Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Designer Tip Brought to you by.... Love It! Scrap It!

 MyMemories wanted to get the blog going with a look into our (the designers) creative processes when WE go to create a layout for our personal albums. If you caught my Daily Designer story, I've been digital scrapping for over 5 years now and I've come SO far. Lol. I remember when I was just learning and wanted to make all those gorgeous and beautiful layouts I'd see in the galleries and around the web. Most of the time I failed.

Then I learned about sketches. What are sketches? Well they are "maps" if you will on how to design a layout. They show where the photos, shapes, elements and title and journal go. You can follow a sketch piece by piece, or you can interpret to your own tastes and make it fit for you. Depending on the sketch I do both. One of my favorite places to find sketches is, Page Drafts. She makes the most gorgeous sketches, they look like works of art by themselves.

So today I decided to show you my steps for when I follow a sketch. Of course, step 1 is to find a sketch you want to follow. You can visit Page Drafts, Page Maps or do Google searches for 'scrapbook sketches' to come up with a vast array of options.

I chose this sketch from Page Drafts:

 After I've found the sketch, I decide on my photo(s) choice and what product(s) I want to use. For this layout, I went with my kit, Indian Summer. (Get it in my store at MyMemories for $2). I see that I will need 3 backgrounds to follow along with the sketch. Notice the bottom portion is striped, so I decided to go with stripes but in a different variation, and I go with a solid for the middle portion and the hexagons for my top patterned portion. And I get them lined up like the sketch, or as close to it that I can eyeball.

Next I want to get my shapes made for the mats underneath the photo(s). I see that my sketch has a doily shape and zigzag edged circles. The product I'm using doesn't have a doily, but I decide to make a circle out of a solid light gray paper, and I use a paisley patterned paper for the zigzag edged circles. I get them sized and placed following as closely to the sketch as I can, since for this sketch I want close to an exact copy.

From there, I want to get my banner flag shape and my photo(s) in place. When I get my photo, I already know that my photo is duplicated with 2 layers underneath, so I make my duplicates too. (you can't tell here but they are 3 layers of that photo)

Next I add a 25 point stroke in the teal blue color to my photos and I also add my drop shadow to them too. Then I start to arrange and rotate them to fit what I see in the sketch. My layout is beginning to take shape. At this point if I didn't like what I was seeing, I'd probably change sizes of some of the pieces, or pick another photo, and at the very last resort, I may even decide I don't like the kit I'm using and start over with a new product.

Now I'm going to go back to those cut out circles you see. They are adding movement to the page and leading your eye from the photo up to the date holder. I decided that instead of those circles, I'm going to use a heart string. And I went ahead and added shadows to everything else on my page. I rotated and even flipped the heart strings to fit them how I thought they looked best for my layout.

Now this thing is looking really nice. My sketch has some leaves that are below everything so I get those added, and just because I have to use flowers, I go ahead and add some of those too! Lol. I place some above and below my photos. I also get the ribbon at the top of my photos added. I move and rotate everything where I think it looks good, using the sketch as my guide. Since my sketch doesn't include flowers, I just "eyeball" or place them where I think they look nice.

Now is the fun part. I added all the shadows. I usually will tweak my shadows a LOT so that they look realistic and "pop" from the page making my elements look real. I don't want shadows that make my elements look as if they are "floating" above my page, but I don't want "flat" looking elements either. Now I've got to get the little extras added, the butterflies and the stars. I had dragonflies in my kit and I had some sequin scatters that I used instead. I rotated, resized, and even cropped the the scatters to fit what I needed. I put some of the scatters on top and some underneath the leaves. I added shadows to all of that. I notice that the date holder is at the top of the sketch, but I don't need a date for this layout, so I used a journal card and cropped out the area that had the word "documented" and used that at the top of my page, it actually gives it a secondary title. I then find a word art in my kit and I used that as my title at the bottom of the photos. I didn't like the title to the side of the photos since it would have covered my face, lol, so I went for the bottom. I also didn't feel the paper strip to the side of the photos was needed for my layout. Then I added shadows to those and voila I'm done!!

Thanks for joining me. You can grab my kit, Indian Summer in my store for $2 only at MyMemories.

And as always, if you Love it, then Scrap it. Thanks

Friday, October 24, 2014

Meet today's Daily Designer...Magical Scraps Galore!

Hello everyone! Thank you for visiting. I’d like to tell you some facts about me so you can get to know me better:

My name is Marina and I'm the creative brain behind Magical Scraps Galore. 

I live in Argentina with my wonderful husband Peter and our two amazing kids: Emilia (13) and AndrĂ©s (12). 

I’m an animal lover! I currently I have two cats: Calla and Ron.

I’m addicted to my computer and my DSLR camera. I take my camera everywhere and I can’t seem to have enough pictures of my kids! Good excuse to keep on scrapping! 

I love traveling. I love our family trips to Disney World every other year.

I’m a runner and I love to work out.

I love dark chocolate, red wine, and my daily dose of grunge music.

I am an English/Spanish translator and have been working with an American corporation for 20 years. I love designing because it takes me away from the corporate world and it helps me keep my creative juices flowing. 

I first began traditional scrapbooking back in the 1990’s, until I discovered digital scrapbooking in 2004 and it became my passion. I started designing in 2011. My style is traditional and classic, a bit eclectic with some vintage stuff mixed here and there. And I’m fascinated by colors (though I tend to always dress in black, go figure!). I find my inspiration everywhere: my kids, a photograph, a color swatch ... I have to admit that I spend too much time on Pinterest too! 

I am loving this creative journey and I’m really honored to have the privilege of helping others preserve their special memories and document their life stories.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....Cutie Pie Scraps!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....Carena's Designs!

Welcome to the readers. I'm 46 year old designer who loves to design with realistic floral elements. I wanted today to share with you a little about my most favourite go to kit called: Days Gone By - by Carena's Designs. This kit is so easy to use and it seems every page goes together with ease. It not only works well with heritage layouts but also for modern day photo's also. It's a MEGA Sized kit that offers enormous amounts of variety. The perfect kit if you are planning on making a large number of pages into a BIG ALBUM as it offers everything you will need and the variety so you pages will still look very different from each page. No need to repeat similar looking pages in  your album - Create something really special. Please check it out in store, it's my GO TO kit everytime and I'm sure it will be your favourite too!

Kit: Days Gone By - by Carena's Designs   BELOW: Kit Preview and Layout Examples

This kit also has many co-ordinated extras which you can find HERE:

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meet today's Daily Designer....PapierStudio!

Hello, my name is Silke Lemcke, from Papierstudio. I was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but I live in Sao Paulo for over 30 years. I am married and we have a son of 33 years. 
How I started Designing
I was web designer for many years, and changed my hobby by giving computer lessons for seniors.  2006 I met  Digital Scrapbooking and the art of creating layouts, digital papers, textures, prints and embellishments.  I studied Photoshop, which is now my preferred programm. Since then I never stopped designing!  
My greatest Achievement
One day I created an action in Photoshop (the action is a multistep process to be automatically scheduled and run the program without user interference). With this action you just take a picture, a painting or a drawing and convert into a artful background, inspired by this drawing. It is a great success in the world of digital scrapbooking and many designers and some photographers use this action to create their background papers (backgrounds). The result is always a surprise. I call this action SoftArt Action!
My sister Monika lives in Rio de Janeiro. She is my right hand at MyMemories,  because she does all the organization, uploads, setups and also some templates or quick pages. I love that this hobby is our connection!!  I love to teach, so you will find many tutorials on my Papierstudio blog!
Where I find my inspiration
My inspiration comes from the places I visit (I love Embu das Artes, a small town near us with artisan people). People often are surprised when they realize that I’m taking pictures of mouldy walls, peeling or stained backgrounds. The grain of the wood barns, old doors or even floor pictures let me create beautiful textures. I like strolling around visiting real or virtual galleries and watch ancient and modern paintings. And I also find creative designs in books. The online site Pinterest is an inexhaustible source of inspiration!

MyMemories is a very special place to be and I am grateful for taking part of this community! My store is 40% off!

Happy Scrappings!


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Monday, October 20, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....Agnesingap Designs!

Hi!  Thanks for visiting and reading a little about me.
My name is Agnes aka Agnesingap. 
I am 41 years old. I'm a wife and mother. I have one daughter. I am a cheerful person and creative. I have been designing for over 6 years. 
Mainly I'm creating sets with real elements, which are interspersed with handmade. Preparation my kit is a long process. I create kit 3 - 4 weeks. 
A lot of my time is spent at painting on the tablet, photography items and promoting or listing products.
I love to draw and I love to create. I think my style will go throught metamorphosis because I'm at the stage of trying other projects.
All the time I'm developing and learning new techniques. 
My other favorite:
I like the sea, the sound of waves, good coffee and hot chocolate. It's my addiction - chocolate. I like trips to the forest, nature. 
Always accompanied me on the camera. I photograph everything. In my spare time I read, listen to music, watch comedies.
Recently I'm doing real scrapbooking albums, cards, and other oddities. 
It really pulls. My day has become short ..... too short ...... in order to realize everything I have in my head.
If you want to follow my news and the creative process I invite you to my
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Greetings for all  Agnes.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....Katie's Paperie!

Tell Us A Story.....

Hi Everyone!
It is a pleasure to meet you!  My name is Katie McClellan and my design shop is Katie’s Paperie.   I have been designing since 2004 and it’s hard to believe that 10 years have gone by.   My style is heritage and vintage – usually with a lot of romantic elements and feel to the kits.   I love creating historical kits.  I do a lot of genealogy work and building of family history pages.
A bit about me – I am a passionate Francophile and love being in France and most especially, Paris.   I am my best self when I am there – confident, creative and impossibly happy.   My dream would be to live in France before I grow old – but then leaving my family here keeps me from jumping on that dream.  So, I work to create a bit of Parisian comfort in my home and my life.
I recently learned that my corporate job is to be eliminated in December.   This has opened an interesting window for me – and I have decided to take at least a year off to finish my two novels, donate my time to the elderly and just be in the moment as much as I can.   I will work on adding to my store here, designing accessories, journals and hopefully picking up more freelance personal historian work as well.   
What I love most about digital design is the moment that an idea materializes on the screen – the perfect blending of a pattern or when an element comes out so realistic.  It’s like magic.   I love too, the idea that my designs become part of your creative vision – and we as a community are so richly connected through this process.
My hobbies include painting - I am a watercolour artist, creating art journals and books, photography and writing.  Storytelling, whether in art or words, is my true north.   
I must admit that I am not all that social media savvy.  I have only just recently joined Twitter – @OnePaleRose.    My FB page is    
I very much appreciate MyMemories for providing me an opportunity to introduce myself and my art to all of you – and for hosting my work .   I have a 40% sale on for the weekend - stop by and pick a pretty to take home!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Meet today's Daily Designer...LadyR Designs!

Meet LadyR Designs!

French mom fell into the design are 6 years 
I love life and my family 
Creative leisure is my delight!

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Today's Daily Designer.....Rouge Rhombus Design!

Tell Us A Story.....

Let me take a minute to introduce myself, my name is Lauren. I am the owner and designer at Rouge Rhombus Design, LLC. I love letters, the smell of fresh ink on printed materials, photography and handcrafted items. All things beautiful, uplifting and definitely clever are my inspiration.

By way of my professional background, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, emphasizing in Graphic Design and worked in the paper-crafting industry for nearly seven years. Then, with the birth of our oldest child, in 2011, I resigned from my full-time job to be a stay at home momma and design part-time. That is also when I created Rouge Rhombus Design, LLC. Since then, I have worked as a design consultant for a number of amazing companies, including

I love dark chocolate, pizza and binge watching TV series’ after the entire season is complete. I am also guilty of reading the last page of a book before I finish the first chapter. I am prone to wonder and love hiking, the outdoors and travel. Especially when it involves spending time with family.

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