Beyond Memory Keeping
My roots are in preserving memories. I spent ten years framing pictures before I came to paper crafting. I began scrapbooking as a means to display my photographs but until now I hadn't dabbled in pocket pages. Memories & More has changed that.
With the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog, Stampin' Up!® introduced their new memory keeping system. As you can see looking through the catalog, they have created their card packs to coordinate with existing product suites.
Join me today as I explore just a few of the ways to use the Perfect Day Memories & More card pack.
Perfect Day Memories & More Card Pack
Pocket Pages are nothing new. There are many companies who cater to this kind of memory keeping. What sets Stampin' Up!® apart from these companies is their product coordination. Each card pack (including the Merry Little Christmas Card Pack in the new Holiday Catalog) coordinates with an existing product suite.
First, there's the "You're Priceless" stamp set (AC page 160). Next, there is the Naturally Eclectic Product Suite (which itself coordinates with the "You're Priceless" set). I'm sure as I continue playing I'll find more options, but for today I'm focusing primarily on the card pack itself.
The pack includes 52 3" x 4" double-sided cards (2 each of 26 designs), 20 4"x 6" double-sided cards (2 each of 10 designs), a cardstock sticker sheet and a variety of acetate overlays with silver foil.
This has been marketed as scrapbooking for busy moms as well as craft-challenged people. While I happen to believe everyone has the ability to get their craft on (that's why I hold classes, after all), this medium truly is as simple as can be. Print a 4" x 6" or 3" x 4" photo, pop it in a sleeve, jot a note a card and you're done!
If you want to jazz it up, you can add washi tape, embellishments, string or ribbon. It takes as much (or as little) time as you want to put into it.
Traditional Scrapbook Pages
If you happen to be more of a traditionalist, the Memories & More packs help put a layout together in minutes. I've always been more of a minimalist with my layouts (i.e. I like plenty of white space on my page). The card packs and their "extras" make this so quick and easy; I'm always going to keep some on hand!
Next on my list? The Bundle of Love Card Pack. Maybe I'll finally make Kennedy's baby book. Hey, she's only three LOL!
Perfect Day: A Look at Memories & More by Merit Brown, Independent Demonstrator for Stampin’ Up!® on mbsquareddesigns.com
Here's where things get interesting! Have you had an occasion come up unexpectedly and need a card but only have 5 minutes to make it? While it's easy to pop a couple of stamps on a card blank, I always want more bang for my buck. These card packs are great to have on hand.
Fun Tip: If you're wanting more creative freedom, alter your cards using punches or dies! My current favorites are the Stitched Shapes Thinlits (AC page 214).
I hope this post has kicked your creativity up a notch. I'd love to see what you've done with your Memories & More card packs so far!