Saturday, December 31, 2011

Google Plus

I haven't really gotten the hang of it yet, but I'm going to learn. I started a page for In Old Fort Dodge, my history blog from the early days of Fort Dodge, Iowa. I'll do one for this blog, and I'm also working some social networking for an author friend of mine, so I'll get her on there, as well.

I don't think Google + will be a Facebook killer, but it doesn't hurt to get coverage in more than one place. I can be found here, if anyone is interested.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011


One copy of My Memories digital scrapbooking software. It's easy to use, and nice that you can make as many layouts as you want without running out of supplies.

One person will receive a code to download their own copy of My Memories Suite v3. One entry is mandatory, the others get you extra entries. This giveaway ends 12:01 a.m. EST on Dec. 31, which is 11:01 p.m. on Dec. 30. Please let the Rafflecopter widget load.

Friday, December 9, 2011

He only does it to annoy

From "Alice in Wonderland":
Speak roughly to your little boy,
And beat him when he sneezes:
He only does it to annoy,
Because he knows it teases.
In this case, it's Kent. Apparently he was in a bit of a fender-bender Tuesday night and his car is non-functional. Which is annoying to me because Cayla may miss the bus and I don't want to have to drive her to school. It's as if he does these things on purpose to inconvenience me.

Okay, not really. But seriously, I have told him over the years about driving carefully and here we are.

(Later) Luckily for me, I was able to get Cayla to the bus stop on time, so I don't have that extra trip into town.

Monday, December 5, 2011

My Memories on video

To show a bit of what My Memories Suite can do, I thought I would offer a video from the My Memories YouTube channel. The video is about 2 minutes long and it's obviously a commercial/infomercial, but if you watch it you will see that there is more to My Memories than traditional scrapbooking.

I like the idea of creating something once and sharing it many times. If you want to make each version a little different, you can do that, too. In this post I showed how one layout can be switched around with different elements or backgrounds to look different. You can make slightly different versions of the same scrapbook if you want each book you are sharing to be different (for example if you don't want all the grandparents to get the same exact thing).

This also helps you decide how a page is best laid out. And since I have a tendency to add too many embellishments, I can look at the finished product and then take away some - which is difficult to do with actual stickers.

Anyway, if you are interested in a chance to win a copy of My Memories Suite v3 digital scrapbooking software, enter my giveaway. There is one mandatory entry - you must "like" My Memories on Facebook. Other entries are optional, but some will give you extra entries (if you go to the My Memories website and leave a blog comment or a Rafflecopter comment with the name of a product, you get five extra entries). Good luck!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Christmas layout 1

So I'm doing a giveaway of My Memories Suite v3 digital scrapbooking software, and I'd like to show a few things you can do with the software. So I will try to do a different layout every day during the giveaway, which started today and ends at 12:01 a.m. EST on December 8, 2011.

These two layouts are to show how you can change up a few things to make them better (I hope they are better). I have a tendency to put too much stuff in my scrapbook pages. But one nice feature is that if you do "save as"  you can build on your original page, modify it or delete things without ruining what you have already accomplished.

I used Holiday Snows pack snow overlay (left side and bottom - all one piece), with some extra individual snowflakes. The word art comes from Holiday Simplicity pack. I purposefully arranged the snowflakes to cover some of the background stuff, although I could have cropped the photo or used a mat instead.

For this version, I downsized the snowflake overlay (should have moved it closer to the edge of the page) and put a peppermint stripe mat, rotated and sized down, under "Holiday" in the word art to make it show up better. I was able to increase the font size of the journaling, as well.
Blue version of the original background, and I changed the mat color to blue using the picker option so it is a color from the actual background. Also picked a different mat, although that one doesn't quite suit.
Used a white flourish from Holiday Simplicity pack and rearranged the other elements.

As you can see, I was able to try a few different looks without using up my "supplies" and I can still make changes.

I mention the packs the embellishments came in. Some of the embellishments come with the software. Some are downloaded - and I only used what was free on the My Memories website or offered by the designers on their Facebook pages. I still have some I haven't used yet because they are in zip files and I'm figuring out how to use them (not how to unzip them, but where they go once they are unzipped). The files from My Memories are usually executable files, so they go where they are supposed to when you double-click on them.

You can also download the packs in photoshop format if you want to use them but don't have the My Memories software yet. And if you are in the market, I've got this giveaway going on, or you can simply purchase it by clicking on the graphic at the right and use my affiliate code STMMMS22597 to save $10 on your purchase (and yes, if you do that, I am compensated).