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Lots of Changes at Creative Memories

A couple of recent St. Cloud (Minn.) Times articles have detailed a series of events at Creative Memories that seem to indicate the company is still working on recovering from its bankruptcy last year:

  • Asha Morgan Moran, the last remaining member of the Morgan family to hold a position with the company, resigned as the company’s Global President & CEO last month after the board of directors decided to replace her as CEO and offer her a different position. She was replaced by Chris Veit, who joined the company as COO after the bankruptcy.
  • The company announced May 11th that it was cutting 30 jobs, 6% of its payroll, mostly in its St. Cloud offices.
  • Sales from Nov. 2009 to April 2010 “suffered” in the recent words of Veit to the St. Cloud Times.

In other key statements to the media recently, Veit indicated that the company plans to release new products in August, and also acknowledged that the company cannot rely solely on growth in digital product sales to rescue the company.

In a related matter, although it doesn’t directly involve Creative Memories, former employee shareholders are still involved in a lawsuit against various individuals and firms that the suit blames for the loss of the employee shareholders’ pension value in the company’s bankruptcy. The only progress that has been made in the case since Scrapbook Update’s report on it in January is the denial of a motion by one defendant to dismiss the case. Lengthy litigation likely remains in the case.

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Winner: Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Medium

It’s time to announce the winner of the Claudine Hellmuth Extra Time Medium from May’s review!

And the winner of the random drawing is…

Jacquelin G on May 14, 2010 at 11:38 am, who said:

Love her products – can’t wait to try this!!!

Jacquelin, watch your email box for a notification email from Scrapbook Update about collecting your prize. And thanks to everyone who reads Scrapbook Update who entered!

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Spring 2010 Mid-Release Products Report

It seems to me that the “mid-release” concept is a growing trend in scrapbooking. It used to be that most products were debuted at one of the trade shows before release. However in recent years, and 2010 in particular, I have seen a rise in items being released in the spring that were not shown at the winter CHA show back in January. These “mid-releases” are small offerings of a few select new goodies that we will see in stores long before the next trade show crush.

I find it delightful to discover these new treats from favorite companies, and today I’m going to share some of my picks from the crop of Spring 2010 mid-releases with you, as well as a few layouts.

American Crafts has several mid-releases that should be hitting stores any time now. Several new alphabet Thickers, some additional fabric paper, and additional colors of the very popular rose ribbon (from the Dear Lizzy line) so it will be available in six colors.

BasicGrey is jumping in with two new collections, Oliver and Olivia, to be released in June. The image below is the sneak peek shared on their website.

There’s also a whole new company on the scene called Echo Park Paper, and the product peek on their homepage is intriguing:

Pink Paislee has released a collection called Starlight that you will see featured in an upcoming article here on Scrapbook Update. The red, blues, and buttery yellows make a really nice subtle color palette for a variety of projects.

Teresa Collins has released Travel Ledger, a line that is neutral enough in color, and subtle enough in patterns, to be used for most any vacation scrapbooking.

Jenni Bowlin has debuted several new papers for her line as well as rub-ons, stickers, and a few other items. What I appreciate the most about Jenni’s new lines are that they seamlessly tie into her older product. Rather than becoming a whole new collection, these items will work with papers and stickers I have from a few years ago as well as they will with each other.

The bold yellows and reds in Jenni’s aptly named “Play Date” papers seem to be the perfect choice for summer, and I love that they are useful for any number of subject matters. I decided to try out some of the new products with some pony ride photos.

Supplies: Jenni Bowlin patterned paper, chipboard and sticker butterflies, journaling card, banner stickers, and coordinating core’dinations cardstock; Fiskars scallop border punch; Martha Stewart bakers twine; Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L EZ-Runner; Sakura pen; unknown thread

The new banner stickers and the butterfly shaped stickers are so much fun, and I’m glad to see this trend continuing. I am looking forward to utilizing the large butterfly rub-ons as well.

Another company with a stellar surprise is Cosmo Cricket, with the new collection called DeLovely. When I first saw the images of this on-line, I was thrilled! This bright aqua, pink, and yellow dominated line is just the thing for warm weather fun pages.

I tried out this new line with a new favorite photo taken outside our local fair. I think that mixing black, white, or some really dark colors that coordinate with a line help bring a better contrast and overall look to my projects. A very dark aqua or pink might be fun…in fact, I think I’ll have to try that!

Supplies: Cosmo Cricket patterned paper, 6×6 paper pad, Chipboard stickers, sticker sheet, alphabet stickers in pink and aqua, and flowered patterned paper (cut out flowers); American Crafts rose ribbon; unknown thread.

Visions of a pool, summer sunshine, popsicle eating, and general warm weather fun all come to mind when I view this line. I love how feminine it is while still being a rainbow of bold colors. You can expect to see more from me using this line for sure.

I’m looking forward to working more with these new products, as well as discovering more new favorites and enjoying my classic staple supplies as well.

(See something you like? Most of these products that I’ve mentioned today are available now in stores, and those that aren’t will be within a few weeks.)

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Paperclipping Roundtable #20: This Is Stacy

Paperclipping Roundtable #20 is available for listening!

The panel this week consisted of: me, Noell Hyman, Izzy Hyman, Stacy Julian, and Renee Pearson. We chatted about chronological scrapbooking and home party sales (and of course tons of other stuff).

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Update on Spellbinders vs Quickutz

Recent activity in the patent infringement case that Spellbinders has filed against Quickutz indicates that the case isn’t likely to be decided any time soon, or even this year.

In January, Quickutz indicated in their court filing responded to Spellbinders’ suit that they intended to file with the US Patent & Trade Office asking for a re-evaluation of the original granting of the patent they are being sued for allegedly violating. This filing has now been accepted by the PTO, and on May 4th was assigned to an examiner by evaluation. No time frame is set for the completion of the re-examination process, which could be lengthy. If the patent were to ultimately be declared invalid, of course, then Quickutz cannot be sued for violating it. Continue Reading →

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What is the Cricut Circle?

And it is time for the summer madness to begin. Specifically, the latest viral marketing campaign for a new Cricut product.

Love or hate them and their products, you have to respect Provo Craft’s ability to build viral buzz in advance of new Cricut product introductions. (Although, in some cases, as with the Gypsy last year, this can have unintended consequences when the lack of details provided about the Gypsy in its campaign lead to a lot of consumer concerns about how it handled cartridges.)

Die cutting, both manual and electronic, is going to continue to be one of the most hotly contested product categories in the industry for the foreseeable future. So what is Cricut bringing to the battle at CHA Summer? I have no idea. But this splash screen is now up on their website at a subdomain called circle:

So, let the speculation begin…


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