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Update | Etsy Earnings, Closure, Hancock Fabrics, and more!

Welcome to the weekly Update column from Scrapbook Update for August 3rd, 2017!

[Disclosure: I have professional relationships with Cricut and Scrapbook.com who are mentioned in this article but this content is not sponsored.]

Closures. Illinois-based craft product distributor Product Performers closed its doors unexpectedly on June 30th. The closure of Product Performers leaves three remaining major distributors serving the paper crafts industry in the U.S.: Michaels-owned Darice, Notions Marketing, and Petersen-Arne.

Earnings. Etsy reported its 2nd Quarter 2017 earnings after market close today, posting a 19.1% year-over-year increase in gross revenue. The company also posted a 10.9% year-over-year growth in active sellers, and 17.2% year-over-year growth in active buyers. Mobile continues to grow in importance for Etsy, with approximately 65% of visits to the site occurring on mobile. Just over half of the platform’s gross merchandise sales (GMS) now occur on mobile.

Etsy has cut nearly a quarter of it’s workforce since January 1st, and says that this and other operational streamlining to reduce costs should reduce costs by $20 million in 2017 and by $35 million on an annualized basis.

Based on 2nd Quarter 2017 numbers, Etsy released new earnings expectations for Fiscal Year 2017. The company’s new forecast is for Gross Merchandise Sales to be up 12-14% year-over-year, and for revenue to grow 18-20% year-over-year.

Events. AFCI and SPC have announced the date and location for the 2018 Mixed Media Event. The show will take place at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah (south of Salt Lake City). An education day is scheduled for July 16th, 2018, and the show floor will be open July 17th-18th, 2018. For more information, visit the AFCI website.

Endings. The Paperclipping.com online video service run by Noell & Izzy Hyman will be closing down at the end of September. Members are being given one last chance to renew their membership on a month-by-month basis this month and then the Hymans plan to shut its doors after next month. The closure of Paperclipping has been planned by the Hymans for nearly a year, as Noell is moving on to a career as a yoga instructor in several studios near their Arizona home.

Crimes. Israeli police have arrested five antiquities dealers in connection with the illegal sale of artifacts that were seized from Hobby Lobby by the U.S. government over allegations of smuggling.Cricut Maker

Partnerships. Cricut is partnering with Simplicity as part of the launch of its new machine, the Cricut Maker, that was announced on August 1st. Simplicity is making hundreds of its digital patterns available in Cricut Design Space to cut on the Cricut Maker machine, which features a special rotary blade specifically for cutting fabric. Previous generations of the Cricut machine could cut fabric, but only when stabilized with an iron-on backer, which isn’t necessary on the new machine.

The launch of the Cricut Maker machine reflects a broader trend among companies that were once marketing solely to the paper crafts market to try to serve a broader audience – and the sewing market, via fabric and quilting, has been a popular target of many companies making the shift.

Endings II. The liquidation of Hancock Fabrics, which began well over a year ago, is still underway, with the liquidation plan finally being approved by the bankruptcy court on June 20th. Liquidation of many of the company’s key assets had already taken place, despite the lack of a court approved plan. In Summer 2016, Michaels Stores purchased the brand assets of Hancock – its trademarks, brands, and customer database – for $1.3 million. The Hancock-owned trademarks bundled in the deal included the brands Sew Perfect, Absolutely Cotton, and Creative Sewing Solutions (among others). Michaels did notify Hancocks customers that it planned on using the customer database to give them the option to opt out. Whether the company will use the sewing-related trademarks is another question. Sometimes purchases of assets like this are made not for intended use but as a sort of game of corporate “keep away” to prevent the assets from being used by competitors.

Social. If you are an Etsy storeowner looking to improve your social media reach, Forbes has a must-read article analyzing how some Etsy artisans have dramatically improved their sales using Facebook Live.

Change. A lot is written about the local retail businesses that die as a result of ecommerce, but we don’t hear as much about the businesses that are built from the rise of ecommerce – and the jobs they create. To learn more about one company that credits its booming growth to the rise of ecommerce, including clients that do business in the crafts industry such as Amazon, and Hobby Lobby – visit mlive.

Milestones. Congratulations to stamp company Neat & Tangled on reaching its five year birthday yesterday!

Products. Simon Says Stamp has released a new collection of stamps and dies by designer Cathy Zielske. In Zielske’s signature cheeky style, with sentiments like “Hello my hide-a-body friend”, these aren’t your grandma’s everyday stamps. (Unless, of course, you have a really cool grandma.)

Social II. In case you weren’t already convinced that Pinterest was a search engine, the social media platform drove the point home this week by updating its mobile app to reduce the number of clicks required to do a search. The search box is now visible on the app’s main home feed page, instead of buried in the explore tab as it previously was. They’ve also placed the button to access Lens, the feature that uses your device’s camera to take a picture and search for similar items on Pinterest, on the home feed page next to the search box for easier access.

Pinterest said in the announcement that monthly mobile searches are up 40% over last year and that 85% of all Pinterest searches now take place on mobile.

History. For a great read about the history of stamping and the rubber stamp dating all the way back to Old Testament times, check out Scrapbook.com’s article “The History of Stamping“.

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Update | 4.15.2014 – Project Life Stampin’ Up!, Scraptime, Studio Calico, Simon Says Stamp, Bella Blvd

There’s lots of news today from the industry’s biggest & brightest names…let’s dive right into it!

Becky Higgins has just announced on her blog that she is partnering with Stampin’ Up! to create exclusive Project Life products for the direct sales market. The announcement promises card collections, accessory packs, albums, pocket pages, tools, other accessories, and stamps (in keeping of course with the mission of Stampin’ Up!). The card packs will be somewhat different than the ones sold in retail stores in two major ways, however. First, they will have square corners – unlike the signature rounded corners of the current Project Life products. Second, the Project Life Stampin’ Up! cards will come in packs of 100 double-sided designs, with no duplicates in a pack.

Project Life products will be available for order through Stampin’ Up! representatives on May 1st, and more product preview information will be available soon. In the announcement, Higgins also promised a future digital release of the Stampin’ Up! exclusive products. 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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Noteworthy | 9.09.2011

As the first full week of September comes to a close, it seems education is a big theme this week. Not only are the kids back to school, but new craft classes are popping up all over the place! This week three very different classes make my noteworthy list, as well as some great tutorials and a sale that you don’t want to miss.

Christy Tomlinson announced that she has a new workshop coming this fall: She Art Workshop #2.

 In this workshop, I delve more into the smaller details on how I make my She Art girls, including their hair, face, clothing,plus some really fun technique to make those even more unique!  PLUS I will go into how to create simple faces on your She ARt Girls!

The class begins November 7th, and registration is just $35 when you sign up during September. There is also a discount for those interested in signing up for this new class and the first She Art class. More information and registration is available on Christy’s blog.

Designer Digitals is having their quarterly sale – and with the entire store priced at 30% off, it’s noteworthy indeed! Shown above are just a few of the 39 new items just posted that are of course included in this weekend’s sale. With a lot of new product from Ali Edwards, and with such a huge selection, both digital and hybrid crafters do not want to miss out on the opportunity to save big. The sale ends at 3am EST next Wednesday (9/14) morning.

Get it Scrapped! announced a brand new digital scrapbooking class with Jana Morton called “Blending and Beyond”:

Jana  Morton has a passion for preserving memories, and she pursues this passion with a unique and appealing style. Jana breathes new life into everyday photos using the tools available in Photoshop. In “Blending and Beyond” you have the opportunity to look over her shoulder while she works and, thus, understand the techniques and artistry that are a part of her signature style.

Students will have an “over the shoulder” view of Janna as she creates six digital layouts over six weeks. To see the class schedule, get more information, and to register for this $65 class ($55 if you register before 9/16) visit the Get it Scrapped website.

The Crafter’s Workshop templates are hot – they made Scrapbook Update’s top 10 for CHA, I did a video post about them, and they are popping up all over the place! Scrapbook.com is having a buy two, get one free sale on them right now, and that’s not even the noteworthy part today! The real exciting news is that Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is doing a series of tutorials on her blog that focus on her templates with the Crafter’s Workshop. “Stencil-a-palooza” looks to be a great resource and chance to see get new ideas for these stencils.

Welcome to Stencil-a-Palooza!  Several days a week for the next month or so I’ll be featuring one of my eighteen stencil designs for The Crafter’s Workshop!  Each post comes with a giveaway.  Leave a comment answering the question-of-the-day and you might be the winner of that day’s featured stencil in both 6×6 and 12×12!

With videos, loads of project images, and the added bonus of give-aways this is the start to an amazing series I am really interested in. So far she has done a Chevron post, and a Herringbone post, both of which are exceptional. Watch her blog for more!

There is a cool tutorial up on the Ormolu blog this week, showing how to make this unique hybrid scrapbook page. Creative team member Kaitlin Sheaffer shares the how-to as well as some tips and her inspiration behind the page. Her design process as well as combining digital and traditional into her title is really neat.

Jenny Doh announced that she is bringing back her first on-line class “crafting my best life” this fall.

Crafting My Best Life, Class of 2011 is the same quality content that the founding class experienced, being offered to a brand new group of students. The curriculum helps us get real, dig deep, and explore the answers to these questions which are complex and multi-layered. It’s a curriculum based on a belief that in order to be the best that we can be, we have to roll up our sleeves, and work hard to deliberately face who we are, and to identify our values, so that we can map out our best life strategies.

Class begins October 3, and the $98 fee includes a kit that is mailed to students upon registration. For more information, to see Jenny’s video about class, and to register visit the Crescendoh site.

Shimelle is known for her informative posts on her blog, and her Camera School series is definitely one you don’t want to miss. Rather than making my head hurt with technical lingo, she breaks down information in a format and style of writing that makes sense and is helpful.

I promised I wouldn’t make this technical. I promise to keep that promise. And that’s because my entire process for taking a picture is about stripping away as much of the technical as I can. Basically if you can totally figure out just a couple basics, then the rest gets really easy.

Her lesson 2: let ISO set you free post that she posted on Thursday is a great installment, and I look forward to more. All of her Camera School posts are listed here.

Finally, in new and exciting product news, Simon Says Stamp has all of the new Tim Holtz stamps (wood mounted and cling!) as well as some of his new idea-ology products and some seasonal die cuts in stock now. Over at Scrapbook.com the much anticipated new Studio Calico lines are in-stock this week as well.

“Noteworthy” is a new regular weekly column at Scrapbook Update. Have something new & noteworthy to share? Feel free to leave a comment, or if you have something you would like considered for next week’s column, email may@scrapbookupdate.com with a link or press release.

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