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26 posts from November 2010

November 18, 2010

Have you seen the gallery?!?

Seasons_Greetings_Card A Walk Down Memory Lane has a great on-line gallery where you can share your crafty creations and see what the amazing design team is creating. I just popped over to the gallery and am in awe of all the creative mojo that I'm seeing right now. I'm so inspired to create. Click here to check it out. While you're there, check out the message board too. You'll get a peak into what's going on at the store, check out tutorials, chat with other members, and ask any scrappy questions you may have. Today's card was created by Design Team Member Kim and is just a little taste of what you'll find if you head on over to the gallery!

p.s. That paper is from Basic Grey's Jovial Collection.

November 17, 2010

Did you know - my favorite part

Road to Roma  Do you know what my favorite thing about shopping at A Walk Down Memory Lane is? Finding new stuff almost every time I go in! I love wandering through the store and seeing what I haven't seen before. If you're not close to the Brick and Mortar store, you can get this same experience through clicking on the "New Products" tab in the store. For example, right now you can find Basic Grey's Jovial and Wander, goodies from Basic Grey, and so much more in the new section. 

Today's layouts by Samantha show just a little bit of the fun you can have with the new stuff from Basic Grey's Wander collection. Have fun cheking out what's new, and have even more fun playing with it!





  Been there



November 16, 2010

In Store - Winter Fun?

PB050079   It snowed here on Saturday morning and Sunday morning. I know it wasn't the first snow of the season, and I know it melted as quickly as it came down, but it still got me thinking about the cold white stuff. I think snow is pretty, and it can be fun, but mostly it means I'm going to spend the next 5 months bundled up and asking my kids where they left their hats and gloves. My husband has a slightly different outlook. He's a snowmobiler, so he can't wait for more. My kids also love watching it come down and playing in it when it's not too windy. Whether you love it, hate it, or are somewhere in between, you have to admit, the white stuff has great possibilities for fun layouts.

Let It Snow by Samantha
Paper: Echo Park Everybody Love Christmas (Snowman, Journaling Cards, Christmas Bells, Bright Stripes, Christmas Words)
Accessories: Echo Park Everybody Love Christmas Element Stickers, Echo Park Everybody Love Christmas Alpha Stickers, Imaginisce I-rock Crystals, Jillibean Soup Sugar Picks (orange/turquoise)
Tools: Imaginisce I-rock

November 15, 2010

Monday Manufacturer Highlight Inkadinkado

PB050095 I love Inkadinkado stamps, so I was super excited when I found out they would be one of this month's featured manufacturers. If you're starting to think about Christmas cards, check out Inkadinkado's ridiculously cute Christmas stamps.

Alright, on to the card for today. It's a sweet and sparkly way to let someone know you're thinking of them. Making the sparkly birds is easy; just stamp, color, cut out, cover in glue and sprinkled with fine glitter.


Paper: Basic Grey Olivia 6 x 6 paper pad
Stamp: Inkadinkado The Flourish Pack, Lawn Fawn Sophies Sentiments
Accessories: Joleeā€™s Boutique Parcel Dimensional Stickers, Glitter
Tools: Inkssentials Sponge Tool

November 12, 2010

Friday Fun - Tradition

Last week I spent Friday featuring Happy Together by Fancy Pants, this Friday gets to see Tradition by Fancy Pants. This Christmas line is everything it's name promises; it's full of traditional Christmas colors and patters, but done in a way that is a still new, fresh, and fabulous. You can check out the line in the store by clicking here. Now it's time for a few projects to get those creative juices flowing!

Fancy Pants Believe

Have a great weekend! I'll see you Monday with some more inspiration from this month's featured manufacturers



November 11, 2010

Book of Books

Today I have mini project tutorial. I made this little book for me, but it would make a great gift for the book lover on your list. It's exactly what it's name says, a book for me to keep my list of "books I've read" and "books I want to read" in. Today's tutorial isn't quite as detailed as some tutorials, because it's one of those things that's easy to bend to your own tastes, however I'll be adding in a few things to think about or be careful of when making something like this. Alright, up first is a picture of the outside of the book:PA300041

Let's talk about choosing an album first. I wanted something small enough to put in my purse. The idea is that I can take this book with me to the library or book store when I go. I also wanted something that I could add pages too (for the books I've read section) and take pages out (from the books I want to read section). Finally, I wanted something that still had a bit of a book look to it. I ended up choosing Basic Grey's Tabbed Chipboard Album in Brown. This album consists of 10 chipboard pages: 1 large un-tabbed piece, 3 tabbed pieces, and 3 un-tabbed pieces. I flipped the book and actually used the back cover as the front. I embellished the front. I used papers from Pink Paislee Sweetness Collection as well as Parisian Anthology Broach Color Brads, I-rock crystals, some thread, and a tag I printed out with my Silhouette machine. I wanted to make this a pretty and girlie book, but I didn't want to go to embellishment crazy since I don't want to worry about catching it on stuff when I toss it in my purse. Here's a look at the back of the book: PA300043

Now as I mentioned, some of the pages have tabs and some don't: PA250004
I wanted all of the pages to have tabs, so I traced the tabs on the already tabbed sheet onto paper, and added them to the chipboard: PA300042
How you decide to label your tabs is up to you. I considered splitting my book up by genera, but in the end decided to split it up alphabetically by author. The very last tab, however, was saved for the list of books I want to read. 

You can decorate the inside pages any way you want. I didn't add any chunky embellishments, because I want to keep the book as thin as possible. Instead, I covered the pages with more Pink Paislee Sweetness paper. I also printed out quotes about books on vanilla card stock and added those to my inner pages. Here are a few examples:NovDec10

  Finally, I filled the book with loose leaf paper that I cut to size and punched holes in. I chose loose leaf paper instead of card stock for the simple reason that it's thinner. I read a lot, so I need to be able to fit as many sheets of paper as I can in this book. If you decide to make your own book of books, I'd love to see it. Just link it up here in the comments or post it to the gallery.


November 10, 2010

Did you know - get a jump start on Christmas

I know Thanksgiving is the next holiday on the list, and believe me I won't skip over that celebration (I adhere very strictly to my rule that Christmas decorations do not get put up until the day after Thanksgiving), but if you're in the Northwest Iowa area you can get a jump start on your Christmas Cards starting this weekend. There are 2 great classes coming up. Here's a bit about both of them:

PA290034 Get ready for Christmas with this great class from Samantha. Build you stash of Christmas cards by making 20 cards (5 each of 4 different designs) in one class. All you need is your own adhesive. Everything will be cut and waiting for you to stamp and assemble.
Cost: $25
November 13 from 10:15 am - 1 pm




Betsy V Christmas Card Class Betsy is joining us for a class helping you with your holiday card making! You will create 4 cards with Betsy's signature style, and My Mind's Eye Holly Jolly Paper. You will not want to miss the chance to make these gorgeous cards!
Cost: $20

November 15, 6 - 8 pm


You can reserve your spot for either of these classes by calling A Walk Down Memory Lane at (712)476-3443. Hope to see you there!

November 09, 2010

In Store - Betsy's Joys of the Season Holiday Card Cricut Kit

BetsyJoysOfTheSeasonCricutKitI saw these cards in the store this weekend and I literally gasped. These are amazing, and gorgeous, and chic, and you can make them yourself with Betsy's kit. Here are all the details:

The Joys of the Season Holiday card kit includes all of the instructions to complete 10 holiday cards in Betsy Veldman's unique style.

For this kit, you will need to have access to the Joys of the Season cartridge. 

  The instructions included in the kits will be very detailed, telling you exactly which images to cut, the size...right down to which buttons you need to push.  So, even if you are a beginner, you should have no trouble completing the projects.  The instructions are compatible with both the Expression or the original (small) Cricut. 

You will receive all instructions AND supplies to complete 10+ cards.

The cost is $24.99 per kit. You can order the kit by clicking here, or stop in to the store to pick up you kit in person.

November 08, 2010

The latest B&M Newsletter is on it's way!

I just clicked the "SEND" button on our latest newsletter for our Brick & Mortar customers.  Check out the archived newsletter HERE if you missed it.


Monday Manufacturer Highlight - Karen Foster

Blog Photos5 It's Monday, which means time to show off a little something using one of this month's featured manufacturers. In case you missed last week's post, this month's featured manufacturers are Karen Foster Designs and Inkadinkado.

Christy made this fun football mini album using a Cosmo Cricket blackboard album and Karen Foster's Football Papers and accessories. Karen Foster does themes so well, that putting together a themed album (like football, hunting, first tooth, baptism) is a breeze. This is such a great way to capture a few memories!