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Changes At Spellbinders

According to a statement issued by Spellbinders, the company has taken on Pennsylvania-based private equity firm RAF Industries as a “partner”.

RAF Industries is a privately-held private equity fund based in Pennsylvania that specializes in buying successful companies from the entrepreneurs that founded them and then keeping the founder on in the company post-acquisition to continue to provide the vision and drive that made the company successful.

As part of the new relationship with RAF, Jeffrey Caron’s position as Spellbinders CEO has been discontinued. He is now serving in what the company calls a “consulting role”. Dan Simonson is now fulfilling the role of COO at Spellbinders. Simonson joined Spellbinders as Director of Finance in late 2010 after serving as a consultant to the company for two and a half years, giving him almost six years experience with the company.

“Jeff and I are excited to partner with a world-class organization such as RAF Industries. Working with RAF Industries will allow for future growth.  It is an affirmation of our continued commitment to bring the most innovative products to the global marketplace,” Stacey Caron says of the new partnership. Continue Reading →

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Cards | Thinking of You

We finish off today with team designer Yana Smakula. She brings us this hello that is full of sunshine (something we haven’t seen all week here in the so-called “sunshine state”) with help from some fabulous Pebbles products!

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I fell in love with the Pebbles Basics Pads the moment I saw them, and patterns like this yellow chevron are the reason why! They are so quick and easy – just grab a sheet and fold it to make a card! 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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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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CHA Winter 2013 | Spellbinders Media Mixáge

With the current trend in mixed media, the paper crafting world and the jewelry world are starting to cross paths.  At CHA Winter 2013, Spellbinders introduced one example of this intersection with its new line, Media Mixáge, created in parternship with jewelry mixed media artist Susan Lenart Kazmer.  The line expands on Spellbinders’ popular nesting dies by offering nesting dies that coordinate with a line of metal bezels and flat blanks.

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