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Breaking: American Crafts Acquires We R Memory Keepers

American Crafts announced today that it has acquired We R Memory Keepers.

Family-owned We R Memory Keepers is based in Salt Lake City, Utah and is known in the industry for its albums, tools and Albums Made Easy pocket scrapbooking collections – all of which make it an attractive acquisition target for American Crafts. It has also been getting attention for products in the home decor and organization markets at recent shows. The company has a licensing deal with designer Teresa Collins to design Albums Made Easy products.

We R Memory Keepers AlbumsWe R Memory Keepers has been having huge success with their “punch board” tools that create everything from flowers to envelopes, but they are also known for the Crop-A-Dile tools and the Sew Easy system. In September 2013, We R acquired Lifestyle Crafts, adding the QuicKutz and L Letterpress lines of tools to their line up at a time when letterpress is growing in popularity. Continue Reading →

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Update | 6.12.2014 – Google+, Megan Hoeppner, Webster’s Pages, more

Is the end near for Google+? Murmurs are getting louder in the tech community that Google+’s days are numbered after several ominous developments in the past few months.

First, in April, Google executive Vic Gundotra, the executive in charge of Google+, suddenly left the company citing family reasons. At the same time, it became apparent that many of the engineers responsible for building Google+ were being reassigned to other areas of the company. Then in late May, at a code conference in California, Google co-founder Sergey Brin told the audience that “It was probably a mistake for me to be working on anything tangentially related to social to begin with.”

Google+ has never reached the popularity of Facebook and Twitter, achieving only a fraction of the active users in a month of their two major competitors, although it has found niche popularity in certain communities (like the photography community). Google has a history of killing products with avid user bases that it doesn’t consider profitable or a success – most recently and notably Google Reader. It also has a history of letting products die a slow death by not developing or maintaining them – most notably at the moment Feedburner, which is also on a deathwatch in the community of online publishers that rely on it. Continue Reading →

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Stampin’ Up! In Color Palette for 2014-2016 Announced

Stampin’ Up! released their 2014-2015 catalog yesterday, revealing the new “In Color” palette for 2014-2016 as well.

Each year, Stampin’ Up releases a palette of 5 colors for its color media collection that will be only available for two years. The company appears to be alternating releasing collections of dark and light colors, so there is always an active In Color light palette and an active In Color dark palette.

For 2014-2016, Stampin’ Up! was replacing the 2012-2014 collection which was made up of dark shades. Stampin’ Up! fans must say goodbye now to Raspberry Ripple, Midnight Muse, Starfruit, Gumball Green, and Primrose Petals. (I am a huge fan of Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple and use them quite often myself.)

The new 2014-2016 In Color palette, while dark like the previous palette, is bolder:

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Splash of Color Partnership Implodes into Lawsuit

Jack Behlmer, the former owner of Creative Imaginations, filed suit on May 13th against Leslie Ohnstad, founder of LuminArte, alleging in nine wide-ranging causes of action that she committed fraud, misappropriated jointly-owned company assets, and violated the operating agreement governing the Splash of Color partnership.

Splash of Color booth art, CHA Winter 2013

Splash of Color booth art, CHA Winter 2013

Splash of Color debuted at CHA Winter 2013, and was founded of the melding of the remnants of Creative Imaginations and LuminArte. Creative Imaginations had long been an industry staple primarily for its licensed lines and for the work of designers like Marah Johnson and Samantha Walker.  LuminArte was known for its various color mediums like Twinkling H20s. Under an agreement inked in April 2011, Behlmer purchased 50% of LuminArte from Ohnstad for $100,000, and then Splash of Color was formed by both Behlmer and Ohnstad contributing their 50% interest in LuminArte to the new company. Johnson, who is also Behlmer’s fiance, joined Splash of Color as Vice President and Brand Manager. Continue Reading →

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Update | 5.12.2014: Echo Park, Ranger, Craftwell, Jessica Sprague, National Stationery Show

It’s Monday already? Where did the weekend go? The week is in full swing and we’ve got news for you!

It may be snowing in Colorado, but Echo Park is all in on summer with their new May releases!

Walking on Sunshine” is a summer vacation themed line, with lots of beachy elements like fish, palm trees, sailboats and beach balls:

Echo Park Walking on Sunshine Continue Reading →

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Update | 5.8.2014: Fedex, October Afternoon, Sakura, CHA PaperArts

Tonight is the annual NFL draft – a very scrapworthy moment if there ever was one for some proud football moms! Combined with today’s annual “Day in the Life” project by Ali Edwards, which encourages scrapbookers to record the normal everyday things about their lives, the two events make a good reminder of the importance of recording not just the victories, but everyday battles in our lives, and even the defeats.

Fedex has announced that effective January 1st, they are reworking the pricing structure on Fedex Ground. Previously, shipping on Ground packages below 3 cubic feet in volume was charged based solely on weight. After January 1st, the company will be going completely to “dimensional weight” pricing, where packages are charged based on a combination of their weight and volume.

This pricing change is being put into effect to combat e-retailers’ habits of selling large lightweight items with free shipping, or packing items in boxes that are way too large for the item and then filling the rest of the box with air pillows or other packaging. These low density, high volume packages result in lower profits for the carrier because they take up large amounts of space without generating equivalent revenue. The new rate structure is in effect a rate increase for anyone selling large relatively lightweight items and shipping them via Fedex Ground: yarn, batting, embellishments, albums, adhesive refills, to name a few. Continue Reading →

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