March 9, 2012

Recycle Reuse

I love money saving tips. And while we all look for the deals and coupons. . sometimes it's as easy as looking around our own homes.

This blogger: had some great tips that work for every craft. .
Look around your house. We all love to buy those cute jars for organizing our stuff, but we have jars in our house that we use and throw out. How many of the things in our refrigerators and cabinets come in jars. Use them, clean them up and fill them with all of our little items that need a better home!

And have some fun with it. . use your paint, labeller, ribbons to decorate the jar to fit your style!

The Ribbon Jar - Beautiful and unique ribbon and trim by the yard!

November 13, 2011

Rubber Stamping and Tim Holtz

On a last minute decision I went to the Rubber Stamping Convention in Carson, CA. today.

Now I may be a scrapbooker - but I'm not much of a rubber stamper. The card making folks really seem to have that niche. Of course the stamps have come a long way and I really love some of the more interesting techniques. But I still think that I'm not a stamper.

I was looking forward to seeing one booth/ person. Tim Holtz was scheduled to be at the Stamper's Anonymous booth. The event was bigger than expected and there were a lot of good things. But finally finding this booth and his demo's made the whole trip.

I've oo'd and ah'd at all of his great things but I mostly didn't know what to do with them. He demo'd some great techniques and hopefully I'll have some time soon to try them all out. I'll post some pictures when I can.

But if you have a chance to go to the event tomorrow (it's from 11-2 on Sunday 11/13/11). I'm not positive he'll be there, but if he is it's really worth checking out!

November 9, 2011

We have a winner!

Congrats Connie!

You've won a free copy of My Memories Suite Scrapbook software!
Please send me a message at and I'll send you your link to the program! I have to have your response by November 20th.

Didn't win but convinced you’ll love this software too:
Use this link to order and enter coupon code STMMMS14809 which provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value!

Be sure to share what you made with your software!

September 12, 2011

My Memories Suite digital scrapbooking software - FREE

When I started my blog, I wondered what kinds of things I’d be doing.

I figured I really wanted to share tips – as that seems to be what my scrapbooking students were the most interested in. But I wanted it to be more than that. So I’ve shared info on events and I’ve told you about new products I’ve seen at the Scrapbook Expo (which BTW another is coming up and I’m SOOOO excited but that’s for another post).

But I think I’ve not done enough of two of the things I wanted to do. Have Give Aways and talk about the joys of Digital Scrapbooking!! Lucky for me I was recently given the opportunity to do both at once!!

I got to play with a copy of the #1 rated digital scrapbooking software My Memories.
My Memories Suite version 2 software is a complete digital scrapbooking solution that provides a powerful set of creative tools and multiple sharing options that no other software can offer. Its intuitive workspace and enhanced time-saving features are perfect for a beginner to build an entire album in minutes, or to empower the design pro to build a scrapbook album masterpiece.

The software was pretty user friendly. Now, as some of you know, I’ve been doing digital scrapbooking for a while on various programs. Everything from using Word and PowerPoint to using Photoshop. So I’ll admit that I’m not the fairest example on this. But I had my mother, who while isn’t uncomfortable with computers, has never done any digital scrapbooking. So I’ll try to keep her comments in mind as well.

When it opens you see the choices of Designer Templates. For me it was great to have Photo Only Templates as well because these are just like using sketches from the magazines. There is no color to influence you. . just boxes. But for less digital scrapbooking savvy users there were some great other full color ones. There was just one thing that I would have liked to see on this. It even took me a while to realize these templates were for a whole album. Each image represents a group of templates in the same style. And you can choose which of these pages to use and what order they’ll be in. They can also be used more than once. A great feature that is a little too hidden at first. But once you choose any one you’ll realize it’s there for the future.

You’ll have the option of letting the computer fill in a group of your photos for a fast album, or you can pick and click and choose which to place where. I’m more prone to use the latter option.
As it opens my album to work in – I notice on the left side there are a bunch of designs available on the site! Such a great bonus, many are free kits! There are samplers there and more templates. The ones at the top are free and as I scroll down there are a few more detailed ones that I can purchase. The prices seem pretty reasonable- starting at just 99cents. And it appears I can just click straight in the program and it will take me to the website to download!

I also notice a pop up that tells me that the outer edges of my page may be obscured when it is bound in a book. It has darkened the areas in question to keep me from putting things there they I won’t want cut off. Something that is so easy for people to overlook and it won’t be until you’ve printed your pages that you’ll find that mistake. Which means going back and redoing it all! I was very happy to see this feature for all levels of users.

Need to add or change your photos, it tells you to double click on the box to add a photo. A pop up asks you to pick your photos and then it lets you adjust which part of the photo to fit in the space.

Just like using any Microsoft Office program, double clicking lets you edit any element. Something most people already know how to do! I did run into a little confusion trying to change text that was already on the template but a few minutes of playing with it and I was able to do so much more. It’s very easy to add Embelishments – and there are a lot of them to add. I added a ribbon and mousing over the little boxes at each edge easily let me change the size and even rotate it and it told me when it was a 90degrees!! This is very important for me, I’m always having such a hard time getting something perfectly straight when I rotate it. Having those degress pop up means so much help in making my page look better!

And in just a few minutes I have a wonderful Scrapbook Page. Ready to post, print or email to family! Oh and did I mention - you can add videos and audio recordings! What a great gift for the Grandmother that lives far away!!

And most important, the cost. At just $39.99 this software is chocked full of features at a reasonable price. And remember there are great free downloads offered on the site to go with it. And it looks like that’s something that will keep coming.

I’ll be using this software to show some tutorials in the future!

So now on to the contest details!

Comment on this blog post and tell me if you’ve ever done Digital Scrapbooking (and what program you’ve used) or if you want to do Digital Scrapbooking and you’ll be entered to win this great software!

Want a second entry?! Go to and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout and then tell me which one you've choosen here in the comments for this blog!! It’s that easy.

One lucky winner will get the whole My Memories Suite version 2 software.

Convinced you’ll love this software too:
Use this link to order and enter coupon code STMMMS14809 which provides a $10 discount off the purchase of the My Memories Suite Scrapbook software and a $10 coupon for the store - $20 value!

Be sure to let me show me what you want to make with this as well!!

September 11, 2011

Digital Scrapbooking Software, a Michael's Sale and a Give Away Contest!

Just thought I'd put a quick note today.

I'm going to be posting my review of the #1 rated digital scrapbooking software tomorrow.

The My Memories people were also kind enough to let me do a Give Away Contest on my blog!

So check back tomorrow and you could win their Digital Scrapbooking software!

In the meantime, you'll also want to check out Micheal's tomorrow for a one day deal. All collectible and display cases (including those 12 x 12 frames you've been eyeing) will be on sale tomorrow only!!

August 22, 2011

Scrapbooking Class and Crop this week!!

Scrapbooking 103 – Intermediate
1 Day Fee: $15.00
In this class, taught by a certified scrapbook instructor, you will focus on specific theory and techniques of scrapbook design. Learn some of the more complicated and unique techniques to really make your scrapbook pages effective. Bring 3-5 photos from a single event and everything else you need to make some great scrapbook page(s) will be available in class. All supplies, tools and directions will be provided in class. $10 material fee is payable to the instructor at the first class. This is a great follow up to the 101 & 102 classes or if you have a good amount of experience with scrapbooking this can be a wonderful chance to learn something new and enhance your pages!

Monday, August 22nd 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Scrapbooking and Card-making PARTY
1 day Fee: $10
Join fellow scrapbookers and cardmakers to scrapbook, make cards or work on whatever project you want!! Bring your supplies and benefit from the fun and camaraderie of fellow crafters and time away from all of the distractions at home to get some serious crafting done. A certified scrapbook instructor will be on hand to answer any questions or offer advice if needed. There will be a FREE PROJECT for you to make & take home as well! There will also be a raffle for a fun paper crafting prize! Each completed page or card earns you a raffle ticket!! Don’t have any supplies yet, but always wanted to try this out - materials will be available!

Saturday, August 27th 12 Noon – 6PM

Contact the Buena Park Elhers Community Center to sign up:

8150 Knott Avenue
Buena Park 90620-3159
(in the Walter D. Ehlers Community Recreation Center)
(714) 236-3870

June 26, 2011

Die Cutting everywhere

Today I taught my first Cricut Basics class at JoAnns. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this before but I don't actually have a Cricut. I know it's hard to imagine . . but I instead have a Pazzles Inspiration. That machine is wonderful! But it's not what this is about.

The class today was about the Cricut and I have used it before but I was asked to cover for someone at the last moment and so I needed to brush up on it and do a bit of research for some tips and tricks (something I like to add to all of my classes.).

Things I learned about the Cricut:
The Border Feature is very cool!
When you use it with Animals you get a large one and two smaller ones.
When you use it with other items it gives you about 3-7 of that image, turned in different directions and attached. Great feature!

Revitalize your Mats
Your mat is not beyond repair. The Zig 2 Chisel Tip pen can be used add adhesive back to the page. Just apply the adhesive across the entire mat. Wait about 20 mins. for it to dry and it's good as new.

Turn everything around!
This may seem a little strange but trust me. Take out the book that came with your cartridge. Take the picture of the die cuts on your computers or from where ever else you get them and turn them upside down. Today in my class I opened a book and looked at the image of what was supposed to be three connected coconuts. Upside down - we suddenly have Micky Ears! Try it you might be surprised.

Come by JoAnns next month and learn more about some of the things that will make you a Cricut expert!

For those that use other machines or use the Sure Cuts a Lot or cuts by hand, here are some great links for free die cut shapes!