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MyMemories Digital Scrapbooking Software Giveway!

I have stumbled across a new toy that I am so excited about! It is a new digital scrapbooking software called MyMemories. I wasn’t sure I would like it. I mean, would it be difficult to use? Would it take a long time to figure out? Would it produce great scrapbooking pages?

Well, I can answer yes to all of the above! Let me show you a couple of pages I was able to put together.

Cute, huh? These were page templates that laid out the photos for me and then I was able to embellishments, like the ribbon and flowers. I was also able to add text and the scrolling flourish. Not too bad for my first try.

Now, here’s the deal about this scrapbooking software. You can do more with it than just scrapbooking pages. For instance, I was able to use the scrapbooking paper for the background of my blog. I also put together the header for my blog as well.

And…look what I just finished creating, just in time for Christmas! (I made two 5 x 7 cards, because I couldn’t decide which one I like better. I’m thinking the green one is cute.

I’ve had so many ideas popping into my head of things to create. My next project is going to be Christmas gift tags. I could even do them as gifts! I’ll blog about them once I get them done.

Check out all the features of this digital scrapbooking software: (from the site)

Full Feature List

MyMemories Suite 3.0 scrapbooking software provides the design tools that will help you to build entire albums effortlessly using one of the many installed templates, or starting your own pages from scratch. This user-friendly software is great for beginners and design pros alike.

Design Features

  • Drag & drop your own pictures, plus page embellishments, backgrounds, imprints, shapes, and page layouts from one convenient sidebar (Resource Gallery).
  • feature_resources
  • Search through library of graphics quickly with enhanced search function
  • Pick your canvas size for your scrapbook or craft project
  • Align or space elements evenly on a page
  • Have precise control of your page design with Zoom
  • Add background paper as photo object (from backgrounds dialog)
  • Paste in background papers into shapes
  • Edit elements individually or in groups
  • Edit elements in pixels or inches
  • Change colors of imprint graphics and shapes
  • Edit elements directly on the with right-click functions
  • Right click edit
  • Rotate elements on a page
  • Layer elements on a page
  • Zoom-in and out on a page with tools or key commands
  • Create your own favorites library of colors and page elements
  • Preview drop shadows and mat effects before committing
  • Preview photo effects
  • Fill shapes with textures or images
  • Adjust colors using scrapbook palette, colors imported from images (color picker) and other color libraries
  • Build complete calendars automatically with Calendar Tool
  • Apply gradients with color palette
  • Gradient colors

Photo Features

  • Add mats to your pictures one picture or all your pictures at once
  • Apply drop shadows to one picture or all your pictures at once
  • Resize, crop, remove redeye, and apply various effects to pictures without ever leaving the page
  • Rotate photo within a photo box
  • Place photo into a shape

Text & Journaling Features

  • Type journaling directly onto your page
  • Position journaling around circular and angled shapes
  • Find and replace text
  • Memory of latest fonts used
  • Edit options for uppercase, lowercase, and sentence case
  • Word Art Designer feature provides 1-click options to bevel, emboss, add gradients, drop shadows, warp or shape, or paste images into text
  • Preview photo effects
  • Spell Check

General Features

  • Sharing wizards help you output one page (or pages) in multiple print and multimedia formats
  • Export pages as JPG, PNG or PDF files
  • Set defaults for drop shadows and text for your entire album
  • Add different shaped album pages into current album (i.e. Import landscape pages into a square album)
  • Identify any page element that are off the canvas
  • Holding the shift key while dragging an object constrains it to its horizontal or vertical axis
  • Locate Albums (File–>Locate Albums) will ask for a directory and then search for albums
  • Warn if there are missing fonts when doing a hi-res output
  • Export pages to PNG file formats and different quality JPG formats
  • Duplicate or Mirror Pages
  • Delete a single page or multiple pages at one time
  • Layer multiple background papers—perfect for mats, paper strips, frames, and more
  • Combine pages from multiple albums—even pages with different shapes
  • View your page layouts one at a time, or together as double-page spreads
  • Print your pages at home or use built in wizard to make your album into a professionally printed book
  • Simplified 1-screen export processes
  • Add multiple pictures at once to your layout using the FastFill function
  • Burn your creations onto a CD or DVD with better optical device support
  • Search functions for all page elements and Resource Gallery

Here is a short 4 minute video about MyMemories that you can view so actually see how it works.

When you are finished with your pages, you can export them as jpeg or png file. You can create movies, DVD’s, and even add video to your pages. You can make books, calendars, and more. It is very versatile.

If you want to purchase the software, you can use my coupon code STMMMS5007 and get $10 off the software. Normally is sells for $39.95. 

If you still aren’t sure, you can download a trial copy HERE and play with it to see if it is something that you could use.

Here is the awesome thing about MyMemories. They are letting me give away a free copy of of the MyMemories digital scrapbooking software! So here is what you need to do in order to enter the giveaway. I’m using a nifty Rafflecopter widget to help me out. The first question is mandatory, the others are optional for extra entries. The winner will be posted next Monday, November 19.

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*I was given a free copy of the MyMemoriesSuite for review. This review is my honest opinion. I do get a small commission on any software purchased with my code. 

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Sandwich, With a Side of Romance: Review & Giveaway

Krista Phillip’s debut book, Sandwich, With a Side of Romance is a savory read, flavored with humor and depth!

When Maddie Buckner moves to Sandwich to become a hair stylist, she botches her first haircut and loses her job – and the chance to gain custody of her brother still in foster care. Reuben-the-Jerk, who got her fired, is guilted into giving her a job as his assistant at his restaurant, The Sandwich Emporium.

Maddie is racing against time, as she struggles to build a stable life and get custody of her brother. His foster parents want to adopt him, and Maddie needs to prove herself as a worthy guardian. The problem is she keeps getting herself into a “pickle” and has to be rescued by Reuben-the-Jerk…who has started to become Reuben-the-Dreamboat. Throw in Reuben’s jealous fiance and you have one big, messy plate of circumstances.

There are several things I loved about this book. I loved Maddie’s new faith and her “realistic” and sometimes funny prayers. There is a realness about Maddie and how she expresses herself and her faith. It’s not contrived. It’s honest and open. I loved Reuben who, even though he grew up in a Christian family, struggles with himself and his feelings. I love that he is real…he really can be a jerk! But oh, the chemistry between these two….it is tangible and heartfelt.

I also loved Reuben’s family who exhibit what it really means to be Jesus in this world. They opened up their homes and their hearts to Maddie when she had no one…and nothing. They gave and they gave, without expecting anything in return. They encouraged and they loved, not pushing Maddie too hard or too fast. They are what I hope to be.

Krista’s debut book is a funny and happy read, but it contains meat to chew on. It shows us realness of life. It shows us how we can struggle in life, yet trust God for His blessing. It shows us that God’s family IS a real family who love unconditionally. It shows us that two people can learn to trust and love in spite of themselves.

Sandwich, With a Side of Romance is an awesome debut novel and I cannot wait for the next one!

You can order your very own Sandwich HERE!

GIVEAWAY: I’m giving away a copy of Sandwich, With a Side of Romance!!!

Please leave an email adddress! ( spam free: janedoe (at) gmail (dot) com ) If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.
Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on September 16th.

* This book was provided by Abingdon and NetGalley.com for my honest review.

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Nose to the Grindstone

Photo by Stuart Miles
 from FreeDigitalPhotos.net

My week off is over and it is back to the trenches, off to the workforce, nose to the grindstone. OUCH! I didn’t do much on my “vacation”…spent time with family, read, watched Netflix, did a little editing. I didn’t even clean the house like I should have.

There’s something about getting back to a routine that I like. I get up at 5am and get to work by 7:30am. I get home at 5:15pm and I cook supper. I clean the kitchen. I get on my laptop and/or watch TV. I go to bed. I know what I’m supposed to do and I do it. It is a forced discipline – of which I sadly lack on my own.

It’s weird how you make yourself do something when you know you HAVE to do it. I get up early because I HAVE to go to work. I cook dinner because we HAVE to eat. I do laundry because we HAVE to have clean clothes.

Here’s the thing…I’m not one of those writers who HAS to write or they die. It’s a fun thing for me, so if I don’t feel like it, I don’t. But that won’t get a book written. There has to be some kind of discipline going on to get a book written.

So what’s a girl to do? Make a plan, of course. With consequences. Mwahahahhaa. I must write 1000 words a day or I do not get a diet Dr. Pepper the next day. Sigh…I know what you are thinking…that’s harsh! I love my diet Dr. Peppers.

So tell me, what’s your plan of action to get things accomplished? 


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Winner of Keli Gwyn’s debut book, A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California is….Patty! Congratulations! Be looking for an email from me!