Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Meet Feature Designer Designs by Lisa Minor!!!

Hi, My name is Lisa and I have been designing Digital Scrapbook kits and more for over 9 years. I've been with My Memories for a little over a year now, so I thought it might be time y'all (that's a southern saying!) might want to get to know a little about me!
My husband of 28 years and I have 4 children of whom 3 are still living at home and live in the great state of Texas (yeehaw). We grew up just down the road from each other in Ohio and I'm glad to say I married my best friend.
I've worn a lot of hats over the years both in and out of the home; chef, dishwasher, hairdresser, clerk, account manager, salesperson, ADHD student advocate and more. But the one I love above all of those “jobs” is Scrapbooker.

For years, I was a "paper" scrapper. I loved creating and preserving my photos. As a matter of fact, my scrapbooks were a minimum of 60 pages for each book.
I ran into one snag year after year:

Doing 4 "almost" identical scrapbooks , one for us, 3 for the grandparents, became something that almost always was over budget and frustrating.

I kept plugging along and completing my projects. They were costly and they were bulky to say the very least.

On a whim, I began looking for some free online clip art to print and make stickers out of to save some money, and then it happened - I ran across the world of Digital Scrapbooking - I started then and there, and never looked back. 
How wonderful it was to do ONE book, and just order extra copies for everyone else. How cost effective it was to be able to use backgrounds an embellishments over an over again, and how simple it was to be able to truly "match" 2 pages side by side in a book. How easy it was to do so many other projects with a digital kit.
I became so passionate about the art of Digital Scrapbooking that I began to fiddle here and there with designing. I was completely and utterly in love with the craft.

While my first designs were rudimentary at best, I loved this industry and other designers who were part of it. I began to take classes in art and design and learn from others, gleaning knowledge as I went.
Over nine years later, I'm still always striving to make a better kit, not just for "life events" but for everyday moments that need to be captured, many of them with bold and bright colors, and always trying to stay true to myself and how I scrapbook when creating.

This crazy photo of me is one of my personal “recent” favorites of my son Will and I. It was taken on his 21st birthday and displays how much both of us love the art of having fun with everyday events.

I hope that you feel you've gotten to know me a little bit more, and I hope that you browse through my shop here at My Memories and find that “oh so perfect” kit for those “oh so memorable” photos!
I am having a 50% off sale October 6th and 7th in my shop. My very first one ever.

I also have a little goodie for you!

Please enjoy 50% off Designs by Lisa Minor in the 
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Friday, October 2, 2015

Documenting Your Life Blog Series with ADB Designs!

Question/Prompt #8 - 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 yourlayout, 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/Prompt 8:

Grandparents are a special part of most children’s lives. You may not have had an intimate relationship with your grandparents but even so, they provided a foundation for your experiences in the manner that they raised your parents.

This week, we are going to focus on your paternal grandparents. First the basic facts: what are the full names, birth dates, birth locations, marriage date and location of your mother’s parents? Where did your mother fit in the birth order of her family? List your mother’s siblings and all the basic facts about them. This is no small task, to create all these lists with dates and places, but it is important.
AND from your father’s perspective…what stories/comments did he share about his parents?

This layout from Connie is stunning. She used my collection, Great Love Ralph & Meggie (from Colleen McCullough's The Thornbirds) available HERE

This photo of PattyJo's Great Grandfather was just shared with her by a cousin doing genealogy. How wonderful and special to see an ancestor for the first time. PattyJo used my Thunder Basin Saga collection in this layout. Available HERE

Judy created this marvelous heritage layout using a simple background and letting the journaling and images take center stage. It is an amazing layout and I love it!

Another layout from PattyJo tells the story of her paternal grandparents in a wonderful layout using my "Telling My Story Mini & Extras". I LOVE that she included a picture of her grandparents home.  The mini is available HERE

Let me know how you are doing and if you have any questions. I love to read your thoughts about this series. Just comment below.

Friday, September 25, 2015

Scrappin' from A to Z with Kathryn Estry Designs!

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 so many ideas 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 today's post 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 here this month will receive a new product from me that's not even in my store yet!

If you missed these posts, please look them up on our blog:
A ~ Action, Angles, and Arrows
B ~ Boys, Brackets, and Butterflies

Today's themes are...


We're all scrappers, right?  So it stands to reason that we love photos and we love photography.  I have a collection that is all about cameras and photography, Point & Shoot, so my CT had fun with it, scrapping their camera photos. Michelle features her husband, Judith shows a Photo Op, and in Rhonda's, even the littlest one gets in on the act.

I love Lori's page, too!  Not only does it show the love of photography, but it has angles, arrows, and action from my A post and a bracket from my B post.

Why not make a page or two about YOUR love of photography?


The simplicity of a circle can add a sense of fun to your layouts.  In this first one, Lori used a page that's splattered with circles from my Scrap Happy Collection and then put her son's goofy picture in a round frame.  Anchoring the frame with paper strips and a cluster finished her page. 

In both of the next two layouts, Liz framed Elena's cute photos in round frames.  Notice though that she did not use round photos.   A square or rectangular photo looks great with a circular frame!  One cool thing Liz did in her first page below was to cut out a vertical column of my big dots from the paper and let a darker paper show through the holes.  How clever!  For both of her pages, she used Anita's Prayer Journal.  I've had the pleasure of creating a scrap kit for each of my Creative Team ladies, and when it came time for Anita's, she asked for a kit she could use to scrap her prayer journal.  I love the religious nature of this kit, but as you can see with Liz's photos, it's not limited to this theme.  In any case, it's one of my favorite kits!


How popular coffee is these days!  I'll bet you have photos taken at your favorite coffee house!  If not, the next time you visit one with your family or friends, make sure to take some photos and get busy scrapping those fun memories.  When I made a kit for Robin, guess what she asked for.  Yep, Coffee With Robin was born.  Both Robin and Monica, as well as most of the other ladies, have enjoyed this kit!


My favorite designs for C are Cowboy Spirit and Cowgirl Heart.  There is a touch of the cowboy spirit or cowgirl heart in so many of us.  That's why I love these two kits!

Yvonne captured the beauty of horses in her layout, and Liz went outside the box, and her page shows us that even a cowgirl kit is open to just about any photo.

All of the collections I've used in this post have discount bundles, and some even have matching photo books and printables.  I hope you've found some new things to try, and again, I invite you to visit my forum challenge, Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z.  :)

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Designer Tip brought to you by LLL Creations!

~~Creating  clusters for future use~~

Many people love to use clustering in their layouts.  Sometimes you can spend a lot of time making them and when you get it 'just right' it's a proud moment.

But did you know you can actually saves these clusters for future use?

I'm going to show you how.

The best way to do this is to start with a blank page in My Memories Suite.  (If it's a cluster you would love to save on an existing page you've already made I will explain that later.)

#1 - Open My Memories and select the page size you normally use.  I use 12x12 for my scrapping so my examples will be in that size.

#2 - Start creating your cluster on a blank page.  Play around with your layers until you get your cluster the way you like it.

I suggest after you have all your items where you want them that you shadow each embellishment next.

#3 - When you are done shadowing and you have everything where you want it, use your cursor and draw a box around all of the items to select them all.

(When you let go of your cursor, they will all be selected).  Now go to 'Arrange' and then 'Group'.  Your cluster is now grouped as one piece and you can move it around your page as one embellishment.

Ok, now time to save it for future use!

#4 - Now you want to go to 'Share' and then 'Export'.  On the screen that pops up choose PNG file type.  Make sure you change the options for 'Pages Included' to only include the page with the grouped cluster you want to save.  Also you can change the location you would like to save your cluster.  (Maybe create a folder on your desktop to save them in?)
After you have those selections finished just click the 'Export' button.  Voila!.  You now have a merged cluster that you can reuse instead of redoing!

- If you use a graphics program you can now go and crop it down so you don't have all the extra space around the edge.  If not, that's ok, it will still work!

- Also don't forget, these merged clusters are only to be used for your personal use or as stated by the designers TOU for the kit used which in most cases is PU only.

Now when you want to add that cluster to an existing page you are working on in My Memories Suite, just click on 'Embellishments', 'Add' and click the 'Browse' button on the bottom left.  Find the folder where you are saving your clusters and bring it into your page.

If you have clusters you've made on existing pages that you would like to save, there are a few ways of doing it.

#1 - You could 'duplicate the page' and delete all the other items on the page that you don't want in your cluster.  You now can go to step #3 above.

(After you save your cluster you can delete the duplicated page from your book.)


#2 - Select one at a time all of the items you want in your cluster while holding down the 'ctrl' key on your keyboard.  When everything is selected go to 'Arrange' and then 'Group'.  You can now copy that group of items onto a blank page and go to step #4 above.  (It's a little harder this way if there are many layers of items in your cluster)

So start saving your clusters and save yourself some time scrapbooking!

The flowers used in this example are from my newest collection called 'Floral Infinity'.  Come see the kit, the add-on packs, the bundle and the photo books using the entire kit.  On sale too!

If you liked this tip, feel free to comment or come over to my facebook page and tell me!  Or better yet, show me a layout you did trying this tip!

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Friday, September 18, 2015

Designer Tip...Recolors by MyMemories Designer Albums To Remember

TIP: Recolors in My Memories Suite work best with a tan or light grey color. To recolor properly open the original and choose the recolor button. Choose the picker and a color on your layout you want to match. IMPORTANT - always hit undo so the color goes back to tan (or original color) and then choose a new color. If you recolor, say to blue, then decide you would rather have pink and just choose pink it will look really muddy. For a clean pink color you must hit "undo" and get back to the original color (grey or tan) and then choose pink. Hope that makes sense.


Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Hop on the September MyMemories Blog Train!

We hope you enjoy September's MyMemories Blog Train! 

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 you will then be taken to their MyMemories store
  • place their gift in your shopping cart
  • check out when you have all the gifts collected

Click HERE to download!

Here are the rest of the Stops! 

Meet feature Designer Happy Scrap Arts!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Scrappin' from A to Z with MyMemories Designer 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 so many ideas 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 today's post 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 here this month will receive a new product from me that's not even in my store yet!

Did you see my last blog post about the letter A?  If you missed it, you'll want to look back through the blog for ideas for Action, Angles, and Arrows. Check it out HERE!

So, on to B ~ Boys, Brackets, and Butterflies!


I'm not sure which I like better for boys, my collections or the pages my talented CT ladies made with them.  I'm showing you pages with little boys, but you can make some wonderful pages, too, with teenagers and the men in your life.

Look at these precious photos of Kabra's little boy.  She's so right!  You "gotta love him!"  what I like about this layout are the expressions on his face and variety of perspective in her photos.  Plus, it's just so cute and colorful, you keep looking at it.  Notice what he's wearing. The colors of his shirt match the kit so well that the page has a truely cohesive look.  The neutral backgrounds are perfect, too! She used In A Cuckoo House available HERE!

Kathy scrapped this adorable page for her grandson using Natural Beauty.  It's what this blog post is all about, "B is for Boy."  She's used arrows (my A blog post), too.  I just love the pages Kathy makes for her grandkids with the sweet closeups.  Try coming up really close and capturing your kids as Kathy does.  Another feature she uses in this layout that you could try is the layering of papers under the photo.  (Oops.  That's another blog post.)


I make it easy for you to use brackets as I include them with some of my design collections.  For Kindergarten Kisses and Night Owl, I've made super fancy brackets embellished with matching elements from the page kit.

The next page I'm sharing has two of my B words from today, boy AND brackets.  Yvonne used my Kindergarten Kisses collection for this oh, so cute page.  I LOVE his expression and body language.  It's as if he's saying, "I'm ready for kindergarten - maybe."  So cute!  The brackets and the frame behind him are a great way to frame his little face.

Note about Kindergarten Kisses ~ This page kit is good for all elementary grades as well as kindergarten.

Judith's pretty page below shows another way to use a bracket for a frame.  She used my already-embellished bracket from the Night Owl Bracket Pack along with a frame from the extra Frame Pack, the letter M, and extra embellishments from the page kit, and she's made a simple, but beautiful layout.

One more bracket example is from Kathy, using my May Scraps collection.  I wanted to include this one here because of the simplicity and the sweet closeup faces.  You could easily make a page like this one, couldn't you?  This page and Judith's (above) are good examples of not filling up the page.  It's fine to leave some of the background paper showing. I'll talk about "white space" in another post.


On many scrapped pages, you'll see hearts and flowers.  Don't forget about butterflies!  They can work in so many layouts, and you'll often find them in my page kits.  One in particular that has a lot of butterflies is Natural Beauty (shown above).  Both Liz and Yvonne have made really pretty pages with butterflies.  Liz has little butterflies all around the photos with action shots (see A-Action post).  Yvonne shows off a beautiful photo of a butterfly on her page.


All American Boy tied as my favorite A design collection, so I'm taking the liberty of using it here for B.  :)  It's such a perfect kit for boys, young and old.  If you have photos of your husband or brother or dad as a little boy, how special a page with this kit would be!

I just love this layout by Anita because she used a black and white photo and clustered a lot of the little boyish elements around him.  The photo has an old-fashioned look which goes perfectly with the boy toys of the past in All American Boy.

I hope you've found some new things to try, and again, I invite you to visit my forum challenge, Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z.  :)