In June, we are switching to a new print vendor in North America. We are excited about this new relationship and their high quality product offering!

Because of this transition, we need to make a few changes to our product mix—including discontinuing some items, changing prices and options on a few carryover items, and introducing several items. These changes will also require us to temporarily shut off ordering starting on May 31. (We anticipate that ordering will be down for two weeks.)

Discontinuing Items

On May 30, the following items will be discontinued. If you are working on any of these project types or want to order additional copies of previously completed projects, you have seven days to place your orders before they are gone at 11:59 PM (MT) on May 30.

Item

Size

Reasoning

Linen Photobooks

11" x 8-1/2"

Our new printer doesn’t currently offer linen photobooks, and we’ve had low order quantities in the past.

Leather Photobooks

5" x 5"

8" x 8"

11" x 8-1/2"

8-1/2" x 11"

12" x 12"

We’ve had low order quantities and would have incurred significant price increases to keep these.

Board Books*

8" x 8"

Our new printer doesn’t currently offer these, and we’ve had low order quantities in the past.

Hard Cover Photobooks

5" x 5"

We would have incurred significant price increases to keep these. We will continue to offer a 5" x 5" Soft Cover Photobook at a competitive price.

Hard Cover Journals*

6-1/4" x 8-1/4"

We would have incurred significant price increases to keep these. Instead, we decided to move to a Soft Cover Journal with two binding options.

Tags*

3-1/4" x 3-1/4"

2-1/2" x 4-1/4"

We would have incurred significant price increases to keep these. We suggest using new Project Life® cards (see below) for tags.

*As you know, we have a variety of digital downloads with these specific project type templates. We are working on a fix in the software so that your previous projects will convert to a new project offering. For example, a  6-1/4" x 8-1/4" Hard Cover Journal project would convert to the new Soft Cover Journal. We’re working on fixes for the other discontinued project types.

 

Changes to Carryover Print Products

We worked with our new vendor where possible in order to keep costs low. Unfortunately, we need to make some small price and option changes to several of our carryover items. Watch for more information with all the new prices soon.


Item

Change

Reasoning

All Hard Cover
Photobooks

Black and white endsheet options only

Our new printer does not offer the same variety of endsheet options. We examined ordering trends and found that the majority of the books ordered had black or white endsheets, so we’ve decided to continue forward with those two options.

White fly sheet, same
as our Soft Cover
Photobooks

The vellum fly sheet would have caused an additional increase in the cost per book.

All Photobooks and Additional Pages

Price increases

There are increased manufacturing costs.

Individual Pages

Price increases

There are increased manufacturing costs.

Minimum order quantity
of 10

The majority of orders exceeded our previous minimum of five. Our prices would have increased even further if we kept the minimum at five, so we felt this was a good compromise.

Calendars

Price increases

There are increased manufacturing costs.

Cards

Printed on heavier
weight cardstock

Our new printer offers higher quality cardstock at a comparable price.



New Print Products

We are excited to introduce the following items soon: 

Item

Size

Perfect Bound Soft Cover Journals

5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 80 double-sided lined pages

Spiral Bound Soft Cover Journals

5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 80 double-sided lined pages

Project Life® Cards**

3" x 4" and 4" x 3"
4" x 4"

4" x 6" and 6" x 4"

 **Optional rounded corners for additional cost

 

Print Ordering Downtime

Watch for more information, prices, and pictures for these new items in the coming days and weeks. As you can imagine, this shift will require some work on the back end before we roll out the new products. We need to make changes in the software and get everything set up with our new printer which will require us to turn off print ordering. We anticipate that the changes will take us about two weeks, starting on May 31. Again, if you are working on any discontinuing project types or will need an order during the downtime, please place your orders before 11:59 PM (MT) on May 30.



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Comment by Debbie Balsano on July 14, 2014 at 12:23pm

I am getting less and less impressed with My Digital Studio!  I do not look at this website regularly, so did not see this post.  I have just finished creating a board book for my new grandson, and now I see that as of May 31, that is not even a possibility.  If Stampin Up was on top of this software like the rest of the business, the software would have been updated to not offer the 8x8 board book as an option as of May 31.  However, still today you can create a board book.  Seems that they are too busy creating new companies to keep up with what they have!  I think it is time to start looking at the competitors offerings!

Comment by Kathy on July 1, 2014 at 4:24pm

anyone with a costco membership want to help me out so I can order my scrapbook pages?

please email me at tokkatokka@comcast.net.  thanks!

Comment by Jennifer Kristina Keen on June 23, 2014 at 10:33pm
Hi Anika, you just share to your computer as jpegs. After that you can pretty much take them anywhere, it can take a long time for other programs to upload them though. My weekend was insane....
Comment by Anika on June 23, 2014 at 9:05pm

How do you upload to print elsewhere? I didn't know you could do that.

Comment by Hilary Reid on June 22, 2014 at 11:18am

I am now 8 days away from NOT meeting my quarterly quota because printing is STILL down! This is getting ridiculous. Is there ANY CLUE at ALL as to when this stuff will be ready to go??? Honestly, I can't wait that much longer. 

Comment by Jennifer Kristina Keen on June 22, 2014 at 8:53am

Oh sorry! I was still thinking 8x8 book.  You can print 12x12 pages at costco too, almost any picture place can do it as a 12x12 enlargement (how you explain it to them)

Comment by Jennifer Kristina Keen on June 22, 2014 at 8:51am

okay, right now I'm printing my books with walmart online.  uploading your jpegs to them is the longest part.  Once in there you can pick choose your own theme/blank pages/then drag and drop your pages and pick use as background on the pop up menu.  

Comment by Kathy on June 22, 2014 at 8:39am

Can anyone suggest where else to print individual 12x12 scrapbook pages while SU is down?  I found lots of places that will print a book, but I need the pages.  Was hoping things would be back to normal by now, but I have a project that is really time sensitive and can't wait.

Comment by Jennifer Kristina Keen on June 21, 2014 at 7:56pm
You can change the size of the project if you want. That sometimes makes it easier to print elsewhere. A lot of the places out there only have their templates to choose from and you lose all of your design work. If you find one that lets you start with a blank book or full page photos you're golden. To change size of your project open your project in MDS, then under the edit heading near the bottom it says change project size/type. That lets you choose what you'd like it to be. After its done you may have to fidget a bit with some elements, but it's miles better than starting over
Comment by Jennifer Kristina Keen on June 21, 2014 at 6:56pm
Hi Anika! The 8x8 will still be available, just a slight price increase. I know they are working overtime getting quality issues resolved. Hang in there:)

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