Thursday, May 21, 2015

Meet MyMemories Designer....KittenScraps!

My real name is Nathalie and I design under the name KittenScraps.  I was never interested in actually scrapping, I wanted to learn “how did they do that” in Photoshop. For awhile I had a blog on blogspot where I created papers and elements using actions and then did a few layouts of my own...and from there I was hooked.  Due to work and kids however I got away from designing and then in 2013 I found I had the time again with the kids in college and work slowing down AND my partner buying me a new Mac for Christmas.  I decided to jump in with both feet at this point, started my own blog again and away I went. 
I’m often asked where I get my idea’s for my kits and layouts.  Don’t laugh but I go to our local craft supply store and browse and not just at scrapbooking stuff.  Sometimes I’ll see a vase, or flower arrangement or store display and I’ll snap a picture for future reference. I also like to create kits that I would use if given the time to scrap all of my personal photo’s.  Lucky for me however I have a daughter who likes to scrap and can do a few layouts for me as well.
About me personally, I’m a geek, a nerd...whatever you want to call it.  I love sci-fi and even dragged my bf to FanExpo to meet Patrick Stewart and have our picture taken together.  Thankfully Darren is just as big of a geek as I am.  I love Game of Thrones, Star Trek, Monty Python and I am hooked on Audio Books which I listen to while I design or on car trips.  I have four kids of my own, and three step kids all between the ages of 27-20.  I love to shop but Darren would tell you I squeak-I HATE paying full price for anything.  I won’t buy it unless it is a bargain and I’m the queen of finding items at unbelievable prices. I knit, crochet, prefer the old fashioned fountain pens to ballpoints, love to read the classics and am currently reading the original Grimm's Fairy Tales-all 270 some of them and I have a sweet tooth for dark chocolate and sour candy. 

My scrapbooking goal for this year is to continue with my clip art and create the larger kits similar to the one’s I’ve done the past few months.  I’ll be cutting down on my hours as an office manager starting in June so I’ll be dedicating more time to scrapping and designing.  I’m very excited about this change and the opportunity it gives me to design on a full time basis.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

MyMemories welcomes Designer Lori Imel Designs to our Design Shop!

Yes, I do have 9 children!  I am the Mother to them all and my husband is the Father to them all!  We are truly blessed!!  We always wanted a big family!  Since I was little, I wanted to be a Mother!  We have 5 girls and 4 boys - our oldest just turned 27 and our youngest will be turning 8 in September.  We also had our 1st grandchild a year ago.  She is the delight of the whole family.  

Last summer, we moved about 4 hours south of where we had lived, into a very large old home built in 1900.  It is pretty much everything I have ever dreamed of - except it is missing the wrap around porch....  :)  It is perfect for all 9 of us, which includes my parents!  Family is so important to us!  

This past weekend, we had a couple of graduation parties we attended.  So I have spent some time looking at some of the LOs I have made.  Especially when the kids were younger. It was so fun to look back and remember.  Making layouts is so fun, to "catch" these memories.  It is one way that we can share our families with others (and even remember things when WE get older)!!! 

Enjoy 30% off Lori Imel Designs in the MyMemories Design Shop!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Hop on the MyMemories May Blog Train!

We hope you enjoy May'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

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Using Shapes with your favorite papers by LLL Creations!

I don't think there are too many digital scrapbookers who are short on embellishments.  But even with huge stashes we sometimes can't find one that matches the layout we are working on.  That's when shapes in My Memories combined with your favorite papers (backgrounds) takes over.  Everyone knows it very easy to add a color or paper to a shape in My Memories but it seems a little tricky if you want to add one from a folder on your computer.  Here's how you do it...

On the right hand side Control panel in My Memories, click on Shapes and Lines and then add.  Add the shape of your choice to your layout.  Now click on the 'Paper' button (under Shapes and Lines).  Now here is where it gets tricky.  You have a large choice of papers to add, but you can't get to the ones on your computer from here.  So - Choose the paper as shown in the picture below. (Under Texture/1st Group/Blue Light)  Now click Add.

NOW - You've got your shape with that blue paper.   Ok, now you can change it to any paper on your computer.   Double click on your shape and the editor box will come up.  Click on 'Replace Image'.  Choose any background paper on your computer!  

Note:  It is unclear why this works and to be honest I haven't spent a lot of time seeing what others you can choose. I just know this one works!

This entire layout was done with shapes and papers ... no embellishments!

NOTE:  I know you can also do the same thing by using photo box shapes.  I prefer not to use the photo box shapes for papers because once you start adding photos to your page that photo box wants to grab your photos.  I just find using the regular Shapes tool easier to manage.

The best part about adding papers to shapes is they now can be matted and shadowed.

Another way to use less embellishments and create fun layers is to bring your papers in under the embellishments tab.
Then you can resize them, stack them, rotate them and create layers of fun!

Have fun playing with shapes and papers.  As always ...the possibilities are endless!

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!

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Friday, May 8, 2015

Designer Tip by Designer of the Year.....Kathryn Estry!

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!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Meet today's Daily Designer....Lins Creations!

I started digiscrapping years ago when looking on the internet, I saw a few layouts and wondered "how did they do that?"
I then set out to discover more about it and came across Daisytrail and the software digital scrapbook artist (now craft artist)
I made layout after layout learning from my fellow digiscrappers and admiring their work.

After awhile I wanted more and made a few freebies with my friend Amelia, we designed as Acrosstheponds designs and
after she decided to quit due to her health, I continued on as Lins Creations. My first store was Angelbaby scraps and I was
taught by two amazing designers Courtney digiscrapping and Kelly-Jo scraps.

I love to design fantasy kits and create things that tickle my fantasy like magic and mystical creations. Looking at a fantasy page
and for that brief moment living a dream created by someone else's imagination. Digi scrapping is a wondrous thing and

I am constantly amazing by designers and scrappers creativity and talent.

Visit Lins Creations on these social sites! 

Enjoy 30% off Lins Creations in the MyMemories Design Shop!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

What to do with those cute little characters with Syrena's Scrap Art!

What to do with those cute little characters!

We see all kinds of cute little critters, people, kids, bugs, and animals in all the wonderful digi kits out there.  Wondering what to  do with them?  Here are a few quick tips for having some fun with them and making some amazing images.

Put them in clusters of flowers.  If you have seen my kits you know I love flowers.  Just pop those little critters right in there among those flowers for an adorable image. Play with the layers and shadows see what works.

Another fun thing is to sit them on top of frames, borders, curves, edges of circles, anywhere they look like they are standing or sitting on something.

Have Fun with them!

Enjoy 30% off Syrena's Scrap Art in the MyMemories Design Shop! 

Custom Searching in the MyMemories Suite Shop with Albums to Remember!

Tired of doing searches and having to go through page after page of products? Did you know you can do custom product searches in the My Memories Suite store? You can see what products your favorite designer has in specific categories. This tutorial will show you how to narrow down what comes up in your search for products at the My Memories Suite store. 

Step One: Go to the My Memories Suite store and click on the "Advanced Search" button at the top of the store page. (See image below).

Step Two: A list of 3 categories will come up. You will see Type, Category, and Designer. This is where you get specific. 

Type: This menu allows you to choose what type of product you are looking for. If you are looking for template choose "All Templates" if you want to be more specific and you only want to see the photobook templates you can choose "Photobook Templates" and only the template sets that fall into that category will show up.

Category: This menu allows you to choose the theme you are looking for. Click on the arrow and it will show you several themes such as boys, girls, holidays, everyday, seasons, weddings, etc. Choose your theme. 

Designer: This allows you to narrow it down to your favorite designer. Have a designer you love to purchase from and want to see if they offer anything in the category you are looking for. Choose them from the menu and you are set to go!

Here is an example of a customer search for Album Templates with a boy theme by Albums to Remember Designs. Once I have all my menu items for my search chosen I press the green search button and check out everything that shows up. It's that easy! Have fun searching. 

Enjoy 50% off Albums to Remember in the MyMemories Design Shop!

Extracting round objects from a background with KJD Designs!

Open any round image in Photoshop. Grab the Elliptical Marquee Tool from the tool bar on the left. Click on little arrow in corner and choose the circle selection to extract it. Before we start using the selection tool we need to highlight the center of the circle. Go to View>Show>Grid

Find the center of the circle, grab the elliptical marquee tool, hold down and , left click on the center of the circle and drag until you select the entire object.

NOTE: Shift key is used in Photoshop to maintain constant proportions. Alt key is used so the first click coincides with the center of the circle. If the Alt key was not used the first click coincides with a point of the circumference. 

Once you have your circle selected, inverse the selection by going to Select>Inverse (or press shift+ctrl+I) and then hit delete. You have now removed the background.

Enjoy 40% off KJD Designs in the MyMemories Design Shop!