Thursday, December 16, 2010

Tis the Ornamental Season

Handmade ornaments make great gifts! It's the gift that has them thinking of you every year when they place that ornament on their tree. Each of us here at the store have made some ornaments that hang on our tree at the Opera House this year. Now we can teach you how to make these ornaments. We have classes scheduled, and at different price ranges. Just check out the calendar, or call us to set up a convenient time.
Near the register we have gift bundles made up for easy gift giving. Check them out for that scrappin' friend or relative. We have a beginners kit, and book kits like Tattered Angels kits, Disney kits, My Minds Eye kits, Tim's Tools kit.....even a Irock tool kit! Just something to keep in mind as you are doing your holiday shopping.

Have you made your gift tags yet? Lisa has made up some example gift tags using our stamp set from Hero Arts to give you ideas on how you can use them. They are adorable, and sure to add that pizzaz that makes your gift stand out. Come on in to see them.
Our upcoming Holiday Hours are: December 24 we will close at 3pm, and we will be closed Christmas Day.
From all of us here at Lorraine's WE WISH YOU ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Updates and Classes

HEY wanted to keep you up to date on the incoming product this week!
Tim Holtz Alterations Mover & Shaper Dies, and Bigz Dies.
WeRMemory Keepers SewEasy Tool, patterned heads, mats, and floss.
Basic Grey Curio papers and embellies.
Graphic45 papers are back in stock!
WeRMemory Keepers Merry January papers, stickers, stamps, card &
layout kits, cardstock pads, and tags.
Sizzix pop up x-mas XL Bigz dies, and vintage elements Bigz dies.
Sizzix Basic Grey dies and Embossing folders.

Don't Forget to sign up for the November Tag Class that takes place this Monday. This is the third installment. We'll use crackle paint, alcohol inks, perfect pearl powder, and mica flakes. Check it out!

You will not want to miss Lisa's Productive Page Layering. You will complete three 2 page layouts ready for photos in just two hours. This month it is about Fall.

Sam has created another special layout just for you. This holiday 2 page layout uses BoBunny holiday papers, Prima flowers, leaves, and liquid applique. Perfect to hold your holiday memories.

There is an ALL DAY CROP on Saturday November 27, at 10am till 10pm.

Come on in and ask for a demo of the SewEasy this weekend!

Monday, November 8, 2010

New Hours- A Scrapbooking Retreat- Lance is Back

The bus trip was a BLAST! I hope all you ladies enjoyed your time and love each of the three make and takes you did. They each were fabulous even if I did put you through your paces. The gals at each of the stores we visited were gracious and friendly. They made everyone feel welcome. A big "Thank You" to each of them. I hope all of you enjoy the goodie bag from Lorraine's. Come in and show us what you make with it. We love to see what our customers are creating.

We are now open on Sundays for all your paper crafting needs. Our hours are 12 noon to 5 pm. Come in and visit us!

Check out this scrapbooking retreat from The Abbey Resort in Fontana WI.
November 19-21
Lorraine's Memories will be there for all your scrapbooking needs. We participated last spring and it was a lovely weekend. The resort is beautiful and the scrapping space was abundant. The price includes your room and more.......check it out! Come out and get those pages done while having time with friends. I hope to see you there.
We are happy to welcome back Lance Anderson from RUSTY PICKLE. He will be at Lorraine's on Sunday November 14th for two classes. At 9am he will be showing us how to create a cute pop up album with Karen Burniston sizzix dies. Then at 6pm he will take us through a lovely "Fall Splendor" shabby chic album using some of my favorite Rusty Pickle papers. I really loved Lance when he taught at CKU where I met him for the first time. He always teaches interactive things. You know how much I love pockets and pull outs. This is where I got it from, so come and check it out. Learn some new ways to do things and create something special. Call us to reserve your spot! 815-308-5881.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Fall into Fun at Lorraine's

If you haven't heard yet I wanted to let you know about all the fun planned here in the next few weeks. Join me on the bus-November 6th! We are hosting a bus trip to two lovely stores you may have not gotten a chance to go to before. But there is more than just shopping. Each store, including Lorraine's Memories, will have a make & take just for you along with in store specials and goodies. You start at Lorraine's Memories at 8am for breakfast, the make & take, and special sales, then we are off to Polka Dots in Mukwanego WI. On the way there will be games, laughs, and that exciting anticipation of a good time. At Polka Dots you will have time for a make & take, lunch and shopping. Back on the bus we go for a few more games and laughs to Memories & Beyond in Downers Grove. There we will shop, and do another make & take. Then we work our way back to Lorraine's Memories around 7pm. All this for just $55. Seats are limited so call and reserve yours now!

It's back....... I have created tags again with Tim's techniques and new products. Check out this months trio. It has the NEW rosette. Come out and learn some cool techniques and get inky with me this Monday 10/25 at 1pm and 6pm. Call to reserve your seat by 10/23. Can't make this month's make sure you check out Novembers. Only two months left.

Psst....Tim's holiday dies and embossing folders are in and on the shelf. Check them out.

New product in this Week.......
.......Webster's Pages Wired florals matching the Hollywood Vogue & Waiting for Santa.
.......Tim's Holiday Paper Stash Pad & Stickers
.........Tim's Configurations Box
.........Tattered Angels Glam & Glaze (check out the Halloween Mini Book for the effects of Glaze).
........Coredinations Cardstock for Graphic 45 in . Very cool!

Have you checked out our NEW Holiday stamp sets. We really listened to you last year when you said you wanted more holiday stamps for your ornaments and cards, so check out this ornament Lisa made with Darcie's Shadowbox ornaments. They come in four different shapes. We have several sets from Hero Arts, & Darcie, that are compatable with these ornaments. Come on in and check it out! Check out Lisa's ornament below.

Don't forget Trick or Treating on the Square on Halloween at 2pm.
We have alot of upcoming events here at Lorraine's Memories. So stay tuned to the blog for details. Until then enjoy the wonderful fall weather while it lasts.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Change is in the Air

The times and weather are changing, and things here are too. We have moved some things around to make room for all the new things.We have added classes to Monday evenings so you can have the extra opportunity to get into our popular classes. We will also be open later on Mondays for you shopping needs. Did You Know we are the only scrapbook store in McHenry County! We try to meet your needs and listen to what you want in your store. We are offering some great classes this month so check out the calender. We also are offering an ALL DAY crop each month. So come on out and see us, maybe stay to crop.

So much has been going on here. Orders are coming in daily. Robin's Nest- papers & diamond shapes drops. Maya Road- stick pins, flourish rub-ons, chipboard alphabets, & chipboard dress form & bird cage albums. Moxie papers & stickers in gymnastics, water park, & amusement park. Imaginesce iRock tool, hot rocks & glam rocks. Cosmo Cricket Pixielicious, Mitten Weather, & DeLovely crafting kits and chip sets. Fiskars new Rotary & Surecut trimmers, New Everywhere Punches.
More is due to arrive next week.

The annual Tim Holtz Christmas Tags Class starts this month. We will be using some of the NEW things Tim has released this year! Each month we will make three tags. so you will have a total of 12 when you are done. We use Tim's techniques that you see on his blog, and in his videos. Come on in and check out the samples for this months class.

Many apologies about photos promised... as I loaded them to add to the blog, my computer erased them. I saved them from the recycle bin but have to find where my computer put them to reload them into my photo program. Nothing good ever comes easy!

Till next week

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Friday, July 30, 2010

Back from CHA

Hey Ladies,
We are back from the trade show!!!! The beautiful things we had seen were countless. I can tell you it will be worth coming back to the blog to see photos. I will post a some every few days. The things that we ordered were simply beautiful. There will also be a variety of styles. We did vintage, cute, elegant, and simple. We also are including some new companies to our collection. With each set of photos I will tell you of our adventures.

We also had some fun at the store in between the CHA days. Saturday July 24th was Melissa Frances Day at Lorraine's. Melissa taught three classes, (an art journal, cards, and a kitchen coupon book). We have a limited amount of kits left for these classes, if you didn't get in on the class come in asap to get a kit. I took each of the classes and loved my projects. The books are timeless treasures, & the cards are soooo pretty! So get em fast, they will soon be gone.

Wednesday, July 28th we had KC Burmingham from My Minds Eye here to teach a layout class. We all had fun creating with My Minds Eye "So Sophie", but best of all was the preview of the NEW line that is on it's way to here... "Lost and Found"!!!!! It is beautiful is all I can say. Come check out the sample projects made with this new line here at Lorraine's.

Can't wait to see you all at the store. we are working on new projects for classes in August. Calender will be up asap. Come in and check out what we are working on!

New shipments in.... We Are Memory Keepers -Heebie Jeebie/ Tattered Angels- Glaze, &, Glam/ Karen Foster new State-ments. More always on the way!

Happy Memories!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

July Happenings

Here's hoping you all are enjoying your summer and creating memories you can preserve. We have been busy planning some exciting things for you to enjoy!
.... First we have a 12 hour crop this month. July 10... from 10am to 10pm. We will have lunch, dinner and some games! Come get some pages done with inspiration at the ready!
....We have some great classes coming up too. Lisa's popular "Designer Drawers" is back by popular demand. Use them for your scrap organization or for you jewelry. Create this beautiful box. We have a new class "Beginner's Stamping" where Lisa will take you through all the basics of stamping, inks, and embossing. I also have one more class for the "Remember Album". There only a few kits left so we have scheduled another class for Saturday July 17th at 12 noon. This is a stunning album and requires 3 1/2 to 4 hours to make. Bring your own adhesives and prepare to make something you will treasure. (Photos are on the blogs last post.) Also check out the "Altered Box" using Tim Holtz "Box Feet". It is STUNNING!!!
....Now we have some exciting news for you......Melissa Frances herself is coming to teach here at Lorraine's for one day. Mark your calenders and call fast to get your spot. She will be doing three projects with us.(see the Lorraine's Calender thru the link below) Each class is individually priced and adds to $110, but we have a special for you...sign up for all three for the special price of $95. Even better is that Melissa herself has one class as a special value... it was a $60 class now $45. So don't miss out on this special chance to take a class from Melissa herself here at Lorraine's. We are very excited that she is coming here exclusively!
....Also fresh from the Craft and Hobby Trade Show "KC" from MY MINDS EYE will be here to teach Wednesday night July 28th at 7pm. He will make "Power Layouts" with us. This is sure to show us how to do fast and easy layouts with one of our favorite paper companies.

... we have a special make and take this weekend just for you. Come in to see our newest creations and class samples. Check out the calender for photos of classes.
..... arrivals at the store.... check out Tim Holtz Tissue Tape, dies,& embossing folders.
.....Check out our blog links to the right. Many of them have SNEEK PEEKS for their upcoming CHA releases. We would love SOME COMMENTS on what you like from these releases. Your input helps us when we are deciding what to bring into Lorraine's when we go to the show. DON"T BE SHY.... let us know what you think. Just click on the comments below!

Come on in to see us this weekend!!!!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Summer Fun

Things here at the store are so exciting. We have these great summer plans and I thought I would give you more info than the newsletter could. First there is this months classes to share. .....We have Marihannah's creations for kids. We have divided up the kids by age groups the younger group (4-9 years old) meet at 11am on Tuesday mornings and will be making cute things, such as simple mini books and more. The older kids (10+ years old) will be working on an 8x8 album. Every week they will do a two-page layout, and by the end of the summer they will have a complete book to put all their summer memories into.
.....Next Lisa has a few lovely classes. My favorite is her Monochromatic Cards. She used My Minds Eye "Lush" papers to create very simple elegant cards.(photos to come.) She also has a beginners stamping class that is sure to give you all you need to know about stamping. If you have a graduate in your life you might want to look into Lisa's Graduation 2 pg layout. She uses stickers and sparkle papers to showcase your celebration.
.....My classes I hope are ones you all have been waiting for. The "Remember Album has been getting a great response, and run at the end of this month. I have been working hard on these complicated kits that use Tim Holtz dies from Sizzix, border punches from EK Success, and 7Gypsies "Venice" papers. It is perfect for heritage, showcase a vacation, or wedding. A very versatile album.

There is a Thursday night class and a Saturday afternoon class Check out the calender for times and dates. If you love this album you will probably love the "Altered Box" class that uses some of the same dies but they are used on wood paper. Check out this box. These two classes are some of my most favorite things I have ever created for classes. I am very excited about them, and hope you are too. Come and join me for this very special creation!

NEW PRODUCT THIS WEEK.... Thing still keep rolling in! We received from
.....Tattered Angels NEW 'Chalk Glimmer Mists'. These show up opaque on your papers and have an incredible shimmer. We have colors that match up with our Melissa Frances papers. Speaking of Melissa Frances, did you know she is coming to teach here next month? We are excited about her coming here to teach I three classes here at the end of July.
....My Minds Eye- 'So Sophie' is here and looks to be as popular as all the other great lines from this company. Look for classes from My Minds Eye themselves coming next month. KC who was here a couple years ago has made plans to be here next month and teach while he is in town for the CHA trade show. We had so much fun when he was here and I can't wait to see what he has cooked up for us to do. We also received "Meadowlark" a new paper line in kits. This black and white line is very vintage. I can see weddings, special occasions for this line.
.......Come check out the new "Toolbox" paper and stickers from Creative Imaginations for Dad. Their die cut paper is going so fast we are on out second reorder.
.......Have you seen our clearance section? Come in and grab what you can while it lasts. We have some beautiful papers, dies, glitter, & stickers for a bargain.

I'll be back in a few days with some photos for you to enjoy. So check back!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

National Scrapbooking Day

Greetings to everyone,
We have been preparing for the biggest scrapping day of the year! This Saturday, May 1st is National Scrapbooking Day. We have lots of fun things planned for you. First the fun starts Friday with a sale on tattered angels, graphic 45, we r memory keepers, and all ribbon 20% off. (Get your glimmer mist now, restocked on summer colors, and new stamps, the new line from we r memory keepers just in too.) Fiskar Punches 30% off. Also stock up on basics with pens/markers 25% off, albums/ refill pages 30% off, basic cardstock reg .60 on sale for .40, and specialty cardstock reg. .70 on sale for .50. This Sale runs Friday and Saturday 4/30 and 5/1. Then crop with us Friday night bring a friend and get $5.00 off your fee, get a gift and do a make & take. WOW that sounds like FUN!
But it gets even better...... Saturday morning, the first 10 customers will get a package of Tim Holtz "Word Sticks" with their purchase, the first 20 people can make a one page layout that combines Heidi Swapp and Tattered Angels. There will be many other make & takes throughout the day.
If that we not enough we are also holding drawings Saturday May 1st. We have two large bags filled with lots of cool things that we will give away. Spend $35 get one entry...... spend $50 get two entries..... spend $75 get three entries..... spend $100 get five entries. (One winner per bag). Also if there was a class you wanted to sign up for now is the time. For every class you sign up for you will get an entry into a drawing for a paper storage box that is filled with lots of fun goodies. So if you liked Lisa's Decorative drawers, or my Chipboard Elements (or the upcoming Tim Box), sign up for them on Saturday.
Now here is the real scoop....... the SATURDAY CROP
What a party it will be, the boss is away, so you never know what fun things I will come up with for you. There will be a special make and take, gifts, games, shopping, uhmmmm did I mention shopping, oh and food. Yes a dinner from Vaughn's Family Restaurant here in Woodstock (famous for broasted chicken). I am going to make sure you ladies have a great time. It is going to be fun. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS!!!! Sign up now, $35.... 12pm to 12 am - May 1st.

I hope to see you this weekend..... come on out and crop with us for National Scrapbooking Day !

NEW IN THE STORE...... Tattered Angels- mists stamps metals tags screens. Melissa Frances (whaoooo) paper resin pieces lace ephemera & her breast cancer line, Prima Flowers, We R Memory Keepers new card kits and papers, 7Gypsies envelope packs, music paper, Sizzix restock on some Tim dies new mover & shaper dies.

Come on in and check it out!
See Ya

Thursday, April 15, 2010

BOGO this Weekend !!

Wow, Spring is Here!
I hope you are taking lots of photos of all your outdoor activities. The weather has been kind to us this spring. We have a BOGO (buy one or two, get one) sale this weekend April 16 & 17. Hope you can take advantage of it. Our new punches have my pockets empty. If you know me I am the kind of girl that has to have it all. I keep finding things to do with these punches. Even boarder punches that didn't grab me when we ordered them have me drooling when I find they add that extra touch to a project. They are on sale buy one at regular price, get another one 30% off.
Here is the make-n-take for this weekend. It layers the boarder punches and uses one of the flower punches that comes with a leaf shape, in the same punch. It seems like everything I am making lately I can find a punch to give it that something special! I especially love how easy they are to use and that they collapse flat to store.

We also have Technique Tuesday on sale buy one at regular price get another one 50% off. This is one of my favorite stamp companies, because of the quality of their stamps. Come check out the sets that range from alphabets to words that are perfect for cards or scrapbook layouts. The word sets from Ali Edwards are in her handwriting, and give that personal touch that some of us who don't like our handwriting always wish we could get. The phrase on the make-n-take is from one of her sets.
We also have embossing powder on sale. Both Judikins and Clearsnap. Buy two at regular price get a third for free! Stock up now.

If you are itching to get your creative side jumping come in and check out our offerings of classes. We have some great workshops available this month. Below are some photos of a few of them. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to get to the calendar and check dates and times. Remember if you sign up a friend and yourself you both can get a 30% off one item the day of your class, plus a 15% discount off your purchases the day of the class. I can think of lots of things I would use that discount on. Grab your BF and come see us. This special is for a limited time only. The 7Gypsies Album you'll see on the calendar is SOLD OUT, so don't wait, sign up before the class you want sells out.

WOW, what a sale. This is for April 16 & 17 only. I hope to see you this weekend.
I also want to send out a reminder of the crop retreat at The Abbey in Fontana WI, May 14- 16th. I will be offering two classes there that are very special. Check out the event at
After you sign up info on classes will be sent to you. I can tell you that it WILL be a really good time. Grab you friends and come out and join us.
See you this weekend!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Spring is Here

I know it has been a while! We have been sooooo busy. Shipments are coming in everyday. New, Tim Holtz Ideaology , Distress Inks, & Sizzix Dies, Zva bling and pearl swirls, BoBunny MamaRazzi & Sophie Papers & Embellies, EK Success Shape & Border Punches, Creative Imagination Oceana & Cowboy Papers & Embellies, TPC Mediterranean Summer & Girlfriends Papers & Embellies. Graphic 45 is here too!

So much has been happening. Last month we were an on sight store for the Lay it Out Loud Crop in Lake Geneva and it was fabulous. We had never done anything like that and we learned a lot on how to do it even better. So in May we will be the on sight store for another crop retreat. I have to tell you about it! "Spring into Scrapbooking" is the name of the crop, and this time it will be at "The Abbey Resort" in Lake Geneva. It is only 25 minutes from the store and it sounds like a fabulous time. We will even be offering two classes (extra fee) at this crop. Check it out at,
It sounds like a great value and a fun time! We talked to some ladies at our store crop this past weekend and there was a lot of interest. More details about the classes next time.

We have a lot of classes coming up this April. An Easter Layout with We Are Memory Keepers Hip Hop Line, a Graphic 45 Layout, Basic Grey Layout, a Shabby Chic My Minds Eye Layout. Then we also have the Karen Foster Designer Drawers class using some new Bo Bunny. There is a beautiful Mini Book offered using some 7gypsies Victoria papers and envelopes. Check out "Chipboard Elements", it uses Tim's new inks & metals with Wendy Vecchi stamps. Lisa has a cute class "Gift Giving Essentials" where you will make everything you need to give a gift (card, bag & box) using Webster's Pages papers. I'll put up photos of these soon, but you should come in and check it out. The samples are on the table by the register.

Upcoming Crops are April 9&10- 30, & May 1.

I look forward to seeing all of you, let me know if you read the blog when you come in, or leave a comment below.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

We are Back !!!

Hello Friends,
It was a fun and work filled week. My shoulder will never be the same. I thought I might post some pics of what we ordered. We had our preview last night at our FRIDAY night crop, and everyone there got a few pieces of something brand new to take home for themselves. We also did a cute Valentine Tag Make & Take with using a new punch we ordered. We all had fun and some beautiful things were made. Tonight is the SATURDAY NIGHT CROP, I'll be there & hehe, (you never know what sale I will come up with tonight). It's never too late to call and sign up, or come in to see me and a few of the things we ordered.

This is two of the three lines we order papers from. The company is of course BASIC GREY.
The one line is a wedding line (right) , but it can be used for anything. It is very elegant and there are some masculine designs in it. I will be teaching a vintage layout with these.
We noticed some trends at the show. Shabby Chic is BACK !!!! Also HOT are, butterflies, peace signs, damask, pale colors, glitter, camping, and pearls. I did not see alot of Fresh &Funky anymore, but cute was also in. Almost everyone had something elegant in their line.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

more from cali

Another day of walking around and trying to pick you the best! We got to see alot, yet there is so much more to see. Here are some of the things you will be seeing at Lorraine's.

Basic Grey had this beautiful elegant wedding line. Just Stunning!!!!!
They also had a new dog cat line that is really cute.
A New company for us "We R Memory Keepers" had stinkin cute papers we couldn't resist. We have an exclusive deal with them now, a new release every month packed with page kits, card kits, papers, embellies, stamps, pre-made pages, and more. This will not be in the big box stores, only independants and we are one of them. Whoa! So cute!!!!!

Can you see what I am holding. Tim gave me one of his new dies. Can't wait to try it out. The whole line is wonderful and holds so much potential for creativity. Can't wait to create! And I got a peek at his new machine due out in July. It's a suitcase. Very original!!!!!!
See you tomorrow.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Hello from Sunny California

We are at the Craft and Hobby Association winter show, where all the new spring and summer products are revealed. We have taken a few classes and have been very inspired by what we have seen. I know I have fallen in love with some things. We took a class from Melissa Francis and I loved her papers and the things she offered to embellish with. One very unique thing was crepe paper. We made beautiful roses with her very thick crepe paper. Here are some other things at her booth that inspired me.

We visited Tattered Angels and saw the new Glimmer Glaze, and Glimmer Glam. Both are brushed on but with a little different results. You will now be able to paint on a translucent glaze of color with shimmer onto Glimmer Glass and Chipboard. The Glam has colored glitter in it along with the mica base we are used to in the mists. They also have expanded the Traveler embellishments with glimmer chips and glass. Hiedi Swapp has now joined the design team at Tattered Angels, and has a whole line with the embossed resist we are used to on her "Invisibles". All was very cool !!!! I can't wait to recieve the new stuff in March.

I stopped by the Ideaology booth to see Tim Holtz's NEW items and they were drop dead gorgeous. I mean gotta have NOW beautiful, and second best to that I got to order them for you. They will be in the store soon and we will have ideas on how to use them. There are new metals, a tissue ribbon, 12x12 paper pad, & metal clock faces. Here is a samples of a grunge paper coat that was on display. Tommorrow I will try to post photos of some other Tim things with metal.
So tommorrow more classes and more photos of some beautiful new products!
Until then CREATE !

Friday, January 22, 2010

We are Here!!

We are here in rainy California! It is still warmer than home. Now we are getting geared up to find you the best. Check out Tim Holtz's blog to see some very cool Ideaology things he is releasing. I was drooling this morning. Keep checking in on monday and tuesday for pictures and info on what we see. I am so excited to be here, and I can't wait to share it with you. At the crop on friday 1/29 Kathy and I will show you some of the things we made in the classes we are taking, and any samples we are given by the vendors. We will also let you in on what you will be seeing at the store in the coming weeks. See you monday!