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8 posts from August 2010

August 31, 2010

Lots of New Goodies In Store

045bjpgThere is so much new stuff in store I don't even know where to start. I think today I'll begin with one of my favorite from CHA: Crate Paper's new collections.There are 3 new collections; Restoration, Snow Day, and School Spirit.  Christy made this card Crate Paper's Restoration line. Who wouldn't love getting this sweet hello? I think I might just find myself copying this great card.

BloomUp next is a frame I made using every paper from all 3 of Crate Paper's new lines; Restoration, School Spirit, and Snow Day. As you can see, not only are these lines great separately, but they work well together, too. The frame measures 12" x 12".  I'd love to make another one of these with Christmas ornaments instead of flowers.

The one thing these projects don't show you are my new favorite items from Crate Paper: Sew Brads. I just can't resist these pretty fabric brads:

Restoration sew brads

School spirit sew brads Snow day sew brads

August 30, 2010

Monday Manufacturer Spotlight - Bo Bunny

IMG_2635 Let's talk Bo Bunny! It might be a bit of an understatement to say I'm a fan. I'm thrilled that Bo Bunny is the featured manufacturer for August. I love that Bo Bunny does lines that have subdued colors and lines that are bold and bright, and just about everything in between. Bo Bunny's summer line Sun Kissed  has been one of my favorites for scrapping the fun of this summer. Brick and Mortar design team member Christy captured the fun of a back yard water fight with Sun Kissed. I love the simplicity of the layered circles in the background, the journaling on the cloud, and the film strip style photos.

Disney The second layout today is by me. This layout uses Bo Bunny Block Party.  My first thought when I saw this line was that it would be great for all of my 4th of July photos. However, I found out that it works great with Disney photos, too. I also mixed in a bit of Core'dinations card stock (The black and green circles) and Bo Bunny Block Party brads.  

If you love Bo Bunny as much as me you have until the end of Tuesday to pick it up at 25% off.

August 28, 2010

CHA Preview Party

Are you close enough to drive to the store? You may want to put Monday or Tuesday from 4-6 on your calendar, your fridge door, or anywhere to remind you to check out our CHA Preview Party! We have all new projects with new goodies from market that you can oogle and drool over (although please keep the drool off the projects! *wink*) Plus you can even go home with some new goodies at 15% off ONLY on Mon or Tues! We have Cosmo Cricket, Crate Paper, Jenni Bowlin, Bella Blvd, Imaginisce, Best Creations, Neatnix, Flower Soft, Teresa Collins and more already here!

August 27, 2010

Fan Friday

I think Fridays might become my favorite blog day. I'm super excited to start featuring projects by A Walk Down Memory Lane's Fans. We have some amazingly talented people out there, and I can't wait to show their work off.                                                                                                                                         

Pink Paislee Pop Fasion by Suzanne Renee

Today I'm bringing you a card by AWDML Gallery member Suzanne Renee. The bright colors of this card immediately caught my eye. In case you're wondering, that pretty pink background paper is from Pink Paislee's Pop Fashion Line. I love the inked and torn edges paired with the zig zag stitched border. And finishing it all off with a pleated flower? Divine! Thanks Suzanne Renee for sharing this great creation with us!  You can check out more of her creations here at AWDML's gallery.

Round LO by Cake Junkie

Second up is CakeJunkie's  layout. I love this layout for 3 reasons. First, it's round. It's always great to see something that's a different shape. Second, you can never go wrong with this soft and pretty color combo. It's especially great with the black and white photos. Finally, it uses one of my all time favorite punches, the Fiskars Upper Crest Punch. Thanks to CakeJunkie for sharing this great layout. You can click here to see more of CakeJunkie's creations in the AWDML gallery. While you're in the gallery, check out what the design team has been posting there, they are some seriously talented ladies.

I'll be trolling AWDML's Facebook page and the gallery for next week's Fan Friday, so keep posting away!  I'll see you back here Monday with some great projects that showcase this month's featured manufacture.

August 26, 2010

Altered Notepads

Peacock Notebook This little notebook has been sitting at the Brick and Mortar store for a while now, and I thought it was about time to share the directions. Please forgive me, but at the time I made it, I didn't take step-by-step photos, so I'll give you all the measurements and then describe the steps as best I can. Feel free to post any questions you may have in the comments, and I will answer them. When giving directions (i.e. right side, left side), I mean the right or left side when looking at the project (here the far left picture would be the photo of the front cover of the book).

1.You'll need 2 sheets of coordinating card stock. I used Bo Bunny Peacock Lane Dot and Peacock Lane Stripe (which just happens to be on sale 25% off this month), 1 small legal pad that measures 5"x 8" (these can be found at almost any office store or office department of a big box store), your favorite paper adhesive, extra sticky adhesive, 2 thin magnets (I like the ones made by Basic Grey), and your choice of embellishments.

2. Cut 1 piece of paper to 8 1/2" x 11 1/4" (here I used Peacock Lane Dot). Put this sheet of paper in your scorer so it is longer than it is tall, and score at 5 1/2" and 5 3/4". 

3. Cut your second piece of paper to 8 1/2" x 9 1/4" (here I used Peacock Lane Stripe). Put this sheet of paper in your scorer so it is longer than it is tall, and score at 5 1/2" and 5 3/4".

4. You will now cut a 1/2 circle into the sheet of paper from step #3. You will cut the circle into the side that measures 3 1/2" from the edge to the score line. If you're like me and can't free hand cut a circle, place a plate or bowl down on the paper and trace it with a pencil. Cut just inside your penciled in circle to create the curved edge. It's okay if your curved edge isn't centered perfectly from top to bottom, mine isn't! 

5. Assemble your notebook. Take your 8 1/2" x 11 1/4" piece of paper and place it in front of you so it is longer than it is tall. Put regular adhesive on the rectangle of paper that is on the left hand side of your score marks. Take your 8 1/2" x 9 1/4" piece of paper and attach the part of the paper that is on the right hand side of the score marks to the piece of paper that you have added adhesive to.  Your book should now consist of a left side, a middle, and a right side.

6. Use super sticky adhesive to attach the notebook to the middle section of your paper.

7. Add a thin magnet to the inside of the far right side of the book and the outside of the far left side of the book. These magnets should overlap when the covers are folded in to hold the covers closed.

8. Embellish your book. I like to cover the magnets with paper or a chipboard embellishment, so you can't see them.

9. You can add a small strip of paper (roughly 3/4" x 5") to cover the binding of the notepad.

Here's another one I created with Crate Paper's Season Collection

10 May

August 25, 2010

Let's Chat About Adhesives

Happy Wednesday! Before we talk adhesives today, I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Samantha Taylor and I am a design team member for the Brick and Mortar Store. I'm starting in a new role today as AWDML's Social Media Coordinator. What does that mean for you? That means daily blog posts (Monday-Friday), Facebook Contests, and a few more newsletters that feature what's happening at the store.   I'm really excited to be sharing what's going on at A Walk Down Memory Lane with you! Now...on to some chat about adhesives.

Tombow Glue Pen

First up is my favorite glue pen, the Tombow Glue Pen. This pen is great for gluing on little letters, gives a permanent bond on lots of materials (paper, metal,plastic), but doesn't stick to your hands (that's the part that makes it my favorite).  

Glue Glider Pro

Next up is a fantastic mono adhesive - the Glue Glider Pro.  This is a great adhesive for all your paper needs. It's my go to for layouts and card making. Not only is it the perfect size, but it glides on smoothly and easily. The bright colors make it hard to misplace on  your desk when your craft space gets a little messy (please tell me I'm not the only one who's done that). Finally, you can change out the adhesive cartridges without using them up. Need a temporary adhesive? No problem, just pop out the Perm Tac Cartridge and pop in a temporary one.

This to That

Up last is a way to add a little dimension to your project. Why not try out the American Crafts this to that foam dots? I love that you get a variety of sizes in one box. These are a great way to bring something extra to a project.

Join me tomorrow to learn how to alter a notebook. It's a great back to school project!


August 10, 2010

August B&M Newsletter is on it's way!

I just hit the "SEND" button on this month's email newsletter to our Brick & Mortar customers.  If you didn't get it or don't have email...you can click HERE to read it!


August 02, 2010

Chicago & CHA Summer 2010

CHADay1Here it is...the first day of the show.  We're all waiting outside the doors until 10 am and they let us through to shop till our heart's content!!

This year, the summer show was the smallest show I've seen, however, that didn't mean that I didn't get giddy over the awesome new stuff I saw while I was there.

There are 2 companies that I haven't bought from before, that we will be carrying.  Tattered Angels and Flower Soft are two companies that had some fun product for card makers, as well as scrapbookers and paper crafters.  Neither of them are "new" companies but we did get their newer products for the store.  So, quite soon, you will be seeing Glimmer Mists and Chalkboard Mists from Tattered Angels.  You will also see the entire Flower Soft collection from Flower Soft.  This is some really cool stuff, and it really doesn't do justice just by seeing it in pictures.  It gives your projects a fun 3-D flower petal-y look.  And the cute, fuzzy animals you can create!!  And the most beautiful grass and trees!!  Oh my!!

Of course, I purchased from all of your favorites like Pink Paislee, Bella Blvd, Jillibean Soup, Basic Grey, Echo Park, Making Memories, Bo Bunny and the list goes on and on!

I have posted pictures on the store's Facebook Page as well as our Flickr page if you would like to see just some of the products we found at the store.  I have a bunch more pictures of projects, layouts, etc but I'll save those for another day.

It seems like the thing to do after CHA is to talk about your favorite thing from the show.  Seriously girls, I'm a total scatterbrained when it comes to picking any favorites.  I love it ALL!!  LOL  But, if I had to:

SizzixEclips Tools - Sizzix Eclipse machine.  I spent a half hour video-taping one of the developers showing me how it worked.  I saw it at CHA Winter and was impressed, but this time, they had a lot of the bugs worked out, plus they have so much cool stuff coming down the pipeline.  Lots of the questions I asked about if it could do..."well, not yet, but it's in the next update," is what I heard.  I'm very excited about that.  As most of you know, I love my Cricut machine.  I love my machine, I just don't like the way Provo Craft treats their small retailers (like me).  So, if you were on the fence about an electronic diecut machine, seriously look at the Sizzix machine.  Like I said, I have about 30 minutes of video on that machine, and will work on getting that uploaded sometime this week if I can.

Tools - Cri-kit gel pens & Embosser for the Cricut Machine.  I love this new company that has a cool looking holder for magnetic gel pens and embosser tips.  This will add another level to the things you can do with your Cricut.

Tools - New Glitter - I found the most AWESOME new glitter company!  The glitter is so ultra-fine, it goes on so smooth, that it feels like a regular piece of paper once you've burnished the glitter on the paper.  There are so many colors too!PPOldSchoolDoodads

Embellishments - Doodlebug's Boutique Buttons will be a sure hit and I'm getting at least one of each color!!  They are so cool in the Doodlebug colors, and I love the little details around each button.  These are a MUST HAVE in everyone's toolbox!

 Embellishments - Pink Paislee's little Doodad stickers were so fun!!  Pink Paislee's site says this about them:  "What-nots, thingamajigs...or just doodads! These new layered felt embellishments are die cut and stacked for added dimension. We even added a printed sticker and some bling."  Let me just tell you this..Ican't WAIT to get these in my hot little hands!

Embellishments - Maya Road trims.  Maya Road again hit the nail on the head when it comes to exquisite trims.  Their pleated ribbon is just beautiful!

Paper Collections - October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker.  How did they know that on my list for this CHA was a kitchen collection?  Now...there were others with kitchen collections too (namely Little Yellow Bicycle and Doodlebug, which of course was ordered too) but October Afternoon was modern yet retro all in the same breath.  With some fun chipboard and stickers, this one will fly off the shelves once we get it in!

CratePaperSnowDayChip Paper Collections - Crate Paper's Snow Day.  I know, I know, I know.  EVERYONE's talking about Restoration.  And believe me, it is beautiful!  But for me, my heart just melts for Snow Day!  I just love the bright winter colors, the adorable snowmen, and this pile of CHIPBOARD!!!  I just want to run my fingers through the chipboard and fondle it.  It's just so PRETTY! 

Paper Collections - Bella Blvd One Fall Day.  Now, I won't deny that I am one of Bella Blvd's biggest fans, I've been selling their paper since their debut collection.  But be still my heart...i LOVE One Fall Day!!  The colors are so beautiful, and the cute adorable little trees in this collection are just perfect for those pictures in the leaves or even a quick trip to the pumpkin patch (gasp....did I say that word out loud?  It can't be close to pumpkin time already right?)

so, now, like I said, I really love going to CHA to see all the new goodies the industry has provided us to keep our memories safe and colorful and meaningful all at the same time.  I get so excited around this time of the year, because it's so much fun to plan the pictures that I am saving for that perfect paper.  Then, lo and behold, my friends in the industry do me proud and make the most perfect paper for my pictures!  And if not...if the paper's cute enough...I'll pose a picture just to use the paper!  LOL  Yup...I said that out loud!  LOL

The products are starting to trickle in already, and I've already gotten 2 UPS tracking numbers.  Most product will start shipping mid-August through September.  The Christmas lines, etc will start shipping around October.  Remember to watch our NEW PRODUCTS section of the store to see what's new!