Monday, February 8, 2016

Meet Featured Designer Fran B Designs!



1. What's your job going to be when you grow up?
A princess!

2. Are you going to get married?
No, I already am married, so my husband would probably frown upon another wedding.

3. How many kids are you going to have?
Well, I am mostly past the baby stage, so I guess I will go with what I have, 1 son and 1 step son. ;)

4. What will their names be?
They'd probably prefer to keep their names of Sam and Aaron. I kinda jokingly said we should name our next one Saron (combo of both names), but with Lord of the Rings, hubby frowned upon that name... Killjoy.

5. Who are my friends?
Well, they should know, since I'm their friend too. ;)

6. What do you like to do together?
I'm good with nothing. Doing nothing rocks.

7. What food do I like the best?
Depends. Sometimes Chinese, sometimes not. I'm in the mood for pot stickers this week tho.

8. What will your job be when you grow up?
I guess they assume no one will get their dream job from question 1, so this is like the "what job are you stuck with" question? Well, I am a stay home mom and designer, so I guess we'll go with that.

9. What do they do?
I have no idea what that means.

10. What do you like best about school?
Being done with it. Go adults!

11. What do I love to do with Mom?
We like to go out to dinner. She lives 3-4 hrs away, so she visits and we go eat.

12. What do I love to do with Dad?
He tends to fall asleep on my couch a lot when he visits. We let him come to dinner with us too.

13. What do I love to do the most?
Be with my family, play games, sing.

14. What's your favorite color?
Clear.

15. What do you love most about yourself?
My humor ;)





Friday, February 5, 2016

Documenting Your Life with ADB Designs!



This is your story.  Do it YOUR way.  I write in my journal and scrap pages inspired by my journal entries. Two of my CT journal directly on their scrapbook pages and don't keep a separate paper journal. Others keep only a paper or computer journal and are waiting to create the scrapbook pages at a later date. There is no wrong way to do this, just pick up pen or mouse and DO IT. You can join me at any time with this series. You can scrap just the questions/prompts that inspire you, or all of them. You can scrap from the current question and go forward, or you can start at question 1 and move through them in order. 

Each post (every other week) I will share the current question/prompt and layouts created by myself, my creative team or scrapbooking friends.  

Note about sharing layouts from Cole:

We would LOVE for you to share YOUR layout's with us! Just create a 600x600 px jpg layout and email it to Cole npeak@storyrock.com subject line D.Y.L Layout!   With your permission, I will post it to the MyMemories BLOG DYL Series (right here), Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter.  Along with your layout, please do include the question/prompt number and the name of the My Memories designer(s) and the name of their product(s) you used.  If you would like to post it directly to our MyMemories Facebook wall please click HERE. You can also post your layouts in the MyMemories Forum HERE.

Question 15
More about you and your childhood memories…

Did you ever have a special place to go to be alone? What did you daydream about? Did you have a favorite book or series of books?

I have a deep and abiding love for books. I could spend hours with my nose in a book everyday and it still would not be too much. LOL
I used my brand new collection "I Wish You Love" to scrap my answer to question 15. 


Dear friend and CT member, Mary, created her layout using FOUR of my kits/collections!
She used: 
(1) background and woodpecker from Blue Ridge Mountain Song Collection, available HERE
(2) Hand and little girl doodle from It's a Snap Collection, a collab with Snickerdoodle Designs, available HERE
(3) Cluster from Thunder Basin Saga Collection, available HERE
(4) Frame from Photographs and Memories Page Kit, available HERE


Thursday, January 28, 2016

Scrappin' from A to Z with Kathryn Estry!



Hi!  I'm Kathryn Estry, a designer here at MyMemories, and I'm back with another episode of From A to Z.  My goal is to give you a new idea with each letter so that you'll never be at a loss as to what to scrap or how to make your pages look amazing. Luckily for me, I have a brilliant Creative Team, and the inspiration layouts I use in this series were made by the talented ladies on my team.

I'm hoping you'll see some things in my A to Z Blog Series that you want to try!  If you do take any of these ideas and run with them, I'd love to see your layouts!  Please post them in the MyMemories forum in this month's A to Z Challenge thread HERE. Everyone who posts a layout in my challenge thread this month will receive a surprise gift!

L is for ...

Lace Papers


One of the things you'll find in my store is Lace Papers.  Sometimes they're called Fancy Papers because they have other styles besides lace, but either way, I think you'll enjoy using them on your pages.  They add a little elegance and dimension while making your layouts really pretty.  In these pages you'll see lace papers used in a variety of ways.  Thanks to Anita, Judith, Kathy, Lori, Michelle, and Robin for working their magic with my designs.






MY FAVORITE:

I think this kit's adorable, so for my favorite L collection, I chose Leprechaun Alley.

Thanks to Lori, Anita, Liz, Monica, Rhonda, Robin, and Yvonne for these layouts.





I hope you try using some lace papers in your layouts.  Again, I invite you to visit my forum challenge, Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z.  :)



Month by Month with Albums to Remember - January


For the last couple of years I have switched from doing an album for each of my kids to a family album that I scrapbook month by month. Basically I take the photos I have for each month and make a double page layout.

This year I would like to invite you to join me. At the end of each month I will post some ideas and inspiration to create your own monthly page. By the end of the year you will have a 24 page album!

First decide which year you are going to do. If you are caught up do 2016. If you are behind you can choose any year you want. You may want to take a look at my blog post earlier this month on organizing your photos, this will help you when it comes time to do your layout.

January – Themes:

  • Resolutions 
    • Did you commit to change anything this year? Take a photo of the old or what your goal is for the new. 
  • New Years Celebration
    • What did you do New Year's Day? Any family traditions?

  • Events attended
    • Did you attend any sporting games, family gatherings, a party with friends? 

  • Special Celebrations 
    • Did you celebrat any birthday's, births, anniversary? Take photos of the get together or of the person who you were celebrating. It's always neat to look back and see what someone looked like “back then”.

  • Weather 
    • What is the weather like this month? Take some photos of your yard or house to document what it looks like in this season. Take one in spring, summer and fall to compare. 
    • Do you take part in a particular activity at this time of year, maybe a winter festival, toboganning, building snowmen or snow forts, scrapbook a page about it. 

There are different ways to scrapbook monthly. Some people choose:

  • Pocket Scrapbook Style
  • Multi-photo Layouts
  • Single Page Layouts

Following are some products from my store that you can use along with some sample to inspire you.

Multi-photo - This January layout uses my Through the Year templates. Each template is set up as a 2 page spread. Just open in the software as a template and you can change out the background, add embellishments of your choice to make it your own, or you can use it as is.




Here is my page (I have blanked out faces as I don't have permission to show them all:


As you can see I didn't have a lot of photos so I just did one page instead of two for January.

Single Page Layout :
2014 Calendar Top Templates If you scrapbook landscape you could always use these calendar pages as a starting point. If you have two pages just add your own for the 2nd page. 


Pocket Style - If you like the pocket style scrapbooking check out this set. It will take you through the entire year! Pocket Builder Set 1


Page Samples of pocket style - capture favorite family activities:





Or you could try this brand new set (releasing later this week) - Monthly Blockers Photobook


Here are some kits that have the names of the months along with some themed elements:

Through the Year Kit – Elements and titles to co-ordinate with each month.


All in a Day-P52. This kit is packed full of great stuff for monthly scrapbooking.


Scrapbook everyday life. It is neat to look back and see what was happening a few years ago. 


2013 Januaryeven though a couple of the elements say 2013 you can still use the rest of them for hockey, snow or New Year's layouts.


Joy of Winter is great for snow/winter layouts.


Highlight a fun activity you participated in this month:


Hopefully this has given you some inspiration to get your monthly page started. Please join me in the forum and share your monthly layout. I will be back next month to work on February layouts. 



Friday, January 22, 2016

Documenting Your Life with ADB Designs!

Question/Prompt #14- Documenting Your Life with Diane, ADB Designs


This is your story.  Do it YOUR way.  I write in my journal and scrap pages inspired by my journal entries. Two of my CT journal directly on their scrapbook pages and don't keep a separate paper journal. Others keep only a paper or computer journal and are waiting to create the scrapbook pages at a later date. There is no wrong way to do this, just pick up pen or mouse and DO IT. You can join me at any time with this series. You can scrap just the questions/prompts that inspire you, or all of them. You can scrap from the current question and go forward, or you can start at question 1 and move through them in order. 

Each post (every other week) I will share the current question/prompt and layouts created by myself, my creative team or scrapbooking friends.  

Note about sharing layouts from Cole:

We would LOVE for you to share YOUR layout's with us! Just create a 600x600 px jpg layout and email it to Cole npeak@storyrock.com subject line D.Y.L Layout!   With your permission, I will post it to the MyMemories BLOG DYL Series (right here), Instagram, Pinterest & Twitter.  Along with your layout, please do include the question/prompt number and the name of the My Memories designer(s) and the name of their product(s) you used.  If you would like to post it directly to our MyMemories Facebook wall please click HERE. You can also post your layouts in the MyMemories Forum HERE.

We are going to return now to writing about ourselves again. We will explore the world we grew up in, what we thought and did, who our friends were and the events that defined “our times”. This will take us a while; we are writing our story. Don’t forget to add all the details of place and time and persons involved that you can when telling your story.

Question/Prompt 14:

What were your favorite childhood foods? (or conversely, what were your least favorite?) Are there any smells, flavors, sounds, etc. that bring back memories of your childhood?
HUGS
Diane


Here is a delightful layout from PattyJo!




Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Organizing Your Digital Photos by Albums to Remember!

If you are anything like me you have hundreds, if not thousands, of photos sitting on your hard drive waiting to be scrapbooked. I have put together some tips that help me organize and find my photos when I need them. If you take about 30 minutes each month to organize your photos you will save yourself a lot of time and energy later.

I have these tips set up in steps, the more steps you follow the more organized your photos will be!

Set the correct date on your camera – If you have a date stamp on your photo files it will be easier to find what you are looking for when it comes time to scrapbook the event. Make sure the correct date is set on your camera and it will help you organize them later if you don't follow the next few steps!

Download your photos to your computer at least once per month – I try to download my photos monthly. The last day of each month download your photos onto your computer. Make a folder with the current date (January 2016) and load all your photos into the file, if there are photos from the previous month cut and copy them to your December 2015 folder.
If you scrapbook by month this is all the organization you need, if you scrapbook by event the next tip will help you even more.

Organize your monthly folders into categories – Create categories/folders for the different events you took photos for. For example:

Zander 9th Birthday
Amanda Band Concert
Trip to Space Center
Nature Photos
Family Photos
School Photos

Drag the photos into the appropriate folder and you have them organized for when you decide to scrapbook. Instead of having to wade through every photo you took that month you have the specific ones you need ready to go.

Delete the bad photos – It took me awhile to be able to do this. For some reason I thought I may actually use that photo where everyone has their eyes closed but after many years of never using them I have learned to delete them. If you have multiple shots of an event go through each one and delete the bad photos, the ones where people have their eyes closed or are blurry. If you open the photo and think “ugh that wasn't a great shot” then it's probably a sign that you should delete it. Of course there are exceptions – there have been times when the only photo I have to document an event is a bad one so I keep it.

Pick out your favorite photos – You have your photos sorted by month and theme, now pick out the ones you want to put on a page. Create a “Scrapbook These” folder and move the photos you definitely want into it. If you need filler photos you can go into the general photo and pick more out, but for now you have the ones you for sure want on your page or at least the ones you want as the main focus.

Back up your photos – Nobody thinks it will happen to them until it does. Back up your photos, purchase an external hard drive (EHD) or online cloud service and each month as you download your photos into the monthly file copy and paste it onto your EHD as well. Anyone who has lost their photos will tell you not to wait. Do it now! Losing photos can be costly to recover and sometime they cannot be recovered at all.

Now your photos are ready to scrapbook. When you see a kit you love or inspiration hits all you need to do is find the topic file you want and your photos are ready to go.


Barb, Albums to Remember Designs

Friday, January 15, 2016

Scrappin' from A to Z with Kathryn Estry!



Hi!  I'm Kathryn Estry, a designer here at MyMemories, and I'm back with another episode of From A to Z.  My goal is to give you a new idea with each letter so that you'll never be at a loss as to what to scrap or how to make your pages look amazing. Luckily for me, I have a brilliant Creative Team, and the inspiration layouts I use in this series were made by the talented ladies on my team.

I'm hoping you'll see some things in my A to Z Blog Series that you want to try!  If you do take any of these ideas and run with them, I'd love to see your layouts!  Please post them in the MyMemories forum in this month's A to Z Challenge thread HERE. Everyone who posts a layout in my challenge thread this month will receive a surprise gift!

K is for ...

What else?  Kids!

This is a fun post for me to write because kids are right up there on top with me!  I'd guess that most of you have kids in your life and most of you take photos of kids.  Am I right?  So it won't be a challenge to you this time, but I'm happy to show you some of the wonderful kid pages my awesome CT ladies have made with my kits.


These first 2 are by Anita.



Kabra worked with In a Cuckoo House, too.


Also by Kabra ~


by Kathy ~


by Liz ~


by Michelle ~


Also using Frog Lake are layouts by Kabra and Judith


Thanks to Monica, Rhonda, and Terry for the next 3 layouts




I couldn't close this post without showing you the kids in my life, my sweet grandkids, Lincoln, Jack, Olivia, Charlie, and Lucy.  I used Linda's Little Blessings and threw in some extra elements for each of them to match each personality.




MY FAVORITE:

Maybe because I'm a retired teacher or maybe because I like the bright colors, but either way, my favorite K collection is Kindergarten Kisses.  This is a perfect kit for all of the elements years, not just kindergarten.

Thanks to Stephanie, Judith, Kathy, Terry, and Yvonne for these layouts.






I'll bet I'll be seeing lots of your pages with kids in them!  Again, I invite you to visit my forum challenge, Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z.  :)