Saturday, January 30, 2010

Valentine Candy Making Ideas

In the store we recently received a large order of Wilton Valentine candy making items and let me tell you, there is some really neat stuff here.

Candy Molds! We now have Truffle Molds, Heart Truffle Molds, Heart Candy Molds, Peanut Butter Cup Molds including the melting peanut butter chips to put in them! and Cookie Candy molds which use Oreo Cookies and are some much fun to make, kids can make them too!

We have lots of Valentine decorations as well including variety packs of sparkles, pink and red sugar, pink and red food sprays and much more!

Stop by the store and stock up for Valentine's Day. Make your someone special feel extra special!

Friday, January 29, 2010

Get ready for Valentine's Day!

Just arrived today in store are some really cute Daisy D's Valentine kits.

We have all three! Gift Bag Kit, Card Making Kit and Treat Bag Kit.

They are perfect for kids to make to take to their friends! All you need to supply is the adhesive and treats. Stop by to check them out today!


I was in the store last week and spotted this gorgeous Quick Quotes paper.  It's in the baby section, but I don't think it's babyish at all.  I love the creamy patterned paper with the circles on it.  And the backside is red ~ I punched the butterflies out of it.

Remember last week I posted about a few challenge blogs I enjoy checking out?
Well this week I played along with another challenge blog that I quite often go to.  ScrapJacked!  The layouts at Scrap Jacked are not to everyone's taste ~ they tend towards freestyle ~ but I like checking out what their design team has been up to.  This weeks scrapjack had some sewing on it;  very random with loop de loops and squiggles. 
I had been trying to finish this page up and decided the sewing was just the thing to finish it off.  And seeing as my sewing machine was still on the diningroom table where it's been since I did some mending two weeks ago (ooops) I went ahead and threaded some red thread and started stitching.
So go check out Scrap Jacked and play along.
Leave us a link so we can see how the Scrap Jack inspired you.

Thursday, January 28, 2010


I don't know about you, but Heather totally inspired to me to take out my mini mister and distress ink and make a custom title for a layout. We received these products at the last Scrap retreat that the store hosted at the Blueberry Bible Camp in a nice little gift package from Lynette, and I have never even used them! I had a great mud puddle photo and wanted to make a custom looking title that looked sort of 'dirty'.

I also have a boat load of stamps, and I just picked up these AWESOME autumn leaves stamps at the store:
(I have promised myself to start using some more of my many stamps more regularly.)

I misted some light blue paper with the ink:
then I stamped my title onto the paper in brown ink and cut the letters out:
and I was totally happy with the result. Those stamps are going to get USED...! Love 'em.

And here's the finished layout that I'll bring to the store very soon.

Thanks Heather for the's good to just step away from the Thickers, once in awhile. (um...even though I still used some for the rest of the title.)

Maya Mist and Heidi swap masks

I always have fun with the spray inks.  They are so quick and easy to use and you can make your own unique background. 
I chose one of the embossed cardstocks to play with today.  I have the butterfly masks by Heidi Swapp.  I placed them on the cardstock and then spritzed a couple times with orange Maya Mist.  This is one of my favourite colours ever.  I just picked it up last week and can see myself using it lots.  It looks like sherbert in a bottle.  Yummy!

my 'TWEET' girl

The papers and stickers are the scraps of Basic Grey 'Sugar Rush' left over from the double pager I uploaded last.  Added some Kaiser bling ~ I need to pick up some more.  I'm starting to run out of my favourite coloured jewels, like the pinks and the yellows.
The photo is one I played with in PhotoShop.  I took out some of the colour and my messy kitchen in the background, and then rouged her cheeks.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Valentine Kids Class

Upcoming Kid's Valentines Class on February 6th at 10:30 a.m.

Call and sign up today for this really cute class where they will make these 3 super valentine cards which fold out in a really fun way!

Cost is $10.00 Don't wait, sign up today!

Exciting Coupon This Week

Watch for today's newsletter arriving for a great deal on Prima Felt Alphabet Stickers!

Save 35% Off this exciting product!

Be sure to watch for this in your newsletter. If you are not on the newsletter list and would like to be, send us an email and we'll add you right away!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

One Pager in 20 Minutes

Don't hate me for saying this but I currently don't have any pictures to scrapbook. The photo on this layout is from 2008 and will go in the front of Hailey's book for that year. I used to leave the beginning or endings of my scrapbooks empty because I was so intimated to try one pagers. But over the past few months I have tried to let go of my hang ups and it has been quite liberating!
I printed this photo today and was struggling to find paper to match. Then I flipped one of the Bo Bunny papers over and ahhhh! This paper is called Lemonade Popsicle. Perfect fit. I took it home and was excited to get scrapping. I finished this layout in less then half an hour. Choosing the flowers was the hardest part. The "3" in the title is raw chipboard. I sprinkled it with some jems and called it good!

Monday, January 25, 2010

New Class

I just spent the last ten minutes blogging about my next class. Somehow my post is not showing up so I will retype and hopfully not leave anything out.
My next class will be one Wednesday, February 10th at 7pm. The price of this class will be posted soon here and also in the weekly newsletter.

This class will be a mini book. It is called Circle of Friends. I made this book for myself. I also made a few extras and plan to give them as birthday gifts to some of Hailey's little friends. Shhhh, don't tell anyone!
For this class you can choose to make the boy version or a girl version using Making Memories Just Chillin paper. I know this paper has been around awhile but every project I have made with it over the last year has made me happy. Plus we have to make room for all the new stuff Lynette is hopefully ordering at CHA.

One that note the girl version...
And the boy version...

Basic Grey 'Sugar Rush'

Wow ~ this makes the fourth double page layout so far this month.  And I've done at least as many single pages.  I'm on a roll.

When I picked out this Basic Grey 'Sugar Rush' I thought I would use girl photos with it.  But it works just great with boy pictures.  It's a very summery line.  I love it!  Next time you're in the store check it out.  It's all right by the front door.  There are coordinating sticker sheets, epoxy stickers, a couple of sticker alphabets, fun brads, journal bits and more.

I used my swiss hole punch around the edges of the purple cardstock.  I edged all the holes with white ink so they would stand out more.

I handcut the fun scalloped border than drew a dashed line along the edge with a red marker.

The stickers are layered and some are popdotted. I used some of the epoxy stickers also. Like the corners and the swirl around the title.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Bo Bunny vacation pages

I was in the store last week, looking for something that would work for 'boy vacation' pictures.  I found the perfect line in the Bo Bunny section.  I love the different patterns of the papers ~ and it's all double sided. I always love that because it gives me choices. Two sticker alphas come with this line.  The big one I used for 'BLUE' and the little one I used for 'skies'.

I was checking out Maya Roads 'sneaks' a couple days ago.  They have come up with these adorable mini chipboard penants. I coudn't wait for them to get to the store shelves so I made my own using two different patterned papers. I pulled a pair of scallop scissors out of retirement to edge the bottom layer.

I cut my photo mattes with some extra space on the bottom.  I think they look like polaroids. I thought that would give me enough room to label each photo with 'who, what and where'.

And did you notice I managed to get 7 photos on this layout.  I love that!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

We Believe

This layout is completed by using all scraps. Even the white background is the paper that comes in an album when you by one. My grid is not perfectly square because of some cuts that had already been made but I think it turned out. I forgot to add a journaling spot so I just wrote around the outside edge of the grid. I popped up a couple of the circles to add dimension. I don't normally use white as a base, nor do I leave lots of base showing but I like it here!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Valuable coupon this week!

Keep an eye out for your newsletter coming today because there is a valuable coupon inside.

Buy 1, Get 1 Free on all Hampton Arts Valentine Stamps.

Be sure to watch for this in your newsletter. If you are not on the newsletter list and would like to be, send us an email and we'll add you right away!

Valentines product is in.

Valentines is coming up and Unforgettable Memories has got a tonne of gorgeous pink product. I couldn't resist picking some up the last time I was in the store.

I picked up some of Little Yellow Bicycle's papers...

a matching sheet of stickers and a pad of journaling bits...

to base my layout on.
A Prima Flutter Vine...

two lengths of red satin ribbon that I pleated and held in place with glue dots, a length of red polka dot sheer that made a pretty bow and some Prima jewels prettied up my layout perfectly.

I finished a second layout with a shaped piece of Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper. This one is of my Missy Munchkin when she was only a year old.

I punched all the way around the red cardstock with my heart border punch and then sandwiched it between a sheet of white cardstock and my piece of Little Yellow Bicycle patterned paper.

I used a sheet from my 'Journaling bits' pads for my title and placed it opposite my photo with some punched cardstock and ribbons between. I punched some butterflies and added a 'cherish' sticker. I love this page!

Monday, January 18, 2010

So it's (sort of, still) the beginning of a new year. We all have goals. High hopes. A minimum number of layouts/projects to complete. I read a lot of blogs and articles covering the idea of "Project 365", where you are documenting every day of the year, be it with photos, words, gathered bits of stuff from your daily life, etc. I decided that it sounded too much like work, but I may put it on the 2011 list. THAT BEING SAID... this year I am trying to be more mindful of taking everyday photos more frequently. I would like to do a 2 page layout for each month with these photos and have this cool little album in December to show for the year. Easier than EVERY day, but still a good way to capture and remember you regular day to day living. I have also heard a neat idea about taking a photo(s) on a particular day every month and making a layout for each of those days. For example, choosing the 27th of every month to record and document so that you have 12 layouts at the end of the year. It's only January 18...hmmm....lots of days left to choose from...

So what's a post without a picture? Here are few recent "everyday" photos I've taken of the kids:

Send us your requests......

Recently there have been a number of sneak peaks out from vendors with their 2010 releases!

Check out these links to a few of the new products being released next week:

Creative Imaginations

Tim Holtz

Bo Bunny

Jenni Bowlin

Sassafras Lass

Crate Paper

Tatttered Angels

Making Memories

and there are so many more. If you seen something interesting just post a comment with the link and we'll check it out!

We want to hear your feed back about what you think we should have in stock for you!

Email me at or post your comment here!

I'll keep you all posted!


You can rip it up too!

This picture of Adalyn was off centered and had a lot of empty black space on one third of the photo. I liked it but didn't know what I wanted to do to fill the space. While checking out the gallery at I found a layout by Ali Edwards. She had just ripped up the picture and embellished with some word strips. So I just ripped my picture and added an "a" and some word strips. The rest of the page is mostly pictures so these embellishments added just the right touch! You will be able to see this layout at Unforgettable Memories and will be posted to the gallery at their website soon. Check it out!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

A little Inspiration

We took some nice family photos on New Years Day and I wanted to scrap one of them. I was flipping through the January Scrapbook Trends magazine available at Unforgettable Memories. I saw this layout designed by Janelle Lee and knew it would work with my one photo. When I look for inspiration I rarely copy the designers layout exactly. I did use different paper and embellishments, I also used only one photo but they are pretty similar!

This is Janelle Lee's, the designer's, layout.

And this is my layout!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

January Prima Build a Page

Here is the January Prima Build a Page sketch. I wish I had this one at the beginning of the week. It is nice to see a sketch using lots of little pictures. I also rarely use circles. Have fun scrapping!

Still Room to Sign Up for Tomorrow's Class!

There is still room to sign up for Crystal's 2010 Goals Mini Book.

Check out her original post here

The class is on January 15, 2009 at 7:00 pm. Cost is $32.00 and Members $27.00. Call 250-785-2711 or email to sign up today.

New Cosmo Cricket and a Giveaway

Check out the Cosmo Cricket blog today. They have sneak peaks of their new lines coming out in time for CHA. Leave a comment on Cosmo Cricket's blog post telling them what you love about our store ~ Unforgettable Memories ~ for a chance to win some of those new lines!

"Let's generate some independent store spirit people...... 1 2 3 4, here is why I love my store. We'll pick our winners Monday morning."

Nominate Unforgettable Memories to win one of Cosmo Crickets new lines (store quantities). If Unforgettable Memories is chosen, then you will win one of each item in the line (individual quantities) for yourself!

Who doesn't like the chance to win some scrapbooking goodies? So head on over and check it out.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Scrap Challenges

Sometimes a challenge is just what a person needs to get the mojo going again.

I'm participating in a challenge this week to use a song title or lyrics on a page. I had this photo of Daniel that was slightly out of focus so kinda dreamy looking. My friend suggested the song 'What a day for a daydream' as a title and I went with it.

I used scraps again. This time Cosmo Cricket scraps I had left over from a couple of December layouts. I love the green wood grain ~ and it matches the background of my photo perfectly. Who knew the Peace River was green :)

I started with white cardstock and some Heidi Swapp masks. Don't you just love the bird? I sprayed over the masks with first my yellow mini mister and then some walnut ink. When the ink was dry I started glueing down my layers. I did a little stitching on this layout. The sewing machine was out for some mending chores so it did double duty last night.
The title was the last piece of the layout to be completed. The Cosmo Cricket chipboard alphabet is so fun!

If you're looking for a challenge, some inspiration, and maybe even a chance to win some goodies try checking out these challenge blogs...

Scrapping the music

Twisted Sketches

Ad This


Creative Therapy

Pencil Lines

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Using up the scraps

Do you ever love a paper so much that you can't bear to toss the scraps you're left with after you've completed your layout?

I had the bits and pieces from my last layout (remember Daniel and the Creepy Crawlies last week?) lying on my table and when I pulled out my photos to start my next project I thought the sepia toned photo of my daughter looked amazing with the natural tones in the left over pieces of the Basic Grey 'Origins' patterned paper. So I started building my layout with the scraps.

I started with a clean white sheet of cardstock that I sprayed with green Maya Mist and a little yellow from an ink spray I had made myself in a mini mister. Check out this post on making your own ink sprays in the mini misters.
Then I grabbed my scraps and my photo and started playing around with positioning it on the page. I ended up with a basic L shape framing two sides of my photo.

I used a strip of patterned paper across the horizontal scrap piece, to ground my photo(this is one of the strips with the barcode on the backside)and a length of yellow velvet ric rac. Love that stuff!

I added a big, beautiful Prima bloom to the corner and then added some more paper flowers around it. The brads in the center of the paper flowers are from the Origins collection.

I stuck a shipping tag I had sprayed with walnut ink under the photo and then stuck down the title. The brown sticker alpha is Basic Grey from the Indian Summer line. I think it goes just as well with the Origins line. 'glow' is green Thickers stickers.

To finish it off I dropped some pretty green jewels randomly on the sprayed areas.

And to use up the last of my scraps I punched a few butterflies and attached them amongst the bling.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2nd layout of 2010 (cont.)

This time is big grasshoppers or praying mantis's he's got crawling on him. Ewwww!
The same Basic Grey papers as Tuesdays post. The title is done with alpha stickers that are Basic Grey but for a different line. Can't remember which one, but they're right near the Origin line so you'll see them if you look. And the chipboard pieces I used (leaf and round piece under the 'b') are Basic Grey from an old line that I had in my stash. The colours just happened to be the same tones as the Origins line.

One of the things I really like about the Basic Grey patterned papers is that the bar code strip on the bottom is only printed on one side. The other side is patterned paper so you can use the strips on your layout. See the two yellow grid strips on each side of my center panel. Those are the bar code strips from that patterned paper. Love being able to use every little bit of what I pay for :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Here is the 2010 Goals mini book I blogged about earlier today. I forgot to upload the pictures. So here they are and I hope to see you on January 15th. See the newsletter, website or post below for more information.

Goals of 2010

A new year always brings up goals, resolutions, and fresh starts! I made this little minibook to write my goals for 2010. Spending the time to make this mini book helped me to feel more commited to my goals and to make them more concrete. I thought I would share this oportunity with you. This could be the first mini book you will complete in 2010. We use Jillibean Soup paper, some Basic Grey and Prima embellishments and some ribbon. This class will be on Friday, January 15th at 7pm down in the classroom at Unforgettable Memories. The cost of this class is $32.00 and for members $27.00. Call and sign up today!

2nd layout of 2010

I promise I'll get more original with my post titles as the year goes on. For now, that's all I can think of.

These photos just make me :shudder: Ick! But my boy doesn't mind the creepy crawlies and thought this was pretty fun. I'm going to get him to do some journaling on here somewhere about what it felt like.

The papers are all Basic Grey Origin.

I cut out an 8" x 8" square from the right side of the ferny pattern and heavily distressed the edges with my favourite tool ~ the distresser. I got a little heavy handed and managed to tear a huge hole out of one edge. Oops.
I went with it. I've always thought the lacing would be too time consuming to bother with but I realized that big yellow hole needed something so after I glued the distressed pieces onto the yellow grid pattern I got out some off-white crochet cotton and poked holes on either side of my 'oops' and laced it together.

I decorated my page with some of these fun Basic Grey 'Woolies' that coordinate with the papers.

For my title I used Prima's felt alphabet in a light brown colour.

Oh, and don't you love that interesting lace under the title? You can find it with all the ribbons in the store.

So the next time you're in Unforgettable Memories check out Basic Greys 'Origin' line. I don't think it will be on the shelves for long.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Bridal Fair this Saturday

We have Bridal Fair tickes available. The fair is this Saturday, January 9th at the Pomeroy Hotel from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Come by and get your tickets today so you don't miss this great event!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

First layout of 2010

I scrapped some photos from last summer today. This is one of my boys skimboarding while visiting his Grandparents in Victoria in July. He loves skimboarding!

Click on the layout to enlarge it.

I started off by spraying brown ink in two places on my background. I used the backing of the Prima felt 'Devines' as a stencil and sprayed over them.

Next I cut random strips of Quick Quotes patterned paper. Most of the strips are 9" or 10" long and 1-1/2" wide. I cut thinner strips to layer on top. I love this line of papers for outdoor photos. And it's double sided so you have choices!

Once I'd glued down the strips and adhered my photos I was ready to embellish my page. I crumpled and inked a couple of shipping tags, then tore them to the length I wanted. I stamped the longer tag with an Inque Botique journaling stamp. The shorter tag was glued down to the left hand page and I stuck my 'Thicker' title across it.

I bought this Quickutz 'flourish' die a while back and haven't gotten around to breaking open the package yet. I think it looks like water splashing so I cut a couple of sets to tuck in and around my tags. I love how they add movement to my layout. There are some central cuts that don't go all the way around so parts of the die pop up, giving it a 3D effect.

I added Hero Arts bling in a random pattern around my 'splashes'. You can see it better if you enlarge the layout above by clicking on it. I finished the layout off by topping my two tags with a couple of Prima 'Sprites' flowers layered with a Kaiser brad to hold it together, and I stuck down the two Prima leaf stems (Devines) I had used as a stencil earlier.