Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Featured Designer: Designs by Lisa Minor

 


I'm thrilled once again to be your Featured Designer here at My Memories! Celebrate with me and take 50% off all items in my shop October 20th and 21st!


Things you probably already know about me:
I am all about Family - Mike and I have been married for over 33 years and have 4 children, Eric, William, Alexander and Zoey (who just graduated this year). I have been a work at home mom for over 28 of those years.
I'm on my 20th year of designing scrapbook kits - While I love themes, I also try to design my kits with "multi" use items as well. I lean towards bold and rich colors and my kits are always loaded with tons of backgrounds and embellishments.
I love entertaining - This year has been very difficult for me.  I miss doing that so much.


My layout is from my Graduation BUNDLE!  If you're looking for a graduation kit, this one is just full of items for your needs.
Find it HERE at My Memories.


Here are some of my most recently released kits.  Special thanks to my awesome Creative Team for the layouts:

Year in Review 8 and 9 find it HERE


Autumn Vibes find it HERE


Toadally Fun find it HERE


Vivid October find it HERE


Apple Farm find it HERE


Pumpkin Farm find it HERE




Monday, October 19, 2020

Documenting Your Life with ADB Designs

 


My Matriarch Heritage Scrappers collection is releasing this Wednesday, Oct 21. I wanted to give you a sneak peek AND a gift, in advance of the release. (The collection will be on introductory sale through Nov 1).


Matriarch is the companion collection to Patriarch, and is dedicated to scrapping the women in our family trees. With its soft palette of peach and melon, robin egg blue, chocolate brown, taupe, and butter yellow and lots of feminine elements, this is the perfect collection for scrapping the women in your life, whether family or friends.    

Q110 (prompts)

Scrap about an important female ancestor in your family tree. Scrap about your mother, grandmother, daughter, granddaughter or special aunt, niece or cousin. Scrap a page about yourself!

Here is a beautiful cluster for you from Poki, one of my talented Creative Team. Just click on the preview to go to my store and pick it up.


Here is a sneak peek at the collection AND some layouts from my Creative Team to provide you with inspiration.




















Happy scrappin',
Diane










Saturday, October 17, 2020

Designer Tip by Mystery Scraps

Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this tutorial.

For this layout I used my newest collection Coffee Addiction which is now is store with 25% off.













Open My Memories Suite.

Now we don't want to create an album but just one layout so we click at Design set Custom Size at:

Width: 12

Height: 12

Units: Inches

Aspect Ratio: Square

Quick sizes: 12x12 

Don't click any other option only click Create and only one transparent page will open.


Step 1: Open a background (right sight panel) of your choice.

        Background-Add and search a background you like.


Step 2: Open the Photo's panel (right sight panel) and click Box (this will create a photobox)

Step 3: Select your photobox (just click at it) and in the Photo's panel click at Shape and select Circle/Oval.


Your square photobox will turn into a circle.


Step 4: Stretch your circle by holding down your left mouse button and clicking at one of the little grey blocks around the circle.

Now just drag to one side and the circle becomes a bigger.


Step 5: Select your circle and open the Photo's panel (right side panel) now click at Add and search a paper of your choice instead of a photo.

        Drag this into the circle until it covers your circle.

        Select your circle and click Photo's again (right side panel) and click at Shadow, I use the one that is already in the program.

Step 5: Drag the circle to the right sight half of the page.

Step 6: Repeat step 2,4 and 5 only this time we will make the photobox rectangular by stretching it to the the left and right and a bit to the top of the page.

        Make sure your rectangular is in the middle of the page ( click on the rectangular-right mouse button-Align-use both options you see) 

Click at your right mouse button with the rectangular selected and click Send to back.


Step 7: Now at a new photobox this time for the photo, give it the shape you like.

        Add a photo to it the same way you add a background to it by step 5 only now you need to search for a photo and drag this into the box.

        *Open the Photo's panel again with your photo selected and click at Matte, choose a color you like and click ok.

         Now the color you choose is around your photo.

        Add a shadow to you photo by selecting your photo, open the photo panel and click Shadow.

Step 8: Now it's time to add some embellishments to the page.

        Open the Embellishments panel at the right sight and click at Add.

        Open Leave 2 in the embellishments folder drag it where you like and add a shadow.

        Open the Coffeepot in the embellishments folder drag it where you like and add a shadow.

        Open flower 7 add a shadow and drag it where you want it ( I made mine smaller)

        Open the same flower again and click in the Embellishments folder at Mirror.

        Drag the second flower where you want it and add a shadow to it.

        Open Bow 1 add a shadow and drag it where you want it.

        Open Flower 8 add a shadow and drag it where you want it.


You are welcome to play around with the photoboxes and embellishments the way you like it the most.

If you use my Coffee Addiction bundle, don't forget to use the Wordart.


Step 9: Save/Export your page.

        Open the Share panel ( right side panel)

        Click at Export a new screen pops-up.

   

Make sure all settings are right and click export.

*= Optional

Friday, October 16, 2020

MyMemories October 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 October'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:
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

*October Blog Train ends October 31st*

Here is the lineup!


Digi Deborah Designs

Kathryn Estry

Karen Schulz

ADB Designs

PattyB Scraps

Over the Fence Designs

Caroline B.

Designs by Lisa Minor

Louise L

WinksArt Graphics

PrettyJuScrap

Memory Mosaic

PS Digital Memories

Happy Scrap Arts

Sugar Moon Designs

Aimee Harrison

Carolyn’s Scrap Creations

A Giving Heart Studio

Elizabeth's Market Cross

Marie H Designs

Shmooangel Designs

LLL Creations

Mystery Scraps

Connie Prince

Keep in Touch Designs

Moore Blessings Digital Design

Lori Imel Designs

Songbird Scraps Designs

Cutie Pie Scraps

Pat Scrap

Lins Creations

QueenBrat Digital Designs

Monday, October 12, 2020

Featured Designer: Lisa Rosa Designs

 



Hey, everyone! My name is Lisa and I'm the designer behind Lisa Rosa Designs. I'm honored to be today's Featured Designer at My Memories and happy for having this opportunity of telling you all a little bit about myself and my work.
I’m Brazilian, in my forties, mother of two young ladies, and owned by an old, grumpy, but loving cat who kindly lets me believe I own her.

I’m a multi passionate creative soul and digital scrapbooking has been my main interest for many years already. I first stepped into the amazing world of memory keeping when my father was diagnosed with cancer in 2008. I was in a really bad place emotionally and scrapping family memories was an escape that helped me not only through that but also through many other events which came after. 

Scrapbooking taught me to appreciate the good moments and learn from the bad ones. I have scrapped both the good and the bad times, the happy and the sad tears, the storms and rainbows, and while doing so I had the chance of looking at myself and at my history as an spectator and therefore from a different point of view, which allowed me to learn a lot about myself, my values, my dreams...
During these first years I was even in a few CTs, creating layouts for some great designers, some of them already retired.

In 2009, I was given the chance of taking graphic and web design classes for work and a sparkle got lit inside me. A few months later, I dared designing my first kit and haven't stopped since... it was a hobby for a while and it became my business in 2013 when I opened my first shop. It was also in 2013, in October, that I joined the My Memories family.

Fortunately, I improved a lot during all these years, hahaha. I took a look at my past work when I was getting ready to write this post and I got surprised myself with the changes. It took me a while to find my style and to go from this...


... to this.


Yeah, it took hours and hours of study too. After those first designing classes that lit the sparkle, I also took many others and never stopped endeavoring to get better and better at doing what I love.

Now that you know a little bit about me and how I got here, how about getting to know a little bit about my work too?  I love working with vibrant colors and most of my kits have a bright palette. One color you're going to see in most of my kits - if not all of them - is green, which is my favorite color. I love flowers and foliage and I dedicate a lot of time to them when creating a kit. I'm a big fan of bold shadows and depth, light and contrast. You can see that on my previews. BTW, making a preview usually takes me one quarter of the whole time I take to get a kit ready for sale.

I mostly start a kit with the papers. I think of the patterns and design many of them myself, which makes the papers you're buying with my kits quite unique. Then I usually move on to the elements and finally to add ons such as word arts, alphas and so on.

Make a visit to my shop and take a look around. Everything is 35% off today and tomorrow and I also have many free samples there. Enjoy this great discount now because everything will be back to regular price on Oct. 15th, and many freebies will be gone too, making place for new ones.

Be sure to follow me on Facebook. And while you're there, come join my fan group too. You can always find some nice inspiration, challenges and freebies there.

Sign up to receive my newsletter if you want to be amongst the first ones to know about my newest releases, sales and giveaways.

Follow me on Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration.

And if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email me.







Saturday, October 10, 2020

 

Photo Effects – Color your photos with Happy Scrap Arts

Did you ever have a photo but you didn’t really like the colors, or maybe it the colors were just fade? Well it happens to me and most of the time it’s the lightning at the moment that causes it. If you still want to use that photo, there is a great way to make that photo look better.

Use photo effects, you can color your photo, make it black and white or sepia to make it look old. 

Think about change the color of the photo so that it matches your background or elements, like I did here. First the original photo:


And here is the photo recolored. I changed the blue and made it look like the turquoise that I used in the background. (this page is made with my collection Harmony)



So, in My Memories Suite 9 you can recolor photos or give them effects like you can see on the next image. The original is at the bottom, then I used the red filter on the photo on top and the sepia filter on the photo on the right.



Here is how you do it:



Just click on the Effects icon at the right while being in the photos part. This window will open and you can choose your effect.



You can also use the recolor icon (just a bit below the effect button). It will open a window with your photo (you need to have it selected on your workspace) and then you can choose a color in that window. Your photo will then be in that color.



If you want to be sure that your photo matches with your background you can start by recoloring a background and then choose the exact same color for your photo. 

To recolor your background, you need be on the background tab on the right and then click on recolor. You will have a similar window that opens. Choose your color and remember that color so that you use the same or a slightly different one on your photo.



You can even recolor the elements, take a slightly different shade, lighter or darker to make it match perfectly. 

On the page bellow you can see the original photo and then the one I colored to match the paper. I also colored the leaves to match the paper and photo.



On this example you can see that I recolored the paper, the photo and the leaves.



Then I used the Blur edges effect (on the bottom of this screenshot) to blend the photo into the background and I framed the original photo by using Matte and a shadow.



I also added some matching elements. So now I have a finished page in the colors I wanted.

I used my collection bravery for this example. 



Same photo with another background and another color. You can get a totally different page like this. 



I used my new collection Autumn Stroll; it’s matching with the blog train and coming soon (October 16th).

These are the other collections I used:

Harmony and Bravery, available in my store (link at the bottom of this article)





Now it’s up to you to try. It would be great to see your pages. You can share them with me on social media or send me a link to your gallery. 

If you love to play with masks be sure to enter my mask challenge in Happy’s Room here. 

A new mask for free each month.


My store is 40% off on Oct 10th and 11th with this promo code:

EDHSBT40

Take a look, I'm sure you will find something you will love.


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My blog

Facebook page

Happy Scrap Arts Fan page (lots of freebies)

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