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And They All Fall Down: Splash of Color, GCD Studios, Canvas Corp, Lily Bee

Scrapbooking companies have been falling like dominoes lately, as four well-known companies have shut down, filed for bankruptcy (or both) since early December.

GCD Studios

California-based GCD Studios filed for Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy in early December, listing assets of less than $2,000 and debts of over $2 million. The company ceased operations in late 2013, listing no profits for 2013 and a little over $300k for 2012. The vast majority of GCD’s debt is to investors, including owner/president Michael Rountree.

In it’s heyday, GCD boasted ground-breaking lines from industry luminaries like Melody Ross, Heidi Sonboul, Kathy Davis, and Donna Salazar, and was one of the first companies to try to bring the concept of mixed media to the masses in the scrapbook segment through lines like Ross’s Chip Art. Sonboul has now launched her own company at the CHA show in January, and Salazar continues to build her licensed line through other companies. Ross appears to be focusing on her retreat business for the moment. Continue Reading →


CHA Summer 2011| Spellbinders and Donna Salazar

The crew of Scrapbook Update had a fabulous fabulously busy day at CHA Summer 2011! The day started off with a pre-show press event with Spellbinders where I got up close and personal with their new Edgeabilities dies.


The Edgeabilities debut includes six sets (MSRP is $19.99 per set) of three dies each, and the 8″ dies can be combined to create more than 70 different edging options.



Here the staff at Spellbinders demonstrates the dies in their Grand Caliber machine which sports an 8″ track that is able to accommodate the full width of the die.



Spellbinders is releasing a host of other new products at the show, including Grand Template box dies (yes, they really cut boxes!) and the 8″ x 11″ Grand Impressabilities- larger versions of their Impressabilities embossing template line.


Spellbinders also showed how their dies could be used to cut sugar sheets to create edible decorations for cakes, cookies, and other confections – putting them in competition with Cricut’s Cake machine.


After the demo I was able to get a personal demonstration from a Spellbinders staffer of how their Impressabilities can be used for creating letterpress. (Note: look for more on letterpress from Scrapbook Update in the coming weeks and months as we prepare to dive into this hot topic!)



The Spellbinders booth was filled with gorgeous sample work, such as this layout featuring a stunning set of rosettes.


Can you believe that those rosettes were made using this edge die?



This lovely shaped card was made from a Grand Nestability cut that was folded in half.


Donna Salazar has several new designs debuting in this collection, as well, and there were tons of samples of her work sprinkled throughout the booth.






Luckily I was able to catch up with the lovely Donna, and she was kind enough to take me on a tour of her new products.


Several of the girls in the Spellbinders booth were sporting hair accessories cut with the new Grand Peony Creations (unfortunately I didn’t get a photo of one of them).


Donna’s new butterfly collection now comes with solid and detailed dies for a great layered look.


Her alphabet die set coordinates perfectly with her chipboard alphabet from GCD Studios, giving crafters the ability to easily cut patterned paper to cover their plain letters. It also works well with Donna’s cardboard (produced by Zutter) to make her signature cardboard alphabets.


These detailed Shadow Flowers dies are so versatile and could be used in so many ways on scrapbook pages, cards, or any type of paper craft.


Perhaps the most exciting of the new releases is the addition to Donna’s original Creative Book Pages set – Creative Book Pages Two. This set can be used to create more varied and detailed pages and also includes a border die, book template die, and foldover tab tie.


I also got a peek at Donna’s new Mixed Media Ink from Clearsnap.


These pigment inks feature very rich colors and the long working times associated with this type of ink – perfect for mixed media and blending!




And that was just the start of Scrapbook Update’s second day at CHA!! We’ve just barely scratched the surface of our coverage for both days, so stay tuned in the coming days/weeks for more reporting from the show floor and on the hot trends we spotted while we were out and about!

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Giveaway Winners: Donna Salazar Papers

It’s time to bring some sunshine to three Scrapbook Update readers’ day…because they are the lucky winners of the Donna Salazar paper giveaway from last week!

And the winners are….

Memory Mosaics line:

Kathleen Androlewicz – Submitted on 2010/04/06 at 8:28am

I enjoy Scrapbook updates so much and look forward to it. Thanks so much for the beautiful giveaway! The papers are beautiful!!

Trunk In The Attic line:

Linda – Submitted on 2010/04/06 at 5:26am

Love the papers! Banana and Nanas would look SO good in the cookbook scrapbook I’m creating!

Artistic Papers line:

Melinda Brooks – Submitted on 2010/04/06 at 9:19am

the alphas and the artistic papers… love to try them before I order them to put in my store.

Congratulations and watch your email for the request for your mailing information from Scrapbook Update!

If you weren’t one of the lucky winners, you can check out Donna’s paper collections at


Giveaway: Donna Salazar Papers

One of the new trends in the scrapbook industry has been companies creating products that work with or coordinate with other company’s products. Die machines can use dies from multiple companies, and cardstock companies create coordinated lines for patterned paper manufacturers. When companies work together (either actively or passively) and create products that work together, it is good for the entire market. It enhances the value of both products to the consumer, and helps keep them engaged with the products.

Donna Salazar has been on the cutting edge of that trend by creating paper products that are intended for use with the products of multiple manufacturers. Previously Salazar has created products that extend several Zutter tools. At CHA Winter 2010, she introduced three new lines of papers that go with both Zutter products and several other product lines.

The Memory Mosaics line is intended to be compatible with Ranger’s line of Memory Glass and Frames, and also works as 4×6 panels with Zutter’s Dreamkuts Trimmer.

Salazar’s Trunk In The Attic line also works with the Dreamkuts, containing strip or panel designs perfect for cutting out on it:

A third line, Artistic Papers, is designed as a blank canvas for all the various color mediums that have been coming out lately as stamping has started to influence scrapbooking more: ink sprays like Smooch and Glimmer Mist, ink blenders, Glossy Accents and pens & ink pads. Printed on 80lb cardstock with black outline designs for adding color to, the paper is intended to stand up to the wet and dry cycles that ink-heavy techniques stress paper with.

If you’d like to try these papers out, keep reading! Donna Salazar is graciously donating a prize pack of each of these collections to Scrapbook Update’s readers! So, three lucky Scrapbook Update readers will get to play with one of these collections!

How to Enter:

All you have to do to be one of the lucky winners is leave a comment on this entry before Midnight U.S. eastern time on Friday night, April 9th. (Note: If you are reading this post via an email or RSS subscription, click on the title of this entry and it will take you to the giveaway on the  Scrapbook Update website where you can fill out the comment form at the bottom of the article to enter.) Make sure you include your email address in the line reserved for it on the comment form (for your own protection, don’t put it in the text of the comment, where it will be visible to the public – just in the line labeled “email” in the form where only Scrapbook Update staff can see it). We will need it to notify you if you are a winner. Winners will be drawn by random drawing from all eligible entries. One entry per person.

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