SarahBears Cards & Creations give back for memories and for a cause

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carole rosner90BY CAROLE ROSNER

Sarah Barrett wanted a convenient way to carry around photos of her daughters without crushing them in her purse or losing them in her tote bag. She used her scrapbooking know-how to put together a mini-photo album that fit within an old Altoid’s tin. That first step led to the creation of SarahBears Cards & Creations in 2006.

Hope tin

Seven different styles of "Hope" tins are available. 20% of the proceeds are donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. ($30)

SarahBears Cards & Creations is a made-to-order, made-by-hand, card, gift and photo keepsake business. Working out of her Studio City home, Sarah crafts unique and adorable cards for all occasions, as well as a huge variety of photo keepsakes. Sarah enjoys what she does and wants to make others happy, and it shows in her whimsical and beautiful creations.


These tins hold nine pictures on multi-colored 4"x3" cardstock or heavy paper. They are strung together with ribbon,with room for nine wallet size pictures. ($25)

All items can be made to any color or paper pattern specification. There is the surprising “Blooming Box” which looks like a gift box tied with a ribbon and opens up to hold 25 photos. The “Book Box” is a personalized 12” x 12” box which holds twelve fold-out pages of 8”x 8” photos. Sarah also offers a six- point star photo display that opens up like origami and holds 12 photos.  It makes a perfect centerpiece.

Sarah Barrett

Sarah Barrett and daughters, Emily, 6 and Charlotte, 3.

“I’d love for my creations to touch people and make a difference,” Sarah said as she showed me two special keepsake photo boxes. There is the Hope Tin for breast cancer awareness/support and the Forget Me Not Tin to support Alzheimer’s research. Both brushed-metal tins hold nine photos on custom cardstock which is delicately strung together with beautiful ribbon. These special tins make wonderful gifts and help give back to the community.


This Origami album can have up to four colors for the inside (or two pages of two different colors) and can hold up to 12 larger pictures or 24 smaller pictures. ($20)

SarahBears donates 20% of the sales of each of these tins to either the Susan G. Koman for The Cure or the Alzheimer’s Association of America, Southern California chapter.

Sarah is always on the lookout for the latest trends in acid- and lignin-free paper card stock, ribbons and doodads. This time of year, Sarah sells her products at many school, temple and church boutiques around town.


Sarah donates 20 % of her "Forget Me Not" tins to Alzheimer’s Association of America, Southern California chapter.

Special for MDF readers: In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SarahBears offers free photo assembly, a $20 value, for her Hope Tins during the month of October.

SarahBears Cards & Creations  (818) 761.9897

Carole Rosner is a native Valley Girl who has lived in Studio City for the past 11 years. She is a strong supporter of her local public schools and an active volunteer in her neighborhood. Some of her favorite things to do in Studio City are to celebrate 4th of July at CBS Radford, walk along Ventura Blvd. and browse through the racks at Crossroads Trading Company.

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