Design Team Reveal

Here are the last few design team LO's using the fabulous December kit Granny's Notions.

This was one of the last LO's I did using the kit. I was actually able to make 6 12x12 LO's from this kit and I still had enough left over that I could have made a 9x9 LO or mini album from the left overs.

"Ready, Set, Jump" by Jennifer Longenecker

These final two absolutely adorable LO's are from Staci Taylor.

"Love Photobooth Style"

"Party of 5"

Getting to Know Marie

I asked Marie, our newest design team member here at A Million Memories, to tell us a little about herself and asked a couple of questions so we could get to know here better. Here's what she had to say.

My name is Marie Ramirez I am a college student and a mom to 4 children. I have 1 soul mate and 2 kitties. I have been scrapbooking for about 6 1/2 years but up until 5 years ago it was about one layout a month, now I scrapbook at least 10 a month. I finally figured it was time to start using the stuff I bought instead of hoarding it.

1. How did you get started in scrapping?
My mother in law passed away and I wanted to make a scrapbook for the kids to remember her by.

2. How would you describe your style?
Shabby vintage chic.

3. What are your favorite manufacturers?
October Afternoon, Sassafras Lass, American Crafts, Martha Stewart, AMM Vintage trims!

4. What is your favorite color or color combo?
Light orange, teal, grey

5. Do you have any other hobbies other than scrapping?
I love to dip into all crafts, sewing and embroidery is one of my very fav. Shopping too ;)

If you would like to get to know Marie even more check out her blogs:

Life Inside the Music Box

Technique Tuesday with Jennifer Longenecker

Today I'm going to show you one way to work with vintage findings by making a hanging card for New Year's.

1. Gather your supplies.

2. Glue the feather to the BINGO card.

3. Glue the Cosmo Cricket label over the feather.

4. Glue the Cosmo Cricket fashionista over the label.

5. Glue the BINGO chip next to the CC fashionista.

6. Glue the Cosmo Cricket bracket to the right hand side of the label.

7. Add the words "New Year" to the CC label.

8. Glue the monopoly hat to the Maya Road bird then glue the hat to the CC bracket.

9. Add the word "Happy" to the top left hand side of the BINGO card.

10. Punch holes in the top of the BINGO card and add vintage clips.

I hope you enjoyed this quick little tutorial.

Member Monday with Zoe Nemburt

This week's Layout of the Week (LOTW)was chosen by Zoe Nemburt. She chose the LO below by Melanie Harris.

Here's what Zoe had to say: “I chose this layout this week for the beautiful distressing. I absolutely adore the layers of distressed papers. It’s amazing. Thank you Melanie for sharing your work with us.”

Zoe asked Melanie a couple of questions so we could get to know her better and here's what she had to say.

"Thanks so much Zoe, you have made my day."

Tell us a bit about yourself. What got you started in scrapbooking?
My name is Melanie and I live in Australia with my husband and our two children. I have always been interested in photography so wanted to find a hobby that incorporated my photographs, travel mementos as well as being able to tell the story.

I have never been artistic but the joy of scrapbooking means that even people that aren't naturally talented at art can create beautiful keepsake pages as well as enjoying themselves in the process.

My mum and I had never heard of scrapbooking until we saw a beginner class advertised in the stamping shop window. We went in to ask what it was, booked into the class and 7 years later are still scrapbooking. I have also done classes in watercolour painting and stamping so I try to incorporate them into my pages.

Now that I think about it, I was always collector of travel memorabilia so scrapbooking was just my call.

2) What three supplies would you not scrap without?
I love simple, linear pages and use minimal embellishments so I would have to say patterned paper, cardstock and Thickers. I find I use patterned paper in layers and create all the dimension I need that way.

3) What are your favorite products and manufacturers?
I have a love for shabby chic products so Pink Paislee, Prima and Webster's Pages are my first choice but I also love the grunginess of Basic Grey and Making Memories.

Little Something Sunday with Tonya Dirk

New Year Card

1) Start by cutting your grid to coordinate with the size of card that you are using (I cut mine using my Silhouette).

2) Cut out smaller pieces of patterned paper that you will then adhere behind the windows of your grid.

3) Adhere this to your card base, rather than center mine I chose to take it off of the top edge if the card.

4) Cut out three different sizes of stars.

5) Glitter them up in colors that coordinate with your card.

6) Adhere the stars to your card, for the smaller two stars I used pop dots.

7) Print or stamp your sentiment and then adhere it over the large star using pop dots.

8) Lastly apply a jewel to your sentiment strip.

AMM Website

I'm sure many of you are wondering what on earth is going on with the website. Well somebody decided that he/she didn't have anything better to do than hack into our website and delete everything. They even decided to leave their calling card yesterday. You would think they would have something better to do with their intellegence, but no.

Michelle is working on the problem and will have the site up and running again as soon as she can. Please bear with us. In the mean time please visit the A Million Memories Scrapbook Store and Kit Club Group page on Facebook.

Have a very Merry Christmas.

Design Team Reveal

Here are a few more LO's from the design team using the December kit "Granny's Notions."

First up is a LO I made using the December sketch. I loved working with the 7 Gypsies rub-on's especially on the LO's of my boys.

Next up is this gorgeous LO provided by Kay Rogers. Don't you just love those circles and that photo? Too cute!

December Design Team Sketch LO's

Each month one of our designers provides a sketch to go with that month's kit and the sketch is then used in the monthly design team challenge, but each month the designers also make their own LO based on that months sketch using the current month's kit.

Here are the LO's the design team made using the December Kit "Granny's Notions" and the december sketch provided by Kay Rogers.

"Laugh" by Kay Rogers

"Autumn Swim" by Jennifer Longenecker

"Beauty" by Tonya Dirk

"There is Nothing Better" by Staci Taylor

"Me" by Larissa Albernaz

Technique Tuesday with Larissa Albernaz

How about creating a little paper Santa´s sleigh to decorate your home for the holidays?

I love seeing paper taking dimension and that´s exactly what this project is all about. It´s cute and easy and you can try doing it with the kids. Just print and resize the templates. Cut along the solid lines. Trace and cut it from two different patterned papers. Assemble and decorate. That´s all! Merry Christmas!"

Materials needed:
patterned paper
ribbons and trims.

Design Team Reveal

Ready for some more fabulous LO's from our design team using the December kit "Granny's Notions"? You're in luck!

I just love this LO by Kay Rogers. The colors really pop against that black background and I love the black and white photo.
Karen Grunberg did an awesome job with this LO. I love how she worked with the Pink Paislee Artisan Elements.

This LO was provided by yours truly. This was one of the last LO's I made using this kit and knew I had to use those fabulous Prima flowers and the Crate Paper chipboard worked perfectly with them.
Here's this fabulous LO by Larissa Albernaz. I love the sprays of color and the way she layered the chipboard elements with the flowers cut out from the Slipcover paper.
And last but not least is this beauty of a LO by Tonya Dirk. I love the way she worked the trims and the chipboard elements.

Great job ladies! Still more to come ...

Design Team Changes Coming

We are on the look out now for new designers for the 2011 year. You can find out about becoming a part of our team by checking here: DESIGN TEAM CALL.

We are SO sad to say goodbye to many of our team members this month. Tonya Dirk, Karen Grunberg, and Jennifer Findlay have been on the AMM team for 3 years.

They have helped me build this place and they have been AMAZING creative forces behind A Million Memories. The best part about these three though, is that they are truly my friends. We have made trips to Florida and Chicago and stayed together here for the winter shows. I am SO sad to see them go, but SO grateful to have had them on this team (and in my life). They will still be around though. Tonya, Karen and I will be going to CHA Winter in Los Angeles next month, and Jenn Findlay is one of my best friends.

We are also sadly saying goodbye to some girls that have BLOWN ME AWAY with their talent and creativity. They are AMAZING artists and people! Thank you for all that you have done for AMM, girls Carole Janson, Kay Rogers and Larissa Albernaz.

Our new Design Team Director will be Zoe Nemburt.

Our Marketing Director and Designer is Jennifer Longenecker.

Staci Taylor is still with us as an AMAZING DESIGNER (and amazing gal - isn't she the cutest?!)
And a new member of our team is MARIE RAMIREZ. She will start designing with us with our JANUARY kit (which is to die for, by the way). Sneaks are coming very soon.

You can take a peek at Marie's work in her gallery "Bettiescrapbook"
HERE. Her blog is really fun to read. She shares photos of decorating for the holidays and all kinds of fun eye candy. I think we'll find that we will be getting tons of inspiration from her.

Thanks for letting me share all of the AMM changes coming. Stay tuned for a January kit sneak!

Little Something Sunday with Staci Taylor

Hi everyone! With the holiday season in full gear and present wrapping
underway, I thought I'd show you how to make your own gift bags so that you can
personalize them with the paper of your choosing. I used the adorable Christmas
Words paper by Echo Park from this month's beautiful kit, "Granny's Notions".

The first thing you want to do is trim your 12x12 paper to 9x12.

Next, you want to score two folds on the reverse side of your paper (with the
side that you want to show facing down) - the first fold should be 1 inch from
the top, and the second fold should be two inches up from the bottom.

Now make the folds.

Now, you will need to score some vertical lines going across your bag - the
first panel will be 3.5 inches, the next panel will be 2.25 inches, the third
panel will be 3.5 inches again, the fourth panel will be 2.25 inches again, and
the last section will be a .5 inch flap that will get glued to the first panel.

Now it's time to make the folds on your scored lines. Put adhesive on that .5
inch flap and glue it under the left most panel, forming the body of the bag.

Now, flip your bag upside down and pull up the two inch section.

Now fold in the shorter sides, creating two triangular sections on the longer

You will now fold the triangles onto each other, gluing them down to the bottom of the bag.

Depending on the weight of your paper, at this point you may want to glue down a piece of chipboard or heavy cardstock to the inside floor of your bag for extra support.

Now, to finish the bag, you can punch holes, set eyelets and add ribbon for

Now it's time to fill your gift bag and give it to one
lucky recipient :-)