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Archive | November, 2012

Black Friday Sales for Scrapbookers

This weekend is the biggest shopping weekend of the year! If you are looking for scrapbook supplies for yourself or for gifts, our annual guide to all of the Black Friday weekend scrapbook sales will help you find the best deal on what you want! Wednesday, in part one, we are starting with the chain stores. Thursday, the online sales will be added in part two

Disclaimer: Scrapbook Update cannot be responsible for incorrect information, regional variances or typographical errors in the listings. Remember to check the local ads in your area to verify these listings.

How to use these listings: These tables may be sorted by clicking on the arrow at the top of each column. Sort by the store column to see all each store’s sales listed together, or sort by product name to compare sales on similar products. Many of the store names and item names are clickable to take you to the item online for easy shopping. (Some of these links are affiliate links, so when you use them you support Scrapbook Update – Thank you.) Continue Reading →

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Jillibean Soup To Partner With Hampton Art

sample from Jillibean Soup – CHA Summer 2012

Jillibean Soup announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Hampton Art for distribution, marketing and manufacturing of its products.

Jill Yegerlehner will maintain ownership and creative control of Jillibean Soup, which she founded in 2008. The company is known for its “soup” named lines, cute styling, and products that are very card making friendly. Continue Reading →

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Gallery Highlights | 11.16.2012

Welcome to Gallery Highlights for this week!

This week’s finds include some beautiful layouts as well as some other gorgeous paper projects. Let’s go take a look at them and I hope you like them all as much as I do. Don’t forget – You can click on the links to visit the layouts in their galleries and view supply lists, leave a comment for the designer, or view the designer’s other work.

Anticipation by Jippo

If you are a fan of clean and simple scrapping, this layout will knock your socks off! With a piece of  basic kraft paper as her background, the designer designed this page using a slightly asymmetrical grid. She included one black-and-white photo, two small pieces of paper with minimal embellishments and her text. She repeated the color yellow perfectly to create a visual triangle to help the eye move through the layout and the result is stunning!

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CHA Summer 2013 To Move To Las Vegas, Change Format

The Craft & Hobby Association announced Wednesday that the CHA Summer trade show and conference will move from its traditional home in Chicago to Las Vegas for 2013.

Las Vegas

Las Vegas (Photo by Glenn Pinkerton – Courtesy of Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority)

The move, announced in an email sent to CHA members from president Andrej Suskavcevic, takes the CHA Summer show on only its second trip out of the Chicago area in its decades long history. The first departure was a widely-panned experiment in Orlando in the summer of 2009. A spokesperson for CHA told Scrapbook Update that Las Vegas will not be the summer show’s new permanent home, but that the show’s location will actually rotate each year from now on.

The CHA Summer 2013 will take place from July 22nd to 25th, 2013. No specific location to host the event within Las Vegas has been announced.

Las Vegas is the country’s number one trade show destination. According to the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority, over 4.8 million people attended over 19,000 conventions in Las Vegas last year. Las Vegas is known among convention attendees for its entertainment options and affordable casino hotel rooms – the average price for one of the 150,000 hotel rooms in the city is $105, with many priced well below that. Continue Reading →

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Spellbinders Lawsuit Against QuicKutz Dismissed

Spellbinders’ lawsuit against QuicKutz for patent infringement has been thrown out of court by the judge in the case after a nearly three year court fight.

The company filed suit against QuicKutz in Dec. 2009 for alleged infringement on a patent it had been granted (referred to in court filings as the “634 patent”) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for creating dies with an aperture. QuicKutz responded to the suit with multiple defenses, including by challenging with the PTO the validity of the patent that the suit was based on.

In July 2010, QuicKutz sold all of its assets to an investment group that formed a new company called Lifestyle Crafts around the company’s product lines. The original QuicKutz, renamed legally as QK2015 because the QuicKutz trademark had been sold to Lifestyle Crafts but referred to as QuicKutz in court filings, continued to exist as an entity to fight the lawsuit against it. Spellbinders also filed suit in January 2012 against the new Lifestyle Crafts entity alleging infringement of the 634 patent by that company as well.

The case began to turn against Spellbinders in late 2010 when the grounds the 634 patent were originally granted on were rejected by the PTO upon completion of the ex-parte re-examination of the patent that had been requested by the QuicKutz. This effectively invalidated the patent, and launched a lengthy round of appeals and counter-arguments to the PTO by Spellbinders and QuicKutz over the validity of the grounds for the patent that lasted until yesterday.  Continue Reading →

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