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New Track Media Sold To F+W Media

F+W Media, the former publisher of now-defunct MemoryMakers Magazine, has announced that it has acquired New Track Media LLC, the publisher of the new Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking digital magazine, which was created out of the combination of Creating Keepsakes and Papercrafts magazines.

The two companies have something of a history between them – New Track Media was founded in 2006 by Stephen J. Kent, the former president and CEO of F+W, and New Track’s upper management is populated with many former F+W executives. Folio is reporting that Kent and CFO Mark Arnett will be leaving New Track as part of the acquisition.

Although they are known to scrapbookers for their magazines and events that were part of the former CK Media that they acquired in 2009, the New Track acquisition brings to F+W Media a total of 8 ecommerce storefronts, 3 consumer catalog brands, 13 magazines, 45 SIPs, 37 consumer events (with more than 100,000 attendees), 3 affinity clubs, and 2 retail shops to the Company’s portfolio. New Track operates from 8 offices and two retail locations. Continue Reading →
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Papercrafts, Creating Keepsakes Magazines To Merge, End Print Editions

Creating Keepsakes magazine announced today that the magazine is ceasing publication after their November/December 2013 issue. Paper Crafts magazine is ceasing print publication as well, and the two publications will be merged together into a new all-digital publication called Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking.

The announcement blamed the change on the difficulty of competing against the immediacy of the increasingly digital world of publishing when dealing with lengthy “print lag” in producing a paper magazine. Creating Keepsakes had recently gone to publishing split issues, part paper and part digital, in an attempt to deal with this challenge.

Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking will be a monthly publication, and should look familiar to readers of the previous publications:

Created by some of the same editors from both Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes magazines, you’ll find many columns and features you’ve always loved in CK, including Latest & Greatest, Sketches, and Tips & Tricks. Continue Reading →

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Update | 5.20.2013

Update is back! Your favorite round-up from around the scrapbook industry – and around the web – of news for scrapbookers is back to bring you all the news you need!

Want to get your news story in Update? Email me at nancy@nallystudios.com!

You have until May 27th to post your entries into the Open Audition for the Paper Crafts Gallery Idol contest! The theme is birthday cards for kids and teens, and you can enter up to three cards in the open round of entries. The top 20 who will move on to compete for the Gallery Idol title will be announced on May 31st.

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or don’t own a calendar), May is the month that Becky Higgins’ Project Life is shipping to retailers for the first time, through its new distribution network at American Crafts. The kits are already on the shelves at Hobby Lobby stores (or rather were – many stores are apparently sold out already). According to the store locator on the Project Life website, the kits will also shortly be on the shelves at Michaels, Meijers, Archivers, Hobby Craft, Craft Warehouse, and a host of local scrapbook stores and online retailers (including A Cherry On Top, Two Peas In A Bucket, and Scrapbook.com).

If you plan on getting Project Life – or already have it – you should check out this digital template set by Tracey Larsen. “The Simply White Collection” is a group of PSD templates that make it quick and easy to create clean and simple photo collages on 4×6 photo paper for inserting directly in your album.

Simply-White

For $4 for 15 templates, this collection could be a great shortcut for working on Project Life albums. Continue Reading →

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Update | 12.1.2012

The scrapbook industry didn’t get the memo that we’re all supposed to be kicking back and enjoying the holidays, because the news has been flowing fast and furious this week!

As they promised in their statements following the summary judgement against them two weeks ago in their patent infringement case against QuicKutz, Spellbinders has filed notice with the United States Court of Appeals that they intend to appeal Judge Neil Wake’s ruling ending their case against QuicKutz. The notice was filed on November 27th, and the company has until January 28th, 2013 to actually file their brief with the court – meaning like everything else in this case to date, nothing will be decided quickly in the appeal.

First, if you missed our earlier announcements, Nally Studios has a couple of creative team calls out!

The first call is for staff writers for our newly-acquired Craft Critique site. This call is open to crafters of all kinds who want to try out new products and tell the world what they think about them!

We’re also calling for a design team for our newly launched Card Annex site. If you like to make cards, we’d love to see your work!

The calls are open until Dec. 7th, and the new teams will be announced on Dec. 14th. Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 8.29.2012

Today we’ve got some noteworthy links, some big news from the publishing world, a great class announcement and an easy way to get some fun stamps from a popular designer!

Kelly Purkey’s popular stamp designs that she’s been selling through her own website are now being distributed through Simon Says Stamp!

Kelly Purkey How I Roll stamp

Currently six of Kelly’s eight designs are on sale through SSS. (The other two designs are on backorder on Kelly’s own site.)  The stamps are available individually, or as a set of 6 for $59.99. Continue Reading →

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Meredith Corp. Announces Scrapbooks Etc Magazine to Cease Publication [Updated]

Editor’s Note: Please note that this publication, Scrapbook Update, is a privately-owned website that is not affiliated in any way with Meredith Corp or Scrapbooks Etc. We are simply reporting on a news story affecting the scrapbook industry and are not affiliated in any way with the companies that we are reporting on. 

Meredith Corporation announced today that Scrapbooks Etc magazine will be ceasing publication after its August 2012 issue. The move has shocked industry observers, as the magazine’s circulation numbers have been the strongest in the industry over the past several years, based partially on its leveraging of strong newstand placement.

The announcement was made via a post by editor Michelle Rubin to the magazine’s blog. The blog posting said the closing decision by Meredith was made because “due to the longer term business forecast for the franchise and the industry, the corporation has chosen to cease publishing within this marketplace.”

The final issue of Scrapbooks Etc, August 2012, will go on sale June 19th and be available through August 14th. The magazine’s website will continue to offer content through that time period in support of the print issue.

There is no word from Meredith at this time regarding the fate of unfulfilled issues on subscriptions, but it is standard industry practice in magazine publishing that a publisher will either sell the subscriptions to a rival magazine title to be filled, or fill the remaining issues of subscriptions with another title from their own portfolio. Continue Reading →

Check Out My Ikea Smash Book At CK Blog!

Today as a guest on the Creating Keepsakes blog, I shared a project that I’ve been having a lot of fun with: my Ikea-themed Smash book!

K&Company Smash books are hot, hot, hot right now. If the fun designs have you wanting to try one out but collecting random scraps like they are designed for isn’t your thing, I hope my Smash book will broaden your ideas of what you can do with one.

To find out exactly how I’m using my Smash journal, and to take a look at the inside pages and the supply list, visit my article on the Creating Keepsakes blog!

Want to get Smashed? Visit Simon Says Stamp!

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The State of Digital Publishing in the Scrapbooking Industry

It’s a brave new world in today’s publishing market. The advent of miniature technological marvels such as the iPad, Kindle, Nook, and the myriad of other electronic reading devices on the market today mean that publishers have more diverse and immediate options for producing and delivering content than ever before. Newspapers and magazines alike are moving from traditional print media to electronic delivery, in some cases bypassing even web site content models in favor of delivering digital media directly to subscribers’ devices.

For scrapbookers, this new media outlet can be a wonderful place to obtain new content. Digital media doesn’t require physical storage beyond your computer’s (or device’s) drive, is quick to access, and in many cases is portable on certain devices. There is no current industry standard, however, on platforms for delivery and access of digital content, so scrapbookers should educate themselves on the available options before making a purchase. I’ve collected digital publication data for several major scrapbooking magazines and compiled it all into a handy reference that should help when making purchasing decisions. Continue Reading →

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