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Vendor Spotlight: Making Memories Vintage Groove (article 4 of 4)

Reported by Lexi Daly

When I heard about Making Memories‘ new Vintage Groove line, I was a little confused. Making Memories is all about scrapbooking and paper arts. How does a jewelry making line fit in? How will they do at branching out? I’ve bought a lot of Making Memories products over the years and loved them all, so I was excited to give the Vintage Groove jewelry line a try. It’s also fitting that I’m primarily a paper crafter, who has dabbled in jewelry making here and there. I think that is the person they’re hoping to reach.

The picture above shows the variety of pieces and parts that Vintage Groove has to offer: strands, pendants, charms, and extender chains, plus the tools needed to put it all together. Some things are sold in sets, others on their own. The idea is that with very little knowledge of jewelry making, the Vintage Groove crafter can build her own piece of wearable art, by simply linking together the pieces that she likes.

After looking at everything piece by piece, I started playing with the pieces, laying them out in various combinations to see how they could work together. It’s a slightly different approach to making jewelry. When I’ve done so in the past, I’ve spent a lot of time beading. But with Vintage Groove, that kind of work is done for you. It’s as easy as twisting open the jump rings (which are already attached!) and adding pieces together–a pendant on a chain, charms on a chain or hanging together, several larger pendant type pieces linked to chain extenders or beaded strands, etc.

Basically, all you need is a pair of chain nose pliers. Making Memories actually recommends that you use two pairs, which I definitely found to be true. The tool kit above includes round nose pliers and a side cutter, in addition to the basic pliers, which you may need for more advanced work, but I didn’t use them for any of the projects I created. I came across several videos online that demonstrate wonderfully how to twist open the jump ring, attach pieces, and close it back up. So instead of trying to take a picture of myself twisting the rings, I’ll direct you to those at the end of this article. But before you go, you have to see the goods! First up, four super quick, super cute necklaces…

I was immediately drawn to the chunky chain necklace and the the large circle pendant. The metals were the same and I really liked the circles and ovals together. The two similar charms add more on the circle theme, and I really like that they’re different–balanced, but not perfectly.

The alphabet monograms are really fun. I knew right away that I wanted to use the L charm on this double strand necklace. I started to go more simple, but in the end, I challenged myself to add more in keeping with the Vintage Groove building theme. It’s a little trickier to make sure everything lies where you want it, but it still came together quite smoothly and I like the result.

These three charms were just begging to be linked together! It was a no-brainer–a flower, flanked by two leaves, with chain extender on each side. Simply fabulous.

And finally, the easiest of all. I really wanted this ceramic pendant to stand alone, on a simple strand of chain extender. While many of the strands come with closures attached, it’s important to note that if you design pieces with chain extender, like this one and the flower above, you also need to purchase closures. Some of the strands don’t appear to have them either, so check first before you leave the store!

As I said earlier, I am primarily a paper crafter. So, I couldn’t play with all of these fun pieces and parts and not see the possibilities with paper…

This charm was perfect for a mini wedding gift card. Sweet, simple, and so elegant.

I love threading a ribbon through the charms with connectors on both sides. This one said hello!

How about a gift embellishment? Again, ribbon threaded through both sides of the charm, this time tied in a bow at the top.

And finally (for real, this time!) a monogrammed mini album. Wouldn’t it be cool to create a word out of the different style letters? So many possibilities!

Now for my overall impressions…

Pros:

  • easy to use
  • variety of styles offered
  • ability to make each piece your own

Cons:

  • not all strands have closures included
  • should have a basic tool kit with two pliers
  • some things are only available in sets, not separately

I think that Making Memories has jumped into a new arena in a positive way with the Vintage Groove jewelry line. I think their fans will be intrigued and want to give this new product a try–I know I was!

Video links:

makingmemoriesjewelry.com
videos listed on top right of home screen

Vintage Groove Design Challenge
scroll down for video within the blog post

Vintage Groove by Jill Schwartz

Jewelry Gifts Under $20



GIVEAWAY
Making Memories will be giving one lucky reader a collection of Vintage Groove jewelry by Jill Schwartz. This collection is perfect for a first time jewelry maker because there is no beading required. All the pieces have been handpicked by Jill. All you have to do it pick your strand, pick your pendant or charm, and assemble.

To enter to win this prize, you need to make a comment on this post.  To comment, just click below this article where it says “crafters have an opinion on this post” and answer this question…

What projects would you use the Vintage Groove pieces on?  We would love to hear your unique ideas!

One comment per person, per Vendor Spotlight: Making Memories Vintage Groove article (this is 1 of 4), please. Winner will be randomly chosen on Sunday, June 27th and announced here on the blog.

Disclosure

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78 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Making Memories Vintage Groove (article 4 of 4)

  1. rudie2shoes June 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm #

    Seeing that you can use these for paper crafting, I would use it for my scrapbooking pages as well!

  2. vanessa June 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    I wanna use it on the family album. Love the vintage look and feel!
    vpoonjk@hotmail.com

  3. Patchi June 25, 2010 at 2:33 pm #

    My Mom and MIL love wearable art. It would be so nice to make them personalized gifts for Christmas!

  4. Nancy Lynn June 25, 2010 at 2:34 pm #

    I would some of the chain for a closure for a hand made book and add charms to it.

  5. Tamikko June 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    I love to use my jewelery on canvas and in scrapbooking. My daughters love to use beads and anything shiny on just about everything they make too.

  6. S. Ferguson June 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    I’d use these in papercrafting and for shadow boxes.

  7. ania June 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm #

    That’s such a cool useage of the jewellery 🙂

  8. Janette June 25, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    I can see some great scrapbook embellishments in this collection.

  9. Laura Stewart June 25, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    I would put them on jewelry but I love what you’ve done here too~!

  10. smahrty June 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm #

    What wouldnt I use it on!!! 🙂 I have so many ideas right now, cant wait to find some of this stuff and get started.

  11. My life N My books June 25, 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    On cards and of course necklaces.

  12. Savannah O'Gwynn June 25, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

    I looooooooove these projects! I would totally use these for my cards and scrapbook pages! LOVE it:) Thanks for the review and the chance to win!

  13. Karla Anderson June 25, 2010 at 6:01 pm #

    I would use them for jewelry and for embellishments of cards and altered projects.

  14. Erica Hettwer June 25, 2010 at 6:28 pm #

    I think they’d be so cute on headbands!

  15. Jessica Canham June 25, 2010 at 6:29 pm #

    I probably wouldn’t use the charms on my cards or projects because of the cost. (I’m a cheap embellisher!) But I definitely would, and have, make necklaces and bracelets with my favorite pieces, the pearl and button strands.

  16. Brittney June 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm #

    They’d be fab to use on headbands!

  17. sucor June 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    I would use them as embellishments on cards, scrapbook pages and altered items. These are so awesome, I would even make jewelry! Thanks for the review and the chance to win!

  18. DiSailsToo June 25, 2010 at 10:52 pm #

    I love the variety – and the simplicity! I’ve been wanting to try jewelry making and this looks like a great place to start!

  19. Nitasha June 25, 2010 at 11:25 pm #

    I would love to use these Vintage Groove pieces on a minibook documenting my grandparents lives! With so many cute pieces to choose from, I could even make a couple of trinkets for me to wear!

  20. Jen June 25, 2010 at 11:58 pm #

    Some of the pendants would definitely have to make their way onto a mixed media piece (like a shadow box or printer tray) or on a layout, the chains I’d probably stick to jewelry

  21. Samantha June 26, 2010 at 12:34 am #

    I love how you used the jewelry components in ways other than to make jewelry! I’m so inspired!

  22. paperqueen June 26, 2010 at 3:18 am #

    For jewelry making, of course, but also as embellishments for cards and collages and art journals too!
    I’d love to win!
    Eileen
    eyeleeeen at optonline dot net

  23. isabel scrap June 26, 2010 at 8:12 am #

    jewels and cards

  24. la zaz June 26, 2010 at 8:13 am #

    love to use it for a gift: for my mommy!

  25. the mustik June 26, 2010 at 8:14 am #

    Perfect for embellishments in any craft projects… love it!

  26. isa dona June 26, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Incredible giveaway, i wanna use it on my layouts and also to create some jewels…
    thanks for the chance to win

  27. Tona June 26, 2010 at 9:19 am #

    I love this line. I wish I could find it somewhere locally. I would make some necklaces & bracelets for my dil. I would probably use some in my papercrafting too.

  28. Anne June 26, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    Love how you used the charms for cards. This is what I would do as well, and maybe on a scrapbook layout.

  29. Trish June 26, 2010 at 11:06 am #

    Kind of a nifty transition going the other way too…I mostly make jewelry, but dabble a bit with papercrafting too…..you have shown this line can do both….boy it would be fun to play with these!!

  30. Stacy Jill June 26, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    How fun! As a newbie scrapbooker/jewlery maker, this sounds like it is right up my alley!

  31. interactthis June 26, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Very cool – thanks for the chance. ant to use in my cards.

  32. LuAnn June 26, 2010 at 11:18 am #

    Wow…those are fabulous! it definitely would be a hard decision as to make jewelry with it or use it on my cards!! thanks for the chance to win!!

  33. Pookiesmom June 26, 2010 at 11:25 am #

    I would make some really cool hair clip/ accessory! Thanks! Gail/Pookiesmom

  34. Jan Castle June 26, 2010 at 11:35 am #

    Well now…you are talking my language! Would reallllllllllllly enjoy adding these to a card or scrapbook page…just think of the possibilities!
    Jan Castle

  35. colleen June 26, 2010 at 11:37 am #

    Lexi… these are wonderful projects. Thanks for the great review! I would SO use these on some of my mixed media painting/canvas work… oh la la!!!

  36. pyesquire June 26, 2010 at 11:58 am #

    wow cool giveaway I am a paper cutting artist so i would probably work a piece or two into an art project but the rest I would like to make into a necklace or bracelet maybe work with jewelry more

  37. madebymegs June 26, 2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I love making art you can wear around your neck…this line looks adorable and I hope to find these products here in the land of the maple leaf.

  38. craftymom205 June 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm #

    I would use it to make jewelry of course but also to make some home decor items and maybe scrapbooking and card making.

  39. NANCY DARE June 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Jewelry-mixed media pieces-cards-gifts…so many things they could be used on

  40. AmbreRose June 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    What would I not use these on I think should be the question. I of course would make jewelry, cards, home decor, on some clothing. These are awesome!!! ambrerose(!at)aol(dot)com

  41. Julia O Boo June 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm #

    I keep saying I am gonna start dabbling in jewelry making but haven’t as of yet. Newly diabetc and want to make bracelets that I can put a medical alert id on n off.

  42. rush8888 June 26, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

    i would use these elements in an assemblage. i love chains!

  43. Deanna Kroll June 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    I have never made my own jewelery but seeing this line in action really wants me to try it out. I would love to make some unique pieces for myself and then of course I can see some of the pieces used in my scrapping pages as well. Thanks for the great article!

  44. Btrflywmn June 26, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    I would use some of these pieces for making cards.

  45. annemk June 26, 2010 at 1:55 pm #

    I would absolutely love winning some Vintage Groove…
    I would love to make some funky vintage charm bracelets, a necklace and try to incorporate into some altered art canvases.
    ♥anne

  46. Renee June 26, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

    This is so neat. I love scrapping so this would be great and I have always wanted to learn to make jewelry. This is a double win. Thanks for the chance to win these goodies!

  47. MisfitGirl June 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    Love these projects, beautiful ideas for both paper and jewelry crafts. I will definitely have to keep an eye out my next visit to the craft store.

  48. Julie June 26, 2010 at 3:06 pm #

    how exciting, new things to incorporate into our crafts…
    I am a jewelry maker and paper crafter, so I could see myself using this product on both crafts…thank you….

  49. Tiffany June 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm #

    Wow – no beading required? Sign me up! I would definitely use these for cards as well… lovely!

  50. Lori June 26, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Earrings and hair accessories is my first idea, but I’m sure I could come up with others once I had them in my hands!
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

  51. huntla1 June 26, 2010 at 4:21 pm #

    Every day these look better and better. Just love the pieces showcased here!

  52. Genevieve June 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Some of these components would make great additions to my mixed-media jewelry!

  53. Daisydaze June 26, 2010 at 4:27 pm #

    I have always admired the jewelry that everyone is making, but have no clue as to how to start. So, I would use this as wearable jewelry to learn how to put things together. Very pretty items!

  54. Artful Hands June 26, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    Id use some as closures for handmade books and journals. Love this collection.

  55. Lois aka katesmum June 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm #

    Nice stuff…wowzers…I can think of a million uses for it… I love making mini albums and that would be perfect for embellishing!

  56. Works From The Attic June 26, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

    I love this article! I make jewelry and never would have thought of putting the items on cards! What a wonderful idea! Thanks!

  57. Lisa Mala6 June 26, 2010 at 6:12 pm #

    great article. I have always wanted to try making my own jewlery this would make it easy to try. 🙂

  58. Sondra My June 26, 2010 at 8:52 pm #

    Cool!! I just started trying the Tim Holtz jewelry stuff. So trying the vintage from Making memories would be awesome to get to try. Would love to win this!! Woo Hoo!!

  59. Just this... Alice June 26, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I know it would be fun deciding if I used them on my bathroom sets, picture frames, embelished journals,cardmaking,scrapbooking,oh I could go on and on. It’s a great giveaway and the winner is going to be one happy crafter for sure.

  60. StampinCathy June 26, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    What a great review. I just love the vintage look and love all the jewerly and those cards. So creative.

  61. AlteredbyMe June 26, 2010 at 10:39 pm #

    I would love to make some charms and necklaces if I won.

    arlene9999@earthlink.net

  62. Mary Friederichsen June 26, 2010 at 11:44 pm #

    These cards are Gorgeous! Very simple and Elegant!
    I would also use these for cards and Notebooks…but also on bookmarks, canvas art pieces, you could add them to ribbon to attach to a decorator pillow for a vintage look.
    So many possiblities!!

  63. Susan June 27, 2010 at 1:12 am #

    What a great idea to use the jewelry pieces on cards. I’d include them in altered canvases and mixed media artwork. I love that all the components are interchangeable.
    Susan

  64. Kary June 27, 2010 at 1:31 am #

    I guess I’m a bit of a papercrafter who occasionally make easy jewellery pieces. But I’m really inspired to add the Vintage Groove to cards and gifts like you have. Great idea!!

  65. suezoos1 June 27, 2010 at 1:48 am #

    A lot of these pieces would be great on cards as well as SB pages…and also as personal ornaments.

  66. Bonnie in SC June 27, 2010 at 6:33 am #

    Such a nice gift to start a new hobby with.

  67. Rebecca June 27, 2010 at 7:56 am #

    charm bracelets and ribbon bookmarks

  68. Sandy in NH June 27, 2010 at 8:56 am #

    THEY ARE ALL SO BEAUTIFUL THAT I WOULD HAVE A VERY DIFFICULT TIME PICKING JUST ONE! IT WOULD DEPEND ON MY MOOD AND WHAT STRIKES MY FANCY ON THE DAY THAT I DO THE PICKING. WHAT A GREAT IDEA FOR US CRAFT PEOPLE WHO REALLY WANT TO LEARN SOMETHING NEW WITHOUT HAVING PAGES OF THINGS TO CHOOSE FROM!

  69. Sharon Barraco June 27, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    Of course, I’m a fan of Lexi’s work, but these pieces are beautiful! I love the versatility.

  70. Angie Hall Haviland June 27, 2010 at 10:07 am #

    What a FABULOUS collection of GOODIES!! I see a TON of POSSIBILITES and USES for him.

  71. loyaz June 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    I love any and all kinds of jewelry making and would do necklaces for sure. I would also love to be able to put some creations on my cards and combine my two passions.
    DianeL
    loyaz1@wbhsi.net

  72. PJ June 27, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Can not believe all the beautiful jewlrey pieces. They are so diverse and such clever ways to be used. I can see them being used from cards, scrapbooking and not just jewlrey making.
    http://pammejo-scrapbookflair.blogspot.com/

  73. The Paper Princess June 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm #

    I would use the on my paper crafting and altered projects!

    Ramona
    http://create-with-joy.blogspot.com

  74. Anna June 27, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I’d use it on cards and scrapbooking.

  75. jengd June 27, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    I’m trying to come up with more types of jewelry and this is definitely a different look – one I like.

  76. dining table June 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm #

    Cool stuff you have there. I can’t imagine having all those stuff. All things that you post are useful.

  77. kadhy June 28, 2010 at 3:21 am #

    lovely

  78. Donna VW June 28, 2010 at 8:25 am #

    I would love to try your idea of using some of them on cards. Thanks for the ideas!