Thursday, August 27, 2015

Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z


Hi!  My name is Kathryn Estry.  I design for MyMemories, and I'm excited to host this blog series called A to Z.  My goal is to give you so many ideas 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 today's post 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 here this month will receive a new product from me that's not even in my store yet!

Just for fun, each of the posts in my A-Z Blog Series will contain ideas on 3 things starting with the same letter, so let's kick off the series with the letter A ~ Action, Angles, and Arrows.

ACTION:

How much more fun action shots are than posed photos!  Look at this awesome layout by Liz!  The photos of Elena running and playing make you feel as if you are right there.  We'll talk about lace and journaling in future posts, but look closely at how Liz used each in the first layout.  Did you notice the little spray of flowers and butterflies on the left?  They look to me as if they're coming from the flower as Elena runs.  Liz used my sweet collection called My Girl.  




Here she's captured the most precious images of Elena in her little dance dress.  Again, look closely.  Liz has added little butterflies for her daughter to catch.  I love the details in her layouts! 



When you're taking photos of fun times, try to get some clear action shots, and don't worry so much about posing everyone.  This is especially fun for children!

ANGLES:

In Liz's action layouts above, you'll also see that she's used angles.  I want to point out though that Liz has lined up her photos while angling the background.  Her straight photos anchor the page.  Angles in your layouts give it a less formal feel and help your eye travel from one photo to another.  Another plus about angles is that anything goes.  You don't have to stress about getting everything lined up so perfectly!  Here's a great example of angles in a layout.  Yvonne used my August Scraps collection to make this interesting page showing some of her travels.



ARROWS

Another great layout with August Scraps is Kathy's, showing her granddaughter, Jessie, hiking.  You don't see angles in this layout, but look how nicely arrows help you see the story!  I see action in these photo, too. :)



Lori uses a large stitched arrow to direct your attention to one of the pretty photos of Victoria.  Again, you'll see angles used here.  She chose to use Rhonda's Homeschool for her page.  By the way, this collection is great for all school layouts, not just homeschool pages.



One more photo I'm featuring this time was created by Yvonne with my Climbing Rocks collection.  I couldn't leave it out because Yvonne shows us how to use Action, Angles, AND Arrows!



MY FAVORITE:

I have several favorite "A" collections but if I had to choose only one, I'd pick my new collection, 
"At the Spa."  Melly made a perfect spa-themed layout, and I know you'll love working with this collection, too!




I hope you've found some new things to try, and again, I invite you to visit my forum challenge, Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z.  :) 











Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Torn Papers by Kathryn Estry, MyMemories Designer!


You probably see torn papers in a lot of my scrap kits.  Why do I make them, and what do you do with them?  I love them and use them often in my layouts to add beautiful details and dimension.  Torn papers are .png files, so they’re technically embellishments rather than background papers.  Since they do not completely cover the scrap area, you’ll want to choose a background paper as well.  Most scrappers use a contrasting paper so that the torn edges of the torn paper show up well on the page.  So, it’s all about layering.  Just layer the torn paper over a full paper, and continue to scrap your page. 


Here are some examples of pages made by my Creative Team.  Notice that on one page the torn paper has been made smaller and used as a photo mat.  On another, the torn paper is duplicated and moved to each side for a really pretty effect!  If you like the kits used on these pages, you can click on the previews to see the collections in my shop at MyMemories.


























So get your grunge on, and try adding torn papers to your pages!













Thursday, August 20, 2015

Playing with Ripped Edges by LLL Creations - MyMemories Designer

One of the features of My Memories Suite that I like to play with is 'Ripped Edges'

You will find this feature on the right side control panel under the photos tab.




With your photo selected click on the 'Rip' button and the screen below will pop up.

At this point you have the choice of ripping 1, 2, 3 or all 4 sides of your photo.  I find the preview it shows to be inaccurate compared to the amount of ripping it actually does.  When I set the rip width to 70 (the maximum) it does not rip as much as the preview it shows but it does give you an idea of how it would look.



Here is the how the photo actually looks ripped on 4 sides at a maximum of 70.


I find ripping your photos gives them a unique and interesting look.

The other thing I like about the rip feature is if you add a matte to your photo the ripping really stands out.  In the below layout I added a matte to my photo (size 20) and then used the rip feature.

You can also use a photo box and drop in a background paper into it (instead of a photo) and then you can 'rip' it to give your paper a ripped look as shown below.
(And don't forget, the matte can be colored to any color you like)


So play around with photos, photo boxes, mattes and the rip feature.  It can change the look of your page completely!

You can find all of the items in these layouts in my shop!

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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Monday, August 17, 2015

Hop on the August MyMemories Blog Train!

We hope you enjoy August'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 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

Download MyMemories August Blog Train HERE!


Here are the rest of the stops! 


Friday, August 14, 2015

Documenting Your Life Series with ADB Designs!


Question/Prompt #6: Documenting Your Life with Diane, 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.

Question/Prompt 6:

Write about your mother; be sure to include her full name, birth date, birth place, parents, etc. What are some memories you have of your mother?
(note: “mother” may be step-mother, foster-mother, adopted mother, family friend. Your definition of mother.)

My mother’s birthday is July 16th. She would have been 95.  I miss her every day, but I was blessed to have her and my father living with my husband and I the last 3 years of her life.  It can be difficult being a caregiver to an aging parent.  As many of you know, every day you are on call and “little issues” become “big issues” very quickly. But, the blessings far exceed the stresses.



This wonderful layout celebrates both Mother and Father and provides a wealth of information that will be treasured by the next generations. The creator used my "Softly" collection for this layout. "Softly" is available in my store here. 


The layout of another digi friend uses my brand new "Telling Your Story Mini & Extras". I love her journaling too. Telling Your Story is on sale right now - grab it in my store here

Let me know how you are doing and if you have any questions. I love to read your thoughts about this series. Just comment below.
HUGS
Diane



Monday, August 10, 2015

Meet feature Designer Love It Scrap It!



Enjoy 50% off Love It Scrap It in the MyMemories Design Shop! 




Designer Tip by Kathryn Estry!

Not So Straight!
by Kathryn Estry, MyMemories Designer

Hi!  I’m married to an architect who feels more right with the world when everything is lined up nice and straight.  Well, I have a rule that if it’s supposed to be straight, it better be perfect, and yes, with the MMS you can easily tell the program to line up your photos or your alpha letters just so. Today I’m suggesting we break the rules now and then.  Before I retired from the classroom (3 years ago already), I often hung my student’s artwork in the hallway.  Have you ever walked down a school hallway and noticed that the schoolwork that was intended to be hung in a nice line just wasn’t?  I learned many years ago to hang my students’ work haphazardly on purpose, and it always looked right.  So I say let’s do the same thing when we use an alpha for a title.  Of course some alphas will look much better all lined up, but when you can, do what Rhonda did here.  She added a couple of little words and her title was  good to go.  I also like how she brought the letters over the top of her photo.  If you like this page, you can find the collection Rhonda used, Ali, in the MyMemories store HERE



Until next time, happy scrapping!




Thursday, August 6, 2015

Designer Tip brought to you by Albums to Remember!


Did you know there is a Facebook group started by one of the My Memories Suite designers to advertise My Memories Suite Designers sales, specials and challenges? Yup, that is right it is exclusive to designers at My Memories Suite so you won't get lost in other store ads. All designers are allowed to post their new release sales, special sales, challenges and $2 Tuesday deals. Customers can post their pages using My Memories kits. If you are looking for a way to stay informed on great deals in the My Memories Suite store check out and "like" the Facebook page. 



Barb, Albums to Remember Designs

Thursday, July 30, 2015

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.

Certainly, people can get along without siblings. Single children do, and there are people who have irreparably estranged relationships with their siblings who live full and satisfying lives, but to have siblings and not make the most of that resource is squandering one of the greatest interpersonal resources you'll ever have. -- Jeffrey Kluger**

Question/Prompt 5:
Do you have siblings? Journal their full names, birth dates, birth places, marriage date(s) & spouse name(s), etc. Write about your relationship, shared special memories, what they mean to you, how they shaped your decisions. Write in detail about all or just one sibling, whatever you like.

Are you an only child? Journal about the experience of being "the only one".

I have two brothers and I love them both. However, I am especially close to Alan who is nearest to me in age.  We do not have the pleasure of being in the same place at the same time very often but when we do, we make the most of of our time together.  I used my 12 Days of Christmas collection of products for this layout. (My bundles are always discounted at least 50%)  Link to collection. 



Let me know how you are doing and if you have any questions. I love to read your thoughts about this series. Just comment below.
HUGS
Diane