Archive | May 16, 2012

Winners | French General by Jolee’s Boutique

It’s time to announce the winners from last week’s giveaway! Two Scrapbook Update readers are winning some of the hot new French General collection from Jolee’s Boutique by EK Success to play with!

And the lucky winners are….

The winner of Package #1 is Becky J (MplsBetty), who posted:

Just saw these at Michael’s. Love it.

The winner of Package #2 is Heather Beasley, who posted:

I am lovin’ all the new Jolees. These are going to be a hit!

Congratulations to Heather and Becky! You will get an email in a moment with instructions on collecting your prize! Thanks for reading Scrapbook Update!


Michaels Stores CEO John Menzer on Medical Leave After Stroke

Michaels Stores announced today that they are forming an interim Office of the Chief Executive to manage the company in the ongoing absence of CEO John Menzer.

The company had previously announced on April 20th that the 60 year old Menzer was hospitalized in stable condition, but they declined at that time to indicate the cause of his illness. Today’s announcement, the first update on his health situation from the company since that day, indicates that Menzer suffered a stroke last month and is in stable condition but is expected to be absent from the company for an extended period of time. The announcement says that the Board of Directors will reevaluate Menzer’s status periodically. Menzer has been CEO of Michaels Stores, Inc. since 2009.

Menzer has been in the news recently for the role he held previous to his tenure at Michaels, as Vice-Chairman of Wal-Mart. That company is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for the alleged payment of bribes by its Mexican subsidiary during a period of rapid growth in that country. The New York Times named Menzer as one of the key players in the U.S. company’s cover-up of those alleged actions.

The new Office of the CEO at Michaels Stores, Inc. will consist of Lew Klessel, who is Managing Director with Bain Capital Partners, LLC, and Charles “Chuck” Sonsteby, who is Michaels Stores’ Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Klessel has also been appointed to the newly-created position of Interim Chief Operating Officer at Michaels. Klessel and Sonsteby, as the Office of the CEO, will temporarily assume Menzer’s responsibilities as CEO, and will report directly to the Board of Directors. Continue Reading →


Giveaway | Suzi Blu for Stampavie

Artist Suzi Blu is having an exciting 2012! In January at CHA Winter 2012, she released a new line of clear stamps with Stampavie that feature her signature hand drawn female figures, uplifting sayings and quirky style.

She also has a new book out this month, titled Mixed-Media Girls with Suzi Blu: Drawing, Painting, and Fanciful Adornments from Start to Finish. The 128-page book comes with a DVD that features instruction by Suzi on techniques in the book. (This, perhaps, is the future of publishing in this industry – books not just as books but as complete multi-media packages.)

Art journaling is a building trend in the industry and Suzi’s designs are emblematic of that community’s influence in all areas of papercrafting. Would you like to try some of Suzi’s stamps for your art journaling, scrapbooking, card making, or other mixed media project? You can win some right here thanks to Scrapbook Update sponsor Stampavie! Continue Reading →


Digital Trends | Colorful Hues

We have color, color and more color today! Summer is coming and digital designers are bringing us their brightest and most vibrant products to welcome in the new season. Color is everywhere right now. Check out these new products!

Sweet Shoppe Designs

Studio Basic Designs at Sweet Shoppe Designs came out with two beautiful kits this week. The first includes 38 beautiful solid papers in a rainbow of colors, and the second includes 12 papers and over 30 colorful embellishments.

Back to Basics: Solid Papers by Studio Basic Continue Reading →