Monday, September 1, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....Queen Brat Designs!

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I live in the beautiful state of West Virginia where I was born and raised.   I live with my sons, Zachary and Dylan, my daughter, ReAnna, my grandson, Riley, and my furbaby, Vader, a black Maine coon cat. My oldest son, Freddy, passed away May 5, 2014 of liver failure. We fought a 12 year battle trying to get him healthy, but he became too sick too quickly to receive his liver transplant.  This has left a huge hole in my heart and each day has become a challenge to just get out of bed.  Designing has now become my therapy, but I miss having my biggest critic around to tell me what works and what doesn't with each kit.

 I officially began doing graphic design in 1999.  My first projects were web site design that included my own website and one for my nephew, Luke, so that my brother could share pictures with the extended family.  I then got heavily into signature tags which lead my designing elements and papers to make the tags.   I officially began designing scrap kits about 9 years ago at the suggestion of a friend.  My favorite type of kits to design are romantic, lacy, flowered kits, but I have a wide variety available in many themes.  I love making holiday kits with Christmas being my favorite.   I used both PhotoShop and PaintShopPro for designing my kits.  For making layouts and quick pages I use PS, PSP, and MyMemories Suite.

I'm not sure what the future may hold for me in the design field.  I would love to someday open a craft store that would offer all types of scrap supplies for those that do digital and paper scrapping.  Teaching classes would also be included with that so that I can share my love of scrapping with others.



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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Meet Today's Daily Designer....Scrap de Yas!

Meet Scrap de Yas! 


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Sunday Designer Challenge featuring....Wisteria Moments & Autumn Owl Designs!

Each Sunday we are going to feature 2 layouts created by own MyMemories Designers! We hope you enjoy it! 

Wisteria Moments: 
We probably all have some fond memories of our childhood and I guess I chose this particular theme because I think it is probably a memory that I can vaguely remember simply because of the photographs taken and without them that memory would have faded many years ago now. It also has a special meaning to me because my cousin whom is sitting on the airbed lost her mother just two years later and her memory lives on within these photographs. 

I used the Edwardian Lady kit to create my layout because I do love a flowery layout and the kit fits in well with the old vintage style of the photograph itself. I also like how at first glance your eyes are drawn from the Title at the bottom of the page across the photo up towards the journaling at the top. 

It is a neat simple process to use which draws you into the whole page. I used 3 papers in total, the background page with two other papers layered slightly smaller to create a nice border. The top page I lowered the opacity to around 30% creating a subtle flower effect and revealing some of the patterns on the paper below. The elements I kept to a minimum as to not overload the page too much. One of my favourite ways to display old photographs is to use a torn photo mask, giving them more of an aged look. I used the old book to anchor the photo to and finished off with the flower cluster in the corner.


Autumn Owl Designs: 
I'm very excited to share my scrapbooking style with you all today! I don't get to make layouts very often, as I stay very busy with my design businesses (yes more than one! hehe!). But I was so glad to have a reason to do a layout, and I really love how it turned out. So here is the story of how I made it, and why.

I really wanted the photo to be the main focus of this layout. It is from a time in my life when I was a traveling nomad. I basically lived out of my truck (a 1994 Ford Explorer) and hotels. I have never felt so alive or so free as I did when I was traveling, and my goal is to one day be a traveling nomad once again. I also wanted this layout to not be a "traditional" travel layout. For this reason I decided to use my Reise Verden Combo Pack as the base for this page, but added papers and elements from other kits to add to the depth and artistry of the overall piece.

I definitely used the Rule of Thirds for this layout. I put my eye at the apex of of the top right intersection of the "grid" that creates the "Rule of Thirds" sections on this page.

My style is very graphic and grungy. I used a lot of different blending modes and layers to create the look of the photo. There were 4 layers of the photo, each with its own blend mode, and each of those layers had its own layer mask, to remove the hard edges of the photo so that it faded into the paper. This is possible because I use Photoshop CS6.

I also used multiple layers, blend modes and masking to created the background look. I used 4 different papers in 5 different layers with various blending modes and lots of masking to achieve this look. I really liked the stripes, but knew I didn't want them to take over the page, so I masked most of them out, leaving only faint edges on the right and stripes of varying lengths on the left. I also used my leafy vine paper, cut out the center, and blended it so that only the green vines showed, essentially removing the tan portion by fading it into the tan paper below it.

The reason I blend like this in my layouts is because fundamentally I feel drawn to fluidity of movement in art. I actually have a very hard time doing more "traditional" types of layouts, with clustering and the like. With graphic style layouts, I can create a story on my page, with fluid movement from one part of the page to the next, but with each space of the page intertwined, connected, and both feeding off of, and feeding into each other space on the page.

Once I had my background done and my photo done, it was time to add in the fun bits. I really wanted to highlight my traveling theme, but also focus on freedom and independence of self. So, I chose elements that symbolically reflected my view on those topics.  

All elements on my pages have very deep meaning to me, but to someone from the outside, they are just random elements on a page. I used the string element to tie the layout to my photo. In my photo I am wearing a lot of bracelets, most of which were made of string and beads, that I acquired while backpacking through South East Asia, so I really wanted to have that tie in on my layout. I also used the butterfly elements to bring in splashes of color, and because to me, butterflies are the epitome of freedom. (Also, I just really love butterflies :D)

To keep with my Rules of Thirds, I placed the outer tip of the bracket at the lower left intersection, and I placed the pink decorative piece directly over the left vertical "line". Then I placed my elements so that each of the 9 sections had a little something - either a word art, or a butterfly or two. This gives me a good balance to the page I think.

I wanted to bring in some elements from my Loreak kit as well, since I very much wanted to add flowers to my layout. I wanted flowers because the majority of the photos I take while traveling somehow manage to be flower photos (butterflies are a close second!). I used the pink rose twice, once in the lower left corner and I also used it in the top right corner for balance. I didn't want it to be too heavy, so I actually blended the rose in the top right into the background papers. I also added some leaves and grass around the bottom left, to add weight against the photo on the page.

Once all this was done, I decided I wanted my page to feel much darker than it was. I'm not sure I can even explain why, but it was much too light. It's like the layout was glaring at me and I did not like that feeling. So, I used a paper from my Jardin Antique Combo Pack, placed it on a layer on top of all other layers on the page, and then set the blend mode to Linear Burn. Then I used a layer mask to lighten or darken each area of the page as I desired.

The end result, I believe, is a true reflection, not only of my scrapbooking style, of of me as a person. I feel that my graphic layouts really represent who I am at my core; an individual with many layers, some light, some dark, but all connected to each other to create the final presence that is me.

Thanks for reading and for joining me on this layout-making adventure. :)


Friday, August 29, 2014

Why MyMemories Suite 5 made TopTenReviews.com!


When it comes to scrapbooking software, MyMemories Suite 5 is hard to beat. This software won TopTenReviews Silver Award for 2014. In our review, we were impressed by the software's user-friendly layout and the high degree of customization that is available. We think the following features make MyMemories Suite 5 one of the best scrapbooking applications on the market.

Customizable Templates
MyMemories Suite comes with a number of free templates that you can use to create beautifully designed scrapbook pages. The best part is that almost every element of each template can be customized to create exactly the design that you have in mind. You have the freedom to add text boxes, change the color scheme of a template and choose from a wide range of popular fonts to annotate your photos. Text can be displayed in a simple paragraph or you can make it scroll across the page in a gently curving arc.
As well as the free templates that come with this scrapbooking software, there are also many other templates available to buy. The online design shop has more than 50,000 downloadable templates and design packages, some of which are free and others that available for purchase.

Photo Editing Tools
As well as providing templates and tools for customizing them, My Memories Suite also provides photo editing tools. You can achieve all the basic photo edits, including re-sizing and cropping photos. In addition, you can improve your photos by removing red eye, or make them more interesting by adding image filters, which allow you to present your photos in black and white or sepia.

Easy Publishing and Sharing
MyMemories makes it as easy as possible to publish photos and share them with friends. There's a particular focus on the old-fashioned method of sharing: creating a beautiful physical photo album that can be personally treasured or gifted to loved ones. MyMemories Suite has a professional printing service that can produce luxurious leather-bound books full of your photos and comments. You can also create greeting cards, business cards or calendars. Photos can also be exported in many formats, including JPEG, PNG or PDF, so you can share them digitally on your favorite social media site.

Multiple Methods of Technical Support
TopTenReviews praised the user support that is provided by MyMemories. A PDF user guide comes with MyMemories Suite 5, which provides answers to most common questions about using the digital scrapbooking software. On the website, users can find answers to more FAQs, or get in touch with the support team via email if they cannot find a suitable answer on the site. MyMemories Suite embraces social media as a way of keeping in touch with customers. Users are encouraged to connect with the company on Facebook, follow its account on Twitter or subscribe to their YouTube channel to access step-by-step video instructions on using some of the software's most interesting features.

Summary of MyMemories Suite 5
When TopTenReviews reviewed MyMemories Suite 5, we granted this scrapbooking software our Silver Award. MyMemories Suite offers great flexibility, thanks to its wide range of templates. All templates can be customized in any way you desire. The software is also very easy to use to create beautiful products, such as hardcover or softcover photo albums, books, calendars or greeting cards.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....Mandy King!!!

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I live in the Cincinnati, OH area with my  four children, Emma, Annabelle, Simon and Eli.  I taught sixth grade (and loved it) before staying home with my babies (who aren't babies anymore!).  My kids are each allowed to do one activity per season, but with four of them, we keep busy!  Fall finds us on the soccer fields, winter is basketball season and they diverge in the spring...my boys play baseball (the season that lasts FOREVER) and the girls play soccer again.  We are big movie watchers and have a vast collection of them that continues to grow with each holiday/birthday!  I volunteer in the schools and am active in our church, teaching Sunday School and participating in the drama/outreach program.

I started paper scrapping before having children (and will often joke that scrapbooking is WHY I had them) but once I discovered digital in 2005, I was obsessed!  I had always messed around with graphics (I owned the FIRST version of Print Master!) and when I realized that PNG files existed, it was a dream come true!  I knew I wanted to design right away, but having four kids in under five years made that a little challenging!  So I read every tutorial I could get my hands on and finally, when my youngest turned one, I began selling.  Now, over seven years later, I love being a designer here at My Memories!

My inspiration is found in the little things from everyday living...my kids' smiles, the books we read, the funny, quirky things they say...even from their messy rooms!  When I think back to my own childhood, I remember the big events, but wish my mother had kept a scrapbook of those types of daily things.  That's what I try to capture in my designs...the ups and downs of each day!

That's exactly WHY we scrapbook...to capture and pass on memories in a beautiful way.  And in doing so, we pour our heart, soul and time into it, showing our family and friends how important we think their lives are.  What an honor it is for me to have my designs be a part of your memories!


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Monday, August 25, 2014

Meet Today's Daily Designer....Magical Reality Designs!

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Hello everyone! I am so excited to be today's featured Designer! :)
I am Katherine aka MagicalReality Designs.  I am a 34 year old Libra, married for almost 16 years and have a 13 year old son and a 11 year old daughter. I have been a designer since beginning of
2006.  My main "signature" style is mostly fantasy/fairy type things and very magical, with LOTS of sparkles!!! but I do offer other styles too, so you can always find something you like. 
In 2005 I finished school for police sciences, criminology and legal assistant but the passion and obsession for
photography and digital graphics just took over my life..ha ha .  I was born in Poland (Warsaw) and came to Canada (Ontario) at the age of 9 so English is my second language. Something that most people don't know about me is that I am a MAJOR xbox online gamer!..lol.  I am addicted to playing Call of Duty MW3, and Battlefiled 4.
I would also like to take this opportunity to THANK YOU for all your support in my designing, your wonderful emails, comments and pages you've made using my designs, so during my Feature I invite you to SAVE 40% on my whole shop from August 26- August 31.
♥Thank you again and have a Blessed week!♥



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meet Today's Daily Designer.....Valkyrie Designs!

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I love carnivals and the atmosphere they generate! When I am there 'loose', I become a real girl! Wide-eyed admiration, the beating heart and the desire to try everything at once! I let you imagine how I was during our stay at Disneyland!
I'm also a big fan of Halloween, and I regret this time to live in France! Here, few people celebrate as it should be! While I, as I love dressing up, I coach kids in my delirium, I terribly redecorating the house and I prepare disgusting recipes!!
All this inspires my creations! Although I full of ideas and I find inspiration everywhere! I even used to set scenes for my children that my husband take pictures for his website! Creativity is a family affair :-p


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