By Nancy Nally on November 14, 2014
In yet another blow to the publishing segment of the scrapbook industry, contributors of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine have been informed of the magazine’s pending closure...see below...
A representative for F+W told Scrapbook Update that the Creating Keepsakes conventions will not be affected by the magazine’s closure, and the 2015 schedule will continue as posted. Subscribers will be contacted directly by F+W regarding remaining issues on their subscriptions.
F+W had just acquired Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking in January as part of its acquisition of New Track Media. The Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking digital magazine was created a year ago (just prior to the acquisition by F+W) through the merger of the former Paper Crafts and Creating Keepsakes print magazine titles, with the newly created title being 100% digital.
This is the third major publication closure for the industry in a very short period. All American Crafts closed its publications in August, followed by a bankruptcy filing last month. Then Northridge ceased production of its titles. And now Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking has folded. The recent spate of closures has left a large hole in the publications market. The Stampington titles, Scrapbook & Cards Today, Cardmaker, Rubber Stamp Madness, and Scrap & Stamp Arts are pretty much all that is left of what was once a vibrant publishing sector in the U.S. scrapbook market.