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Update | 7.11.2014 – Amy Tangerine, Sneak Peeks, and more!

Looking for work in the Los Angeles area? Amy Tan of the brand Amy Tangerine is looking for a “Creative Assistant” to work in her studio with her 10-15 hours per week. According to the job posting on Amy’s blog “Knowledge in graphic design, photography and wordpress is a must. A design aesthetic that goes along with the Amy Tangerine brand is a plus.” Also, the job requirements include having your own car, camera, and laptop.

To learn more about the position or to apply, visit the Amy Tangerine blog.

If you are interested in keeping up with the latest releases, don’t miss the Scrapbook Update Summer Sneak Peeks page! We’ve done several major updates to it this week! It’s full of all sorts of exciting upcoming new products for the second half of the year. Continue Reading →

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Hobby Lobby Protests Follow Court Ruling

Hobby Lobby stores across the U.S. have been the targets of protests since the Supreme Court ruling on June 30th granting the company a religious exemption from providing in their company health plan four types of contraception that were mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act.

According to a survey of national media reports, there have been Hobby Lobby protests at stores in the following locations since the ruling (and there is likely more that haven’t garnered online media coverage): Continue Reading →

Update | 7.10.2014 – Two Peas, Shutterfly, Shimelle, and more!

Two Peas in a Bucket announced today that they will stay open for sales and content viewing until July 24th:

Due to the overwhelming response to our clearance sale, we will be shipping orders through the end of the month and have decided to keep the site operational thru 7/24/2014 and expect the last order to go out the door on the 25th.

The extended time gives the site’s users extra time to use the export tool developed by Scrapbook.com to save their galleries by transferring their images and descriptions to the Scrapbook.com gallery. Click here for more information on how to use the gallery export tool.

As the summer product releases approach for the second half of the year, some companies are clearing out the warehouse to make room for them. Elle’s Studio is holding a summer warehouse sale. Unlike most companies, which usually sell “grab bag” style boxes, Elle’s Studio is selling inventory by the individual item through their online store so their fans can buy just exactly the items they want. The sale will last until 7/21 or while supplies last. Continue Reading →

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Ali Edwards Leaves Technique Tuesday

Technique Tuesday announced today that long-time signature designer Ali Edwards is leaving the company.

Nancy with Ali Edwards(pictured above: Ali Edwards, on right, with me at the 2012 Craft and Hobby Association Winter Show)

The Ali Edwards line was the first signature line developed by Technique Tuesday, and it has been a favorite of scrapbookers since its introduction in January 2009. It was later expanded into a monthly auto-ship stamp club called Studio AE in addition to the line’s regular product releases. Continue Reading →

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Good News for Two Peas In A Bucket Customers

Two new announcements will make the closure of Two Peas In A Bucket a bit easier on the site’s legions of fans.

On June 10th, Two Peas quietly opened an Etsy store carrying their signature flair and wood items. The store currently has 176 flairs and nearly 100 wood items listed for sale. This is great news for fans of the company’s edgy, graphic style. (Note to self: Definitely must order this flair badge for scrapping my 10 hour flight home from Germany in January while deathly ill with the flu.)

For those wishing to preserve their content from the Two Peas gallery, there is even better news: Scrapbook.com has created an automated tool to import your Two Peas gallery into a Scrapbook.com account! The tool preserves publication dates, title and description of the post, as well as importing the image.

To use the Scrapbook.com importer, click this link after first logging in to your Scrapbook.com account. You’ll need to know your Pea Number from your Two Peas account to make it work.

For those waiting to place orders at Two Peas hoping for heavier discounting as the sale progresses, you may be out of luck. The site’s virtual shelves appear almost bare in most brands, although there is still some stock in the American Crafts family of brands due to the large proportion of inventory of the company’s products the store was carrying before the closure announcement.

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Hobby Lobby wins Supreme Court Case Challenging ACA Mandate

The Supreme Court announced this morning that Hobby Lobby has won its case challenging the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that requires companies to provide free contraceptives as part of their healthcare plan. The case was decided by a 5-4 majority with a decision authored by conservative Justice Samuel Alito.

In the opinion, the court granted “closely held companies” the right to the same accommodations that the government gives nonprofit organizations with religious objections to contraceptives. The narrowly-written opinion specified that it only applied to the contraceptive mandate and should not be construed to allow the withholding of coverage for other medical services or to allow discrimination on religious grounds.

The court indicated that the government should take on the responsibility of providing the coverage for the contraceptives that are objected to so that there is no coverage gap for employees.

How did Hobby Lobby end up suing the government?

It’s not often that a crafts industry company not only makes national news, but makes national law. How did we get to this day? Continue Reading →