Friday, March 28, 2008

SPRING CHALLENGE WEEK 2: Pick a tool, any tool!

This weeks challenge is an easy one!

Use one tool you bought at Keepsakes
or buy a new one and show us what it does!

For this challenge you need to pick a tool - as simple as a punch or stamp, as new fangled as the Zutter and make a project with it. Come on, you can do it. In my stash of tools I've got: the Basic Grey distress tools, a Heidi Swapp distress tool, punches of all sorts and sizes, a circle cutter, a xyron machine, a glass mat for use with various cutting machines, a hot air gun for embossing, altered edged scissors, an eyelett setter, and the list could go on an on! Get the idea? Pick one you have and put it to good use!

Don't forget to leave a link in the comments of this post to show us what you've done!

Spring Challenge Inspiration....

Don't forget about our Spring Challenges at Keepsakes By Design! Our first challenge was posted last week and a new one will go up tomorrow! If you missed the first week, don't worry! It's easy to get caught up and get in on the fun! Susan Beth has provided us with some inspiration for the first challenge. Here is her Spring layout:

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Note from Kristii

Your projects all turned out beautiful! I love all the little touches that you added to your projects to make them your own! You all rock!! Here are pictures of the projects that you can print out for referernce. Thanks again ladies!! I appreciate all of you!

Friday, March 21, 2008

New SPRING Challenges!

Don't forget that tomorrow is the last day to turn in an entry for the March challenge! With the end of our March challenge, we will be starting a new challenge series for Spring! Here are the details...

Join us in a 14 week long challenge series. All you have to do is make a paper craft project once a week using the prompt we will provide on this blog. Post it to an online gallery (such as twopeasinabucket or your own blog) and then leave a comment on this blog and link us to your post - we'd love to see what you made! Save your projects, because for those who complete all 14 weeks and bring their completed set of projects to Keepsakes by Design by June 30th to put on display we will have a special prize package. Also, just to get you going on this, you get 15% off any products you buy at Keepsakes by Design for use in your challenge projects - be sure to let us know which challenge you are purchasing for and what your project is going to be. We love hearing about all your beautiful crafting adventures!

Our first challenge is... The Signs of Spring!

Yesterday Spring arrived in Bozeman wrapped in a thick white blanket. Take the time to think about or even get out and see some of the signs of spring. It make take a little hunting for some of you. Or, it may be something so obvious we almost take it for granted. You may see Spring's arrival in nature, or in your mail box, or on your calendar, or in a certain product you can now find in the store. This weeks challenge is to tell us how and where you see "A Sign of Spring." We can't wait to see your projects!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

March Book Club

by Susan Beth Breuner

We had our official book club meeting for this month last night at Keepsakes by Design. And unfortunately, the gang was not all there. In fact, we were at a little over half force with just six of us making it. Not sure where two of our missing members were, one was flying to California because a relative died, another was just missing in action also, and one lady actually came, but before the group got going she was called home because her husband locked himself out of the house. Ah! Well . . . that's life of scrapbooking ladies!

We were using several years old (but classic) Designing with Texture by Autumn Leaves as our inspiration this week. Before showing you any of the projects, let me just say that this was my first ever scrap booking book, and I loved it. By the time this meeting came around my book had pages falling out from over use. But, I ran out of time this month and did not do any new projects from the book - just brought an album with old (3 or more years) layouts. What a wimp I am - slap me on the wrist with a wet noodle and hang me out to dry!

So, Rosie picked this wonderful book, so we'll show her page first.

These are her parents.

She put a lot of little details into this page - micro beads, rub-ons, corrugated paper, watch parts, buttons, stickers, and some killer letters and stamping. She said she was looking and looking for a watch face that she knows in in her stash someplace, but couldn't find it, so she stamped one onto some fabric instead - definitely a great way to add some texture to her page! Nice Job Rosie!
Next is Christi Small (who I mistakenly called Christi Smith, and she graciously corrected me!) She started her project just two hours before our meeting started. She did a little mini album much like the one featured at the top of p. 39 in the book. Here it is:

As I recall, she's using it as a gift for a family member, and she will decorate it for that purpose. I love the beads! And she said she used the big bite crop-a-dile to get that giant eyelet into the middle of the cover - for those of you wanting one, Keepsakes by Design will be getting those in soon! Supposed to be super cool!

The rest of the projects to show this time around are from Erika. You see, Tamara, who usually doesn't do a project because she is time crunched, but we love her so much we don't care, well, this time she did do a project - a page as I recall. But guess what! SHE LEFT IT AT HOME ACCIDENTALLY! And she lives too far away to run home and get it, especially with the price of gas these days. Bummer, because I was really excited to see it. She said its about her daughter in T-Ball and has denim on it. Now, doesn't that intrigue you?

Also, just a quick comment that Jan, our usually super strong always produces lots of great projects - well, she didn't have anything this month, although she came. She's been focused on other things - like finishing the pages from her trip to Japan. So, we'll forgive her this one time and expect something great next month!

Now, onto Erika's projects - and there are three of them, so she's our super-star by volume this month! First we have a mini album that she is doing for the Faith Sister's/Patter Cross challenge (learn more about that here: She gets one word a week and then makes something scripture based using that word for inspiration. This is really cool! I was going to do this challenge, and then life got to me and it fell by the way side! So, without further blabberin on from me, here is her super cool project:

This is a year long project/challenge, so eventually this book will be 52 pages long! Wow! She brought this because it is full of texture! And boy is it ever. I spotted Ranger crackle paint, distressed and inked edges, ribbons, fibers, rub-ons, buttons, and a whole lot more! Super cool! I so wish I had started this challenge the first week in January. Now it seems sort of . . . well, hard to catch up. Maybe if I find an extra day in each week I could manage it!
Oh, I almost forgot! Erika order her copy of Designing with Texture on line weeks ago, and it was lost in the mail! =(, Then, suddenly two days ago i showed up in the mail. So, the mini-album book was just partially inspired by the idea of texture, not anything in the book. Then, she got the book and did two pages. So, on to Erika's first page:

This one was inspired by pg. 54 of the book - I think that's what my notes say - and is full of texture even though it is relatively stream lined as to the number of elements. Notice that crackle paint again! Such a cool product! And love how she brought out the texture of those letters by inking them lightly to show the pattern!

And here is her last page, again inspired by a page in the book that had so many stripes! Nice and bright too! Cute little girl is Erika's daughter Zoe - what a smile! And look at that cool hair!

So, since the projects are relatively few this month, I though I'd give you a peek at some of our members.

If you are in the group and weren't able to make it this month, we all missed you so much and hope to see you there in April - especially you, Jenn C. as you have been sick or out of town for way too long! We need you to come back soon and inspire us with your many talents - and make us laugh with your special way of telling a story!

Calling all new comers too! We will next meet on April 21 at 6 p.m. in the back room at Keepsakes by Design. We will be doing projects out of the Designing with Recipe book which is currently in stock at the store, and is a great book. Then, in May we'll be doing a book called Imperfect Lives, which is a big change in style for us - it is just a fluke that we did so many Designing With . . . books in a row. We really do other books. And then, in June we're looking at a home decor book, which will be a real challenge. So, come and join the fun! Remember, except for the cost of the book, its free!

Sunday, March 16, 2008

This week's classes...

This week brings a new set of class at Keepsakes by Design as we near the end of the winter schedule. Kristii Lockart will be teaching a Memory Wall Hanging class with a bonus card included on Monday from 6-9 pm. The class cost is $20, and wouldn't this look GREAT hanging in your home??

On Wednesday from 6-9 pm, Elizabeth Wickland will be teaching you how to make this cute gift set out of frappuccino bottles and holder. Please remember to bring your own frappuccino bottles and the holder they come in. The class cost is $20. What a great idea for an Easter basket!!

Our final class of the week is taught by Susan Beth Breuner. Join her Thursday night from 6-9 to make two great layouts using clear elements! The class cost is $20.

To sign up for classes, stop by or call Keepsakes by Design. Hope everyone has a fantastic week!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

March Card Kit

This month's card kit was designed by Elizabeth Wickland and is a four card set to get you in the mood for spring! The kit utilizes papers from the Tres Jolie collection and paper ribbon from Little Black Dress designs. The kit also includes 3 Heidi Swapp ghost butterflies and this great stamp and bling set from Hero Arts!

The kit is $15 and includes everything you need to make these beautiful pink and orange butterfly cards, perfect for Spring! Customize them using whichever sentiment fits your needs best and keep the stamps to use for many cards to come! Kits will be available for pickup the first couple weeks of April. To order, call or stop by Keepsakes by the end of March!

March Mini Album Kit

This month's project kit is an envelope album, perfect for filling with photos and letters for someone you love. Designer Elizabeth Wickland chose to fill this album with letters for her daughter, but it would make a beautiful mother's day gift and keepsake as well. You will receive a complete set of instructions in addition to the kit supplies, so you can customize this album however you want, using different papers if you so choose. This album is made using the Tres Jolie papers, overlays, buttons, journaling squares, and border stickers from My Mind's Eye. Each album includes three envelopes with inserts and 3 overlay pages bound with the Bind It All system. The kit costs $20 and will be available for pick up the first couple weeks in April. To sign up for the kit, call Keepsakes or stop by before the end of March.

March Scrapbook Kit

Susan Beth designed these beautiful pages for our March kit! She utilizes the beautiful Two Scoops line from Basic Grey and flowers from Prima to make these pages you will want to make for yourself for sure! The kit costs is $20 with Stickles and a Krylon pen available in an add-on kit. Call the store or stop by to get signed up for this kit! You have until the end of the month to order and kits will be available for pickup the first couple weeks of April.

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Inventory Clearance Sale!!


Monday, March 10th
Saturday, March 15th

20 to 75% off storewide*

Big changes are coming and we need the room--so it's gotta go!!!

Don't miss out, we only do this once a year!!

*certain items excluded

*What's New* Graphic 45 Papers

Graphic 45 is a new paper company with an artsy feel... and Keepsakes has both their paper lines in stock! Times Nouveau has both funky/artsy papers and some timeless classics. This line is perfect for altering items. Perhaps a cigar box to hold antique costume jewelry?

The Baby 2 Bride line has a completely different feel and is absolutely gorgeous. It has soft colors that are perfect for baby albums or bridal pictures. All of the papers are double sided for versatility and all of the designs are breathtakingly beautiful. The pictures don't do them justice - you really need to stop in to see them!

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

*What's New* Theresa Collins

If you haven't seen the new papers by Theresa Collins, you've got to check them out. She's has a heart for journaling, so her products make it easier! All of the papers are double sided, which makes them versatile for many projects, including mini books! Her Journal-It line is designed to work with the Zutter Bind-It-All, which makes it even easier to make a quick album! (If you haven't had a chance to see the Bind-It-All in action yet, stop by Keepsakes for a free demo!) These punch outs bind together to make a quick album - all you have to do is add photos and journaling!

These journaling cards are double sided, which makes them perfect for a mini album or an accent or pull out card on a scrapbooking page.

Her calendar sheet is PERFECT to be bound into a tiny album.

In fact, she even offers a free downloadable class to make this awesome project!

When I first saw this calendar page, I thought it was awesome!

I bought it and as I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it, I came across Theresa's layout. I love seeing what designers do with their own products. And her work is amazing!

If you want to know a little more about Theresa Collins and the drive behind her designs, check out this interview with her. If you're a blog addict like I am, you can follow her blog, too. She's got so many great ideas and design, it's incredible. And once you've fallen in love with her designs like I have, stop by Keepsakes and pick up some new Theresa Collins - then get creative!

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Product Review: Zutter Bind-It-All

by Elizabeth Wickland

Keepsakes recently received a shipment from Zutter, including their personal binding machine, the Bind-It-All. I'd heard of them before, and heard people rave about them, but didn't have any real interest in one. I assumed they cost hundreds of dollars and weren't something I would use much. I didn't think much about it again, until it was time to bind a project I was working on for the store. So Friday, I tried the Zutter Bind-It-All for the first time.

WOW. First, the Bind-It-All is compact. It's small enough to sit on an out-of-the-way shelf until it's needed, and it doesn't take up a whole table while being used. Second, this little machine does both the punching and the binding, which is nice. Third, it is very easy to use, even without instructions. I have used other binding machines before when I was teaching, and they were not at all intuitive. This little machine is easy to figure out, even the very first time. It has a practically fool-proof slide to adjust the settings and allows for a freestyle sort of punching, continuous punching, and two depth adjusters so you can create books with pages that nestle perfectly inside the covers. I am impressed.

Once I was sold on the functionality of the tool, I reluctantly looked at its price tag. As I said before, I expected it to be hundreds of dollars, simply because most high quality, heavy duty scrapbooking tools are. And this is a high quality, heavy duty scrapbooking tool with a lifetime warranty. But much to my surprise (and delight!) the Bind-It-All retails for about $65, making it an affordable investment!

I originally thought it was something I wouldn't use often, but the more I thought about it, the more uses came to mind. Obviously, it was perfect for mini albums, which I am making a lot of these days. But then I thought... why stop at mini albums? It would be simple to put my scrapbook pages in page protectors, decorate two chipboard covers and bind the whole set together to make my own full-size custom albums! The Bind-It-All works with cardstock, chipboard, acrylic... even as thick as a standard CD.

All in all, I think it's a great product. It was easy to figure out, easy to use, and created a professional-looking binding in seconds. It's a quality tool at a reasonable price . And everyone I know who has one absolutely loves it.