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Archive | August, 2008

[Positions] Available Scrapbook Positions

There are lots of interesting positions available this week in the scrapbook industry listed on Monster.com:

Merchandise Planner/Analyst – Archiver’s: The national scrapbooking chain store is looking for a full-time employee for their Minnetonka, MN headquarters in their merchandising department. The analyst will “place orders, develop and communicate delivery schedules, handle returns, sales forcasting, trend analysis, conduct inventory and merchandise analysis..”

Candidates for the position should have a Bachelor’s Degree, at least three years experience as a Merchandise Planner or Asst. Buyer, and proficiency in MS Word and Excel.

Event Manager – Close To My Heart: This direct sales stamping company is seeking a full-time employee for their Pleasant Grove, UT headquarters to manage the planning of their corporate and consultant events. The position requires 40% travel and responsibilities include full planning and execution of all CTMH events, managing a team of event planners, and contract negotiation. Compensation is between $55k-65K per year.

Applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Relations, Marketing or related field; minimum 5 years experience; and proficiency in MS Office (especially MS Excel).

Training Creative Coordinator – Stampin’ Up!: This direct sales stamping company is looking for a full-time employee for their Riverton, UT offices to create sample projects and train demonstrators in new techniques. The position requires approximately 10 days per month of travel.

Candidates should have two years relevant experience, proficiency in MS Office, knowledge of basic scanning and Photoshop techniques, and familiarity with Stampin’ Up! products. Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of two scrapbook pages, five cards and three three-dimensional samples. Samples will not be returned.

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[Organization] A giveaway to help you get serious about planning your scraproom makeover

room-spacing-kit-boardThe bad economy has many of us looking towards home improvement instead of new homes. The kids are back in school (here at least). If that has you thinking maybe now would be a good time to tackle a scrapbook or craft room re-decoration project, Canvas Home Basics has a tool that will make it a bit easier for you.

OK, maybe I’m a bit obsessive-compulsive when I rearrange my furniture. I like to draw a (to scale) map of the room, create little paper cutouts (also to scale) of the furniture and then rearrange the room on paper until I have it just right. Then I only have to move the furniture once, and I can experiment with many different arrangements. I’ve always used my scrapbook supplies for this before – a 12 x 12 piece of cardstock as the room map and scraps of paper for the furniture. Rudimentary but it worked, even if it did require lots of calculations to create the pieces to scale and the results were a bit, well, wonky. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve done this with my office/scraproom furniture. I move things in there all the time it seems (and those of you who’ve read here for awhile have gotten to read all about it!)

But now, I’ve discovered a product by Canvas Corp. called Room Spacing Kits that are available at Joann’s ETC stores and through Canvas Corp’s own website called Homespacing.com. These kits are going to make it so much easier to create my scale layouts – in fact, to create a whole design board for the room like an interior designer would.

The kits are available in 7 different variations for all the most commonly redecorated areas of your house (living room, bedroom, children’s room, office/studio, family living, outdoor living and dining/entertaining). The kits retail for $7.99. For doing over your scraproom, the most relevant kit is the office/studio one.

room-spacing-kit-packageThe Office/Studio Room Spacing Kit contains 2 sheets of graph paper and a ruler marked to the same scale as the graph paper (1/4″ scale). This makes drawing your room’s scale layout way easier than a plain piece of paper and ruler! (The graph paper is also available in a 25 sheet bulk package that includes the scale ruler.)

Once you’ve drawn your room to scale, you need to furnish it. The office/studio kit contains two (identical) white sheets of stickers for common pieces of office furniture. There is also a half-sheet of full-color accessories (plants, etc) to use. (Warning: If your furniture doesn’t match the common sizes that are provided, you may have to either cut down a piece to create your own piece or use a piece of paper to make that piece.)

The blank furniture stickers can be colored in using a variety of methods. I tried coloring some pieces using a brown watercolor crayon to create a honey oak appearance and the results were very nice. The stickers are re-positionable for moving around and experimenting with furniture placement. They aren’t perfectly die-cut so you may want to trim off the white edges for a more polished appearance to your room’s layout.

room-spacing-kit-exampleOnce you have your layout done, if you want to really get serious about designing your room it takes a design board. The Room Spacing Kits include a sheet of design (mat) board and two sheets of cardstock to mount your room layout and other design elements on: pictures of furniture, carpet/paint/fabric samples, etc. There is also a sheet of stickers for labeling those elements and putting a title on your board.

If you don’t know quite how to draw the room layout or create the board, the kit comes with a fold-out flyer with step-by-step instructions and examples of completed design boards.

Ok…now for the giveaway!

Canvas Home Basics has generously donated nine of these kits for Scrapbook Update’s readers to try out.  There are two ways to win one.

First, post a comment on this entry between now and 11:59pm EST Friday, Sept. 12th. to be entered in a random drawing for three of the kits.

Second, post a picture of your scrapbook area to the new Scrapbook Update Scraproom Gallery on Flickr! Six random winners will be chosen from the postings made there before 11:59pm EST Friday, Sept. 12th. And there is special incentive to enter by posting your picture in the gallery – one of the six Flickr winners will also win one of Canvas Home Basics’ Design Project Organizer Binders (worth $39.99) to store their design board and all their design inspiration and work materials in.

(If you aren’t familiar with the Flickr photo-sharing service, it is free to use and if you have a Yahoo! account you are actually already signed up for it. Visit the Scrapbook Update scraproom gallery and share your room and check out everyone else’s!)

Update: The winners of the giveaway have now been posted!

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Scrapbooking Industry News Closes

Angie Pedersen, the author of the widely respected Scrapbooking Industry News website, announced yesterday that she is closing down the site. Pedersen explained the decision by writing to her readers that her “priorities and interests have changed.  I no longer have the time, energy, or enthusiasm to keep posting.”

I’ve always had great respect for Angie and her site and am sorry to see it go. I am honored that she chose Scrapbook Update as one of the places to refer her readers to for their future industry news needs. Thank you Angie for the compliment and I will try to continue to keep your readers as informed as you have!

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[Photography] Looking for a different kind of camera case?

If you have a point-and-shoot camera (or an iPhone) and normal camera cases are just too boring for your taste, you might want to visit the Etsy store of Canadian artist Hine [hee-neh] Mizushima.

hine_camera_case

Hine handmakes felt cases that are designed to resemble the item that they carry, but with a whimsical twist. With buttons standing in for elements like lenses and the flash, and the contrasting handstitching lending a finishing touch, these camera cases are works of art. The beautiful colors make them girly accessories instead of the boring functional colors of traditional camera cases.

This isn’t strictly photography-related, but I couldn’t resist showing you while I was at it. If you have an iPhone you can enjoy Hine’s art while protecting your precious device as well. Her rotary phone “iPhone” designs will make you smile!

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If you’d like to see more of Hine’s creations (she does other art besides her felt cases), you can visit her Flickr gallery to see some really adorable and creative work.

Hine makes these cases available in her Etsy store as she has time to create them by hand in between other projects…if you are interested, let her know or just keep your eyes on her store!

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[Poll Results] What is the most popular page size?

The results of this poll surprised me for sure! I expected 12×12 to probably win it, but definitely not this decisively! I expected that 8.5 x 11 would have a much better showing than this based on recent magazine content. Here’s how it shook out…

What primary page size do you create layouts in?
(79 votes)

12 x 12 – 78.5%

8.5 x 11 – 8.9%

8 x 8 or 9 x 9 – 8.9%

Other – 3.8%

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[Jobs] Available Scrapbook Positions

The following scrapbook-related positions were listed in the past week on Monster.com:

Graphic Designer – Colorbök Inc.: Stationary, kids crafts and scrapbook supply manufacturer Colorbök is seeking a temporary graphic designer in Tucson, AZ to work on product design and development. Responsibilities will include all stages of product design and support from initial concept to sales support.

Candidates should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts or Graphic Design, 1-3 years relevant work experience, and skills on Photoshop/QuarkXpress/Illustrator or Freehand for the Mac.

Graphic Designer: Aerotek Commercial Staffing is hiring two temporary full-time Graphic Designers for a scrapbook company in Provo, UT to work on the company’s marketing materials (catalogs, ads, packaging, etc). Pay is $14-$15/hr and experience in Photoshop and Illustrator are a must.

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