Saturday, February 18, 2017

Documenting Your Life 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 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.
So... The groundhog saw his shadow.  SIX more weeks of winter.  Some may be growling but I've taken these cold days to get ready for Valentine's Day by helping the 6 year old grand daughter get her cards ready to take to school. What joyful and sweet enthusiasm she has. I also released a new Petite Bundle called "I Love You" and put "Cupids Kisses" in the retirement bin and marked it 75% off for February. (Mar 1 it goes away forever)

Q42

Scrap & journal a Valentine Day memory that is special to you. 

Here are some wonderful examples from my Creative Team.

Patty scrapped and journaled about her parents and the red roses her father always gave her mother. Wonderful journaling. She used my retiring collection "Cupid's Kisses"



Faye chose to scrap dear friends instead of family; but the message of love is clear indeed. She also used "Cupid's Kisses" but with a much different looking result.


I love this vintage layout using my new "I Love You" petite collection. Janette scrapped her ancestors wedding day images (July 18th 1915).  They were a very handsome couple and the photography is excellent.


Mary created this lovely Valentine layout for her husband.  I adore her use of images from the various stages of their marriage.


The romantic "Time After Time" petite bundle was just the right colors for Renee as she scrapped this photo of her parents at their wedding anniversary party. 


Dana also found the palette of "Time After Time" perfect for the valentine page she created of her husband and herself.  I love her page!


Now that Valentines Day has passed, grab those photos and make some pages from the memories.

HUGS,
Diane











Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Designer Tip with Caroline B.

SCRAP your FEELINGS and SENTIMENTS, with Caroline B.

Hello, I am Caroline B., a long time designer at Mymemories, and Art Lover, but you may know that already if you follow my Inspired by Art challenges. 

If, like me, you are shy and introvert, scrapbooking (like Art) is an easy way to say or express what you feel by using another media than words.
So I will propose HERE a WORD to trigger, to start off, to launch a mental process which will inspires you to make new pages and express yourselves.


Today let's be PROUD


LO made with One Sweet Day series



LO made with Beautiful May Series 


LO made with Quilted Blessing series


Friday, February 10, 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!

L is for ...

Large Photos!

I just love seeing large, clear photos in layouts.  Some of the ones I'm showing you here even used the photo itself for the background.  Here are some wonderful large photo pages by Julie, Kathy, Melly, Yvonne, and Michelle.  Thank you, Ladies!

Julie scrapped the photo of her two daughters with Petal Me Pretty.


Kathy's layouts are almost always of her grandchildren, and many have beautiful large photos like these.  She's used Kathy Springs, the kit I made in her honor along with Lori's Cove, Ocean View, and Sweet Celebration.





This pretty street side photo was scrapped by Yvonne using Bubblegum Pink.


Enjoy this page by Michelle using Antique Lace.


I'd love it if you'd take some nice closeups and scrap large photos.  Make sure to post them in my forum challenge, Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z!  Remember everyone who posts a layout gets you a free gift from me.  )
  

Designer Tip with Sunshine Inspired Designs


Sunshine Inspired Tip

Hi there, I'm Ania, the designer behind Sunshine Inspired Designs. And I'm here to share with you my favorite scrapbooking tips.

Use the same photo multiple times on your layout. 

Recently I talked with Kathleen, SID’s Creative Team Member about using the same photo multiple times on a layout. Sometimes you just have one photo that you love and want to emphasize it in your layout. But using it ones doesn’t give it the justice and you know using the same photo multiple times through the layout will make it pop. This technique is also used as a powerful design style in creating pages. 

This topic inspired me to share with you three of my favorite techniques you can use to incorporate your photo using one of these design tips on your layout.

Tip 1. Use it as a background in black and white - One of my favorite ways to incorporate the same image on a layout is using it on the background layer in black and white so it doesn't take away the attention from the main colored version of the image. Your background layer can be black and white, can be sepia, you can also blend it with your background paper using blending modes and changing the opacity. 



Tip 2. Use different post processing techniques - To give your photo more powerful effect, you can use different post processing techniques which will give your layout the impact you are looking for. If you are just starting out your journey with photo edits start with basic color version, black and white and/or sepia tones but remember that the possibilities are endless. Using this technique draws attention to the scrapbooker’s/artist’s varying takes on a single photo on a layout. 





Tip 3. Use different crops of the same image - This technique is also perfect when you want to emphasize the story you are telling. By cropping your photo, you are bringing the focus to the moment in life or a loved one you want to chronicle on your page.



Here is my take on this tip: Some of you may know that I love minimalistic style layouts and the example above is perfect to show you that this technique can be used in this style as well. Using multiple photos doesn’t mean you need to have a busy layout if that is not your style.

Now that you read all these fun ideas join me in the Sunshine Inspired Challenge in the forum and create a layout using one of these techniques and a kit from Sunshine Inspired Designs. Everyone who post their layout by the due date will receive a product of your choice from SID's store up to $3 value. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Designer Tip by Sunshine Inspired Designs



Hi there, I'm Ania, the designer behind Sunshine Inspired Designs. And I'm here to share with you my favorite scrapbooking tips.


Give your letters dimension!

Sometimes when I work on my layouts I find that the journaling or the page title doesn’t stand out. It’s missing depth, missing dimension. I’m not talking about the content of the journaling or the title. I’m talking about the look of it, how it fits on the layout, or if it grabs the viewers attention. When using an alpha set the easiest way to add dimension is to use shadows. Most of the time it is enough, but when using fonts it is a totally different story.

Sometimes the font you chose – although it has the perfect look and matches the style of the layout – is still missing something. It just looks flat. Sometimes it is just a matter of recoloring. But there are days when you just know the color is perfect, but it still doesn’t look right. In that case, I always like to play around and see what works.

My three favorite techniques are:

1. 3D look - Duplicate your text layer, move your new layer underneath your main text layer, then moving the lower layer few pixels diagonally to add more of a 3D look. Using black or white on the bottom layer will definitely make your text stand out, but don’t limit yourself to those two colors. Experiment and have fun with it.







2. Add a stroke - Another way to make your letters stand out is to add a stroke (outline) to your text. It is very easy to do and can make a big difference. I use this technique when the font or alpha is too thin and hard to read. Play around with colors and choose one that works best for you.





3. Use styles - Nowadays, there are so many amazing styles out there that will add that special touch to your lettering. You may have to look for them in the Commercial Use section but it's worth it. 



Now that you read all these fun ideas join me in the Sunshine Inspired Challenge in the forum and create a layout using one of these techniques and a kit from Sunshine Inspired Designs. Everyone who post their layout by the due date will receive a product of your choice from SID's store up to $3 value. 




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Designer Tip from Sunshine Inspired Designs



Hi there, I'm Ania, the designer behind Sunshine Inspired Designs. And I'm here to share with you my favorite scrapbooking tips.

Remember that every layout doesn’t have to be a Masterpiece.


From my own experience, I know that we tend to stress out when our layouts are not perfect, and the best thing at that moment is to just breath and remember that the number one priority is joy. Joy experienced when creating the page and joy of the person looking at your layout. 

Trying to create a masterpiece when scrapbooking your photos may be daunting and discouraging especially when you work on a multiple pages in one evening. It is a hard work to create more than one layout in a few hours. When this happens you may feel overwhelmed. Remember that sometimes you have to let go of that feeling and stop where you are because the quality of a layout does not always increase with the time spent on it.

There is no law in the code of scrapbooking that calls for sentencing you to death if you do not use a flower on each page. You are in control, you are the law and the law wins here. Are you happy while you are making the page? Are you happy when you look at the page once it is finished? Well then good on ya: You have just created a masterpiece.

Now that you read all these fun ideas join me in the Sunshine Inspired Challenge in the forum and create a layout using one of these techniques and a kit from Sunshine Inspired Designs. Everyone who post their layout by the due date will receive a product of your choice from SID's store up to $3 value. 

Look at some of my layouts that I felt like there are still missing something but it didn't matter at the end. What matters is that I'm proud of them and they make me happy every time I look at them. 


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Have a spectacular day, 


Ania Archer













Saturday, February 4, 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 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.

It is snowing outside my window right now and has been since last night: big. fluffy. wet. flakes.  The granddaughter will be thrilled to take her snow gear to school tomorrow and play in the snow.  I remember those days: snow forts, snow angels, snow men, snowball fights, sledding and ice skating and oh so very much fun. I do NOT remember being cold. LOL 

Q41 

What are your fondest memories of winter fun as a child or teen? 

My newest collection, Winter Wonderland, is perfect for scrapping this question. It is full of marvelous elements and papers and the extra packs are terrific too.  

Here is some inspiration from my Creative Team. The layouts are a varied as the ladies who made them.

 

  

 

 




Stay warm and have a joyful weekend of winter fun!
Diane