Sunday, November 21, 2010

Paper Wreath Idea

 Check out this paper wreath that Pat made!  She created different sized rosettes with the Martha Stewart Scoring Board and attached them to a styrofoam  base with hot glue. Pat added coordinating buttons to embellish the rosettes.

The wreath is approximately 12" in diameter, but only took 4 sheets of paper.

Stop in to take a closer look and let us show you how easy it is to use the Martha Stewart Scoring Board.  Once you try it, you'll be busy making rosettes, envelopes, boxes.....

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Scrapbookers Bill of Rights

I just found this in my stash and thought you might all like to read it also!

A Scrapbooker is entrusted with documenting and safely preserving family photos in an album to be treasured by future generations. Creating a Scrapbook is an honorable and important task. As a Scrapbooker, you are entitled (but not limited) to the following rights:

YOU have the right to take as long as you want to complete one album page. This may be five minutes or two weeks.

YOU have the right to purchase a certain scrapbook item for no other reason than because 1) you like it; 2) you think it's cute; 3) you'll never find it again, or 4) you know you'll use it someday.

YOU have the right to a workspace of your own. This may be the basement, your college student's old bedroom, or the kitchen table. It's yours.

YOU have the right to scrapbook when inspiration strikes -- whether the dishes are done or not.

YOU have the right to request peaceful, kid-free, stress-less scrap time -- guilt free.

YOU have the right to create pages that reflect and celebrate the spirit of the one person who is usually NOT in the photograph: You.

YOU have the right to put whatever you want on your album page. This includes, but is not limited to: patterned papers, die-cuts, stickers and Punch-Outs. You may place as many or as few photos per page as you deem appropriate.

YOU have the right to do nothing more than snack and socialize at a 6-hour cropping party.

YOU have the right to value your personal scrapbooking style to be as important as your photographs. You are creating a treasure -- and part of that treasure is you.


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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Holiday Projects

Janis made these holiday projects for us to share with all of our customers. The snowman is made from the wood blocks we have in the front of the store. The album uses October Afternoon papers and is made to look like a gift -- so cute. She used papers from the Holly Jolly line from My Minds Eye to make the mitten. Look for all of these samples and dozens more next time you are in!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


We are all looking for more ways to use our scrapbook supplies and Jean has a great suggestion. Get a 12 x 12 frame, add a sheet of cool Halloween paper (we used Girls Paperie Toil and Trouble). Then cut a haunted house from the October 31st Cricut cartridge. Jean selected the house image and selected "fit to page" on the keypad and it cut the perfect size image for our frame. She used foam dots under her house before she attached it to the paper to give it extra dimension.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

State Fair Projects

Congratulation to Memory Bound customer Mollie Deem! She took home several Iowa State Fair prize ribbons for her paper crafting projects! You can see why when you take a look at a few of her awesome projects!

Mollie - Thanks for sharing!

Saturday, August 28, 2010


The new creepy papers and cardstock stickers from Bo Bunny are here. Spiders are definitely the theme for this line. I love all the colors they are using -- they have the traditional orange and black but have splashed in some aqua, lime, and purple. Imagine all the fun Halloween cards and treat bags you can make these papers.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

My New Favorite: JUNK BINDER

Since Katie introduced the Junk Binder concept at Memory Bound, I've found they are my new favorite thing. The randomness of a junk binder makes it perfect to include not only photos & journaling, but also your memorabilia.

I started a Junk Binder to record my husband's and my 2010 happenings. I cut the covers from a hardbound book and added 7 Gypsies book tape, but you can also use chipboard and cover it with paper. I used book rings for binding so that it can expand. Each month has a tab and calendar.For memorabilia, I just punch holes with my Crop-A-Dile and add it like a page.

When I started out, I didn't expect to have much for our 2010 junk binder, but it is surprisingly very full! I've had so much fun recording things we've done. As I look back through it, I'm reminded of things I forgot even happened.

Here are memorabilia examples I've included:
  • movie/concert tickets
  • postcards
  • business cards
  • envelopes
  • die cuts
  • brochures
  • birthday/thank you cards
  • newspaper article (reduced on Memory Bound copier)
  • invitation
  • name tag
  • menus
  • wedding program

Take a look --- doesn't it look like fun!!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Batty Halloween Decoration

When I got to work today, this was sitting on the counter.

Amanda had made a dimensional Halloween frame using the EK Success bat punch with a variety of black papers. She textured the tree trunk to look like bark with the Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint. What a fun decoration -- I LOVE it!

TIP: Wonder where to get a frame -- try Goodwill or other 2nd-hand shops. The frame color doesn't matter because you can re-paint it and add distressing.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Alcohol Ink Fun

These striking pieces of art were created by Linda with the Ranger Alcohol Inks and compressed air. Don't you love the vibrant colors! She has a class coming up on September 9, where you can learn this fun "splattered" technique and make several fun items.
CLICK HERE for our class calendar with details.

Card Idea Using Scallop Circles

Amanda created two cards inspired by an idea where you use scallop circle punches to make flowers.

1. Punch out the 2-3 scallop circles.
2. Cut into the center of the circles at each dip in the scallops to create flower petals.
3. Curl the flower petals around a pencil to round them and give them dimension.
4. Layer the scallop circles and attach embellishment in the center.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

We have a winner!

Ranae Ellett is the winner of the Memory Bound "Tell Your Story" reusable bag! She knew the quote, "If Casey would have only known a scrapbook was the way to your heart..." was from the Bachelorette.


Monday, July 26, 2010

Teresa Collins

Katie and Diane are continuing their search for great new products to bring back to Memory Bound and are bumping into some of the greatest talent in the scrapbooking world -- now Teresa Collins! We love her new stamp maker that will be showing up at Memory Bound soon!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

We LOVE Halloween!

We have the most adorable Halloween products in the store right now from K & Company, EK Success, and We R Memory Keepers. I love how we have it in the store early so we can begin making all kinds of fun projects and samples!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Dumpster Diving!

Look what you can make with old window frames found in dumpsters! My daughter was home a couple weeks ago and helped me paint and sand this old frame. We then added the letter "J" cut from vinyl on the Cricut Expression machine. Check out the old hardware still on the frame. LOVE THAT!! We plan to put this on our mantel at home.

We have several "junkies" that work at Memory Bound. It is always fun to share the "treasures" we find when we are at antique stores, rummage sales, etc.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Flower Instructions: Accordion Rosette Flower

1. Cut 1.5"x12" paper strip
2. Use border punch along one edge (We used Fiskar's Treading Water)
3. Score approximately every 1/4" or along the punch pattern.
4. Adhere ends together. Push center down to form circle.
5. Put a drop of hot glue in the center to hold it together.
6. Add desired embellishments to center.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Kayla's Frame

Since we've been concentrating on flowers during our BLOOM IN JUNE celebration, Kayla created this frame of 3D flowers. Adjust it to fit any decor just by choosing papers to match your room.

Three of the flowers are accordion-folded rosettes that you can learn to make in this Friday's (June11) create-a-flower. The other two are loopy petals that we're doing June 21.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Look what Dawn made me!

For my birthday Tuesday, Dawn made me a very special gift!! She embellished a 7 Gypsies Artist Printers Tray, creating a family keepsake piece for home. I just have to add photos and it's ready to go. I left it at the store so everyone could see it. THANKS DAWN!

I had a very nice birthday full of special surprises...
  • Dawn brought me ice tea in the morning (one of my faves) and made the dreaded daily post office run (one of my un-faves).
  • My husband left me a card with a car wash gift card (the total inside & out wash).
  • Korrie, my daughter, made the dough for Palmer's-like molasses cookies -- YUM! (She hasn't had time to bake them yet, but it's the thought that counts.)
  • Katie gave me a card, calling me her "mature" friend, which is okay because she enclosed a Noodle Zoo gift certificate. I'm mature, but at least not old enough for the senior citizen discount.
  • I came home to a bottle of wine hanging on my front door. Can you beat that? It was from my friend Barb. (It's chilling right now.)
  • My sister Tracy dropped off a bag with 4 paperbacks. (I love to read!) She left it outside on the car around 11:30 and texted Korrie, who of course was still up, to retrieve it.
Getting older: Not that fun.
Having a birthday this week: Pretty special - Thanks everyone!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Amanda's Receipt Tray

Amanda created this awesome home decor project using the new 7 Gypsies receipt tray. She incorporated her wedding pictures with many different embellishments & papers. Stop in and take a look at her project in person.

You can make one for your home and match it to your decor when choosing papers, photos, etc. The trays are $34.99.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Graduation Parties R Us

We have many fun ideas and supplies to make your graduations celebration an A+ event!
  • Ideas for centerpieces, decorations, display boards, invites, gifts, and cards
  • Custom paper and die cuts for most area schools & mascots
  • Boards and free die cutting center to personalize your photo display boards
  • Personal assistance to help get you started
Stop in and see our graduation display!