Saturday, September 21, 2019

Designer Tip from Kathryn Estry

Hi, Friends!

I have an idea for you today that:
1. is easy,
2. will give your pages a finished look, and
3. will literally "frame" your layouts.

I'll show you a variety of pages created by several of my wonderful Creative Team ladies using different style kits.  The pages themselves are amazing, but we'll focus this time on the outside inch or so of the layouts.  I hope you see a few ways to frame your pages that you'd like to try.

This is a great layout by Lana, but look how much better it looks when she layers a contrasting paper below the gray.

 Yvonne and Penny chose 3 contrasting papers for their page frames.  This technique really make their photos and clusters pop and finished their pages.

Look closely and you'll see that Kabra gave her page a larger frame using a total of 5 background papers.

All of these pages were made with School Days.

Here are 2 more pages by Kabra with large eye-catching frames.  The kits used are Zebras in Charge and Boy's Life.

Another Page Frame technique, also with Boy's Life, is to slant the top paper just a bit as Donna did in this boy page.  She added stitches in the top corner, a nice finishing touch.

Try rounding the corners of the papers that you layer above the background paper.  I love how Janie's page looks with The Good Life.

More examples of Page Frames are in these two Unicorn Magic pages by Yvonne and Pia.  I really think the contrasting pink frames add a lot to their pages.

I challenge you to create a page frame for your next layout and see if it makes your page even better!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Scrap your vacation pages with FranB Designs

Hello & welcome to September’s edition of my blog series. I decided to take a U-turn in my challenge this month by highlighting STAY-cation pages!

Day trips need to be scrapped too. Day trips can be a wonderful time for your family, you get to hang out and since you are doing things outside of the house, there are less electronics! I really love them, especially when I get to sleep in my own bed after an adventure!

Not sure where to go? You can google things to do in your area and find something new and unique, maybe a trip to a historical site, a nearby haunted house, or a homemade candy shop with tasting samples! Or maybe you like heading to a museum or a beach for the day.

Wherever you go, take lots of photos and scrap your memories! Here are some page examples:

With Children’s Museum:

With Ocean Life:

And with Pocket Life Summer:

Lots of ways to explore areas near you! Make those wonderful memories, scrap them and enjoy them in your books!

Be sure to join me on the forum and post your STAY-cation layouts!

Fran :)

Sunday, September 15, 2019

MyMemories September 2019 Blog Train!

Who's ready for some fun? Join the designers at MyMemories on this month's blog train!

Here is the color palette used to create this month's beautiful kits! 

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
Here is the lineup!


The Magic of AddOn Packs with Connie Prince

Welcome to my Blog Series for My Memories called “The Magic Of AddOn Packs”!

If you are like me time having enough time to do everything and do it well can be tricky. Through the years as I’ve created collections I have come to rely on the premade AddOn Packs from my collections to help me get my own scrapbook layouts done in a beautifully efficient way!

This month’s focus layout was created by Lyn and is titled, Life Is Brewtiful. Lyn did such a wonderful job using my Beer Fest combo along with a some of the AddOn packs to create this amazing layout!

First, Lyn created the base of her layout using a plaid paper along with one of the papers from the Beer Fest Messy Papers AddOn Pack.

She then used Beer Fest Border Templates and combo papers and elements to create the amazing border accent on her layout.

She wrapped up the page by adding a premade wordart from the Beer Fest WordArt AddOn Pack! The fun title worked perfectly with the photo on her layout!

The premade addon elements and papers really are a time saver and help create amazing layouts in no time!

Until next time!
Connie Prince

Friday, September 13, 2019

Designer Tip from MagsGraphics


Hey MyMemories Friends!
This is Mags from MagsGraphics - here to share some scrappy fun with you!

Filling a shape with text can make an engaging accent to your layouts. It is easy to make a rectangle or square with your text (since that is the default “shape” of paragraphs anyway), but it is more challenging to journal inside of a circle, oval, or multi-sided polygon. Some shapes lend themselves better to text that others, but regardless of the shape, you CAN do this in MyMemories Suite Software.

This Video Tutorial is going to use the shapes already installed in the program. If you want to create and save your own shapes (which, for MyMemories Suite, must be in SVG format), please look at this earlier tutorial by Becky’s Creations.

Filling a Shape with Text in MMS…

For those who prefer WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS, here are the basics. The menus you will need are these:

  1. Open MyMemories Suite. Start a new project or canvas. Featured in this sample layout are items from my Dad Life Collection as well as the Slat PNG Elements.
  2. From the right-side menu, click on SHAPES & LINES. The click to ADD SHAPE. Double-click on the shape you want to use and close that window. Size your shape to the approximate size you'd like.
  3. From the right-side menu, click on TEXT and then ADD. In the text box provided, type your words. Choose the font you'd like.
  4. To connect the text and your shape, select the text box you just made, hold down SHIFT, and then select the shape. RIGHT-CLICK and click 'ATTACH TO SHAPE". This will attach your text to the shape. BUT - you will likely still have to do some tweaking (see video and further instructions below).
  5. With the TEXT menu open (right-side menu), you can adjust the font, text size, spacing, tracking, and bold/italics/underline. If you need to change the wording or spelling, you will have to RIGHT-CLICK -> DETACH FROM SHAPE, make your adjustments, and then re-attach.
  6. With the SHAPES & LINES menu open (right-side menu), you can change the background of the shape. Use the MATCH tool to change the background to another color on your layout. Use the PAPER icon to change the background to a paper INSTALLED IN MMS. Use the PHOTO icon to change the background to a paper installed OUTSIDE of MMS.
  7. Make all of your final adjustments, and you are done! Nice job :)

I would love to see your layouts! Show them off in any of these Facebook Groups, and be sure to tag me!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

September Exclusive MyMemories Designs

Get these designs ONLY at MyMemories. Our wonderful designers are at it again and they have come together to offer high quality, exclusive designs that you can only get here! Some of these designs were ideas they had been cooking up for a bit and some were inspired by some of our very own customers!

September's Exclusive MyMemories Designs are from the past and the future, the everyday to the mystical, the family to the friends, the country to the city, and the exciting to the relaxing! From visiting the magical land of unicorns, traveling to the historic spots in Virginia, practicing your yo-yo skills, adventuring in Mexico, living it up in your life, BBQing with friends, exploring your imagine nation, accentuating the positives in life,  a good wine & dine, remembering the nostalgic days of the nifty 50s, picking out that perfect pumpkin in the farmer's patch, coordinating your denim wardrobe, having that dependable kit that you can use for ANYTHING, spending time with our cherished grandparents, going to school, reflecting on the past, exploring the future, dancing your heart out, and sewing all night long! We have kits on such a variety of different topics that I am sure you will find one for you...or maybe two...or who knows!