Monday, November 18, 2013

STAFF FAVE: Books of Quotes, Quips, Titles

Whether you make cards, create scrapbooks, or enjoy other crafts, we have something you'll love that is a favorite of our staff ---- Betsy Flot's 3 books of titles, quotes, quips, and inspiration! 

Progressions of Expressions Volume 1
 Inspiration Station
Progressions of Expressions Volume 2

Inspiration Station has over 13,700 and the Progressions of Expressions volumes each have more than 9200 titles, quotes, and verses that will inspire and delight while unleashing your creativity for all your scrapbooking and card-making needs!
 Each spiral bound book measures 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 and each has over 595 pages. 
The hard part --- choosing which one you want.
You'll want them for yourself and they make a lovely gifts, especially the signed copies that Betsy sent us!

Here's a sample from Progressions of Expressions Volume 2:

Saturday, November 16, 2013

A Little Scrapbooking Humor!

Stop by Memory Bound this weekend to stock up on supplies...and be sure to bring a friend! :)

 It's a great time to drop by and do some shopping! If you missed the e-mail about our 5-DAY WEEKEND SPECIALS, you can check it out here!

Have a crafty weekend, everyone!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Album and Page Refill Tips

Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
Today's tips are for those of you who have used Creative Memories albums and refills and are looking for new alternatives, as Creative Memories has recently gone out of business. We have great options for both page refills and albums at Memory Bound!

The Pioneer top-loading scrapbook refills work perfectly with the Creative Memories staple-strap system. Pioneer refills are an excellent option if you would like to add additional pages to an existing Creative Memories scrapbook.

We also have albums in stock and coming soon which are similar in style to Creative Memories scrapbooks, if you are looking to finish a series of albums.

Stop in and we'll be happy to help you find the refills and new albums you need to continue preserving your family's memories!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

The GNO Ladies Get Crafty!

 Happy holiday crafting,
Memory Bound friends!
The ladies who attended our recent Girls' Night Out meeting got a little CRAFTY! Diane, our store manager and fearless leader, organized a fun gift-bag making session for us. Everyone took home a decorated bag ready for the holidays. It was a super-fun and easy project, and a great way to personalize your gift packaging! It would be a wonderful activity to do with a group of friends or kids!

To make gift bags, you need just THREE things -- well, FOUR, if you count your index finger! -- a paper bag, a plastic stencil, and Inka Gold Metallic Rub. If you've never worked with this product, it's the smoothest, silkiest cream you've ever touched! It comes in beautifully rich colors. A little goes a long way when making bags! You simply place the stencil on the bag, put a little Metallic Rub on your index finger, then rub it in the openings on the stencil.

 We started by choosing stencils and colors, then got to work. Here you see RaNae, Janice, and Karen in full concentration! :)

 You can see how serious the group was! NOT! LOL Janis and Diana would NOT hold still for the picture, they were giggling so much! I love the look on Jill's face! :)

Oops, I almost cut Janis out of the picture! Next to Janis we have Diana, Jill, Jennifer (our newest Memory Bound employee!), and Peggy.

In addition to stenciling, we stamped greetings on the bags.

Janice and Karen are making progress!

Here you can see that Peggy used green Metallic Rub on her stencil.

Karen added a gold star at the top of her tree.


 Jennifer created a pretty red tree.

And here you can see Jill working diligently while Janis and Diana got silly again! You can see how much they were bouncing! 

Janis did finish her project! :)

As you can see, we had a lot of craftiness going on! Some ladies added doilies and trim to their gift bags. Each one was different and unique!

And here we are with our completed bags!
It couldn't be easier to make beautiful gift bags for the holidays. Stop in to Memory Bound and we'd be happy to show you several samples and help you find everything you need to make your own!
Happy holiday crafting!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Next Beginners' Scrapbooking Class-Nov 23!

 Hello, Memory Bound friends!

I've been scrapbooking for around 15 years now, and I would say without a doubt that this hobby has become much more than a pastime for me. It has allowed me to document special moments in our family's story, given me the opportunity to put my feelings in writing, and helped me appreciate the special "everyday moments" in life...all while playing with color, texture, and design! What could be more fun than that? Each time I look back through my albums, I am SO GLAD that I got started in scrapbooking all those years ago! The albums I'm creating now are a gift for future generations.

Would you or a friend like to get started scrapbooking? Look no further than Memory Bound! We offer a great class which will introduce you to the basics -- both the PROCESS of scrapbooking and the PRODUCTS you'll need to be successful. I enjoy introducing new folks to scrapbooking and would love to help YOU get started saving your precious memories!

Here's something you may not know: Many of our more experienced scrapbookers take our Beginners' class as a refresher! It's a good way to get back to the basics and learn some new approaches to the hobby we all love!

I hope you'll join me at our next class to get started on this important, rewarding, and incredibly fun hobby! Give us a call to register at (515) 965-1102!
 Beginners' Scrapbooking Class
Saturday, November 23, 9:30am-12:15pm
Instructor: Janet Petersma
Fee: $10 / Skill Level: Beginner
Basic Class Kit optional; Bring 8-10 related photos
(not wedding or heritage) 
No experience necessary! Let us help you or someone you know get started. This class is for anyone who wants to learn important preservation techniques and ways to make meaningful and creative albums. Cardstock, adhesive, idea sheets & cropping tools provided. Get a FREE $10 Gift Card to use the day of class!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

October Afternoon Christmas Album!

Need a quick Christmas mini album?

Then Katie's October Afternoon Christmas kit is for YOU!

All the supplies needed to put together this fun album are included in the kit!

Lots of pockets to store photos and memorabilia!

Great spaces for journaling or holiday pictures!

The paper lends itself to a fun vintage feeling!

Even after all these pages, there will be product leftover to create additional pages and embellishments!

There are a limited supply of kits, so stop by the store to pick yours up! If you can't get to the store, give us a call at 515-965-1102 and we will put one to the side for you to pick up at your convenience!

Happy Holidays!

Monday, November 11, 2013

Make Christmas Cards at Memory Bound!

Hello, Memory Bound friends!
 Thanks to everyone who has joined us so far in our Christmas Card Extravaganza classes! You have just one more chance to get in on the fun! Join Katie and me to make 18 festive Christmas cards on Sunday afternoon, November 24. We've had a great time in our classes so far and know you will, too! And the best part is that you'll leave with 18 cards ready to send! 

Check out the details below, then call us at (515) 965-1102 to register. If you can't attend class, you can purchase a kit which includes complete instructions and color photos so you can make the cards on your own or in our store workroom at your convenience.
Hope to see you in class!

Christmas Card Extravaganza
Sunday, November 24, 12:30-3:30pm
Instructor: Katie Belding & Janet Petersma
Fee: $35 / Skill Level: Any  / Bring Basic Class Kit, pop dots, Glue Dots, corner rounder, Clear Glaze Pen, Gelly Roll Stardust pen, Stickles:  Christmas Red and Stardust
Katie and Janet are ringing in the season with our annual Christmas card class!  Make 18 cards in class perfect for holiday giving!  Expect a fun-filled time, holiday carols, and awesome cards!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Next Holiday Tag Make-N-Take - Nov 13!

  Happy Holidays, 
Memory Bound friends!
 Our November Holiday Tag Make-N-Takes are in full swing! Each Wednesday afternoon in November, stop in between 1 and 6pm to learn new techniques as you create a beautiful tag designed by Maggie. Whether you tie the tags to gifts or hang them on your tree, you're sure to love each one! 

Our "MERRY" tag features a variety of fun techniques, including a stamped tag and wintery snowflake. Plan now to stop in on Wednesday afternoon to make this festive tag! (Materials fee: $2) 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Copic Creative Christmas Cards - Nov 21

Hello, Copic fans! 
If you love Copic Markers and would like to use them on your Christmas cards this year, we've got the perfect class for you: Copic Creative Christmas Cards. Katie has designed 4 whimsical cards and 2 festive elements featuring Copic Markers. Call us today at (515) 965-1102 to reserve your spot in this super-fun daytime class!

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Thursday, November 21, 10am-12pm
Copic Certified Instructor: Katie Belding 
 Fee: $16 / Skill Level: Copic Marker Basics Class 
 Bring Basic Class Kit, pop dots, Glue Dots 
 Just in time for the holidays, Katie created a Copic class that includes making 4 fabulous Christmas cards and 2 fun Christmas elements! You’ll enjoy sending these cards to friends and family. These elements are the perfect touch to a layout, goodie bag or Christmas card!

Staff Projects: Diane's New December Journal

Merry Christmas, 
Memory Bound friends!
In a recent post, Katie shared photos of a wonderful December Daily album which our store manager Diane made for her daughter. Well, hold onto your stocking caps because Diane just finished a SECOND December Daily album for herself! In today's post, we'll take at this beautiful project.

What's a December Daily? This is a small album (sometimes called a December Journal) which you create ahead of time with a page or pages for each day of December. Then throughout the month, you document your holiday activities by adding a picture, recipe, program, card, or memory...anything you did that day to celebrate the season. By the end of the month, you have a keepsake you'll treasure for years to come!

Now, back to Diane's album. First off, I LOVE the size she chose to use for this album -- 6x12! This size allows ample room for 4x6 photos. Diane used 6x12 page protectors by American Crafts (just $3.99 for a package of 10) throughout her album.

Diane used corrugated cardboard (peeled and distressed) for the covers, along with a variety of vintage Christmas papers and elements.

 Here's a peek inside at just a few of the pages. As you can see, Diane incorporated burlap into her album. It adds a warmth and texture to any project!

She made these trees with her Cricut, then added tinsel trim. Love it!

This glittered snowflake adds a beautiful vintage touch! Diane cut the snowflake out of chipboard using one of the dies in our Accu Cut die cutting center, then coated it with Glossy Accents and sprinkled it with our favorite glitter, Silver Crushed Glass Glitter by Stampendous.

 It is unlike any other glitter! Stop in and pick some up! Diane even made a set of chipboard glittered ornaments for her Christmas tree.
Diane took the time to add lots of details to her project while leaving plenty of space to add a photo, recipe, or other memory for each day of the month. I love how she created the rosette with die cut holly leaves tucked behind it.

This flashcard provides a different page size. It's easy to incorporate differently-sized pages when you're working with a ring-bound album.

Diane cut a 12x12 sheet of paper to feature the old-world Santa at the left. The right page includes a small bag with a pull-out tag for journaling.

A glittered "25" marks the big day...Christmas!

 Thanks to Diane for sharing another wonderful project with us! If you'd like to make a December Daily album, stop in! We'd love to help you get started making your own keepsake to celebrate the holiday season.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

You're Invited to Our Mixed Media Happy Hour!

Hello, Memory Bound friends!
Have you heard about our Mixed Media Happy Hour? Maggie started this class in May and since then, everyone has been having a great time learning new art journal techniques each month!
  Here's how this class came about: 
In March, guest instructor Cheryl Mezzetti taught an art journal class. It was such a success, her students asked for this type of class to continue. So Maggie developed Mixed Media Happy Hour, taking the things she learned from Cheryl & adding lots more. You'll spend the evening working on your art journal while socializing with new friends!
Join us at our November class to explore the world of mixed media as you alter a hard bound book! In November, Maggie will introduce you to new surface techniques to use in your altered book. Check out the class description below, then call us at (515) 965-1102 to sign up!

Mixed Media Happy Hour
Tuesdays - Nov 19, Dec 17, 6-8pm
Instructor:  Maggie Benge
Fee: $10 / Skill Level: Any / Bring Basic Class Kit, hardbound book, any mixed media supplies & tools you’re using in your book.  
Explore the world of Mixed Media as you alter a hardbound book! Each month new techniques will be introduced. NOV:  Explore surface techniques. DEC: Receive a $10 Memory Bound Gift Card, enjoy a holiday treat, and work on anything you like this evening!