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Archive | March 31, 2009

CK Media: Following the money (or lack of it)

More evidence is starting to mount of how widespread the personnel effects are going to be on CK Media’s scrapbooking publications because of non-payment of their staff and contributors.

Many of the regular contributors who lost money in the settlement forced on them in the work that CRG Partners has been doing for CK Media are indicating they will most certainly not submit work or do assignments for the company again in the foreseeable future. Many familiar faces will be absent from the magazine in issues starting a few months from now.
But many of the company’s “regular” staff are making it clear that they haven’t been paid either, and many are now gone from the company as a result of this or the layoffs at Digital Scrapbooking and Simple Scrapbooks.
The latest to join the exodus from CK Media is their web hostess (and author of Supply Savvy: Scrapbooking) Erin Lincoln. Erin had acknowledged earlier this month on the CK message board that she was owed money from CK Media for her work for them. Now she has let it be known in a 2nd post on the board (actually dated the 20th) that she left her position with CK Media around the first of March. Her post leaves little question as to the reason why. Erin has taken a new job packing orders for a friend’s online scrapbook store.
Another apparent victim of the payment problems is longtime CK Media contributor Molly Newman. A veteran of both Simple Scrapbooks and Digital Scrapbooking and a regular contributor to Digital Scrapbooking (including in its current e-newsletter format), she indicated a few days ago on her blog that she has not received any payments for her work from CK Media since December.
It is a frightening symptom of how severe the cashflow problems have been at the company when their masthead contributors were not being paid. The company is being stripped of a lot of its top talent, and they will have a hard time replacing it given their current situation.

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[Jobs] Michaels Scrapbook Designer, Archiver’s Store Manager, Sales Assistant

The following scrapbook industry jobs are currently available:

Designer, Scrapbooking Papers and Products – Michaels Stores:

The position previously posted on Scrapbook Update for a scrapbooking product designer for Michaels private label is still being advertised on Monster.com and the Michaels HR site.

This position is full-time and located at the company’s Irving, TX (Dallas area) headquarters. (Please note that the company says on its website that it will not consider freelance, virtual or contract designers for this position. Applicants must be willing to relocate to the Dallas area.)

Position requires minimum two years experience designing scrapbook products (paper, stickers, embellishments, tools, etc.). Qualified applicants should also have a Bachelor’s Degree, and proficiency in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, along with “solid sketching and drawing skills”.

No pay rate is mentioned but the company offers a wide range of benefits, including medical/dental/vision, 401k, FSA, and day care discounts.

Store Sales Manager – Archiver’s (Columbus, OH):
The scrapbook super store is searching for a full-time Store Sales Manager for its Columbus, Ohio location. Some of the responsibilities of Store Sales Managers are managing and supervising store staff, monitoring and controlling inventory, and planning store events.

Qualified applicants should have at least 3 years of high-paced retail experience, and at least an Associate’s Degree. Scrapbooking, rubberstamping or arts & crafts experience preferred.

Sales Assistant – Company Unknown:
An unnamed crafts company is advertising for a Sales Assistant in the “West”. Position requires BS or BA level degree, and proficiency in MS Word, Powerpoint and Excel. Experience in and “passion” for the scrapbooking and rubberstamping industries is also desired.

Responsibilities of the Sales Assistant include:

Provide the Director of Sales with support by maintaining strong and timely relations. Assist and support in the areas of sales, marketing, plan-o-grams, credit, costing and purchasing, and data processing, order processing. Maintain a thorough knowledge of account history, product availability, incentive programs, and sales promotions. In addition, you will create craft/scrapbook projects for retailers utilizing current products. Occasional travel to accounts and tradeshows.

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