Thursday, April 16, 2015

MyMemories April Blog Train!

We hope you enjoy April'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 & be taken to their MyMemories store
  • place their gift in your shopping cart
  • check out when you have all the gifts collected




Download your freebie HERE


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Using Alphabets & Monograms by LLL Creations!


Using alphabets and monograms in My Memories Suite by LLL Creations
by Lil - LLL Creations (a designer at My Memories)

I have heard so many people say they don't bother using alphabet packs because they are too hard to use.  But using alphabets lets you get really personal and be creative with your layouts.  Spelling names or special words that mean something for your photos can make the page unique!

So I'm here to show you that's it's not that bad and their are some tricks to use in My Memories Suite that will have you not only using alphabet packs but enjoying them!

After you have picked the style alphabet you want to use on your page and you've decided what word/name you want to spell, just follow these simple steps.
(The following steps are for using ALL upper case.  See notes at the bottom if you are using upper and lower case combined.)

1. - Simply drop all of the letters for your word onto the page.
2. - Arrange them in the order of the word but don't worry about spacing or heights.  (Keep in mind that the 1st and last letter placement will not change)
3. - Use your mouse curser to draw a box around all of the letters. (Left click and hold the mouse button down, draw a box around them all and then let go of the left click)  Now all of your letters are selected.
(Note: Easiest to do if there are no other embellishments on the page.  HINT: Create your words on a separate page and then cut and paste onto the page you want to use them.)
4. - Go to 'Arrange/Align/Bottom'. And then go to 'Arrange/Align/Space Evenly - Horizontal'.  And finally go to 'Arrange/Group'.

5. - You're done!  At this point you can now move and resize your word to suit your page.  And add a shadow if you want!.



*The above steps are for horizontal words but you can do the same if you want your word vertical.  The difference would be in step 4 you would 'Arrange/Align Center' and then 'Arrange/Align/Space Evenly-Vertical'  And then Arrange/Group'


NOTE: When using upper and lower case combined in a word you can still follow the same steps.  But for horizontal words when you 'Arrange/Align/Bottom' any letters like y, g, p etc. that normally go below the line would have to manually moved down a bit before going to 'Arrange/Group'.  But it only takes a second because everything else is spaced evenly and aligned.

**Special Note:  This sounds like a long task ... but believe me, if you do this over and over it becomes second nature and it is done in no time and it is fun!

AND that's not all!  Who said letters have to be lined up??  Scattering the letters on a page makes it fun and easy, easy, easy.  Just scatter your letters the way you want them, select them all and group them and then you can move and resize as you please.


The alphabets used in these layouts are:

Screwed Chrome Alpha available here
Blue Summer Alpha available here  
Cork Stapled Alpha available here

But I have all of my Alphabet packs on sale ... available here

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!

LLL Creations on facebook: 

LLL Creations at My Memories:



Monday, March 30, 2015

Designer tip by Designer of the Year....Kathryn Estry Designs!

The Five W’s
by Kathryn Estry, MyMemories Designer

Do you ever get stuck as to what to write in your journaling?  Let’s go back to our writing lessons in elementary school and remember the 5 W’s (and the H).  Ask yourself these questions and try to incorporate all or some of the answers within your journaling.

1.     Who?  Who is your page about?  Who is in the photo?
2.     What?  What is happening?  Is it an everyday event or a special celebration?
3.     Where?  Where was the photo taken?
4.     When?  When was the photo taken ~ morning, noon, night?  What was the date?
5.     Why?  Why are you scrapping this photo? 
6.     How?  How did the action behind the photo develop?

Embellish on any of these, and your page will be that much more special to you in the future.

I love to show off the pages made by my Creative Team.  I think you’ll enjoy the journaling in these three:








You can find all of the kits used in these examples here in the MyMemories store. 








Remember the 5 W’s and the H, and you’ll be so proud of your journaling!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Scrappin' Old Photo's by Happy Scrap Arts!

Scrapping old photos

I lately scanned a lot of old photos. There are some really old from around 1920 and some of them where really damaged. Sure you can fix them with some software. But not everyone has this and so I’ll tell you about some ways to use them without seeing the scratches. Or use them by using the scratches to give a great look to your pages. 





To begin, when scanning your photos you should do that at least at 300 dpi. That way they are also good to print if ever you make a photo book or print some of your pages. You can increase the dpi, but you should not decrease, if you do so the quality will not be very good. 
Most of the photos made in those years are black and white or even sepia. And often they do not have the same “colors” as even black and white can be different. So if you use more than 1 photo on your page, you should start by trying to make them all the same color. In My Memories Suite you can do this by clicking on your photo and then choose effects. Here you can choose black and white, sepia and even red or blue. 

Now if your photos are not very big you should consider using more than 1 photo on your pages. Make a layout with lots of little photos is a great way to show them. When you paste your photos in My Memories suite you can also crop them by double clicking on the photo. That way you can get the ugly scratches off. Here is a page I made with lots of little old photos. I cropped them so you can see the persons but not the scratches. On the first page I made them all black and white. On the second one the photos are colored and the colors are not too bad so I kept them like this. 


                     
Now if you want to have 1 off your old photos much bigger on your page but the quality is not that good or the edges are jagged you should try to use that photo blend in the background. As you can change the opacity of your photo you will not see the bad quality. If you want you can rip the edged of the photo. And if the edges of the photo are damaged this is a great way to use that photo. The damaged edges will give a great look to your page. Another great way to use it like this is to use a mask on your photo before putting it on your background. You can put the same photo or another one in a little frame on the page.









As I wanted to scrap all my old photos I made a kit for that. Time Flies. This collection is available in my store. All the pages I show you here are available in 2 album template packs. Now you can also scrap all your old photos with this collection.

I made this little Freebie for you all with my collection Time Flies, available here: 

http://www.mymemories.com/store/display_product_page?id=EDHS-QP-1503-82404



The collection Time Flies will be 45% off today.
    

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Resizing photos & embellishments by LLL Creations!

Resizing photos and embellishments
by Lil - LLL Creations (a designer at My Memories)

Note:  This tip is geared towards beginner users of My Memories Suite. I've had customers purchase the program and they don't even know where to start.  Sometimes even the simplest tips can help them on their way.  I know you're out there.  ;)

One of the things I notice once in awhile when looking at peoples layouts is I find embellishments or photos that have been resized incorrectly.  When you are using My Memories Suite and you need to resize one of these, there is a correct way and an incorrect way of doing it.  The incorrect way will warp the object or make it unsymmetrical and for most items they won't look right.  You want to make sure you keep the aspect ratio of the object.

When you have a photo or embellishment on your layout in My Memories Suite and you need to enlarge it (or make it smaller), you will notice when you select the item that you get squares on each corner and each side of it.  These are the resizing squares.  BUT, it is important that you only use the corner squares to resize the object.  That will keep it from warping and keep it proportional.





The same goes with embellishments ...




Now, having said that, there are SOME things you could get away with using the side squares to resize. (NOT photos).  It could be plainer frames that you need wider but not taller.   Some simple embellishments as well.  Personally, I like to keep things in proportion, in other words, the way they were meant to be.  

If you liked this tip, feel free to comment or come over to my facebook page and tell me!   

LLL Creations on facebook: 

LLL Creations at My Memories:

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Shape It Photo Frames by Albums to Remember!


This video will show you how to use my Shape It Photo Frames in the My Memories Suite software. You will need version 5 or up to use the recolor tool, but the templates will work in any version.

Feel free to share your creations with us on my Facebook page. It's always fun to see what others come up with.

If you watch it in this size you can see everything clearly. If you try to blow it up to full screen it may be a bit grainy.



Barb

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Today's Feature Designer.....Syrena's Scrap Art!

Hello from Sunny Florida!  It has been a rough winter all around this year and yes we even got below freezing in parts of central Florida this winter.  I am so excited for Spring this year and playing in the sunshine!



Sharing memories is always fun!  Scrapbooking for me is a way to share moments in life, no matter how small they may seem. Last year for Easter my hubby and I spent the day at Disney's Epcot with a group of freinds.  The one thing that fostered so many fun moments was the Easter Egg Hunt.  We got a map of the countries and stickers for each one when we found the eggs.  At the end we got a special Mickey Egg!  A bunch of "grown-ups" hunting for eggs, what fun we had.

This layout shows pictures of all the eggs we found and gives us a prompt to remember all the fun little moments of the day.
For the layout I used my Eggstra SPecial Easter Combo Pack and added the kids from the Magical Cruise Combo to give it a little touch of the Mouse.  I started by counting my photos, then I used the square frame and sized it so I could fit each egg photo on the page, cropped my photos to fit, added some flowers, I love flowers.  Finally a title and another  pretty layout is finished.

Eggstra Special Combo Pack
Magical Cruise Combo Pack
My Memories Store Link
Syrena's Scrap Art Blog Link
Syrena's Scrapart Facebook Link
Syrena's Scrapart Pinterest Link




Enjoy 20% off Syrena's Scrap Art in the 
MyMemories Design Shop! 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March Blog Train!

We hope you enjoy March'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 & be taken to their MyMemories store
  • place their gift in your shopping cart
  • check out when you have all the gifts collected