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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 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 08, 2009

Wow!! Over 400 new goodies in the web store!

Little Sprout Layout Whew...I never thought I'd get this done again...but there are over 400 new goodies in the webstore again!  Some really cool things are uploaded into the webstore, including Crate Paper (look at that adorable layout from the CP team using the Little Sprout collection).  We also have the Lillian and Orbit collections from Crate Paper in the webstore.

How about some new Basic Grey?  We have the two newest collections, Lime Rickey and Wisteria in the store.  These are total opposites as far as their design goes, but they are both equally cool.

We also have Making Memories' new Wedding line here.  Ahhh, such pretty papers with pearly or glittery finishes.  Cool new embellishments from them including "looking glass" pieces, a fun new spiral journal book, and pretty glittery diecuts.

Making Memories Great Escape is here too.  They are great for travel, but some of the patterns look great for the boys in your life too!

Ahhh, and Doodlebug's new collections are here.  They're our featured manufacturer this month so remember you'll get 15% off...even the new collections!  They have the cutest little brads with their collections this time around...you'll need to check them out!

June 05, 2009

Design Team Call!!!

We are so excited to announce that we are looking for 4 designers for our July 2009 - December 2009 team!! The call is open from June 5th through June 15th. We will be announcing the new design team on our blog and newsletter on June 22nd.

So WHO are we looking for?

We are looking for inspiring designers who are creative, ambitious and who can design not only with our products from the store. We are looking for designers who can display the following:

- Open communication skills
- Unique individual style
- teamwork and cooperation
- Ability to display and teach different techniques
- Ability to create layouts from a basic to a more advanced skill level
- Creativity in the use of our card kits and products to help promote A Walk Down Memory Lane
- Ability to teach online classes and write up instructions
- Must be able to work within deadlines and under pressure

What do I need to Apply?

1) We would like you to submit Three (3) original layouts and one paper craft project that best represent you and your style. Acceptable paper craft projects would be altered items, cards, mini albums, etc. All submitted items must be your own design (they don’t have to be made specifically for this call) and e-mailed to DesignTeamCall@awalkdownmemorylane.net
2) Active participation on message boards and in galleries is important and will be considered when we chose our team. You will also be required to have an active blog

What to include in your Application besides your projects?

* Your name, address, e-mail address
* Links to online communities (forums, message boards, galleries) in which you are active in and regularly post to. *Please include all links*.
* Link to your blog where you post your scrappy/stamp/paper craft creations.
* Links to other Design Teams you are currently on, and scrapbook resume (if you have one). Prior design team experience is not required, however, preference may be given to those who are not committed to another DT. If you are currently on a design team please include how long you've been there, and when your term will end, also include your title there (for example: DT coordinator, strictly LO designer, etc) Also Let us know if you've been published and where (here's your chance to TOOT!).
* Answers to the “Time to get to know you” questions below. J
* A headshot and bio for our website and newsletter announcement

Time to get to know you!!!

Please include your answer the following questions in your email submission:
- How would you or others describe your style?
- What is both your strengths and weaknesses when designing?
- Why do you want to be a part of our design team?
- How much time would you be able to devote to your duties at A Walk Down Memory Lane
- Give us your best idea for promotion our store. (ie. Blog hop, advertising in a magazine, etc.)
- Do you have a unique skill (for example, do you create sketches or make handmade scrappy items?)
- What is your favorite food?
- Give us an example of an online class that you could and would be willing to teach (you do not need to provide a write up or sample for this call!)

Now for the Nitty Gritty...What you’ll do as a DT member:

1) Your DT term would be from July 1, 2009 through December 31, 2009.
2) Each month you must, create, at minimum 4 layouts & 1-2 papercraft projects. Your work must be sent in via email by the 25th of each month. You will be responsible for ordering your own products from the store and making sure that you have enough time to get your assignments done for your deadlines.
3) Each DT member will be responsible for posting classes and help running crops on the blog and Message Board. We will not hold crops closer than 6 weeks apart.
4) Post your DT layouts on galleries and blogs throughout the web, whenever possible, link to AWDML. Watch other promotion Message Boards and Blogs for product chats and talk us up where possible.
5) Participate in Message Board and DT blog discussions on a _regular basis_ and keep the message board going by regularly posting new topics, games, challenges, tips & tricks, project examples, etc.
6) Leave praise and encouragement _regularly_ in our gallery for our message board members. This is a HUGE part of your requirement. Members like to receive feedback on their work!
7) Help moderate the MB and alert the Admin if you find anything inappropriate
8) Newsletter participation is a must, you must sign up monthly for at least one newsletter duty (product highlight, small project with instructions, sketches, etc)
9) You must have a “scrapblog” or a blog that you talk about scrapping on and update it regularly each week with a post about projects you’ve used from the store, featured manufacturer, or whatever. We ask that you also have links to our site and your DT blinkie on your blog and other sites where allowable.
10) Be the eyes and ears for AWDML online, finding new inspiration or ideas and sharing them to help our community grow.
11) Each DT member will be required to post to the AWDML DT blog once per week. You will also be required to post a class and a challenge once a month. We will have a rotating schedule so you don’t have to do BOTH in one week.
12) You must sign and return the AWDML DT contract before your DT term begins.

What do you get in return?

- As a Design Team Member you will receive your choice of product, with a $30 value, from AWalkDownMemoryLane.net free of charge, including free shipping.
- As a Design Team Member you will receive a package of featured manufacturer goodies each month free of charge.
- DT Members receive 30% off of orders placed in the www.AWalkDownMemoryLane.net store (up to $50 per month) and free shipping on those orders as long as they are shipped with their monthly DT package.
- DT Members will receive a package of past kits for use during their DT term. These can be used on classes, tutorials, challenge samples, etc.
- DT Members bio and head shot will be featured on our design team page.
- DT Members designs will be featured in our monthly newsletter.
- DT Members blogs will be linked from both the DT blog and the AWDML store blog.

** Important information regarding international applicants
International designers, if you are chosen you will be responsible for paying the shipping difference each month, and please keep in mind that we do expect you to keep with existing.

Please e-mail any questions and submissions to DesignTeamCall@awalkdownmemorylane.net

March 03, 2009

Whew...photos are almost all uploaded!

OK, so I'm waiting on a few photos of products (namely the March kit and the Copic marker kit) but otherwise, I think I've got all the photos ready to see all the new stuff that came in.....well, at least what came in through last Thursday.

I have more boxes that came in today!!
Technique Tuesday stamps
Pink Paislee
Little Yellow Bicycle
Miss Elizabeth's paper packs
Karen Foster fishing, hunting and sports page kits

With more UPS tracking numbers for Cosmo Cricket, Heidi Swapp, Making Memories..ooooo I love the months after CHA when every day feels like CHRISTMAS!  :)

February 06, 2009

February B&M Newsletter


Hey there scrappers & stampers!  I forgot to post the February newsletter for the physical store customers.  If you happened to miss your email with the newsletter, you can see it HERE!

SoLuckyLayout SoLuckyLayout2 We've got a new layout class coming up in February using My Mind's Eye Laundry Line papers as well as chipboard, crackle paint, brads, rubons, ribbon, and pop dots.  Space is limited to 6, so you'll want to register early for this class!  The photo doesn't do this layout justice as there is lots of sparkle and glitter with this layout.  The class is $15 and you'll go home with a completed 2 page layout and lots of tips and tricks for these fun embellishments.  IF you are an online customer and would like to "take" this class, you can call or email us at the store, as we have a few extra class packs reserved just for our online customers.

Just-Because-Card-2 We're also adding new dates to our Cricut classes.  We've added Thursday, March 5 to our class schedule for a Cricut 101 class.  We're making the card at left, using the Wild Card cartridge and we're also making the ceramic tile with vinyl.  This is a very popular class, and we've sold out of all of our classes so far, so you won't want to miss this one!

January 29, 2009

Jet lag is an awful thing!

 OK, so here I am, back in Iowa and back at the store...I should be all "bright and shiny" and excited about all the new CHA goodies I just saw this week, right?  Well, so very sorry to tell you, but I am a bit beat.  Although I AM excited about all of the cool stuff we saw and did, and I can't wait to show and tell you all of it...I am so tired that I'd love nothing better than to crawl back into bed!  LOL  Two 12 hour travel days and non-stop go-go-go for the 3 days we're there and it just wears me down...

Steelers smileySo....today, I will tell you a bit about what's going on here at the store the next couple ofdays. On Sunday, our beloved Steelers will be playing in the Super Bowl!!  We will be hosting a Super Bowl party on Sunday night, and to celebrate, I'm extending the CHA 20% off sale at the store!  So...from now until after the game is over, you can receive 20% off your entire order!!! 
And, if they win....you can expect to see some celebratory give-aways here on the blog next week.  :)

Next Thursday night is another one of our Cricut classes here at the store.  This one is currently full, but we do have another scheduled for Thursday, March 5.  You will want to register early for this class as we are already filling up spots.

On Monday, February 9 we will have a sneak peek night here at the store.  We will have sneak peeks of most of the goodies we ordered at CHA along with some layouts that we did using some of the new products we got at the show!!  So, not only will you be able to see pictures of them here on the blog, but you'll be able to touch and feel them at the store!

And, on Friday the 13th we will be hosting another workshop at the store.  For $10 you can crop the night away from 6 until midnight!

I am so excited to show you all of the new things that will be showing up at the store!  We already got our first phone call this morning that one of our CHA orders was ready to ship!!  So exciting!  :)

January 02, 2009

Welcome to 2009!

200901VintageHome You know...I think I say this every year, but I can't believe it's January of 2009 already!

Seems like when we're young, the days go on forever and it takes SOOOO long for our next birthday, or for Christmas to come around.  It feels like the older I get the faster time flies, and I'm constantly saying I can't believe it's already Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!

Looking back at 2008, it was a pretty fantastic year here at A Walk Down Memory Lane.  I have been showing off and selling scrapbooking and card making supplies now for almost 6 years!  I really can't believe how much the industry has changed since we joined the scene in March of 2003.

We hope to have an even better 2009, and are making plans now to make your experience even better!  Normally I don't make personal resolutions, 'cuz it seems the weight loss goals, organization goals, etc just never take root, but I'm making a few business resolutions in order to give you, my customers, a quicker, better, more valuable experience while shopping with our store.

1.  Faster turnaround time on online orders.  We are streamlining our processes a bit after moving to a storefront, and hope to be able to ship out orders within 24 hours of you placing them. 

2.  Customer instant chat portal online.  We have installed a customer service chat portal, where you can ask questions, get feedback, etc instantaneously via the web store.  If I'm working at the store, it should be on, so you can chat/ask questions about anything you want to know about our products and services, and get an instant answer.

3.  Bigger and better selection.  We are preparing for another trip to CHA at the end of the month and are looking forward to bringing you some of the best the show has to offer.  We are always bringing in new goodies, so if you have a favorite company that we don't carry, please let us know!

4.  Featured Manufacturer of the Month.  We are starting a monthly featured manufacturer special each month.  Every month, you can find out what manufacturer is our FEATURED MANUFACTURER, which will give you 15% off that manufacturer's products.  In January, My Mind's Eye is up...you will see various ways to use the MME products by our Design Team!

5.  Message Board changes.  We will be using our Blogs more than the message board as a way to keep in touch with our customers.  The Design Team will continue their daily posts over on the DT blog, showing off all kinds of ideas for projects, cards and layouts.  We will move our challenges and classes over to the blog format, and each Saturday you will get a new class.  Each Sunday you will get a challenge for the week.  These will be posted by our Design Team every day as well, but the Saturday and Sundays will be bonus posts for you!

Just a quick update...the January collection kit, card kit and Copic Marker kits have made their appearance in the store.  ENJOY!

December 12, 2008

12 Days of Christmas Sale - Day 12

12Days12 Oh my...how time flies!  We're already on the 12th Day of December, which brings us to our last Daily Deal.

Today, we are offering 25% off all our tools!  These include cutting tools, templates, pens, etc. etc. etc.

We have one other bit of good news for you!  We're extending our DAILY DEALS through 11:59 PM on Sunday evening, so you can finish up all your shopping this weekend.

Hope you have a FANTASTIC weekend, and I hope you've enjoyed all the activity over our 12 Days of Christmas Crop on the message board and store!