Thursday, July 20, 2017

Meet feature designer Memory Mosaic!

The great love of my life is family. I am an only child and growing up I always longed for big family.  God has blessed me with 6 children, 3 grown daughters and 3 still at home, AND just this year, our 10th grand child was born!  

In a couple of weeks my hubby and I will be celebrating our 35th anniversary. I am so thankful that God has blessed my life with him and that we have walked it together.

We have been privileged to serve as  Evangelical missionaries in Ecuador, since 1991.  Ecuador is where my 3 daughters grew up and where we had the joy of adopting our 3 youngest.  

Scrapbooking has been a way to preserve the memories of our life for our children and grandchildren.  It is the way to tell our story.  Not just the big events and the special times, but also the normal everyday.  

Memory Mosaic was born 2 years ago out of my love of scrapbooking.  It is also a way for me to turn my creativity into something that helps other people. Every month, I pass along all profits to the Food Pantry Ministry at our church in Ecuador.  You can read more about it on my blog,

Be sure to visit Memory Mosaic on these social media links! 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

MyMemories Wednesday challenge hosted by Ostrea Designs!

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Meet feature designer Scrapbookcrazy Creations by Robyn!

Robyn, aka Scrapbookcrazy, is a single mom of a son Morgan who is 18 years old and a daughter Phoebe who is 10. Besides scrapbooking Robyn enjoys sewing, knitting, cross-stitching, embroidery, ceramics, painting and taking photos. She began assisting scrapbook designers by joining their creative teams in 2014. She has been on 25 different teams at one time or another. She peaked at 21 teams at the same time, is currently helping 16 different designers. She first began traditional scrapbooking in 1999 and was a Creative Memories consultant for 10 years. She began digital scrapbooking in 2005.  She has been a designer for over a year now. Robyn’s designer name is Scrapbookcrazy Creations by Robyn.
Robyn is a pet person and has always had a dog plus many other pets. She bred Budgies from 2004 until 2013 and was a member of a Bird Breeder’s club. For now she has one cat Ginger a cross between a Russian Blue and Ragdoll, a local tabby, and a dog named Sam, a Kelpie, she rescued from a shelter.
Robyn’s learned how to knit from her grandma when she was 13 years old. Her first project was a scarf in garter stitch. As she started her second project, an Aran jumper (Irish fisherman sweater) with lots of cables, she was told that she would not be able to do it. But her determination won out and she completed a perfect jumper for herself which she still has to this day. She learned to cross stitch and embroider in grammar school. She has won many prizes with her excellent hand work.
Robyn is a well-rounded person. She is a talented soprano who enjoyed choir and school plays. She has enjoyed sports. She was a natural at the high jump and hurdles because of her height. She used to enjoy downhill skiing but there isn’t much snow in Australia so she doesn’t pursue that sport any longer. She has researched four branches of her family history so far and goes as far back as the 1600’s with one line. Beginning before online resources were available she did her research the old fashion way by letters, books, library micro fiche, and conversations with relatives.
Robyn has worked in administration, with computers, and in retail as a manager and cashier. She has sold Avon and Tupperware. She is now involved in scouts and as a parent helper at her daughter’s school. She serves on committees, listens to children read, helps in the craft room, and goes on school excursions. She takes her children camping. They have a tent and a caravan and she likes this less expensive method of traveling.

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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Scrappin from A to Z with Kathryn Estry

Hi!  I'm Kathryn Estry, a designer here at MyMemories, and this is my second round of episodes, 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!

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These layouts each have special features that make them unique, and they stand out to me.  I think you'll see ideas you'll want to use.  Thanks to Gina, Kabra, Kathy, Liz, Melly, and Yvonne for sharing their pages!

Cute groups of rounded squares were cut from the front paper to make Gina's interesting background.

Kabra also cut shapes, circles this time, from her front paper and added a variety of papers below them.

Kathy has used a section of one paper as a pocket.  I know this is an idea you'll want to use.

Strips of papers and ribbons make the cutest tree in Liz's layout.

Melly has photos in multiple frames, a neat way to show off lots of photos.  In the next sample, Melly put her photos in holes cut from the front paper.

You have to love this layout!  Yvonne has framed her photo to look as if the ram is coming out of the frame.

I'd love to see you use some of these unique ideas in your pages.  Please post your layouts in my forum challenge, Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z! Remember everyone who posts a layout gets you a free gift from me.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

MyMemories July blog train!

Hop on the MyMemories July 2017 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! 

Elizabeth's Market Cross

MyMemories Wednesday Blog Challenge hosted by Elizabeth's Market Cross!

Don't forget to email to share your page on our Instagram & be eligible to win a promo code for  50% off your next purchase!

Today's challenge is hosted by MyMemories Designer Elizabeth's Market Cross

What’s in a Name? 
This is a great heritage or genealogy challenge – but an interest in genealogy is not required! You can scrap your surname for any album.
I did pages for all the surnames on my father’s side that I had further pages to scrap on that part of the family. I ordered them with the name page first, then the pages on those family members, then the next name, and so on. An overall genealogy chart page begins my book so the reader knows what to expect inside. 
If you are working up your genealogy chart, make a note of which surnames in your family you want to research.  Then, do a little research JUST on the name, for starters.
Once you find some history on your chosen surname, do a layout with the NAME large! No photos are necessary – these make great header pages for a section or a whole book. See my example layout. The products used for the layout are a background from Free Spirit Backgrounds 2, and an overlay from Shabby Floral Overlays Set 1.

There are several sites for you to find the information on names; here are a few:

Please accept my gift of a set of overlays to enhance your page. These will be free for a limited time so grab them now! 

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Pair them with a background, add your name and the information you found, and Voila! Perfect addition to your family scrapbook!

Thanks! Elizabeth

Friday, July 7, 2017

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 currant 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 layouts with us! Just create a 600x600 px layout and email it to subject line DYL Layout. With your permission, we will post it to MyMemories social media. If you would like to post it directly to our MyMemories Forum please post them HERE

I don't know about you, but I do NOT always get my scrapping done in a timely manner.  I am rarely doing layouts from the just passed holiday, I might even be years behind, not just holidays behind. With that in mind, I hope you can use the Christmas in July collection I just released called : Sweet Holiday.   It has a candy like palette and both realistic and watercolor elements. It is more contemporary in style but images from any era will work beautifully.  

AND in your Saturday, July 8, MyMemories Newsletter you can find a Quick Page made from the Sweet Holiday collection to help speed you along in your holiday scrapping. 

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Do you remember a holiday or special event that did NOT go as planned and had to be postponed? Are there any family stories about the delaying of activities due to unforeseen circumstances? 

Maybe like me, you just need to get some Christmas layouts done. :-) 

Here are some holiday layouts from my Creative Team from Sweet Holiday to provide you inspiration.

Have a great weekend and happy scrapping!





Wednesday, July 5, 2017

MyMemories Wednesday Challenge

Cute kids and camping gear go together in this delightful collection. Summer Vacation is my homage to the two week vacations my family always took each summer.  We packed up the station wagon and the trailer and hit the road for two weeks. We camped in National Parks and and we were rarely in the same campground more than two nights as we traveled to many destinations.  I saw a great deal of the USA as a child, thanks to these wonderful vacations. 

Here is how this simple challenge works:

Here is the link to grab my free Summer Vacation  Mini in my MyMemories store. It will be free through next Tuesday, July 11th

Use my mini or any of my Summer Vacation collection pieces & scrap a layout.   The Summer Vacation Bundle is priced at $11.99, a whopping 50% off !

Post your layout to the July 5 Wednesday Challenge Gallery thread in our forum by Monday July 17 and earn a 50% off savings on one shopping trip through my store!!

That is all! Easy peasy. 

Looking forward to seeing your layouts in the forum AND here are a couple of layouts to inspire you!



Tuesday, June 27, 2017

MyMemories Wednesday challenge hosted by designer of the year Kathryn Estry!

Hi!  This is Kathryn from Kathryn Estry Designs, and I'm happy to be bringing you our Wednesday challenge this week!  Since those of us in America will be celebrating our country in the upcoming days, I'm inviting you to make a layout to celebrate YOUR country!

Here are some layouts created by Kabra, Liz, Lori, and Yvonne using one of my cute patriotic collections, Freedom Kids.  





If you like this collection, you can find my Freedom Kids sets on sale for 30% off HERE. You'll also find the bundle discounted 50%!

And, just to get you started, HERE is a free cluster that matches Freedom Kids.

Remember:  Email to share your page on our Instagram & be eligible to win a promo code for 50% off your next purchase!

Photos by Numbers hosted by Albums to Remember Designs

It's time to look at fitting five photos on a layout. Sometimes it can look crowded but if done right it can look fabulous! Here is some inspiration. 

You can use a block style set-up. Here are several examples.

Kit used is Music in Me

Kit used is Farm Yard Fun

Here is a great idea to get your teams logo on the page, take a picture of it! 
Kit used is Awesome Boy

Five photos fit on a strip, especially when you make them vertical photo. 
Kit used is Fire Fighting

The next two layouts have a similar idea - one large photo with a cluster of three photos and then an offset 5th photo.
Kit used is A Fall Day

Kit used is Dive In Aquarium

​Show me how you use five photos on a layout in my June challenge in the My Memories Suite forum.

Happy scrapbooking!
Barb, Albums to Remember Designs