Thursday, November 10, 2011

MyMemories Scrapbooking Suite Giveaway

Today I'm reviewing the digital scrapbooking suite from It retails here for $39.97. But you can enter win it here on my blog for FREE! YAY! Who doesn't love free stuff? I'll be doing the drawing on Friday November 18th so get your entries submitted RIGHT now while you're thinking about it. Seriously, scroll down and do it now.

When I first started playing with this softwear there was a bit of a learning curve to figure out where to find things and what the different symbols on the buttons mean but I had a lot of fun exploring it and if you've used any photo editing or scrapbooking softwear before, it's mostly intuitive. In fact after messing around for just a bit I was able to come up with this:

Pretty good for the small amount of time I put into it, considering I'm a crazy perfectionist...

There are several kits that come included in the softwear but to do a lot of things you will need to download some others from the MyMemories online store (or create your own). Before you're totally put off by that, you should know that I was very impressed with the number of free kits that are available - dozens and dozens of them! There are also lots and lots that you can buy but they are all quite reasonable. Most are only a couple of bucks, some are more and others are less than $1. Plus when you purchase the softwear you get a $10 coupon code emailed to you that you can use for some of your favourite new kits.

Some of the kits look very "digital", if you know what I mean, which, as a classic scrapbooker/ cardmaker, really isn't my style. There are quite a number if kits that do look more "scrapbooky" though, and I will probably use those more. I like the tips and tricks that pop up when you use the softwear and that you can use their premade templates or design your own. I also like that it can be used for things OTHER than just scrapbook pages. You can make cards, tags, calendars etc etc as well. I have planty left to explore. All in all it's a fun and useful softwear suite and I'm certain to get plenty of use out of it.

Now here's the fun part! If you didn't listen to me before, listen to me now -  visit and then scroll down here and leave your comments to be entered to win so YOU can have this softwear for free! Drawing will take place on November 18th!

To enter the contest:
- go to and choose your favorite FREE digital paper pack or layout, then comment here telling me which one you like best.

Bonus entries:

1) Become a follower of my blog then comment and tell me.
2) Share this post on FB or Twitter then comment and tell me
3) go to and choose your favorite NEW digital paper pack or layout that you can purchase, then comment here telling me which one you like best.
4) Like MyMemories on FB and come here and tell me about it
5)Share the coupon code below (via FB, Twitter, Pinterest or email) and link to then come here and tell me about it.

You can do any or all of the bonus entries ONCE each. That's 6 possible entries!

As a special for all my readers, use this Share the Memories coupon code STMMMS46781. It provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and an extra $10 coupon for the store (emailed to you after the softwear is purchased) - $20 value!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Waterfall Card

I made this card eons ago with every intention of blogging the tutorial that very week, but alas! Have a little compassion on me though - I have a VERY busy little boy to keep up with and just became a new mom again at the end of August. Meet my 2 cuties:
They are both sleeping now - and will hopefully stay that way while I make this post!

And now, on to the card! Here it is in all it's finished glory.
The first step in creating this fun card is to create your background on the card base. You can simply use a patterned paper or you can do some random stamping like I did here.
Next cut a strip of cardstock and attatch it AT THE ENDS ONLY. I used eyelets but you could also use brads or just some good strong adhesive. See how the middle of the strip is not adhered to the card base?
There will be 4 squares to stamp your images on. If you want them matted cut the mats to be 2"x2" and the centres 1 7/8"x 1 7/8". Stamp your images and adhere to the mats.
Cut a strip of cardstock 9"x2" and score at 2", 2¾", 3 ½", and 4 ¼" and fold along the score lines. Stamp a sentiment about 1/3 of the way up the long side. Slip the long side through the attached strip and add an eyelet near the bottom so you can add the pull cord later.
 Adhere the short side to the front of the attached strip, lining up the bottom edges.
Run a line of glue across THE TOP ONLY of each of the 4 squares and adhere them under each score line.
Add whatever type of pull cord you like through the eyelet, give it a pull and watch the magic! Oooo....Aaaaah...!
Interactive cards are fun to make and fun to receive so give one of these waterfall cards a try :o)

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wedding Guestbook

My brother is getting married next month and my future sister-in-law asked me to make their guestbook. Here is what I came up with.

Materials (all are CTMH unless noted otherwise):

- My creations 3 ring binder
- Outdoor denim and sunny yellow cardstock and inks
- Tiny typewriter, circle of love, unity, large chocolate alpha, and Field trip alpha stamp sets
- versamark ink
- clear embossing powder
- summer posies and white daisy bulk Just blooms
- sunny yellow re-inker
- corner punch (fiskars)
- liqourice opaques
- bitty sparkles
- Ribbon (micheals)
- gel pens for signing on dark pages (Sakura)
- Acetate for box (Micheals?)
I think I got everything. Any questions let me know :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

So Lucky Banner

In honour of St. Patrick's Day I created this fun SO LUCKY banner.

Here are some close ups so you can see some of the details.

This is what I used to complete this project (everything is from Close to My Heart unless otherwise stated) :

- Score board (Martha Stewart)
- Finishing files
- Self healing mat
- craft knife
- 1 1/4" circle punch

- Wings level 2 paper pack
- My Creations chipboard banner
- 2 way glue
- Topiary ink pad
- So Lucky stamp set C1390
- Bohemian Alphabet stamp set E1019
- glue dots
- 3-D Foam tape
- liquid glass
- thread (whatever I had laying around)
- green ribbon and sheer cream ribbon (Walmart?)

I don't have time to go into too much detail. I think most of this project is pretty self-explanatory and there are many wonderful tutorials online for the pinwheel flowers if you don't yet know how to make them. If you have any questions, however, please do leave a comment and I'll do my best to answer in a timely fashion :)