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Update | CHA, Kerri Bradford, New Calls, & More!

Lots of news has been happening, so it’s time for another Update column already! Let’s take a look at all of the industry happenings!

Popular designer Kerri Bradford has made an announcement about a big new addition to her online store’s product line: stamps.

Kerri_Bradford_stampsBradford has long been known for her design work for Creating Keepsakes and for designing several Project Life editions, as well as for both Cricut and Silhouette. Her online store is a popular source of “clean and simple” style digital supplies and cut files, and she is now adding a small release of stamps to the line as well. The stamp line is designed for scrapbookers, and is in Bradford’s signature clean style. Continue Reading →

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Update | Big Picture Classes, The Messy Box, & More!

There’s been lots of great announcements and good news this past week…let’s check out all of the updates!

Messy BoxElsie Larson and Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess have announced a new monthly papercrafting subscription kit called the Messy Box. The kit, which is being produced in conjunction with Studio Calico, will retail for between $19.99 to $24.99 each month depending on subscription length.  The Messy Box contents for March 2015 will include 9×12 paper, washi tape, a transparency, journal cards, and various embellishments. This is the second subscription product from the sister team at A Beautiful Mess, joining their Happy Mail stationery offering. Continue Reading →

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Jo-Ann Fabric & Crafts Names New CEO

JoannLogoThumbnailJo-Ann Fabric & Crafts has announced that Jill Soltau will be taking over as CEO effective March 2nd. Jim Kerr, the company’s CFO, had been serving as interim CEO since the sudden departure of CEO Travis Smith last August for undisclosed reasons. Jo-Ann’s is owned by private equity company Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.

Soltau is the former CEO of Shopko, having also spent time at Sears, Kohl’s and Carson Pirie Scott during her 25 year career in retail. She had been with Shopko since 2007.

“We are excited to partner with Jill as we continue to build upon Jo-Ann’s leading position in the fabric and craft industry. Jill’s passion, strategic vision and proven success make her an excellent leader for the company going forward,” said Todd Purdy, Partner, Leonard Green & Partners, L.P.

“For over 70 years, Jo-Ann has been inspiring the creativity in others and I am thrilled to join the team to help drive the brand’s future success,” said Ms. Soltau. “Jo-Ann is an industry leader that has exciting opportunities to achieve even greater long-term potential. I look forward to working with the talented management team and dedicated associates to bolster Jo-Ann’s market position and create further enthusiasm for the Jo-Ann brand.”

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It’s Design Team Call Season!

In NASCAR they call it “silly season” – that time of year where everyone plays musical chairs to new teams and new jobs. The scrapbook industry has its own version of silly season – that relatively quiet time after the big annual shows when companies line up their design talent for the next year.

Many new teams have been posted in the past week or so but some calls are still open. Here’s a round-up!

BELLA_BLVD_DT-CallBella Blvd – Deadline: 2/24 Continue Reading →

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CHA Mega Show 2015 | Nancy’s Picks

The Scrapbook Update Hot Picks bring you the buzz from CHA shows, but sometimes my personal taste varies from what is “hot” or there isn’t room to include all of the things that I think are exciting.

So in honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s do “Nancy’s Picks”, my personal list of what I fell in love with at the CHA Mega Show 2015.

First up is one of my favorite Instagrams from the show! I’ve always loved the concept of Faber-Castell’s Gelatos, but the color palette of brights and primaries left me really cold. Now though, they’ve released a palette of pastel colors for the line that I believe will increase the product lines usability for me (and a lot of other people). Plus it makes for very pretty rainbow pictures!

Gelato Rainbow Continue Reading →

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