Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Scenes from the Latest Girls' Night Out!

 Hello, Memory Bound friends!
Have you heard about our Girls' Night Out group? This lively bunch meets monthly for sharing, friendship, and inspiration. New members are welcomed with open arms! Just bring along any projects you've been working on -- cards, scrapbook pages, home decor pieces, sewing...anything crafty! -- to share. 

These wonderful ladies regularly have crops at Memory Bound, go on outings (our last one was "junking" in the Ames area!), and take on volunteer causes to put their paper crafting skills to work. Take a look at some photos from our June meeting!

LeAnn and her niece Paige showed cards they've been making. Paige made her Father's Day card in our monthly Scrappin' Kidz class taught by Diana Tuttle.

Bonnie (whose face is hidden by a beautiful card!) is involved with Gigi's Playhouse in Urbandale, an organization which offers education and support to young children with Down Syndrome and their families. Bonnie started a program to make cards for Gigi's Playhouse and of course, the ladies of Girls' Night Out jumped in to help! They've been making TONS of cards! Read more about Gigi's Playhouse HERE.

 Diana shared some awesome sample cards she made with some new stamps from Art Impressions. Diana creates a lot of wonderful cards available for purchase in our Staff Studio. Read more about our Staff Studio HERE!

RaNae showed a beautiful recipe album and card she recently made for her daughter. This cookbook has an amazing story!

In RaNae's words: "When my daughter was engaged to be married, I gave her a cookbook with completely hand written family recipes going back generations. It was full and covered many categories. I purchased a cookbook, then added the recipes, the tabs for the categories, and a short note inside. 

Well, she & her husband moved many times for his job, and during one move to Mayfield, Kentucky, they had a house fire and lost over half of their belongings. The main part of the fire was in the kitchen, so, needless to say, the cookbook was heavily damaged. The outside was completely bubbled up and charred. Part of the inscription was brown as were the clear pockets. But the recipes all survived with no smoke or water damage. So when they moved back home to Iowa, I told her I would get her another cookbook cover and insert the recipes.

Well, I went to where I bought the first one and of course, they didn't have any more, no cookbooks at all!!! So, after quite some time, I decided it was time to get her cookbook done. I was at a garage sale and found a green photo album, then the light bulb came on: I decided to make it into a new cookbook for her.  Inside, I wrote her a new inscription dated the day I made the new cookbook and below it, I rewrote the original inscription from her first cookbook 7 years ago. When I gave it to her, she absolutely loved it! That did my heart proud."

What a wonderful project and touching story!

Jennifer shared a beautiful Christmas album she just finished. This was an inspiration to all of us to get those holiday pictures scrapbooked...before next Christmas rolls around!

We'd love to see YOU at our next meeting, scheduled for Monday, July 8, 6-7:30pm. It's always fun, inspirational, and FREE! Just give us a call at (515) 965-1102 to let us know you're coming!

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