Friday, November 27, 2009

Porter's is on YouTube!

If you've ever wondered how to make a row-by-row Minkee blanket or how to pour a tile board, look no further. Porter's is now on YouTube! Check out our great how-to videos here!

Porter's YouTube Channel

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Christmas Decor with some Bo Bunny

St. Nick is here...from Bo Bunny, that is! This beautiful and traditional collection features holly leaves, mistletoe, stockings, and vintage Santas. It's perfect for creating home decor items as well as documenting your holiday memories.

Here's a look at some holiday decor created with St. Nick:

You can easily create this framed art by choosing a mat, frame (remove the glass), and a few sheets of patterned paper. Paint the sides of the wooden "Joy", then cover each letter with paper using Mod Podge. Decorate the letters with matching stickers and ribbon. Then attach "Joy" to the mat with strong glue. It a short time, you will have a beautiful decoration!

This "Believe" banner is fun to make and very versatile. Start with a chipboard base and cut into as many triangles as you would like. Decorate with bits of patterned paper and ribbon. Die cut stars and letters to spell anything you would like.

I discovered a super easy way to attach glitter to the die cut letters without making a big mess. First, die cut your letters from cardstock. Then, run them upside down through a Xyron sticker maker. This will attach adhesive to the front of the letter.Then sprinkle them with glitter and shake off the excess. It's as easy as can be and virtually mess free! (I loved the Martha Stewart glitter for this project).

Attach the banner together with wire or ribbon. You can leave a little space in between each pennant for tying bits of lace and ribbon if desired. Attach part of a Christmas pick to each end and finish off with some more pretty ribbons.

I even had enough patterned paper left over to create a simple Christmas layout. Bo Bunny's package of buttons and bling were perfect for creating this tree embellishment.

If you would like help making any of these projects, visit our scrapbooking department and our associates would be glad to assist you.

Monday, November 23, 2009

December Clock Kit

Don't miss out on the December Clock Kit of the Month! For only $4.99, you can complete your collection for the year. Kits are limited, so hurry in today!

Friday, November 20, 2009

Merry & Bright from We R Memory Keepers

Merry & Bright is a great new Christmas collection from We R Memory Keepers. These colorful retro patterns are sure to brighten your holiday!

There are many different papers to choose from including die cut:

Some papers have one side that is 12x12 and the other side that can be cut down into four 6x6 pages (perfect for making mini albums as gifts):

Make an advent calendar using this darling paper and your own photos. All of the doors open to reveal a surprise!

There's a matching cardstock pad with beautiful textured papers:

Don't forget the matching Chipboard stickers:

...and the Glitter Brads:

This collection wouldn't be complete without their cute $1 stamps. Here's a sampling:

Kathy created some darling layouts using this collection:

This set of blocks was created with patterned papers and vinyl lettering. It's the perfect project for decorating a shelf or fireplace mantel or as a centerpiece on a table:


p.s. I'm updating this post in response to Maureen's comment. :)

Yes, I did notice that "Christmas" was misspelled on the image that was pulled from the WRMK website. Apparently the company caught their mistake, though, because all their actual papers are printed correctly. So you can scrap worry free!

Monday, November 16, 2009

November's 2nd Saturday Recap

This month's challenge is Scrapbooking your Traditions. The word "tradition" is used three ways in the English language:
1. Beliefs or customs taught by one generation to the next, ie. birth announcements and thank you cards.
2. A set of customs or practices, ie. Halloween and Christmas.
3. Religious practices, ie. Baby blessings, baptisms, marriages.

So how do you figure out your individual traditions?
1. Go through your calendar over the last year and think about what activities your family does every Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
2. Look in your daily planner and consider what routines your family has each month, week, or day.
3. Does your extended family do something special to celebrate holidays, birthdays, weddings, new babies, or other important events?
(information taken from

Connecting through family traditions is so important for you, your children, and so forth. One of the best ways to pass on traditions is to scrapbook them so that future generations will have a clear picture of your traditions.

You cannot relive the past but you can scrapbook your memories of the past. Get your family talking and bring back memories from yester year. The internet is a great place to find pictures of some of the things that may have been a tradition in your family growing up. You can print off these photos and add them to your story and it will be amazing how it effects your emotions.

Holidays are a time when traditions are held closely and sentiment is dear. (


Here are a few layout ideas for scrapbooking traditions:

This layout is heavy with journaling about childhood memories of camping every summer. Since Stephanie didn't have any photos from those times, she took a picture of the old pickup they camped in and used that as the focal point of her story.

Here's another example of scrapbooking without a lot of "real"photos. Stephanie found images on the internet that represented some random childhood traditions and mixed them with journaling tidbits and an actual photograph of her grandmother.

Many of us have family reunions each year. Not only is it fun to document the people who attended, but also the games and traditions that are carried out there.

As the holidays approach, it's fun to think about the things we do each year to celebrate. Here's a simple layout about a traditional fall ritual...pumpkin decorating!

If you haven't already, why not start a tradition as a scrapbooker to document the things you are grateful for each year. Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to reflect on all of our blessings.

Besides creating layouts about the holiday festivities, why not dedicate a page to how you decorate your home? It will be fun to look at years down the road and see how things have changed.


Don't forget to join us on Saturday, December 12th at 8:00 a.m.

December's theme is "A Wish That Came True".

Why do we need to remember wishes do come true? We need to remember so that we can appreciate even the small things that happen for you!

Scrapbook about a wish that came true. What was the wish? How long did it take for the wish to come true. Scrapbooking these memories is a way of celebrating the blessings in your life.

I look forward to seeing you on 2nd Saturday and discussing the elements that help to make a wish page come a live.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

10 Christmas Cards

In our card class on November 5th, we learned how to create 10 cards from two sheets of patterned paper and a little bit of cardstock. It's a great way to get the best use out of your paper! Here's a peek at how they turned out:

If you are interested in learning how it's done, we still have a few kits left in our Rexburg store. Hurry in today!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November Kit of the Month

This month's mini album, designed by Maureen Wilson, can hang on your wall! Sparkly berries, an antiqued metal plaque, and your own photographs will add a festive touch to your home this season. A great reminder to give thanks for life's many blessings.

Pick up your kit in our Rexburg store for only $8.99. Supplies are limited, so hurry in today!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Christmas Scrapbooking Classes

Join us this Thursday, November 12th, for our Scrapbooking class at our Rexburg store. Classes start at 6:00 p.m. and go until 9:00 p.m. Choose one class or both. Bring your basic scrapbooking tools and a friend!

Kathy's wintery layout showcases one medium and five small photos with space to spare.

Who doesn't take lots and lots of pictures during the holidays? Stephanie's layout has a hidden flap that lifts up to reveal space for even more photos...28 in all! These photos are sized at 2" x 3". To find out how to print this many economically, click here.

Can't wait to see you there!