Monday, July 29, 2013

Remember the Fair: State Fair Mini-Album Class

 Hello, Memory Bound friends!
It's almost Iowa State Fair time! 
Many of us look forward to making new memories each August. Whether you go for the food, entertainment, barns, rides, competitions, or all of the above, you'll want to scrapbook your fair memories to look back on in years to come. If you have photos from the 2013 fair or years past, our State Fair Mini-Album will give you the perfect spot to keep photos and stories from your days at the fair.

This is the third year in which we've offered a State Fair Mini-Album class! Betsy has designed an adorable album packed with fair details for this year's class. Be sure to sign up soon because this class will fill faster than you can eat a corn dog! :)


 State Fair Mini-Album
Saturday, August 24, 9:30am-12:30pm
Instructor: Betsy Grabinski 
Fee: $25 / Skill Level: Any  Bring Basic Class Kit plus border punch of your choice, pop dots, corner rounder, ¼” Tacky Tape or Scor-Tape, brown Distress Ink, blending tool, & splat mat. Optional: Crop-A-Dile &Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher. 

 Celebrate Iowa’s premier summer event and make an album to store all your memories from your trip to the fair! Whether it’s your 1st or 50th visit, we’ll have fun sharing fair stories and favorite activities while creating an album to preserve your memories. Don’t forget to take your camera to the fair so you’ll have lots to put in it!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Scrapbooking Humor!

Who can relate to THIS? LOL
Have a crafty day, everyone!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Super Easy Card Idea

Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
I'm the first to admit that I love "clean and simple" cards. I'm partial to simple geometric shapes, and I love it when I find a design that takes just a minute to make but still looks great!

I made this card for my daughter awhile back using scraps of cardstock and one of my favorite heart-shaped dies (Tim Holtz Movers & Shapers). Of course, you could make the same card using any shaped die or punch. The possibilities are endless!

I started with a plain card base cut from kraft cardstock. I made a larger 5x7 card but any size would work.

I printed my text and cut it into a strip, notching the ends with my Cutterbee scissors. Then I folded it like a banner and adhered it to the bottom of the the card.

Then I cut 4 hearts using different colors of cardstock. To make them more interesting, I decided that each one should have a different type of texture. I used used my crimper on the brown heart and embossed the blue heart (Seeing Dots embossing folder). The green heart was made with a scrap of embossed cardstock so it already had a texture, and the the pink heart was left plain. I tied a piece of twine in a bow and glued it to the pink heart with a tiny dot of liquid glue. Then I adhered the hearts to the card with pop dots.

Finally, I fancied up the envelope by die cutting the letters of her name in the same colors as the hearts.

There you go. Simple and fun. Now go make this card today!
Happy crafting! :)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Christmas Tree Canvas Class

 Hello, Memory Bound friends!
Have you seen Maggie's beautiful Christmas Tree Canvas project? Wouldn't it look great in your home during the holidays? Well, you can make your own canvas in Maggie's upcoming class scheduled for August 1!

You'll learn all kinds of fun mixed media techniques while you create this stunning home decor piece for the holidays. Give it as a gift or keep it to decorate your own home! Check out the details below, then call us right away at (515) 965-1102 to register for this special class!


Christmas Tree Canvas 
Thursday, August 1, 5:30-8pm
Instructor: Maggie Benge Fee: $21 / Skill Level: Any
Bring Basic Class Kit, Radiant Rain Shimmering Mist (Gold Pearl & Bashful Blue), heat gun, black ink pad, Snow Cap paint dabber, Distress Ink (Evergreen Bough and Vintage Photo), blending tool, Glossy Accents

This workshop will have you wishing for snowy days after you create a beautiful winter tree canvas.  This technique-driven class allows you to experiment with all sorts of mixed media: gesso, modeling paste, glossy accents, shimmering mist, distress stain, ink, and more. Leave with the knowledge you need to make a canvas for every occasion.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Welcome to Vegas!!

Welcome to Vegas, Memory Bound Friends!

The CHA (Craft and Hobby Association) Summer 2013 convention will take place from July 22nd to 25th and we will be bringing all the excitement right to you! At the convention, manufacturers release their new collections and product!! 
We LOVE CHA week! 

Kellie and Dawn are busy ordering NEW collections
and product AS WE SPEAK!

So, if you see anything you like,
let us know and we will try to get it in for you!

Click here for a web-site of sneak peeks!

A collection I just have to share with you is the new one from Simple Stories called Say Cheese! The inspiration for this collection is Disney! Just what I have been waiting for...I might finally be able to complete my Disney scrapbook from my 2011 trip!

Click here to view more of this fabulous collection!

1 Mickey Album - edited

SC_Snap cards

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Get a Jump Start on Christmas!

Hello, Memory Bound friends!
 Katie and I have had a great time creating 12 bright and fun Christmas cards for our Christmas Cards in July class on July 28! We hope you can join us to get a big jump start on the holiday season!
 If you can't attend, you can purchase a kit which includes detailed instructions and photos so you can make the cards at your convenience, at home or in our workroom!
FYI, this is a special class offered in July only, so don't miss out! We plan to offer our regular Christmas Card Extravaganza classes this fall as we've done in years past. Look for this information on our 4th quarter newsletter, available in September.

Check out the details, then give us a call at (515) 965-1102 to register!

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Christmas Cards in July

Sunday, July 28, 12:30-3:30pm
Instructors: Katie Belding & Janet Petersma
Fee: $24  / Skill Level: Any (fast-paced)
Bring Basic Class Kit, corner rounder, pop dots, glue dots, Jellyroll Glaze pen (clear), Xyron X, Optional: Stickles (Xmas Red and Icicle)
 Get a BIG jump on Christmas this year! We'll use a variety of techniques to create 12 festive cards perfect for all the special people on your holiday list!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

BTS with Katie & Janet!

 Hello, Memory Bound friends!
In today's BTS post, I'm going to share with you a tiny bit of what goes into preparing kits for a class. I'm borrowing "BTS" (Behind the Scenes) from Tim Holtz, whose business manager Mario often does BTS posts to give us a glimpse into how everything happens in Tim's world. Now I'll say right off the bat that Katie and I are NOT QUITE Tim Holtz, but we do have a great time preparing for class! :)

 Katie and I are teaching a Christmas Cards in July class twice this month, so we had lots of kits to make. We decided to be really ambitious and make all of the kits for both classes at the same time, so we knew it was going to be a busy day!

Busy day means COFFEE, right? I felt so organized that morning, having packed all of my tools and supplies the night before. I carried everything out to my SUV and pulled out of my driveway then...What was that CLUNK sound? OH, NO! I drove away with my coffee cup on my roof!! Things were not off to a good start! LOL

 Katie, on the other hand, somehow managed to drive to Memory Bound WITHOUT A LID on her coffee, and she didn't spill a drop! Well, I'd venture to say if she'd put that coffee cup on the roof of her SUV, things would not have gone so well! LOL

Okay, back to the task at hand! Katie and I used 6x6 pads to design the 12 cards for this class. Normally, we would have split up the pad so that each of us worked with different sheets of paper...but for some reason we didn't do it that way this time. In fact, we used some of the same patterns for several different cards! This complicated our kit preparation exponentially! 

First we had to figure out which patterns we had each used separately and which we had shared. Turns out we shared three of the same sheets. After teaching several classes together, Katie and I think we might be morphing into the same person...we now like the same patterns!

Then we had to figure out how to cut the paper in order to create the correct-sized pieces for the cards! We had to make a diagram for each sheet. This was more complicated than you'd think because each sheet is double-sided and some of the patterns have to be cut in a specific direction. Oh, my! I REALLY needed that coffee...

Once we thought (and RE-THOUGHT!) through all of that, we cut the pads apart and stacked all of the like papers together in order to get ready to cut the papers we used for each card.

 Then we re-stacked the extra papers for each kit!

 By 11:33, it seemed like all we had done was stack...and re-stack...paper! LOL Then it was lunch time! We went to the HyVee salad bar, which was a lot more exciting for me than my usual yogurt and banana! Then Katie suggested we stop at Starbucks. Salad and caramel latte? Things were looking up! :)

It must have been the coffee because after lunch, we finally began making some visible progress! We started cutting all of the paper and die cuts for each of the 12 cards. We counted out buttons (and had a deep discussion about our button preferences!) and measured twine then by late afternoon, it was time to call it a day. We both left with homework...Katie with twine to cut (with 2 crafty cats at my house, I cannot take home twine!) and me with die cutting to finish.

DAY 2 started off much more smoothly for me at least, as I decided to leave my coffee at home! We had both finished our homework so we could hit the ground running. I packed all of the twine and tulle that Katie had cut into small bags while Katie finished cutting pieces for her cards.

 When we make kits, we cut and pack all the materials for one card at a time. If we're making 50 kits, we prepare 50 of each card, then rubber band them together. By noon, we had finished all 12 cards! YAY!

Next, we created a stack of 12 cards for each kit starting with Card #12 on the bottom. We rubber banded each stack. Thank goodness for rubber bands!

Then we packed stickers, instructions, and twine bags, along with the stack of 12 cards, into each kit. We were ready to go! Completed kits...colorful and organized...are truly a thing of beauty!

We had a great group of ladies join us for our first day of class. It is so gratifying for us to see all of those completed cards...and smiling faces!

We hope you've enjoyed our first BTS post and can see how much fun we have getting ready for class! We have even MORE FUN in class, and we'd love to have you join us! Click HERE for more information, then give us a call at (515) 965-1102 to register.