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Vancity Vendor:
Making Memories With Scrapbooking

May 10th, 2013 by Jeannine

Vancity Vendor: Making Memories With Scrapbooking

If you’ve driven along Hastings Street in Burnaby you may have passed by their little shop or at least seen their neon sign. They’re called Making Memories With Scrapbooking and they do more than cater to the avid scrapbooker, they also focus on cardmaking and stationery for all occasions, including weddings! Amari Yu is one of the owners of the shop alongside Debbie Siu and Diana Pesa. She says they offer a full stationery service from designing, to typesetting, printing, cutting, and assembly. The DIY bride will be in heaven here. In store, they sell the latest paper crafting products, supplies and embellishments including Swarovski crystals in various colours and sizes, lots of ribbon, stickers, brads, rhinestone buckles and a huge collection of die cuts. For those who are new to crafting they do offer different classes each month for those who want to learn how to make cards, mini albums and other paper related projects I’ve taken one of their classes before and it’s a good way to learn new techniques and try your hand at paper crafting.

Owners of Making Memories With Scrapbooking

To have a peek at what they’ve got to offer, be sure to visit their website. More photos of their latest work can be found on their Facebook page and for other updates, follow them on Twitter. The current month’s class dates are also posted, I highly recommend taking a class or two… you might even get hooked and find a new hobby after your wedding is done :)

Making Memories With Scrapbooking

A Few Words With Amari…

Making Memories With Scrapbooking What do you have to offer for brides with lower budgets?
“We have designed our invitations so they will fit any brides’ budget. We can also design something that fits within a certain budget. A starting price for an invitation that we’ve designed, printed and assembled is $2.50. A starting price for design and printing only would be $1.00 for a very basic and simple invitation. For DIY brides on a lower budget, we always suggest choosing a design that uses the most of out a paper. We sell 12×12 Bazzill cardstock for $0.99/sheet, 8.5×11 Bazzill cardstock for $0.49/sheet, metallic textweight 8.5×11 cardstock for $0.59/sheet and metallic cover weight 8.5×11 cardstock for $0.85 a sheet, just to give them a better idea.”

What sets you apart from others in the same field?
“We are unique because we offer the highest customer service and we offer services a la carte. Not too many places will just print what you need or just cut your paper for you; we do because we want to make this process simple and easy for the brides. We work very closely with brides so they LOVE their invite and it’s within their budget. We also don’t charge any consultation fees, and we take our time getting to know exactly what the bride is looking for so they leave happy and satisfied with the outcome.”

Making Memories With Scrapbooking

How would you describe your design style?
“We design our invitations with a variety of brides in mind, some are super modern, some very simple, yet elegant, and some that are fun and casual. Every bride and groom is unique and special in their own way, and that’s what we try to do with our invites as well. We do our best to make each one individual and unique that fits each couple, using the tools and products that we have.”

Making Memories With Scrapbooking

What do you enjoy most about your job?
“We love meeting and working with couples to come up with the perfect invite and stationery that is special and unique as they are. Sometimes they bring ideas to the table that we haven’t even thought of yet! We get such satisfaction seeing the faces of brides when they pick up their invites and are so happy with them. We really do strive to make this process as stressful and fun as possible for our customers and when they tell us that we did that for them, we know we did our job right.”

Making Memories With Scrapbooking

What was the most creative invitation you designed?
“We are very lucky to have the mountains and forest in our backyard and this couple was having their wedding up in Whistler. We could tell right away that they wanted a fun and casual invitation. The bride herself loved to make cards and so we thought to bring that into the invitation. This invitation is a tri-fold card that can be opened up and displayed. All the shapes are cut from die cuts from Memory Box.”

Making Memories With Scrapbooking

Making Memories With Scrapbooking Do you draw inspiration from other designers?
“There are so so so many great ideas out there! We are constantly wowed by creations people (from company designers to your local crafts blogger) make. We love how one sheet of paper can be viewed and transformed into so many different designs.”

Do you think people should sign up for cardmaking classes before attempting to DIY?
“If brides are planning to make their own invites, taking a class will give them a lot of advice and they will learn how to best assemble their invitations. Coming to a class is so much fun, everyone leaves with a smile on their face knowing they made special cards on their own and they feel much more confident. Classes on average cost $25 per person. You do need to bring your adhesives to class. We come up with new designs every month because that’s how often we get new products in or learn new techniques! Each class is repeated 2-4 times a month.”

Making Memories With Scrapbooking

Making Memories With Scrapbooking What advice do you have for those who want to DIY their invitations?
“Make sure you make an invitation that fits a standard sized envelope. Make sure one side of your envelope is less than 6” or else you will be paying more for postage! Always try to get the most cuts out of one paper. Have the proper tools. Cutting paper with an exact-o knife and ruler may be okay for one or two sheets but not for 100! A paper trimmer may be a bit of an investment (or see if you know anyone who will lend you one) but it if definitely worth the investment. You will save so much time (and time is money!) Have the proper adhesives. You don’t want your invitations to fall apart! If you have any scraps from your paper, see if you can use them for other wedding stationery you might want (tags, name place cards, thank you cards, scrapbook etc…) Also, have fun with playing with ideas until you come up with the one you love. Also, get your fiancee, friends and family involved too! Many brides have a mini party with their friends and bridesmaids and spend a fun evening making the invitations together.”

Making Memories With Scrapbooking

If you had one piece of advice for a bride and groom, what would it be?
“There’s so many great ideas out there for invitations that we get overwhelmed, or want to fit all the things into one invitation!  Just remember to not focus too much on the small details (like if your invitations matches your bridesmaids’ shoes) – entrust those details to the expertise of your invitations provider. Make this a fun process :)

Making Memories With Scrapbooking

To contact Amari, visit her website.
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