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Update | ICE Resin, Tammy Tutterow, SPC, more

Another wave of news has hit, and that means it is time for another Update column!

By now, most everyone in the industry has heard the sad news of the tragic death of Heidi Swapp’s 16 year old son Cory on July 10th. My family joins the entire scrapbook industry in sending its love and support to the Swapp family at this difficult time.

If you’d like to share your message of support with the Swapp family, two different options are available. Becky Higgins is coordinating a collection of 4×4 cards to be placed into albums for the family, and Persnickety Prints is accepting mail at their address for the Swapps as well. (The address is in the graphic below.)

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New Products. While Heidi is taking some time off to deal with the loss of her son, the Heidi Swapp media team has taken over running the social media promotion for Heidi’s recently announced big product launch at Target. The DIY Marquee line is debuting in Target stores. The products appear similar to the Marquee letters previously released under Heidi’s brand, but are made of plastic instead of paper. Continue Reading →

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Update | Project Life, Publication Calls & More!

It’s time for another Update news round-up!

Leadership. Spellbinders announced on June 11th that, effective immediately, co-founder Stacey Caron is “stepping away from all day-to-day business activities within the company” but “will continue to be an important creative driver” for the brand. No reason was given for the change at the company.

Caron’s husband and company co-founder, Jeffrey Caron, left his own previous role as CEO of the company in 2013 when an outside investment firm was brought in following the company’s disastrous patent infringement lawsuit against QuicKutz.
People. Jennifer Gallacher has a new position behind the scenes at Jessica Sprague’s digital Scrap.Click.Supply website. While this is exciting for users of that website, Scrapbook Expo attendees will be disappointed to learn that the popular designer is leaving behind her work teaching and blogging for Scrapbook Expo to make time for the new position. Continue Reading →

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Scrapbook Expo fun with Fun Stamper’s Journey!

This time last weekend I was in Virginia, visiting another Scrapbook Expo on behalf of Cricut. The Expos are a vibrant place full of inspiring people and products. It’s always a pleasure to spend a weekend immersed in the excitement!

One of those people is Richard Garay of Fun Stamper’s Journey. Some of Scrapbook Update’s readers may know him from the line he previously did for Spellbinders, but these days he’s busy launching his own direct sales company called Fun Stamper’s Journey.

Richard, and Fun Stamper’s Journey, have been a big presence at Scrapbook Expo shows this year. Their huge (and free) make and take is incredibly popular with show attendees. Richard’s presentation is so engaging and fun to watch!

Fun Stampers Journey Continue Reading →

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Stampin’ Up! Announces New In Color Palette for 2015-2017

Stampin’ Up! has launched their new 2015-2016 annual catalog, and along with it announced their new In Color palette for 2015-2017.

The five new colors, called Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, and Watermelon Wonder, will be available in a wide variety of Stampin’ Up! products, including ink pads, stamping markers, cardstock, designer cardstock, ribbon, and embellishments.

2015-2017 in colorsTwo sets of In Colors are available at any one time from Stampin’ Up! The introduction of the new In Color palette for 2015-2017 palette means the retirement of the 2013-2015 palette of colors, which were Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, and Baked Brown Sugar.

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Arthritis & The Future of Scrapbooking

May is National Arthritis Awareness Month. To most people, arthritis is something that their grandparents or aging parents get.

At our house, arthritis has a different face:

Bridget arthritisOur daughter Bridget was diagnosed in 2011, at age 7, with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Her rheumatologist said she’s probably had it since she was very tiny based on the deteriorated state of some of her joints when she was diagnosed. Because of the severity of her condition (she also has another serious auto-immune disease called scleroderma that was diagnosed at the same time), we must travel two hours each way every four weeks to the local children’s hospital for Bridget to receive infusion treatment with multiple medications.

So every day is arthritis awareness day at our house. But what has this got to do with the scrapbooking industry? A look at demographic and disease statistical data will tell you – a whole lot. Continue Reading →

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Update | Etsy Sued, Bella Blvd, Operation Write Home, and more!

After a couple of quiet weeks, the news is rolling again with a slew of big announcements and happenings that affect the scrapbook world.

Legal. Etsy is in legal hot water over its recent IPO. A lawsuit was filed in New York on May 13th that is seeking class action status to represent investors who invested in the company between April 16th and May 10th. The suit alleges fraud on Etsy’s part, due to the company’s failing to disclose “adverse facts” regarding the company’s business as required by SEC rules.

The “adverse facts” that got Etsy sued come from a recently released report by stock analysts from Wedbush that alleges that at least 5% of products on the site are counterfeit or violate copyright or trademark laws. Several high profile names, including Beyonce and Taylor Swift, have threatened or taken legal action regarding Etsy product violations in recent months. The Wedbush report detailed an assortment of violations the analysts found against Disney, Star Wars, professional sports teams, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, among others, in product listings on the site. Continue Reading →

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