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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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All American Crafts Files Bankruptcy

All American Crafts, the New Jersey-based publisher of Scrapbooking & Beyond and Paper Creations magazines, has filed for bankruptcy after closing down all of the company’s publications in August.

scrapbooking beyondIn addition to its paper crafting titles, All American Crafts was also the publisher of a wide range of other crafts titles. Those titles included Quilt Trends, The Quilter, PaintWorks, Creative Woodworks, Woodturning Design, Carving, Create and Decorate, Knit Style, and Bead Design Studio. Continue Reading →

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New Silhouette Cameo Machine Announced

Silhouette America announced today that a revamped version of their flagship Silhouette Cameo electronic die cutting machine will be released soon.

The Cameo was definitely due for an update, as the previous version was released in 2011. This made it three years old, a dinosaur in the electronics world.

Silhouette-Cameo-2014The new version of the Silhouette Cameo will be available from the Silhouette Online Store on October 22nd, and from additional retailers around the end of the month. It will have an MSRP of $299, the same as the previous version of the machine. Continue Reading →

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