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June 30, 2009

Impromptu Crop Challenge card

ImpromptuPocketCard I've got a few projects that I completed during the Impromptu crop that I need to get posted!!  This one here is a really cute little card.

One of the members challenged us to make a pocket card, and the challenge was it had to have 3 flowers on it.

So...I made my card with Bazzill cardstock in an A2 size.  Then, I used some Kraft Bazzill cardstock to make the pocket, and sewed it onto the Whirlpool CS base.

Next I used some October Afternoon Weathervane striped paper, a Heidi Grace It's My Party sticker flower, and colored in the middle of the flower with Dimensional Pearls from the On the Dotted Line card kit.

Next, I stamped my Changito monkey and colored him in with my Copic Markers.  I adhered him to a piece of Bazzill cardstock, and then punched the top with an EK Slim Shapers Binding Punch to make the "notebook" looking top of the card.

June 26, 2009

Improptu Crop last weekend

ImpromptuColorChallenge I had the opportunity to play along last weekend during the Impromptu Crop over at the Message Board, but couldn't find my card reader to upload my images!!!

Anyway, here is a layout that I put together for the color challenge. The colors picked were red, tan, pink, and lime green.

I started with a cardstock base of Bazzill Bling from the Birthstone pack.  Next, I used some new Fancy Pants Kraft Kuts 2 girl diecut paper and cut off just a section of it.  I used the lime green paper from October Afternoon's new Cherry Hill collection.  The cardstock letter and number stickers are from the Fancy Pants Kraft Kuts 2 Girl collection as well.  The fabric label behind the #4 is from 7Gypsies and was included in the Blueberries & Fudge collection kit.  I used an Art Warehouse stamp for the journaling lines, but they're really faint...I didn't want them to appear overpowering.  The flowers are from Prima.  I used a brown button, and on the brown flower, I used a Making Memories Looking Glass piece from the Cards set.  The lime green cardstock sticker leaves are from Heidi Grace It's my Party collection.

June 24, 2009

Want a tour?

I know a lot of you are online customers, and have wondered what the actual storefront looks like...well, I finally got my Flip camcorder out of it's box, installed it's software, and I think I've got it figured out!

Here is just a little brief tour of our entryway...our inspiration location..or whatever you want to call it.  It's basically a 6x8 little entry to buffer the outside world's heat, humidity or cold and rain from the actual store.  :)


Here is the second video of the next 3 rooms in the store. Here is the last video tour of the store. Hope you enjoyed it!

July Card Kit sneak peek

JulyCardKitSneekPeak  I've been asked to post a sneak peek of the July card kit...so here it is!  :)

This card kit will be great for a great many different cards you may need to make.  Masculine, girly, sympathy, etc.

Copic markers next month are of the olive green, deep red, and mustard yellow variety.


June 23, 2009

Meet the Admin Team!

DTLucy <-----  This is Lucy.  You may recognize her!  She has been on our design team for 2 terms now, and has agreed to move up to be our Design Team Coordinator.

Hi, my name is Lucy Chesna and I live in Massachusettes. I am married to an wonderful man of 13 years and we have two awesome kids( Chris jr - 11 years old and Maggie- 8 years old). I have been scrapbooking for 11 years now and love every minute of it. I am a designer for various Design Teams, Scrapbook Calls and Contests Crew Team, Staff member for Scrapbook News and Reveiw Magazine and a Sketch Artist. My sketch site is called My Sketch World. I am so hononored to be on the team and I cant wait to inspire and be inspired by our awesome members at AWDML.
Lucy's Blog is called Scrapper Queen.
This is Molly ----->
You will see her around the Message Board a lot!  She is our Moderator, and she will help you around the Message Board.

My name is Molly Vakulskas Joly.  I was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa.  I have been married to my college sweetheart, Eric, since 2000, and we have three beautiful children, Alainna, 5, and twins, William and Jack, 2 1/2.  I have been scrapbooking for about five years and discovered card making shortly thereafter.  I have really focused on my card making for about the past nine months, loving to get my hands into ink!  My full time job (other than as a Mom) is practicing law in my family law firm with my brother and father.  I am also actively involved at my church in northwest Iowa.

Molly's blog is Musings as Life as I know it.

WTAvatar <-----  And, I guess the last member of the Admin team is me.  :)  I'm Lisa Ver Burg and I own A Walk Down Memory Lane.  I have been married to my high school sweetheart for almost 14 years, and we have a newly-turned 8 year old daughter.  I have been scrapping for 12 years now and started out as a Creative Memories consultant.  I opened up the website and store here over 6 years ago now, and opened up our first B&M location in October last year.  We are moving over to our own building in July on Main Street, Rock Valley and I'm so excited!

June 22, 2009

Meet our NEW Design Team!!

I am sooo pleased to announce our NEW Design Team members!!  These members were chosen from a lot of really talented applicants and the chose was extremely hard!  But I am confident that these 4 girls will WOW you with their creations!

DTCrystal <----- Please welcome Crystal!  I live in KY with my wonderful, supportive husband.  I am a SAHM to our wonderful and very active son, Caeden who will be 2 in August.  We are also expecting our second blessing as well--another boy.  As you might expect, I have plenty to scrap about!  I love scrapbooking because it gives me a much-needed creative outlet and allows me to document my family's lives as well.

Crystal's blog is located at Scrapper Mom.


Meet Mindy. ----->
My name is Mindy Baxter I'm a Stay at Home mom to 3 children, ages 10, 7, 2. 1 boy, my oldest and 2 girls. They really keep me on my toes! I have been paper crafting for about 3 years. I have so much fun, I love doing challenges, design team work, teaching classes with my craft group. Even doing some illustrating for a few stamp companies. I live in Southern California with my husband, Ralph, who for the most part is understanding about my addiction, I mean hobby. He has been so kind to let me have the office in our home as my craft area and is always trying to improve things, shelving, lighting ect. I'm really looking forward to my design team term here at A Walk Down Memory Lane!

Mindy's blog can be found at Stampin Mindy.


<-----  This is Nicole.  Hi, All!!  I am so excited to be a part of the new Design Team at “A Walk Down Memory Lane!”  Let me introduce myself…. My name is Nicole Wise.  I live in Southern Maine with my husband and two kids, who are five and six years old.   They are the main reason I scrap.  I love to scrap the funny moments and how they grow and change.  During the day, I am a Middle School Music Teacher.  I just finished up my 11th year of teaching and while I am super excited for summer, I love teaching!  The kids are super fun and keep me entertained every day.  The saxophone was my major instrument through college and I have been known to play professionally in a big band now, and again.

I have been scrapping for about three years.  In the past year it has truly grown into an obsession that I am thinking about all the time.  I am always looking  for fun ideas to use in my scrapping  and I enjoy surfing the internet to find interesting things.

You can check out Nicole's blog Four Wise Guys.

DTSarah Welcome Sarah!  ----->

My name is Sarah, I live in Chicago, IL, have been married for almost four years to my husband Ron and have an adorable 5 month old daughter Frances. We have three dauchshunds- Ginger, Bacon and Kody that we adopted from a rescue. I also love to run and have run in several marathons, love to cook and am getting better everyday, and love being outdoors.
I have been scrapbooking for about 7 years, but have only done it seriously for the last couple of years. I love to scrapbook my daughter, my family and the doggies. I would say my style is cute and fun. I love patterned paper and embellishments. I like to learn and try out new techniques, but don't like to spend too long on a page. The main reason I scrapbook is so my daughter and my family always know how much they are loved and what they means to me (I tell them and show them enough, but after looking at my pages there is no denying it). So no matter if the layout is fancy or simple if that message is conveyed, I love the page. I also love going back and looking at my pages. If I am having a bad day they always cheer me up.

Sarah's blog is Scrapcetera.

I hope you visit their blogs and get to know them a bit.  They have already impressed me with their ideas and willingness to help promote A Walk Down Memory Lane.  I hope you will be as impressed with them, as I am!

June 18, 2009

Come Join Us this weekend for an Impromptu CROP!

For those of you who may be trapped indoors this weekend because of the rainy weather we all seem to be having, come on over to the Message Board at A Walk Down Memory Lane!  We're holding a little Impromptu Crop on the board, while we're anxiously awaiting the announcement of the new Design team on Monday.

Lucy has already posted some challenges in the board, and there is a lot of chit chat already so head on over!!

Oh....and also, there will be a special coupon code for the weekend for crop participants!!  But, you have to participate to get a coupon code PM'ed to your account!!

Join us there!

June 13, 2009

Cricut Design Studio has been updated!!

I read on another blog, that the Cricut Design Studio has been updated to include the following new cartridges:

CHA Winter Releases:
Stamping (Solutions Cartridge)
Hannah Montana
SpongeBob SquarePants

Life is a Beach
Lyrical Letters

Brand new Releases (which we have on order):
Stand and Salute
Simply Sweet

With this update, there is a WARNING though, if you use the Hannah Montana Music Feature or the End Cap feature on Micky Mouse font or Plantin Schoolbook.

The Hannah Montana Music Feature and the End Caps features in Plantin Schoolbook and Mickey Font can be used in Design Studio but in order to use them you will need to nudge them together if you want them to cut as a unit.If you try to change the Kerning or use Welding with them and click apply your file will corrupt.

If you want step by step directions on how to download the update, etc.  You can see them HERE.

June 12, 2009

Today's the big day!

StoreLayoutSketch Can you tell what this is??  If you look really really closely, you may be able to tell my mom's handwriting.   You'll also be able to see that there is some boxes, shapes, etc that look like fixtures that we can hang product on.  You may also see the outline of an embellishment bar, or a tool try-it-before-you-buy-it counter.  Can you guess now?? 

Today is a big day!!!  This is the day that we close on our new building!  These are some temporary floor-plans for the new store!!  My mom has been diligently working on the floorplan, and how to lay out the store.  So, it may not look like the above drawing when you're in the store...but we're so excited to move over there next month!

We have been renting a small-ish space since October.  We had thought that we would just be getting the store out of the basement, and use it more like a "warehouse" to make it easier to pack online orders...but it has become SOOOO much more than that! 

We have been pleased and surprised by the reception that we've had here in Rock Valley.  We've had request for crops and classes that we really have not been able to host before in our small space.  Now, we'll have a 23 x 26 foot workshop/classroom area that will be set up with 8' tables all the time, so people can come and crop during store hours for free.

We plan on having some fun make and takes at the store, along with a cool tool try it before you buy it counter, where a whole counter will be filled with tools you can try before you buy them. 

We also plan on having an embellishment bar, where you can pick up miscellaneous embellishments individually, instead of having to buy a whole pack.  Things like flowers, buttons, brads, etc.

We hope to be open sometime late July, because we have a bit of remodeling to do to the store, and will definitely post pictures when we're all ready!

Have a great weekend!

June 11, 2009

June 2009 Online Newsletter has been sent!

If you missed out on getting the online newsletter, please click HERE to see the archived version of it on the web.  :)