My Digital Studio - some year end changes to be aware of

5.27.2014

If you use My Digital Studio, there are some year-end changes you need to be aware of including a change to our print vendor. Here's the news, straight from Stampin' Up!:

In June, we are switching to a new print vendor. 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 8 days to place your orders before they are gone at 11:59 PM (MT) on May 30.

 Item Size Reasoning
 Linen Photobooks11" x 8-1/2"Our new printer doesn't currently offer linen photobooks, and we've had low order quantities in the past.
 Leather Photobooks5" 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.
 Hard Cover Photobooks5" 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.
 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 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 Size Reasoning
All Hard Cover PhotobooksBlack and white endsheet options onlyOur 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 PhotobooksThe vellum fly sheet would have caused an additional increase in the cost per book.
All Photobooks and Additional PagesPrice increasesThere are increased manufacturing costs.
Individual PagesPrice increasesThere are increased manufacturing costs.
 Minimum order quantity  of 10The 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.
CalendarsPrice increasesThere are increased manufacturing costs.
CardsPrinted 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 Journals5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 80 double-sided lined pages
Spiral Bound Soft Cover Journals5-1/2" 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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