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Is a Bullet Journal the Answer for Blog Editorial Planning?

It’s no secret that I like my tech gadgets. I’m never very far from my iPhone, laptop, and/or iPad. But for years I’ve struggled to find a way to manage my blogging editorial calendar (and my other task management) with technology. For some reason, despite my love of technology, I’m just a paper lover when it comes to my organizing my work and my life.

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I’ve recently taken up bullet journaling to organize my calendar and to do list, and it has been working so well that I decided to try applying it my editorial calendar as well. I’m using a large classic Moleskine notebook for my regular bullet journal, but decided I needed the extra large Classic Moleskine to handle my editorial calendar for the four blogs I’m working on. The journal is divided into four sections, one for each blog, with washi tape bookmarks to mark where each section starts.

Blog Editorial Bullet Journal

The foundation of my notebook are the monthly calendar pages. I use Post-It notes (small ones, cut in half) to schedule items, and then when the item is published I write it on the calendar in ink. It allows my calendar to stay flexible and for me to visualize as I am planning and move things around to accommodate changes or additions.

In addition to the date grid, I have space in the leftover area for noting events and themes during the month, as well as an extra column down the right side that will hold Post-its for articles that are waiting to be scheduled, or that I can write notes in.

I knew this system would work for me because I’d used it previously in purchased spiral bound calendars. It became too cumbersome because it meant having to haul a separate notebook for each blog, though, and I gave it up. The bullet journal means that with a little work I can create a notebook that contains calendars for all my blogs in one one book!

Blog Editorial Calendar Bullet Journal

Some of the rest of the ones in my editorial calendar bullet journal are partially or wholly inspired by other bloggers. My favorite thing about bullet journaling is that I can take an idea someone else shares and then adapt it to work better for how I think or work.

In between each monthly calendar page, I have a page (loosely based on one by Kara at Boho Berry) that lets me write notes and summaries for each month. I can refer to this later for reference when planning for the same period the next year, or when having planning sessions to set goals.

Blog Editorial Bullet Journal

At the beginning of each blog’s section, there are a few record keeping pages. The “blog plot” page is designed to show at a glance when (and what, through color coding for categories) I have been publishing. This page was adapted from Kim at Tiny Ray of Sunshine. Her version is a two page, 12 month version, that goes the other direction on the page. I preferred to make mine heavily gridded and only needed to make 6 months since that is all that is in my journal (four blogs times six months take up a lot of pages).

Blog Editorial Bullet Journal

The statistics page for each site is a variation on one that I’ve been using in my smaller bullet journal to track my websites. I had a hard time remembering to use it with it being in that journal. I’m hoping I’ll be more consistent with it being with my other blog planning material.

Blog Editorial Bullet Journal

The article index is a way for me to track where bullet journal notes and graphics files are for each article. This is adapted from a page I saw on Boho Berry, but I added the “files” column. It’s important to me to track graphics since my articles contain so many.

Blog Editorial Calendar Bullet Journal

This page is also an update of one that I’ve had in my smaller journal but never remember to use. Hopefully with all of my blog planning and tracking being consolidated into one place, it will all get used much more reliably.

Blog Editorial Calendar Bullet Journal

One of the reasons that people think they “can’t” bullet journal is because they don’t like their handwriting. Well, I’m one of those people! But if you looked closely above, you may have noticed that a lot of the titles and numbers weren’t handwritten. The secret is doing as much as possible with stamps! It’s a bit slower than handwriting, but the end result is much prettier. Plus, creating pages that are “typewritten” through stamping makes it easy to tell what on the page is your content and what is just the page’s template.

So far my must have stamp sets for this journal have been:

Blog Editorial Calendar Bullet Journal

What do you use for your editorial planning? Paper or pixels? Are you happy with it?

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Craft & Scrapbooking Jobs – October 19th, 2016

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Looking to launch a new craft industry career, or just find a new craft company where you can continue your existing career? Check out the opportunities below to start your search for the perfect craft or scrapbooking job!

Sales:

Marketing:

Graphic Design:

Product Development:

Buying/Inventory Planning:

Artist/Instructor:

Misc:

If your craft industry company has an open position that you would like included in the edition of this list, please email a link to an online job posting to nancy@nallystudios.com.

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Jobs | Inside Sales – BGM Creations (West Berlin, NJ)

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. Today we are sharing an Inside Sales position from BGM Creations, known to most in the craft industry as Buttons Galore & More. (My company, Nally Studios, is the social media manager for Buttons Galore.)

Buttons Galore logo

Inside Sales Representative – BGM Creations (West Berlin, NJ)

Compensation: $31,500 to $40,000 Annually

Employment Type: Full-Time

We are seeking an Inside Sales to join our team! You will resolve customer questions and offer solutions to drive company revenue.

Responsibilities:

  • Present and sell company products to existing and new customers
  • Prospect and contact potential customers
  • Reach agreed upon sales targets by the deadline
  • Resolve customer inquiries and complaints
  • Set follow-up appointments to keep customers aware of latest developments

Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in sales, customer service, or other related fields preferred
  • Familiarity with CRM platforms
  • Proficient in Excel and Work
  • Ability to build rapport with clients
  • Self Starter, works independently
  • Deadline and detail-oriented
  • Motivated by achieving company goals
  • TEAM PLAYER

To apply for this position, visit the job listing on ziprecruiter.com.

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Design Team Call | Deflecto (8/19)

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 logo

Submissions Due: August 19, 2016

We know you are out there and we don’t want to miss meeting you! Deflecto is looking for creative and energetic designers to join our design team.

Deflecto LLC may be new to the art, craft and education markets but we are not new to inventing quality products. We have been a global plastics manufacturer for over 50 years catering to various different industries with organizational storage, sign/frame display and floor protection. We are looking for creative designers in all product categories, i.e. rubber stamping, scrapbooking, card making, polymer clay, mixed media and alternative artists. Also; quilters and experts in the category of sewing.

Deflecto Design Team perks*:

  • Each month you will receive a gift box of amazing Deflecto products such as organizational storage, event signage, craft frames and more
  • You will have your name, bio and headshot posted on our blog, facebook page and link to our website
  • Your creations will have the potential to be one of 4 featured projects each month on our blog and you will be compensated for those selected project
  • You will have the ability to participate in our paid endorsement program
  • You may occasionally receive products from our partners
  • You will also receive sneak peeks of our new products

Deflecto Design Team expectations:

  • Create a minimum of one project per month using at least one of the products sent for the designated month and per our pre-set monthly theme schedule.

Our Deflecto products must be the sole focus of these projects. We want the beauty and functionality of the product itself to shine through. **Note, you are not responsible for creating tutorials, or creating new release samples as part of our Design Team unless specifically requested.

  • Post your monthly required design with the permalink to your personal blog post on the deflecto Facebook group page on or BEFORE the 11th of each month.
  • Create a draft post on the Deflecto blog of your monthly projects NO later than the 11th of each month.
  • You need to be active on various social media platforms, including online galleries, websites, and forums; and be willing to share your knowledge of our products with other users of all skill levels
  • Link to the Deflecto Blog on your blog and/or website
  • Take crisp, clear photographs of your projects. Keep props to a minimum to not take away from your project.
  • Be an ambassador for the Deflecto company and our product brands Design Team membership lasts for 12 months from September 1, 2016 to September 1, 2017

* Selectively we may ask for your input on potential new products

How to apply:

Submit the following information including links to (Markhlee@mac.com) for review. Please include “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. (Projects do not need to contain Deflecto products but is always nice)
  • 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 email:

  • Your full name
  • Preferred email address; (please note: this design team call is open to USA only residents at this time)
  • Phone number
  • Address
  • Blog Link
  • Links to any additional places we might see your work
  • Any other design teams you are currently a member of
  • What is 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:

  • Deflecto Design Team Members will qualify for our Deflecto Endorsement Program. Email Mark Lee (markhlee@mac.com) for details and a copy of our Endorsement program.
  • To summarize, we will pay a minimum $25 endorsement for projects we select to be featured on our website, social media, tradeshow booth and rep samples and an additional $25 endorsement fee for instructions. We will also authorize the minimum $25 endorsement for projects published via online magazines, books, etc.

The deadline for submission is August 19, 2016.

If chosen, you will be contacted no later than August 26, 2016, and your 12 month term will commence September 1, 2016. Additionally, we are always looking for guest designers. Simply note in your email application that you would like to be considered for a guest position if this is your desire. We will not be contacting 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 email@ 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.

This call originally published on the Deflecto blog.

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Jobs | Crafts Designer – Ellison/Sizzix (Lake Forest, CA)

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.

Ellison Educational Equipment, Inc. is a global manufacturer and international leader in providing high quality die-cutting systems and ancillary products for the Education, Professional and consumer Arts & Crafts markets and is looking for a Craft Designer who will report to the Art Director.

Since 2001, Sizzix has been the industry’s leading innovator of die-cutting, embossing and stamping solutions for today’s crafter. Through our expansive portfolio of award-winning products, we are able to inspire unlimited creativity for cardmaking, scrapbooking, quilting, jewelry, home décor, party planning and more.

Job Description

Under the guidance of the Art Room Manager and the Creative Director, the Craft Designer should be able to accomplish their duties independently through effective and efficient work habits.  This role will require a dynamic personality who can multi-task a variety of projects while working closely with a team of creative personalities.  Specifically, the Craft Designer will be responsible for but not limited to:

Support sales and marketing by creating production ready 3-D art for Sizzix and Ellison product lines.

Be able to apply current and relevant embellishment techniques and applications to finished projects to help explain to consumers what they can do with our product lines.

Provide finished project examples for catalogs, packaging, websites, blogs, workshops and advertising.

Design eye-catching vignettes for the trade shows that convey the theme or look and feel of a particular artist’s vision or product line application.

Execute booth layouts by shopping for props and accessories to make the products look the best.

Qualifications

  • Art production experience and knowledge of the papercrafting industry.
  • Must have a fundamental understanding of color, layout and design.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Must posses the ability to work with a variety of personnel both in house and outside.
  • Extremely detail oriented and resourceful
  • Highly self-motivated and able to work with tight deadlines.
  • Must be proficient in Microsoft Office, Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Must be a team player and be able to work extended hours and varying schedules as necessary to complete a project.

Job Type

  • Full Time
  • In House at Lake Forest, Ca Heaquarters
  • Benefits

 For initial consideration please email the following to dziegler@ellison.com

  • Name
  • Email
  • Phone Number
  • A few jpegs of your current work
  • Links to any online presence where we can view your work i.e.: Blog, facebook, website etc.
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Update | Michaels, Scrapbook Expo, Jobs, and more!

In this issue of the Update column, I’ve got some big news from some of the industry’s biggest names – and some great opportunities if you are job hunting! Let’s dive in…

Michaels store

Earnings. Michaels Stores held its quarterly earnings call for investors today. The company surprised market watchers by reporting that it missed its quarterly earnings target for the first fiscal quarter of 2016 that ended April 30th. Michaels stock (traded under MIK on the NASDAQ) fell over 8% after the announcement, to close at $27.69 for the day.

In the announcement, Michaels executives blamed weak April sales for the missed earnings estimate. Michaels is far from alone in struggling to meet its April sales goals in 2016. A whole host of U.S. retailers have announced weaker than expected April sales figures, including Costco, Gap, L Brands, Target, Macy’s and Nordstrom – to name just a few.

Moving forward, Michaels says it plans to continue to focus on the adult coloring trend, extending its selection of coloring books and coloring materials. The company has also begun expanding the trend off-paper, recently unveiling store displays that feature items such as kids’ t-shirts with coloring designs on them along with fabric markers. The company also plans to launch nationwide in July a loyalty program that it has been testing locally in Texas near its headquarters.

For more information on Michaels Stores financial numbers in the first quarter, read the official announcement.

Industry Jobs. The following industry positions are currently posted as available:

New Positions. Bella Blvd has announced that Amy Heller is filling the newly created position of Marketing Director at the company. Heller is known to many in the industry for her time as a Garden Girl at Two Peas in a Bucket, and for her work designing product for the now-defunct Lily Bee Design. But she also has nearly two decades of professional experience in marketing and graphic design, including for Fortune 500 brands. Initial plans for Heller’s role at Bella Blvd include development of a new blog and email interaction with customers.

Amy Heller

Amy Heller

Honors. Congratulations to Georganne Bender and Rich Kizer on their Retail Adventures blog being named one of the “7  Retail Publications You Should Be Reading” by retail analytics platform Celect. Retail Adventures has been basking in the spotlight in 2016, with UK retail analysts Retail Vision also naming the blog to its “Top 50 Retail Blogs” list in January.

Events. I had a chance to attend Scrapbook Expo for the first time in 2016 when it came to Orlando this past weekend for an event at the Gaylord Palms resort in Kissimmee.

Scrapbook Expo Orlando 2016

The shows are now officially known as “Stamp & Scrapbook Expo,” reflecting the growing presence of stamping products on the show floor. Compared to 2015, there was much more current product on the show floor – I saw a variety of current product from Echo Park, Carta Bella, Simple Stories, Quick Quotes, Graphic 45, Photo Play Paper, Sizzix, Hero Arts, Tim Holtz, and many others. Several booths were carrying a good selection of planner supplies as well.

Several well-known industry names were attracting good crowds in their booth. Stayce DeWid of Art Anthology had a make-n-take running in her booth, with the help of an instructor.

Stayce Dewid

Stayce Dewid

As it was throughout 2015 at the shows, the make-n-take being run by Richard Garay at the Fun Stamper’s Journey booth continued to be popular in 2016 in Orlando. The booth was thronged every time that I passed by on Friday.

Fun Stamper's Journey booth

June is a busy month for Orlando area papercrafters, with Stampfest also scheduled to take place in Lakeland at the end of the month.

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