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Monday, July 29, 2013

CM Bankruptcy Update

Last Chance Ordering ends JULY 31st!!

August 31st I (and all CMCs) will be released from my CM contract. When that happens I'll be able to share with you lots of great resources for various products that will compliment or replace some CM favorites.  I'm very excited about this - but until then I'm committed to finishing up with CM and helping you do the same. Only 6 days left for the Last Chance Offer!

Shipping:   The shipping department is SWAMPED!  Latest word from CM is that they will be splitting June orders to get out the WSL items now instead of holding them until the LCO products are available (if you have both in your order - even if it was placed before the LCO.)  This is great news - I know many of you are like me and have orders in limbo and, hopefully, this will get some of those out the door! 

A Customer Service Rep at CM said today that there are 320,000 orders IN PROCESS with new ones coming in continuously and they are shipping 20,000 each day!   These numbers are way above “normal” volumes for CM which were 12,000 – 14,000 per month before this mess started.  I know it’s hard to wait so long for products we love but the CSRs and those in the shipping department are doing a great job!  A wonderful group I’m thrilled to be a part of (the one that I get most of my information from) has sent treats and cards to those in these departments to show how much we thank them for their hard work. Many will not have a job in the near future and are working overtime to help get our products into our hands and answer questions.


important dates

Important Dates
July 31 ~ Last Chance Ordering ends
Aug. 9 ~ Persona orders must be received at CM
Aug. 21 ~ product credits, host credits, Rewards Club credits must be used up
Aug. 21 ~ last day to order from www.mycmsite.com/lisagraham
Aug. 31 ~ CM contracts end for CMCs
Sept. 1 ~ CMCs are released from CM contracts

Sept. 23 ~ Last day to order digital
Nov. 1 ~ target date for launch of CM’s new company

August 31st - I (and all CMCs) will be released from my CM contract. When that happens I'll be able to share with you lots of great resources for various products that will compliment or replace some CM favorites. I'm very excited about this - but until then I'm committed to finishing up with CM and helping you do the same.

Things are always crazy at the end of a sale or promotion.  I can’t stress enough how important it is to order well in advance of this end date. 

I recommend having all digital orders in by  AUGUST 31st!!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Last Chance Offer for CM products.

The time has come - Creative Memories, under Chapter 11 bankruptcy, is closing down for a possible "new" company to come about in the Fall of 2013. 

The company is having one last chance ordering opportunity for certain products...including coversets, refill pages in different colors, page protectors, and tape runner refills. Once orders of these products are received, CM will order materials and produce only enough of these items to fulfill those orders. The dates for the Last Chance Order (LCO) are July 8 through July 28. Items that are not included in the LCO are being sold while supplies last (WSL.)  If there are other things that you may want or need in order to complete your current or upcoming projects, I'd suggest making two different orders...one for WSL and one for LCO as it will probably take a while (could be months) to fulfill the orders for the LCO.  You can place your order on my Creative Memories website. Please use a credit card, as opposed to a debit card. I will not be stocking up on items to have on hand to sell in the future.
As far as the digital aspect of CM, after August 21, Creative Memories will no longer offer support of Memory Manager or Storybook Creator. However, this does not mean that you cannot still use these wonderful digital programs. As I understand it, Panstoria, the company who developed MM and SBC+ are attempting to work with CM to allow those of us who use these programs to continue getting support and/or digital content from their Artisan program (similar to SBC+). I'm also researching, along with other CMC's, to determine the best places that you can order hardbound storybooks comparable to the ones we have had printed at the CM Photo Center, as well as places to make 12x12 page prints and other digital products.  I will share what I find with you – along any other alternative products that might help fill the voids left with the disappearance of many CM products.
I know I, like many Creative Memories Consultants, am very sad to see this happening to a company with which I have loved being associated with. Personally, I have made many dear friends through my almost 13 years with CM. I have enjoyed helping you with your projects, as well as sharing my own projects with you. You have allowed me to laugh, to cry, to rejoice and celebrate with you. Unfortunately, at this time, I do not see myself joining whatever the "new" CM might be. However, I will still continue to do what I love – and hope to continue helping you, too.  I will still continue to hold crops and retreats and am excited at the possibilities I will have when I am not bound by an agreement with one single company.  Any time you need me, I'm still here to help you with your projects and I will continue to keep you informed as new developments arise, as much as possible.  Just a reminder.  The best place to get information first is in my Facebook Group –
Lisa’s Workshop.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

A Possible Solution for Shipping CM Internationally

I know there are lots of people outside the U.S. and Canada that are looking for CM products.  According to my contract as a CMC, I am not able to sell outside of the U.S.

I have been contacted by a lot of people that are searching for CM products, hoping to have them shipped overseas – most recently those in Australia and New Zealand that were left high & dry when CM closed with very little notice.  Products were gone in just a few days – with no last chance offer or any other option from CM to purchase what they need. 

If you have someone in the U.S. that you can ship your orders to then you can order from a CMC website, using their U.S. address and they could send them to you overseas.  Unfortunately, this isn’t an option for everyone.

I am wondering if a package forwarding service might be of help? I have no experience with this type of service but it looks like a great option.  Most of these services charge a small fee, give you a U.S. address to use when purchasing online and then they send your packages to you. 

I have no idea how they handle fees, taxes and any other things that might be of concern when buying & shipping internationally but I thought I’d pass this info on so you can look into it and see if it might work for you!

Here is a link to a chart comparing various package forwarding services and another, Ship2Me, that wasn’t included on that chart.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Free Digital Kit

I have been overwhelmed by the comments, emails and posts in my Facebook Group for thanking me for simply doing what I love.  Thank you to those that have helped me do just that – help others preserve their memories.  Customers that have supported my business with their purchases, referrals and friendship – and CMCs that have shared their tips, ideas and inspiration.  If this is your first time stopping by or you’re a regular visitor I’d like to give you a big “Thank You!” -  and a freebie!! 

Summer – 2013 Digital Appreciation Kit

summer 2013

Link to SBC+ kit

Link to Universal Format

Download Instructions for StoryBook Creator Artwork

    1. Click on the link provided.
    2. When the file download box appears, click on “Open” to automatically install the artwork package to your StoryBook Creator Software.
    3. If you decide to save this file, you’ll need to navigate to and double-click on the file once it’s downloaded to install it into your StoryBook Creator Software.

Download Instructions for Universal Format Artwork

    1. Click the link.
    2. When the product name displays, click on it to start downloading the zipped file.
    3. Save the artwork to your computer. Make note of the location to which the zipped folder is being saved.
    4. Once the file is saved, right click on it and select Extract All. Select the destination folder to which files should be extracted, then click Extract.

      To learn how to add this artwork to your own collection click here for StoryBook Creator 3.0 or click here for StoryBook Creator 4.0.

      Have fun using this great summer kit!!