Monday, November 21, 2011

Twisted Tuesdays

I am hoping to start a new weekly post for you.  I will be calling Twisted Tuesdays simply because my oldest daughter suggested this title and I can't think of anything I like better.  Feel free to send me suggestions if you can think of something.

I have to say that the more I play with the MY Memories Suite software the more I am in love.  I think that I am going to try and complete Ali's December Daily and the Journal Your Christmas project this year digitally.  This will be the first time that I will create a digital book.  I am thinking that this will actually help me stay on track and finish the book on time.  I will not have to worry about waiting until pictures are developed.  In the meantime I want to become more familiar with the software and the new version.  To do this, I am going to be posting a bit more on this site.  
Today's post is a quick page that I created for Sarah's senior year of cheer. 

Now here is the really cool part of this email  a freebie. This package will work with not only My Memories Suite software but also other programs that you may be using.  Feel free to click on this link and grab this weeks freebie:

Here is what I created with the package quickly tonight.

If you don't already have a copy of the easiest digital software in the world then take advantage of this promotion.  Click on the icon in the right side bar.  This will take you to the My Memories Suite Software.  If you enter this code(STMMMS61276) you will not only get 10.00 off of your purchase but a second code/coupon good for 10.00 off of your order from their store with all of the designers sets.  Cool deal right!!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Imaginisce Blog: One door closes as another opens!

Imaginisce Blog: One door closes as another opens!: Signing off... Today's post is going to be rather bitter-sweet as it's going to be my last as design team co-ordinator, but also a time ...

Thursday, October 13, 2011

My Memories Suite and a Giveaway

In honor of my daughter's 18th birthday picked

Congrats to Sarah Ackerman, who said
"Lots of great designs! I like the vintage grunge papers 1 & 2, heritage,
round vintage cards, etc, etc : )"
you are the lucky winner of the My Memories Suite Software.  I will be sending you an email later with the details and the code you need to download the software.  It won't be until tomorrow or later as I won't be home today until very late.

Friday, October 7, 2011

My Memories Suite and a terrific giveaway.

I have been wanting to learn how to digi scrap for awhile now.  Several years ago I took a mini introduction class and then came home and was able to create the announcement for Sarah's confirmation.  While I have no idea what I did and can't repeat it now, I do remember how hard it was and frustrating.  Had to remember layers and what needed to go where, plus getting everything sized just right was a pain.

Fast forward four years and it is time to create graduation announcements. I knew that there was NO WAY I would ever be able to figure out how to use the software that was on my computer again. No Sarah was going to have to settle for the plain announcements like everyone else had. When all of the sudden My Memories Suite comes riding in to rescue me. All of the sudden I am asked to test out this digital software program. I am in love. Look what I was able to create during my first hour of playing with My Memories Suite.

I was able to create these 5 layouts with virtually no learning curve required.  I just opened the software for the first time, picked out the templates that I wanted to use and then chose the pictures.  The program even pops up with a tool that helped me to size and crop the picture perfectly.

The next night I had a little bit more free time and spent some time looking through My Memories Suite website for different kits that I could download.  They have several different kits in many different themes to choose from including an entire section of free.  In the free section I found some graduation kits, which of course caught my eye as the parent of a senior.  I went ahead and downloaded two of the kits. Instead of using the pre-made pages (they were the wrong color) I was able to use the elements to create my own page.  Now all I need to do is add pictures once the ceremony is complete in May.

I must admit that the more I play with My Memories Suite, the more I want to do.  I am enjoying creating many different layouts including this one from a favorite family get together this past summer.  We went to my cousin's farm (which is the farm that the family started on over 100 years ago.) My grandfather and dad were born and raised on this farm and I spent many happy days with my cousin's on the farm. I am so thrilled to be able to share it with my own daughters.

Check out this brief video for an overview of some of the things that you can do with this digital scrapbooking software. There are many other great things that you can do with this software, but I am showing you what I was able to do after only playing with the software for a short time over two days. 

And now for the totally cool part. My Memories Suite is giving me a free download for one lucky winner.  All you have to do is be a follower of my blog, vist the My Memories Suite website and then leave me a comment with your favorite line of papers and embellishments that can be downloaded. For extra entries do the following:
1. Check out the My Memories Suite blog and become a follower
3. Twitter about this giveaway and follow My Memories Suite on twitter.
4. Share about this giveaway on your blog or other forms of media (facebook, fiskateers, etc.)

Leave me a separate comment for each thing that you do. In honor of my oldest child turning 18, I will close this giveaway at 12:00 noon central standard time and then pick  a winner and post the winner here around 9:00 pm central standard time. 
Good Luck

If you are as excited as I am about this software and can't wait to see if you won, or if you don't win, the people at My Memories Suite are so awesome that they are allowing me to share this code with you for 10.00 off of your software purchase and another 10.00 coupon for the store so that you can purchase even more great downloads besides all of the free ones that are available. That isa total of 20.00 off of your purchase.  How can you refuse such an awesome deal.  Hurry over today and use this code.  STMMMS61276 

I want to thank My Memories Suite for donating the software so that I could try the software and for donating the software for the giveaway.  While MY Memories donated the software the opinions are my own after spending a couple of hours over two days playing with the software.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

June Sketch

For the past few months, I have been participating on a design team for Shannon White's sketches.  I have to say that I really love her sketches.  They are easy to follow and always seem to inspire me.  I haven't had time to get them done before the posting date the past few months.  Now that school is out for the summer I was actually able to get this months sketch done  a couple of weeks early.  I choose to finish up Sarah's cheer album for this year with the pictures from the Potluck Awards Night.  So far this is the only album that I have been able to keep up with lately.  I just have one more year of high school cheer to put in, but it is kind of hard to scrap the pictures since her senior year hasn't begun yet. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

This years edition

Every year we get invited to many different graduation parties.  I have started making the cards instead of purchasing generic cards.  One of the things that I really like to do is to try and make the card in the school colors for the graduate.  I also try to  make a different card each year.  This year we have been invited to parties from several different schools.  In the top picture we have Northeast and Camance, The middle picture is Central Clinton, and the bottom picture is Clinton High school.  I still have one more card to make and that is for Durant High School.  Their colors are Blue and Gold. 

Congrats to this years Graduates.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Card making

Before I go any farther, Mom if you are reading this stop right now.  Please do not read any farther, spoiler alert.

Okay, now that I have taken care of that little problem,  I am not even sure if my mom reads my blog, I want to show you what I have been working on the past couple of days. 

 This is a card for my Great Aunt who will be celebrating her 90th birthday this coming Saturday.  She is so outgoing and does well.  You would never know that she is 90.  I hope that when I am 90 I am doing half as well as what she is.  She was my grandfather's younger sister.  He was in just as good as shape when he passed away, hoping that is a family trait that was passed down to me. 
Mother's day card for my mom.  I will actually give it to her on Saturday when I venture down to my Great Aunt's open house.

I also spent the day working on several birthday cards, but they aren't quite finished yet.  They are still missing something and I am not sure what. 

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Make Take Murder

A couple of years ago I found a new series of mysteries that also involved scrapbooking. I came across the first book of the Kiki Lowenstein Scrap-n-Craft mystery series, Paper, Scissors, Death.  I really enjoyed reading this book and quickly purchased the second book in the series, Cut, Crop and Die.  Not only do I enjoy reading about Kiki and her adventures in the scrapbook store, a couple of my friends also enjoy the series.  Last year when the third book, Photo, Snap, Shot came out, I quickly purchased the book and read it right away.  I just had to know what was happening to Kiki and her family as soon as possible.  I have been anxiously awaiting the fourth book, Make, Take, Murder that was due out this spring.  I had the book on my Amazon wish list and was just waiting for the release date of May 1st, when I was delighted to find out that I had won a copy from the author's blog.  My autographed copy arrived yesterday, April 22.  Of course I had to begin reading right away.  I finally set the book down mid morning when I finished the book. 

Kiki is dumpster diving for her lost paycheck when all of the sudden she finds a severed leg in the dumpster.  After a call to 911, things really start to heat up.  There is a threatening message left on the store's answering machine.  Kiki is convinced that she doesn't have time to investigate the possible murder of the leg's owner, when the murder women't daughter stops by with some books to help Kiki find the killer.  Other smaller plots that are developed through out the story include Kiki's love life, and domestic abuse.  With at least three different men pursing Kiki she has a choice to make, Detective Chad Detweiler, Ben Novak, or newcomer Detective Hadcho.  Throughout the story Kiki is also learning about domestic abuse that has occurred with some of her friends.  She discovers that she doesn't really know her friends and co-workers as well as she thought that she did.  In the end Kiki decides to start looking for a way to help those that are caught in  domestic abuse.  Needless to say, I am now counting down to the next book in the series due to be released Spring of 2012.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

  Good morning.  Last month I joined the Scrapping Stampers Sketch Design Team.  I really love the sketchs.  I was so excited when I saw this month's sketch but alas time got away from me.  Need to get more organized with my job (new position), house and other things.  Sounds like a good summer project doesn't it?  Anyway Shannon is so awesome that she is giving away two prizes on her blog.  1 for the design team member that sends the most people, please comment that Colleen sent you and 1 for a lucky commenter.  You and I both have a chance to win some fun blog candy.
Don't worry I am still going to use this sketch, as I totally love it.  

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Something new

So for the past couple of years I have dabbled a little bit in basket making.  Usually I make them in a group or class effort.  Today however I decided to try my hand and making my own basket.  I didn't have a pattern or instructions for this basket. Granted it is a small napkin sized basket but that is what I wanted to make.  I think that it turned out really cute.  I make have to make some more up for gifts.  They would be perfect to place small themed items in for a gift holder.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

March pages done

Just a few of the layout I have created this month.  So excited, Sarah's cheer album is almost complete. I just need to scrap the pages from the awards potluck this past week.  Will get them done as soon as they come in.