Archive | August 26, 2009

News Briefs: Kizer & Bender, CHA Deadlines, & Local Stores

Here’s some scrapbook news briefs for this week:

Happy 19 Years to Kizer & Bender!

Retail consultants Rich Kizer & Georganne Bender are celebrating 19 years this week of bringing their sage advice to retailers of all types. Their sessions at CHA are not-to-be-missed for retailers looking to not only survive but excel in the currently challenging retail environment.

I especially love the description in their anniversary article of how they are aware of each of their strengths and use that to their benefit to create harmony and productivity in their partnership. Many scrapbook stores are owned as partnerships and could learn from the way that Kizer & Bender run their partnership.

CHA Winter Deadlines Are Coming

According to a tweet by Craft & Hobby Association VP Sandy Ghezzi: Workshop applications are due August 28th, and seminar speaker applications are due August 31st for the CHA 2010 Winter Convention. Contact CHA Education Manager Amie Kolodziej at for more information.

CHA is on Twitter

There are several CHA-related Twitter accounts to follow to get updates on deadlines and information for the Craft & Hobby Association: Sandy Ghezzi, Victor Domine, Amie Kolodziej, and CHA Trade Shows.

News Stories Conflict on State of Local Store Health

A couple of local news stories that crossed my path this week tell highly conflicting tales of the state of local scrapbook stores:


Paperclipping Newsbreak #15: Is The Summer Bump Gone?

Noell Hyman and I taped episode #15 of Paperclipping Newsbreak on Monday. We talked a lot about trends in scrapbooking’s popularity, as well as covering some of the latest news in scrapbooking and issuing reminders about CHA submission deadlines.

This week’s show is now available for listening or download on the Paperclipping Newsbreak site, or at the links below:

Download Episode 15 of Paperclipping Newsbreak (Right click and select “save as…”, then you can play the file on your computer)