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Losses. Condolences to the family and friends of Jeff Murphy, known to many in the industry after his thirteen years in sales at EK Success/Wilton Brands that ended last year. Murphy passed away last week in a hiking accident in Yellowstone National Park.

Openings. Hobby Lobby has set the (tentative) opening date of its new store in the Ozark Crossing strip mall in Harrison, AR for August 7th. The store is expected to hire between 30 and 50 workers.

Costs. Users of Intuit’s Quickbooks Online accounting software service are being notified about upcoming price increases that will go into effect in July for users. The price for the Quickbooks Online Plus level of service will increase from $39.99 to $50 per month. Suggestions for replacements include Sage, Xero, and Less Accounting.

Changes. Amazon has announced to affiliates that it is retiring the aStore tool in its affiliate program due to low usage and poor conversion rates on the tool. Starting on July 14th, new aStores can no longer be built, and on August 11th existing stores will no longer be able to be edited. The feature will be completely retired on October 27th, at which time all aStore links will redirect to the Amazon.com home page.

Ventures. Toronto-based Scraptime host Christine Urias is branching into food art, marketing a line of candy through her new company Sweet Artisan Candies. https://shop.amytangerine.com/subscribe

Designer Laura Bray is preparing to launch a line of stamps in her signature style later this month under the Laura K Bray Designs brand name, available through her website. To get a sneak peek of one of the set, visit her blog.

Events. AFCI President Mark Hill attended the 41st Japan Hobby Show put on by the Japan Hobby Association in April, and shares an interesting look at the event and trends seen at the show on the AFCI blog. Some of the trends seen may be regional while some may be harbingers of things to come in other parts of the world.

Alt Summit has announced their 2018 event dates. The 2018 Alt Summit will take place from February 26th-28th at the Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs, CA. Registration begins on Wednesday, June 21st

Alt Summit 2018

Trends. Trend Curve is predicting that pink will be a hot trend for the Christmas holidays for 2018-2019. Also, Quilt Market’s e-insider has a look at trends from Spring Quilt Market for quilt fabric, which often shares design and color trends with scrapbook paper and embellishments.

Fun. Maybe it’s because he didn’t get the memo that scrapbookers think cats are trendy and cool…but whatever the reason, Garfield the Cat has been poking fun at scrapbooking.

Teams. Prima Marketing has design team calls open for their Design, Mixed Media & DIY, and My Prima Planner teams through June 30th. For information on how to apply for the teams, visit the Prima blog.

Jobs. The following industry positions are listed as open and taking applications:

Financial:

Sourcing:

Design:

Marketing:

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Design Team Call | Deflecto 6/23

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update publishes the full text of select design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header.

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.


Deflecto Design Team Call

CALLING ALL CREATIVES: we don’t want to miss meeting you!

Deflecto is looking for rock stars to join our newest design team.

For more than 50 years, Deflecto has been helping people get organized in the office and at home. We’re looking for designers with a focus on *DIY, *Home Décor *Painting *Sewing/crochet/quilting/knitting *Fashion *Jewelry *Polymer Clay *Kids Crafts *Scrapbooking *Card Making *Mixed Media *Wedding Crafts/Events *Recycled crafts.

Deflecto Design Team perks:

• Each month you’ll get a gift box of amazing Deflecto products to use and develop into a project.

• Your creations will have the potential to be a featured project each month on our blog and you will be compensated if selected.

• You will have the ability to participate in Deflecto’s paid endorsement program.

• You may occasionally receive products from our partners.

• You will also receive sneak peeks of new Deflecto products.

Deflecto Design Team expectations:

The Deflecto products must be the primary focus of these projects. We want the benefits and functionality of the product to shine through.

• Post your monthly required designs with the permalink to your personal blog on the Deflecto Facebook group page by the first of each month; no later than the 5th. This is necessary to be eligible for endorsement consideration.

• Link to the Deflecto Blog on your blog/Facebook page and/or website.

• Take crisp, clear photographs of your projects in well-lit areas. Props and backgrounds are encouraged but keep it clean cut so readers aren’t distracted away from the project. If the product is clear or white use a colored background so the edges of the product can be seen.

• Be an ambassador for the Deflecto company and our product brands.

Design Team term is 12 months: September 1, 2017- September 1, 2018

How to apply:

Submit the following information, including links, to (Markhlee@mac.com) for review. Please include “Deflecto Design Team Call-out” in the subject line.

• Send us direct links to three or four of your best projects or you may send a general link to your blog or online gallery.

• We want our team members to take high quality photographs that show a good representation of their work with our products. We will also be reviewing your writing style and how you share information about the products you use. All work submitted must be original and created by you.

Please also include the following information in your e-mail:

• Your full name

• Preferred e-mail address; (please note: this design team call is open to USA only residents at this time)

• Phone number

• Address (where products would be shipped if selected)

• Blog Link

• Links to any additional places we might see your work

• Any other design teams you are currently a member of

• Your preferred crafting style (Are you primarily a card maker? Scrapbooker? Mixed Media Artist? Something else entirely?)

• If you currently teach classes or hold workshops, please provide any relevant information about them

• Short description of why you want to be on the Deflecto Design team

Endorsement program:

• Endorsements will be selected internally by our marketing department. Submissions will be judged based on project theme, creativeness, and quality of photos. If you have any questions please contact Mark Lee.

• We will pay a minimum $25.00 endorsement for projects selected to be featured on our website, blog, tradeshow booth and rep samples. If instructions are requested, an additional $25.00 will be paid. We will also authorize the minimum $25.00 endorsement for projects published via online magazines, books, etc.

• A $25.00 endorsement fee will be paid to designers whose projects are chosen for the monthly Designer Spotlight blog post.

The deadline for submission is June 23rd, 2017.

If chosen, you will be contacted no later than June 30th, 2017, and your 12 month term will commence September 1, 2017. Additionally, we’re always looking for guest designers. Simply note in your e-mail application that you would like to be considered for a guest position if this is your desire. We won’t contact potential guest designers at this time; but instead will keep those applications on file and contact you when a guest position is available.

If you have any questions prior to submitting your application, don’t hesitate to send Mark Lee an e-mail at markhlee@mac.com. We look forward to receiving your application.

Mark Lee (Deflecto Design Team Liaison)

Marilyn Gossett (Deflecto Design Team Coordinator)

In partnership with DreamSolutions Marketing Corp.

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Update | Stampin’ Up, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Jobs & More!

Color. June means a new Stampin’ Up! annual catalog, and with it a new edition of the trend-based “In Colors” that are added each year to the Stampin’ Up color palette for a two year limited edition. Of note this year is that the palette is completely pink and green in shade: Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Tranquil Tide, and Lemon Lime Twist.

2017-2019 Stampin Up In Colors

Endings. Craft Ideas magazine is ceasing print after over 40 years in production. The Summer 2017 issue will be the magazine’s final one. Editor Molly Goad told readers in a letter published on the magazine’s blog that the company is looking for strategic partners to continue the magazine, but has no certain relationships at this time. Best wishes for the future to their talented staff . some of whom I’ve previously worked with – from the Scrapbook Update family.

Redesigned. Tonic Studios has issued an update to its customers indicating that it plans to ship a redesigned version of the Tim Holtz stamp platform beginning the week of July 9th.

As we move to catch up with the demand for the product we will be releasing the incoming shipments on a first come first served basis based with our retail partners on when we received the orders. We will be confirming the expected delivery date to each of our retailers within the next 7 days. The first shipments we expect to be dispatched on the week of 09 July with the second delivery to be on the week of 16 July. We are working to improve this wherever possible; however, we want to provide a clear and realistic route to completion. We also want to be realistic that the product will be entering the country during the holiday period which may involve additional small delays. These dates are when we will receive product into our warehouse in California so there may be a few more days to get the product to the partners and then onto the consumers.

Shows. Hotel reservations are open for Creativation 2018, which takes place in Phoenix from January 18th-22nd, and badge registration begins on Tuesday, June 13th.

Crime. According to a report in the Santa Clarita Valley area publication The Signal, the assistant manager of the Hobby Lobby store in Saugus, California has been arrested on child pornography charges. Donald Anthony Little has been charged with two felony counts related to alleged sharing of child pornography images online, and with being in possession of more than 600 child pornography images on his laptop computer. Little is free on bail pending his arraignment on June 22nd.

Neighbors. The White Sands Mall in Alamogordo, New Mexico, is losing its major tenant with the impending closure of the Kmart that has been there since 1976. However, the owner of the property told the Alamogordo Daily News that his company isn’t worried about filling the space, and has over a dozen prospective tenants lined up to tour the space. What’s the draw, in an era of dying malls? The mall will be breaking ground this month on a new Hobby Lobby next to the soon-to-vacant Kmart. “A lot of merchants, it appears, love to be next to Hobby Lobby,” Griffith told the paper.

Earnings. Michaels Companies held its earnings call for the first fiscal quarter of 2017 on Tuesday morning (June 6th) before NASDAQ market open. Net sales were flat for the quarter, with comparable same store sales down 1.2%, due the company said to a decrease in average purchase ticket. Gross profits, though, were up .6%, due to an accounting adjustment from the Lamrite West acquisition and increased margins (from the expansion of the company’s store branded merchandise lines). Michaels held its fiscal year 2017 expectations the same overall at net sales growth of 2.2% to 3.7%, and says that it expects that in the 2nd quarter same store sales will be down .5% to 1.5% (or flat to down 1% on a constant currency basis). The company plans to open four new stores in the quarter, relocate two others, and close four Aaron Brothers stores.

Michaels stock (NASDAQ: MIK) did not react well to the news from the Tuesday earnings call. It had been trending upward on Monday the day before the earnings call, closing up $.28 on the day at $19.83. Opening at $18.91 on Tuesday due to losses in after hours trading, after the morning earnings call the stock dropped hard and closed at $18.16. This was followed by an additional drop to $17.51 by close on Wednesday, a total loss of over 10% in value over Tuesday and Wednesday. Today, the stock started trending back upwards, closing up $.81 at $18.20.

New. American Crafts is launching a new decorative food collection with Sweet Sugarbelle in Michaels Stores. The line will include stamps and cutters and dough die, along with edible coloring book pages and paint palettes, to create decorative cookies.

Peek. If you are fan of artist Katie Pertiet, you might appreciate this profile with a peek into her studio and thoughts on design in a profile done for the blog of art licensing company Wild Apple.

Jobs. The following industry jobs are currently posted as available:

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Jobs | Graphic Artist/Illustrator – Doodlebug Design (Salt Lake City, UT)

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update publishes industry job listings in our main feed, with the company name in the header! To see a page listing all of these published jobs for easy reference, visit the Jobs category page of Scrapbook Update.

Doodlebug Flamingo GRAPHIC ARTIST / ILLUSTRATOR
Doodlebug Design, a leader in the papercraft industry, has a position open for a talented, graphic designer and illustrator.
Employment Benefits
  • A solid career with growth opportunities
  • Private office
  • A fun, friendly, exciting and energetic environment
  • Health insurance paid 100% for employee (family plans available a special rates)
  • Flex Spending and Prescription Visa (Cafeteria) Plan
  • Paid vacation
  • Company paid life insurance
  • Paid holidays
  • Free soda fountain drinks
  • New ‘state of the art’ building with exercise room and showers
  • Fun monthly birthday lunches
  • Birthday gifts from the owners
  • Christmas party with gifts, and more!
  • Christmas bonuses
Requirements
  • Skilled in Adobe Creative Suite – Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop
  • Excellent typography skills
  • Strong Illustration skills
  • Talented in mocking-up packaging and product, die lines, bleeds etc (print-ready work)
  • Organized and able to work efficiently on multiple projects to meet deadlines
  • Detail oriented – quality first mentality
  • Good at communicating verbally and in writing
  • Welcomes critique
  • Willing to travel occasionally
  • Any training in photography, print production or Web design is viewed as a plus, but not required
  • Knows and understands the craft industry
  • Must provide portfolio work
Duties
  • Design new product lines, packaging, and marketing materials
  • Mock-up prototypes of product and packaging
  • Create marketing collateral
  • Other duties as required
  • Will work overtime when needed and before a show
Top Applicants
  • Love the papercraft industry and all its facets – fashion, culture, design
  • Are social media aficionados of Pinterest, design blogs, Instagram
  • Teach themselves new tricks and faster ways of doing things
  • Like to learn
  • Have worked with printers and understand printing processes and layout
  • Understand marketing principles
  • Have worked in the Papercraft industry (Mfg, wholesale or retail)
  • Work well with others and alone
  • Are self-starters
  • Are crafters
  • Have excellent recommendations
Job Type: Full-time
  • Applicants – send resumes and portfolio links via email to john@doodlebug.ws
  • We will contact qualified applicants via email. Please do not call
Salary negotiable, based on experience and skills
Required experience: 3 years
Job Type: Full-time
Job Location: Salt Lake City, UT
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Design Team Call | Buttons Galore 4/30

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update publishes the full text of select design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header.

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.

The call below is for Buttons Galore, whose social media and blog are managed by my company Nally Studios, so I will be the coordinator of the new team!


Do you like to make things with pretty buttons, beads, and sequins? You might be the perfect match for the new Buttons Galore design team!

Buttons Galore Design Team Call

Our new design team members will be working with our traditional and practical Buttons Galore brand products as well as our trendy 28 Lilac Lane line. We’ll show your creations to the world via our blog and social media channels. You’ll get exciting free products and programs to earn cash bonuses, as well as the possibility to develop partnerships for teaching and other professional opportunities.

We’re looking for four designers  (crafters of all kinds are welcome) with great blogs and engaged social media followings who want to share their talents using beautiful buttons, beads, sequins, and other embellishments! Successful applicants should have versatile craft skills, photograph projects well, be able to follow instructions, and be prompt with deadlines.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve a 6 month term (6/1 to 11/30)
  • Create 2 projects with accompanying articles per month for our blog
  • Link on your blog to our blog (design team member blog badge provided)
  • Share your Buttons Galore projects on your social media

Benefits:

  • Receive a monthly product shipment – including product you choose yourself!
  • Participate in our affiliate program with a special commission rate
  • Submit your work for publication with our products and earn cash bonuses through our design team pay-for-publication program
  • Earn by selling us your original projects to use for display at trade shows and events
  • Display your profile and blog link on our blog
  • Plus many more possible opportunities!

Application deadline is Midnight eastern time on April 30th, 2017.

To apply for the team, send the following information via email to nancy@nallystudios.com with subject line “BGM Team Spring 2017”:

Name:
Address:
Email:
Blog Address:
Facebook Account:
Instagram Account:
Twitter Account:
Pinterest Account:
Current Design Teams:
Previous Design Teams:
What Types of Crafts You Do Regularly:
Tell us about yourself:

Notification of new team members will be made on or about May 8th, and the new team will be announced on or about May 12th.

We look forward to working with our new team members!

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Update | Core’dinations, Tim Holtz, Miniatures, Jobs, and More!

The holidays are over…and that means that trade show season is upon us! January will bring us both the brand new Creativation show from CHA, and the Creativeworld tradeshow in Frankfurt. Of course, trade show time brings lots of news too…and even though the month has just begun, the news wires are already starting to heat up! Let’s get started!

Nancy Nally

Endings. Tim Holtz has announced on his blog that he will no longer be doing the immensely popular “12 tags” series. The series has been running for an astounding ten years. The first five years it was “The 12 Tags of Christmas”, and then in 2012 it was reinvented as a monthly series. The tag has become Tim’s signature piece in trade show demonstrations. (Pictured above: me with my special “grunge free” tag that Tim made for me at CHA.)

Exhibits. Miniatures are getting hot in the crafts industry! If you are interested in seeing handmade, artisan miniatures, the Houston Center for Contemporary Art has an exhibit called “Pocket Museum” opening on January 20th. Running through March 18th, the exhibit features the work of miniature artists Jon Almeda, Althea Crome, Sean Donlon, Nash Quinn, and Marco Terenzi. Miniatures created in ceramic, fiber, glass, metal, and wood will be on display.

Acquisitons. American Crafts has announced that it has acquired cardstock company Core’dinations, which was previously owned by Darice. In February 2016, Darice became a subsidiary of Michaels Stores when Darice’s parent company Lamrite West was purchased by Michaels. American Crafts already has multiple cardstock brands under its umbrella, having acquired Bazzill in 2014 and also selling cardstock under its American Crafts brand. The company will continue to use the Core’dinations brand after the acquisition but as part of the transition many of the brand’s products have been discontinued, including the Tim Holtz branded Kraft Core line.

Teams. A new year means new creative teams at many companies, and the announcements are rolling in! Becky Higgins has announced new paper and digital teams, Neat & Tangled has also announced a new design team for 2017, an Instagram team, as well as a video team.

Jobs. Does your New Year’s Resolution include a new job? The following industry jobs are currently listed as available:

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