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American Crafts Acquires Pink Paislee, Heidi Swapp Brands

American Crafts announced today that the company has purchased Pink Paislee, including its Heidi Swapp brand. The deal is effective immediately.

Pink Paislee, founded in January 2008 by Rebecca & Barry Cross, is based in Kansas City, Missouri. The company is known for its detailed feminine designs and licensing collaborations with high profile designers, most recently the Heidi Swapp signature line.

Pink Paislee Snow VillageRebecca Cross, who serves as Pink Paislee’s CEO and Creative Director, and husband Barry Cross, who is the company’s CFO, will be relocating from Missouri to run Pink Paislee’s operations out of American Crafts’ Orem, Utah headquarters. The move will put them in the same location with Heidi Swapp to continue their collaboration more closely on her line of products. As Heidi noted in the announcement on her blog, “we are excited about getting so much done once we live in the same city!” Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: Project Life

Welcome back to Scrapbook Update’s CHA Top Ten Hot Picks list!

To see all the hot picks posted so far, visit this link. At the end, after I’ve published all ten of the picks, I’ll publish a summary list for easy reference.

So here, in no particular order, is the next hot pick for CHA Summer 2013 (aka Create-n-Connect)…

Project Life was, admittedly, something of an enigma in Las Vegas. While it seemed to have lost some of the rock star shine of its debut at the previous show, Project Life was still an omnipresent force on the show floor, driving sales not only for its own company but for many others as well.

Despite the lighter crowds in the company’s booth this time around, this release is actually quite a positive and critical step for the company for several reasons.

Compared to Anaheim in January, where founder Becky Higgins debuted the company with a huge set of new core kits, there was relatively few new core kits on display. There was one aimed at the genealogy market called Heritage, along with a new addition to their line of licenses from well-known designers. The bright and doodle-y “Sunshine” Kit is by Elsie and Emma, of A Beautiful Mess. Heritage Kit by Project Life Continue Reading →

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CHA Summer 2013 | Hot Pick: Flea Market by Maggie Holmes for Crate Paper

This time around I’m doing something a bit different with the CHA Hot Pick list. Instead of giving the ten Hot Picks to my readers in one huge overwhelming chunk, I’m going to give you one pick per article for each of the ten picks. At the end, I’ll publish a summary list for easy reference of all ten. This will allow me to bring you more information about each of the Hot Picks, and also bring them to you faster!

To see all the hot picks posted so far, visit this link.

So here, in no particular order, is the next hot pick for CHA Summer 2013 (aka Create-n-Connect)…

Maggie Holmes’ first line for Crate Paper, which debuted at CHA Winter 2013, was an instant hit, and her follow-up release is generating just as much buzz.

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CHA Winter 2013 | Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks!

It’s been a tough decision to make this time around…there were a few hard choices to make in narrowing it down…but it’s finally here: The CHA Winter 2013 Scrapbook Update Top Ten Hot Picks list!

The show was buzzing with excitement as we rang in 2013 in Anaheim. Attendees were very optimistic about the future. The Hot Picks definitely reflect that excitement over new directions and a new evolution happening in the industry.

So, in no particular order, here’s the Top Ten Hot Picks for CHA Winter 2013!

Becky Higgins’ Project Life

So let’s just get the obvious out of the way, shall we? Project Life was already hot, hot, hot with consumers before the announcement that it would be available wholesale starting at CHA Winter 2013, and in Anaheim, retailers flocked to the Project Life booth so that they can give their customers the latest trend they are asking for!

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Update | 12.1.2012

The scrapbook industry didn’t get the memo that we’re all supposed to be kicking back and enjoying the holidays, because the news has been flowing fast and furious this week!

As they promised in their statements following the summary judgement against them two weeks ago in their patent infringement case against QuicKutz, Spellbinders has filed notice with the United States Court of Appeals that they intend to appeal Judge Neil Wake’s ruling ending their case against QuicKutz. The notice was filed on November 27th, and the company has until January 28th, 2013 to actually file their brief with the court – meaning like everything else in this case to date, nothing will be decided quickly in the appeal.

First, if you missed our earlier announcements, Nally Studios has a couple of creative team calls out!

The first call is for staff writers for our newly-acquired Craft Critique site. This call is open to crafters of all kinds who want to try out new products and tell the world what they think about them!

We’re also calling for a design team for our newly launched Card Annex site. If you like to make cards, we’d love to see your work!

The calls are open until Dec. 7th, and the new teams will be announced on Dec. 14th. Continue Reading →

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