Whatever happened to the Autumn Leaves Design Team?

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Posted 3/23/2013 by scrapcatz in General Scrappin'
 

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Posted: 3/23/2013 8:09:18 PM
So many of them seem to have disappeared from the scrappin' world. I, for one, would love to see something new from:

Nia Reddy
Desiree McClellan
Leslie Lightfoot
Lisa Russo
Tracy Kyle
and
Marilyn Healey.

They were all so creative in so many different ways.

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Posted: 3/23/2013 8:24:13 PM
I know, they were amazing.
Miss Autumn Leaves so much still! I find their books inspiring today!







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Posted: 3/23/2013 8:45:00 PM
Well, Nia has a cool Pinterest page. Found by a simple Google search, in case anyone would accuse me of being stalkerish.

Nia - Pinterest

And Leslie Lightfoot has a blog.



LL Blog Link

She hasn't updated it in a while.

I don't see any recent scrappy stuff on/by either of them. No time to dig any further tonight!

I can't get rid of any of my AL books. They are some of the best s/b inspiration ever.

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Posted: 3/23/2013 10:37:18 PM
Lisa Russo has an blog here


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Posted: 3/24/2013 1:46:02 AM
I still find SO much inspiration in their idea books. They are truly timeless.

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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:31:53 AM
My favorite idea books ever - I have parted with a lot of my scrappy "library", but they all have a permanent place on my shelf!


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Posted: 3/24/2013 9:52:49 AM
I agree! Loved them and the AL idea books. I don't envision ever getting rid of the idea books.


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Posted: 3/24/2013 9:58:26 AM
I agree with the AL books being timeless. I actually just re-read one the other day and got some great ideas... you would never know it was from several years ago!



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Posted: 3/24/2013 11:01:24 AM
I agree! I love my AL books and calendars. Even though the calendars are several years old, I can't seem to part with them.


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Posted: 3/24/2013 12:09:35 PM
I'll never get rid of mine!

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Posted: 3/24/2013 12:44:12 PM
I keep an older calendar around. I always saw it more as an idea book anyway!




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Posted: 3/24/2013 12:44:12 PM
I keep an older calendar around. I always saw it more as an idea book anyway!




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Posted: 3/24/2013 1:07:15 PM
I totally agree!! I still have some of their idea books & kits and I still love them.


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Posted: 3/24/2013 1:44:49 PM
I totally agree about their books and calendars being so timeless. I still have and use them all. When I realized there would be no more calendars , I grouped the pages of all the calendars by type (2-page layouts, stamping, challenges, etc.), took them to Office Depot and had them spiral bound into several "books". If I had waited a few years, I could have bound them with my Cinch. I, too, sure do miss them!


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Posted: 3/24/2013 5:27:50 PM
They were certainly one talented bunch of ladies! I loved the papers and stuff they had too. I wonder why they went out of business? They were great!

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Posted: 3/24/2013 6:01:45 PM
I have all my books still too, and calendar pieces. I only kept the ones I really loved from the calendar though. It was still a bunch, but I had I believe 3 years of them? I was so sad, as was my BFF, when we found out they weren't going to produce them anymore.


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Posted: 3/24/2013 8:45:12 PM
I still have all of my AL books too, just can't part with them. And I really miss the desk calendars, I wish one of the companies still standing would put out something similar... I would buy one every year.



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Posted: 3/25/2013 11:51:44 AM
Hello: I was the editor for the Autumn Leaves books. What happened was that when Westrim bought Autumn Leaves, they didn't find the books of value, and so they cut the book program within two years of buying the company. (As in ceased to produce them.) Westrim's business then failed during the crash, and their product lines were bought by various other companies. The Autumn Leaves brand has changed hands several times since Westrim closed. It is sad for those of us who worked for the company, as we worked to build the brand, and so even the development of the very logo, itself, has a special, sentimental value to us. No one will ever know what working there, or being a part of the brand, or working on those beautiful books meant to the team of gals working on that book program or that product line...but we know. We miss it, too. Sometimes, I think about writing a musical about it, tentatively titled: SCRAP DIVAS. Some day, maybe I'll sit down and write that thing. Love all y'all, in the meanwhile. We miss you, too. Hugs, Molly Berke, Developmental Editor, DESIGNING WITH and QUOTE, UNQUOTE, Autumn Leaves

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Posted: 3/25/2013 1:48:20 PM
Jennifer McGuire designs for Hero Arts (I her) I took a very cool class at Scrapfest from her in 2011.

The books and calendars were terrific! Some other Peas and I hosted a challenge here on 2 Peas for a few years using the calendars (the Calendar Girls). I was so sad when they stopped publishing. I had my calendars bound at Office Depot and still use them.

Thanks for the update, Molly!


Jan




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Posted: 3/25/2013 2:49:39 PM
Mwah! Molls....


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Posted: 3/25/2013 3:53:58 PM
Oh, Linda, you've been a true blue friend of mine since the Day of Infamy hereby known as the Great Pog Debacle. Anyone remember that besides us girls? I love you so much. You held my hand through that mess when some people were being so mean to me over a ten cent pog with a typo on it. Wow. Can you believe how many years we've been actual, factual friends from two sides of the country, thousands of miles apart, first virtually, and then in person at CHA? Wow.

And Jan, thanks for the sweet words. xo on that one...

You know, a little secret...I designed and even had prototyped a clear plastic tripod folder for the calendar pages to be held in, but Westrim didn't see the beauty in it b/c they were so AWESOME. LOL. Anyone want to see? LOL...

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Posted: 3/25/2013 4:33:07 PM
Ha ha, SCRAP DIVAS! What a production that would be! Companies can be so short-sighted. Post your proto-type. I would like to see it.


Jan




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Posted: 3/25/2013 5:17:25 PM
I would love to... And now, I've thought it over since last posting, and I'm thinking...maybe they knew they were in trouble financially, even then? Just thinking aloud. Okay, let me find it. xo

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Posted: 3/25/2013 5:18:21 PM
I've gotten rid of a lot of my idea books and magazines over the years - but not these. I totally agree - timeless looks and styles.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 5:29:57 PM
I have all the DW books and I wouldnt sell or trade them ever! They are so precious!


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Posted: 3/25/2013 5:35:50 PM
Jan, dear, here goes:

Molly's Inventions

So, they formally declined these in writing, and I have a letter from Jeff letting me have it when I left the office, so it's mine, but isn't it sad they never appreciated me at Westrim? Aw... Anyway, enjoy...and thanks for askin'... xo, Moll'

Copy and paste link if it doesn't work here, p.s.

http://www.twopeasinabucket.com/gallery/member/132042-mollyberke/1906019-calendar-binder-stand/

p.p.s. I have numerous other inventions like this, btw. Sigh...


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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:40:38 PM
I wish the books would be released as pdfs to read online, I never got them but have heard them complimented for years on forums.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:42:38 PM
That is a very cool idea, Molly.

Do I recall there being a big problem with Michael's stores carrying DW/AL books after the company merger, and they did something unseemly like rip the covers off and return to the publisher?






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Thanks for the info Molly! There was a line of papers and stuff too, wasn't there? I seem to remember HAVING to have some owl paper that was grey, I could have sworn it was AL.

The books are timeless, which is amazing because I was looking at mags from a year or two ago and couldn't find anything in them I wanted to keep, but I still have my AL books!!!

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Posted: 3/25/2013 6:46:09 PM
Molly that calendar holder is super cute! I wonder if you could send it into American Crafts or something, they seem to be taking over the scrapping world and have cool products, you should totally reach out to them!

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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:17:12 PM
Love, love, love all these ideas. But I love my 2peas ladies, so that's that.

Yes, I tried to talk to Westrim about PDFS, and for a long time I personally held onto all the book file masters, even after I left, thinking they would leap into the 90s and go digital, but no. I felt like that old man that breaks his glasses at the library in the end of the world episode on "Twilight Zone"? I felt, at the time, like the only one who saw value in the books. I suggested they sell the book line to another company, but no. I was kind of...dismissed a lot. I really am a smart girl. I wish they would have listened.

I love the American Crafts idea. If I was very brave, I would contact them.

As to the Michael's Debacle, heretofore referred to as a Day That Would Live in Infamy as the Big Return, yes, they returned like...20,000 books or something when the economy crashed, but I was already background checking and third interviewing at McGraw-Hill because Jeff, being the financial wizard he was, had already given me the tip to (say this next part like JURASSIC PARK): "RUN!" So, soon, I was on the outside and though freelancing for Westrim as I began work for McGraw-Hill, I wasn't privvy to the inner workings of the Big Return. So...I don't know what happened, really. Love you girls. I've missed 2peas. I forgot! xo

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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:17:22 PM

Hello: I was the editor for the Autumn Leaves books. What happened was that when Westrim bought Autumn Leaves, they didn't find the books of value, and so they cut the book program within two years of buying the company.
The people at Westrim were idiots then, because they were great books!

And I think your holder is a cool idea.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:20:19 PM
Oh, Becca, you just made me LOL...

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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:29:50 PM
Very cool Molly! Was there something similar for sale? I feel like I remember that packaging in the 2nd pic.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:33:09 PM
There better not be anything like it? LOL! xo... Oh, but in the second picture, that is the actual 2008 calendar and packaging. I provide it to show the gals who haven't had a DW Calendar why the binder/stand would have been useful. You can see that you could take the individual calendar pages, hole punch them, bind them, keep them dust free in my binder, and then use the binder as a stand when working on projects. I KNOW. Huh?

p.s. As to the owl product, yes, that was ours, it was mod paper...also - our wonderful Rhonna Farrar had a very gorgeous owl line...Ah...the sample room full of all that gorgeous paper... Mmmm...I remember it, well...

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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:36:33 PM
I would have loved that holder! I think I may have some AL papers still in my stash. I may have to take a look!


Jan




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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:39:19 PM
Aw, Jan, you just made my week. xo

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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:49:39 PM
That holder is a great idea - they were stupid not to pick it up.

I know I still have lots of AL stuff in my stash - from some of the very last lines to some of the very first ones. Still love them.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 7:54:14 PM
Thanks so much... I still have some AL papers left, too, but very few. People ask me for some, and I have to say... "Ummmm...yeah, I'll jump right on that." Jeff let me me have whatever I wanted out of the sample room. (Pause.) I'll shut up, now.


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Posted: 3/25/2013 8:24:09 PM
thanks Molly... loved the inspirational books and will keep them forever.

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Posted: 3/25/2013 9:53:32 PM
Oh, the Mod line, how I loved it!!!

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Posted: 3/25/2013 10:48:03 PM
Oh wow - those are names I haven't heard in a Loooonnnggg time! Loved their idea books - still have them all too.

I would love to see how their scrapping has evolved too!


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Posted: 3/26/2013 12:29:22 AM
I really think you should shop that calendar/binder around, Molly. The calendars were so popular and American Crafts has so many talented designers and design team members. I would be first in line to buy one.


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Posted: 3/26/2013 7:13:15 AM
I love the binder holder Molly great job!


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Posted: 3/26/2013 7:21:59 AM
Those books were wonderful. I remember buying several of them and still have a couple left. The others were shared with sb friends. And one of my favorite lines of paper was from AL; the red,black,& cream line. Am hoarding the remainder of it! Maria

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Posted: 3/26/2013 9:15:25 AM
You guys are just makin' my mornin'... Oh, and what a trip down memory lane... Mod line... Mmmmm.... Miss that one... Red, Black and Cream... So dreamy. Sigh. Those were the good ol' days!

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Foofy! Aw!
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