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Archive | March 7, 2009

The Latest News on CK Media

Today Scrapbook Update brings you more of the latest news on CK Media, including several items relevant to the April issue of Creating Keepsakes, which hit my mailbox today:

  • If you are owed money by CK Media for contracts that were signed before early December 2008, the deadline to return the signed paperwork for a settlement is 5pm on the 11th. (Wednesday). For anyone who hasn’t received a contact yet from CRG Partners about your invoices, you will need to call 801-816-8420 to get your paperwork ASAP.
  • Although Scrapbook Update initially reported on a source being offered 25% of their overdue invoice amount from Creating Keepsakes, other CK Media creditors are reporting being offered 40% of what they are due. The invoices reported to me that were offered 40% payment were smaller amounts than owed to the source who told me they were offered only 25%. This may account for the discrepancy in offers.
  • It looks like we’re going to be seeing a lot of fresh faces in the pages of CK Media’s publications in the near future. Scores of their usual regular designers have finally come out on public forums like the Studio Calico and Two Peas In A Bucket message boards to express their displeasure with the company over unpaid invoices they are owed. Many are also expressing their upset on their personal blogs, such as Lisa Dickinson has. Most of the designer/creditors are indicating they will no longer submit work to the company, so the magazines will have to look for new people to contribute. The last several months it has already appeared they were doing all of their article writing in-house (possibly a cost-cutting move).
  • Creative Memories is the new back cover advertiser for Creating Keepsakes, according to a message they’ve sent to their consultants. Their ad on the back cover of the April issue promotes their StoryBook Creator Plus digital scrapbooking software. The company’s digital products were cited in their bankruptcy plan as a key part of the plan to make Creative Memories profitable after emerging from bankruptcy in January.
  • A survey of the advertising in the April 2009 issue of Creating Keepsakes shows that it is the same length as March 2009 and it contains slightly more paid advertising than the March issue did (29.75 pages versus 27.5 pages, an increase of 8%). This still leaves the magazine at only 23.8% advertising, as opposed to the 33-38% advertising content that the magazine had in its 2008 issues.

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[CHA] Who wants to go to Disneyworld?

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Want to sneak over to the Magic Kingdom or Epcot while you are in Orlando for CHA-Summer, but don’t know the best way to see as much as possible in the few hours you’ll have to do it? I’m a Disney passholder who’s been to the parks over 50 times. (I  got married there, too – that’s a serious level of Disney geek!). I’m considering hosting a CHA meet-up to tour Magic Kingdom or Epcot, either for an evening of a show day or on Monday the 27th.

You certainly can’t see all of a park in a short visit, but an experienced guide who knows where all the best places to eat are, the best ways to avoid lines, and where the best scrapbook photo spots are can help you pack more into a short visit. Through surveying the people who signed up ahead of time to see what their priorities are for their visit, and planning for that, we can hopefully make sure everyone gets to see as much of what they want as possible.

I was inspired to offer myself as a guide for a park meet-up at CHA-Summer after feeling surprisingly lost trying to squeeze seeing the relatively small Disneyland into a few short hours at CHA-Winter in Anaheim in January. Despite Disneyland’s similarity to the Florida parks I’m used to visiting, I still missed a lot and wasted a lot of time by getting lost and having to look for things, etc.

Tickets & Transportation? Worried about the cost or how to get there? CHA’s website offers discounted Disney tickets- advance purchase online only – that are good after 2pm only for $58 (full day tickets usually cost $79.88). Don’t have a car? Some of the convention hotels offer free shuttles to the parks. From the others, cabs would be very affordable, especially if shared, or carpooling with people who have cars could be an option.

How to sign up: So, if you are interested in doing the Disney park sprint at Magic Kingdom or Epcot with me and some other CHA-ers, send an email to scrapbookupdate@gmail.com with your preferred date and park, and we’ll see if there’s enough interest in a meet-up!

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