Colorbök, LLC (pronounced col•or•book) is a nationally prominent creator and distributor of scrapbooking items, kids’ crafts, stationery, photo albums and other related products. Established in 1984 by co-founder and current Chairman and CCO Bill Taylor, the company made its national debut with the launch of Alpha Notes, notepads which were die-cut into alphabet shapes. The product became an instant success and Colorbök quickly became firmly established as a top stationery company noted for originality, innovation and creativity.
Since then and over the last two decades, Colorbök has built its success on entering into diverse product categories and licenses and has become a leading supplier, marketer and distributor in the craft and hobby industry to major mass and craft retailers, as well as hundreds of independent retailers and smaller craft stores.
1984: Colorbök is established
1990-94: Product line expands to include best-selling kids’ desk sets and stationery and activity items – leading to the inception of the Colorbök Kids division in 1997.
1995: Colorbök signs first licensing agreement with Disney Consumer Products, leading to other licensing partnerships with Blues Clues, Barbie, and Rugrats. Flying Colors, a division offering exclusively licensed products for kids, is born – growing very quickly and later being sold to a publicly held company in 1999.
1999: Colorbök becomes established as a cutting-edge creator and leading supplier in the burgeoning Scrapbooking market with the Remember When scrapbooking division.
2004: FdG Associates, a New York based private equity group makes a major investment in Colorbök with the intention of developing the company through acquisitions and organic growth. In December 2004 Colorbök expands into the kids’ craft arena, acquiring QuinCrafts™, a leading children’s arts and crafts company.
2005: Colorbök opens a Representative Office in Shenzhen, China to manage and oversee production, quality and delivery. Additionally, Colorbök transitions their distribution center from Dexter, Michigan to Rancho Cucamonga, CA.
2007: Chuck McGonigle becomes new President-CEO of Colorbök, Inc. Additionally, Colorbök acquires California Creations™, a division of Creative Crafts, Inc. – specializing in paintable plaster items.
2008-09: Colorbök acquires the Crayola® license for their kids’ stationery and scrapbooking lines; and the Heidi Grace™ and Cloud 9™ consumable lines from Fiskars.