We’ve got some summer reading, some CHA news, and some news about your favorite designers this week on noteworthy!
CHA Attendees: The Craft & Hobby Association is warning attendees about two scams targeting convention attendees.
One is a supposed online show directory from Construct Data Verlag AG of Austria, Commercial Online Manuals S de RL de CV of Mexico and similar companies that is targeting exhibitors. Signing and returning the form for an entry in the online directory actually enters companies into an expensive three year contract that automatically renews.
The second scam is that several companies have been approaching CHA attendees offering to book hotel rooms at CHA at low rates, and then have not booked rooms and kept deposits that were placed with them. Par Avion is the only travel vendor associated with CHA that can book rooms at official CHA convention rates.
Please visit the CHA website for more information on what to do if you suspect your company has been targeted by one of these scams.
Zutter is launching a program at CHA Summer in Chicago that will allow participants to become Zutter Certified Instructors. The program will take place on July 15th and admission is by application on a first come, first served basis. Certified Instructors will be offered “discounts on supplies and tools for teaching, be listed on the Bind-It-All blog, be referred to retailers requesting classes, and receive on-going support from Zutter’s Education Coordinator and Regional Certification Instructors.”
For more information and application instructions, visit the Zutter blog.
A Sweethaven Summer, a scrapbooking-themed Christian novel by Courtney Walsh, is available for the month of July on all ebook platforms, including the Kindle, for only 99 cents:
Campbell Carter’s mother, Suzanne, has just lost her battle with cancer, and Campbell is surprised to learn that Suzanne recently reached out to her childhood friends from a place called Sweethaven, Michigan. Campbell journeys to the town to find answers to her questions about her mother’s history. Suzanne’s three friends—Lila, Jane, and Meghan—torn apart by long-buried secrets and heartbreak, haven’t spoken in years, but each has pieces of a scrapbook they made during their summers at this idyllic lakeside town. Just after Suzanne’s death they all receive letters that lead them back to Sweethaven. There, they discover that Suzanne had made many plans before her death to restore their broken friendship. When they meet Suzanne’s daughter, they begin to remember what was so special about their long Sweethaven summers. The scrapbook helps them heal and restore the friendships that have been broken for far too long. As secrets are revealed one by one, old wounds are mended and lives are changed—just as Suzanne intended.
Walsh is known to scrapbookers as the author of Scrapbooking Your Faith: Layouts That Celebrate Your Spiritual Beliefs, and The Busy Scrapper: Making The Most Of Your Scrapbooking Time. Her next novel in the Sweethaven series, A Sweethaven Homecoming, will be available in August.
Kelly Purkey has announced that she has six signature stamp designs that will be available for sale through her blog beginning on Monday! The stamps are woodmounted and they will be available on Monday morning sometime – make sure you get on these fast! They are sure to be hot!
Donna Downey Studios is expanding and moving into a much larger home! The new space is actually in the same building in Huntersville, NC with their existing space. The new space is currently being renovated and Donna hopes to be in the Studio’s new home by August 1st.
Michaels Stores is opening a new store in Brentwood, MO and currently has job openings advertised for the new store.
Don’t forget the most noteworthy thing of the week – CHA Summer 2012 Sneak Peeks on Scrapbook Update! I’ve been very busy this week updating the table and even more updates will go up this weekend and next week, so keep checking back!
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