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Hey there! So, yes, you can call this “gossip” if you like, but I often get questions about what is going on in the industry and people here rumours about shifting in companies… so, I thought I would put out what information I receive about industry updates.

 

PLEASE feel free to give me other info that you hear. I really do want it to all be “actual” instead of “rumours”, so I’ll do my best to put out only solid info.

 

I have no idea how often I’ll find out information about which companies have sold to which, but there has been so many little companies being bought by bigger companies lately that it is hard to keep track!

 

Currently, there is information about Manufacturers, local stores and other news.

 

Updated 1/5/10:

Oh boy, oh boy! I haven’t updated this since 7/15/09 and before that was 12/20/08 (today is 1/5/10) – GEEZ! I need to stay more on top of this! The hard this is that SO MUCH has been happening and there are so many changes that I just keep thinking, “I’ll do it next week”.

 

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2010:

Manufacturers/Distributors & Designers:

Ø     Dream Street Papers (manufacturer) has announced they will close (1/2010).

Ø     Bazzill Basics Papers (manufacturer) has announced they will raise prices to stores. No word on specifics yet or notice as to how that will affect prices to the consumer (1/2010).

 

 

 

2009:

(All of these items for 2009 happened – to the best of my recollection - sometime in between July 2009 and December 2009)

Manufacturers/Distributors & Designers:

Ø     Be Blessed (manufacturer) has announced they will close.

Ø     Creating Keepsakes (magazine publisher) was sold to new owners. Lisa Bearnson also left the company.

Ø     Luminarte - (manufacturer)  had announced they were closing, but in late 2009, Creative Imaginations  (manufacturer) acquired them. They will be a slimmed down version, but their Twinkling H2O’s will still be available.

Ø     Scenic Route Paper Company  (manufacturer) - announced they will close their doors (9/2009)

Ø     Chatterbox (manufacturer) – it was purchased by 7Gypsie’s. Melody Ross (found of Chatterbox) announced earlier in the year that she would leave CBX and now 7Gypsie’s has liquidated all CBX products.

Ø     Colorbok (manufacturer) has acquired the Heidi Grace and Cloud 9 lines.

Ø     The former owners of Lil’ Davis Designs (manufacturer) have started a new company and will have their first release in 1/2010.

Ø     Kodomo Designs (manufacturer) announced that they will no longer ship to the United States (Therefore, we will no longer be able to retail their items).

Ø     Kokuyo Adhesives (manufacturer) announced that they will no longer ship to the United States (Therefore, we will no longer be able to retail their items).

Ø     Masterpiece Studios (Stemma) (manufacturer) announced that they exit the scrapbooking industry

Ø     Quickutz (manufacturer) sold off its Silhouette digital die cutting division to another company.

Ø     Stamping Station (manufacturer) will change its name to Scrapbook Customs

So Cal Stores:

Ø     Scrappin’ Good Times(Store) in San Dimas Closed (12/2009)

 

(All of these items for 2009 happened – to the best of my recollection - sometime in between January and July 2009)

Manufacturers/Distributors & Designers:

Ø     Luxe Designs (manufacturer) has announced that they will close on 7/31/09. (7/13/2009)

Ø     Be Blessed (manufacturer) has announced that they are for sale.

Ø     Paper Cellar (manufacturer) has announced that they will not sell anymore items in the US.

Ø     Donna Salazar (designer) announced she will leave Prima to start her own line.

Ø     Liz Hicks(designer) announced she will leave Prima

Ø     Creating Keepsakes (Magazine) was sold (7/2009)

Ø     Rogers (Distributor) closed

Ø     Daisy D’s (manufacturer) closed.

Ø     Melody Ross - announced she will leave Chatterbox.

Ø     Memory Makers (magazine publisher) is ceasing publication with the Sept/Oct issue (5/2009)

Ø     Fiskars (manufacturer) discontinued the Heidi Grace, Cloud 9 and Lil’ Davis brands. Winter/Spring was their last release.

Ø     Around the Block (manufacturer) closed

Ø     Aimee J (manufacturer) sold

Ø     Inque Boutique (manufacturer) was sold to Darice

Ø     Cook Bookin’ Line (manufacturer) was sold to a new owner.

Ø     Creating Keepsakes (magazine) announced that the May/June issue would be the final issue for their magazine: Simple Scrapbooks.

Ø     Meri Meri (manufacturer) exited the Scrapbook Industry to refocus on their main business: Invitations. (April/May)

Ø     Celine Countryman (manufacturer) exited the Scrapbook Industry (Spring)

Ø     The Paper Lady – (manufacturer) closed (this might have been 2008)

Ø     Trim Designs – (manufacturer) ceased production (I think this was in 2008)

 

So Cal Stores:

Ø     A Scrapbook Corner (store) in Temecula has announced they will close their retail location and move their focus to their warehouse location.

Ø     Santa Barbara Scrapbooks  (store) has announced she will close late august

Ø     Remember Me (store) in Valencia has announced they are for sale (June/July 2009).

Ø     AJ’S Scrap Shack (store) in Ventura announced they might close (June 2009)

Ø     Scrapbook Boulevard (store) in Victorville closed (early spring 2009)

Ø     Strictly Scrapbooking (store) in Cerritos announced they will close their final location.

 

 

 

2008:

Ø     Be Unique (manufacturer) closed (12/31/08)

Ø     Stamp Diego (store) has announced that they will close. (12/2008)

Ø     Picture This! (store) in Chula Vista has closed (12/2008)

Ø     It’s About Time (Murrieta) closed (11/2008)

Ø     Scrappin’ Attack (store) remodeled and reopened with new owners. (11/2008)

Ø     Scrapbook Sensation (store) in Alpine has announced they will close by the middle of November. (11/2/08)

Ø     Scrapbook Attic (store) in La Mesa – Closed on Friday, October 31st. Yellowbird in El Cajon will be honoring their Crop Memberships (with certain exclusions) through June 2009. (11/1/08)

Ø     Strictly Scrapbooking (store) in Torrance closed. They still have their other location.

Ø     MISPRINT! A HUGE apology to Hearts & Crafts in Ramona (the scrapbook store up there). I had a call last month from someone claiming to be the owner of that store letting me know that they were closing. However, the call turned out to be FALSE! Hearts & Crafts in Ramona is NOT closing! They are still open and going strong! SORRY GUYS for the mistake! (10/2008)

Ø     Auntie Amy’s in Riverside has announced that they will close. (9/2008)

Ø     Memories In Uniform (manufacturer) has announced that they have closed effective immediately (8/24/08)

Ø     Ever After in Carlsbad has announced that they will be moving to a new location September 2008.

Ø     Scrappin’ Attack has announced they will close Friday August 29th 2008.

Ø     Stampaholics in San Diego has announced that they will be closing (8/8/08).

Ø     Screamin’ Susie’s in Whittier has announced that they will be closing (8/6/08).

Ø     Daisy D’s (manufacturer) has announced that they will be closing (8-2008).

Ø     Beary Patch (manufacturer) will be closing (8-2008).

Ø     It’s About Time in Murietta has moved a few doors down from their previous location (8-2008).

Ø     The Loft Scrapbooks in Menifee has announced they will close by the end of August. (7-2008)

Ø     Scrapbook Your Life in San Diego has announced that Liz has taken on new partners, has new product, a new website and soon a new blog! Congratulations Liz! (5/1/08)

Ø     Scrapbook Your Life in San Diego has a BIG announcement to be made soon along with the launch of a new website (4/2008)

Ø     Now & Then in Temecula has announced they will close. They will still have their Wildomar location. (4/17/08)

Ø     Jazi Crafts in Oceanside has announced that they will be moving a few doors down and will now be open 6 days a week again! YEAH! (4/16/08)

Ø     Stamp Diego in Rancho San Diego closed. If I understand correctly, they are hoping to reopen shortly in the Lakeside area. (4/2008)

Ø     Far & Away (a manufacturer) announced they are closing ASAP. (3/2008)

Ø     Picture This in Chula Vista sold to new owners (2-2008).

Ø     Young Play Memories in Tracy, CA has announced they will be closing. The reason that I mention them is b/c they have been known due to the fact that they were the largest scrapbook store in the US at 20,000 sq ft.

Ø     The Crop Circle in Los Angeles has announced they will be closing (1/22/08)

Ø     Kandy Scrappers in Corona has announced they will be closing. (Jan 08)

 

2007:

Ø     Junkitz has closed its doors completely (12/21/07). The owner’s of Junkitz are joining up with Inque Boutique.

Ø     Chatterbox has been bought by Ultra Pro – the owners of 7Gypsie’s. (12/12/07)

Ø     Paper Patch announced that they will close on 12/31/07 (12/10/07).

Ø    Lil Davis is resurrected! Fiskars bought them! Stay tuned!

Ø    Michael’s has announced that their “Scrapbook Store Chain”, Recollections, will be closing.

Ø    Memories In The Making in La Mesa, has announced the closing of their remaining location. They will be closing their final location in La Mesa on 10/14/07.

Ø    Scrapbooks Unlimited in Temecula has closed.

Ø    Scrapbook Attic in La Mesa moved to another location just a few doors down from their previous location.

Ø     Lil Davis: although no formal announcement has been made, that I’m aware of, it has been widely stated that this company has closed. They still have a website, but apparently there is no product shipping. We apologize if you were anticipating anything!

Ø    Cat’s Craft Cupboard in Escondido moved. You may have heard that they had a little flood. Well, during the “mop up” a new location fell into her lap – so you can now find Cat at 252 East Grand Avenue across from A Bird Haven (one block south and ¾ of a block east of the old location)

Ø    Michael’s will now be accepting their 40% off coupon on Martha Stewarts Crafts products. (We will not be receiving MSC products)

Ø   GTCR the owner of EK Success announced the purchase of Wilton and Dimensions. Dimensions owns K&Company and Inkadinkado.

Ø     Scrapping Cottage in Escondido will close at the end of July. She will, however, continue her online store.

Ø     Imagination Project has announced that they will be exiting the scrapbook industry (7-2007)

Ø     Vituri LLC (dba AMM-formerly All My Memories) have announced the acquisition of the AMM’s Urban album product line by Imaginisce. (6-9-2007)

Ø     7 Gypsies, which was one of the assets of Ultra Pro, LP, was acquired by The Marlin Equity Group, a private investment company based in Los Angeles. The deal was effective 6/1/07. The name of the company will remain the same and they state that everything will remain “Business As Usual”. (6-1-2007)

Ø     AMM (formerly All My Memories) has announced that they have sold their key product lines to Advantus – the owners of Heidi Swapp and Cropper Hopper. Items include their Tote-ally Cool! Tote lines and their Vituri Bags. (6-1-2007)

Ø     Memories In The Making in Santee has closed. Please visit them at their location in La Mesa.(6-2007)

Ø     All My Memories has announced that they will be selling their business to one or more buyers and that the sale will be completed by the end of June 2007. (5-2007)

Ø     Memories In The Making in Santee will be closing this month. Brenda, Shelley and Diane will be pouring all of their time and energy into their flagship store in La Mesa.(5-2007)

Ø     Paper Zone in Mira Mesa will be closing by the end of the month.(2-2007)

Ø     Stamp Addict sold to new owners.

Ø     Stamp Diego sold to new owners.

Ø     Deluxe Designs announced that they are closing after ten years (1-19-2007)

Ø     Wordsworth has sold her images to Rubber Soul, who will continue to make her rubber stamps, but the sticker portion will cease to exist beginning in February 2006 (1-2007)

Ø     The Stampin’ Post in Temecula moved to a new location on Main Street. (1-2007)

 

2006:

Ø     Maude Asbury scrapbooks will now be made by Collected Memories (12-2006)

Ø     Pressed Petals is now part of Die Cuts With A View (~12-2006)

Ø     Scrapping Cottage has moved to a larger location in the same area. (12-2006)

Ø     Picture This in the mall has closed 12/24/06. They still have their location in Chula Vista.

Ø     All My Memories has decided to focus their business only on scrapbooks and storage items. They will no longer make paper, embellishments, stickers, and rubons.

Ø     MM’s Designs has changed their ownership situation and their name. They are now “M. Middleton” (11-2006)

Ø     Inspire Me in Temecula has sold to new owners as of 11/11/06.

Ø     Keepsake Company in Chula Vista closed November 2006.

Ø     Ever After Too in Escondido closed September 29, 2006.

Ø    EK Success Will be announcing the information about their Martha Stewart collaboration around the middle of December 2006

Ø     Michael Miller has exited the scrapbook industry.

Ø     NRN Design has exited the scrapbook industry. They have sold their remaining business to another company (can’t recall the name right now).

Ø     Scrapbook Answers Magazine: Per a 10/12/06 release, November will be the last publication of “Scrapbook Answers”. If you have any questions about your subscription, information is below in their statement:

As you may have already heard through the Internet grapevine, our November 2006 issue will be our last. In the year that we were in publication, we received tremendously positive response from readers and the scrapbook industry. People told us that our approach to sharing scrapbook how-to information was useful, fresh, and down-to-earth. The Answers Disc was one-of-a-kind among scrapbook magazines.

We want to thank every single reader, contributor, and vendor who helped Scrapbook Answers make its mark on the scrapbooking world. We will miss you terribly. Your support and enthusiasm helped keep us motivated to plan and create each new issue of the magazine.

·        For questions about current subscriptions, please call toll-free (888) 721-7387 or e-mail SBAcustserv@cdsfulfillment.com

·        To share your thoughts on Scrapbook Answers, please e-mail: letters@scrapbookanswers.com

·        (Please note that e-mailing any other address to share comments on the magazine will cause delays in processing customer service and other requests.)

·        To purchase back issues of Scrapbook Answers, call (800) 865-7240.

Thanks again. It's been a wonderful ride. Much too short.

Best,
Leslie Ayers
Editor in Chief

Ø     Primedia (Creating Keepsakes Magazine, et al): Enthusiast Media LLC, an entity formed by affiliates of Sandler Capital Management, has acquired substantially all of the assets of the Crafts Group from PRIMEDIA, Inc. (NYSE: PRM) for approximately $132 million in cash. Here is their public announcement. (9-2006)

Ø     NRN Designs has announced that they are getting out of the Scrapbooking Biz. They plan to focus their efforts and energy on Invitations and Announcements. (9-2006)

Ø     Memories in Mira Mesa reopened as a Paper Zone. They have incorporated “Paper crafting” from the Paper Zone with “scrapbooking” from Memories (7-2006)

Ø     Fairytale Creations is under new ownership. (7-2006)

Ø     Cool Scrapbook Stuff has existed for 7 years as of June 2006. We started as an online option, plus a department inside of a copy shop that my ex-husband and I owned. We now have the most extensive selection of scrapbooking, card making, and rubber stamp supplies that you’ll find anywhere in the county! You’ll find that our prices are lower than most stores. Plus, we strive to have plenty of staff and excellent customer service! Read about what sets us apart from other stores (6-2006)

Ø     Stamping Details had their grand re-opening on their new & improved and EXPANDED location. Same location, but just MUCH LARGER! It looks fabulous! You should check it out! (6-2006)

Ø     Scrappin’ Attack celebrated their 1 year anniversary (6-2006)

Ø     Treehouse Designs is exiting the Scrapbooking industry and will only continue with their invitation side: Inviting Company (~6-2006)

Ø     Ever After Scrapbooks in Carlsbad opened in their new location on the opposite side of Smart & Final (in the same shopping center) (6-2006)

Ø     Memories In The Making celebrates it’s 9 year anniversary (5-2006)

Ø     Stamping Details celebrated their 2 year anniversary (4-2006)

Ø     CK Contest – Be a Scrapbooking Superstar! Entries are due by July 1, 2006. Here are details.

Ø     Scrapjazz.com and Scraptutor.com were both acquired by Scrapbook.com. Their public release.

Ø     Make-A-Wish: Did you know that 4¢ is donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation (www.wish.org) for every Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L product that we sell?

Ø     National Breast Cancer Foundation: Did you know that Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L is a sponsor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation?

Ø     Advantus announced on June 12th that they will be severing their relationship with Magic Scraps effective 1/1/07. Ashley Smith, founder of Magic Scraps, will begin a new venture in digital scrapbooking called Polka Dot Potato. Magic Scraps products will be available only while supplies last. The Magic Scraps Scrappy Glue and Scrappy Tape will continue to be available. (6-12-2006)

Ø     Carolee’s Creations is “updating” their name to Adornit! due to trademarking conflicts.

Ø     Ever After will be moving a couple of doors down and expanding. I’ve known since January, but they have finally made their announcement in a North County newspaper, so I thought it was ok to “spill the beans” as they say. They are planning to reopen at their new location on 6/6/06.

Ø     A Scrapbook Corner has transferred owners to Joshua and Jenn Summers – Shelly’s son and wife. Shelly has retired - at least for a while J. (effective 3/6/2006)

Ø     Scrapbook Attic announced a new owner effective 3/1/06. Best of luck to Nanette (the new owner) and to Cynthia (the previous owner).

Ø     EK Success they were all “Martha” two days in March 2006! They were there as part of the announcement that Martha Stewart is releasing an entire line of scrapbooking products that are set to come out late in the year. We will be carrying everything! (of course!)

Ø     Urban Lily has announced that they will be closing. And then the next week they announced that they found a new capital partner and are releasing a new line. (2/2006)

Ø     Clearsnap has sold to new owners. (1/2006)

Ø     Paperkutz has issued its last issue. The January/February publication was their last issue. There has been no public announcement that I am aware of.

Ø     Expressions Magazine has issued its last issue. The January publication was their last issue. There has been no public announcement that I am aware of.

 

 

2005:

Ø     Cloud 9 has been bought by Fiskars (12/6/05)

Ø     Accent Depot has been bought by Hot Off Of The Presses (~12/2005)

Ø     Heidi Grace has been bought by Fiskars (letter dated 11/18/05)

Ø     EK Success has new capital investors. (~11/2005)

Ø     Scrapbook Diva closed her store downtown to pursue other interests and avenues of her business (10/31/05)

Ø     Karen Foster stepped down from her Owner position in her company to focus on being a creative force in her company. There are new owners (~10/2005)

Ø     Magical Memories in Escondido sold her location to the owners of Ever After (10/1/05)

Ø     Stampaholics has new owners and changed their name to “Stampaholics Etc” (9/2005)

Ø     Wubie Prints sold to new owners (~9/2005)

Ø     Picture This from Chula Vista opened a second location in the Mission Valley Center mall. (8/2005)

Ø     Sticker Studio is now part of K&Company. (~8/2005)

Ø     Memories in the Making (Poway) opened in Santee in the old Scrapbook Junction location (5/2005)

Ø     Pink Pineapple Scrapbooks in Vista opened (4/16/2005)

Ø    Memories in the Making (Poway) moved out of their Poway location (4/16/2005)

Ø    Scrapbook Junction in Santee sold to a new owner and moved to the Carlton Oaks area. The new store is called “Scrappin’ Attack” (4/2005)

Ø     Michael’s is entertaining the idea of being sold. Funny – but they have deleted the original listing! But here is the current Bloomberg listing.

Ø     Jo-Ann’s Is planning to open their “superstore” here in San Diego County starting in 2006. Our Poway location is not slated to change.

 

2004:

Ø    Magic Scraps is part of Advantus. (~11/2004)

Ø     Ann-ticipations After 15 years, Ann-ticipations closed. They apparently had some items picked up by a new vendor, but we will not be carrying them anymore. So, we only have what we have left.

Ø     Do you have a PERFECT MEMORIES scrapbook? Well, they went out of business. A new company is using their name but is not related. I’m not sure if their refills will be the same or not, but we have the 12x12 refills still in stock from the original Perfect Memories.

Ø     News regarding PSX In 2004, PSX (Personal Stamp Exchange) was purchased by Duncan Enterprises. Duncan then decided that they will not be continuing with the line and has announced the closing of the PSX division. Therefore, if there are any products that you like by them, you should stock up now. FYI, though, there were a FEW images bought by another company. But I haven’t heard which images…

Ø     Inkadinkado Late in 2004, Inkadinkado was bought by K&Company. They will have their first release since the merger in February. Stay tuned! It should be exciting!

 

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