Who's ready for some fun? Join the designers at MyMemories on this month's blog train!
Here is the color palette used to create this month's beautiful kits!
You will be directed to each designers store at the MyMemories site. If you have not already done so, you will need to sign up for an account (note: this is a one time sign up and no purchase is necessary).
There is a special link to each designers gift that must be obtained from each designer. That link will take you to their store and their gift.
The new process is:
visit each designer’s blog or FB posting for their preview & special link
click on the link provided you will then be taken to their MyMemories store
This month we are going to focus on Siblings. Do you have more than one child? No children, how about a brother or sister? When as the last time you scrapbooked a layout that focused on sibling relationships, the good and the bad?
Do you have a lot of photos of yourself with your siblings or your kids together? With these types of photos we don’t always have a lot to journal about, the photos are simply of everyday family life as siblings.
Thankfully we don’t have to journal on all our layouts. We can allow the title to tell the story. For inspiration here are a few samples using my new Siblings collection in the My Memories store.
These are some fun photos Kat used of her kids to create a fun layout. Notice how the bright, bold colors play into the feel of the layout. Kit: Siblings Bundle.
Here is a layout by Jacqui. She has said so much with just a few word elements and the journal card. Kit: Sibling Bundle.
Here is a layout I created without any journaling. I allowed the quote on the tag (included in the kit) to tell the story. I love the colors in this kit, but for this layout I didn’t want the colors to be so bold and bright so I de-saturated all my elements by -25%. I am very happy with the results! Kit: Sibling Bundle.
Here are a couple more layouts for inspiration with the same title as used in the layout above. Kit: Sibling Bundle. Layout by Kat
Here is a layout by Jacqui highlighting her daughter’s aunts and uncles. Kit: Siblings.
When I read this quote I knew I wanted to include it in my kit. I haven’t had a chance to use this journal card quote yet, but I plan to soon!
I encourage you to gather some sibling photos and create a fun layout. Remember, a title or journal card can say so much. You don’t have to think of what to say, allow the title or journal tag/card do it for you. Barb, Albums to Remember Designs
I often have hundreds if not thousands of photos from a single event or trip. While these memories are precious, it can be tedious to scrapbook so many photos. That is where My Memories Suite comes in! It makes the task so much easier with a few different options. The one I am covering today is the AutoBuild feature.
Supplies you will need:
My Memories Suite Software
Lots of photos
Know where your photos are stored on your computer. This is the time to remove photos you do not want in your album. Delete or move them into a subfolder. The program will load only the photos in the folder you choose later in this process.
Open your copy of My Memories Suite. From the initial screen there are a few options offered to get you started, click AutoBuild.
The Professional Print Options box will appear.
This is where you choose the type of project you want to create Click Photobooks.
The Photobook Print Sizes box will pop up; click your desired size.
The software will finish opening and the AutoBuild box will pop up.
The first row in the AutoBuild box is for selecting the photo location on your computer, click Change.
The Open (file location) box will appear.
Find your file location, double click so it appears in the top “Look In” row then click select folder you will return to the Autobuild box.
The second row is the sort by option. I sort by date, to place the pictures in the order they were taken.
The third row is for selecting how many photos you want per page. The program will automatically select all options. If you do not want this click the boxes you do not want to unselect them. I often use the 4 and 5 photo options giving me the least amount of pages needed to create my album. This saves time as the program will not make as many pages and money when it is time to print.
The last option is to cancel or create, click create.
An autobuilding progress bar will pop up, the photos will begin loading and the program will build your album automatically!!
When your photos are finished loading the progress box will disappear and you will see the pages across the bottom of your screen.
Note all your photos will have a check mark inside of a green circle. Showing it is used in the album. As you select each page you can see which photos are on that page by selecting the layers pallet on the left side of your screen. If needed, you can rearrange pages by selecting and dragging across the bottom.
If you are unsatisfied with the layout of any page created automatically; select the page, click on the photo layout gallery on your left then select the layout you want. I duplicated a page I did not like and changed the layout to show you what it looked like before and after.
At this point, I recommend looking at each page of your album. You want to make sure none of your photos are cropped too far in one direction. If they are you can adjust this in the control panel by selecting the photo and either zooming or changing/clearing a possible crop made for the shape of the photo space in the layout created. If you clear a crop from a photo you may need to reposition or resize it. To resize drag in or out from the corners.
The only drawback of the autobuild option is vertical photos occasionally load horizontally, horizontal photos may load vertically or a photo may even load upside down. This does not happen often, however when working with a lot of photos, it is possible. This occurs because the actual pixel data is saved in the way that My Memories Suite Imports the images. The difference is that some programs can read an embedded rotation tag in the EXIF data of the image. Unfortunately My Memories Suite cannot read that EXIF data to determine if a rotation is necessary and imports the image in its raw pixel orientation.
If this happens, select the photo and change the rotation in the control panel on the right of the screen. After rotating, you may need to change the position of the edited photo or others to create a pleasing layout.
When you are sure your photos appear as you want them, we are ready to move on.
Select the backgrounds tab in the control panel
The program offers a choice of black, white or custom colors or you can add your own background. The color options should be self-explanatory. I will cover options for using paper backgrounds.
1) You can use a previously purchased background or one provided in the program. Click Add in the backgrounds tab of your control panel. This will bring up the Paper Box.
Find the appropriate file, and select a background. Now the add button in the bottom right of the Paper Dialogue box is highlighted.
Click Add this will place the background on your current page.
2) Use backgrounds stored elsewhere on your computer by clicking Add in the backgrounds tab of the control panel.
This will bring up the Paper Dialogue Box, click Browse.
The look in box will appear, Select the file location and desired background. Then click OK.
This will place the background on your current page.
Any background choice applied to your current page can be applied to all the pages automatically! I love this feature, it saves time; we are making a large album quickly. Also when my book is open and you see two pages at once they will match no matter how many pages are in the album.
Do this from the backgrounds tab in the control panel, click Apply.
This will bring up a Confirmation Box.
Click yes, the program will now rebuild with the background applied to all pages. Yippee!
Now let’s add photo shadows, this can also be done to all photos at once!! To do this select a photo, the photos tab will open in the control panel.
Click shadow, the shadow properties box will pop up.
Here you can add shadows to a single photo, all the photos on page or all photos the album. The program automatically provides a shadow option with a vertical and horizontal offset. If you like it, use it. I prefer shadows that provide depth all the way around my photos. To change the offset use the arrows on your keyboard. You will see the Pixel Offset numbers changing just below your photo in the shadow properties box.
Because we are making a quick album, select “All photos in this album” and click OK.
We have completed a basic quick album!
If desired, you can take this further, by adding text and/or elements. Just select the appropriate tabs in the control panel on your right or the gallery on your left . (You can also apply shadows to all your elements at one time!)
When printing, the first and last page of your album will be the automatic cover choice made by the program. There is also leather option or you may want to create a custom cover. To create a custom cover, insert a page at the beginning and end of your album by right clicking on the first and last album pages. Insert a page before the first page for the front and after the last page for the back cover. You will have the option of inserting a blank page or a page template.
Make your choice, click ok and create the cover. Please note, if you want the spine to match the front and back covers, choose a color. The only option for a custom spine is a color you will choose when you send your order to My Memories.
When you are ready to print your book, select share from the control panel, then click book.
The Album Upload box will appear.
Here you choose your cover type, add text to your spine and choose your spine color. When ready, click Upload. The program and site will guide you through the rest.
Thank you for taking the time to read my Designer Tip. I hope you find it informative and you enjoy making large albums quickly and easily in My Memories Suite as much as I do. Happy Scrapping!!
The railroads criss crossing America needed workers to lay the tracks, to blast through the mountains, to weld and hammer and supervise ... it was difficult and often dangerous work. Recent immigrants and their children were often the only ones who would take this work. The conditions were rough and many died helping to bring the coasts together and help move settlers and goods across this nation.
What labor did your ancestors do when they first arrived on the American shores? Did any work for the railroad? Some of my Scandinavia ancestors worked for the railroads when they first arrived, they were big men and the railroad wanted big men as supervisors. It was hard work and they were away from home a great deal. Most had not yet married when they took the jobs and I can sure understand why.
My newest Heritage collection Riding the Rails celebrates the era of the railroad and is perfect for scrapping ancestors or railroad buffs.
Here is a page starter gift to help you get started with your pages. Just click on the preview to go to my store and put it in your shopping cart.
Here are previews to the collection so you can get a better look and layouts from my wonderful Creative Team for inspiration.
Get these designs ONLY at MyMemories. Our wonderful designers are at it again and they have come together to offer high quality, exclusive designs that you can only get here! Some of these designs were ideas they had been cooking up for a bit and some were inspired by some of our very own customers!
July's Exclusive MyMemories Designs have many fun and unique options to choose from! Whether you are road tripping to California, have added a sweet baby to your family, adore your siblings, love you some steampunk, are drawn to rainbows and unicorns, you enjoy a good par-tea, are a self-proclaimed bookworm, craft your heart out, go cruisin' the waters, are part of the wizarding world or a member of the band, backyard gamer, bake from the heart, dinosaurs are your jam, or maybe cats and dogs are your thing, there will be a kit that is perfect for you! Below you will find all of our new July Exclusive MyMemories Designs...have a look around!
CLICK ON EACH KIT TO VIEW THE COLLECTION/KIT UP CLOSE!
Hello! I am Fran from FranB Designs and today is the first day of my blog series! Scrapping vacations is my favorite thing to scrap and I am always needing to get them done, so not only am I hoping to inspire you to get more vacation pages done, but I want to get more pages done for my family too!
This series will be once a month and each month there will be a coordinating challenge on the My Memories forum too! Follow the instructions in the challenge each month and you will get a little gift from me for participating. :)
For my first post in the series, I am going to start all the way at the beginning - the planning phase! Gather your vacation photos, sort them how you like and make any corrections to your photos, remove red eyes, brighten your photos, etc. And then it’s time to plan! (I love to plan!)
Decide which photos you wish to put in your scrapbook and how you want to sort them. You can decide how many pages you wish to complete for your vacation book, particularly useful if you get a bound photobook! Did you take a day trip and want to use a bunch of photos on one page, or did you do many different activities and have lots of topics to separate into different pages. After sorting your photos, then you need to choose which scrapbook kits to use - shopping is the fun part! Well, scrapping is fun too!
Once you have a plan, it’s time to jump in! Grab some photos and choose your kits and let’s get scrapping!
Here are some pages from my CT members highlighting vacations using my Cruisin’ kit.
Scrapping vacations is so much fun. You get to relive the fun and good times that you shared with your loved ones and it brings a smile to your face when you look at them! Be sure to join me on the forum for my challenge! Fran :)
Have you ever looked at layouts that others have done and thought to yourself, "Wow that's so pretty and realistic, wish I could do that". Well one trick that a lot of people use is so simple, but adds so much to any layout or scrap page that once you use it you'll never stop.
Shadows...they are an important element that every designer should know how to use. It adds just a little something that can make your work look so good. Plus it's so easy. Just do it once and you've mastered it. Using the My Memories Software, shadows are pretty much done for you. Just click the shadow button.
Ok, let's start with any project you have. Get your background paper, your photo and add your elements. Here is mine..
It's very simple. Just a photo of my cousins, some strings (because my baby cousin says she collects string) and a few paper flowers. I tried to match the background paper with her shirt the best I could. I used my mini kit from the Determination Bundle. Just click the photo below to use the same kit.
Now comes the easy part. I have my arrow over the shading button in the below photo.
Select any of the elements on your page, doesn't matter which one. Now just click that and look at the settings I have in the following photo and set yours to the same. Then just click ok.
Once you click ok, you've done it. Added shadows to your layout to give it a perfect touch of you. It makes whatever you've added shadow to a special look. It allows the element or photo to look almost raised off the background a slight bit. Continue doing that to what ever you think needs it. I personally use shadows on everything just about. Here is my finished page.
There you go. YOU DID IT!!! I personally love shadows and love the look they give to any project. They are so super easy to use and really a must use tool for any designer. I hope I made this easy enough for everyone and you enjoy working with your shadows now as much as I do. Have a great day guys and many blessings to you all!!!