Monday, July 21, 2014

Meet Today's Daily Designer....Clever Monkey Graphics by Tracey Monette!

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I'd like to come up with a great story for you about my most embarrassing moment - and the best I can come up with is forgetting one of my best friend's names when I went to introduce her at a party back when I was a teenager. Either my memory is poor or selective on such matters or perhaps it is that my sense of humor stops most gaffs from becoming embarrassing since I laugh right along with everyone else at myself. I definitely like people. Somewhat extroverted but I think it is really to cover deep down shyness. My life is so dang normal that I'm never sure what to talk to people about. Would they like to know the digital designer aspect of me and what it is like to do my work or would they rather I give them a 15 minute recital of physical accidents and injuries that have put the extra padding on my butt over the last 10 years. I have designed for over 8 years now and I do love what I do. I come from an artistic family so choosing an artistic career comes natural to me. Having gone to a graphic design school it was easy for me to switch from digital scrapbooking to digital designing and I did so within about 4 months of going digital in my scrapbooks. I do my most of my work with photoshop on a laptop PC but must switch to my desktop and a special monitor that I can draw directly on for my doodling.

Here's some oddball or interesting aspects to my life.... one family member missed coming over to America on the Titanic because of a fire in their village just before their trip was to take place. I have a family member who is currently having a reality tv show filmed about them. One of the group I used to go scuba diving with was bit by a shark - but lived to tell the tale. While living in Paris with my limited French I once asked a butcher to NOT give me the guts of the chicken - he didn't understand and came out with his hands full of hearts, livers and more. I asked another butcher to cut off the chicken's head for me - he took a hatchet - attacked the whole chicken - and I got to spend 30 minutes having to pull bone fragments out of my chicken pieces before I could cook it! One restaurant we liked to eat at in Paris had a hole in the ground with painted footprints on either side of it for a bathroom. Ummmm.... I waited until I got home. In his 80's my father learned photoshop and combined photographic talent and photoshop work to create pieces which he sold in shows in order to donate thousands of dollars to Make-a-Wish - how cool is that! At one point I owned nine pairs of cowboy boots. I once ditched my husband and friends at Disneyland because I couldn't handle the crowds. I once ditched my husband in the Hockey Hall of Fame because I couldn't handle the crowds. I don't do crowds very well. I like the sound of tv and talking over the sound of music. I love the movie The Ten Commandments - but I also love all the original Planet of the Apes movies. 

I am kind (usually!!!), quirky and eclectic and tend to be a mediator personality. My husband jokingly calls me Martha Stewart. My cooking does not earn that title because I just can't stick to a recipe. My cleaning doesn't really earn it either. Although my house does always look nice. I love reading great stories. I think I live my life by the phrase "If you give a mouse a cookie...." Okay, you've had your taste of me - signing off. Enjoy the sale in my store today.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....Connie Prince

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Hi everyone, I am Connie Prince!  I live in the beautiful state of Georgia, just outside of Atlanta!  I am happily married to my best friend, William, we celebrated 18 years this year!  We have one amazingly talented and witty son, Hayden, who is 16 years old.  We also have two dogs, Widget and Mokka, who complete our little family.  I love to do Zumba, read, craft, draw, travel, and spend time with my friends.

I have been scrapbooking since I was a child, there were not very many options back then so I would doodle and use what I could find to decorate my books.  In about 2005-2006 I found the world of digital scrapbooking and immediately knew this was the way for me.  There were not that many stores and designers then so I began to dabble with making my own items.  Joining my first store in 2006 and I have been working as a full-time designer since.  It has been an incredible journey and I am very thankful to do what I love!


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Meet Today's Daily Designer.....Albums to Remember!

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I am Barb of Albums to Remember Designs. I have been designing since 2009 but only went full time a couple of years ago. 

One of my favorite childhood memories was driving to a National Park that was only 30 minutes from our home. Many Sunday afternoons my mom would pack a picnic and dad would drive. We would spend the afternoon hiking or taking in the scenery. We would often go to the local ice cream shoppe where they made their own waffle cones. It smelled so good and it was such a treat! I loved Sunday afternoon family time. 

This summer we are taking our kids to this park. I am excited to show them where I grew up and spent many happy times with my family. Hopefully they will make some wonderful memories too!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

Barb, Albums to Remember Designs


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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Today's Daily Designer.....Sweet Pea Designs!

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Hi everyone! I'm so happy to be featured designer at My Memories for the day. My name is Penny aka Sweet Pea Designs. I started designing way back in 2008 when my sister and I started our first scrapbooking business. We were known as the 2 Twisted Sisters for a few years. Some people still call us that when they see us coming :)

In 2011 my sister decided to try a new venture and that is when Sweet Pea Designs was created. Many customers followed me in the transition and I am so very blessed to have so many loyal fans.
I love designing but over the last few years it's been a tough balance. I am now caregiver to my Mom and Dad which keeps me quite busy, so my design time usually starts after dinner when things tend to quiet down and on into the early morning hours. I put my head phones on turn up the music and find it is an awesome stress reliever! The worries of the day seem to fade away at least for a few hours anyhow.

You are probably wondering what is up with the hats in the picture. That's my dad, mom, me and my grandson. How adorable is he!! Anyhow back to the story about the hats...

One day when I was being tugged in a million directions and feeling overwhelmed, I met a women in the waiting room at one of my Dad's doctor appointments. She pulled out her knitting and we started to chat as we waited. She had numerous health issues and no family to help her. This saddened me yet as we talked she was so positive and upbeat. She said we have two choices, to be happy despite our troubles or to sit around and feel sorry for ourselves. For her, knitting these hats became her mission to help make someone elseís day a little better. She gave out 8 hats that day and never accepts donations. The only thing she asks is for those that receive a hat to pay a good deed forward and help to make someone elseís day a little better. Awesome, right? If we all could do this one simple thing the world would be a much kinder place. She definitely made my day better and I will never forget her!

Thank you to My Memories for featuring me today and to all of you who support my designs.


You can also find me on FB: https://www.facebook.com/sweetpeadesigns2
and Blogger: http://sweet-pea-designz.blogspot.com/


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July Blog Train!!!





Welcome friends! We think you're going to love this blog train! 

All things Christmas and all free for you :)

Here is the list of all the fabulous designers who have taken part in the train. Start at the top and work your way down! 

Cutie Pie Scraps- http://www.cutiepiescrap.com/
Scrap'n'Design by Rv MacSouli - http://scrap-n-design.blogspot.com/
Touched By A Butterfly - http://www.touchedbyabutterfly.com/
ADB Designs - http://bit.ly/ADB-FB
Designs By Mandy King - http://mybagofscraps.com/
Little Scraps of Heaven Designs - http://lshdesigns.blogspot.com/
Carolyn's Scrap Creations - http://carolynsscrapcreations.weebly.com/
Becky's Creations - http://beckyscreations.net/
Dees-Deelights - http://www.deesblog.com/
Bits N Pieces of QueenBrat Designs -http://bitsnpiecesofqbd.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meet Today's Daily Designer....Benthaicreations!

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Hello.
My name is Benoit (nickname Ben) aka Benthaicreations. I live in Bordeaux in the south-west part of France!!

Why Benthaicreations..?? It is because I have been volunteering teaching french in a highschool in Nothern Thailand (Chiang Mai) for more than 12 years now..and I love the country, the culture and the language! As Thailand is a main source of inspiration for me it was obvious to associate it to my nickname..and tadaaa..ma pseudo was there!!

I started designing for digiscrapbooking  5 years ago..I was a member (and then co admin) in a forum dedicated to digiscrapbooking. We wrote tutorials about digiscrapbooking, how to create everything needed for a layout from A to Z , Then I started to create  more and more papers and elements... I am not a really "geek" (well..well!!) but I love everything "e"..or "d"..(electronic or digital) and the challenge to create elements or papers attracted me.. Everything about designing is very instinctive or intuitive.for me. I just love colours, light, fine textures, painting... and I think (or hope) that all that can reflect in my papers!!

Here I am in a few words..
Thank you for reading...and meeting!!

Hugs Ben!!



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Monday, July 14, 2014

Today's Daily Designer.....DigitalPaperCrafts!!!

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Behind the paper at DigitalPapercrafts: that’s me, Monette Satterfield. As long as I can remember I’ve loved to draw, paint and create all kinds of things. I’ve taken a varied journey from science through business to writing and art.

While I’ve been crafting and creating with paper all along, working digitally brings a whole new dimension. Loving paper and pixels isn’t mutually exclusive! I especially love the challenge of bringing the patina of age to my digital work.

The distressed textures and vintage papers in my tag sets, journal kits and scrapbook collections are the result of careful visual thinking and editing and much time spent getting the edges “just right.” The elements and embellishments in my collections are realistic, painterly and rich with the same detail and texture in the backgrounds. They often take quite a while to finish but I feel strongly that they enhance the feel of age and timeworn dignity.

To design a collection, I start with an inspiration image or object, often from the natural world, that gives me a design direction. From that I choose a color palette and a theme idea before collecting images, textures, ideas and other inspirational material. These materials then lead me to create the final papers and elements.

I love it when people use my work to express their own creativity – it’s my fondest wish that you enjoy using my designs even more than I enjoyed making them.


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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Today's Daily Designer....vornehmLaden Digiscraps!!!

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So, I'm Rebekah. You can probably tell from my layout that I'm a HUGE geek... but that layout doesn't even begin to cover it! I'm that girl who plays video games, board games, RPGs, LARP, MMOs, goes to conventions (so far at conventions I've met Michael Shanks, Morena Baccarin, Sean Maher, Joe Flanigan, & Christopher Heyerdahl), can fix a computer with her eyes closed, etc. etc. You name it! My favorite tattoo is the Point of Origin: Earth symbol from Stargate SG-1, and I have plans for another SG-1 tattoo as well as a design for a tat written in Circular Gallifreyan, a language from Doctor Who.

I love cats (even though I'm terribly allergic - thank goodness for Flonase!), and I name them all from geek culture references. Shadowfax is my silver girl, and I call her "My Precious". She was named from LOTR. Vasher is my black long-haired kitty (even though his nickname is Puppy) and he's so loveable (when he wants to be!). He was named after a character in Brandon Sanderson's book Warbreaker (which everyone should really read because it's fantastic!). Inara is a sleek black cat, and her name is from the TV show Firefly. The funniest part of all their names - they totally take after the characters they were named after! haha! I've had a smattering of kittens here lately, as we waited for the voucher to get Vasher snipped... and some of the kitten names were Arry (from Game of Thrones) and River, Rory & Amy Pond (from Doctor Who). They also took after their names. I just love how cats can do that, embody their names in full!

I spend most of my days on a computer, but I'm also a TV junkie. I really like having something playing in the background as noise, but there are also shows that I literally turn off everything but the TV to watch hahaha. I won't even answer the phone! I do this for Game of Thrones, Grey's Anatomy and Dancing with the Stars. Yes... I'm a huge ballroom dancing fan and I love that show!! I keep telling myself I need to get famous enough to be on it! :D

I also love music!!! I love going to concerts and being front and center jumping up and down and screaming hahaha! I've met the band members of 30 Seconds to Mars a few times, and was even on stage with them at a concert in Baltimore. It was unreal! I would love to see Adele, Lady Gaga, Pink and Maroon 5 live as well, but haven't yet. My roughest concert was seeing Muse at Key Arena in Seattle. I ended up with a cracked rib, popped blood vessels in my arm and somehow survived a mosh pit that I was thrown into, but it was SO much fun!

I also love to travel and I take a lot of inspiration from the places I've been. I loved backpacking through Asia, I lived in Portugal and Costa Rica for a while, and I've driven coast to coast solo across the USA. There are so many fabulous colors and shapes and styles in the world that you can't really believe until you experience them, and I've kept a little part of every place I've been in my heart. Many times people ask me where's my favorite place I've been and I can't decide. I've climbed the Great Wall of China, explored the ruins of Angkor Wat, stood atop the pyramids in Chichen Itza, and then there are the little things... eating off a street cart in a tiny town in Laos, visiting a castle in Guimaraes that was built over 2000 years ago... There's no place that is my favorite. The entire world is a wondrous place and should be explored whenever possible. :)

Thanks for taking the time to read about me a bit, and I hope to see you around the MyMemories forums!
-Rebekah


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