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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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Paper Crafts Magazine To Close

In yet another blow to the publishing segment of the scrapbook industry, contributors of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine have been informed of the magazine’s pending closure.

Paper Crafts magazineThe announcement came in an email to contributors from F+W president Sara Domville. According to the email, Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking will cease publication after the February issue, and there will be no more print special issues from the brand. The planned Card Creations volume 13 special issue is being cancelled. All content in the company’s possession is being returned to contributors. Continue Reading →

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Is Northridge Publishing Closing Down?

It’s a question I’ve been getting in my inbox a lot lately from concerned readers: Is Northridge Publishing closing down? From all outward appearances, it’s certainly looking as if the publisher of Scrapbook Trends, Cards, Cricut, and the Create Idea Books is no longer a functioning publisher.

The company, which was formerly a paper publisher charging $15/issue for each of its magazines every month, went fully digital beginning with the August 2013 issues of its magazines and began offering an all-access pass for $9.99/month that bought access to all six magazines’ digital issues.

The most obvious sign of trouble is that October passed without any magazine issues being published by the company, despite a production schedule for its magazines which calls for the publication of issues every month for all of its active titles. In September, Northridge published only 3 issues instead of its usual 6. The September issues of Scrapbook Trends, Cards, and Cricut magazines were all titled as “Best of” issues, largely featuring apparently recycled content. Continue Reading →

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All American Crafts Files Bankruptcy

All American Crafts, the New Jersey-based publisher of Scrapbooking & Beyond and Paper Creations magazines, has filed for bankruptcy after closing down all of the company’s publications in August.

scrapbooking beyondIn addition to its paper crafting titles, All American Crafts was also the publisher of a wide range of other crafts titles. Those titles included Quilt Trends, The Quilter, PaintWorks, Creative Woodworks, Woodturning Design, Carving, Create and Decorate, Knit Style, and Bead Design Studio. Continue Reading →

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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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