EK Success Memory Pencils

Reported by Kim Fox

EK Success has a very large cache of crafting products including colored pencils – Memory Pencils to be exact.

Sometimes when I am stamping I use a variety of inks: chalk, distressed, pigment, etc. I even break out my heat gun and heat emboss to add a smooth effect. However, color can really make stamped images jump off the page.

That’s why I grabbed these pencils that I picked up at a nearby Hobby Lobby and decided to colorize my world.

The primary color pack is just that – a basic set which is quite likable in terms of colors; there are two tones of green – a grass green and a green, blue, red, orange, yellow, teal, purple, raspberry (which looks more like pink), smoke and black. There is also a wedding white; that could come in handy when you are working with darker colors and you do not want to break out your white paint, but you want that white on dark effect. You could also mix colors to get the color that you desire. The pencils do, however, come in two additional color packs: earth and primary.

The natural wood pencils come in a box that makes them easy to see and use – the box converts into an easel so that you can visibly see the colors, yet keep them from cluttering your work area.

The price is ideal. They run about $4.99 for each set of 12 pencils. That’s a good deal for a craft product that is so simple to use and it could brighten up your project. You can find the colored pencils at most of the big box stores like Michaels, Joann, A.C. Moore and as I mentioned Hobby Lobby. You can find this item online too, try Scrapbook Finds, and Joann Online.
If you are good at freehand drawing and doodling, these pencils will add a light and colorful touch to your projects. They are acid-free, photo safe, fade proof and waterproof.

I did not do anything earth shattering in my project samples, but I like the way the colored pencils do what they are intended to do – add color. The good news is that I did not encounter any issues with this product.


  • Easy to use; no directions needed
  • Affordable
  • Available in 36 different colors (12 in each pack: earth, primary and pastel)


  • The colors available may not exactly match your projects
  • No pencil sharpener included (for when the pencils dull)

I rate these colored pencils at 9; I’d give them a 10 if a pencil sharpener were included. Just super simple and fun!

How are you using your colored pencils? Let us know your thoughts.

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2 Responses to EK Success Memory Pencils

  1. Nevis August 11, 2008 at 9:05 am #

    I actually own these and they do work very well.

  2. Michelle Adams August 12, 2008 at 10:48 am #

    I own all of the colors of these pencils and I find them to be a little on the hard/non-blendable side. They are OK if you just want to color only. Thanks for your good review!