Monday, March 31, 2014

A Mini-Album!

Hello, Memory Bound Friends!
When the new WeR 4x4 mini albums arrived at the store, my biggest decision was what color to or gray? I decided on gray, grabbed a couple of refills and started to scrap our spring break mini-vacation!
I must be honest, when I first started working on this album, I was frustrated. The 2x2 squares just seemed SO small!!

But, as soon as I got in my groove though, I LOVED working with this album and able to create the entire thing in just a couple days!  

I used several Bella Blvd. 2x2 insta-squares. I wanted the book to be bright and colorful and these squares worked perfectly.  I also used a lot of the Simple Stories DIY stickers.

I printed off the pictures in square format, which worked out perfect for the 4x4 pages.

I will definitely be making another 4x4 album!

In my next album I will "enlist" a little help from some of these new Snap products such as these Photo Flip Pockets.
The pockets come in 4x3, 4x4 and 4x6.  I picked up the Variety Pack so I got a few of each pocket size. I can't wait to try these out and add a few more photos to my next album in a creative manner!

Another product that will be a must are these wonderful photo crops.  The heavy plastic pieces come in four sizes: 4x6, 4x4, 3x4, 3x3 and 2x2.

As the ad says, all you need to do is put the overlay on your photo and crop! This will be a great help especially with the smaller sized pictures, such as the 2x2!

Simple Stories Snap has also released amazing new sets of insta-squares. I picked up the "Dog" pieces and plan on making a fun 4x4 mini-album dedicated to our Golden Retriever, Moose!

This is Moose!

And these are the "dog" insta-squares!
(Don't worry, they come in "Cat" theme too!)
Each theme of insta-squares contain die cuts, 4x4, 3x3 and 2x2 squares. Perfect for a mini-album!

Click here to check out more insta-square themes!

Hope you have found something that inspires you to create something today! If you can't make it to the store and would like us to hold something for you, give us a call at 515-965-1102.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Next Scrappin' Kidz Class - April 14

Hello, Memory Bound friends!
If your kids enjoy making crafts and learning new things, we've got a super-fun monthly Scrappin' Kidz class just for them! Diana loves working with kids and always has a creative seasonal project up her sleeve. In April, we'll be making an extra special gift for Mother's Day! Give us a call at (515) 965-1102 to register!

Monday – April 14, 4-5pm
Instructor: Diana Tuttle  
Fee: $12 
Skill Level: Ages 8+ (or younger with sibling or adult)  Bring scissors, liquid adhesive & pop dots

In April, plan to make an extra special gift for MOM!

Stencil & Stamp Make-N-Takes Start Wed, April 2!

Make-N-Take Wednesday Workshops
Wednesdays in April, 1-6pm
Materials fee: $2-4

April is almost here, and that means we're getting ready for a new month of Make-N-Take Wednesday Workshops! This month's projects were designed by Maggie, our mixed media expert, so you know you'll learn lots of fun techniques! We'll be using the new Wendy Vecchi floral stencils and stamps to create unique cards each week. We'll ink, stamp, heat emboss, and even use the new Tim Holtz Marker Spritzer and Crackled Texture Paste. It's a great time to stop in and try something new!

Drop in on Wednesday, April 2, 1-6pm to make this week's beautiful card! Hope to see you then!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Amazing and Fun New Papers!

Hello Memory Bound Friends!
The other day I took a tour around the store and found some super fun papers that made me smile!! I can't wait for you to see them...let's not wait to begin the tour!!
The first stop is at the Food section! These papers are yummy!!
(Wouldn't this be a fun Halloween background of the kids when they are sorting their loot...or candy!)
On with the tour! Heading over to the boy section!
I had to get one of each of these!!
Can't wait to "build" some pages with these papers!!
If you have a Minecraft player in your family, then you will definitely want to grab a couple of these papers!
When I showed my son this paper he exclaimed, "Oh!! The little house on the hedge!"
Next stop, Disney and Characters section!
The Tower of Terror
Muppet Studio
Around the World
Oh, the places you will go!
Green Eggs and Ham
Character Dining for Girls!
The last stop on our tour brings us to the game section in the store!
And that brings us to the end of our tour. Hope you saw something that made you smile, say "That's perfect for..." or inspired you to "build" a page or card!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

This Weekend: Graduation Open House!

 Graduation Open House
Friday, March 28 through Monday, March 31

We have ideas and inspiration to make your graduation celebration an A+ event!  Join us during our annual Graduation Open House to see samples of albums, picture boards, centerpieces, gifts, decorations, and much more. Our staff would love to help you with your celebration!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sell and Shop at our HUGE GARAGE SALE!

Hello, Memory Bound friends!
If you've got the SPRING CLEANING bug, we've got the perfect opportunity for you! Our next Scrapbooking Garage Sale is JUST AROUND THE CORNER, and you still have time to sign up as a seller. Just stop in to pick up a seller number and guidelines for only $5. Then get to work cleaning out your stash to make room for new treasures! And the best part is that you get paid in Memory Bound store credit equal to your sales less 15%! See details below.

Of course you absolutely MUST stop by the sale to SHOP. Bring a friend and prepare for some serious bargain hunting!
We'll see you at the sale!
Memory Bound's HUGE
Scrapbooking Garage Sale
Friday-Sunday, April 11-13
It's time to clean out your scrapbooking stash, get organized, & sell what you don't want at our GARAGE SALE! 
 For everything you sell, you earn store credit equal to your sales less 15%! You don't need to be present…except to come for the great bargains! 
Shop early VIP hours on Friday, April 11, 5-8pm with a $5 cash donation to the Food Pantry or shop for FREE on Saturday, April 12. Shop on Sunday, April 13, 12-3pm when all items will be half off! Stop in to pick up a seller number & selling guidelines for only $5. Hurry…space is limited!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Learn about Copic Markers on April 7!

  Hello, Memory Bound friends! 
Have you heard about Copic Markers? These markers are preferred by artists the world over because they're made with an alcohol-based ink which gives vibrant colors and allows smooth blending. Paper crafters use Copic Markers to color stamped images which can be used on cards, scrapbook pages, tags, gift bags, and so much more. You’ll love how easy they are to use and how professional your projects will look! 
Katie makes learning about Copic Markers easy and great fun! I hope you'll join her at our next Copic Marker Basics class. Check out the details below, then give us a call at (515) 965-1102 to register!


Monday, April 7, 6-8pm   
Copic Certified Instructor: Katie Belding
  Fee: $16  / Skill Level: Any   
Bring Basic Class Kit 

   See what all the excitement is about with the Copic Sketch alcohol markers! These artist markers are designed for coloring & blending. Our certified instructor will teach you Copic basics about shading, blending, using the color wheel, and you'll make 2 cards.  Markers provided.

Fun Times at the Girls' Night Out Crop

Our Girls' Night Out group recently gathered for a crop at Memory Bound. It was a great afternoon of laughter, food, scrapbooking, more food, and fun! Oh, and did I mention FOOD? It seems that great food is a common denominator for any Girls' Night Out event! :)

Diane took a few pictures throughout the afternoon which capture just a tiny bit of the fun of this great day!

Jennifer (who also works at Memory Bound) moved here from Oklahoma a few years back and is still adjusting to the snow. Poor Jennifer...this has been a rough winter for her!

Karen is always working on something fun and creative!

LeAnn's latest project is an album called "My Life Now". What a great way to capture the details about a point in time.

Janis completed a set of cards at the crop (instructions and materials are available at Memory Bound). Janis reports that she had a great time working on the cards and now has many to add to her inventory!

Mary spent the afternoon getting started on a big project which involved constructing an album from scratch!

Jill created several beautiful cards that afternoon. Jill enjoys making cards and mini-books with intricate folds and pockets.

RaNae always has several great projects in the works! On this particular afternoon, she was working on a mini-album for a shower.

Diana was finishing up a birthday album for her granddaughter who shares her love of crafting! Hannah recently attended a crop with Diana.

Diane was finishing up an Easter album for one of her grandsons, Gavin. Diane makes a holiday album for each child with space to include photos for several years. It's easy for the boys' mom to add special photos for each holiday.

As you can see, a GREAT time was had by all! Our Girls' Night Out group meets monthly for fun and inspiration and occasionally holds special events like this one. You can read more about Girls' Night Out HERE. Our next meeting is set for Monday evening, April 14, 6-7:30pm. It's FREE and always lots of fun! Give us a call at (515) 965-1102 if you'd like to come!