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CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: We R Memory Keepers

Welcome back to Scrapbook Update’s CHA Top Ten Hot Picks list!

To see all the hot picks posted so far, visit this link. At the end, after I’ve published all ten of the picks, I’ll publish a summary list for easy reference.

So here, in no particular order, is the next hot pick for CHA Summer 2013 (aka Create-n-Connect)…

We R Memory Keepers is a company that has really stepped up their game the past few years, and consumers have responded. Long known for being a tool and album specialist, the company is finally developing into a quality producer of a broad scale of papercrafting products, and even branching into home decor.

This fold down table and organizer (which has an MSRP of $199 and ships in September) was much-discussed by attendees in Vegas:

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This sort of unit is the counterpoint to the huge units that we’ve seen in the past, and also a market that was somewhat created by the recession and the downsizing of American homes. Many crafters have less space to devote to their hobby than they did 5-7 years ago, and can no longer afford to have an entire room or a huge corner of one devoted to their craft.

We R Memory Keepers also has gotten into wall decor as well, with shutters that double as memo boards (MSRP $39.99) and wall canvases (MSRP $14.99) in 28 different styles. There’s also decorative wooden frames that coordinate, in a price range of $6.49-$12.99.

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We R Memory Keepers is known for their tools, and for being a pioneer of pocket scrapbooking, and some of their new tools are aimed squarely at pocket scrapbookers.

At CHA Winter 2013 the company introduced a 3×4 card punch with rounded corners, which is finally shipping to stores this month after much anticipation.

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In Las Vegas, the company added a second version of the punch to their toolbox, this time with square corners.

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Their other tool aimed at pocket scrapbookers is entirely new – a thumb punch that will cut a half circle notch in the top of a pocket to make it easier to remove a card. IMG_8713

After the success of their envelope punch board from the Anaheim show in January, We R Memory Keepers is dramatically expanding their line of scoring board tools.

The first new board is the all purpose “trim and score” board, which retails for $29.99.

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The company is also adding four new boards that create various types of gift packaging. There are gift box, gift bag, candy box, and pillow box boards. Each has an MSRP of $19.99 and is expected to ship in October, allowing plenty of time for creating holiday packages!

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These geometric print papers were prototypes created just for the catalog and CHA booth samples. They made such an impression on customers that the company is going to be producing them! IMG_8703 IMG_8702

There’s also a new accessory for users of the Envelope Punch board – Envelope wraps, which are stickers that wrap around the side of an envelope to put a design on the front and back. They retail for $3.99 and are available in 4 different designs.

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These washi tape sheets aren’t actually new, but I don’t think they’ve gotten the attention that they deserve previously. The 12×12 sheets are $1.99 MSRP, and there are also 6×6 pads that retail for $9.99, including a new one that coordinates with the new Chalkboard collection. IMG_8698

In addition to regular washi tape, there is a new kind of washi being added to the We R line-up at the summer show: chevron washi tape. These peel and stick tapes come in rolls of 26 feet, in 10 different colors, and have an MSRP of $3.99. This tape was a hot topic of conversation in Las Vegas!

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Chalkboard was one of the examples of the trendy black and white chalk look on display in Las Vegas, and it was often buzzed about by attendees. The use of washed out pastels with the chalkboard designs is a beautiful combination, and makes the chalkboard effect not so overwhelming and harsh. IMG_8691 IMG_8690

There’s also several new additions to the company’s Albums Made Easy program, including a chalkboard theme that coordinates with the Chalkboard collection.

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10 Responses to CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: We R Memory Keepers

  1. Gela August 9, 2013 at 2:21 am #

    They have put out some great products.

  2. Debra August 9, 2013 at 2:22 am #

    Lots of good offerings here!

  3. Amy August 9, 2013 at 7:56 am #

    Love We R Memory Keepers except that they always delay their releases. They say it will be available in October, but it doesn’t actually ship until months later. That is disappointing.

  4. theresa g. August 9, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    I am such a fan of theirs…they do not disappoint!

  5. Lynda K August 9, 2013 at 9:14 am #

    We R Memory Keepers does NOT stand behind their products and their products are poorly designed. I bought the envelop maker and it does not make a correct size A2 envelop. Contacted the company and they said yeah we know it’s the wrong size – but you can squeeze your card into it. Wrong answer. I will not buy any of their items again.

  6. Terri Harmon August 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

    While I think the wall unit/craft desk is cute and might make a great mail desk or maybe a child’s craft station, I don’t think it is practical. $199 is way more than I would spend for a unit that barely holds enough product for one project. I have to give WRMK credit for good marketing, though. I’m seeing this in lots of different places. However when one of our local stores asked for feedback, it was mostly negative and I was not alone in my thinking.

  7. Betsy August 10, 2013 at 11:31 am #

    Fun stuff, Nancy! Thanks for your report.

  8. Pamela McGillin August 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm #

    I love the wall desk. I would NEVER pay $199 for it though. At my house wall space is at a premium, finding room to hang the wall desk would be a challenge. All the other tools and papers are great. I would however mention that a tool that is so specific i.e. the gift box boards, don’t thrill me. I want multi purpose. I don’t have enough space for a tool that can only do one thing.

  9. Skyeisle August 11, 2013 at 4:55 pm #

    Well done Nancy. So glad you did such a great spread on this line.

  10. Gab August 30, 2013 at 1:29 am #

    Thanks for a great review Nancy. I love the idea of the wall desk but I think it’s a bit expensive and too small

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