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Posted 2/10/2013 by tinaev in General Scrappin'
 

tinaev
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Posted: 2/10/2013 6:04:45 PM
The one and only LSS within a 2 hour drive is closing. It is also where I work. So, I'm doubly bummed LOL.

Does Memory Works get pretty much everything from the major companies in a reasonable time frame? I could save a lot of money and still get the stuff I wanted provided they actually carry it. Is there a way to see what's in the current catalog? I don't know anyone that does Memory Works so I have no one to ask personally.

Besides for my personal use, I was also pondering starting a kit club. Is that Memory Works legal? What I want to do is set up an Etsy shop or something to sell the kits. At least, that's the easiest way I can think of to do it.

I'd appreciate any thoughts and information on Memory Works in general.

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Posted: 2/10/2013 7:49:09 PM
I've been with MW for 6 years and love it. If you PM me your email, I'll send you a catalog .pdf. Will answer all your questions when I get back to my computer.



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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:23:30 PM
You can certainly put together kits if you like, but MemoryWorks has a monthly kit club called MemoryWorks Express. It comes with supplies enough to make several layouts PLUS cards as well. The design team/home office puts together an idea guide for it each month as well, called Idea Express.

You can see the most recent catalog here. They are busy putting together the Spring/Summer catalog now that CHA-W is past.

I've been with MemoryWorks for several years, and have done really well with it. I'd be glad to answer questions as well.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 8:32:52 PM
I keep wanting to join but I just havent. I am not really sure why I havent



tinaev
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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:00:37 PM
From what I can tell on the website to be a basic consultant (which is all I would need for my personal use) it is a $20 annual fee and the discount on product is 20%. So if I ordered $100 per year I'd break even. Hmmm... I was hoping the discount was more substantial. I would still love to hear how our Memory Works ladies are finding this works out for them and what success they've had.

I checked out the kit club link, that certainly makes it look easy!

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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:25:15 PM

The one and only LSS within a 2 hour drive is closing. It is also where I work. So, I'm doubly bummed LOL.

I'm so sorry! When I started doing Memory Works, 6 of the 7 LSS's within driving distance closed. I was ready to join Creative Memories but the large quarterly minimum was scaring me. Then I happened upon Memory Works and it was the perfect fit! Only $75 minimum per YEAR which I can easily meet just on shopping for myself, LOL. No brainer.

Does Memory Works get pretty much everything from the major companies in a reasonable time frame? I could save a lot of money and still get the stuff I wanted provided they actually carry it. Is there a way to see what's in the current catalog? I don't know anyone that does Memory Works so I have no one to ask personally.

I can't say they get everything from all the companies but they do a great job of getting a wonderful sampling of what's new. Our offerings are updated with each CHA with new catalogs twice per year (Spring and Fall). But you don't have to wait for new catalogs ... the website is updated as soon as MW receives the product and they provide printable .pdf's so you can keep your own "catalog" until the official ones come out.

For instance, right here you can see what has been added to the website already for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2013 catalog (incl. MME, Teresa Collins, and Carta Bella).

Here is a list of current companies Memory Works carries (and are adding more with the most recent CHA):

7 Gypsies
Amy Tangerine
Authentique
Basic Grey
Bella Blvd
Bo Bunny
Carta Bella
Crate Paper
Dear Lizzy
Echo Park
Fancy Pants
Farmhouse Paper
Jenny Bowlin
Lily Bee
My Minds Eye
Pebbles
Studio Calico
Teresa Collins
ZVA bling
Tattered Angels
Tim Holtz
Ranger
Cropper Hopper
Glue Dots
Tombow
Glue Arts

American Crafts textured cardstock
all the Simple Stories lines (Memory Works is where SS came from)
WRMK albums and divided page protectors



Besides for my personal use, I was also pondering starting a kit club. Is that Memory Works legal? What I want to do is set up an Etsy shop or something to sell the kits. At least, that's the easiest way I can think of to do it.

I would run that by MW home office to be sure. But they are VERY flexible. There are no "exclusive" agreements or anything like with other scrapbooking direct sellers.

I'd appreciate any thoughts and information on Memory Works in general.

I have nothing but good to say. Latest and greatest products, reasonable shipping, great customer service and helpful home office, design team, message board, merchandising materials - everything you need to succeed and for much less investment than other companies.

Happy to answer any other questions!



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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:30:35 PM
TBH, I've found that I am most successful hosting events. The ladies in my community want crops, classes, and retreats. They can pretty much buy their supplies anywhere, including right here at 2Ps.

So I give them what they want. I host a monthly crop and class, and I try to host at least one retreat per year. I make most of my money on the fees for those. And the sweet ladies I scrapbook with try to support me as much as they can by ordering with me. I do mostly group orders so we share the shipping, and I draw a name for hostess gifts when our orders total enough to become a party.

Pretty simple, and it works well for me.


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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:39:04 PM

I keep wanting to join but I just havent. I am not really sure why I havent

The 20% off is nice. Just sayin' ...



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Posted: 2/10/2013 9:58:59 PM
Yes, the reason I'm more interested in Memory Works is because of the variety of product available. I don't like being tied into one thing a la Stampin' Up, CTMH, etc. I really like that these are manufacturers everyone knows and loves and it's the hot product seen everywhere.

20% off is what my current employee discount is, and I'll tell you... I am not going to want to order things online anywhere at full price AND pay for shipping. Ouch. So again, the discount provided with Memory Works would be helpful.

I have yet to come across a single negative review too. They seem like a great, flexible company. That's interesting that they created Simple Stories! I did think it was kind of odd how many SS old lines they still had available. Now I know why.

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Posted: 2/11/2013 7:49:33 AM

Yes, the reason I'm more interested in Memory Works is because of the variety of product available. I don't like being tied into one thing a la Stampin' Up, CTMH, etc. I really like that these are manufacturers everyone knows and loves and it's the hot product seen everywhere.

20% off is what my current employee discount is, and I'll tell you... I am not going to want to order things online anywhere at full price AND pay for shipping. Ouch. So again, the discount provided with Memory Works would be helpful.

I have yet to come across a single negative review too. They seem like a great, flexible company. That's interesting that they created Simple Stories! I did think it was kind of odd how many SS old lines they still had available. Now I know why.

I love the variety too. It's all the brands I'm buying anyway so why not?



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Posted: 4/23/2013 10:57:08 AM
Those that are consultants, do you carry inventory?


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Posted: 4/23/2013 11:15:13 AM
What is Memory Works?

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Posted: 4/23/2013 11:42:57 AM

Those that are consultants, do you carry inventory?

When I worked part-time, I held a lot of MW crops and at that point I did carry inventory. At crops, customers wanted to purchase then and there. I also sold cardstock and patterned paper by the sheet so if they needed something specific for a layout, I usually had it

Now I work more than full-time and can't hold crops anymore. Most of my selling is to friends and online. So I don't keep stock anymore.

The great thing about MW is that it's super flexible. I've been with them for 6 years and have been able to adapt it to whatever is going on in my life at the moment. Thank goodness there are no huge minimums or - when life has gotten super busy - I would've been kicked out as a consultant with other companies, lol!

One other thing about keeping inventory: If you decide to do that, I would suggest buying products that YOU love. It's really hard to predict what's going to sell. Sometimes I sold out and other times very little sold. At least when I 'got stuck' with products, they happily went into my personal stash!



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Posted: 4/23/2013 11:51:28 AM

What is Memory Works?

Honeybee, Memory Works is a direct selling company for scrapbooking supplies similar to Creative Memories, Stampin Up!, and Close to My Heart. But things that set MW apart are that we sell products from all the top companies (like MME, AC, BG, SC, etc.) instead of a company-specific line.

We also have much lower minimums, e.g. CM you have to sell I think $500 per quarter to stay active and MW is only $75 per YEAR. So there's a lot less pressure to sell and it's more adaptable. You can even be a hobbyist where you just buy for yourself and save 20% on everything. Kind of a no-brainer, imho

You can check out my MW site or blog or e-mail me for more info if you're interested: scrapbookobsession(at)gmail(dot)com. {If anyone decides to become a consultant, I hope you'll use the MW# of a Pea as we get a nice product credit for referring you -thanks!}



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Posted: 4/25/2013 3:38:37 PM
I was wondering if you get an online "site" where people can order through you and that you can link on your blog. I work full time and am studying for the bar exam, but I know I could make a few extra bucks selling online, or possibly making card kits etc. I just need some mad money to support my crafting and vintage pyrex habit.


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Posted: 4/25/2013 3:57:15 PM

I was wondering if you get an online "site" where people can order through you and that you can link on your blog. I work full time and am studying for the bar exam, but I know I could make a few extra bucks selling online, or possibly making card kits etc. I just need some mad money to support my crafting and vintage pyrex habit.

Yes, but there are charges: $25 set up fee plus $10.95/mo Basic website or $18.95/mo Premium website. I've had the Basic for years and do everything but ordering via my blog



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Posted: 4/25/2013 4:28:25 PM
I have only been with memory works for 2 years and I love it. I dint order too much but I do like that I can get more items that you would find at a scrappy store. I don't do many orders too friends or family but have a few times. Good luck with your decision, I also likethat I don't need too sell a million.

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Posted: 4/26/2013 11:22:02 AM

I have only been with memory works for 2 years and I love it. I dint order too much but I do like that I can get more items that you would find at a scrappy store. I don't do many orders too friends or family but have a few times. Good luck with your decision, I also likethat I don't need too sell a million.

I agree, MW has a great variety of items and are always bringing in new stuff. I don't really have an LSS anymore so MW has been a Godsend to me. Mike's is getting better but they still don't have all the brand name supplies that I love. And even when they get stuff like Sn@p or AC, it's way behind when Memory Works has it.

I also agree that I love the lack of selling pressure. You can stay current even if you never sell anything but just buy for yourself once or twice (depending on how long it takes you spend $75, lol .... me? One order!)


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