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Archive | October, 2013

Affiliate Tax Law Thrown Out By Illinois Supreme Court

On October 18th, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in the case of Performance Marketing v. Hamer to support a lower court decision throwing out a 2011 Illinois state law that established affiliate nexus in the state. Performance Marketing, an advocacy association for affiliate marketers, had been suing the state on behalf of Illinois-based affiliates who had been harmed by the law.

“Affiliate nexus” laws – also called the Amazon tax after its most high profile target – use members of an online retailer’s affiliate program to establish the physical presence that activates the requirement of the company collecting sales tax in that state. The intent of state legislatures in enacting the laws is to collect more sales tax by forcing online retailers to collect if they have affiliates in the state. However, in the 12 states that have enacted the laws to date the opposite has happened, as most retailers have opted to terminate their local affiliates rather than collect sales tax because of their activities. Continue Reading →

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Creative Memories Announces Plans for New Company: Ahni & Zoe

Creative Memories announced today (Monday) the company’s plans for an entirely reborn and reshaped company as they hope to emerge from bankruptcy next month. The new company has a new name, and new product line. It will also effectively be starting over in building its consultant corps, hoping for its current consultant corps to recommit to the new endeavor.

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“Ahni & Zoe by Creative Memories” is tentatively scheduled to open for business by previewing to consumers in late November, but the “grand opening” isn’t scheduled until January. This week, the company is making their new consultant kit available for a promotional price of $79 to the first 3500 consultants who commit to the new generation of Creative Memories. Continue Reading →

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Design Team Call | Becky Higgins Project Life 10/20

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update now publishes design team calls right in our regular feed, with the company name and deadline in the header!

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.

Design Team Call: Becky Higgins Project Life

[Editor's Note - this is a really long call so we're just going to publish the highlights of it here and link to the full text on BeckyHiggins.com]

 

Requirements:

* 4 layouts or projects per month

* occasional special assignments

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Project | Olivia Tattoos [Silhouette Promo]

Ever since I discovered in the Silhouette online store that they have Olivia licensed images, I’ve been dying to find a project that they are right for. My daughter loves Olivia – we must own every single Olivia book, stuffed toy, and video every produced!

The new Silhouette promo for the company’s specialty media gave me a great idea of what to do with the images – temporary tattoos! The house is decorated in top to bottom Olivia (or at least it feels like it at times), so why not the kid too?

Creating a tattoo with the Silhouette temporary tattoo paper is as simple as selecting a print and cut image (or making your own), flipping it to create a mirror image, and then printing it on the tattoo paper. When you are done printing, you adhere the adhesive sheet over the top of the tattoo print. Then you run it through your Silhouette machine.

After I did all that and peeled away the excess tattoo paper, I was left with these tattoos on my mat:

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Scrapbook Soup | Layouts to Cards [Huge Lawn Fawn Giveaway!]

And now onto my 2nd segment from season three of Scrapbook Soup, episode #302! To see this segment, you’ll have to tune in to your local PBS station or catch it on the Scrapbook Soup website.

Many thanks to Lawn Fawn for sponsoring this segment! Their fabulous products are perfect for cardmaking!

This segment was all about translating layout design to card design. A lot of us who scrapbook, myself included, often times feel like we can’t design cards because the space is so different on a card from our usual design canvas. My Scrapbook Soup segment showed how to take the design of a layout that you liked, and translate it into a card design!

In my segment I translated two layouts into cards. The first layout celebrated my daughter’s 10th birthday in May. (I can’t believe we’re into double digits!)

I used Lawn Fawn’s coordinating paper collection called Pink Lemonade to create a block of patterned paper strips. That is so easy to do when you work with pre-coordinated product! Two of the strips I used white paper for, and turned them into text elements.

If you are wondering what the pop dots on the supply list were used for, they were used to raise the flower sticker high enough to not be swallowed by the chipboard number “0″.

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Scrapbook Soup | Instagram Layouts, Part 2 [Giveaway]

And we’re back with the second part of my up close and personal look at my layouts from my Instagram segment for the new season of Scrapbook Soup!

Since Instagrams are square, they lend themselves perfectly to making grids. Before stitching, I measured and drew my grid very lightly in pencil. When I was done stitching, I erased with a white eraser in any areas where the pencil line was too dark and was visible through the zig-zag stitch.

For this grid layout, I combined an assortment of photos from the entire month. It provides a good overview of the high points of our month for May. There’s my birthday, our family time on my husband’s weekend visits, my daughter giving thumbs down in the dressing room to something while going birthday shopping for her…

I filled the leftover empty spaces in the grid with vignettes that I created (with the exception of the title block) with a recipe of patterned paper, a text element, and a chipboard element. All the major elements are from collections – the patterned paper is all from a Maggie Holmes paper pad, and the chipboard is from the Color Magic collection by Heidi Swapp. Each element also has some Recollections pearls added to tie them all together as well.

The edges of the patterned paper blocks are edged in white paint with a dry brush technique that I used a make-up sponge to apply. It softens the harsh line of the grid and ties the white stitching to the blocks a bit. It also mimics the vignetting on the edges of most of the Instagram pictures.

The label next to the big blue butterfly is from Martha Stewart’s line for Avery, which is a Staples exclusive. I have a big basket of those labels in my drawer right next to me when I’m working and I use them a lot!

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