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Lasting — Marjorie Towers


If it’s the end of April, then FINALLY, Tim’s new stuff from CHA has arrived. Yippee!  Seems it always takes this long to get here but its worth waiting for, right?

“What came in this week?” you ask.  Well look and see:

distress markers

Yep, the long awaited and much anticipated Distress Markers in all 36 colors plus picket fence.  Plan on this product being our demo this Thursday, May 3.  Come and play and see what all the hub bub is all about.

And then from his Ideology line:

cash keys


gem clips

word bands

file tabs

Ad you can see, it’s all about words, so if you struggle with getting just the right sentiment on your cards or layouts, perhaps some of these will help.

These have nothing to do with Tim Holtz, but in case you are needing to make some graduation cards or invites, here are some stickers that recently arrived:


I wish I knew someone who was graduating because I think these owls are the cutest thing ever.


I mean, really adorable, don’t you think?

So stop by and check out all the new goodies.  Hope to see you soon at Creating Lasting Memories.



Come the new year, you may think what you need to do is get your things organized.  I did a series of posts on that subject last year and I would encourage you to re-read them, or read them for the first time.  But I think there is something even more valuable for you to do.

For four years now I have been doing the One Little Word project (click on this category from the list on the right if you want to see my posts on the subject).

Every year I struggle a bit with remembering to be engaged with my word.  You know how that goes…January, right on top of it but by summer it’s way off somewhere in my mind.  Well, last year I did a couple of things to keep it more current in my thinking.  For 2011, my word was STORY.  First I took a Big Picture class called Yesterday and Today.  I don’t know when it will be offered again but it was so good and I really recommend it.  It was all about writing stories about your past and stories about today and stories that include a little of both.

Along with that class, I also signed up for and took Allie Edwards’ One Little Word class at Big Picture. It made such a difference and I can not say enough about how valuable this was for me.  This class costs $36.  Drink one less Starbuck’s latte a month and take this class! You will get one “prompt” each month. The prompt includes handouts, photoshop/Adobe .pdf files to print for the monthly project, and a short video presentation by Allie.  The projects are a great combination of art, writing, and picture taking. I am so looking forward to doing it again this year.  I urge you to consider it too. As Allie says, “These words have each become a part of my life in one way or another. They’ve been embedded into who I am, and into whom I’m becoming.  They’ve been what I’ve needed (and didn’t know I needed).  They’ve helped me to breathe deeper, to see clearer, and to grow.”

I have ordered the We R albums and C-Line page protectors that she recommends in the class supply list so it will be really easy for you to get what you need right at Creating Lasting Memories.  They should be in by the middle of next week.  Oh, my word for 2012? FOCUS.  “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col. 3:2) Don’t know where that is going to take me this year, but I’m excited to begin the journey and to see where it will lead. So join me!  I know you will be glad you did.


PS I am also planning on doing another 365 project.  It’s been four years and I think it’s time to do it again.  The 365 project is a photo project where you take at least one photo every day.  You don’t have to do anything with them if you don’t want to.  But you can also use them for layouts (once a week? once a month?).  All I know is that I took more photos that year (2008) than every before or since, I learned a ton about my camera and it gave me an eye for the ordinary as well as the special events of my life.  A variation on that theme is to take a specific kind of picture everyday, like a photo of the clouds, or a photo of the sunset, or a photo of the ocean (since we live by the sea).


The 12 tags of Christmas starts tomorrow at Creating Lasting Memories.  As we did last December, I will be sharing the teaching responsibility with the super talented Trisha Easley.  Trisha will start off class tomorrow, Monday, December 5, at 1:30.  Here’s the tag she will be showing us how to create:

tag 1

Lots of Cuttlebug work here.  We plan on having a couple machines available.  But if you want to bring yours, we would not be turning it away! Trisha did say she will be pre-cutting some of the items. I love those little acorns – that’s a Memory Box die.

Then, our second tag, that yours truly will be teaching, features the cardinal stamp and die by Heartfelt Creations. I love this stamp!

tag 2

If you haven’t heard already, our product that will be used on every tag, is PAPER TAPE.  Not just those by Tim, but also those by 7 Gypsies and others.

I’ll be suggesting the following Tim Holtz Tag Basic Kit (in addition to our usual Basic Kit):

craft mat, 3-in-1 Beacon adhesive or Glossy Accents, distressor, ink blending tool and foam pads, distress inks, sanding block, tonic scissors, paper piercer, & mini mister.

Class size is limited but we do have room for 2 more in Monday’s class.  There will be more fabulous tags on Tuesday and Wednesday (classes begin at 10:30 a.m.) and then the schedule repeats the following week. Please call and sign up. Tags for the next day will be posted the day before.  Looking forward to sharing this time with all of you.

Some have asked, “What do you do with the tags?”  First, you can easily make them in to a card (3 1/2 x 7)  which fits perfectly into a legal size envelope.  Then you can hang them on your tree, or a wreath or a swag. Like this:


Last, but certainly not least, if you want some more inspiration, check out Tim’s blog for his 2011 Tags.



It must be that time to start to thinking about your Christmas cards if you plan to make them. We’ve had a lot of customers coming in and getting stamps, ink and paper just for that purpose.  There is still a great selection though, so I thought I’d share some with you in this post.

For starters, Great Impressions has a nice set plus instructions for 6 different cards.  Come in and check out the display board.  It is typical Great Impressions style – lots of glitter, just perfect for the holidays.  As always, the stamp of the month (the flourish right in the middle of the photo below) is half price if you buy one of any of the other stamps in the set.


I love this reindeer, which is also part of this collection. It’s a perfect example of an easy to make card that looks fabulous.


We’ve got lots of nice sayings, too. Here are a few:




This snowman sparkles especially if you add a little glass glitter and “frosted ice”:


And last, but not least, we’ve got several nativity scenes like this one in cling (please excuse the glare from the plastic packaging):


And trees are always popular and make great cards.  We’ve got realistic ones and stylized ones, depending on your preference:


So I encourage you to stop in soon while the selection is still good and you have plenty of time to make your cards.  Blog special:  Mention this post and get 30% off all Christmas stamps.



I love the look of writing right on your photos ala Allie Edwards, one of my favorite scrapbookers.  At the Coastal Crop Getaway I demoed pens that write well on photo paper.  The pens sold out quickly but I promised to post to my blog the brand names so you can look for them at your LSS or online.  Uni-ball by Signo is an excellent white ink pen.  It takes a few seconds to dry, maybe 15 or so.  I like to use it to draw a line around the edge of a photo. Besides white, it also comes in silver and gold.  Although I didn’t have it with me at the demo, I discovered when I got home that I have a Uni-ball Deluxe Micro black pen that dries instantly on slick paper.  At the demo the black pen we used was the Permawriter II.  My favorite size is the 03, but if you like a bolder line, buy the 05. I also really like the Faber-Castell Pitt artist pen. I have an XS (extra fine tip) and an S.  All of these pens write well on photos and dry instantly so purchase whichever one you can find.

Since we are talking about product, I thought I would mention one of my favorites.  It is the layout page organizer by Cropper Hopper.  I know you like using the plastic zip top bags we give out at the store.  But this page organizer is really terrific.  It has a small pocket in the front with an index card for sketching out a layout or making notes. This pocket also holds photos. There is a big center pocket for holding 12×12 paper and a half pocket in the back to hold embellishments.  It is tabbed at the top for labeling the page (use a dry erase pen so you can change the label).  They stand up in a 12×12 paper holder.

page planner

You get 3 for only $6 and we just got some in the store. I have several filled all the time.  When it comes time to crop, I just grab one and I’m ready to go.  Great product!



You’ve been asking when I would get the new Christmas and Fall papers out. Well I spent the better part of last Saturday doing just that. So stop by and see what’s available.

fall xmas

Some of the new lines we got in are

BoBunny Forever Fall

BoBunny Father Christmas

Best Creation Merry Christmas

Kaiser Craft December 25th

Kaiser Craft The 13th Hour

Webster’s Pages Botanical Christmas


Last week we talked about a unique product called Brilliance Ink which is a fast drying pigment ink.  This week it is Distress Ink which is a slow drying dye ink.  Personally, I would call them both hybrid inks.  They put something in them that makes them different from the normal pigment/dye ink pad  but the formula is “secret.” I think I prefer Palette that just flat out says hybrid ink. But that is next week’s story.

Distress Inks are a slow drying water-based ink designed by Tim Holtz.  They have several unique qualities.  First, they react to water.   Tim says they “travel.”  To observe this phenomenon, simply spritz the ink and watch what it does!  Secondly, they are blendable.  Since they stay wet for a while, using Tim’s ink applicator and a circular motion, it is quite possible to blend colors for a lovely mix. Third, since they are wet, they can even be embossed.

There is so much you can do with these wonderful inks.  I love every one of the 36 colors.  And Tim has also made a “stain” of the colors.  Here is a sample of something I plan to try soon – picket fence stain and then colored with a distress ink.  Click on this link and see what I’m excited about!

picket fence / stain


Here are some of my favorite new things that have come in recently:

A new birthday line by Webster’s Pages.  Love the feather flowers!


And aren’t these papers from Best Creation fun?  Glad someone finally figured out to make the right and left sides match!


Anyone have pictures from a trip across the country? You could map it using these papers by Paper House:

us map

And I’m really excited about these stencils from Crafter’s Warehouse.  Pictured are the 6×6, but they come in 12×12, too.


We couldn’t find tinsel anywhere in July when we were making Tim Holtz tags.  Now it’s everywhere, by the yard and in packs like this:


So that’s what caught my eye this week.

And now for the weekly blog special: mention this post and get 25% off any of the items I talked about!



Just in: some Kaiser Craft do-it-yourself products.  They do such a nice job with the pressed wood stuff. I got in more of the 9-drawer cubbies.  These are perfect for storing little goodies, like all that Tim Holtz stuff you may have in plastic bags and who knows where else. It’s like the one I have at the store.

Kaiser Craft drawers

We also have the Writing Desk.  As one customer said, it would be a lovely gift filled with handmade cards. And I think My Minds Eye Lost & Found Two would be a perfect paper to cover it with.

And if you are looking for Christmas decor, there are two different items: One is a wonderful Advent Calendar with 24 little boxes around a center picture (use some Christmas scrapbook paper or a cherished photo).  The boxes can hold any number of goodies: a small prize, piece of candy, ornament. And it will last way beyond Christmas 2011.  The second is a sleigh with reindeer (sold separately) to hold Christmas cards or whatever else you want. The reindeer would actually be super cute all by themselves.

Stop in and take a look! Mention this blog and get 20% any of the above mentioned products. Offer good September 13-19, 2011.