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Vendor Spotlight: Making Memories Vintage Groove Jewelry (article 1 of 4)

Reported by Christine Ousley

Being an avid paper crafter, I have always known Making Memories to be an amazing company that produces beautiful, high quality and innovative papers and embellishments. So I guess I should not have been surprised when I heard that they were releasing a jewelry line called Vintage Groove. Well, true to their standards, they have delivered yet another product that crafters will be craving to create with.

Here are a few pieces that I created. I have to admit that I avoided the jewelry section of the craft store for a long time, not wanting to get into yet another craft, but in the last 3 or so months I gave in to it. So, it’s safe to say that I am a beginner at jewelry making. I know the basics but still have trouble deciding where to put the different beads and other elements.

That is why I loved working with the Vintage Groove products. These products have a lot of the design work already started for you. All you need is some basic jewelry tools and their products. The strand kits are my favorite. Just add a pendant and attach the strands together and you have a stunning piece of jewelry in about 5 minutes. All you really need to know is how to open and close a jump ring.


Going beyond the basic strand kits are easy too. On this necklace I have taken some chain and split it into a couple of pieces and added some pieces in between the two strands. These design combo pieces come in a set of 3 or 4 pieces and coordinate perfectly together. I love that they already have jump rings attached. In the movie below I demonstrate how to put these pieces together.

Some of my favorite pieces in the Making Memories Vintage Groove line are the Alpha Charms. I have used these charms in both the necklace above and below. These monograms are the perfect individual touch to any piece that you create. You could use a combination of letters on a bracelet to spell a word or use the individual letters as monograms for each of your children.



In this video I show you how to put together a necklace using a strand kit and then how to take it to the next level by breaking your chains apart and using them with other pieces in the collection.

Now don’t think that this Vintage Groove line is just for jewelry makers. I can see a ton of potential for paper crafters as well. Charms have long been used on cards and scrapbook pages, and what altered item wouldn’t benefit from a gorgeous strand of pearls or a charm or two attached to it.
So it’s safe to say that at this point I am hooked. I think that my family is probably going to receive some great gifts this year. Besides being gorgeous and easy to make, the strands and charms are very affordable and you can make a gift in no time for a friend or family member for under $20.
Pros:
  • Innovative product that makes creating jewelry fun and easy
  • Beautiful pieces that reflect modern jewelry styles
  • Great for beginners and more advanced jewelry artists as well
  • Lots of great ideas and tutorials on the Making Memories jewelry website
  • A large variety of metals, charms, styles. There is something for everyone
Cons:
  • Hard to find in retail stores, though A.C. Moore and select Target Stores are carrying the product. If you go to the Making Memories Vintage Groove website you can download a PDF that will show you where they are available.

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…

Have you ever designed jewelry before? What about this new Making Memories product appeals to you the most?

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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81 Responses to Vendor Spotlight: Making Memories Vintage Groove Jewelry (article 1 of 4)

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    debb June 24, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    I am loving the look of these vintage like pieces- great job putting them together!

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    ohradiogirl June 24, 2010 at 7:52 am #

    Yes, these are nice pieces. Thanks for the review.

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    Anonymous June 24, 2010 at 9:54 am #

    Another con is the fact that the metals are loaded with nickel. Not good for the millions of people who are allergic to nickel. Designers like Ever Designs http://www.ever-designs.com offer nickel-free jewelry, which won’t give you a rash or lose its finish.

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    Conniecrafter June 24, 2010 at 11:20 am #

    these look so cool, I have made a couple bracelets. I like how the pieces look so unique, and easy to put together!

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    loyaz June 24, 2010 at 11:44 am #

    Oh this just looks too intriguing. After card-making, jewelry making is my next most favorite thing to do.
    DianeL
    loyaz1@wbhsi.net

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    Jackie Cole June 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    Omg. ! This is so cool, I love vintage anything, and to be able to make your jewelry, if its as easy as you say, So cool.
    thanks for the opportunity to explore this,
    Jackie Cole

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    Jessica Wekenman June 24, 2010 at 12:16 pm #

    This looks like a super nice line! My husband and I have just started to dabble in some jewelry making, and this looks perfect for us to try next!

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    Tamikko June 24, 2010 at 12:37 pm #

    I love the vintage look! Just beautiful work 🙂

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    Wanda H June 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm #

    I’ve done a little jewelry designing and would like to do more. I love how vintage looking this line of product is.

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    Melessa June 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm #

    I love these pieces. They look very easy to put together.

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    Samantha June 24, 2010 at 1:04 pm #

    I would love to start using some of the Making Memories Vintage Groove pieces in my jewelry collection, but as mentioned in the article, they are hard to find. I’ve been making jewelry for the past seven years or so, and I love it! Thanks for the great review, and I love your pieces!

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    Erica Hettwer June 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    I have made jewelry before but always just for me. I love the vintage look of these!

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    julie m June 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm #

    i used to design beading patterns when i used a bead loom. haven’t done any jewelry for a while but love the mix and match concept of this product.

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    Bonnie in SC June 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Wow, what a lot of fun making my own jewelry would be. I’ve never done it but would love to try.

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    Suzie June 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm #

    I am a jewelry designer and teach jewelry making and beading techniques! I love the variety of charms and tools in the Vintage Groove from Making memories!

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    Karla Anderson June 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm #

    I really love the look of this product. Have not tried this brand yet but I have made some pieces using Tim Holtz Idealology and it’s addicting. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Renee S. June 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm #

    I like the way the different elements coordinate with each other to create very unique pieces.

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    Anonymous June 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm #

    WHAT AN INCREDIBLE PRODUCT LINE
    I can’t wait to see and hear more about this. Thanks for the chance to be picked.

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    Patchi June 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm #

    I’m not a jewelry maker, so the first thing that comes to my mind is how to incorporate these as embellishments in my paper crafting.

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    JoAnn June 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm #

    I would love to use this line that Making Memories has put out and i can see myself totally involved in a project with these supplies. I have made jewelry in the past but I would back off because of the time it took to finish a project. I love the fact that they have the chains and all ready for you! I also love the Alpha’s, they are beautiful. I would love to buy some of these to use in jewelry and in my cards. Thank You for sharing!

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    Zoe June 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm #

    Thank you so much for reviewing this – it looks great 🙂

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    Nancy Lynn June 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm #

    So glad you posted about this new line. Will definitely have to look for it now as I love using these kinds of things for embellishments and jewelry making.

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    karenz June 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm #

    thanks for this review! I love vintage anything and most of my expression comes out this way. how cool to wear your expression. i had never thought in those terms.

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    Lisa G. June 24, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

    ooooh, I GOT to try jewelry making with these pieces!!! Love them!!!

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    Scrappy Rat June 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    I love the look of this jewelry, though I can also think of a lot of neat ways to incorporate all these pieces into my paper crafting/altered stuff. 🙂 Very cool!

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    craftymom205 June 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm #

    I have made jewelry before. I like the look of the pieces.

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    Rachel June 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm #

    I make jewelry all the time, and really like the look of these strands.

    Sometimes seeing a selected color range/etc. in a package of coordinated pieces really sparks the creativity! What can I add to this jumping off point, to make it really mine? Just about ANYTHING!

    Can’t wait to check these out!

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    Jen June 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

    I am a complete jewelry making novice. The idea of starting with pieces that already have a lot of the design process in them has obvious appeal. And of course vintage is so hot right now.

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    Heather June 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I have made a few pieces of jewelry before, I would like to try this line because they look pretty!

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    Rebecca June 24, 2010 at 4:40 pm #

    I hadn’t seen this product line before, so thank you for bringing it to us! I like the variety of vintage themed pieces.

    I “do” jewelry regularly, so I’ll keep an eye out for these, but would love to win!

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    MisfitGirl June 24, 2010 at 4:49 pm #

    I’m always drawn to the vintage findings and such, I just love this!

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    MegaMom9 (same on Facebook & Twitter!) June 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm #

    Very cool new things to play with 🙂

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    Jessica Canham June 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    I’ve used several of the Vintage Groove products and they’re a lot of fun, especially for a novice like myself.

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    Yaritza June 24, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    They really did a great job recreating the vintage look. Thanks for the chance to win.

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    Works From The Attic June 24, 2010 at 6:35 pm #

    This looks like a wonderful line of jewelry making materials. Thank you for giving such a wonderful critique!

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    paper bag create June 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm #

    I’ve dabbled in jewelery but it was very basic and one project was just restringing the bits and bobs onto a coated wire filament versus the stretchy elastic! Love the vintage look!! Would make great happy mail!
    Cheers.

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    A Sarasota June 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Really loving the blue flower charm… never tried this but really want to now! thanks for the inspo.
    alecia

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    Natalie B. June 24, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    These products look very cool! I’ve made jewelry before, but it can be hard to decide what pieces to put together. These products look so easy to mix and match.

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    Brittney June 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    I designed jewelery when I was younger, but nothing as of late! Love their stuff!

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    AmbreRose June 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    I would be so excited to try these out and see what kind of amazing fun ideas will flow out. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

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    isa dona June 25, 2010 at 3:09 am #

    I like the look of these vintage jewels, love to try to make some!

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    the mustik June 25, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Beautiful products, love the vintage style.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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    la zaz June 25, 2010 at 3:11 am #

    Making memories’s the best for vintage finds
    Love to win this package to create my own jewels!

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    isabel scrap June 25, 2010 at 3:14 am #

    Love each pieces of this collection, so elegant and so vintage.

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    Artkat June 25, 2010 at 3:15 am #

    These are cute

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    Janet L. June 25, 2010 at 7:38 am #

    Love the look of these vintage pieces and would like to give them a try.

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    Shaz Wall June 25, 2010 at 8:32 am #

    I love Making Memories and the vintage Groove line!!!

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    Pam June 25, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    These are such beautiful pieces would love to win some.

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    Janette June 25, 2010 at 8:38 am #

    I have made baby bracelets and that is about it. I like the idea of having a lot of the work done for you, and that by combining pieces you can create something unique.

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    Tammy June 25, 2010 at 9:04 am #

    Pretty jewelry! I’ve made jewelry before, and this looks like it would be easy to do and with good results.

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    Scrap It Girl June 25, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    I love the look of the vintage jewelry. Finally some stuff I would wear! I may have to start making some cute necklaces too~ Love it, I am gonna look at Hobby Lobby today

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    Melinda AKA medialady June 25, 2010 at 9:33 am #

    I have never designed any type of jewelry due to the cost involved and another hobby to pick up. I have seen some very cute pieces that I really like with the MM items and from what I am reading here and on facebook, the cost is much better.

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    Gail June 25, 2010 at 10:03 am #

    What fun!
    I’m BIG on jewelry, and this is great!

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    Lori June 25, 2010 at 10:46 am #

    Very pretty! I’d love to be able to make something like that!
    lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

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    Susan June 25, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    I love that these products look vintage but are available.
    Susan

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    Nancy S June 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

    These are great!!!
    I love the bird pieces!

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    Nancy S June 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    These are beautiful!
    Love the birds!

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    Nancy Sherman June 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm #

    These are beautiful!
    I love the birds!

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    rush8888 June 25, 2010 at 1:37 pm #

    i have designed my own jewelery, in a way. i make book thongs out of waxed linen thread, beads and charms. i really like charms!

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    rudie2shoes June 25, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    Wow, these are beautiful!

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    S. Ferguson June 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm #

    I’ve made a few jewelry items. I like that there is no beading!

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    smahrty June 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    I have limited experience designing jewelry, mostly beading. would love to branch out with charms and different chains, etc…

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    sucor June 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

    As a paper crafter, I make cards, scrapbook pages, and altered items. I want these!I love the vintage styling. They would be great for my paper crafting and I think I’ll make some jewelry too. Thanks for the video and review.

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    DiSailsToo June 25, 2010 at 10:57 pm #

    I have been wanting to try jewelry making and this looks like a good place to start.

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    LaurieM June 26, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    I am thinking these would be fun to do with my daughter.

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    NANCY DARE June 26, 2010 at 10:59 am #

    Yes I have!…I like variety & antique/retro feel to the pieces

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    Melody (lacyquilter) June 26, 2010 at 11:12 am #

    Oh, this stuff is fabulous.

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    samkaty June 26, 2010 at 11:46 am #

    I love the vintage look as they go well with the vintage cards I like to make. Since I like to make special card,I always attach something to them.

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    camille June 26, 2010 at 1:40 pm #

    way cool…would love to asemble & wear! thanks

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    Deanna Kroll June 26, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    These pieces are really cool. I love how easy appear to be to make…thanks for sharing some insight on this newer MM line.

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    Btrflywmn June 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    I have only worked with seed beads, I love the pendants.

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    The Paper Princess June 26, 2010 at 2:07 pm #

    No I haven’t and I think this line would be great for someone like me who has always wanted to design jewelry but has no experience doing it!

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

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    Judycs June 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    I would love to try using Vintage Groove as embellishments on wedding announcements or invitations. I think they would be beautiful.

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    huntla1 June 26, 2010 at 4:25 pm #

    I love that making memories is branching into jewelry! The product seems to be really nice too.

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    Artful Hands June 26, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

    Ive made earrings in the past. I love how this incorporates more than just beads, it adds chains and flowers and silks. Gorgeous!

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    StampinCathy June 26, 2010 at 9:30 pm #

    Great video and loving the review on this fun and creative jewelry.

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    AlteredbyMe June 26, 2010 at 10:45 pm #

    Yes I have designed jewelry before and I would love to use some of the new Vintage Groove line. I love the big chunky charms and the chains.

    arlene9999@earthlink.net

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    Julie June 26, 2010 at 11:34 pm #

    love these pieces….thanks for pointing them out.

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    suezoos1 June 27, 2010 at 1:52 am #

    Make a lot of jewelry and really like some of these items. Would be good for cards also.

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    Heather June 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm #

    I really live this new line from Making Memories. I haven’t tried it yet myself, but plan to!

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    serena June 28, 2010 at 12:10 am #

    I have never made jewelery before. I love these necklaces they are very classy/hip looking