for designers) publication endorsement compensation program, although one source tells me a replacement program is in the works.

Layoffs and cost-cutting certainly sound like the actions of a company that is in financial trouble, especially when put in the context of a company that has been trying an ambitious expansion. Only time will tell if Inque Boutique will become another cautionary tale from the days of the scrapbook boom.

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