Fun, affordable and extremely addictive, papercraft is a term that encompasses the creative practices of scrapbooking, card-making and any other method of manipulating paper to transform it into an object of beauty. While once upon a time playing with paper was strictly for the kids, these days it's a big business for grown-ups who unashamedly revel in the sumptuous papers and pretty embellishments that are essential requirements.
Situated in the old Bassendean Post Office building at 31 Old Perth Road, Tomorrow's Memories is beautiful vibrant retail establishment, totally dedicated to papercraft in its various forms. Homey, friendly and very colourful, it's chock-a-block full of everything the dedicated scrapbooker and card-maker could possibly desire, from exquisite papers sourced from all around the world to inks, stamps, stickers, gel pens, punches and a seemingly endless array of embellishments that includes paper flowers, frilly paper doilies, colourful washi tape, ribbons and other fancy things.
Also popular, Tomorrow's Memories purveys a comprehensive assortment of kits for scrapbooking and cardmaking enthusiasts that focus on a particular themes or occasions such as childhood friends, holidays and family reunions. These nifty kits are competitively priced and contain everything you need plus instructions to create a stunning, professionally-designed scrapbook pages a or set of cards, even if you're a complete novice. I've personally tried some of these and have found them absolutely fabulous if you're wanting to dabble in papercraft but are not quite sure where to begin. They're also good if you want to hold a papercraft party for your friends, as you can simply purchase a pack for every guest rather than fuddle around, trying to work out what separate items you'll need. Tomorrow's Memories also has their own range of scrapbooking kits, created by a team of dedicated local designers, and these are worth checking out as well. As well as being available in the store, they're also online and can be posted to customers, wherever they are in Australia.
While Tomorrow's Memories is a veritable treasure-trove of pretty things to nourish your scrap-booking addiction, it's just as much a community arts centre as it is a shopping destination. Every month, a variety of workshops and special events are held in the store's classroom, hosted by some of Perth's leading papercraft teachers. As a novice card-maker, I've attended a few of the card-making classes myself, and can highly recommend them. The ones that I've attended are based on specific card-making kits, with each participant receiving their own kit at the beginning of the lesson, which he or she will complete, following the facilitator's instructions. I loved the friendly supportive atmosphere and found it a terrific way to become familiarised with some of the basic card-making techniques and products on the market. Although I'm still quite a beginner, a lot of the other participants weren't and for them the classes are a social event where they can connect with others who share their passion.
Other workshops and events at Tomorrow's Memories include (but are not limited to) designer classes, card classes, moonlight scrapping meet-ups and market day scrapping. Naturally, papercraft is also very popular with children and therefore every school holidays Tomorrow's Memories holds special classes, just for them. Birthday parties for kids are also available, on request.
Since mothers of young children form a large number of Yesterday's Memories' customers, it's hardly surprising that youngsters are well-catered for at the store. With an entire room full of toys and children's activities, papercraft-loving parents will be able to browse to their heart's content, knowing that their children are safe, and happily occupied.
In a nutshell, Tomorrow's Memories is a lovely little store, situated in a very peaceful and pretty part of Perth. Whether you're a veteran crafter or someone who wants to take up a new hobby, this colourful and warm-hearted shop is a spot that really should be visited. If you're new to the wonderful world of papercraft, a good start might be to book yourself into one of the classes (a light afternoon tea is provided in the cost) or perhaps turn up at one of the scrapping get-togethers. Tomorrow's Memories is the sort of place that, as well as learning a new hobby, you'll quite possibly make some new friends.
Tomorrow's Memories is generally open six days a week: Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm. Provided the weather is favourable, the shop is also open on the last Sunday of each month to coincide with the Old Perth Road Markets. To find out more, including all about any upcoming events, take a look at Tomorrow's Memories website. If you live in the country or elsewhere in Australia, and would like to make an order, it's possible to get kits and other stock posted to you. To learn more, phone the store on 08 9279 2183 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Address: 31 Old Perth Road, Bassendean, WA, 6054
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 9am - 4.30pm; Saturday: 10am - 4pm; last Sunday of month 9am - 2pm