Karen Foster Design, one of the scrapbooking industry’s most innovative manufacturers, is a highly successful company grown from Karen Foster’s imagination at her kitchen table to its present state—a multi-million dollar, award-winning scrapbook manufacturer headquartered in Centerville, Utah. The company’s growth and expansion is attributed to its commitment to the importance of preserving memories through Fostering Creativity®.
In the spring of 1998, Karen Foster created her first set of eight themed papers, and her children helped pack and ship the orders from her garage, which served as a warehouse. With a burgeoning business to manage, Karen enlisted the help of creative designers, and the company has expanded to employ a diverse range of dedicated employees endeavoring to offer product lines such as patterned papers, stickers, embellishments, tools, storage, specialty paper crafting products, social stationery items, and other creative content.
In 2005, the company was acquired by Imakim, Inc., a private equity company based in Ogden, Utah. The acquisition offered business expertise while providing additional resources for growth and is one of the only acquisitions in the scrapbook industry by a Utah-based equity company. The purchase enhanced the financial strength of the company and supported its strategy for growth. In 2006, the company expanded into a new 17,000 sq. foot warehouse and also doubled its office space, which was instrumental in increasing productivity and operational efficiency.
The company is a leader in the scrapbooking industry because of its original designs, production of innovative products, attention to new and emerging scrapbook trends, and focus on the feedback of scrapbook retailers. Karen Foster Design produces themed scrapbook products, ranging from holidays to sports to everyday life events, and stationery collections featuring a variety of social stationery products such as notecards, notepads, sticky notes, and more. Karen Foster Design products are available in approximately 1,000 retail outlets across the United States, as well as big box stores and craft chains such as Michaels, Hobby Lobby, AC Moore, and Archiver’s. Karen Foster Design products are also distributed and represented in many countries worldwide.
Karen Foster Design is consistently recognized as a leader in the scrapbooking industry by both retailers and consumers. The company was honored as the Best of State Statue winner in the Production and Manufacturing category in May 2007. The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) and members of the press awarded Karen Foster Design with the prestigious Scrapbooking & Paper Crafts Innovation Award for its ScraparatusTM tool during the 66th Winter CHA Convention and Trade Show in Anaheim, CA in January 2007. The company has also received recognition with multiple awards and nominations in Craftrends Magazine’s Awards of Creative Excellence, and Creating Keepsakes Magazine’s Readers’ Choice Awards.
Karen Foster Design is committed to the success of its retailers and the creative inspiration of every individual associated with its products. The company not only offers retailers top-notch customer service and excellent product selection but also extends an innovative retailer support program that includes education, marketing materials, special promotions, and financial support. The company is also dedicated to providing product donations to its retailers and various non-profit organizations across the country.
Scrapbooking provides a way to record, preserve, and protect memories of the most important moments in life. By providing unique and imaginative creative products, Karen Foster Design is actively playing a part in the bigger picture. Not only is the end result—the finished scrapbook—a treasure, but the process of creating it draws people together in new relationships and new stories.