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Archiver’s Files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

Major scrapbook retail chain Archiver’s filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Minnesota.

The Archiver’s board authorized the bankruptcy filing on April 25th via a written directive. In court filings, the retailer indicates that it intends to continue operating. The initial petition estimates the company has between $10-$50 million in assets, and $1-$10 million in liabilities, and indicates that the company believes there will be at least some funds available for distribution to unsecured creditors.

As a retailer, it’s not surprising that a large portion of the company’s top 20 unsecured creditors are product wholesalers. The largest unsecured creditor is EK Success, who is owed over $250,000. Also appearing on the top 20 creditors list are American Crafts, 3L, We R Memory Keepers, My Mind’s Eye, Bazzill, Love To Scrap, Doodlebug, BoBunny, Ranger, Silhouette, Pioneer, Pink Paislee, Ellison, and Queen & Company, who are owed between $55,000 and $200,000 each. The Archiver’s bankruptcy is a double hit for 3L, who was already listed as one of the top creditors in the Creative Memories bankruptcy a few weeks ago.

A meeting of creditors is scheduled for May 30th at the US Courthouse in Minneapolis. Proof of claims from creditors are due to the court by August 28th, an important deadline since the petition estimates that there will be funds to disperse to the creditors who submit claims. Continue Reading →

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Digital Trends | Black and More Black

A few weeks ago, I wrote about black being very trendy in the digital world: Digital Trends | Black. Well, this trend is not slowing down. Black is everywhere – even in spring-themed kits – right now. Let’s go take a look at some of the brand-new releases!

Pixels & Company

There are two new kits at Pixels & Company that feature black this week. The “New York State of Mind” kit features multiples pieces of black paper, many black elements and text stickers. The “Peeved” kit includes black papers as well as a bunch of black word art stickers and ribbons.

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New York State of Mind by Mommyish Continue Reading →

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Introduction to Digital Templates: Part 1

Welcome to a new series all about digital templates – what they are, how to use them, why to use them, and how to adapt them to your style!

So what are digital templates? Think of digital templates the same way you would think of a sketch you might use for a traditional layout. In fact, some templates are really just that – sketches with digital placeholders. When you open these types of templates in your software, all you have are the empty placeholders for photos and paper – you have to add all your own paper and embellishments, as well as journaling and a title. Others come with almost everything done for you – the title, the embellishments and even the paper. All you have to do is add your photos and journaling and you’re done. We’re going to start by looking at these second type of templates because they’re just easier to start with.

Here’s a couple of examples from templates I’ve used recently from Designer Digitals.

In this first layout, I chose to work with the following template. It includes all the elements you see below, including the title, frames, and all of the embellishments.

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Check out our new Silhouette Premium Vinyl Review!

We have a brand new review of Silhouette Premium Vinyl up on Craft Critique! If you’ve been thinking of trying out some vinyl in your machine…check it out!

Also, don’t forget that tomorrow (Friday) is the last day to visit www.silhouetteamerica.com/april and use our promotional code “UPDATE” to get the following special offers from Silhouette:

 

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Use Promo Code: UPDATE

when you visit the Silhouette April special offer page!


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L.A. Mart Rebrands Gift + Home Shows

L.A. Mart, the west coast’s pre-eminent market for gift and home wholesale goods, has announced that it is rebranding its quarterly markets. Formerly called the Gift + Home Shows, the trade shows will now be branded as GALLA, an acronym for Give And Live Los Angeles.

Frank Joens, senior vice president, general manager of the L.A. Mart, explained the change:

This is going to be a fantastic market and we are thrilled with the re-brand of our Gift + Home Market. GALLA, as the name suggests, is an event with substance, style and class which is the perfect description of what to expect during markets here at the L.A. Mart. Plus with this new identity, our industry can be assured that change is in the air at the L.A. Mart. Our building and our markets are going through rapid changes that, among other things, are manifesting as new product resources, new showrooms, new educational opportunities and new energy. This, like our new brand, is the beginning of an L.A. Mart evolution! Continue Reading →

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