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We R Memory Keepers Acquires Lifestyle Crafts

Salt Lake City, Utah-based We R Memory Keepers announced today that the company has acquired Lifestyle Crafts.

Lifestyle Crafts just emerged victorious last month from a lengthy legal challenge by Spellbinders over alleged patent infringement by QuicKutz and Lifestyle Crafts (after its formation and acquisition of the QuicKutz line in June 2010).

According to a representative for We R Memory Keepers, Lifestyle Crafts will still operate as an independent brand under the corporate umbrella of We R Memory Keepers. Dan Stewart, the company’s founder and president, will not be continuing with Lifestyle Crafts post-acquisition. Lifestyle Crafts’ business and warehouse operations will be moved to We R Memory Keepers’ headquarters. The company can still be reached at its pre-acquisition contact information. Continue Reading →

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Court Orders Spellbinders to Pay Over $500k in Attorney’s Fees

In twin orders issued by US District Judge Neil V. Wake on March 4th, Spellbinders has been ordered to pay a total of over $500,000 in attorney’s fees to QuicKutz and Lifestyle Crafts as a result of Spellbinders’ recently dismissed patent infringement cases against the two companies.

QuicKutz was awarded reimbursement of attorney’s fees and costs in the amount of $449,788.73, and Lifestyle Crafts was awarded  $62,239.85. Amounts were determined based on itemized bills submitted to the court.

Spellbinders is appealing the dismissal of the patent infringement cases and has not yet indicated whether they plan to appeal the award of attorney’s fees in the case. The company declined comment to Scrapbook Update.

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Spellbinders Suit Against Lifestyle Crafts Dismissed

The patent infringement suit filed by Spellbinders against Lifestyle Crafts over what became known in court records as the ’634 patent was ordered dismissed Monday by Judge Neil Wake.

The case against Lifestyle Crafts was filed by Spellbinders in January of this year, and was over the technology used for creating dies with an aperture in the middle.

The dismissal was ordered in the Lifestyle Crafts case after the ’634 patent was declared unenforceable last month in the case Spellbinders filed against QuicKutz three years ago over infringement of the same patent, over which Judge Wake also presided. With the patent declared legally unenforceable as a result of that case, the basis for the Lifestyle Crafts suit was also gone.  Continue Reading →

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Spellbinders Lawsuit Against QuicKutz Dismissed

Spellbinders’ lawsuit against QuicKutz for patent infringement has been thrown out of court by the judge in the case after a nearly three year court fight.

The company filed suit against QuicKutz in Dec. 2009 for alleged infringement on a patent it had been granted (referred to in court filings as the “634 patent”) by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for creating dies with an aperture. QuicKutz responded to the suit with multiple defenses, including by challenging with the PTO the validity of the patent that the suit was based on.

In July 2010, QuicKutz sold all of its assets to an investment group that formed a new company called Lifestyle Crafts around the company’s product lines. The original QuicKutz, renamed legally as QK2015 because the QuicKutz trademark had been sold to Lifestyle Crafts but referred to as QuicKutz in court filings, continued to exist as an entity to fight the lawsuit against it. Spellbinders also filed suit in January 2012 against the new Lifestyle Crafts entity alleging infringement of the 634 patent by that company as well.

The case began to turn against Spellbinders in late 2010 when the grounds the 634 patent were originally granted on were rejected by the PTO upon completion of the ex-parte re-examination of the patent that had been requested by the QuicKutz. This effectively invalidated the patent, and launched a lengthy round of appeals and counter-arguments to the PTO by Spellbinders and QuicKutz over the validity of the grounds for the patent that lasted until yesterday.  Continue Reading →

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Letterpress | L Letterpress from Lifestyle Crafts

Welcome to the first post in a new (mini) series of articles on Scrapbook Update! Over the next few weeks I’ll be bringing you closer looks at tools and systems that bring a hot trend in stationery and cardmaking right into your scrap room: letterpress. Whether you’re planning a DIY wedding or party, or just want to add a touch of elegance to your everyday cards and scrapbook projects, Scrapbook Update will bring you all the information you need to choose which home letterpress option is the right one for you.

Some of the options for home letterpress that I’ll be exploring in these posts are add-ons to tools you may already own, some of them might actually be things you already own but didn’t realize could be used this way, and today’s focus, the L Letterpress kit from Lifestyle Crafts, is a complete setup that will have you making gorgeous projects right out of the box.

The L Letterpress Combo Kit comes with absolutely everything you need to start making basic cards and projects. Included in the box are the Epic 6 die cut machine, several letterpress plates, black letterpress ink, a brayer and ink base, a sample pack of letterpress paper, and the bases required for both letterpress and regular die cutting with the Epic 6. If you already own an Epic 6 tool, there is a separate, smaller Starter Kit available containing just the letterpress-related items. Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2011 | Hero Arts, Unity Stamp, Lifestyle Crafts, Simple Stories, and Uniformed Scrapbooks of America

Scrapbook Update’s last booth coverage post from CHA Summer 2011 brings you not one, not three, but six manufacturers and their new products!! So buckle up for the blitz tour of the CHA floor!

I’ll start off this last segment of our CHA booth tour with a trip to see the new Hero Arts stamp offerings. Their newly announced partnership with Studio Calico was of course the buzz of the show, and by the looks of these fantastic stamp designs both companies have a hit on their hands!

There was alos excitement at the show over Hero Arts introducing new lines of embossing folders with matching stamps (below) and dies with matching stamps (not pictured).

The Basic Grey/Hero Arts partnership that began at the CHA Winter 2011 show is still going strong, with several items from the line on display at CHA Summer 2011.

And of course, Hero Arts carries many designs of cling mount and clear stamps produced by their in-house designers.

Did someone say booth projects? Hero Arts is known for its fabulous design samples (their catalog is practically an idea book full of beautiful inspiration), and these are gorgeous!

Unity Stamps is next on our itinerary. Unity partners with a wide range of scrapbook manufacturers and designers to produce licensed high-quality cling-mount rubber stamps.

Bella Blvd has several new items in the catalog at this show, including a lovely set of doily stamps.

Notice the reflection coming off of the packaging in that photo above? Unity introduced redesigned packaging at CHA Summer 2011 for their stamps. Instead of the previous kraft envelopes, stamps will now be packaged in convenient zip bags.

I got quite excited over some of the new Unity-produced Echo Park Paper stamps – especially the Fright Night set with its adorable little banner!

For the first time, there are now rubber stamps that coordinate with Nikki Sivils paper lines…

Unity also partners with Iron Orchid Designs and Webster’s Pages to produce licensed designs.

Jillibean Soup has many new offerings through Unity, as well. They were displayed along with a lovely bunch of sample cards to show off the goods!

Home letterpress is a rapidly developing market in the papercraft industry as consumer interest in DIY parties and events grows due to the economy. Lifestyle Crafts offers one popular system for DIY letterpress that was an early entrant to the market.

Hint: Look for more on letterpress coming from Scrapbook Update soon!

The Simple Stories brand has grown from a small subset of the Memory Works catalog to a full product line in its own right in a very short time. They introduced four new themed lines at the CHA Summer 2011 show, including the “Generations” collection shown below.

“Happy Day” is perfect for documenting birthdays and many other types of celebrations.

Fans of products using traditional Christmas reds and greens will find much to love in Simple Stories’ “25 Days of Christmas” line.

“Baby Steps” is a sweet, gender neutral baby line designed to make documenting your newborn as simple as possible.

The Simple Stories design team showed in their booth how traditional layouts could be made with the products, even though the products are actually specifically designed for use in a divided page protector scrapbooking system.

Uniformed Scrapbooks of America brought back their signature military uniform album line that earned them so much recognition when they first debuted, and they also added an adorable new Santa Claus “uniform” book to the mix!

 

 

 

 

 

And that concludes our CHA Summer 2011 booth tours!

Scrapbook Update’s CHA Summer 2011 booth coverage may be over, but there’s still more CHA goodness to come! In the coming months we’ll be bringing you in-depth reports on many new products that debuted at the show. We still have a few more “on the scene” reports to share as well (including an interview with new American Crafts designer Amy Tan), so stay tuned for those!

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