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Update | Etsy Sued, Bella Blvd, Operation Write Home, and more!

After a couple of quiet weeks, the news is rolling again with a slew of big announcements and happenings that affect the scrapbook world.

Legal. Etsy is in legal hot water over its recent IPO. A lawsuit was filed in New York on May 13th that is seeking class action status to represent investors who invested in the company between April 16th and May 10th. The suit alleges fraud on Etsy’s part, due to the company’s failing to disclose “adverse facts” regarding the company’s business as required by SEC rules.

The “adverse facts” that got Etsy sued come from a recently released report by stock analysts from Wedbush that alleges that at least 5% of products on the site are counterfeit or violate copyright or trademark laws. Several high profile names, including Beyonce and Taylor Swift, have threatened or taken legal action regarding Etsy product violations in recent months. The Wedbush report detailed an assortment of violations the analysts found against Disney, Star Wars, professional sports teams, Chanel, and Louis Vuitton, among others, in product listings on the site. Continue Reading →


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 →


Noteworthy | 6.8.2012

School is out for summer! (Well, for a week until summer school begins…) To celebrate, this week in Noteworthy I’m bringing you some summer vacation scrapbooking on the go tips, as well as a few new product announcements, and a few pieces of big news from manufacturers.

The first piece of news falls in the category of silver linings. We learned awhile ago that Hambly is closing down – but before they do, they are having a warehouse sale on June 11th-13th (Monday-Wednesday next week). Sales will not be made online, but only in person at their Santa Clara, CA warehouse. If you are a Hambly fan in the Santa Clara area, this is your chance to stock up before the products disappear for good!

Fancy Pants Designs announced a new collection this week: Country Boutique.

Country Boutique is full of muted neutrals, and is a two-part collection. There are 12 double-sided patterned papers in the first part of the collection, and then the second part of the collection consists of an additional 8 double-sided papers, with a subtle wedding theme. With so many coordinating options to choose from, the collection will be perfect for DIY wedding projects. Continue Reading →


Tim Holtz Debuts “District Market” At National Stationery Show

Tim Holtz debuted a new addition to his idea-ology line from Advantus on Monday at the National Stationery Show in New York.

The new line, named “District Market” was described by Holtz on his blog as “finished products for the stationery, home decor and gift market.” Fans of the existing Tim Holtz lines will be pleased – the designs of the new products draw from existing artwork in his collection, placing those designs on items such as notecards and tote bags.

Photo Courtesy of Megan Hoeppner of Creating Keepsakes Magazine

Despite the description of the products as being finished goods, several items in this line show promise to be cross-marketed to the crafts market as the basis of projects, especially the notecards, tissue paper, and burlap panels.

Megan Hoeppner, Creative Editor of Creating Keepsakes Magazine, saw the products at their debut in New York:

…the Tim Holtz booth was an impressive stop on my Nat’l Stationery Show journey. He was clearly excited about his new products, which he should be. He introduced a number of products that are meant to bridge the gap between traditional stationery and scrapbooking/paper crafting. He has stunning journals that would be great as is, or you can use them as a canvases from which to work, adding your own embellishments and details. In addition to the journals, he has cards, burlap panels, and AMAZING washi-paper tissue, which can all work as stand-alone items or as creative foundations.

Being able to cross-market a SKU to two markets has a variety of advantages, from being able to serve two markets while carrying less inventory, to maximizing return on investment in the product by having a wider possible customer base for it.

Four assortments of 4″ x 6″ notecards are available, with 4 designs per package. Two of the notecard sets are seasonal designs. Six 12″ x 12″ burlap panels are available. Three of the designs are from the “Crowded Attic” collection of papers, and three from the “Lost & Found” collection. The tissue paper comes in two designs – an antique text print called “terminology” and a music print.

Photo Courtesy of Megan Hoeppner of Creating Keepsakes Magazine

Tim Holtz’s District Market collection will begin shipping from Advantus in early September.

[Many thanks to Creative Editor Megan Hoeppner of Creating Keepsakes Magazine for her contributions to this story.]

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