Friday, January 31, 2014

Fun New Idea Books!

Hello, Memory Bound Friends!
You have to check out these fun idea books that are hot off the press and in our store!
The first book I am super excited about is
Interactive Mini Scrapbooks by Kathy Orta.
If you haven't heard of Kathy Orta, she creates AMAZING scrapbooks and mini scrapbooks that contain loads of pockets,  pull-outs, tags and pages. This book has step-by-step directions and pictures showing how to create these great little projects! Once you have created one, you won't want to stop!  The mini books are great for birthdays, weddings, travel, holidays and many other occasions! Oh...and you will learn the "hidden hinge" technique!  Love it!!!
If you want to check out Kathy Orta sharing her excitement about here new book and get a look on the inside, click here!
Another new book is Interactive Cards 2!
If you are a card maker, you will love to create these cards that have actual moving parts such as the slider, pop-up, springfold, stair-step, and spinner...oh my! Check out some of the fun cards that you will be able to create after following the easy step-by-step directions in this fun book! 
Interactive Cards 2
Interactive Cards 2
Hope to see you at the store soon!
Remember, if you cannot make it to the store and would like one of these books, give us a call at 515-965-1102 and we will put one to the side for you! Don't forget, for a low cost, we are also willing to ship an item to you!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Feb 16: Disney Day & Disney Autograph Book Class!

 Hello, Memory Bound Friends! 
Are you planning a trip to Disneyland or Disney World? Join Heidi to make an autograph book, ready to collect photos and autographs of your favorite characters! Meeting characters is one of the best parts of a Disney trip and with this adorable book, you’ll be ready to remember the magic of your visit! Check out the details below, then call us at (515) 965-1102 to register.   

 We've also designated February 16 as  DISNEY DAY at Memory Bound! Stop in to receive 25% OFF all of our Disney products! It's a perfect time to stock up!

Disney Autograph Book
Sunday, February 16, 12-2pm
Instructor:  Heidi Chatham / Fee: $23
Skill Level: Any / Bring Basic Class Kit, corner rounder, and Cinch tool if you have one
You’ll be all set for a Disney trip with this adorable autograph book, ready for pictures & autographs from your favorite characters! The clear acrylic cover is fun and keeps your pages protected. You’ll find acrylic pages & colorful ribbon add a creative touch.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Big Project Made Easy: Summer Camp Album

 Hello, Memory Bound friends!
In today's post, I'm going to share an album project my daughter completed over Christmas break. By all accounts, this was a big undertaking, with tons of photos, memorabilia, and journaling to do. But the right tools from Memory Bound -- including a sturdy 3-ring binder, pocket pages, SN@P cards, and more -- made it fun and easy for her to finish this album. I hope that seeing how she approached this project will inspire you to scrapbook your big memories, too! 

When you're ready to get started, stop in to Memory Bound and we'll help you plan your project. We've got everything you need to create an album you'll treasure for years to come!



This album details Bailey's summer as a counselor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan. She had a fantastic time, and I think the album truly reflects that! One of the best things about her project is that she took the time to write all of the details about her experience, while the memories are still fresh in her mind. Journaling truly helps your photos come to life!

We started planning the album when she was home for a very quick week at Thanksgiving. She chose a Doodlebug Storybook 3-Ring Album as it matched the camp colors perfectly!

Bailey completed the cover page last, when she was almost ready to head back to school at Indiana University. She chose a few favorite photos and put them into a collage using Picasa. A photo collage is a fun and easy way to create a cover page for your project.

 Her album starts out with "formal" camp pictures from each session, including the large professional pictures shown below. She also made sure to take a picture with all of her cabin girls for each session.

In addition to the formal photos, Bailey had a ton of great "everyday" shots to use in her album. She added a few SN@P cards here and there for color and to fill in some of her pocket pages. Here she used one ("Best Family Ever") as a title. These little cards were fun and handy!

 Over the summer she took pictures all around the camp. This layout features details about her unit. I love how she wrote so much about it!

 Bailey mixed up the page sizes in the album, using a few 8.5x11 and 6x8 page protectors here and there for variety. A 3-ring binder makes it super easy to do that! The canoe trip page below was going to be a small one but due to a cutting error on my part, the completed page didn't fit the page protector. (So much for Mom's help! LOL) So she mounted it on a larger background and now it's one of my favorites! (I always tell folks there are no mistakes in scrapbooking...just opportunities for creativity!)

I love how Bailey incorporated her handwriting along with computer journaling on her pages. It gives the album a fun, casual feel.

I'll never forget the day Bailey called me from Michigan, screaming and crying incoherently. Turns out she had encountered a snake while alone on security patrol in her unit! I've always stressed to her that journaling is the most important part of scrapbooking and I guess she has taken that to heart, as she wrote out all the details of that terrifying tale! :)

 Throughout the summer, Bailey took pictures of the little details in her cabin, including the signs on the wall.

She kept all of the drawings and notes from her campers and worked them into the album. The purple piece below was created by one of the art students. We copied it at Memory Bound so it would be safe to include in her album. I hope she frames the original for her future home!

 Bailey made good use of pocket pages. They enabled her to use a TON of photos in the album. Read more about them HERE!

She also made sure to take a photo with the camp sign! Here you can see another pocket page with a SN@P card in one of the pockets.

These mustache stickers were perfect for Mandatory Mustache Monday pictures!

Bailey kept a consistent color theme throughout the album. Her page backgrounds were mainly kraft and blue, with a few very simple patterns thrown in. She wanted the color scheme to reflect the colors at camp -- blues, browns, and greens.

We looked for ways to incorporate the artwork which hung on her cabin walls. We copied it at Memory Bound and used it for page backgrounds. I love how all of those pages turned out!

These are photos from one of the art shows which I got to attend during my short visit to camp. Students created an "undersea" world from fibers, shown in the photos at the left. It was truly amazing! To create her title, she die cut letters and used the negative part so the background color would show through, tearing around the opening of each letter.

Music was a big part of the camp experience. I'm glad she remembered to take a few photos to represent that aspect of the summer!

 The counselors recently met up for a reunion at a music educators' conference, so Bailey added those photos to the album. She doodled her title and wrote her journaling on a SN@P card. Fun and easy!

By the end of Christmas break, Bailey had a completed album documenting her wonderful summer camp experience! We carefully packed it in her carry-on bag and she toted it back to Indiana where she has had the opportunity to share it with her friends. I'm so happy she took the time to make this great project! It will be a treasured keepsake for years to come.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

That's My Boy!

 Hello, Memory Bound Friends!
Don't forget to stop by the blog and our Facebook page regularly because new product is staring to come in each day! As soon as our delivery guys leave, we all head o the receiving room to check out new product!! It's such an exciting time!
This new collection, That's My Boy by Echo Park, just arrived this week! Love the paper and especially the sheet of stickers!! FUN!!

Love the stripe papers!
Already have an idea for this paper!

Oh, the things you can create with all these stickers related to boys!
Can' wait to create my own pages with this collection!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Next Scrappin' Kidz Class - Feb 10!

Happy Monday, 
Memory Bound friends!
  Have you heard about our Scrappin' Kidz classes? We meet once a month after school to create colorful seasonal projects using fun techniques! Diana loves teaching kids and always has great ideas to share. Kids learn new skills and gain confidence as they create a new project each month!

Diana has another terrific class for kids coming up in February, this time using the adorable Prima paper doll stamps! Kids will love decorating the stamped images to create tags or bookmarks. Check out the details below, then call us at (515) 965-1102 to register!

Scrappin' Kidz - February 
Monday, February 10, 4-5pm
Instructor: Diana Tuttle / Fee: $12 / Skill Level: Ages 8+ (or younger with sibling or adult) 
Bring scissors, liquid adhesive & pop dots. 
In February, we’ll create tags or bookmarks for your Valentine using paper doll stamps and dress them up with sequins, paper, ribbons, and more!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Next Art from the HeART Class - Jan 30!

 Hello to our Memory Bound friends!
With all the cold weather we've been having, we have a class coming up which is sure to warm your heART! Maggie's next Art from the HeART canvas class is this Thursday, January 30, 5:30-7:30pm. We still have a few openings, so call us at (515) 965-1102 to reserve your spot!

Here are some photos from the first fun class held last week! As you can see in the top photo, the ladies used a collage technique to create the foundation for their canvases.
 Then they used aged silver and black embossing enamel with a heat gun to create a beautiful frame for the canvas. This frame was actually cut from our Accu Cut die board. With the embossing technique, it looks like metal. Amazing!

As you can see, the completed canvas is beautiful! It would be perfect to display on an easel in your home or give as a special gift.
We hope you'll join Maggie for her next class! Maggie makes it easy and fun to learn mixed media techniques. You'll leave with a completed project to keep or give to someone special!

Art from the HeART 
Thursday, January 30, 5:30-7:30pm
Instructor:  Maggie Benge 
Fee: $25 / Skill Level: Any
Bring Basic Class Kit, Matte Medium, embossing ink dabber, Embossing Enamel: Aged Silver & Aged Black, Distress Ink: Black Soot, Glossy Accents, blending tool, and paper distresser.  

Join us for a heART-filled class making a mixed media canvas that is sure to be your favorite home d├ęcor. Your fee includes a donation to Art for Ankeny, a local committee working to bring public art to Ankeny. We will be using inks, paints, heat embossing, & more so be prepared to roll up your sleeves for fun! During the evening class, you can sip on wine sponsored by Art for Ankeny.

Don't Miss Our Wednesday Workshop: Jan 29!

Hello, Memory Bound friends!
We've had a great time with this month's Wednesday Workshops (formerly known as Make-N-Takes)! Our theme for January is "Cards that Dazzle". We start with a white card base and add fun techniques to make your cards stand out! 

Our final project for this month is a friendship card designed by Diana featuring an adorable (and very realistic!) chocolate bar! Drop in on Wednesday, January 29 (1 to 6pm) to make this super-fun card! (Materials fee: $2-4)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

New Dare 2B Artzy Stamps!

Hello, Memory Bound Friends!
We have a brand new company, Dare 2B Artzy, in the store and boy their stamps are amazing!! Perfect for graduation, high school, band, dance and sports projects!
With graduation just around the corner, this stamp set would be a life saver in graduation preparations!!
This is another great set for graduation and for high school projects!

Check out the other stamps that have just arrived...Fabulous!!

If you see something you like, stop at the store! We would love to see you there! Can't make it, give us a call (515-965-1102) and we will put one to the side for you!