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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 | 10.12.2012

We’ve got lots to cover in Noteworthy today! The holidays are coming fast, CHA is coming fast, and companies are announcing new lines right and left!

Love Ranger’s Tim Holtz Distress Ink Seasonal Colors? Well, now you can love them all year round!

Seasonal Distress Colors Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 9.10.2012

To kick the week off this week with Noteworthy, we’ve got some big announcements from some industry favorites, and some design team news, too!

Ranger is having their annual warehouse sale again! The sale is this Saturday, September 15th, 2012, from 9am-2pm at Ranger’s Tinton, NJ headquarters. Discontinued or imperfect products will be sold at prices up to 75% off of wholesale pricing. Sales will be made by cash or check only, no credit card sales. For more information and directions to the sale, see Ranger’s 2012 warehouse sale announcement.

Heidi Swapp has a new digital shop! She’s selling her past release paper lines, and digital elements (including SVG cutting files) that coordinate with her products.

Heidi Swapp No Limits Digital Word Stickers

 To celebrate the opening of the new digital store at HeidiSwapp.com, all products are 25% off through Friday, Sept. 14th if you use coupon code HEIDI. Continue Reading →

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Noteworthy | 5.18.2012

Welcome to another week of Noteworthy! It was a relatively quiet week this week in the scrapbook world compared to the flood of releases and big news the past few weeks, but we still have lots of fun stuff to talk about! So let’s get started…

The biggest announcement this week arguably came from Becky Higgins, and it was about Project Life, of course. Details of the announcement are a bit sketchy because Becky’s announcement video is currently unavailable for viewing. However, the brief summary points that she posted underneath the video indicate the following big changes are coming soon to the Project Life core kits:

  • Project Life core kit production is being shifted to the U.S. from overseas. This will cut down on out of stock time as production is much faster, and the print and paper quality will be much better.
  • Packaging is changing to a large flat package that includes a plastic tray in which all of the cards will lay flat. All of the new packaging is 100% recyclable.
  • Kit contents will be changing: There will now be 500 journaling cards in each kit, with “filler” designs on the back, plus 40 bi-fold cards (up from 24). The title cards will be horizontal designs on the front and vertical on the back (the same designs, just shifted in orientation).
  • Another change that is coming to the kit contents: stickers are being eliminated, for now. Becky says it is too expensive to produce them here in the U.S., so they are eliminating them from the core kits, and looking at options to produce them as a separate item that can be purchased as an add-on for Project Life in the future.
  • The original Project Life kit is coming back! As part of the new U.S. production, all of the Project Life core kits are being reprinted: Clementine, Cobalt, Amber, and Turquoise – and the original kit is coming back as well! It will be called the “Cherry” edition.
No precise word from Becky on when we’ll see these changes in action in the product shipping to customers. Continue Reading →
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