Monday, April 28, 2008

April Book Club

by Susan Beth

Last Monday night was our monthly meeting, and we were a crowd again - what fun! However, we were short on members who had actually completed their projects - oh well. Fortunately for us, one member provided so much inspiration that the rest of us just know we'll do better next month!

You may remember that this month we were reading and working from "Designing with Recipes" and Autumn Leaves publication. Everyone agreed, it is a very nice book. In fact, one of our members actually purchased the book three times - that got us off to a start with a laugh as to how she could look at it, not recognize it, and like it enough to buy it three separate times.

Let's start with Rosie's project. It is based on one of the sketches in the "3 Photo Layout" section of our book.

These women in the photos are friends of hers from way back and were taken during a recent trip to the town where she grew up. Rosie used stamps to make the flowers and the flourish stems. Beautiful job Rosie!
Barb provided this wonderful "out of the box" example inspired by the canvas on page 27 of the book, but Barb went way over the top with her techniques. She used a gel medium transfer technique to transfer the photo to the canvas. The metal piece in the corner is a real sickle from the combine on her family's farm Very unique and wonderful project. Thank you Barb!

The rest of the projects were from Jennifer Claar, who found many items of inspiration in this book.

These photos are of a page she did inspired by the Star layout on page 12 of the book. The details are wonderful!

There are supposed to be three of these layouts using different papers and different title presentations, but the same sketch and photos. Jennifer has four children, and scrapbooks for all of them in separate books, so she painstakingly scraps many events three times. The reason I cannot present the other two layouts is I am having challenges with Blogger uploading, and I'm just out of time to keep fussing with it. So sorry Jennifer!

This is a page Jennifer did based on the layout on page 26 of the book. Lots of yummy details here!

The rest of these pages were inspired by the book, but I did not record where. They are all beautiful pages, don't you think! Time to get this book and enjoy how it can inspire you!

So, that is the report on book club for this month. Next month we are reading and being inspired by "Imperfect Lives" which is a big change in style for us, so it will be exciting to see what kind of projects result from this effort. Join us - the book is available on line from Amazon, but not at Keepsakes this time. The meeting is May 19th at 6 p.m. Hope to see you and your projects there!

Saturday, April 26, 2008

This Week's Classes

Graphic 45 Cards
Monday, April 28th
Taught by Kristii

Birthday Banner and Decorations
Tuesday, April 29th
Taught by Susan Beth

Theresa Collins Mini Album
Wednesday, April 30th
Taught by Elizabeth

Friday, April 25, 2008

SPRING CHALLENGE WEEK 5: Back to the Future!

This week's challenge is all about the future. Are you inspired by what is yet to come? Excited? A little nervious? Maybe down right terrified? Your challenge is to

Create a layout, card, ATC, or project about the future!

Make a prediction, record what you're looking forward to in your child's growing experiences. Create a mini album to fill in as your children grow through their school years. Anything goes! Then, share it with us so we can contemplate the future too!

Don't forget to mention this challenge to receive 15% off the materials you buy to complete this project! And don't forget to leave a link in the comments so we can see what lies in your future!

Here is a layout by DT member Elizabeth Wickland to give you a little inspiration.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Upcoming Class: Graduation Accordion Tin

Saturday, April 26
Taught by: Elizabeth

Know someone graduating this year? This is the perfect gift! Fill it with pictures or give it ready for their graduation pictures. There is a pocket in the lid for a gift card or cash for the graduate, too!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Extreme Store Makeover!

Have you seen the "NEW" Keepsakes? If you made it to the open house, you no doubt noticed that everything has been moved and rearranged to create a whole new look for the store! So check out the new displays...

... and the new work area...

... and all the new stuff that's coming in!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Upcoming Class: Build-a-Frame Layouts

Thursday, April 24
Instructor: Susan Beth

Learn tips and techniques for using the beautiful Prima Build-A-Frame stamps and receive a mitering tool to use with the stamps!

Upcoming Class: Vintage Wine Holder

Wednesday, April 23

What a great way to take wine or cider to your next dinner party! Learn new techniques for altering items and leave with this beautifully finished container!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

2008 Spring / Summer Schedule

There are a couple changes to this schedule:

Vintage Photo Cards - May 7th - CANCELED. This class is on the schedule twice but is only offered on May 27th. Please cross off your schedule.

Butterfly Cards - June 4th - ADDED. In this class, make the spring butterfly cards that were offered as the March card kit. If you missed the kit and would like to make the cards in a class, this one is for you! If you already ordered the kit last month, then you'll want to pass and take one of our other great card classes instead! Call the store for more details.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

It's HERE!

TODAY is the Open House at Keepsakes! If you want first dibs on the classes, if you want to see the fabulous things we have planned for the next 3 months, if you want to check out the completely redesigned store, then you won't want to miss today!

And remember... if you sign up for classes today with a friend (and today only!) you will get a discount on your purchases the day of the class. So grab a friend and come on in!

Friday, April 18, 2008


The challenge for this week is to....

Use an acrylic stamp by Inkadinkado!

Inkadinkado has some fabulous stamps and we've got a great supply of these at the store! Stamp a card! Branch out and stamp on a layout! Alter a birdhouse or other little item! Show us what you can do with these babies! Remember, if you buy a stamp set for this challenge, you can get a 15% discount on it! If you've wanted to give them a try, this challenge is the perfect incentive!

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

Thursday, April 17, 2008


Take a look at some of what we've got in store for you! Come on Saturday to see the rest!

Wednesday, April 16, 2008


Want to see what new products are in?

Want to see the new classes for this quarter?

Just want to get away and take in some inspiration?

Then come to our open house!!!

Saturday, April 19th
10am to 5:30pm


Friday, April 11, 2008

SPRING CHALLENGE WEEK 3: dissapointment

A Dissapointment... Now we all have them, whether its the great sweater that accidentally went through the dryer and shrunk or the relationship that crumbled before our eyes. Maybe its a dream that did not come true. Whatever it is, it is part of the fabric that makes up your life. Put it in a page, mini album, ATC, card or altered item and let the world know that your tapestry of life is full of experiences!

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

Thursday, April 10, 2008

National Scrapbooking Day!

National Scrapbooking Day

Please join us

Saturday, May 3rd
9:30 a.m to 5:30 p.m.

Enjoy a day of Fabulous Projects, Prizes, Food and FUN!!!

Our creative Rep, Chrissy Doolan, will once again be here to share great new products, projects and techniques!!!

Cost: $80.00

This includes: Supplies for all 6 projects, (basic class kit will be needed), a yummy lunch, great prizes, snacks and lots of FUN-FUN-FUN!

Space is limited to 20 so sign up today!!

Call 586-9249 to register!

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Customer Corner

We love to see the things that you guys are creating! These tiles were brought in by a customer last week and we wanted to share them with you! By layering patterned paper onto heavy chipboard and coating with diamond glaze you can make beautiful glossy embellishments customized for any project! This would be a great way to use some of the new Graphic 45 papers from the Times Nouveau collection.