Meet Janet!

Jun 22nd

Hello, Memory Bound Friends!

At Memory Bound we believe we have the most talented, creative, and fun staff and we thought it would be fun for you all to get to know our little MB family a bit better! So each week we are going to introduce you to one of our staff members! We hope you enjoy!

This week we are featuring, Janet! If you have taken a card class, most likely Janet was your instructor! Janet creates the most amazing, beautiful and stunning cards for any and all occasions. She continues to impress our staff and customers with her new, creative and interactive cards. Janet also creates the best mini-books! When you leave a class, you will have a fabulous mini ready for pictures! Check out her Iowa State Fair mini book she will be teaching in July! We are extremely lucky to have Janet as one of our instructors and if you have not taken a class with Janet, put that on your bucket list!

Now, a little more from Janet!
Katie

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Hello, friends!

I’ve worked for Memory Bound since the store opened nearly 15 years ago. Dawn and I met when working in Human Resources at Norwest (now Wells Fargo) many moons ago. When she and Kellie decided to open Memory Bound, I was working in the Learning & Development area (AKA corporate training). They asked me to teach a recipe album class at their very first scrapbooking extravaganza, and I remember having no clue what I was doing…but realizing immediately that this was a whole lot more fun than management development! Over the past 15 years, I’ve taught many kinds of classes, created sample projects, made (probably thousands of!!) class kits, and helped with the blog and newsletter. I absolutely love teaching for Memory Bound and consider it a great privilege to help customers learn new things, gain confidence, and create projects they’ll enjoy sharing with others!

 Jay and I have been married 30 years and live in Johnston. I’m an only child and have a very small extended family. The greatest joy of my life has been being a mom to our daughter, Bailey. Now 23, she just finished up her first year of teaching band in east Texas. She went to college in Indiana so we are used to having her far away, but now it’s an even longer drive! We miss her every single day and look forward to visiting her (and her kitty!) as often as possible. With marching band season coming up, you can bet we’ll be at a Texas football game or two — but only to see the band! 🙂

I’m always the one taking pictures, so there are very few pictures of the three of us! Here we are after one of our daughter’s band concerts at Indiana University.

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 I’m a ridiculously doting cat mom to two kitties, Tinsel and Lily, and now long-distance “grandma” to Bailey’s kitty, Rory, who happens to be the best dressed tabby in east Texas!

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In addition, I love my perennial flower gardens (always a work in progress!) and keeping up my personal blog (visit me at Of Cats and Cardstock). Since my parents’ estate sale a couple of years ago, I’ve also been dabbling on eBay and opened a case at Brass Armadillo in an effort to find new homes for some old treasures.

Although I teach a lot of card classes, my real passion is memory keeping — specifically writing the stories that bring our photos to life. I’ve been scrapbooking longer than I’ve worked for Memory Bound, and it’s my love of writing that drew me to scrapbooking in the first place. When I’m teaching beginners’ scrapbooking classes, I always share the importance of telling the stories that are hidden in the photos. I know that if I don’t take the time to tell my own stories, they won’t be told!

I recently made a 6×6 album for my daughter, telling the (mostly true!) tale of how she and her kitty Rory found each other. I wrote the story in the style of a children’s book and used photos for the “illustrations”.

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Here are a few pages from an 8×8 album I made for Bailey with highlights from her college years and messages I wanted to be sure I conveyed to her.  Am I the only one who cries while scrapbooking? 🙂 So many great memories!

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My “normal” scrapbooking is in 12×12 format using black WRMK 3-ring binders. My style is very simple. I’m definitely a cardstock kind of girl! You may not see many embellishments on my pages, but you’ll always find the story. To me, that’s the most important part.

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My favorite crafting tool is definitely my Big Shot. Between my personal crafting and prep for my classes, I’ve turned that handle a LOT! 🙂 I love dies that I can use for many different purposes (such as Spellbinders shapes, word dies, and foliage dies). I also love my wide-format Epson printer which I use for printing on 12×12 cardstock. I don’t have a favorite company, but I do love October Afternoon and Echo Park designs for their clean and graphic look.

Over the past year I’ve been teaching a series of dimensional floral canvas classes. These classes have been some of my favorites! I’ll always remember creating my fall project on the day my daughter was moving to Texas. If you look closely, you may see some tear drops on that canvas!

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I enjoy making “clean and simple” cards, and my daughter is the recipient of many of them!

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If you’re visiting Iowa, I would definitely recommend coming in August during the Iowa State Fair. There’s nothing like it! My parents took me camping at the fair when I was just a baby and we camped for many years. Later, they began camping with my daughter at the fair so I have spent a lot of time on the fairgrounds during my life. Since losing my parents, the fair has become even more special to me. Plus it’s the one place on earth that I don’t get lost! 🙂

What’s my favorite Memory Bound memory? I enjoy the process of developing each new class — making something from nothing, then figuring out how to teach it — and write the instructions! — in a way that enables everyone to be successful. It’s such a joy to teach for Memory Bound and I treasure my memories of being in the classroom with so many wonderful customers!  Over the years, Memory Bound has been my anchor in so many ways, and I’ll always cherish Dawn, Kellie, and all the Memory Bound staff. I’ve been so inspired by their creativity, and my life has been greatly enriched by their friendship!

Janet