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Update | MISTI, Project Life, Etsy, Jobs, Events & More!

The post-winter show doldrums sure are over! Lots of companies have been busy with the result being lots of news to share!

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Endings. The Project Life partnership with Stampin’ Up! is ending. Project Life branded products will continue to be sold (while supplies last) through Stampin’ Up! demonstrators until the end of the current catalog year on May 31st, 2017.

Patents. My Sweet Petunia, the manufacturer of the popular MISTI stamping tool, was granted their application for a U.S.MISTI patent on March 21st. The original MISTI tool took the stamping world by storm in 2015 and 2016, and the new Mini and Mega sized versions together won the CHA Hot Products Award for Papercrafting products at the 2016 Mega Show.

The MISTI patent had first been applied for by My Sweet Petunia on January 13th, 2015, but was initially denied in the summer of 2016. The company was able to secure approval of the MISTI patent last month after making a revision of their original patent application.

Winners. Etsy was honored as a finalist in the first-ever “World Changing Ideas Awards” sponsored by Fast Company magazine. The online marketplace for crafters was recognized as one of the top 24 finalists out of over 1000 submissions for the idea “Economic Security for the Gig Economy“, a method of ensuring freelance and self-employed people (like their marketplace participants) have stable access to items like healthcare and retirement savings.

Extensions. Tim Holtz has announced a new line of jewelry products that will be exclusive to Jo-Ann Stores called Tim Holtz Assemblage. The line is in Tim’s signature vintage style, and many elements are recognizable as adapted from metal elements designed for his papercrafts line. The line is available now – at 50% off – on Joann.com.

 

Changes. Megan Hoeppner is leaving her role as Editor-in-Chief of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine for personal reasons. She will, however, continue with the magazine as its Pic Tips columnist. The Editor-in-Chief position is being filled by Susan Opel, who is familiar to many in the industry from her time at the now-defunct Papercrafts & Scrapbooking magazine.

Megan Hoeppner

Megan Hoeppner (on left) and I together at SNAP Conference in 2016.

Changes, part 2. Etsy has named Rachel Glaser as its new Chief Financial Officer. She replaces Kristina Salen whose intended departure as of March 31st was announced last fall. Glaser will start work on or around June 1st, and Karen Mullane (Vice President, Corporate Controller) will serve as interim CFO. With 30 years of executive experience in finance, Glaser comes to Etsy from Leaf Group, a consumer media and marketplace company whose brands include Society 6, Livestrong.com, ehow.com, cuteness, and Techwalla.

Events. AFCI (formerly known as CHA) is partnering with SPC (Sierra Pacific Crafts) to put on a Mixed Media buying event in Salt Lake City this summer. Education will be on July 17th, and the show floor will be open July 18th though July 20th. Exhibit space is selling fast, and attendee registration opens on April 19th.

Events, part 2. It may feel like you’re barely over your jet lag from this year, but exhibit registration is already open for the 2018 Creativeworld show at Messe Frankfurt in Frankfurt, Germany. Book before April 13th for an early booking discount. More than 130 exhibitors were already signed up as of the end of March, according to Messe Frankfurt.

[Note: Messe Frankfurt and its Creativeworld show are a Scrapbook Update sponsor.]

Considering whether to go for the first time? In case you might have missed them, here’s my show reports from Creativeworld 2017:

Documenting. Ali Edwards has announced that the next “Week in the Life” project will run the week of April 17th. New digital and physical product kits are available for the 2017 project on the Ali Edwards webstore.

Teams. Graphic 45 is skipping their usual design team call for 2017, and instead have announced a group they call the 2017-2018 Graphic 45 Brand Ambassadors. The company promises that the design team call will return in 2018, but for this year, the new team includes lots of returning names from last year, with a few new ones mixed in.

Jobs:

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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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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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