Friday, April 29, 2016

Documenting Your Life by ADB Designs!


We will return to school again; this time from our teenage perspective …
What do you remember most about your school experiences while a teenager? Were you involved in any extracurricular activities in Jr. High and High School?

So long ago, and yet it really does seem like yesterday. I know that is a cliche but a true one, nonetheless.

This question stirred a lot of creativity from my creative team.

Lella created this cute layout of her granddaughter and her passion for ballet from my Maria of Spain collection. 

Faye shared this amazing layout of her mother as a high school thespian; she used my Tristan & Isolde page kit

Renee used my Thunder Basin Saga collection to scrap the nature hikes her grandchildren enjoy as part of their school year

Celebrate Family by Over the Fence Designs, was used by Dana to scrap these marvelous images of school age cousins, obviously enjoying time together. 

The first day of school is a memorable time for sure. Lynette chose  Edge of Seventeen by Over the Fence Designs to scrap her daughter on the first day of school with her BFF. 

Happy Scrapping!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Month by Month Blog Series by Designer of the Year Albums to Remember!

Here is my post for April:

My name is Barb and I design under the name Albums to Remember Designs. The Month by Month scrapbooking blog series is here to help motivate you to do at least one page a month. I’ll give you some ideas for photos, show you some sample pages and give you some ideas for photos for the coming month so you can plan ahead.  

Last month I gave you the following photo ideas for April:

Puddles and rain – take photos of the spring melt, do you like to go for walks, if you have kids they may like to play in puddles. Take photos of everyday joys.

Here are some sample layouts using my kit,  “Umbrellas & Rain

Sports – do you play a sport or hobby that starts in spring? What do you love about it?

Here is a page using my Rock Climbing kit. What sports do you play or watch?

Anything winding up? - Take some photos of activities you are completing or winding up.

Family Events – Does your family do something special every April? We like to collect syrup from maple trees, and we have family birthdays. Think of things you do in April every year and take some photos of it.

Here is a sample of an April layout from the family album. As you can see I didn’t have enough to fill the page but I had some from May so I put both on the page. I just adjusted the template to fit four photos on the bottom instead of 3. I used my “Through the Year Template 3” to create this layout.

May is just around the corner and it’s time to start planning your layouts.

Mother’s Day - Here in Canada we celebrate Mother’s Day. If you do too make sure to take some photos of your mom. If your mother is no longer alive you can document an old photo and journal about the things you miss about her or the lessons she taught you.

Baseball/Soccer  - Our season starts late April or early May. I know soccer is starting soon and I am sure there are several other outdoor sports to take photos of.

Recitals/Concerts - May is the month many lessons wrap up and everyone is showing off their amazing talents at year end recitals. It’s also a great time to catch an outdoor concert. Take photos and tell us about it!

Planting - It is still usually still too cold to plant but I know many of you live further south so it’s prime time to plant a garden or start yard work. Why not take some before pictures when you finish planting or before/after photos of your yard. It’s always fun to document progress. Later on in summer you can take a similar photo to see how far things have come.

Happy scrapbooking! Don’t forget to share your April layouts in the forum.

Barb, Albums to Remember Designs

Friday, April 22, 2016

Scrappin' from A to Z - R Post

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!

R is for ...


Rosettes, specifically cluster rosettes, are flowers or other elements layered on a round embellishment such as a ribbon or piece of lace stitched in a circle.  Rosettes can also be made with circles of paper.

I've had fun with several late and want to show you how easy they are to make and to use.

You'll find in a lot of my kits a stitched circular piece of fabric, lace, or ribbon. In this first example I used the stitched ribbon circle in blue and layered on it the owl, diploma, and other little elements.  This is a rosette cluster, and I think it looks great with my little grandson Lincoln's preschool graduation photo. Of course I used my Graduation Day kit in blue.

Some of my kits already have clustered rosettes in the collections.  Forever Love and Melly's Furever Friends are two collections in which you'll find pre-made rosette clusters.


My favorite R collection is Red Velvet.  I love the richness of the designs, and I like that there are printables to match.  I also love the layouts my Creative Team has made with Red Velvet.  Here is a lovely page by Kathy.

I'd love to see rosettes on some of your pages!  Again, I invite you to visit my forum challenge, Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z.  :)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Documenting Your Life Blog Series 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 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 20
More memories as a teen or young adult…
What was your favorite music? What songs do you remember as associate to special memories?

This is a really fun question, and you don't have to restrict it to the past. What is your favorite music now? This is the type of journaling your family will love to see on layouts.

Patricia used the It's All In The Game collection from Over the Fence Designs LINK HERE to share her memories of a favorite song. It is a lovely layout. 

Mary took a slightly different approach and made a layout sharing her memories of a short lived time in the children's church choir.  She used another Over the Fence collection: Legato for her layout. LINK HERE 

Happy Scrapping!

MyMemories April Blog Train!

Hop on the MyMemories April 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

Here is the Line Up!

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Fast Fill by Creatively Obsessed!

Tip: Fast Fill

Fast Fill is my favorite feature of MyMemories!

I have a very large, very busy family; we often take hundreds of photos per event,  Fast Fill saves me so much time when making my scrapbooks and it is so simple to use!

Use Fast Fill, found in the Insert Tab, to automatically load photos from a selected folder into any empty photo box in your album.

1. Use the drop down menu to select your image folder
2. Hold the Shift key or Ctr key to select multiple images from your folder or click select all.
3. You can rearrange your now photos if you want. Photos are placed in the order they appear and the program does not know if they are vertical or horizontal.  When ready, click ok.

4. Sit back and watch your photos load into your album :0)

Enjoy 50% off Creatively Obsessed in the Design Shop!