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Archive | November, 2010

Jo-Ann’s Store Closed After Employee Death

The Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores location at the Colony Square Mall in Zanesville, OH has been closed since Friday morning due to what the company is describing as a “tragic incident involving one of our team members” inside the store.

Local police told the Zanesville Times-Recorder that an employee committed suicide at the store, but that the death did not occur in the vicinity of other employees or shoppers visiting the store.

Jo-Ann Stores is cooperating with local authorities investigating the death, and a crisis support team has been brought in to assist employees of the store.

“We are deeply saddened by the news,” said Lisa Greb, director of corporate communications for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. “Our thoughts are with our team member’s family at this time.”

Greb also expressed thanks to those assisting its employees during the incident: “We would also like to express our gratitude to the first responders who selflessly offered their help in this situation.”

According to Jo-Ann Stores’ blog and Facebook page, the Zanesville store will re-open at 9am Monday morning, at which time all Black Friday deals will be honored for customers.

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Industry Jobs: Nov 20th – Nov 26th, 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 jobs@scrapbookupdate.com

Company
Position
Location
Fabric.com (Amazon)BuyerMarietta, GA
UndisclosedWebmasterSt. Cloud, MN
CraftfoxesCopy EditorRemotely
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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Where are the Black Friday scrapbook deals?

So, if you’ve seen the Scrapbook Update Black Friday Scrapbook Sales page, you know that there are an awful lot of scrappy sales happening this holiday weekend. But how do you know which ones on that massive list are any good? Let’s break them down by category a bit.

In the area of specific products, let’s take a look first at the mandatory Cricut Wars sales (perhaps the most confusing of all the deals, since there are so many sales on these items), and find the best deals by model:

Cricut Personal Electronic Cutter: Jo-Ann Stores, $59.99 Friday & Saturday (unadvertised doorbuster, available online)

Cricut Create: $149 at both Walmart and Amazon. (I give the advantage to Amazon on this one since having the UPS man bring it to your house with free shipping is less stress-inducing than fighting the Black Friday crowds at Walmart, or having to drive to the store to pick it up later from the site-to-store free shipping.)

Cricut Expression: $148 at Menard’s on a Black Friday early bird special; if you don’t have Menard’s near you, the next best deal is Walmart at $185 for the machines that come in four decorator colors.

Cricut Cake: $199 at AC Moore (Friday 5am-Noon doorbuster) or Joann.com (Sunday, online only)

Cricut Imagine: $449 at Jo-Ann Stores and Joann.com (available now)

Cricut Gypsy: $99 at Michael’s (no coupons)

Cricut Cartridges: Prices are fairly competitive (within a couple dollars) everywhere. Best destination depends mostly on what cartridges you want (since availability varies) and what other items you want to purchase as well.

There are some great deals to be had on other die cutting equipment besides Cricut, however. Most of the deals are on manual equipment, with one exception: Jo-Ann Stores is running a doorbuster on Saturday on the Slice machine for $49.99. That is an insane deal on a machine that has an MSRP of $149.99.

If you want a Sizzix machine or want to buy more dies for your existing one, several stores are competing heavily this weekend to get you to visit them.

Sizzix Holiday Themed Dies: 75% off at Jo-Ann Stores (Friday-Sunday)

Sizzix Machines & Accessories: 50% off at Joann.com (Thursday only), or 40% off at AC Moore (Friday & Saturday, while supplies last)

Sizzix Vagabond Machine: $199.99 at AC Moore (Friday & Saturday, while supplies last) or $199.92 on Scrapbook.com (Thursday only, assuming it is not excluded from the Sizzix sale that day).

If you are looking to get organized, another item that can be large-ticket for scrapbookers, there are some really great deals to be had this weekend. Sales on organizing items are really widespread, but here are a few of the best bargains:

Iris 12×12 Scrapbook Case 3pk: $5.79 at Michaels. (while supplies last, no coupons)

Cropper Hopper 10 Drawer Scrapbook Cart: $34.99 at Jo-Ann Stores (Friday doorbuster, while supplies last, reg. $89.99)

Scrapbook Storage, Entire Stock: 55% off at Michaels (Thursday only)

JetMax Modular Storage Units: 60% off at AC Moore (Friday & Saturday, while supplies last)

If you want to score deals on products that aren’t technically on sale, or increase your savings on sale items, your best bet is AC Moore and Michaels. They are both running coupons on Friday that are good until noon for an extra 30% off sale and regular priced items. (Doorbusters are excluded and the usual coupon exclusions also apply.)

For brand loyal fanatics, you may want to check out the sales at Scrapbook.com and Addictedtoscrapbooking.com – they are offering slates of “brand wide” sales. Scrapbook.com is offering a single brand per day for six days, while Addicted is offering tiered sales on a large range of brands.

And perhaps the hottest deal of all is actually a clearance sale…if you are a Project Life by Becky Higgins fan and have been delaying buying the kit (or want a 2nd one), Friday is the day to do it. The Project Life kit will be on clearance at Amazon.com, where Becky sells it:

Project Life by Becky Higgins kit: $29.99 at Amazon.com (clearance, starts Friday)

So, that’s the best of the sales…happy (and safe) shopping everyone!

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Review: KaiserCraft ‘Beyond The Page’ [Giveaway]

KaiserCraft is a company based in Australia that has quickly become one of my favorite imports from the land down under. They make great scrapbooking and paper crafting products, and I always look forward to see what they’ll do next. I don’t spend a lot of time on altered projects. Instead, most of my time and energy goes into scrapbook layouts. That said, I really do like the idea of altered projects, and I love a good product that can help me be creative and save time. It’s for these reasons that I have really grown to love KaiserCraft and their ‘Beyond The Page’ line of products.

shown above: Holly Wreath, Stocking Garland, and Love Monologue

The wood items are easily covered, painted, or otherwise decorated. All come with a small photo of the finished item, but instructions are not included. For some projects it has taken me a bit of time to work out the best way to put it together, but for the most part the pieces I’ve selected are simple enough that it is immediately clear what to do to assemble them.

What I really do enjoy with these projects is that I can choose how easy or hard, how detailed or simple, I want to make them. To start off with, I decorated this tree.

To cover the wood, I used green cardstock (and a light coat of liquid adhesive). Then I cut it apart, and used the KaiserCraft Be Merry elements and their ‘Tis The Season’ acrylic holly leaf stamp. Very soon, I had tied this tree together and was ready to hang it up! I used Tim Holtz Distress Ink and Distress Embossing Powder (with the holly stamp) as well as edging this piece in Distress Ink.

A few items I’d recommend when working with this line include a good adhesive/sealant such as PPA by USArt Quest, sanding tools such as the Basic Grey sanding tool set, and plenty of patience. Whether you’re painting, misting, or paper covering (or some of each) your piece, you’ll want to allow it to dry thoroughly in between sessions to ensure the best possible final product. Whenever I rush I end up with smears, mistakes, and other problems. I also recommend using adhesive all the way to the outer edges when covering with paper so that the edges won’t lift away from the base.

All of that advice is really true for any altered project, and while the tree above only took two sessions, the one below took quite a bit longer than that.

This tree took a number of hours (over a few weeks), but it’s actually a simple enough project. I used paints, mists, and everything else I could think of to make this ultra colorful tree – which is soon to be centerpiece on my buffet.

key supplies used in making of this tree:
KaiserCraft Large Flourish Tree
Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks
Acrylic Paint (KaiserCraft or other brand)
Glitter Glues (Stickles, or other brand)
Making Memories red brads and rhinestones
Distress Crackle Paint in Tarnished Brass
Fiskars squeeze punch (bird wings)
PPA by US Art Quest (adhesive/sealant)
Liquitex irridescent/pearlescent medium

I have seen this particular tree done very simply (and beautifully) in a single paint color, glittered, or otherwise done a lot quicker than I have here. However, I really just wanted to play and have fun. I kept painting on layers of color, testing different products, and if I didn’t like something I simply covered it (once dry) with a new layer. So much fun!

My best advice when working with a large project like this is to frequently take breaks so you don’t burn out or get sloppy. Just relax and enjoy yourself! I chose to work with paints, inks, and other similar mediums so that I could easily layer over color and change things as I went. I didn’t apply the white paint edging to this piece, or the glitter glue, until I was very comfortable with my nearly finished piece.

I have been having so much fun with these pieces that I have found myself looking over the current selection available and thinking about purchasing more items to play with! I recommend the pieces, like these two above, that are very simple in design and have only a few pieces at the most. They are the easiest to use, sturdiest, and the most fun in my opinion. I count the many mini-book options among these. They are exceptionally sturdy books in all shapes and sizes that could be oh-so-fun to customize.

That said, I’ve also enjoyed some of the more intricate pieces available. Above is a screen shot from the KaiserCraft website of their advent calendar. I really appreciate how many projects and images they share both on their blog and the website itself.

The Advent Calendar has a lot of pieces – so expect to spend some time cutting apart and securing all the bits and pieces. What I love most about this piece is that it has a large center area that you can decorate, and also use as a shelf to add little trinkets and holiday cheer.

I chose to paint mine, and decorate the center portion (on the back/base) BEFORE adding all the cubbies and such. I felt this made for much easier decorating, and I didn’t have any pesky paint lines at edges because I was able to work with the individual pieces vs a pre-made piece.

As you can see, I still have some work to do on this project, but I wanted to share these “in progress” photos with you. I am using Crafty Power Tape (by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L) to hold the chipboard boxes in place and also on the paper that I’m adhering to them. A strong double sided tape works great to both hold the boxes together and secure the paper.

In this project, I am using one of KaiserCraft’s two holiday lines (Tis the Season) for my Advent calendar and WOW! I sure do love this line. It’s so full of damask, holly, sheet music, and vintage Santas – it’s just my thing. I’m looking forward to using it a lot in my holiday crafting.

I look forward to utilizing a lot more KaiserCraft wood alterable items in the future – for both home decor and paper crafting projects. The prices are reasonable and the results are great every time. I have had a lot of fun sharing a bit about these projects with you and I hope they’ve got you in the mood to put your scrapbooking stash to work “beyond the page”!

We have a giveaway to share here today as well – KaiserCraft has generously provided a box full of goodies from both of their holiday lines as well as a Funky Wreath that one lucky Scrapbook Update winner will win.

How To Enter: All you have to do to be the lucky winner is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Wednesday night, November 24th. Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person. U.S. mailing addresses only please.

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Paperclipping Roundtable #46: Hone Your Instincts

This week the Roundtable was joined by two of the 4 Experts instructors at BigPictureClasses.com for 2011! We talked with Ali and Lain about a common thread in their classes: honing your scrapbooking instincts.

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Industry Jobs: Nov 13th – Nov 19th, 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 jobs@scrapbookupdate.com

Company
Position
Location
Archiver'sSales Team LeadEden Prairie, MN
Archiver'sReceiverWestminster, CO
Archiver'sCustomer Service AssociateCordova, TN
Archiver'sCustomer Service AssociateWestminster, CO
Archiver'sCustomer Service AssociateMarietta, GA
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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