What is Creative Memories?

Flowerdale_CM logo_edit_002Creative Memories has filed for bankruptcy twice and their liquidation sale took place September 23-24. So, what is Creative Memories? There seems to be a lot of confusion on this point.

Let’s start with what it is not. Heritage Maker’s Our Memories for Life (OMFL) is not Creative Memories. That’s right. OMFL is no more Creative Memories than the All About Images blog. OMFL has hired one of Creative Memories’ co-founders, but Creative Memories as a company was much more than the co-founders. I worked for Creative Memories for 14 years, including over ten years as Director of Technology, but that does not make this blog Creative Memories.

At this point, the closest thing to what was Creative Memories is the Flowerdale Group. They purchased Creative Memories patents, trademarks, and some of their equipment.  The Flowerdale Group has announced plans to produce Creative Memories albums and other products. But even this announcement does not make the Flowerdale Group Creative Memories. What will make them Creative Memories is a demonstrated commitment to uphold Creative Memories quality standards, and that can only come with time.

For more about Creative Memories see All About Creative Memories.


About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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8 Responses to What is Creative Memories?

  1. Dinah Parent says:

    Amen!!! May they take the time and do it right so we have a company we can trust!

  2. momfawn says:

    Well said, Mark! – Fawn

  3. Jean R. says:

    Agree totally with you Mark.

  4. You are so right! Thank you!

  5. Karen says:

    Mark, thank you for continuing to keep us up to date on the Creative Memories saga. It is so sad that what was once such an amazing company has come to this end.

  6. Mark I believe we began at the company roughly at the same time. I have come to completely trust all you have to say about my photos and their safe storage. Thanks for setting us straight on the truths and the myths as you always have.

  7. onecalmmom says:

    My hope is that they’ll implement the necessary testing and commit to uphold Creative Memories quality standards. Thank you for always keeping us informed in our efforts of memory preservation.

  8. Well said Mark. I agree that the quality is what set CM apart. (thanks for all you & the team did to insure that). But not only the quality, but also the consultants that have inspired and helped so many people do something meaningful with the photos that have captured so many memories. I’m very hopeful that with a variety of high quality options (I’m a big fan of getting albums done quickly using the A&Z Fast2Fab albums) that we (CM Group and Advisors/ Consultants) can make memory keeping “doable” for many more people in keeping with our big mission – connecting people/families, building people/our kids up, documenting the struggles, achievements and everyday moments of our lives by getting photos into albums rather than keeping them on electronic devices where all too often they’re just a crash away or corrupted file from being lost forever.

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