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Update: Creative Scrapbooker, Hancock Fabrics, Pantone

February has kicked off with some interesting news out of some of the industry’s largest organizations…and some good news for some of its biggest names.

Canadian Scrapbooker - soon to be Creative Scrapbooker

Changes. Canadian Scrapbooker magazine, which recently celebrated its 10th anniversary of publication, has changed its name to Creative Scrapbooker magazine effective January 1st. The publication is now accepting submissions from outside of Canada. The new name will begin appearing on the magazine’s cover with the Spring 2016 issue, which will also be the first issue of the magazine to appear on Barnes & Noble newsstands.

Financial. Hancock Fabrics has filed for bankruptcy for the second time. The 250 store chain filed for Chapter 11 restructuring on February 2nd, and is reportedly considering the possibility of selling itself.

Media. A couple of popular industry names have been in the media spotlight recently. Jennifer Priest was recognized by NBC News for her blog as one of its “10 Latina Bloggers You Should Be Watching” for 2016. (I work with Jennifer on the Layout-A-Week website.)

Teen vlogger Tanner Bell was recognized by PR Week as one of their Gen Z “New Influencers” – new media influencers that are important marketing influences with Gen Z.

Last but not least, perennial CHA favorites Kizer & Bender made the Top 50 Retail Blogs list from UK-based consultants RetailVision with their Retail Adventures blog.

Promotions. The Craft & Hobby Association has undergone major staff shuffling in the last month. Jason Baum has been promoted to Membership Director, and Maureen Walsh is now Vice President of Membership & Marketing. Finally, in a not too surprising move, Mark Hill’s position as CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association has been made permanent.

Trends. Pantone has issued its Fall 2016 Fashion Color Report. The palette is largely filled with blue, gray, and shades of red and pink. An emerald green shade in the mix, along with some bright red, may foreshadow a traditional palette of holiday colors again this year.

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7 Responses to Update: Creative Scrapbooker, Hancock Fabrics, Pantone

  1. aimeslee February 12, 2016 at 3:05 am #

    Ugh. I have a Hancock’s right around the corner and they are handy. Hoping they find a buyer who retains existing structure, but I won’t hold my breath. Thanks for the heads-up. Your blog is so useful for learning this kind of info. xoxo

  2. KIZER & BENDER February 12, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    Thanks Nancy! Our Retail Adventures blog is on a roll. We started it in 2005 to help creative industry retailers thrive. It’s a labor of love!

  3. gabmcann February 12, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    Thanks Nancy!

  4. DJD February 12, 2016 at 11:23 am #

    Yea for a scrapbook magazine. I miss reading them!

    • Laura May 24, 2016 at 7:40 pm #

      Scrapbooks & Cards Today is pretty good. Its quarterly, out of Canada as well and not too expensive to subscribe. Back issues are also available very in expensively.

  5. tinacampbell February 12, 2016 at 4:10 pm #

    Love the Bodacious color 🙂 I like the variety they have chosen for the Fall colors 🙂

  6. Jennifer Priest February 13, 2016 at 4:24 am #

    Thank you for mentioning me!!

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