It's a sad, sad day...

Here's the news folks. It's official, per the press release below.

The incredible and innovative Magic Scraps will be leaving the scrapbooking industry at the end of the year. Never fear, you'll be able to catch the insatiable and ever encouraging Emily Adams at CKU's through the end of the year working her Magic! You can also catch her fantastical design work with the Creative Imaginations Design Team! You'll also be able to use Ashley Smith's incredible designs in another avenue - still scrapbooking related of course.... with Polka Dot Potato! I can't wait to see what digital designs she and her incredible digi team will be sharing with us! There's already some VERY fun stuff available on the site - and from what I hear, there are plans for LOTS of great things in the near future! We haven't seen the last of this dynamic duo, ladies!

It's been a lot of fun working with the Magical Magic Scraps ladies, and with the two other Magic Scraps Design Team Members (Virginia and Bernie). I'm proud of the designs I created with their products, and can't wait to see what the future holds!

Here's the press release...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Advantus Corporation
Phone: 904.482.0091
Fax: 904.482.0099
www.advantus.com

Advantus to discontinue Magic Scraps
Jacksonville, Florida, June 12, 2006 – Advantus Corporation and Ashley Smith have announced that they will be discontinuing the Magic Scraps line of products beginning January 1, 2007.

This was a mutual decision by both Ashley Smith, founder of Magic Scraps, and Kevin Carpenter, President of Advantus Corp. Advantus will continue to sell Magic Scraps Scrappy Glue and Scrappy Tape on a go forward basis.

The remaining Magic Scraps inventory will be available for sale while supplies last. When asked about the decision to discontinue the Magic Scraps line of products, Kevin Carpenter said, “Advantus is committed to our craft and hobby division. At this time we find it necessary to focus our resources on the Cropper Hopper and Heidi Swapp brands. With the pending addition of two new major brands to be revealed at CHA Winter 2007, we made the difficult decision to discontinue Magic Scraps.”

Ashley Smith added, “I’m thankful for the experience that Advantus has given me, but I’m an entrepreneur at heart and happiest when I’m running my own business.”

Ashley and her husband Ben will be launching a new venture in digital scrapbooking, Polka Dot Potato (www.Polkadotpotato.com).
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