Wednesday, November 30, 2011


I recently started using My Memories digital scrapbooking software. It's nice to be able to make multiple layouts without running out of supplies or messing things up if I cut something wrong.

You can do many things with My Memories - create scrapbooking layouts (of course), calendars, cards, and I've even seen someone who is using it to create layouts of her favorite recipes, with photos of the actual food.

When you use digital scrapbooking software, you can recreate your layout as many times as you like. You can share with as many people as you like, without using up your precious hoard of scrapbooking materials. (Yes, I hoard mine.) And if you think it's not personal enough this way, start the layout on your computer, print it out and add physical embellishments for the final touch.

But you don't have to add physical embellishments, because embellishments are included. And what's nice here is that they are sizeable, so you can have the same embellishment in many different sizes, and even colors.

This layout uses a background paper plus the ornament embellishment and three stars at the bottom, the family memories embellishment and text and photo. I colored the text two different colors to highlight Amanda's childhood wish list.

I'm having a giveaway - one person will get a copy of My Memories Suite v3 software - it's a download, so you have to be able to access the Internet on the computer you will use the software on. (System requirements) I run it on an eMachine with 1 G of RAM and it runs pretty fair, as long as I am not running a lot of other stuff at the time, although I have run it at the same time as Firefox. Probably not fair to my computer, which I bought refurbished last year.

Anyway, here's the giveaway. If you don't see the Rafflecopter form right away, give it a minute to load. There is one mandatory entry - you must "like" My Memories on Facebook. There are two ways to earn 5 entries each, both of which you visit the sponsor ( and leave a comment on the blog post with the name of your favorite product or use the Rafflecopter entry form and enter the name of your favorite product in that form (third text box). You can do the 5-entry Rafflecopter entry or the tweet once per day, all other entries are one-time only.

Contest starts at 12:01 a.m. EST Dec. 1 (11:01 p.m. Nov. 30).

Okay, let's try this again

I recently held a giveaway that failed. I didn't get even one valid entrant. There were two requirements, both of which related to the sponsor, and I didn't want to change them. So I didn't give the item away.

But here I am again. I'm going to use Rafflecopter again, because I like entering Rafflecopter giveaways, and they're not that hard, honest. I've got some background stuff to do, because I'll be highlighting the product again and want to create new stuff for this giveaway.

Maybe I'm just overthinking it ...

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's Cyber Monday!

Supposedly people are more likely to shop online today. Here's a glimpse at what happens to online shoppers when the computer crashes:

Here's a modern version of a visit to Santa Claus:

And finally, word to the wise:

(I'd like to point out that I don't actually drink alcoholic beverages; however, I have been known to sit at the computer for hours, fueled by diet Dr Pepper.)

These are some items I've seen on Facebook, which I call Facebook funnies. I'll post them here from time to time.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Help me out?

For anyone who hasn't used StumbleUpon, for each 5 people who sign up through my link, I can get $10 credit. I've got plans for something to buy there and I need more credit. So, anyone? Except maybe Mom, who has enough to do on the computer already. :-) (Mom, I like the Mahjongg game you've been playing lately.)

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Plastic Jungle

It seemed like a good idea at the time.

I had a $30 gift card I couldn't use, but I could trade it in for some credit for an account I could use. Sure, I would lose some of the value (I would get about $24 in credit), but it seemed better than losing the value of the gift card completely or having to a) drive 90 miles to the closest store of that type or b) spend it online and have to spend more money, too (although this might have been the better option, in retrospect).

So, I signed up for You tell them about your gift card and they tell you how much you can get for it in various formats, including PayPal and Amazon credit. They generate label information, you print out the sheet, cut the mailing label from the sheet and tape it to an envelope and tape the card(s) to the invoice sheet.

Then, apparently, you wait.

And you wait some more.

And after you've waited for awhile, you contact their customer service. And they tell you to wait. And they mark your request for assistance as "resolved" and "closed."

So, it's been three weeks and a day since I put the card in the mail. Nothing on their website - it doesn't show that they have received the card. (It doesn't help that they did a major website relaunch in the meantime, so who knows if it's because they didn't get the card, or because they are tardy in processing it, or if their database is messed up?)

But here's my latest request for assistance, and although I didn't threaten to blog about this, here I am:

I sent an Office Depot card for $30 on Oct. 17, 2011. It does not show up in my account. I contacted customer service through the website and by phone. Both customer service people have said my problem is solved and closed. NO IT IS NOT. They think it's solved when they tell me to wait longer. NO IT IS NOT. It is solved when I get credit for the $30 card I sent you.

I also left a comment on your Facebook page. Someone from Plastic Jungle promised to look into it, but never got back to me and now the thread is gone.

It's been three weeks since I sent the card. You should have received it by now. I am very unhappy with this "service" and I know I'm not alone. The number of unhappy commenters on your Facebook page is much greater than those who are happy. I want to know what you are going to do to resolve this issue, and telling me to wait and then marking my request for assistance as "resolved" and "closed" is not the right answer.

So, I'll keep you informed about what happens next.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A busted giveaway

So I held my first giveaway on this blog. The giveaway ended at 12:01 a.m. today. I had one entry.

The problem is that two entries were mandatory and one person did one of them, and another left a comment which didn't fulfill the requirements.

I'm waiting to hear from the sponsor to see what to do next. I guess I didn't advertise enough. I also barred my relatives from entering, which would probably have gotten me a couple of entries, if only to keep them from hearing me whine about it.

More to come when I know what's going on.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

My Memories a layout a day: Grumpy Cat

Today's layout is Grumpy Cat. It's actually an embellishment, but it's easy to add photos - you just add a photo box, size it and send it to the back. I also added Word Art and two text boxes. It only took a few minutes.

The giveaway of a copy of My Memories Suite v2 digital scrapbooking software ends at 11:01 p.m. tonight (12:01 a.m. Eastern time Nov. 2).

6 centimeters

That's how long the gash in Cayla's leg is, according to the E.R. nurse.

She slipped at the haunted house and cut her leg on a sharp corner on an outlet cover attached to a pole. She called me at work to let me know that someone from the haunted house was taking her to the E.R. I left work and met them there.

It's not that bad, only took two stitches and some steri-strips to hold it closed. But we spent 3 1/2 hours in the E.R. (mostly in the waiting room) and I expect Cayla will be in a little bit of pain tomorrow (her leg is starting to bruise), so I have already called the school to say she won't be there.

And now I'm off to bed, to charge my phone (which was down to one battery bar by the time I left), to turn off my alarm, and to sleep until I wake up on my own in the morning. Please let there be no phone calls.

Also, my motto is Always Bring a Book. And Always Bring a Camera. Having neither of those items made the lengthy wait seem even longer. And no souvenir photos of our experience.