Thursday, November 26, 2020

Scrapping My Everyday with Memory Mosaic

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. 

Here in the US, we are celebrating Thanksgiving today.  Like everything else in 2020, it is not for most of us,  what we might have expected or anticipated it to be.  It probably looks very different from years past.  My family still has a full house, as there are 9 of us living here right now, but we are missing the opportunity to have extended family from out of town visit.  We also opted to have a quieter, simpler celebration. I am using paper plates, much to the surprise of my family, because I have always had a tradition of making Thanksgiving a bit more of an “elegant” celebration.  You know what, not that there is anything wrong with that, but also it is not wrong to just say, I’m going to be more “relaxed” and focus on other things this year…maybe that is the biggest lesson I have been learning from 2020.  To slow down, and enjoy the little things, and count my blessings.  Can you count your blessings with me?  What are some of the things you would list, this year, that maybe you wouldn’t have even thought of last year?

The blessing of a sunset

The blessing of home to live in

The blessing of family to miss

The blessing of health

The blessing of technology

The blessing of paper towels and TP (LOL!)

We could go on and on.  I realize that we are all starting to gear up for Christmas, and even that is going to look different…but before we have totally switched from Thanksgiving to Christmas…can you stop and make a layout that focuses on something you are grateful for.  Maybe it is a family member… maybe it is a friend… maybe it is just a day to sit and admire the sunset.  

This month, I made 4 new kits, the first one focused on “Giving Thanks”.

Take a look at the kit HERE.

The following layouts were made by some of my very talented CT members, using this new kit, to highlight some blessings they are thankful for.

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 the last day of the month, I will send you a link for a freebie.

The 2nd challenge, is my monthly “Sketch Challenge”.  Each month I supply you with a sketch for an idea, and challenge you to scrap.  Again if you post a layout by the end of the month, and use 1 item in your layout from any of my kits (even previous freebies), I will send you a link for a freebie.  

You can find both challenges HERE.

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

HERE is a set of clusters as my gift to you.  It was made using this fun kit, Give Thanks…

Thank you for reading and Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Scrapping From A to Z with Kathryn Estry

Hi!  I'm Kathryn, and I design for My Memories.  I am now in my fifth round of my scrap series, From A to Z! With every post, I'll give you an inspiration to make your pages look amazing. The talented ladies on my Creative Team give me plenty of layouts, and I'm happy to share them with you! 

I know you like FREE scrap supplies, right?  I'll show you a couple of layouts in each of my blogs posts, and I invite you to try some of your own! Post your layouts in my matching Challenge Thread, Scrapping with Kathryn from A to Z.  Everyone who posts a layout in this month's thread will receive from me the prize I have posted with this month's challenge.  To make it extra sweet, your layout can be about anything I've shown you in ANY of my A to Z challenges!  

Now, on to today's idea.

I is for ...


Yes, we celebrate the Irish on Saint Patrick's Day, but throughout the year, it's fun to make layouts with our heritage in mind.  :) 

This sweet layout made with Irish Babes was created by Kabra.

Using Leprechaun Alley, Anita, Kabra, Liz, Pia, and Yvonne made more awesome pages!

Remember to head over to my A to Z Challenge, check out the prize, and celebrate the Irish in a layout!


Saturday, November 21, 2020

Designer Tip with Elizabeth's Market Cross


Part II of "Stuck on WHAT to Scrap About?" Here are some 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.

Something You Collect – dolls, trading cards, stamps, whatever

Someplace you’ve always wanted to go

Use a photo from the internet if it’s a place you haven’t been. Be sure and journal why you want to go, and places or things of interest you want to see!


The history of a person, place, event, or culture. There’s probably something or someone nearby or meaningful to you that you haven’t thought about in that regard!

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 III!



Thursday, November 19, 2020

Documenting Your Life with ADB Designs

The popularity of DNA testing has exploded over the last 10 years. Wonderful TV shows have populated the airwaves too, from The Genetic Detective (props to CeCe Moore) to Henry Gates Jr. on PBS. Many genealogists were encouraged to jump into the DNA pool and they have, in LARGE numbers.

My Genetic Generation Heritage Scrapper Collection is designed around helping you scrap the information you or another family member received when completing a DNA test. Exciting and interesting and sometimes surprising results are frequently received. 

Q113 (scrapping prompts)
  • Scrap the pie diagram you received showing the percentages of your ethnicity and journal about those results.
  • Create a page that compares the information received with family stories passed down through generations.
  • Journal about new cousins found and information shared.
  • Create a timeline of important events during an ancestor's lifetime.
The Genetic Generation HSC is a bit of a departure from standard "Heritage" collections; it is however, appropriate for use with standard heritage photos. I think you will find it useful and easy to work with.  Here is a look at the collection and layouts from my CT.  It is on introductory sale right now through Sunday November 29th. Don't miss this opportunity. 

Be sure and check out the additional Heritage Resource products, sold separately and created to enhance the collection with additional tools. Here is a peek at those tools and layouts from my CT using both the collection and the resource tools.

Here is a gift for you to help you jump into scrapping about your genetic results.  A big thank you to my CT Maureen for creating this gift. Just click on the preview to go to my store and add it to your cart.

Happy Scrapping!