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Black Friday 2014: Scrapbook Sales

SU_Black_Friday_01“Black Friday” has turned into a week long (or more) extravaganza of sales at most major – and small – retailers. I’m gathering as many of the Black Friday scrapbook sales as possible here in this easy reference for you to find in one place and plan your Black Friday week(end) shopping! (To see all the die cut machine deals, visit our separate die cutting deals page.)

Additional sales will be announced as the week progresses, so keep checking back for the best deals!

Disclaimer: Scrapbook Update cannot be responsible for incorrect information, regional variances or typographical errors in the listings. Remember to check the local ads in your area to verify these listings.

How to use these listings: These tables may be sorted by clicking on the arrow at the top of each column. Sort by the store column to see all each store’s sales listed together, or sort by product name to compare sales on similar products. Many of the store names and item names are clickable to take you to the item online for easy shopping. (Some of these links are affiliate links, so when you use them you support Scrapbook Update – Thank you!) Continue Reading →

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Black Friday 2014: Die Cutting Machine Sales

SU_Black_Friday_01Black Friday is shaping up to be an epic battle of the die cut machines, as both Silhouette and Cricut will be aggressively promoting their flagship machines through the major chains and online channels. There will be deals to be had all week as “Black Friday” has turned into a week long (or more) extravaganza of sales at most major retailers.

Additional sales will be announced as the week progresses, so keep checking back for the best deals!

Disclaimer: Scrapbook Update cannot be responsible for incorrect information, regional variances or typographical errors in the listings. Remember to check the local ads in your area to verify these listings.

How to use these listings: These tables may be sorted by clicking on the arrow at the top of each column. Sort by the store column to see all each store’s sales listed together, or sort by brand or product name to compare sales on similar products. Many of the store names and item names are clickable to take you to the item online for easy shopping. (Some of these links are affiliate links, so when you use them you support Scrapbook Update – Thank you!) Continue Reading →

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Paper Crafts Magazine To Close

In yet another blow to the publishing segment of the scrapbook industry, contributors of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine have been informed of the magazine’s pending closure.

Paper Crafts magazineThe announcement came in an email to contributors from F+W president Sara Domville. According to the email, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking will cease publication after the February issue, and there will be no more print special issues from the brand. The planned Card Creations volume 13 special issue is being cancelled. All content in the company’s possession is being returned to contributors. Continue Reading →

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Is Northridge Publishing Closing Down?

It’s a question I’ve been getting in my inbox a lot lately from concerned readers: Is Northridge Publishing closing down? From all outward appearances, it’s certainly looking as if the publisher of Scrapbook Trends, Cards, Cricut, and the Create Idea Books is no longer a functioning publisher.

The company, which was formerly a paper publisher charging $15/issue for each of its magazines every month, went fully digital beginning with the August 2013 issues of its magazines and began offering an all-access pass for $9.99/month that bought access to all six magazines’ digital issues.

The most obvious sign of trouble is that October passed without any magazine issues being published by the company, despite a production schedule for its magazines which calls for the publication of issues every month for all of its active titles. In September, Northridge published only 3 issues instead of its usual 6. The September issues of Scrapbook Trends, Cards, and Cricut magazines were all titled as “Best of” issues, largely featuring apparently recycled content. Continue Reading →

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Big Picture Classes: Forever is Gone [Updated]

Big Picture Classes has notified its customers that a huge transition is coming to the company soon, requiring some changes that have drawn the ire of its customer base.

BPC-websiteThe company had indicated when it announced that it had been sold to Studio Calico in August that a new website was in the works for its customers. On Friday, the company shared more information about the website in announcements via email and on their website – and shared for the first time that the new site will not include many of the company’s previous classes. A large number of classes, which were sold to students with the promise of “forever” access, will be retired from Big Picture’s web presence in February, after a transition period during which the company is promising to facilitate the downloading of class materials (both pdf and video content) for students. Continue Reading →

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