Archive | November, 2013

CHA | Don’t Miss My Seminars!

Now that CHA Mega Show registration is open, I would like to invite you join me in my business sessions to learn about some important topics at the show (and have some fun too).

First up, on the Friday education day, join me to talk about a topic that is always on everyone’s lips at the trade shows: trends!

Trendspotting: How To Know What Is Next
Friday, January 10th, 9am-10am

Trends drive a large portion of what happens in crafts: color, pattern, style – even new product types. Learning how to predict, track and respond appropriately to trends is vital to a successful crafts business. But how do you know what is next, and whether you should follow it? We’ll take on:

  • Where trends come from
  • What the life of a trend looks like
  • Why you need to know your consumer when tracking trends
  • How to use sentinels to track trends
  • When a trend becomes a staple

Trends are a very important part of what I’ve done in this industry for nearly 10 years. I’ll share the benefit of my experience and teach you a way to read and interpret trends for your specific business. You’ll learn how to parse out the trends that are of interest to your company’s needs, and distinguish them from the crowd. Know what’s coming, and just as important – what is going.

And then on Sunday, take a break from the show floor to talk about a topic that I live everyday that could change your life (or your employees’): the 21st Century alternative office!

Home, Co-Working, & Telecommuting: The 21st Century Office
Sunday, January 12th, 10am-11am

Technology is changing the work world – and with it, the office. Now home offices, telecommuting, and the new philosophy of co-working are all new options for productive work environments. Whether you’re a large corporation or a sole proprietor, non-traditional work arrangements can be beneficial to your company and your staff financially and emotionally, and enhance productivity. Learn how to take advantage of these new options for your business – and manage the new challenges they bring.

  • Benefits of alternative offices – for employees & companies
  • Pitfalls of working from home – and how to deal with them
  • What are co-working and business location services, and how they can help your business
  • Tech tools for home offices & telecommuting

The introduction of technology to the 21st century office has brought to us a lot of exciting options for where our office can actually be. Whether you are a large corporation, or a small solo freelancer, these options can improve your business’s productivity and save you money. It can also bring rewards like happier, healthier workers.

After years of experience running my business through a combination of home office, coworking and telecommuting, I can share hands-on experience for everything from logistics to the psychological benefits and challenges.

I look forward to sharing these sessions with you at the Mega Show! Please click on the session titles above to learn more and register to join them!


Promo | Silhouette Advent Calendar 40% Off!

Silhouette is currently running a promotion through November 19th that will allow our readers to purchase their new Advent Calendars for 40% off if they click here and use our promo code “UPDATE“. The regular price is $39.99, but the price with the promo code is only $23.99! Silhouette Advent CalendarThe calendar comes with a download card with 20 shapes to make the advent calendar with, as well as 36 of the clips to use on the wires. Continue Reading →


Giveaway | New Scrapbooking Mysteries Book – Gilt Trip by Laura Childs

New York Times bestselling author Laura Childs has come out with the latest book in her bestselling “Scrapbooking Mystery” series, called Gilt Trip

Gilt Trip coverFor those unfamiliar with the series, the Scrapbooking Mysteries series is based in New Orleans and focuses on the adventures of scrapbook store owner Carmela Bertrand, who seems to have a knack for solving mysteries that fall into her path while running the Memory Mine store and swirling through a calendar filled with New Orleans’ most ritzy social events. Gilt Trip is the 11th book in the series. This installment centers on the murder of a business tycoon, who is released from prison only to be murdered at his “welcome home” party! Continue Reading →


Design Team Call | Citrus Twist Kits – 11/25

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update now publishes the full text of design team design team calls, 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.

Citrus Twist Kits – Deadline 11/25

Citrus Twist Kits, a kit club designed to inspire scrapbookers worldwide, is seeking new members to expand our wonderful Design Team! Every month Citrus Twist Kits creates a kit that uses new products on the market and delivers inspiration to scrapbookers everywhere.
We will be taking submissions from now through November 25, 2013. We want to see your best work and want you to take the time to put together a thoughtful application that speaks to your love of scrapbooking and what you will bring to our team.
We are seeking talented designers (worldwide) who are passionate about scrapbooking. As a Design Team member you will promote our kits and website on forums, our blog and other social media outlets (like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook). Continue Reading →

MemoryWorks To Cease Direct Sales Operations

MemoryWorks, the direct sales company that gave birth to wholesaler Simple Stories, has announced that it will be ceasing operations effective December 31st.

The company was founded in 2002 by Kevin and Amber Crowell, and carried a range of products from My Mind’s Eye, Fancy Pants, Echo Park, BoBunny, Teresa Collins, American Crafts, Bella Blvd, and a host of other companies. The 2009 release to MemoryWorks customers of an exclusive in-house pocket scrapbooking collection, the same year that Project 365 and Project Life also grabbed the imagination of scrapbook consumers with pocket scrapbooking, catapulted the company in a whole new direction. “Life Documented by Simple Stories” was a massive success and lead the company to launch the Simple Stories wholesale line in 2010. Since then, MemoryWorks has increasingly lived in the shadow of the explosive success of Simple Stories, which quickly became one of the industry’s juggernauts, riding the wave of consumer passion for pocket scrapbooking. Continue Reading →