Monday, September 28, 2009

Go Pink!

Thanks to one and all for making the Think Pink Crop a great success! We had lots of great challenges, and had some new faces showing their stuff!! We are still counting up the points and getting that all set so we can announce our big Crop Winner. Think Pink was special because we not only had fun, but raised money for Breast Cancer Awareness. This disease has touched many lives, and we thank all for contributing to finding a cure.

If you missed the crop, we look forward to seeing you at the next one, or just come introduce yourself on the Message Board! We are starting a new contest, "Card Sharks" next month, and we would love to have YOU play along!! Stay tuned for more details!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Let's talk about cards

Let's face it. Scrapbooking is not an inexpensive hobby. I know I have a tendency to spend more than I should on pretty paper and embellishments only to not use all of them on my layouts. I have found the best way to use up those scraps is to make cards. I also have a tendency to hoard stamps that never make it onto my layouts. Those are perfect for cardmaking.

My favorite size for cards is 5.5”x4.25". That is simply an 8.5x11 piece of cardstock cut in two which will make two cards. I buy the lighter weight white or ivory cardstock from the office supply store in bulk. Those are perfect for matting photos or typing journaling as well as cardmaking. This card fits in the size A2 envelope which is also available in bulk from the office supply. Sometimes, they are called invitation envelopes. If you take an 8.5 x 11 piece and just fold it in half, the A9 envelope is the correct fit. Those are called (fittingly) greeting card envelopes.

I know many of you have commented that you hate putting all that work into cards only to have the recipient toss it aside and not appreciate the gesture. I agree there are some who don't appreciate it but there are many many more who love the idea of you making something especially for them. It is truly a gift from your heart.

Remember that there are rules about mailing cards through the USPS. Envelopes must be rectangular and no smaller than 3.5” high x 5 inches long and no larger than 6 1/8” high x 11 ½” long. They must also be no thicker than 1/4" to be mailed at regular postage rates. Anything deviating from that or an irregular shape like a square will require extra postage as they must be handled by hand. That is why I tend to make flat cards for mailing. If I am going to hand a card to someone in person, I may add more embellishments like flowers or brads or ribbons.

The design team has agreed to start adding more cards to the gallery. I hope you will join us in using up our scraps. Look for a special announcement about cards at the crop!

Here are some sources for card ideas.

Jillibean Soup's Cards on Monday


and Hero Arts Blog

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Three in a Row Challenge

This week's challenge is to get multiple pictures on our pages. Use three or more pictures and put them in a row. I printed out wallet size pictures for this page and used the new My Mind's Eye "Ooh La La" collection. So go dig through your picture stash, find some cute pictures, and line them up on your page.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lindsay's Off Season Color Challenge!

When I think of summer, I think of bright colors like lime green, sunny yellow, shocking pink, and tangerine. But when I saw this Bo Bunny paper, I immeditaely thought of a moment I captured of my parents and kids at the beach this summer.
My challenge to you this week is to create a page using off-season colors. Link your page in the DT CHALLENGES portion of the forum. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Guest Design Team Member for September, 2009

We are very excited to announce our guest design team member for September is Carla-Rae Hagen. Carla says she found Memorable Seasons through pubcalls the last time we were looking for a new DT member. Lucky for us, she decided to stay. She has added so much to our board and to our gallery with her awesome creations. I asked her to write a bio and include something interesting we might not know about her, so in her own words, here it is.

My name is Carla-Rae Hagen. I am a thirty- something mother of two boys, a 135 lb. bullmastiff and one 20 lb cat. Incidentally my dog weighs more than me...LOL, We live with my significant other Andy in this charming little town in Massachusetts . While I'm not with them you can find me working at my local high school where I work as a secretary. I have a passion for paper...If it’s pretty, cool, hip, textured, heck if it’s dirty..I have to have it.
I have been crafting with paper for about 7 years now. Even though I strayed a few times towards jewelry and painting, I have always come back to the world of scrapbooking, card making and altered art. I have entered the world of blogging too as a way to journal, even when I don't have the time to create a Layout. You can find me at
As for something funny or interesting about me I wish that I could have been a bomber girl....LOL, You know one of those pin up girls that were painted on the side of planes during WWII...I know random..but its something not everybody knows...I like to say I have an old soul.

Carla will be picking a LOTW and issuing a challenge next week. WAtch for those and for her creations using this month's design team kit.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Think Pink Crop!!

We are so excited about the upcoming crop at Memorable Seasons! We are participating in the Think Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Weekend. On September 25-26th you can come to the MS site and join in on a fun filled cyber crop, that will also benefit a great cause. Jill is graciously donating $5 for each crop participant and there is even an opportunity to donate through the store. There will also be "Pink Ribbon Items" throughout the store and when you purchase them, a portion of that sale price will also be donated to Think Pink!! (what a great reason to shop!!)

The Design Team will have lots of games, tutorials, challenges, etc. and those who participate can win a GRAND PRIZE from My Mind's Eye, our Crop Sponsor! That's right, if you play along with the challenges and games, you could win a prize that includes ALL the paper and die cuts of the NEW Abbey Road Collection from My Mind's Eye!!!

We hope you can join us... a crop at Memorable Seasons is always fun, and this one is an important cause too... Think Pink!!

See you on the 25th!!!!!!!!!