Friday, August 16, 2019

Designer Tip from ADB Designs


Hi everyone!

This Saturday I am going to talk about clustering and some tips to help you up your game as you create them on your pages.

First of all, not everyone likes the same thing.That is the wonderful thing about scrapbooking. It is a personal as can be and no one gets to judge what you like! We are all unique and it makes our pages so special because we are.

There are some techniques to help you improve your clustering:
1. base your cluster on a shape
the basic outline of the shape should be roughly followed; you do not have to be precise!
shapes like: a triangle, diamond, crescent, double diamond, hollow circle, etc.
2. be sure to add shadows to the pieces to provide depth
no need to make them too deep, a light touch is best in the beginning
3. use a variety of elements from your stash. Use ribbons, bow, buttons, scatters, plenty of foliage and flowers.
4. Repeat your use of some elements and change their orientation and size to vary their look.
5. Select a focal point for the cluster and make sure the elements chosen enhance the focal point.
6. odd numbers are most pleasing to the eye...for example: odd numbers of yellow flowers, or odd numbers of foliage choices.

Here is a sample cluster from my exclusive collection this month: A BLESSING OF BIRDSONG COLLECTION as a gift for you. Just click on the preview to go to my store and add it to your cart.


You will notice the shape of the cluster Pia used is appx. a 1/4 moon. She used the foliage and ribbon to help create the shape. She used three flowers (an odd number) and the rose in the center on top is her focal point.

Here is a link to the collection and a preview of the Bundle product and some layouts from my Creative Team for inspiration.

Happy scrapping,
ADB Designs

MyMemories August 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!


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Using Paper Shapes with MagsGraphics


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

Using assorted papers strips and shapes will add interest and depth to your layouts. In an earlier blog post from Albums 2 Remember, you learned how to add paper to shapes within MyMemories Suite. She gave steps on adding papers from kits that were installed INTO the MMS program. However, I don't install any of the kits I purchase from MyMemories into the software; I prefer to use the "General" download button, and save all of my kits by theme on my External Hard Drive. Then I can easily use the graphics in other programs as well. So I'm going to show you how to add papers from kits that are NOT installed in the software (but you are still using the MyMemories Suite program), and I have some amazing layouts to share with you that effectively use paper shapes and strips.

Adding Paper From "Outside Content" to a Shape in MMS...

1. Open MyMemories Suite. Start a new project or canvas. For this sample layout, I'm using items from my BOOK NERD Collection. 

2. Add your first shape. Be sure to size it the way you want it. If you size it AFTER you add a paper, it will skew the paper details. You can add a shape from either the Left Side Menu (drag-n-drop) or the Right Side Menu (click & choose).

3.Instead of clicking "Paper" on the Right Side Menu, click "PHOTO". Photos and Papers are both in JPG format so you will be able to "trick" the software into adding a paper from outside of the software.

4. Navigate to the folder where you keep the kit papers that you want to work with. Double-click and it will add your paper. If you need to make adjustmets to how the paper shows up in the shape, just double-click on that shape and move it around.

5. Here are many shapes stacked; can you see how this is "shaping" up to be a cool layout? 😉


6. Now you can add your background paper, and a box (or boxes) for photos:

7. Now you can start stacking your different paper shapes under your photos to make some colorful and dynamic layouts. Take a look at these examples. (Images are linked to the collections used.)

                    Layout by Kim B.                                              Layout by Kathy B. 

                      Layout by Joyce                                                      Layout by Jenny

                      Layout by Beth                                               Layout by Carina

                     Layout by Laurel                                              Layout by Michelle W.

I have a special treat for you! I've provided the layout I just showed you how to make as a 12"x12" QUICK PAGE! It will be available for download below through August 31, 2019! This Quick Page uses my newest collection: BOOK NERD, a MyMemories Exclusive for August. I hope you'll snag up the rest of the collection!

Now it's YOUR turn! Try layering paper shapes in your layouts! I'd love to see your layouts - Show them off in any of these Facebook Groups:

Monday, August 12, 2019

Designer Tip from Albums to Remember

Using SVG Shapes in My Memories Suite by Albums to Remember Designs

One of the features in My Memories Suite (MMS) is shapes. Shapes are great because they are SVG files meaning you can add them to your page and change the size of them without losing quality.

What is the difference between SVG and PNG files?
Great questions. PNG files are meant to stay the size they are. If you enlarge them too much they will end up being jagged and pixelated when you print your pages. They are meant to stay about the size the designer made them. There is a bit of room to make them slightly smaller or bigger but not a lot. SVG files are meant to be enlarged and made smaller. You can change the size to suit your needs and not have to worry about the quality of the shape when it prints.

How do you add shapes to My Memories Suite?
Some of the designers have created SVG shape sets that you can purchase in the store and they will download directly into your shape folder in MMS. You can view a variety of sets I have made here.

How do you use shapes in My Memories Suite?
Using shapes in MMS is very easy. Click on your Shapes tab, choose Add (green circle with star) on the left side menu. Once the window opens you will choose Purchased, here you will see a list of the shapes you have purchased from the store. (See highlighted areas below). Once you choose the set you want they will show up on the left hand side of the window. Choose the shape you want and press Add/Close at the bottom of the window.

What do I do with my shape now?

Now that you have added your shape you can change the size by clicking on the corner square (see yellow highlight below). Grab and drag the square until you have the size you want. Once you have your ideal size you can add paper, change the color, or add a photo to the shape. All you need to do is choose what you want to do from the Shapes menu. Below you can see that I am choosing to add paper by clicking on the paper button.

Once you choose the paper button a window will come up that allows you to choose your paper (see below). Choose the kit or category, scroll through the paper you want to choose and click on it, press add. As you can see I have chosen the navy paper with gold stars.

This is what it should look like once you have added the paper. 

Now you can add a shadow by clicking on the shadow button in the Shapes menu.

Important tip: You need to change the size of your shape BEFORE you add paper or a photo. Otherwise you will enlarge/stretch the paper/photo in a way that it was not meant to be changed and it could end up being low quality when you print. It is best to keep paper to the size the designer designed it at. If you want to change the size of the shape after you have added the paper, just re-add the paper once you have your new size. Hopefully that makes sense!

Enjoy scrapbooking with some new shapes from the My Memories Suite store!

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Bullet Point Journaling for Scrapbooks

The latest scrapbooking fad is the use of bullet point journaling. This format is especially useful for those who have difficulty with creative writing or for scrapbooking events in which you do not remember every detail. To get you started, I have a special freebie for you. Click here to get these two Bullet point Journal Cards for FREE.

These cards were made using Yellowstone National Park, part of my Yellowstone collection.

 Bullet point journaling is simply put, just about the basics. As with any type of bullet pointing there are a few simple rules you can follow to achieve the most impact.

Bullet point journaling for scrapbooks made simple:

  • Think of a bullet point like a headline. It should to be short and specific.
  • Highlight what is important to understanding the content of your page. Simply state what you want to document about your page
  • Keep it simple. Don’t get too wordy.
  • Stay on theme. Bullet points are about specific topics, don’t get off track.
  • Make bullet points symmetrical. As I have done here, if following a list format.
  • Use keywords. Use words important to the content of your page.

Grammar basics

Bullet points can be confusing. Should you capitalize each one? Should you use periods? Should you use numbers instead of bullets?

Introductory sentence

If the text introducing your list is a sentence, it should end with a colon. If it is a fragment or single word, jump straight to the list.

Numbers or bullets? If you want to document the specific order of events use numbers or even the time of day.


If your text t is a complete sentence, use capital letters and proper punctuation. If the points are not structured as a sentence, you do not need to end with punctuation; the use of capitalization is a style choice. I prefer to start each line with a capital letter.


The points should be consistent, all sentences or all fragments.

Start each bullet point with the same part of speech such as, verbs,, etc. I did this in my previous example. Read each bullet point with the preceding text to make sure it makes sense as a sentence.

Thank you for taking the time to read this. I hope I was able to answer any questions you might have regarding bullet point journaling. If you have additional questions, please leave a comment below. Even if you don’t, I always love to hear from you. Have a great rest of the day!

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

August 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!

August's Exclusive MyMemories Designs are all about fun and the simple things in life that we all enjoy! From fishing at the lake, marveling at the birds in your garden, exploring the animal kingdom, searching for that lost world of Atlantis, getting lost in an excellent book, enjoying the cheerful and funny moments in life, adoring our pink flamingo friends, loving to travel all over and in so many ways, enjoying those last summer moments at the pool or at the circus, cheering on your favorite sports teams, enjoying some beautiful music, appreciating the industrial beauty of steampunk, and starting to plan when life gets back to "normal"! All of these kits you will find below are part of the August Exclusive collections...there is something for EVERYONE so have fun and take a look around!