Archive | October, 2010

May’s Product Picks: Vintage Halloween

[Editor's Note: Increased focus on Halloween as a holiday has led to an explosion in the offerings of Halloween-themed scrapbook supplies the past few years. This year, it seemed there were as many Halloween lines on display at CHA Summer 2010 as there might have been Christmas lines five years ago. Halloween is hot - even if you don't live in Florida like I do! In this piece, May brings together two huge trends - vintage and Halloween - to show off red hot (or is that smouldering orange) seasonal picks!]

One of my favorite aspects of scrapbooking holidays is that vintage inspired products are easy to put to use with my photos easily. Thanks to twists on tradition, color combinations that work for a variety of photos, classic designs, and new ideas the scrapbook market is filled this year with vintage inspired bliss. I can’t wait for Halloween to be over just so I can have more photos and reasons to scrapbook!

Today I have five picks to share with you:

Graphic 45′s “Halloween in Wonderland”  [] is probably the Halloween collection I’ve heard the most buzz about. The designs are so much fun – it literally is “Halloween in Wonderland!” My personal favorites, though, are the more neutral (black and cream) pieces that could easily lend themselves to many of my non-holiday scrapbook needs.

Anna Griffin’s “Esmerelda” collection [] is a dream come true. I usually find her product to be stunning – but my photos never seem quite formal or fancy enough to work well with the product. In this case, I feel like the intricate designs are perfect for any eerie, pumpkin filled, or spooky Halloween photos I might take.

Jenni Bowlin’s chipboard buttons [] are a wonderful addition to any stash! I love the jack-o-lanterns and children pieces mixed in with the labels.

Echo Park Paper’s digital Apothecary collection [at] combines a classic spooky Halloween look with patterns and designs that could be useful beyond the 31st of October. I love the damask and polka dot pieces especially.

Finally, I may be on the Girls’ Paperie design team, but even if I weren’t I still love their new line Toil & Trouble. It is vintage inspired Halloween product at it’s finest. It doesn’t matter how many projects I make with it – I still adore it! The Crepe Paper embellishments and the stickers (a great value!) are among my favorites – but you can’t go wrong with any of it.

Supplies used on layout:
Girls’ Paperie Ghost Story Paper
Girls’ Paperie  sticker market
Girls’ Paperie crepe paper flower market
Girls’ Paperie stamps
Girls’ Paperie  metal glitter charms
Girls’ Paperie flower market
Tim Holtz  distress stickles in spiced marmalade
Ranger enamel accents
Ranger UTEE in Platinum
Other: buttons, pen, white cardstock

I could go on all day – My Mind’s Eye’s [], Tim Holtz [Two Peas], and Pink Paislee [] all have  fantastic offerings as well just to name a few more. There is so much great product to choose from – whether you want elegant or grungy, spooky or whimsical, or something in between you’re sure to find the perfect product for you.

Do you have a favorite supply for Halloween scrapbooking? Feel free to comment here and share with us…

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Northridge Media Announces Cricut Magazine

Northridge Media, the publisher of Scrapbook Trends and Cards magazines, has announced today that it is partnering with Provo Craft to create a new publication called Cricut Magazine.

This expansion of Northridge’s publication portfolio bucks the industry trend the past few years of closing publications rather than starting new ones. Northridge will have the exclusive license from Provo Craft to publish Cricut Magazine.

Cricut Magazine will be bi-monthly and similar in format and price to Scrapbook Trends magazine (132 Pages, $14.95 single issue, $39.95/ 6 Issues, $74.95/12 Issues). The debut issue will be January 2011, available in January.

Pam Baird will head up the new publication for Northridge. Content will be provided to Cricut Magazine by Provo Craft, Cricut Circle, and by readers. Content will cover the entire Cricut family of products (including the Cricut Cake machines and the Gypsy), and topics will include a combination of how-to and creative inspiration.

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CHA Summer 2011 Returns To Rosemont

The Craft & Hobby Association has announced that the CHA 2011 Summer Conference & Trade Show will once again be returning to the Donald E. Stevens Convention and Conference Center in Rosemont, IL. The trade show will take place from Tuesday, July 19th through Thursday, July 21st, with the conference beginning on Monday, July 18th.

“At CHA, we pride ourselves in our ability to listen to our members and develop meaningful trade shows and programs that contribute to our members’ success and growth in the industry,” explained Steve Berger, President and CEO, CHA. “After examining the success of the recent Summer Show and evaluating the results of the 2010 Summer Show Post-Show Attendee and Exhibitor Surveys, it becomes easy to see that our members and attendees overwhelmingly support, attend and exhibit at our Show in Rosemont.”

The announcement of the return to Rosemont, the show’s traditional home, for a second consecutive year after the experimental move of the show to Orlando in 2009 came with a caveat for Rosemont fans from CHA, however. According to the association’s announcement, “While the Summer Show will likely remain in Rosemont for the next few years it is also likely that CHA will move the Summer Show once every three to four years to keep it fresh and to keep negotiated rates as low as possible.”

CHA also shared some statistics in the 2011 show announcement about the CHA Summer 2010 show, including:

  • Square Footage: Up almost 9% from 2009, to 74,698 sq. ft.
  • Exhibitors: Up 10% from 2009
  • New Exhibitors: 31% of exhibitors were new
  • Attendance: 16.7% increase in total attendance, and 38.5% increase in buyers, over 2009
  • International: 11% of buyers were international

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Retailers – Need Promotional Idea For The Holidays?

Any retailer who has ever asked me for advice about marketing their business or about what they should do at the CHA shows, has likely heard me rave about the genius of retail consultants and speakers Kizer & Bender. In their writing, seminars & consulting, Rich Kizer and Georganne Bender deliver advice to retailers that is very doable and makes sense for businesses of all sizes. And as a bonus, they never fail to do it in an entertaining way!

The critical holiday sales season is right on top of us, and retailers must take advantage of it to be successful. As usual, Kizer & Bender are here to help, with their new e-book “Jingle Bells Christmas Sells: Events, Promotions & Tips for the Holiday Season“, available on their website for $24.95. Co-authored with their Australian counterpart, Debra Templar, the book is designed to give retailers all the tools and information that they need to maximize their holiday sales and have a successful holiday retail season.

Why is a successful holiday season so important to retail businesses? According to Kizer & Bender, the holiday season quarter accounts for 36% of a retail business’s sales, and represents the highest level of profitability for those businesses. Get the holidays wrong and your whole year is wrong. Do you know the origin of the term “black friday”? It’s called that because the sales on the Friday after Thanksgiving were usually when most retailers finally became profitable for the year.

The holiday season is a critical time for retailers. Don’t turn down the chance to get wonderful marketing advice from seasoned experts like Kizer & Bender and Debra Templar when you can most use it.

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In Store Sales for Week of Oct. 24th-Oct. 30th, 2010

Welcome to our weekly sales feature on Scrapbook Update! Retailers can easily keep up here on what their competitors are doing, and shoppers can find out where there are deals!

Please note that sales may be subject to regional variations or conditions. Scrapbook Update is not responsible for errors or omissions.

Michaels (print coupons):

  • Coupon: 15% off entire purchase (including sale items), Sunday Oct. 24th 4pm-8pm only
  • Coupon: 40% off any one regular priced item
  • Coupon: Extra 25% off entire purchase wall & tabletop frames, framed art & display cases
  • Baby, Wedding & Travel Themed Stickers: 40% off
  • Iris Scrapbook Storage: 40% off
  • Fiskars Scrapbooking Supplies: 30% off
  • Value Pack Paper: 30% off
  • Disney Cricut Cartridges: $29.99
  • Cricut Expression: $279.99
  • Value Pack Cards: 2 for $5
  • Open Stock Paper: 4 for $1
  • Rubber & Clear Stamps: 40% off
  • Scrapbook & Photo Albums: 40% off
  • Americana Acrylic Paint 2oz $.77/ea

AC Moore (download coupons):

  • Coupon: 50% off any one regular priced item (Sunday & Monday only)
  • Coupon: 40% off any one regular priced item (Tuesday thru Saturday only)
  • Sizzix & Spellbinders, Entire Stock: Buy One Get One 50% off
  • ATD & Sticko Stickers: Buy One Get One 50% off
  • Sandylion Essential & Karen Foster Stickers: Buy One Get One 50% off
  • Wood Stamps: Buy One Get One 50% off
  • Cricut Cartridges: $39.99
  • Topload Albums: 3 for $12
  • DCWV or My Minds Eye Paper Pads: $11.99
  • Open Stock Cardstock: 5 for $1
  • Photo Mounts or Photo Corners: 2 for $3
  • Liquitex Basics Acrylic Paint: 30% off
  • My Studio Paint: 2 for $1
  • Value Pack Cards & Envelopes: 2 for $5
  • Wicker Baskets: 50% off
  • Spool O Ribbon: 4 for $1

Hobby Lobby (view coupon):

  • Coupon: 40% off any one regular priced item
  • Scrapbook Albums & Page Refills: 50% off (excludes EK Success, Sandylion, K & Co, and photo albums)
  • Photo Storage Boxes: 50% off
  • Spare Parts Embellishments by The Paper Studio: 50% off
  • Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L and The Paper Studio: 50% off
  • Affinity Family Collection: 50% off
  • Wood Handle Rubber Stamps & Sets: 50% off
  • Stickers: 50% off
  • Scrapbook Paper: 50% off
  • Christmas Scrapbook Kits, Albums, Stickers & Accessories: 40% off
  • Ribbon Organizer Box: $4.99

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Industry Jobs: Oct 16th – Oct 22nd, 2010

Each week we list a selection of scrapbooking industry positions that we have been made aware of.  If you would like to have one of your job openings listed here, please forward your information to

Cybercoders.comProduct ManagerLos Angeles, CA
Archiver'sCustomer Service AssociateAurora, CO
Archiver'sReceiverApple Valley, MN
oDeskScrapbook Template DesignerNewport Beach, CA
Amazon.comMarketing SpecialistMarietta, GA
Amazon.comBuyerMarietta, GA
Archiver'sSales Team LeadGurnee, IL
Archiver'sAssistant Store Sales ManagerWestminster, CO
Scrapbook Design and You®InstructorVarious

*Please note that Scrapbook Update is in no way associated with the positions listed here.  Please forward all questions or comments about the job listings to the offering organization via the links provided.  Thanks!

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