Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Party Decor: Maggie's Tulle Balls

The talented ladies at Memory Bound have been busy getting ready for our upcoming Wedding Showcase this Saturday, March 3, 10am-3pm. Click on the newsletter link at the right of this page to read more about this exciting event.

Among many other things, Maggie has been hard at work making tulle balls.These are pretty "puff balls" made from -- you guessed it -- pieces of tulle! She has made tulle balls in several sizes and colors. I love all the pretty bursts of tropical color!

If you're planning an event, you know that ceilings can be notoriously difficult to decorate. These tulle balls would be a great way to disguise any ceiling imperfections and add a bit of color to your party or reception room. In addition to wedding receptions, tulle balls would be perfect for just about any type of event -- birthday parties, graduation open houses, anniversary celebrations, and more. They'd even be a fun way to decorate a little girl's bedroom...or a big girl's craft space! :)

After making so many tulle balls, Maggie has perfected her technique. She starts with a stack of tulle squares (the squares above measure 8"x8") and ties them snugly with a piece of tulle in the center. Then she simply pulls each sheet upward toward the center, giving a little "tug" to ensure it stays in place. Tie a piece of fishing line to the tulle ball, and you've got a wonderful decoration to hang from the ceiling at your big event.

You can make smaller tulle balls with the spools of tulle we carry at Memory Bound. To make large tulle balls like those pictured here, you'll need wider tulle which we would be happy to order for you to match your event colors.

The next time you're at Memory Bound, be sure to look UP to see these Maggie's pretty creations hanging over head!  


Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wedding Showcase - March 3, 10am-3pm

  Wedding Showcase
Saturday, March 3, 10am-3pm

If you're planning a wedding, stop in on Saturday, March 3, 10am-3pm for our first ever showcase of bridal paper crafts! With ideas from Memory Bound, you'll see how you can add a very special personal touch to your big day.

 At our showcase, you'll discover new ideas for making your own invitations, explore options for everything from save-the-dates to escort cards, and preview envelopments, our new invitation line. Our experts will be on hand to answer your questions and offer advice.

 Many of our projects can be adapted for other special occasions such as showers, birthdays, and retirement celebrations. No matter what big event you're planning, you are sure to be inspired by all the beautiful paper crafting ideas we'll have on display! We hope to see you on Saturday for this very special event!


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Make custom bag toppers at Memory Bound!

A big thank you to Holly Springer for leading a wonderful bag topper make-n-take on Saturday, February 3!

If you missed the make-n-take, you can still stop by Memory Bound to see Holly's adorable bag. We also have the bag topper die board, so you can make bag toppers for all of your gift bags -- in any theme!

 Stop in and we'll show you how to put together your own custom gift bags, perfect to have on hand for any special occasion!

Friday, February 10, 2012

A bit of scrapbooking humor!

Happy Friday, everyone!
Here's to enjoying a little scrapbooking time this weekend!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Got cookie recipes? Make this adorable album!

 Back in December, I got completely carried away making cookies. Date/walnut cookies, sugar cookies, cranberry noels, gingerbread...I was completely out of control! For a few weeks it seemed like the only thing in our freezer was COOKIES! Now don't worry...I didn't plan to eat them all myself -- although of course I had to sample several to be sure they were good before I gave them to family and friends! 

Like me, I'm sure many you have lots of favorite cookie recipes. We have a fun Cookie Recipe Album project which would be perfect for corralling them all in one spot! This project would also be a great Mother's Day or shower gift.

You can make this recipe book in a few hours and customize it any way you choose. The instructions for assembling the album are included, making it very easy to complete! My sample project is at the store to give you one idea of how to decorate your album.

The base of the book is a chipboard binder by Pinecone Press. You can mix and match papers from their "C is for Cookie" line to go with your project.

The album has 24 blank pockets which are sized to hold recipe cards. The pockets are included with the album base -- you simply adhere them together, cover them with paper as you'd like, and adhere them to the spine of the album using Tacky Tape. (Be sure to stock up on Tacky Tape. You will need quite a bit for this project!)

The tab and label sheet includes a huge variety of pieces, giving you plenty of options to customize your project.

You'll find a display at Memory Bound with everything you need to get started on this fun project! Stop in today and pick up your supplies! 


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Paper Crafting Trends for 2012

We noticed many trends at this week's Craft and Hobby Trade Show in Anaheim. Here are a few and we'll try to bring you more in another post.
Take a look (click on photos for a bigger view) and let us know what you think!

1DECORATIVE TAPE  (Washi, Masking, and Paper ) was introduced last year and is sticking around with many new colors & patterns.  Use it just like tape, but let it show for a fun embellishment.

PENNANT BANNERS are everywhere and have expanded with garlands made from other shapes. We’re also seeing flags made of single pennants on little sticks.

 TWINE continues to wrap its way around the crafting world. It can be added to most any project for
 SMASH Books and other mini “junk” binders are fun places to collect your thoughts, photos, memories, etc. They don’t have the rules or boundaries of traditional scrapbooking and are very doable. Coming soon from Smash, Simple Stories, & Amy Tangerine.

   VINYL for die cutting is now available in many colors and in single sheets, including glass etching.  It’s great on walls, but trending to smaller projects, including cards & layouts.

ART JOURNALING with stamps, sprays, paints, & markers. (Watch for our Katie's Copic Art Journaling Class at Memory Bound.)

 RETRO designs bring nostalgia to paper crafts and give us that warm feeling of yesterday. They just make you think, "Oh, I remember that."

Other trends to watch for: home decor projects, items for parties, honeycomb, kraft paper, and they just keep on going --- bling, flowers, buttons & ribbon

Photos from CHA!

Tim Holtz demos his new Distress Markers at the Ranger booth at CHA
Dawn & I just returned from the Craft and Hobby Trade Show (known as CHA) in Anaheim, CA! Hundreds of vendors set up creative and exciting booths to show their product lines - we try to visit them all and this is where we write orders for the store. Can you imagine how much fun it is to shop for product for Memory Bound!!
Here is the Bo Bunny booth - lots of action!

Yes, our feet get tired; and yes, it's sometimes hard to decide what to buy -- but it's all worth the fun, laughs, and inspiration we get! And we love seeing people we know like other store owners, vendors, and industry people. It's really fun to see others from Iowa like Betsy Flot and Matt & Ryan from Reminisce!
Betsy's book INSPIRATION STATION was a hit at the show! (If you don't have a copy, stop by and get one!)
 The Reminisce gang traveled from Iowa to set up their booth. Their new release is awesome -- we had it all ordered before we got to the show!

Inspiration is a big thing we take home from the show -- so many projects & ideas we see! We wanted to share that with our customers so we've posted over 300 photos in our CHA Winter 2012 Album on FaceBook.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

CHA - Another favorite: Oct Afternoon

Dawn and I are sitting in the airport ready to come home and thought we'd let you know about another company release that we liked: OCTOBER AFTERNOON. We loved their Cake Walk and 9 to 5 collections!

We know you'll love the new lines!
Click here to see more from the October Afternoon booth  -- and many additional CHA photos -- on our Facebook CHA album!