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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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Project | Coupon Binder

Some of the best papercrafting projects are the ones where we can use the gorgeous products we love to make something that we use every day more beautiful.

I’m a huge couponer and my coupon stash is so enormous that it takes up a letter-sized binder that I tote with me every time I shop. Inside, my coupons are stored in Baseball Card Storage Pages, and I also have pocket dividers that hold my lists of coupons and sales for each of my favorite local stores.

My coupon binder system was outgrowing the 1 inch binder I had been using, so I decided recently that it was time to upgrade to a Heavy Duty 2 inch Binder by Avery. These binders have “view” covers that can be customized by dropping sheets of paper into clear pockets. It was a perfect project for my patterned paper stash!

Heidi Swapp Coupon Binder Continue Reading →

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Gift Wrap with Your Silhouette! [Promo]

I’m a major fan of gift bags for wrapping presents. They are my favorite gift wrap cheat. You don’t have to worry about finding a box for something that is a weird shape, or the shape of the box giving away your gift. Then, of course, there is the added benefit that they don’t make a mess to clean up when they are opened, and they can be recycled, too!

The downside of gift bags is how expensive they can be, running $5-$7 or more for a medium sized bag. Plain solid colored bags are available for much less but they look like you wrapping your gift was an afterthought. I found the solution in my Silhouette Portrait machine!

Silhouette Custom Gift BagWith a custom cut to decorate the bag, a print and cut tag, and a few embellishments, my solid color bag went from frumpy to fabulous! Continue Reading →

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Design Team Call | May Arts 6/9

For our readers’ convenience, Scrapbook Update publishes the full text of select design team design team calls, with the company name and deadline in the header!

To see a page listing all of these published calls, visit the Design Team Calls category of Scrapbook Update.

mayartsdtcallDo you love ribbon?  Would you like to have May Arts Ribbon’s entire online catalog available for you to use on your projects?  Would you also like to play with lots of craft supplies generously sent by our Partners in Craft?  If so, this Design Team Call is for you!

I am currently looking for a variety of designers to create either written or video tutorials for our ribbon blog.   There are no restrictions for this call – everyone is welcome to enter! Continue Reading →

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Is Webrooming Replacing Showrooming?

Most brick-and-mortar retailers express a lot of concern in this internet age about “showrooming” – when consumers visit a physical store to browse a product and then price shop it online to make their purchase. But a new study from Merchant Warehouse says that the reverse may be true more often than retailers think. Webrooming (aka “reverse showrooming”) – where consumers research a purchase online to choose a product and find a good price on it before making a purchase in a brick and mortar location – is actually more prevalent than showrooming.

According to the research, consumer motivation for webrooming includes avoidance of shipping fees, ensuring an item is in stock before venturing out to shop, and getting their purchase immediately.

As a result of what they learned from the study, Merchant Warehouse has some recommendations for local retailers about how to capitalize on webrooming. 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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