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Update | 6.12.2014 – Google+, Megan Hoeppner, Webster’s Pages, more

Is the end near for Google+? Murmurs are getting louder in the tech community that Google+’s days are numbered after several ominous developments in the past few months.

First, in April, Google executive Vic Gundotra, the executive in charge of Google+, suddenly left the company citing family reasons. At the same time, it became apparent that many of the engineers responsible for building Google+ were being reassigned to other areas of the company. Then in late May, at a code conference in California, Google co-founder Sergey Brin told the audience that “It was probably a mistake for me to be working on anything tangentially related to social to begin with.”

Google+ has never reached the popularity of Facebook and Twitter, achieving only a fraction of the active users in a month of their two major competitors, although it has found niche popularity in certain communities (like the photography community). Google has a history of killing products with avid user bases that it doesn’t consider profitable or a success – most recently and notably Google Reader. It also has a history of letting products die a slow death by not developing or maintaining them – most notably at the moment Feedburner, which is also on a deathwatch in the community of online publishers that rely on it. Continue Reading →

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Events | Craft & Hobby Association Mega Show 2014 Preview

It’s November, fall is in the air, Christmas decorations are everywhere…and that can only mean one thing: CHA is right around the corner!

In case you haven’t heard, the show previously known as “CHA Winter” is now called the “CHA Mega Show”. It’s scheduled to take place in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center from January 10th-14th, 2014. Registration is now open for attendees, and is open to qualified trade only.

Along with a new name, there’s lot of changes from the last CHA Winter show. Some of the changes that were introduced at the (last) summer show in Las Vegas will be back, and CHA has been working on a plethora of new additions to the show, in what can only be described as a completely revamped conference experience.

Interest in the show appears to be at a level certainly not seen in recent years. Registration was originally scheduled for two weeks ago but unprecedented demand in the first hour it was open caused server issues, leading CHA to pull the plug until they could expand capacity. Registration re-opened 10 days ago with some classes reportedly selling out within minutes.

Travel & Registration

Anaheim Convention CenterThe location of the re-named Mega Show remains in Anaheim at the Convention Center that has become comfortably familiar the past few years to CHA Winter attendees. Once again, the Anaheim Marriott and Hilton Anaheim are the headquarter hotels for the event but there is a new addition as well. The Sheration Park at the Anaheim Resort has been designated the International Headquarter Property, a community gathering point for all of the international attendees at the show. Each international member staying at the Sheraton will receive a special CHA welcome packet. Continue Reading →

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Don’t forget the CHA Award Nominations Deadline!

Every year, at the Craft & Hobby Association winter show, the association presents three awards to industry people to recognize their achievements. These awards are nominated by the CHA membership.

The three awards are…

Meritorious Award of Honor: The single highest award of recognition that the Craft and Hobby Association can bestow upon an individual member, past or present. This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the Craft & Hobby Association.

Industry Achievement Award: For an individual, a group and/or company that made a significant contribution to the growth and vitality of the craft and hobby industry as a whole. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2013 To Move To Las Vegas, Change Format

The Craft & Hobby Association announced Wednesday that the CHA Summer trade show and conference will move from its traditional home in Chicago to Las Vegas for 2013.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas (Photo by Glenn Pinkerton – Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority)

The move, announced in an email sent to CHA members from president Andrej Suskavcevic, takes the CHA Summer show on only its second trip out of the Chicago area in its decades long history. The first departure was a widely-panned experiment in Orlando in the summer of 2009. A spokesperson for CHA told Scrapbook Update that Las Vegas will not be the summer show’s new permanent home, but that the show’s location will actually rotate each year from now on.

The CHA Summer 2013 will take place from July 22nd to 25th, 2013. No specific location to host the event within Las Vegas has been announced.

Las Vegas is the country’s number one trade show destination. According to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, over 4.8 million people attended over 19,000 conventions in Las Vegas last year. Las Vegas is known among convention attendees for its entertainment options and affordable casino hotel rooms – the average price for one of the 150,000 hotel rooms in the city is $105, with many priced well below that. Continue Reading →

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Sandy’s Effects On The Scrapbook Industry

The northeast U.S. coast was hit hard by the remnants of Hurricane Sandy earlier this week. Dubbed “Superstorm Sandy” by meteorologists, the storm has devastated parts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and adjoining states.

Several large scrapbook industry companies are based in the affected area.

Craft & Hobby Association (Elmwood Park, NJ): According to their Facebook page, their offices are closed through today (11/2). Their staff also does not have access to email according to their website. For updates, check their Facebook page.

Due to the widespread power outages from the storm, CHA is extending the deadline to register for the workshop lottery for CHA Winter 2013 through 5pm ET Thursday, November 8th. Conference Program Registration for CHA Winter 2013 has also been delayed and will now open at 11am ET on Tuesday, November 13th.

EK Success (Clifton, NJ): As of yesterday, EK Success was open and operating, with the assistance of the children of their employees! They reported on their Facebook account that they were hosting their employees’ children, who were out of school due to the storm, so their parents could continue working. Check out their Facebook page for a photo of their impromptu kid’s crafts party!

Ranger (Tinton Falls, NJ): Tim Holtz reported on his blog on Wednesday (10/31) that the power was back on at Ranger on Wednesday (10/31), and some employees had returned to work.  Ranger’s blog that same day said everyone was safe as far as the company knew, but were dealing with the after effects of the storm.

Of course, the area is also home to many small retailers as well. Some of them reported in on Scrapbook Update’s Facebook page:

  • Rock Paper Scissors in Montclair, NJ is open!! No credit card system as of today [11/1] still, but hopefully the Internet and phone will be working soon!” — Aubrey Cece
  • “Hey there! Papercraft Clubhouse in Westbrook, CT is back open for business.” — Tracie Larson
  • “We were very lucky in MD. We were south just far enough. Lots of rain but not much flooding. Business as usual at Photo Scraps in Eldersburg, MD.” — Tracy Beck

Hurricane Sandy has seriously impacted the country’s blood supply as the Red Cross has been forced to cancel blood drives in 14 states due to the disaster, and these cancellations are likely to continue for some time. The shortage of platelets is especially critical as these blood products have a shelf life of only 5 days. Please make an appointment today to donate blood or platelets to maintain the nation’s blood supply. You could save a life! 

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Noteworthy | 8.21.2012

Today there’s a Noteworthy product sneak, a new event announcement, some great statistics, and some fun links!

[Editor’s Note: Welcome to the new iteration of Noteworthy on Scrapbook Update! Instead of bringing a huge round-up to you once a week on Fridays, I’m going to start bringing Noteworthy to you in smaller pieces more frequntly. Scrapbook Update’s readers will receive more news faster that way, and in more manageable chunks. I hope that you like this latest effort to improve Scrapbook Update’s offerings to its readership! –Nancy]

Carina Gardner let Carta Bella fans in on a sneak peek at the company’s October 2012 release when she showed a project in progress on her blog the other day:

Carta Bella October Release Continue Reading →

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