New Memory Box 2011!

We've got the newest release from Memory Box and let me tell you, it is amazing!  There is brand new 8 1/2 x 11 paper, new 6x6 paper packs and 12 x 12 papers, plus the stamps we've all come to love!  You can check it all out here.  But, you really should come in and see the samples Dave sent with the newest release!  They are to die for!!!  Hope to see you all soon!


Scrapbooking 101 - Nikki - February 27th

Scrapbooking 101
So you want to learn how to scrapbook? Does a store filled with tools and supplies overwhelm you? Then this is the class for you! Nikki will walk you through all the basic tools, supplies, and albums you’ll need to create that one of a kind scrapbook you've always dreamed of. You’ll learn all the tricks of this amazing hobby from one of the best teachers in town. Plus, you'll create a two page 12x12 layout with Nikki’s guidance! Please bring 4-6 photos of one event that you’d like to scrapbook. Also, bring your adhesive, paper trimmer and ruler if you have one. Don’t miss this class!
12 – 2:30
$30 8 spaces only


Patterned Paper - Nikki - February 27th

Patterned paper – we all love it and buy it by the stack. Now what? Join Nikki in this class that focuses on taming patterned paper and making it work for you.You’ll make either: two 12x12 double page layouts or four 12x12 single page layouts. The layouts will be predesigned, but the patterned paper and theme you choose is up to you!Explore the store to find the perfect paper for your layout. Isn’t it time you got those photos out of boxes and onto pages? Let Nikki’s designs jump start your creativity! Please bring your basic tool kit: Paper trimmer, wet and dry adhesive, pop dots, glue dots, scissors, ruler and anything else you can't live without! Please specify page type (single or double page layouts) at time of sign up.
3:00 5:30 pm


New Making Memories Je t'Adore

The newest collection from Making Memories - Je t'Adore - has hit our shelves, and let me tell you, it is a beauty! I'm in love with every single paper and embellishment (and it has nothing to do with the name of the collection)! Here are a few sample images, but you really need to come on in to check it all out!!


New Echo Park Little Girl

That's right!  We've got the latest release from one of the hottest new companies out there!  Little Girl from Echo park is full of bright colors, splendor and is just plain cute!  You'll be dying to scrap pictures of your loved ones with this paper!  Come on in to check it all out!


New Somerset Magazines!




Donna Downey at Scrapbook Territory! February 18th - 20th

Donna Downey is a bestselling author, instructor and all-around creative force in the crafting industry. In 2000, she got into scrapbooking as an extension of her paper product and photography addiction. This was only the beginning. From working as a popular columnist for Simple Scrapbooks magazine, to traveling the world inspiring women to push the boundaries of their own creativity, to developing her first fabric scrapbooking line with Prima due out in the Spring of ‘09, Donna is consistently on the leading edge of all things cool related to memory preservation art.

As a craft-media artist, Donna is a born experimenter, blending and transforming both traditional and unexpected items into meaningful pieces of self expression. A former elementary school teacher, she has synthesized her first love of teaching with her passion for craft and brings this to women via workshops at scrapbook stores and events, writing books, and through her popular blog and website.

Donna lives in North Carolina with her husband, and is a mother of three exceptionally blonde children, and one blonde dog.

Check out the classes Donna will be teaching here in February 2011: A Life Inspired, Field of Poppies, Beloved and Inspiration Journal.


Donna Downey's "Inspiration Journal: Creating a Visual Journey"

Donna's "Inspiration Journal" is a mixed media art journal. A hands on exploration of your inner artist as we work together creating your visual legacy. The inspiration journal has become the hallmark of my creative play and growth as an artist. This workshop promises to challenge you to look at yourself as a creative soul and will encourage artistic growth with each page you complete.

Techniques you will learn in class:
• Layered and painted backgrounds
• The art of “drippage”
• Uses of different mediums (acrylic, gel medium, watercolor, charcoal, crayons and/or pencils)
• Image Transfer
• India ink and nib pen or fountain pen
• Building and designing in layers
• 3-D effects
Supplies Needed for Class:
Must fit inside a 1 gallon ziplock baggie - (really, yes!)
• handful of your favorite acrylic paint colors including a white
• 1” paint brush (foam is ok but bristle is preferred)
• 1-3 photo copies of photos/images to be used for image transfer
(NEED to be toner copies to work).
• Ribbon scraps
• Fabric scraps
• Black stazon
• Book text
• Patterned paper scraps
• Buttons
• Sewing thread
• Sewing needle
• Lace scraps (optional)
• 1 paper punch
• favorite quotes (optional)
• random happy things (paper flowers, bling, stickers, ephemera, etc)
• Something that makes you smile clipped from a magazine or publication

Tools Needed:
Does not have to fit into the baggie
• Heat gun
• Quick drying adhesive (helmar 450 quick dry, beacon’s 3-in1, or aleene’s Tacky glue)
• Scissors
• Charcoal pencil (preferred) or regular pencil
• Spray bottle
• Rag or cloth to clean your brush
• Mug, jar or other item to fill with water to clean brush
• Apron (strongly recommended)
• Favorite stamps (optional)
• Favorite inks or distress inks (optional)
• Watercolor crayons or pencils (optional)
• Watercolor palette paints (cheap ones)
• India ink and dip pen or fountain pen (optional – most pens will not write over acrylic or painted surfaces these pen types work amazing)

Sunday, February 20th
1st Session: 11 - 2 (3 hour class)
2nd Session: 3 - 6
Call 510-559-9929 to sign up!


Donna Downey's "Beloved"

Donna's "Beloved" is a beautiful 6"x12" mixed media scrapbooking album. In this workshop you will learn the art of layering colors to create depth and dimension to your art. The day will be filled with tons of product knowledge as well new products to inspire your creativity and possibly challenge you to dream bigger about your creative possibilities.

Included in Class Fee: 6"x12" fabric album, embellishments (including iron-ons, stitched words, flowers), ribbons and more!
Students Need to Bring:
NOTE: All paint colors can be substituted with any colors you prefer
• Americana/deco art avocado dip acrylic paint
• Folk Art/Plaid 438 ballet pink acrylic paint
• Golden N5 neutral gray acrylic paint (heavy body)
• Golden Quinacridone Magenta fluid acrylic paint
• Adirondack/earthtones cranberry pigment ink pad (if you do not want to share)
• Apron
• ¾-1” paint brush
• iron + ironing surface
• spray bottle filled with water (not a mini mister)
• glass jar or cup for rinsing brushes
• towel to clean brushes/space
• baby wipes
• fabric adhesive
• liquid scrap dots (optional)
• Antique linen distress ink (optional)
• Spun sugar distress ink (optional)
• Photos - (7) 4x6 & 5 wallet (optional)

Saturday, February 19th
10 - 5 with a 1 hour break for lunch
Call 510-559-9929 to sign up!


Donna Downey's "A Life Inspired"

Donna's "A Life Inspired" class is a canvas page layout!  Learn the basics of color washing, alter fabric flowers and dimensional layering techniques as you learn to transform literally a blank canvas into a unique mixed media scrapbooking layout that will showcase your heartfelt sentiments, and the creativity of your artist within.

Included in Class Fee: 12x12 blank canvas, tons of embellishments (including iron-ons, bling and flowers) and lots more!
Students Need to Bring:
• foam brush
• baby wipes
• spray bottles
• Iron
• heat guns
• towel for drippage
• (1) 4x6 photo (black and white or color)

Friday, February 18th
4:00 - 5:30
Call 510-559-9929 to sign up!


Donna Downey's "Field of Poppies"

Donna's class, "Field of Poppies" alters a large digital SLR canvas camera bag.  The simple beauty of a field of poppies is what makes this bag so versatile and timeless. The design filled with pops of color and creative dimension make the bag so unique. Learn to transform blank canvas into a wearable piece of fashion forward art.

Included in Class Fee: Camera Bag, embellishments (flowers), paint, ribbons and more.
Students Need to Bring:
• black India ink or black acrylic paint
• needle
• cream thread
• scissors
• fabric glue (Helmar 450 quick dry)
• spray bottle
• heat gun
• towel to clean up water drippage with
• apron (optional)
• black Stazon
NOTE: Change the color palette by bringing your own choice of acrylic paint and trim with you.

Friday, February 18th
6:30 - 8:30
Call 510-559-9929 to sign up!


Schedule of Winter Crops!

Come join us in 2011 for some fun crop nights, we’ll be holding them on some Friday and Saturday nights! Crops will be from 6pm – 12midnight and cost only $10!  Bring your friends and enjoy the best scrapbook store in the Bay Area after hours with fun, games and giveaways!  Your hosts Daniela and Nancie can provide you with inspiration, guidance and instruction on how to use any of the wonderful products in the store. Call in advance to reserve your spot!

7th – Friday - Daniela
14th – Friday - Nancie
22nd – Saturday – Special 10 hour New Years Crop $20 – Daniela, 2pm-midnight
28th – Friday – Nancie

5th – Saturday -The Art Life Valentine Crop 10 Hours $30 – Daniela, 2pm-midnight
11th – Friday – Nancie
19th – Saturday – Daniela
25th – Friday – Nancie

5th – Saturday – Daniela
11th – Friday – Kristen
19th – Saturday – Special 10 Hour Crop $20 - Daniela
25th – Friday – Kristen

We have some special crops this quarter! We have two special 10 hour crop days, January 22nd, and March 19th. Bring your projects and spend the day with friends for 10 full hours of crop time!

The Art Life will sponsor a 10 hour Valentine Day crop on February 5th, which will feature two mini workshops, lots of prizes, fun and appetizers!


New Greeting Farm Stamps

Check out all the super cute new Greeting Farm stamps that came in!  Plus, we've restocked some of your favorites! :)  I'm in love with CHEEKY CHERRY PIE!!!





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