Archive | March 16, 2009

Monday News Briefs: Making Memories & CKU, Michaels Executives

It’s Monday…how about some news briefs?

Making Memories & CKU:

Margie Romney-Aslett, Making Memories’ usual CKU instructor, indicated on her blog on March 6th that she had unexpectedly parted ways with Making Memories. This raised questions about whether Making Memories intended to continue with participating in CKU, or whether they were pulling out given the shaky state of CKU’s parent company CK Media at the moment.

According to a statement issued by Making Memories to Scrapbook Update following the announcement by Romney-Aslett, Making Memories will be participating in CKU in 2009 as planned. Their classes will be taught by Gail Pierce-Watne, who has been with the company for over four years and is their design team director.

The 2009 Making Memories CKU class is an album that is created from the Chloe’s Closet line by Making Memories. The line (samples from my personal shopping are pictured below) is exclusive to Michael’s and is just showing up in their stores in the past few weeks.

Chloes Closet Embellishments


Making Memories Chloe's Closet Collection

Michaels and Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club Swap Executives:

According to a New York Times/Reuters story, an interesting executive swap has occurred between Michaels and Walmart.

Wal-Mart said last week that it has hired former Michaels Chief Executive Brian Cornell to be president and CEO of Sam’s Club. And Michael’s has hired as their new CEO to replace Cornell…John Menzer, former Wal-Mart Vice Chairman and Chief Administrative Officer. Menzer has experience in crafts retailing since he was president of Ben Franklin Retail Stores before taking the position with Wal-Mart.


Scrapbook-Themed Mystery Nominated for Agatha Award

paper-scissors-death-coverCongratulations are in order for the author of one of our recent giveaway books, and the reason why is a great sign that scrapbooking mysteries – and thus scrapbooking – are considered mainstream.

Joanna Campbell Slan has announced that Paper, Scissors, Death, her first book in the Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-N-Craft Mystery Series, has been nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Other former nominees include Janet Evanovich and Mary Higgins Clark.

The book features housewife and ace scrapbooker Kiki Lowenstein, whose comfortable life is turned upside-down when her husband is found dead in a hotel room. Reviewers have called Paper, Scissors, Death “an engaging cozy” with “an enjoyable mix of humor, suspense (and) a touch of romance.”

Joanna is the author of seven non-fiction “how to” books on scrapbooking. She has written for Creating Keepsakes and Memory Makers, and she’s taught scrapbooking in England, on cruises, and online. She’s also the founder of “The Best of British Scrapbooking Contest” that is run annually in the United Kingdom by ScrapBook Inspirations Magazine.

The Agatha Awards are literary awards honoring books and short stories in the traditional mystery genre exemplified by Agatha Christie, the best-selling author of all time. These books do not include explicit gore or sex, and usually feature an amateur sleuth. For more of the nominees, go to

The second book in the series—Cut, Crop & Die—is now available for pre-ordering from and will be released June 1, 2009. Book club and trivia questions about Joanna’s books are available at Joanna also shares journaling prompts for scrapbookers through Twitter at:

Joanna is a lovely lady who has given much to the scrapbook industry. She was kind enough to donate some copies of Paper, Scissors, Death for a giveaway to Scrapbook Update readers a few weeks ago. I’d like to wish her luck in the Agathas on behalf of all of my Scrapbook Update readers!