Friday, November 30, 2012

Upcoming Class: Winter Frost Mini-Album

 
 Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
Although it's a nice day here in central Iowa, I've got SNOW on my mind! I'm the first to admit that I LOVE a good snowstorm...as long as I don't have to drive in it! I love the feeling of being comfy-cozy in my house with a cup of something warm, watching the snow falling outside the window. 

 Of course, in the morning, it could look like THIS:
 

Or this:

You just can't match the the peacefulness of the landscape on the morning after a big snow.
 

And when the sun comes out, it's spectacular!


Because I love snow, I was immediately drawn to the latest line by We R Memory Keepers: Winter Frost. It's such a pretty collection and will be perfect for all of your snowy day pictures! 

I had a lot of fun creating the project for my upcoming Winter Frost Mini-Album class. This class will be offered on Saturday, December 15 and again in January (watch for the date on our next calendar, due out in mid-December). Here are a few pictures of the mini-album we'll be making in class:


 The album has several pull-out tabs and pockets with ample room for your favorite snow photos and stories. And everyone will receive a mini-set of snowflake stamps which you'll be able to use for all kinds of projects!

  I hope you'll join me in class! You'll find details below. Give us a call at (515) 965-1102 to register! 
Janet

Winter Frost Mini-Album
Sat, Dec 15, 9:30am-12pm – Fee: $24
Instructor: Janet Petersma
Skill Level: Any
Bring Basic Class Kit, Crop-A-Dile, Tacky Tape, Liquid Pearls (silver), Distress Stickles (Rock Candy), medium acrylic block, clear embossing ink pad, pop dots, glue dots, and corner rounder.   
Join Janet to make a beautiful winter mini-album using the lovely new Winter Frost line. It will be the perfect place for your favorite snowy day photos and memories. We’ll stamp some sparkly snowflakes to include in our album, and the snowflake stamps are yours to keep!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Curious Crafter Class: Tape Takeover!

  Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
 
In today's post, I want to share with you a bit about a great Curious Crafter class we have coming up next week: Tape Takeover! In our Curious Crafter classes, you'll explore all kinds of products and build a set of “artsy” reference pages with artist Heather Kindt. These pages will inspire you to expand your scrapbooking, card making, and other projects.


  Our final class in this series is coming up next week. In Tape Takeover, you'll explore all the characteristics and uses for the different types of tape on the market -- from tissue tape to Washi tape and much more. Learn how to use the tape you've got in your paper crafting stash...and which ones to purchase for your next project! Give us a call to register!
Janet
 
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 Tape Takeover!
Tuesday, December 4, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Heather Kindt
Fee: $12 / Skill Level: Any
Bring Basic Class Kit, any tape such as tissue, Washi, fabric, masking, sticky-back canvas or gaffers, splat mat, favorite stamps, archival ink pad, and spray ink.
 
Tape is an embellishment now offered by a variety of manufacturers. How do all the brands and types compare? We’ll compare their strengths and weaknesses side by side, then make our own decorative masking tape! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Final Santa's Workshop: Wed, Nov 28, 1-6pm

Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
I don't know about you, but it's beginning to look a little more like Christmas at my house each day! Three things are helping me get into the holiday spirit this weekend: 

1) Thanksgiving 2012 is over and ready to be scrapbooked!
2) Our Christmas tree is up and decorated!
3) It's COLD outside! 

Today is a great day to put on a Christmas movie you've watched 100 times before (may I suggest my favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?) and get to work on those holiday cards and gifts! 
 

 In that same spirit, I hope you can join me for our FINAL Santa's Workshop this coming Wednesday, November 28, 1-6pm. Each week in November, we've been CRAFTING LIKE SANTA'S ELVES! Who knows...if Hermie the Elf had come to one of our workshops, he might have become a card maker instead of a dentist! :)

At our final workshop, I'll introduce you to the We Are Memory Keepers TAB PUNCH, a great little tool for creating tabs for all your papercrafting projects and a must-have for those of you who like to make mini-albums! For only $2, you'll make a holiday gift card holder using the tab punch and lots of other fun techniques.

I hope to see you on Wednesday afternoon! Meanwhile, happy crafting!
Janet

Friday, November 23, 2012

Two Calendar Classes Next Weekend!

 Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Be sure to stop by Memory Bound this weekend for some great deals -- and a fun Holiday Card Make-N-Take on Friday. Get the details here!

Today I'd like to tell you about two awesome calendar classes we have coming up next weekend: Betsy's "A Year in Your Life" Junk Binder class and Maggie's 2013 Calendar class. Both projects would make absolutely great holiday gifts...if you can bear to part with them! :) You'll find details and photos below. Just a few openings remain, so give us a call right away at (515) 965-1102 to sign up!
Janet

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 A Year in Your Life Junk Binder 
Saturday, December 1, 9:30am-12:30pm
Instructor: Betsy Knoblock Grabinski 
Fee: $32 / Skill Level: Any 
Bring Basic Class Kit, Crop-A-Dile, corner rounder, pop dots, glue stick, border punch of your choice, ¼ Scor-Tape or Tacky Tape. Optional: Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad, blending tool and splat mat.
Here’s a great binder to keep all those ticket stubs, snapshots and memories for 2013’s day-to-day happenings that may not make it into the BIG scrapbook. There are lots of pockets, space for notes and a calendar for each month to keep you organized. We’ll also share many ideas for filling your binder and making it your own! Each kit comes with materials for all 12 months, plus a date stamp to keep track of your events.

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2013 Calendar  
Sunday, December 2, 12:30-3pm
Instructor: Maggie Benge / Fee: $25
Skill Level: Any / Bring Basic Class Kit.
Create an 8x8 photo calendar for 2013! Keep for yourself, or it makes a great gift that keeps giving all year long! At the end of the year, put the pages into an album and you have a scrapbook!
 


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Catch our Holiday Make-N-Take on Friday!

 Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
If you're like me, you have miles to go between today and Thursday, Thanksgiving Day -- a turkey to cook, dressing to prepare, tables to set, and much, much more. By the time Thursday is over, you'll be ready for a BREAK! And what could be better than relaxing with a bit of shopping? Plan now to stop by Memory Bound on Friday -- our Super Thanksgiving Weekend will be in full swing, and you won't want to miss the great specials! Click HERE for all the info.

While you're shopping, you can also make this fun holiday card designed by Maggie! Our Holiday Make-N-Take hours are 10am-12pm and 1-3pm on Friday. Take a break from shopping our great specials, and sit down at our make-n-take table. For only $1, you'll make a wonderful card ready to send to someone special! You can't beat that!


Good luck with your Thanksgiving Day preparations! We hope to see you soon!
Janet

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Next Santa's Workshop: Wed, Nov 21!

  In November, we invite you to CRAFT LIKE AN ELF in our Santa's Workshops! Each Wednesday afternoon, I'll be introducing you to a different tool and, for only $1-2 each time, you'll make a holiday card using lots of fun techniques.


 On Wednesday, November 21, 1-6pm, take a break from your Thanksgiving preparations and come learn about the super-fun Stamping Gear! This innovative and easy-to-use tool allows you to stamp in a circle to create all kinds of artistic designs. 

Come learn about this great tool and make a special holiday card! See you on Wednesday afternoon!
Janet

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Last Chance to Make Christmas Cards with Katie & Janet!

  Hello, Memory Bound friends!
If you haven't started making your Christmas cards yet, We have a perfect class for you on Sunday: Our annual Christmas Card Extravaganza! You'll make 20 Christmas cards, and I promise you'll have a wonderful afternoon! Katie and I worked together to create this card set and we've had a great time with our customers in class. Just a few spots remain in our final class on Sunday, November 18, so give us a call right away if you'd like to sign up or purchase a kit to make the cards on your own. You'll find all the details below. We hope to see you on Sunday!
Janet


Here are 8 of the 20 cards we'll be making in class:
Christmas Card Extravaganza 
Sunday, November 18, 12:30-4:30pm
 Instructors: Katie Belding & Janet Petersma
Fee: $35 / Skill Level: Any (very fast-paced)
Bring Basic Class Kit, corner rounder, glue dots, pop dots, ¼” Tacky Tape or Scor-Tape, small hole punch, brown fine-tipped marker, ½” circle punch, brown stamping ink, medium acrylic block, & Cat’s Eye Chalk (Chestnut Roan).  

 Our annual Christmas card class is back! This year, Janet and Katie have joined forces to create 20 festive cards that will be perfect for holiday giving! With these 2 teaching together, it is sure to be a fun-filled holiday class! This year’s cards feature our favorite Handmade Holiday line by Simple Stories. As a bonus, you’ll also take home 4 holiday mini-stamp sets!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Get Crafty at our Santa's Workshops!

Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
Well, it's certainly beginning to feel more like Christmas outside today! If you ask me, it's a perfect day to start your holiday crafting. Put on a Christmas movie (like my favorite Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) and get to work on those holiday cards and gifts!

At Memory Bound, the Christmas season is already upon us! I hope you'll join me to CRAFT LIKE AN ELF in our Wednesday Santa's Workshops in November! Each Wednesday afternoon, I'll be introducing you to a different tool and, for only $1-2 each time, you'll make a holiday card using lots of fun techniques.  

Thanks to everyone who stopped by last week for our first Santa's Workshop! We had a great time using the Mini-8 Punch. In fact, here's a photo of us! :)

 This Wednesday, November 14, 1-6pm, I'll introduce you to one of my favorite tools, the Sizzix Stamp and Die sets. These sets allows you to stamp and cut around the image perfectly. We'll also do some dry embossing and use Copic Markers to color Rudolph's outfit! You can read more about these great stamp and die sets in this blog post.
 Plan now to channel your inner elf and stop by next Wednesday afternoon for our Santa's Workshop! I'm excited to show you how our great tools make it fun and easy to
 CRAFT LIKE AN ELF!

Janet   
 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Learn Artistic Techniques with Heather!

Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
I saw this quote recently and was reminded how hard it can be to try something new. We often stick to what we know because it's safe and certain -- and miss out on a lot of fun! Have you ever wanted to try a new product or technique but told yourself, "I could never do that!"? I certainly have!

If you'd like to start "coloring outside the lines" more often, we've got some great opportunities next week for you to do just that. Plan to join local artist Heather Kindt for her classes and Meet the Artist trunk show! 

All you need is curiosity -- not artistic skills! -- to learn the trendy new techniques that are taking over the craft world. In her next Curious Crafter class, Make Sense of Sprays, Heather will teach you the difference between all the wonderful sprays on the market -- the ones you may have been afraid to try! Give us a call to register.


Make Sense of Sprays
Tuesday, November 13, 6-7:30pm
Instructor: Heather Kindt  / Fee: $12
Skill Level:  Any
Bring Basic Class Kit, previously gessoed pages from Gesso-U-Know class (or request pages to be provided), and any sprays including Colorwash, Dylusions, Perfect Pearls, Tattered Angels, Mr. Huey, Maya Road or others. There are so many spray inks! Learn all about how they are different from each other and make beautiful pages for your artsy reference book.


 Meet the Artist - November 17
Heather is this month's featured artist in our "Meet the Artist" events scheduled for Saturday, November 17. Heather is excited to bring mixed media art to Memory Bound. She recently published an article in Somerset’s Art Journaling magazine.

Trunk Show 9-10am -- Stop by to see Heather's projects and chat with her informally about any questions you may have.

Christmas Shadowbox Treasure Class - 10:30am-1:30pm 
Don't miss this wonderful class in which you'll use a host of fun techniques to make a beautiful home decor piece for the holidays. Give us a call to register!


Christmas Shadowbox Treasure 
Saturday, November 17, 10:30am-1:30pm
Instructor: Heather Kindt
Fee: $39 / Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Bring Basic Class Kit, Vintage Photo Distress Ink pad + blending tool, Mod Podge (matte), medium size paintbrush, hole punch, and distressing tools.
This fun mixed media project is an album, a shadow box, and home d├ęcor in one. We’ll use 2 canvases and the charming colors of “All is Bright” paper line by My Mind’s Eye. This project will easily become one of your Christmas treasures that you decorate with year after year.

 We hope you'll take full advantage of the opportunities at Memory Bound to "color outside the lines"! Life is more fun with messy fingers! :)
Janet

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Saturday Class: Game On! Mini-Album

 
Hello, Memory Bound friends!
If there's someone in your life who loves sports, we've got a fun class coming up on Saturday just for you! My Game On! mini-album is packed with pages and pockets, and pull-outs which provide LOTS of room for your favorite sports pictures. If you're looking for a great gift for the athlete in your family, I hope you'll join me on Saturday! Check out the details below, then give us a call right away to sign up at (515) 965-1102! 
Janet
 
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Game On! Mini-Album
Saturday, November 10, 9:30am-12pm
Instructor: Janet Petersma   
Fee: $24  / Skill Level: Any (fast-paced)
Bring Basic Class Kit, Crop-A-Dile, 1/4" Tacky Tape, pop dots, and large corner rounder. 
 Make a fun sports-themed mini-album suitable for any sport! This mini-album will be a great place to showcase your favorite photos from the season. Makes a perfect gift for your favorite player or coach!
 Additional pages from the album:




 
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Craft Like an Elf in our Santa's Workshops!

 Hello, Memory Bound friends!  
Christmas is now in full gear at Memory Bound! I hope you had a chance to visit our Crafty Christmas Open House over the past few days. If not, the open house is still set up TODAY, Sunday, November 4, so drop in 12pm-5pm to get tons of creative ideas for your holiday crafting!

 Now that the holiday season is upon us, it's time for me to pull out one of my all-time favorite movies, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. I can watch this movie over and over and never tire of it! I adore Clarice with her beautiful eyes and cute little bow...


 ...but I've always loved the elves who manage to put together all kinds of toys while they sing, dance, and play in a band. When I was a little girl, I loved arts and crafts and was fascinated that the elves could transform gray, generic-looking materials into the colorful and beautiful toys which I found under the tree on Christmas morning!

In November, we invite you to CRAFT LIKE AN ELF in our Santa's Workshops! Each Wednesday afternoon, I'll be introducing you to a different tool and, for only $1-2 each time, you'll make a holiday card using lots of fun techniques.

Our first workshop on Wednesday, November 7, 1-6pm, will feature the new WRMK Mini-8 punch. Just like the popular Lucky 8 punch but smaller, this tool is perfect for making cards and small mats for scrapbook pages.

On Wednesday, November 14, 1-6pm, I'll introduce you to one of my favorite tools, the Sizzix Stamp and Die sets. These sets allows you to stamp and cut around the image perfectly. 

On Wednesday, November 21, 1-6pm, take a break from your Thanksgiving preparations and come learn about the super-fun Stamping Gear! This innovative and easy-to-use tool allows you to stamp in a circle to create all kinds of artistic designs.


We'll wrap up our Santa's Workshops on Wednesday, November 28, 1-6pm, by learning about the WRMK tab punch. This great tool is perfect for making tabs for mini-books and scrapbook pages -- and it comes with plastic sleeves to adhere the tabs to the page. We'll use the tab punch to make a unique gift-card holder!


I hope you'll channel your inner elf and join me on Wednesday afternoons in November! I can't promise any singing or dancing, but I can promise you'll have fun learning about the latest and greatest tools!
Janet