Colorbok Buys ANW/Creativity Works, Making Memories

Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Colorbök, LLC has announced that it has acquired ANW / Creativity Works, which is the parent company of the Making Memories, The Paper Company, Westrim, Crop In Style, Autumn Leaves and Hip in a Hurry brands.

ANW / Creativity Works is a new company that was just formed in November 2011 from the combination of ANW/Crestwood and Making Memories. In May 2010, ANW/Crestwood had closed a deal for the purchase of the brands Westrim Crafts, Autumn Leaves, DMD, Crop in Style, Hip in a Hurry, Room Relish and Paper Bliss from the struggling Creativity, Inc.

Colorbök has been around since 1984. They have a large presence in Wal-Mart’s much-reduced scrapbooking section.

“We are tremendously excited to be able to work with Making Memories and ANW / Creativity Works.  We feel that we will be able to drive newness into the marketplace using all of the great brands which include Making Memories, The Paper Company, Westrim, Crop In Style, Autumn Leaves and Hip in a Hurry.  They are a great compliment to our memory and kids crafting business,” stated Colorbök Vice President Todd Spang

“We believe with this consolidation we will be better able to service our consumer with exciting new products,” stated Chuck McGonigle, Colorbök’s President and CEO.

So what does ANW / Creativity Works have that Colorbök wants? There’s several benefits to Colorbök of the deal, which include a Michaels footprint, technology (the Slice), an organizing line, and an extensive back catalog of classic designs by Making Memories and Autumn Leaves. Making Memories has also had some success with bead products, which may appeal to Colorbök.

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10 Responses to Colorbok Buys ANW/Creativity Works, Making Memories

  1. Jersey Girl Anne April 24, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

    WOW!!!!! Alot of scrapbook news the last couple of days!!! Colorbok also sells a great deal of product at my Joann Fabric!

    • Nancy Nally April 24, 2012 at 11:10 pm #

      No kidding – lots of news all at once! I wish these companies would coordinate and space these things out for me. I’m getting writer’s cramp LOL

  2. Chelle April 25, 2012 at 12:14 am #

    Thanks for keeping us updated Nancy!

    • Nancy Nally April 25, 2012 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks for reading, Chelle!

  3. Megan April 25, 2012 at 9:02 am #

    I thought it was the other way around?

    • Nancy Nally April 25, 2012 at 9:21 am #

      Nope. The press release most definitely says that Colorbok bought ANW.

  4. StumpedAgain April 25, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    With the exodus of scrapbook manufacturing overseas, we as a domestic supplier were left in the dust for “cheap”. From millions of dollars to nothing. Nancy, you are the remaining lifeline to an industry which we loved and once thrived in. Thank you for all of your work and updates. It’s amazing to sit back and watch the action.

    • Nancy Nally April 25, 2012 at 9:22 am #

      Glad that I can bring you all the latest! Thanks for reading!

  5. Jennifer April 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Thanks for the info Nancy! I love colorbok and most of the companies they are acquiring. Very exciting news!

  6. Ona April 28, 2012 at 7:58 am #

    Not sure if I am alone on this, but seems like Making Memories quality has taken a dive in the past several years not only with their tools but with paper products as well. Or maybe I just was unlucky. Hope this change will be good for the brand.

    Nancy, keep up the great work!

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