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AFCI | In the MKNG Preview (And a Discount!)

Summer is flying by fast, and that means we are coming up on theIn the MKNG™ festival being put on by AFCI on September 29th-30th, 2018! Here’s all the latest info that you need to know about the festival – along with a discount code for tickets!

[Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for AFCI.]

Where is In the MKNG™️?

Museum at Bethel Woods

In the MKNG™ will be taking place at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts in Bethel Woods, NY. Located about 90 minutes outside of New York City, Bethel Woods is also within a few hours’ driving distance of New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.

Bethel Woods, of course, is famous as the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival. Today, the grounds of that festival (most of which are now part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts) are on the National Register of Historic Places and are regularly visited by tourists. A monument sits near the location of the festival’s main stage. The Museum at Bethel Woods, also part of the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, tells the story of the Woodstock Festival and the 1960’s through artifacts and other exhibits.

If nature is more your thing than history, the Sullivan Catskills area surrounding Bethel Woods has plenty to offer. Take a drive on scenic Route 97, or go hiking and biking on the area’s many trails, or fish and hunt in Lake Superior State Park.

To learn more about the area around Bethel Woods and to plan your visit, explore the Sullivan Catskills website.

Who will be at In the MKNG™️?

Many of crafters’ favorite brands are sponsoring and participating In the MKNG™ – Bob Ross, Michaels, Paper House, Gildan, Lion Brand, Duck Tape, and so many more!

With over fifty vendors already signed up for In the MKNG™. there’s something for every craft fanatic. For paper crafters, there’s Altenew, The Paper Curator, Paper House, Eileen Hull and more – including loads of mixed media options. Sewists can visit the legendary Mood Fabrics, Fabric Mart NY, Decorative Trimmings, Blu Arlan and other options. A host of options for fiber arts fans include Lion Brand, Red Heart, Cornwall Yarn Shop, Buck Brook Alpacas, and more exciting options.

To see the current list of sponsors and vendors for In the MKNG™, visit the event’s website. (Are you a vendor who would like to be on that list? Visit the In the MKNG™ website to become a vendor or sign up as a sponsor – or both!)

Take a workshop!

Registration is now open for workshops at In the MKNG™! Workshop slots are available on both Saturday and Sunday. Attendees can take their pick of workshops that include crafts such as a knitted headband (no knitting experience required), a beautiful fall wreath, an etched glass jar, embroidery wall art, and more!

Tickets for In the MKNG™ workshops range from $20-$40 each, and can be purchased during the registration process for the event. (Attendees must buy a festival ticket to be able to purchase a workshop ticket.) View the full workshop descriptions on the In the MKNG™website.

Catch a concert!

Sister Hazel

Bethel Woods is famous for music, and so In the MKNG™ wouldn’t be complete without a great concert. And the best part is that your In the MKNG™ festival ticket includes access to the live music performances!

On Saturday, the festival’s headline performer (from 4:30pm to 6pm) is Sister Hazel, known to most music fans for their 1997 rock hit “All for You”. Sister Hazel is currently touring to promote their latest album, Lighter In The Dark. This new album is their first country album and features a collaboration track with Darius Rucker.

Other performers on Saturday are CMA artist Lauren Davidson, independent singer/songwriter Zach Matari & The After Parti, and NY-based pop/rock band Wild Planes.

On Sunday, the festival is being headlined by 16 year old country music singer-songwriter Brennley Brown. She appeared on season 12 of the NBC series “The Voice”, and is also known to fans for being the voice of Lily the Good Witch on the Disney Channel series “Sofia the First”.

Other performers on Sunday are singer/songwriter Emma Bilyou, retro-pop duo Fly By Midnight, and alternative rock band Don’t Believe in Ghosts.

To see the full music schedule for In the MKNG, click here.

What else can I do at In the MKNG™️?

Puppies

In the MKNG™ is designed as an interactive, hands on experience for festival attendees from kids to adults. Crafters of all skill levels can try out new crafts, or enhance their skills at existing ones using products from companies like Bob Ross, Brother, Crayola, DecoArt, iLoveToCreate, Lion Brands and more.

The Creator Stage will be hosting live demonstrations, crafting competitions and more. Animal lovers will find pet crafting projects (and an adoption center if you’re looking for a new furry family member to love). Or try out local craft beer and wine in a special pavilion.

Save on your ticket!

Buy your tickets today and use the following promotional code to save $3 off In the MKNG™ tickets: PRMKNG13

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2018 Halloween Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

Halloween is on the minds of many crafters already! Whether their preference is spooky and scary or cute and fun, scrapbookers will find plenty to love in this year’s Halloween releases.

2018 Halloween Scrapbook Paper Collection Round-Up

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There’s been a lot of talk the past few years about the explosion of Halloween products in the scrapbooking industry. As holidays go, it’s probably the second most popular one to create scrapbooking products for. That said…for 2018 I’ve one been able to collect about half as many new Halloween paper releases as Christmas ones. This is a testament to both the runaway popularity of Christmas, and the fact that the Halloween “trend” may not be as ubiquitous as it seems. One factor limiting Halloween’s market, of course, is that it doesn’t have quite the international appeal of Christmas.

What are the trends for Halloween 2018?

The biggest trend visible this Halloween is the integration of purple and green as Halloween palette colors. The integration of these colors started with “alternative” Halloween collections entirely in purple and green, offered as alternatives to the traditional black and orange. This has now progressed to purple and green being mixed right in as part of the color palette of the black and orange.

American Crafts is betting that the “photo realistic” look is coming back. This look was popular in the early days of the scrapbook industry nearly two decades ago but hasn’t been widely seen in products in a long time. American Crafts’ new Halloween Photo Real paper pad is part of an 8 pad Photo Real collection. The company’s DCWV brand also appears to have included some “photo realistic” style paper designs in its Dark Fairytale paper pad. Is photo realistic back? It’s up to consumers to decide!

Vintage style is conspicuous in its almost complete absence from this years’ Halloween lines. Only three 2018 Halloween lines are arguably vintage in style. (Although we haven’t seen pictures yet, it’s a pretty safe bet that the new Tim Holtz idea-olgy release will qualify as vintage!) The presence of vintage style in the industry has been growing in the last year or so, but many of the brands traditionally associated with vintage in the industry (Prima, Graphic 45) don’t have Halloween releases so that influence looks less than it really is in the Halloween releases. Continue Reading →

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2018 Christmas Scrapbook Collection Round-Up!

It’s July, and that means it’s Christmas time again in the scrapbook industry! Scrapbook manufacturers have been busy announcing their 2018 Christmas scrapbook collections. With the Scrapbook Update 2018 Christmas Scrapbook Collection Round-Up, you won’t miss a single one!

2018 Christmas Scrapbook Round-Up

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Christmas continues to be probably the most popular single theme for which to produce scrapbooking products. Virtually every company that produces paper is producing at least one Christmas paper collection (and many are producing more than one). I located a total of 36 new Christmas themed collections that are new for 2018. And that doesn’t count more generic winter themed lines that also can be used for Christmas holiday projects. Continue Reading →

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Tonic Settles With My Sweet Petunia over Stamp Platform

In a joint statement issued today, Tonic Studios and My Sweet Petunia announced that they have settled their year-old litigation over whether the Tim Holtz stamp platform infringed on the patent for My Sweet Petunia’s MISTI tool.

MISTI stamping tool

Under the agreement with My Sweet Petunia, Tonic Studios will stop selling both sizes of the Tim Holtz stamp platform in the U.S., Canada, North America and South America. Sales of accessories for the platforms will also end in those markets. The Tim Holtz stamp platform will continue to be available in other areas such as Europe and Asia.

The announcement also refers to “a larger agreement that anticipates an ongoing business relationship between the two companies” and says the companies “look forward to working together”.

For those still wishing to pick up a Tim Holtz stamp platform in the United States before they disappear, you can still find them here [affiliate links]: Amazon, A Cherry On Top, Scrapbook.com, Simon Says Stamp

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AFCI | Discovering Phoenix during Creativation

When I travel for an event like Creativation 2019, my primary purpose of course is to work. But let’s be honest, we all want to have some fun when we travel to a faraway city, too – especially a new one! Convention centers all look the same. Why not enjoy some real local flavor? So in the past few years I’ve tried to make it a rule that I add in some local touring fun whenever I take a work-related trip. 

[Disclosure: This post is sponsored by AFCI and the Creativation 2019 show.]

Creativation in Phoenix

Not having been to Phoenix or the American Southwest before, I needed to do a little research to learn what my options are for the upcoming show!

(Don’t forget when you are planning your Phoenix trip – registration is now open for Creativation 2019!)

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Update | Etsy, Creativeworld, Stampin’ Up!, Michaels, & More!

[Disclosure: Messe Frankfurt is a sponsor of this website.]

Increases. Etsy announced yesterday (Thursday) that it is increasing seller fees significantly on July 16th. Transaction fees for sales will be increasing to 5% from the current 3.5% fee. The transaction fees will also now be charged on shipping as well as the listing’s sale price.

In addition to the increased fees, Etsy will be launching subscription services for sellers. The first product launching will be Etsy Plus, for an “introductory price” of $10 per month. (No word on what the price will be after the introductory price runs out.) Etsy Plus will include 15 free monthly listing credits, a $5 monthly credit for promoted listings, some new special features for shop owners, and discounts on items like custom web addresses and packaging. Etsy Premium will launch in 2019, and is targeted for Etsy shop owners who have employees.

Etsy’s Chief Financial Officer Rachel Glaser described the increased fees in the announcement as a method for Etsy to invest in more marketing of its sellers.  “Our revised fee structure will allow us to make more meaningful investments on behalf of our sellers while remaining what we believe is the best value for entrepreneurs looking to start, manage, and grow a creative business. We plan to increase our 2017 direct marketing spend by at least 40% in 2018, revamp our Etsy community platforms, and execute against an exciting product roadmap. We believe all of this will help drive near-term growth and increase buyer lifetime value.”

In the same announcement that unveiled the increased fees, Etsy also announced new market guidance for earnings for the 2018 fiscal year. GMS growth is now predicted at 16%-19%, up from 16%-18%. The company is now predicting revenue growth of 32%-34%, up from 22%-24%. The previous guidance was issued at their earnings call last month. There was no change to the forecasted adjusted EBITDA margin of 21%-23%.

The changes went over well with investors. Etsy shares rose 35% in the first few hours of trading yesterday to a record high of $44.78. The stock closed for the day up over 25% at $41.65.

Endings. Studio Calico has announced that the June kits are the last ones for the company’s Scrapbook and Planner kits. The Scrapbook kit is the original kit that launched Studio Calico 11 years ago. Subscribers to the discontinued kits can transfer their subscriptions to the company’s Documenter (pocket scrapboook), or Stamp kit, or to the new Traveler’s Notebook kit launching in July.

Studio Calico’s announcement on their blog explained the reason for the changes: “There has been a drastic change in the memory keeping industry over the last 11 years, and we are continually thankful for all our loyal customers, their feedback, and the ever-evolving community of paper lovers.”

Creativeworld 2018

Shows. Messe Frankfurt announced last week that 300 manufacturers are signed up to take part in the Creativeworld 2019 trade fair. The event will take place at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition grounds in Frankfurt am Main, Germany from the 26th to the 29th of January, 2019. Companies committed to returning to Creativeworld for 2019 include C. Kreul, Clairefontaine, Creativ Company, Efco Kreativ, Folia, Marabu, Rayher Hobby, Rico Design and Staedtler.

“We are very pleased with the number of registrations received and are keenly looking forward to Creativeworld 2019. Our planning for the hall layout and the multi-faceted programme of events are also well advanced”, says Michael Reichhold, Creativeworld Director, Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH. Continue Reading →

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