Archive | November, 2013

Giveaway | Silhouette Cameo (+ Black Friday!)

It’s hard to believe that November is ticking by so fast, but it’s almost Thanksgiving week and that means it is almost time for one of my favorite times of the year: BLACK FRIDAY!

Silhouette is having a huge sale in their online store starting on Thanksgiving Day. I can’t tell you the details (yet!) but I can assure you that this is going to be absolutely monstrous. If you own a machine – or want to – you won’t want to miss this one!

To celebrate, how about a chance to win a Silhouette Cameo for one lucky Scrapbook Update reader? Yes, you read that right…a Silhouette CAMEO!

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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 →