Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Featured Designer: Word Art World

 


Hello! My name is Jennifer and I am the creative mind behind Word Art World. For over ten years, I have been designing digital scrapbooking products, including page kits and word art. When I am not at my computer designing, I am playing games with my family, doing a fun puzzle, baking in the kitchen, or reading a good book. Recently, I earned a degree in Web Design and Development, so I am hoping to do some freelance work for small businesses. I love to create all kinds of things and I love working with words!


For two days only, save 50% on everything in my store here at My Memories!

One lucky winner will win my entire shop worth over $1,000! The winner will be randomly selected from those who comment on this post.



Sunday, September 20, 2020


Hi, my name is Joy.
  I am the designer behind, Memory Mosaic here at My Memories.  Welcome to my Blog Series “Scrapping my Everyday”.  I find that it is fairly easy to make special pages for all those big, special events in our lives, but when it comes to making a page about our everyday life, or the “mundane” it becomes a bit trickier. 


This has been a crazy year.  Never in our lifetime have we lived through something like this.  It has sometimes been hard to separate the facts from opinions.  There are as many different opinions and ideas about everything happening as there are people in the world.  One thing holds true for all of us, we all have faced times throughout this year of fear, anxiety and just feeling like we have absolutely no control.  That is why this month, for my journal/devotional kit, I decided to focus on “I Can!” I can help… I can love… I can care… I can laugh.  Yes, I can!


These last 9 months have looked like none others that have come before.  Things we always did we have not been able to do, but what have you been able to do?  What memories have you been able to make.  Have you had more time to spend with your children.  Have you had some quiet time, to just pause and enjoy your family, your garden, your hobbies?  Have you had a time you normally wouldn’t have for reflection… for dreaming.  Yes, there are a lot of things to be concerned about and it is super easy, (at least for me) to become consumed by all of them.  So this month, I am focusing on what I can do, instead of what I can’t. 






The following layouts were made by some of my very talented CT members, using my new kit and highlighting some everyday activities, or precious candid shots of their grandkids, and they have turned some “ordinary” photos into a precious memory.  










I  host 2 challenges on the My Memories Forum, every month.  The first challenge is Scrapping My Every Day.  I want to challenge you to be inspired to make a layout highlighting some of those everyday things.  If you make a layout and post it in the challenge thread by September 30, I will send you a link for FREEBIE made using the I Can kit.   


The 2nd challenge, starts on the 16th,  and is my monthly “Sketch Challenge”.  Each month I supply you with a sketch for an idea, and challenge you to scrap about a particular theme.  I also put the links for my blog, where you can grab my Monthly Blog Train Freebie along with all the links for the rest of this month’s train.


You can find both challenges HERE.


Hope to see your beautiful layouts in my challenge threads, in the My Memories Forum.


Saturday, September 19, 2020

Designer Tip with Elizabeth's Market Cross


Stuck on WHAT to scrap about? Here is Part I of a series dedicated to all sorts of ideas!

By Elizabeth Weaver of Elizabeth’s Market Cross

Holidays, vacations, and family events tend to get the large majority of our scrapping time. So what happens when you just want some fresh ideas? I’ve got a list for you to check out with some examples.

A Special Quote or Phrase – choose something meaningful to you, and create a work of art worthy of hanging on your wall! You can use a big photo, small photo, or no photo at all!


For more ideas, stop by the My Memories forum and find great designer challenges every month! Mine is Mixed Bag at the Market Cross and I typically give out a set of free word art every month to spark your creativity! I hope you’re able to use some of the ideas above, and thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for Part II!

Elizabeth

 


Thursday, September 17, 2020

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, 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 pre-made AddOn Packs from my collections to help me get my own scrapbook layouts done in a beautifully efficient way!


This month we are going to look at a layout that Lisa created using my Caribbean collection which is part of the September MyMemories Exclusive Sale.



The base paper is from the Caribbean Wood Paper Pack, these slightly patterned wooden papers make a lovely backdrop for her Disney cruise layout!



She has also used several pattern papers from the Caribbean Extra Paper Pack to create the banners on her layout.



She finished off this adorable layout with a wonderful title from the Caribbean Word Art pack!



Pairing items from the AddOn Packs really makes creating a stunning layout super simple!


That’s it for this month’s Magic of AddOn Packs!  


Until next time!

Connie Prince






Wednesday, September 16, 2020

MyMemories September Blog Train


Time to ride the blog train...whoohoo!  Join the designers at MyMemories on this month's blog train!

Here is the color palette used to create Septembers 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:
1. Visit each designer’s blog or FB posting for their preview & special link
2. Click on the link provided you will then be taken to their MyMemories store
3. Place their gift in your shopping cart
4. Check out when you have all the gifts collected

*September Blog Train ends September 30th*

Here is the lineup!

ADB Designs

Kathryn Estry

Karen Schulz (formerly Snickerdoodle Designs)

Digi Deborah Designs 

PattyB Scraps

Over the Fence Designs

Caroline B.

Marniejo's House of Scraps

PrettyJu Scrap

PS Digital Memories

LouiseL

Memory Mosaic

Designs by Lisa Minor

Aimee Harrison Designs

WinksArt Graphics

Carolyn's Scrap Creations

Elizabeth's Market Cross

Mystery Scraps

LLL Creations

Happy Scrap Arts

Sugar Moon Designs

Scrap de Yas

Songbird Scrap Designs

A Giving Heart Studio

Pat Scrap

Keep in touch designs

Marie H Designs

Cutie Pie Scraps

Connie Prince

Lins Creations

Lisa Rosa Designs

QueenBrat Digital Designs

Fran B Designs

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Featured Designer: Aimee Harrison

 


Hi everyone! I'm Aimee and I've been designing since 2009. I live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with my boyfriend of five years, Tyler, and our myriad of pets. 

I've been designing digitally since 2009 but I've been scrapbooking since 1993. I have loved designing and I love color. I love vibrant colors and I think my designs reflect that. 

Before I started designing, I loved to build websites and design blogs. But when I discovered digital scrapbooking while already a scrapper it seemed like a logical transition!

My favorite Collection of mine is Canyonlands, reminiscent of my life in Las Vegas in 2000. I have lived all over the US and I love to scrap my life.

As for what I do other than scrapbooking. I love to hike, explore, take photos, read and watch documentaries. My favorite documentaries are history and nature. I love to download books onto my Kindle. I will admit that scrapbooking takes up the most of my time and is central to who I am.


Check out my store and connect with me:




Sunday, September 13, 2020

Designer Tip with Kathryn Estry

 


Were you a paper scrapper before you "went digital"?  If you were, you probably had lots of paper scraps that you could never throw away. Here's a way to use little strips of papers in your digital layouts and get the benefits of dimension and added interest at the same time.  

 

You don't have to put your photos directly on a background paper.  In your MMS program, you can add shapes around and under your photo and then fill them with the various papers in the kit of your choice.  Remember to add just a little shadowing to each layer.  Papers aren't generally thick, so make your shadows on these layers gentle.  

 

My talented Creative Team ladies are masters at using lots of papers under and around their photos to lift them up and add color to the page.  Just look at some of these beautiful examples!  All of the kits used in these layouts are available at My Memories, and these 6 bundles are 50% off for the rest of September, 2020.


Donna used my Watermelon Juice collection in her sweet and colorful page.




This fun layout by Lana was made with Game On!  Notice how the extra paper scraps work for Lana.


Kabra uses this technique often in her layouts, and I love them all!  She used the collections Giraffes R Us, Rainbow Safari, Wings of Lace, and my brand new Exclusive, Love Boat.









To thank you for reading this post, visit my store at My Memories and check out this pretty quick page (was also used as a freebie in the newsletter on September 12th so you may already have it).  I created it using my Just You and Me collection, and it will be FREE for the rest of this month.  (The Just You and Me Bundle is also 50% off through September 30.)




Now go have some fun and use up YOUR paper scraps!





Saturday, September 12, 2020

Designer Tip from WinksArt Graphics

 


Hello, MM Fans!

Have you ever seen digital layouts that are really beautiful, but look so complicated that you feel like you wouldn’t even want to attempt something like them?  They might have been created with a ready made template like the ones I’ll show you here. These are layered templates to use with My Memories Suite 9.  They’re pretty easy to use when you have the tips I’ll show you in my first, ever, tutorial.  (Yikes!)

These pretty templates are perfect for this photo of my cousin’s grand babies, and my granddaughter.  I used only color to change the look of the layers for the pink page.  The blue page has a digital paper for the background and the stripes, and recolored layers for the rest.  



Both pages were created with Blooming Templates from WinksArt Graphics


Watch this tutorial below (either click on the video or you can click HERE to go to the page on YouTube) for some tips about using layered templates with My Memories Suite software!   Hope you find something new to try.


Thanks for reading and watching.  Visit 
my shop, pick up your favorite kit and, if you haven’t tried your hand at creating a page with a template, do it!  It’s so much fun!

Happy scrapping!  
Hugs!

Valerie  ;D







Thursday, September 10, 2020

Inspired by the Big Photo Page with Marie H Designs

 


Hello everyone! It is Marie aka Marie H Designs and I am here with a new blog post that is part of my blog series “Inspired by”. Today it is “Inspired by the Big Photo Page”. What’s a Big Photo page ? Of course we can all have a different definition of what’s a big photo page but for me and for many in Digiland it is a page where the photo (or more) takes more than 50-60 % off your page. It sometimes means also to have fewer elements and journaling.


I love big photo pages and even if having a huge photo can be tricky it doesn’t mean that your layouts will all look the same.


For example in this layout you have the photo that takes more than half of the page. I loved the smile of my daughter in it and I didn’t want it to be small. You can see that there is plenty of room to add a wordart and clustering. 



Big photos pages are also very good to capture scenery, nature and the wildlife. In these 2 layouts, Linda and Betsy have created layouts using big photos.


Linda has used a mask for a stunning beach photo that she enhanced with clustering and paper shaped. Masks are great to give a little extra to your big photo that are not always perfect.



Betsy used 3 photos that envelop the layout almost entirely. Being that big makes us see the great blue heron perfectly and she even has added journaling. 


In both layouts the idea was to bring the eye to the main subject… the nature.


Big Photo layouts can also be used to create vintage page with photos that we cherish. Tammy has created this page from her grand dad. It takes up around 40-50 % of the page but she has stacked it with many papers and elements to enhance the vintage feeling to it. If you are like me and have lots of old photos to scrap this is a great way to make them memorable.



Sometimes we have too many photos we like to scrap of the same event, moments that it can be hard to decide what to use. For this last page I had decided to use one of the photos for the background and added smaller photos on one of the corners. It reduces the numbers of elements we use but I was able with a border to add a little clustering. This is one of my favorite layouts ever. 



As you can see you can use big photos in your layouts… and it is still makes gorgeous layouts. It gives you a new look to the way you want to use your photos.


Have you ever tried big photo layouts ? 


Have a wonderful time scrapping !