Kristin Kelly was working on a scrapbook layout one day on which one of the pages had several squares that lined up to create a grid pattern. After a lot of frustration, she finally finished it, but the squares were not as straight as she would have liked. Then it hit her…..she realized she needed some sort of laser to help align her elements. She thought if you can use a laser to align pictures on a wall, why not on a piece of paper for scrapbooking? Kristin then asked her husband Jimbo for help. At first he was perplexed. Then the light bulb went off in his head as well and the seed was planted.
After the initial conversation, Jimbo and Kristin went back to their reality of work, laundry, soccer games, homework, gymnastics, etc. and the idea didn't go anywhere for a while. A few weeks later she mentioned the idea to a friend who is also an avid scrapbooker. She immediately wanted to know when she could get one! Being the good husband that he is, Jimbo finally whittled down his honey-do list and headed to the garage to begin the project. Jimbo has an amazing gift…..if he can visualize it, he can build it. Once he got started, he was able to work out all the intricate engineering details and created an amazing prototype in a surprisingly short time. It was a little rough around the edges, but worked perfectly! Kristin proudly shared her idea with her monthly scrapbooking group and they all loved it. Before she knew it, the word started to spread to other scrapbooking groups in Texas. The consensus was loud and clear…..everyone wanted one!!
The next step was the first of many to make this wonderful product available to everyone. Jimbo and Kristin obtained a patent then joined forces with Leigh Meyers and Aaron Pichon to create an amazing team and help make this dream a reality. On June 15th, 2012, the KellyCraft™ team introduced the Get-It-StraightTM Laser Square at the CKC Tradeshow in Houston with great reception! The creative wheels continue to turn with more innovative ideas on the way. We are excited to share our amazing products with you and hope you enjoy them as much as we do!