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CHA rebrands as Association for Creative Industries

The Craft & Hobby Association announced this week at the Creativation 2017 Conference & Trade Show that it is rebranding as the Association for Creative Industries, effective immediately.

Association for Creative Industries logo

The rebranding to AFCI (as the Association for Creative Industries will largely be known) was created over the past year by a task force consisting of members of the Association’s Board of Directors and the assistance of consultants from Verse Group, a strategic research and creative branding firm. In addition to the new name, the task force created a new vision and future plan for the Association that was the result of research, interviews, and membership surveys.

“Our rebranding coincides with our vision of a healthy, vibrant and innovative community that enriches people’s lives through crafting and other creative activities,” says Mark Hill, Chief Executive Officer and President, AFCI. “Our new name is the beginning of AFCI serving as the leading advocate, information resource, research partner, and friend for our thousands of global member companies. It was intentional for our new name to incorporate ‘For’ because everything we do and strive for is FOR our members.”

The first visible signs of the new AFCI branding are the Association’s logo and new website. The colorful logo is described in the announcement as “based on the role of AFCI as the heart of creativity”, and incorporates the same marbled rainbow of color as the recently unveiled Creativation logo.

The Craft & Hobby Association has increasingly struggled to find membership, along with exhibitors and attendees for its shows, since the decline of the papercrafts bubble in recent years. Removing the outdated “hobby” (which is a relic of the long ago time that model cars and other such items were seen at the show) from the Association’s name, and replacing “craft” with the broader “Creative Industries” is an attempt for AFCI to claim craft segments such as sewing and fine art under its tent. How much interest these industry segments, which already have their own dedicated associations and events, will show in the newly incarnated Association for Creative Industries is yet to be seen. Several major sewing companies, such as Coats & Clark and Prym Dritz, did exhibit at Creativation 2017.

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See My Craft Room Makeover Reveal!

Organizing seems to be a constant process in my studio, as I adjust to inflows of new products and activities. But about 18 months ago, I began a major overhaul of my studio space that reimagined how I use the entire space. Now, it is finally done and I’m ready to share a craft room makeover reveal for readers here and on Craft Critique!

Nancy Nally craft room makeover

Since the last overhaul of my scrapbook & craft room a couple of major changes had taken place in my needs. I started sewing more, and I wanted a more robust second work area. I also started doing more wood and painting crafts. I’m also much more heavily involved in Project Life and in stamping than I was previously. I am also using more media such as spray inks, and pens.

Just as important, I discovered my previous arrangement had some serious pain points that needed solving. Items were stashed all over the place and I found it hard to remember where things were often. Also, some frequently used items were difficult to get to. And finally, my studio was just busting at the seams, creating messes when new things arrived and there was literally no place to put them!

This meant I needed to change the types of storage I was using and the way my storage was arranged. I started from scratch, and nearly every single piece of furniture in my studio moved from the old set-up. I created different areas for different activities, got rid of a lot of stuff, and created storage for types of supplies that are growing (such as the three level spray ink storage on my table in the picture above).

To see the entire room, see the reveal over on Craft Critique!

One of the major systems I overhauled was my stamp storage. I implemented a version of Jennifer McGuire’s popular system, with a few adjustments and adaptations. My previous system simply wasn’t designed for the volume of stamps that I now have, and the new system also accommodates thin metal dies, stencils, and 6×6 paper pads.

stamp storage system

To see how I overhauled my stamp system, visit “An Look At My Overhauled Stamp Storage” on Craft Critique.

For the final piece in my series, I opened drawers, peeked in files, and showed all the minute details that are the real keys to making my new studio organizing system work for me. Craft room organizing success truly is in the details!

I show details like how one of my new favorite organizing tools are sheet protectors – I use them for everything from stencils to paper scraps, to keep things contained and protected!

Storing Paper Scraps

I hope you enjoy my new craft room makeover reveal on Craft Critique, and that you find inspiration for your own organizing challenges!

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It’s Show Time! CHA Creativation & Creativeworld 2017 Preview

2017 is upon us…and that means it is show season in the craft industry! The end of January will bring us both CHA’s newly-revamped winter show – now called Creativation – in the U.S., and the Creativeworld show in Frankfurt, Germany. Both shows have major changes in store for 2017, so let’s take a look at what attendees and exhibitors can expect to see!

CHA Creativation

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The first change for the Craft & Hobby Association’s show is immediately obvious. It has a new name, Creativation, and along with the new name the show has been redesigned from the ground up. The show is also moving to a new location for the first time in a decade, having made its home in Southern California for the past nine shows (in Anaheim except for a year in Los Angeles). Phoenix is the show’s new home – a move so far not entirely popular with attendees as travel and hotels have proven to be expensive in the winter paradise.

The new Creativation show floor will be created modeled as a city, with different “neighborhoods” including a town square for attendees to recharge in, an artisan plaza for local Phoenix artisans to demonstrate their crafts, an international pub and a bakery to experience the edible arts segment of the industry. Attendees with tired feet can hop on a guided shuttle ride of the show floor to get a tour of Creativation city! There’s also a Maker Space – a popular attraction at previous shows – to get hands on as well as learn from short presentations called iDiscover talks.

Also new at Creativation will be entire product areas. The show is debuting an annual “focus” area. The first focus area is Sewing & Fabric, an area of product that hasn’t been visible on the floor previously.

Looking for new product information for the CHA Creativation show? Our annual CHA sneak peeks page is live now and will be updated until the show starts!

Creativeworld 2017

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[Disclaimer: Creativeworld is a Scrapbook Update sponsor.]

Creativeworld, taking place at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany from January 28th-31st, 2017, is anticipating significant growth this year. The number of exhibitors is up over 10% from 2016, including 335 companies from 36 countries, and the footprint of the show within the Messe has been expanded greatly. Creativeworld will no longer be sharing Hall 4.2 with Paperworld’s school supplies section, which is moving to another hall to give Creativeworld all of Hall 4.2. Also moving are the sourcing halls, which were previously in Hall 10 and are moving to Hall 1 for 2017.

One interesting new event added to Creativeworld’s schedule for 2017 is the Visual Merchandising Competition, where the German Visual Merchandising Championships will be held in Stand F91 of Hall 4.2 over the show’s four days to determine who of six professionals will represent Germany in the the world championships in Abu Dhabi.

The popular hands on workshops will be returning to the Creativeworld Creative Forum in 2017, with a range of topics from paint to Zentangle to gift wrapping and featuring the talents of artists such as Beate Winkler and Ulla Büning. One of the focuses of the show will be graffiti art, and special exhibits on street art will include the appearance of German graffiti artist Akim Walta.

Perhaps the most dramatic addition to Creativeworld isn’t actually part of that show, but a new show in itself. Floradecora will showcase fresh flowers and decorative plants in Hall 11.1 of Messe Frankfurt. Running from January 27 through January 30th, the show will overlap with Creativeworld.

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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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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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