Thursday, April 30, 2009

Archival Scrapbooking-4th Saturday Recap

Archival Scrapbooking

Here's some great information we found at about keeping your scrapbooks safe.

Each piece of information you scrapbook is of great importance, and after putting forth all the effort to memorialize this information, it would be nice for it to last for generations to come.

Following are some helpful tidbits to help you increase the longevity of your scrapbook pages.

You work with scads of different documents; photographs, newspaper clippings, birth certificates, war records, and each are essential in telling a family's story. However, these articles can deteriorate rapidly when exposed to acids in paper, improper albums, neglectful storage, and the use of ordinary writing utensils.

What Affects the Life of Your Scrapbook Albums?

Temperature – If you want to accelerate a chemical reaction, increase the temperature. The higher the temperature the more rapid the deterioration of your album. A rule of thumb is that a ten degree increase doubles the reaction rate. The recommended storage temperature is 77 degrees F or lower.

Humidity – Dampness promotes mold growth. This becomes possible when humidity increases above the 65% range. Humidity can cause corrosion of metal components in your album. And too low of humidity can cause shrinkage and embrittlement of paper. The recommended range is 30% - 50%.

Acid – Causes corrosion, brittleness, discoloration, and other problems. Acidity is measured by pH, which is a scale from 0 to 14. Below 7 indicates acidity. The lower the number the higher the level of acid. Above 7 is considered acid free.

UV Light – Can lead to fading and degradation of photos, plastic and paper.

So What Can You Do?

Storage – Keep your albums in your living areas, as these will be the most environmentally controlled places in your home. Avoid high moisture areas or near heat-generating appliances. Make sure pests such as insects or mice cannot get into your albums. Store albums flat , rather than on end. This is less stressful on the bindings and edges.

Materials – Use only archival quality albums and acid free, lignin-free papers, page protectors, adhesives, photo corners, stickers, inks and so forth. Everything you put in your album must be acid free. The acid can bleed and transfer to non-acidic materials. De-acidify any documents or papers with Archival Mist. You can use a pH testing pen to test any papers you want to use to see if they are acid-free.

Display – Avoid leaving your scrapbook pages open for extended periods of time near sunlight or fluorescent lights, which are a source of UV radiation. This will minimize fading.

Handling – Don’t stress the binding by bending the cover back on itself.

Cleaning – If you must clean an album, avoid any solvent or detergents. Use a soft brush, vacuum or clean air blow-off instead. Pictures should be cleaned with a photo cleaning cloth to remove oils, fingerprints, and dirt.

Copyright Your Family Legacy, LLC.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

National Scrapbook Day

Join us as we celebrate National Scrapbook Day at Porter's this Saturday, May 2nd from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

We have three great projects you can create for only $10...a clock, a 12x12 layout, and a mini album. You will receive tons of patterned paper by My Mind's Eye, 1 package of Fancy Pants floral chipboard, 1 Fancy Pants chipboard mini album, and small embellishments to finish off your projects. If you don't already have the clock base, you can purchase one for a special price of $5 that day only. The retail value of this product kit is up to $75! Wow! What a deal!

We will have giveaways throughout the day, special sales, and drawings for four $25 gift certificates! Guarantee your spot by signing up in our scrapbooking department today!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Bonus Scrapbooking Class!

Since there's a 5th Thursday in April, we are holding an extra scrapbooking class this Thursday, April 30th, in our Rexburg store from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For Stephanie's class, choose from a boy or girl layout, or do some of each! You are not just limited to a baby page. It's a great way to document headlines or statistics from the day your baby was born. You could list his or her favorite things at a certain stage in life. You could even showcase a school portrait and have your child journal in his or her handwriting. To make sure you get the kit you want, please sign up ahead of time.

Kathy's class has a lovely vintage appeal with a monochromatic color scheme and sepia toned photos. It would make a great layout for boys, girls, wedding, or graduation. You can choose your own title so the possibilities are endless!

See you Thursday night!

Friday, April 24, 2009

2nd Saturday for May Coming Up!

Think Big!

Saturday, May 9th, we will be concentrating on big elements on a page and allowing our thoughts to Go Big.

Why think big? To make your goals tangible and to provide a place to review your progress. So, what are your goals and plans at this moment in time? How have your goals changed over the years? Scrap and write about a time when you set a goal, went for it, and achieved it!

Following are some thoughts to get those creative juices flowing and to get you excited for your next assignment:

"He who fails to plan, plans to fail."

"Happy people plan actions, they don't plan results."
Dennis Wholey

We're looking forward to seeing you there on May 9th at 8:00 a.m.

Thursday, April 23, 2009


By Linda Porter

The flippant answer is that we want to cause you, the customer, and our long-suffering associates heavy duty headaches.

I could always say that it is spring and we needed to clean or the buyers over purchased and we need to find more room or every inch must pay for itself so the old product must go and that gives us more room. All above are at some time or other true, but the biggest reason is that you as consumers are always wanting the latest crafting crazy and we try very hard to keep up with you.

Because of the trends in Textiles, we just expanded the area in Idaho Falls where we have the cloth and sewing supplies. Purses, pillows, aprons and table runners are just a few of the projects that have been hot lately. Last summer, we moved Texiles in Rexburg to another section, giving it more room.

Our store in Idaho Falls was the first to have a bead shop and because of its success and requests for more product to be available in the Rexburg store, we are right in the middle of moving gifts and developing a bead shop in the front corner of the first section. Both stores are making a section just for the product that is required to make those beautiful watches. Everyday, Audrey, the store manager in Idaho Falls, is finding more unique watch faces and beads to offer those wanting to make a watch.

Both of these changes have caused great excitement in the store and more importantly we hope that we will be offering more of what you, our valued customer, is looking for.

When you stop in, always let us know if we are missing something. We always strive to find it if possible. You are always welcome to add a comment here on the blog. We love hearing from you.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Scrapbook Class on Thursday

It's that time again! Join us this Thursday, April 23rd, in our Rexburg store from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for scrapbooking class. You can choose to make one or both of the following layouts. Pre-register to guarantee a spot!

"Color Me Happy"
All About Me Class by Kathy Davis

"We Start & End with Family"
Heritage Class by Stephanie Frisby

Monday, April 20, 2009

Mother's Day at Porters

Tami and Kalene are at it again. Check out this great project for Mother's Day in the Idaho Falls Scrapbook Department This is a great fun and easy project. The project sheet and all the supplies are available in the store.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Tada's for Quilting Fun

Check out he new Tada's in our Quilt Department. They make quilting extra easy and fun. This video shows how simple they are to use.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Saturday Mystery Class

Let me introduce you to Sarah. Sarah has worked in our fabric department for quite some time now. She is an avid quilter and loves to do our Saturday Mystery class. These cute cupcake pincushions are just an example of some of the fun stuff she teaches. Sarah has a great following, these ladies sign up all the time, because they know Sarah always has something great. So come in and say Hi to Sarah and sign up for her next mystery class. You'll be glad you did.

Saturday $1 Make & Takes

It's that time again!!! Saturday April 18th we will have $1.00 Make & Takes. We had such fun last week making Easter Baskets! This Saturday we are going to make Pony bead keychains. There is a wide variety to choose from. We are also going to make a hanging picture frame for Mother's Day so bring a photo with you so we can make a great Mother's Day gift. We will also be making some new earrings. If you haven't made jewelry before this is a great way to get started. Hope to see you there.

Don't Forget the 6-Midnight Crop on Saturday!

We are so excited for the 6-Midnight crop this Saturday, April 18th, in our Rexburg store! Bring a friend and enjoy a night out with good company, great sales, and lots of scrapping! For just $10, you can purchase this fabulous kit full of products from My Mind's Eye Laundry Line. It includes beautiful glittered papers, rub-ons, chipboard borders and embellishments, titles, die cuts, journaling tags, and more! Our design team has created three layouts which you can make with items from your kit, if desired. You will still have lots of product left over to create anything else you would like. Be sure to also bring your own scrapbooking projects to work on since you will have plenty of time to scrap. We can't wait to see you there!

by Stephanie

by Kathy

by Candi

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Reflections of a Female Entrepreneur

It's Fun to Share

Hi. It is springtime in the Rockies!!! At least for a few days according to the weatherman.
This weekend, my 3 grandsons spent some time with me and since it was too cold to stay outside for long, I found some yarn and started knitting a scarf. The nine-year-old picked up on it pretty quickly and the six-year-old spent time twisting the yarn around the needle and helping to pull the needle through. The two-year-old thought that the yarn was a ball and we spent lots of time chasing it around the room. I know, I know, I am crazy, but where better to be than in between my boys. They were excited as the scarfs took shape; the six-year-old kept trying to wrap it around his neck. He was sure it was long enough to take off and wear. It reminded me of the "Bluebird" days when someone was teaching me to knit.

Those of you who know me are aware that I came late to crafts, but knowing how to do a project enough to share the skill with someone makes it so fun! SHARING IS WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT. I am not at the skill level of Kristy at the Idaho Falls store who made the socks pictured below. She says she can teach me and I must admitted they are so cute and soft that one of these days you might see a picture of MY socks. She is a walking encyclopedia of the ways of knitting or crocheting. She can answer almost any question. One of these days, I will surprise her and get a picture of her so you will recognize her.

If you are a beginner like me and my grandsons, ready to try socks, or maybe you just need something to do with your hands until you can get into the garden, Kristy is here for you.

So soft and cuddly!!!!

Check us out in Quilt Magazine!

We are excited to share the article in the June/July 2009 Quilt Magazine that features our Rexburg store!
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Here's what the article says:

"Almost as soon as there was a Rexburg, Idaho (c. 1890) there was a Porter's. Chuck Porter's grandfather bought the newspaper in 1907 and opened three businesses in the big brick building downtown. Rexburg was a wild frontier town, a place of sawmills and rustlers. The railroad came in, and farmers began to grow grain.

When fabric manager Pat Wodskow arrived at Porter's in 1987, cloth was already in stock. Now she presides over 2,500 bolts of high-quality quilting fabric, sells patterns and notions, and teaches aspiring quilters. "There's very little we don't have," Pat says. "We stock gorgeous fabrics. I tell people: it takes the same 100 hours to make a quilt out of really good fabric than out of poor, and do you want your quilt to last, or not?"

Since Rexburg is in a traingle between Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, vacationers drop by. It's pure fun to wander from one connected storefront to the next, with history under your feet."

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

4th Saturday Open Crop

From yesterday's heritage to present day memories, your scrapbooks contain many priceless treasures. You may enjoy them now, but it would be wonderful for future generations to see them too. With a little information and effort, your albums can last for generations to come. April 25th from 1p.m. - 3p.m. is the designated class time to come a learn how to properly preserve these treasured memories.

Come learn what products are available to help preserve your memorabilia; how to know if your products are acid free; what temperature can do to your pages; how humidity affects longevity; what exposure to UV lighting creates; proper storage secrets; handling that promotes longevity; and cleaning of albums and photographs.

An added Bonus during this time is that you can bring in different items that you question their acid level and test them by trying out a PH pen, and then try Archival Mist that makes your materials acid free. Some items that generally need sprayed are newspaper clippings, certificates, report cards, and awards.

Along with this limited service you will be able to take home a free make and take project.

Don't forget that from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on this same day, we are having open crop time for you to come and work on some of your scrapbook pages.

Preserving your hard work and memories is such an important part of the process and this little added effort is worth making time for. Hope to see you there! We always have a great time!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Shop Hop is Coming Soon!

Join us for Shop Hop this year as we embrace winter throughout spring with "Snowman on the Trail." The 5th Annual Shop Hop starts Friday, April 24 and ends Saturday, May 9. Twelve shops in Wyoming and Idaho have joined together to present a fabulous and fun event! At the first shop, purchase a passport and as you travel from shop to shop have the passport stamped. Visit all 12 shops and qualify for the Grand Prize Drawing -- a Quilt Retreat for 8 at Teton Patchworks including a one-day class, meals, a gift basket and some serious quilt therapy! Visit 10 shops and be eligible for a second prize gift basket and a $25 gift certificate from each shop. Visit 7 shops and be eligible for a fabulous gift basket (several gift baskets are valued at $250 or more).

Each shop has designed a quilt block and made a quilt using the same 12 block pattern. But each store's quilt will be unique since they have used their own featured fabrics. As you visit the shops, you will receive a free block pattern at each store. Also this year, each shop has designed a snowman block which will be featured in their quilt. A kit for the snowman block will be available for purchase, so you can collect 12 free block patterns and 12 snowman kits!

Here's a list of the participating stores:

Porter's Book & Variety, Rexburg, ID
Porter's Craft & Frame, Idaho Falls, ID
Stitch 'n Time, Jackson, WY
Heritage Quilts & Fabric Shoppe, Pinedale, WY
High Country Quilting, Driggs, ID
Quilted Heart, Rexburg, ID
Abbott's, Rigby, ID
The Quilt Shoppe, Rigby Idaho
Blackbird Haven, Idaho Falls, ID
Madsen's Ben Franklin, Idaho Falls, ID
Sierra's, Pocatello, ID

Sages Creek Quilt Co., Pocatello, ID

See you on the trail!

2nd Saturday Recap

Keep it Simple

Sometimes scrapbooking can seem a little overwhelming, especially if you are just beginning. Here are some ideas to simplify the process:

  1. Create simple layouts. You don't need to spend hours on each layout or feel like you need the latest and greatest scrapbooking products on every page. Sometimes minimal embellishments or just using cardstock will do.
  2. Use products that speed up the process such as pre-cut papers, rub-on stitches (instead of actually dragging out your sewing machine), and pre-made titles.
  3. If you don't have time to create a whole layout in one sitting, don't worry! Take advantage of little bits of time you have throughout your week to create parts of a layout, such as the journaling block, the title, or to cut photo mattes.
  4. Don't forget to use "white space." White space doesn't refer to the color white; instead, it's the idea that the eye needs a resting space within a layout. In other words, you don't have to fill up the whole page. Leave some areas empty, giving the eye a chance to slow down.
If you are overwhelmed with the amount of photos you have, try scrapping some of the more important events and leave the rest for another time. Some of the "important" photos might include:
  • Life Milestones
  • Annual celebrations
  • Extraordinary events
  • Family History
  • All About Me
  • School years
  • Friends
Here are some layout ideas for "Keeping it Simple" (all designs are by Candi McFadden unless otherwise noted):

A family photo placed on a pretty pre-cut paper background makes a fast and beautiful layout.

On this layout, the pictures tell the main story and the few simple embellishments finish it off.

(Designed by Emily McFadden)
Pre-designed paper may say it all. Just simply add photos.

(Designed by Tara Lehmann)
This layout is a great use of white space. It allows the photo to take center stage.

If the photos and background paper are busy, keep the design simple so it doesn't distract from the feeling you want to portray.

(Design by Emily McFadden)
This class photo explains itself. Simply matte the photo and place it on paper that has pre-printed embellishments. Fast and easy!

There might not be a story behind a photo, but if it marks a period of time then scrap it!

You might have lots of pictures from one event. Sometimes it's okay to just choose the best one and then use the rest of your space to document the story behind it. A quick way to journal is to list words that have a feeling behind them instead of writing in full sentences. If you have a lot of text on a layout, it's not a bad idea to keep your background simple. (Notice the "white space" between the columns of text? It helps lead the eye from one thought to the next).

So the next time you are feeling like you will never get caught up on your scrapbooks, try one of these ideas and keep it simple!

Monday, April 13, 2009

6-Midnight Scrapbooking Crop

Our big 6-Midnight Scrapbooking Event is coming quickly. Be sure to join us this
Saturday, April 18th,
in our Rexburg store for a night filled with great company, good sales, and lots of fun! For just $10 you can purchase a product kit featuring My Mind's Eye Laundry Line. You can choose to make any or all of the three layouts created by our design team and there will still be lots of product left over for you to create your own projects.

We always have a great time, so bring a friend and sign up in our scrapbooking department to reserve your spot today!

"Things I Love" by Kathy

"Oh So Lucky" by Candi

"Heroes" by Stephanie

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Saturday Make & Takes

Hey everyone, we had so much fun at Porter's last Saturday doing make & takes we're going again this Saturday. It only cost a $1 for each project. This Saturday (April 11th) they are making Easter Baskets out of fun foam, decorating a sign for Easter and a Memory Ornament using wooden blocks and paper. Check out the pictures and come and join us for all the fun.

Way to go Stephanie

Just wanted to share for a minute and tell you about our amazingly talented Stephanie who teaches scrapbooking in Rexburg. She submitted one of her classes she taught to Scenic Route for their monthly contest and they chose her layout as one of this months winners. You can see her layout here and also on our blog here. Way to go Stephanie! You can also check out her personal blog here.
Thanks for sharing your amazing talent with us :0)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Fun Easter Project

A pair of ears, a vinyl face, and a package of pompoms and pipe cleaners added to a floral vase filled with foam balls or your favorite Easter candy will make a great table centerpiece for this spring holiday.

Scrapbooking Class Thursday!

Join us Thursday, April 9th, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. for a fun-filled night of scrapping at our Rexburg store! Choose from the two classes shown below (or take both of them). Sign up at the scrapbooking counter today!

by Stephanie

by Kathy

Monday, April 6, 2009

Album of the Month

Celebrate the unique relationship your daughters enjoy, or the years of shared history between you and your own sister. Maureen has paired girlie, glittery Garden Party papers with a chipboard album by Little Yellow Bicycle, making this book a cinch to create. And at only $9.99 for the complete kit, you can't go wrong! If you have never tried one of Maureen's albums, you are definitely missing out. So hurry in to the Rexburg store for yours today before they are all gone!

p.s. Keep your eyes out for our Mother's Day album coming soon!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Saturday Make & Takes

Hey everyone check out the great make & takes Porters will be doing this Saturday (April 4th) from 1 - 3. Each make & take will cost just a $1 and will be loads of fun. So come join us and enjoy some crafting or let the kids craft while you shop.