Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Papers Aren't Just Papers!

Papers Arent Just Papers!
                                                     by Kathryn Estry, MyMemories Designer

Let’s play with papers!  There are so many great ideas, you’re only limited to your imagination!  I’ll show you some of my favorites made by some special ladies, the talented Layout Artists on my Creative Team.  Kathy and Michelle use papers layered on top of papers to “frame” their layouts.  This is one of the easiest ways to use multiple papers in your layouts.  Add one paper as an embellishment and reduce it in size until you have the frame look you like.  Two gorgeous layouts!

Judith used the same technique but added 2 papers above her background paper in these next two examples.  By choosing a solid for the top paper, she was able to use the fun print papers without them detracting from her photos.  You’ll see that in her first layout, she used papers cut into shapes to draw attention to her photo.


Torn papers are fun to use over background papers as Liz and Lori show you here.  Instant depth!  You’ll find lots of sets of torn papers just like these in my store that match my page kits.  Look closely under Liz’s daughter’s photo and you’ll see another paper peeking out!


Yvonne and Lori took two papers and layered them on top of their background papers, tilting each a tad.  This is easy as well and gives you a totally different look.  Notice the contrast between the papers and that by using solids as the top layer, both could journal right on the papers.  Such sweet layouts by these two!


One of my favorite go-to ideas when I’m scrapping is to use a paper twice as Liz and Monica did in these next 2 cute layouts.  This is easy as well, and I love the look!  Liz cut a third paper from the collection into a circle to “frame” the photo and of course added a little cluster ~ yet another article. Look really closely, and you’ll see journaling under the paper circle!  How clever is that?  Monica used two papers and slanted them a bit.

If you like this look, you might like my stacked papers.  They have this same layered look but also include elements, so they’re super easy page starters perfect for beginners.  Just add your photos, and you’re done!  Also in my store are lace papers which match many of my sets.  Use them the same as you would other papers that you’re layering above a background.  Both of these are from my Power of Prayer Collection.

 One last idea I’d like to show you is that papers don’t have to just be used as papers.  Have fun cutting shapes from your papers and use paper shapes stacked behind a photo as Kathy did or as blocks on your page as in Rhonda’s fall page, …

Anita is my newest CT member, and what amazing layouts she’s made already!  Look how creatively she’s used my torn papers in these layouts of her precious kids!

 hope this has given you some new ideas for using all of those beautiful papers in your collection! 

A big thanks to my Layout Artists, Kathy, Michelle, Judith, Liz, Yvonne, Rhonda, Anita, and 2 Lori’s.  How lucky I am to have them working their magic with my designs! 

The collections used in these examples can all be found in my MyMemories store Kathryn Estry Designs !!!



Monday, November 24, 2014

Speed Scrap Time!

Join our Francis for this FUN Speed Scrap!

Don't forget to post your finished layouts in the Forum!

The kit I have used to make both is Home Sweet Home Bundle from QueenBrat Designs.

Step 1 ~ Choose 2 patterned papers. Use one as the background layer. Stack the other on top and round its corners.

Step 2 ~ Choose 3 photos. Crop one of them in a circle shape and each one of the other two in a square shape. Mat or frame all of them.

Step 3 ~ Add 5 shapes and fill them with different paper. Layer them behind and around your photos.

Step 4 ~ Create 2 clusters with 6-10 elements each. Include a piece of ribbon and a string. 

Step 5 ~ Place a journaling box or tag and add a title or journal on your page. 

Step 6 ~ Date, shadow and anything else to finish up!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

MyMemories Speed Scrap!

Join Francis for a re-cap of Sunday's Speed Scrap! 

Ingredient 1 -> A paper stack of at least 3 papers.
Direction 1 -> Edit them as you like.

Ingredient 2 -> 4 photos (1 large and 3 small).
Direction 2 -> Frame, mat or put them into brackets.

Ingredient 3 -> 2-5 pieces of ribbon, string, or bow.
Direction 3 -> They won’t touch each other.

Ingredient 4 -> 6-20 elements.
Direction 4 -> Must include some beautiful flowers.

Ingredient 5 -> 1 title or journal
Direction 5 -> Word Art or monograms are preferred.

Ingredient 6 -> Add your favourite flavour!
Direction 6 -> Don’t forget to date and shadow.

Don't forget to post your finished layouts in the 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Meet today's Daily Designer....Happy Scrap Arts!

My name is Eileen, AKA Happy Scrap Arts, I’m 47 years old and I am married and have 2 kids. They are studying.
I’m very creative and before computers I made hybrid scrapbooks. I still make some cards and I draw and paint. I do mostly real elements but I also love to make some artsy kits. I love to make masks too; play around with brushes is one of my favorite things.
I’m taking my camera with me and take photographs of all kind of things. People must even wonder why I photograph a wall, a door, the ground. Well it’s just that I’m seeing an interesting texture for backgrounds, of a beautiful flower or leaf to use in my kits. I have so many projects in my head that I need at least 40 hours in a day to get to do them all.
I use paint shop pro and I’m still learning, even after 6 years I can still find something new in this software.
If you want to see more you can go and visit my blog, face book and personal page with my paintings.
My blog, face book fan page

My paintings and other creations:

My store at My Memories

My Challenges on the Forum
Happy’s Place

I hope you all have a great day.
Greetings Eileen

Enjoy 45% off Happy Scrap Arts in the 
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Sunday, November 16, 2014

MyMemories November Blog Train!!!

We hope you enjoy November MyMemories Blog Train! 

This month's theme is:

Cozy Autumn Days! 

Starting this month, you will be directed to each designers store at the MyMemories site. If you have not already done so, you will need to sign up for an account [note: this is a one time sign up and no purchase is necessary].
There is a special link to each designers gift that must be obtained from each designer. That link will take you to their store and their gift.
The new process is:
  • visit each designer’s blog or FB posting for their preview & special link
  • click on the link provided & be taken to their MyMemories store
  • place their gift in your shopping cart
  • check out when you have all the gifts collected

Monday, November 10, 2014

MyMemories Speed Scrap!

Thank you to Francis for hosting!!! 

Post your finished layouts in the 

The kit I have used to make both is BearySweets-Cornfield Bundle from Kathryn Estry

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Meet today's Daily Designer....SugarMoon Designs!

Tell Us A Story! 

I made my layout about humor and laughing, I always try to keep a sense of humor and I love anyone who can make me laugh! Life is hard, so it's best to try to see the funny side of things and not take yourself too seriously. Luckily, I have a great family that constantly reminds me of how goofy and awkward I am. One of their reoccurring jokes is about one time when we were watching a show about killer bees, and I said, "Wow, you have to be careful around those things, they can kill you."  Then they all just stared at me for a second and then began laughing hysterically! So now whenever someone says something obvious or dumb, someone always reminds me that, "Killer Bees can kill you!" 

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Designer Tip Brought to you by.... Love It! Scrap It!

 MyMemories wanted to get the blog going with a look into our (the designers) creative processes when WE go to create a layout for our personal albums. If you caught my Daily Designer story, I've been digital scrapping for over 5 years now and I've come SO far. Lol. I remember when I was just learning and wanted to make all those gorgeous and beautiful layouts I'd see in the galleries and around the web. Most of the time I failed.

Then I learned about sketches. What are sketches? Well they are "maps" if you will on how to design a layout. They show where the photos, shapes, elements and title and journal go. You can follow a sketch piece by piece, or you can interpret to your own tastes and make it fit for you. Depending on the sketch I do both. One of my favorite places to find sketches is, Page Drafts. She makes the most gorgeous sketches, they look like works of art by themselves.

So today I decided to show you my steps for when I follow a sketch. Of course, step 1 is to find a sketch you want to follow. You can visit Page Drafts, Page Maps or do Google searches for 'scrapbook sketches' to come up with a vast array of options.

I chose this sketch from Page Drafts:

 After I've found the sketch, I decide on my photo(s) choice and what product(s) I want to use. For this layout, I went with my kit, Indian Summer. (Get it in my store at MyMemories for $2). I see that I will need 3 backgrounds to follow along with the sketch. Notice the bottom portion is striped, so I decided to go with stripes but in a different variation, and I go with a solid for the middle portion and the hexagons for my top patterned portion. And I get them lined up like the sketch, or as close to it that I can eyeball.

Next I want to get my shapes made for the mats underneath the photo(s). I see that my sketch has a doily shape and zigzag edged circles. The product I'm using doesn't have a doily, but I decide to make a circle out of a solid light gray paper, and I use a paisley patterned paper for the zigzag edged circles. I get them sized and placed following as closely to the sketch as I can, since for this sketch I want close to an exact copy.

From there, I want to get my banner flag shape and my photo(s) in place. When I get my photo, I already know that my photo is duplicated with 2 layers underneath, so I make my duplicates too. (you can't tell here but they are 3 layers of that photo)

Next I add a 25 point stroke in the teal blue color to my photos and I also add my drop shadow to them too. Then I start to arrange and rotate them to fit what I see in the sketch. My layout is beginning to take shape. At this point if I didn't like what I was seeing, I'd probably change sizes of some of the pieces, or pick another photo, and at the very last resort, I may even decide I don't like the kit I'm using and start over with a new product.

Now I'm going to go back to those cut out circles you see. They are adding movement to the page and leading your eye from the photo up to the date holder. I decided that instead of those circles, I'm going to use a heart string. And I went ahead and added shadows to everything else on my page. I rotated and even flipped the heart strings to fit them how I thought they looked best for my layout.

Now this thing is looking really nice. My sketch has some leaves that are below everything so I get those added, and just because I have to use flowers, I go ahead and add some of those too! Lol. I place some above and below my photos. I also get the ribbon at the top of my photos added. I move and rotate everything where I think it looks good, using the sketch as my guide. Since my sketch doesn't include flowers, I just "eyeball" or place them where I think they look nice.

Now is the fun part. I added all the shadows. I usually will tweak my shadows a LOT so that they look realistic and "pop" from the page making my elements look real. I don't want shadows that make my elements look as if they are "floating" above my page, but I don't want "flat" looking elements either. Now I've got to get the little extras added, the butterflies and the stars. I had dragonflies in my kit and I had some sequin scatters that I used instead. I rotated, resized, and even cropped the the scatters to fit what I needed. I put some of the scatters on top and some underneath the leaves. I added shadows to all of that. I notice that the date holder is at the top of the sketch, but I don't need a date for this layout, so I used a journal card and cropped out the area that had the word "documented" and used that at the top of my page, it actually gives it a secondary title. I then find a word art in my kit and I used that as my title at the bottom of the photos. I didn't like the title to the side of the photos since it would have covered my face, lol, so I went for the bottom. I also didn't feel the paper strip to the side of the photos was needed for my layout. Then I added shadows to those and voila I'm done!!

Thanks for joining me. You can grab my kit, Indian Summer in my store for $2 only at MyMemories.

And as always, if you Love it, then Scrap it. Thanks