Tuesday, November 15, 2011

My Memories Digital Scrapbook Software Giveaway

I know this is a "quilty" blog, and that as followers most of you are quilty people :-)  I not only love quilting, but crochet, general sewing and I am trying to improve my knitting skills.  I also have several photo scrapbooks made and have been having fun trying the digital scrapbooking.  That being said, I have a great My Memories Suite Free Digital Scrapbooking Software Giveaway happening now and so far no takers!  Even if you don't make photo scrapbooks I'm sure you know someone who does right?  This could be a holiday gift for them, or for yourself!  Check out my post HERE for all the details.  Winner will be drawn on Friday.

On another note, my Sister and Mom were heading up to Keepsake Quilting in New Hampshire for the day on Sunday.  I really mean for the day as it is over two hours from us.  We shop, go out to lunch, then back to the store to shop some more!  Well, I "tagged along" for the ride as I didn't need anything.  Yah Right!  Here is what came home with me:

They were having an open house and sale on fat quarters so I had to stock up on those.  Then there was some items in the sale room that I'd better get; I'm also a sucker for charm packs, and thanks to Paulette at Sweet P, (a wool afficianado who does lovely work), I am now wanting to try a little wool project so I will start with this cute snowman kit.  The yo-yo maker was a gift from the store for their open house.  It's the shamrock shape so it can make three-dimentional flowers, so that will be fun too!  See Santa in there?  Couldn't resist him either :-)

I have some organizing to do in my sewing area and finish another little gift for my new niece who finally arrived last week.  Gotta get crackin' and finish some other projects before I can play with this new loot.

Don't forget to check out the giveaway!

Until Next Time,

Friday, November 11, 2011

Happy Veterans Day and Time for a Giveaway

First off on this very special 11-11-11, a heartfelt THANK YOU to the men and women who serve and sacrifice so we may live our lives in freedom.

So much has happened since my last post.  The bad news?  I spilled coffee on my laptop this morning YIKES!  But techy DH cleaned it up for me and here I am.  The good news?  I tried to post (unsuccessfuly - I have more to learn) this morning from my new IPad which I WON!  How cool is that?  I was doing my part and bought raffle tickets for the school's fundraiser.  Who'd-a-thought?

I was working on my sample pages to show you for the My Memories Scrapbooking Software Giveaway I promised when I spilled.  I have been having a blast playing and here are a couple of pages I have done:

Neither page took very long because the software is so easy to use.  What takes some time at first is looking at ALL the pages and elements they have available.  The software comes with plenty for you to make nice album pages.  However The My Memories Store has tons of themes and ideas to choose from.  I find their products very reasonably priced and there's always sales and freebies to download.  You might want to check out their new Design Club - definite savings there!

When I think of all the "stuff" I would lug to an organized crop, or just the thought of digging everything out to set up at home I would spend most of my time deciding how to layout my page.  I'd be lucky if two pages got done and then it's time to pack it all up again.  There's a whole afternoon right there.  Fine some days, but I don't have time to do that very often which explains why my 5 yr old's baby book is only partially done!  Most of us have our pictures right on our computers so no more waiting for prints before we can start.  With My Memories Suite, you can sit down and work on a page a few minutes at a time.  You can even do a whole album in no time using one of their quick pages or themed kits.  They have layouts pre-made or you can start from scratch and go crazy!

One of the other aspects I like is I am no longer as limited as to how big the album should be.  My older albums could only hold a certain number of pages so I would  have to choose which photos "made the cut".  Now I can put a lot more into a single album.

Oh, and did you notice my new blog header picture?  Yep, My Memories!  It's not just for scrapbooks!

The team at My Memories has graciously offered to let me give away a copy of their My Memories Version 2 software.  You have 6 chances to win:

1.  Follow me here at Sun Naturals :-)
2.  Follow My Memories Blog  where there are tons of tutorials and tips
3. Go to the My Memories website and let me know which paper pack, layout or kit you like
4.  Like My Memories on Facebook - lots of contests and giveaways
5.  Follow My Memories on Twitter
6.  Post, Tweet, or Facebook about my Giveaway - tell all your friends!

You don't have to leave a comment for each item.  Just comment telling me what you did; I will put your name in the hat for each chance task you complete.  Easier for you instead of leaving me 6 separate comments!  Also please make sure I can contact you if you are anonymous or a no-reply blogger.  I will draw a winner next Friday, November 18.

If you can't wait for the giveaway and want to get the software right away, click on the My Memories button at the top of my sidebar, then copy and paste the promo code: 


at checkout to receive $10 discount off the purchase of the software and a $10 coupon to use in the My Memories store.  $20 in savings right off the bat!

I am sooo looking forward to getting DD2's baby book done now as well as all the other pages I have yet to do!  I'm off to play some more :-)

Until Next Time,

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Attention Scrapbook Lovers........

Coming Soon......

I cannot believe this has happened to me!  I have been invited by My Memories to play with their fabulous scrapbooking software and give it a review.  The best part is, I get to share a coupon code with you, and soon I will be having a giveaway so you have a chance to WIN the My Memories v2 software for your very own!

I have been scrapbooking (or "cropping" as my friends and I call it) for more than 10 years now.  I was a diehard, attending organized crops and twice a year attending a marathon crop where we would get together for  8-9 hours!  I have several books made, but once the babies came I found myself with less and less time for it.  My youngest is 5 and her baby book has about 3 pages done in it.

We take pictures like crazy, they just seem to stay on the computer and never get printed!  Sound familiar?  I will fill you in more in my next post, but just in playing with the software for a short while I made this page:

I can't wait to play more with My Memories this weekend and come up with a couple of more pages to show you.  If you can't wait to check it out either, feel free to go to My Memories.com, copy and paste the code:  STMMMS13266

for $10 off the purchase of the My Memories v2 software, plus another $10 coupon to use for downloads on their website.  That's $20 in savings :-)  Feel free to share this code with everyone you can think of!

I am off to play some more and will be back with giveaway details soon!

Until Next Time,

Monday, October 31, 2011

Just In Time for Halloween....Sort of....

During the freak snow storm on Saturday I was able to get, what is for me, quite a lot of sewing done.  I managed to complete this Halloweeen top that I had started last season.  I had a few more blocks to put together, then let my DDs arrange them and was able to get them stitched together.  I was hoping to have it completed by this Halloween.  Oh well, at least the top is don.  I wonder if I will get it quilted before next Halloween? 

I used a Moda Haunted Mansion by Sanae Layer Cake I had and tried the Disappearing Nine Patch.  Every quilt teaches us something and what I learned here was that, in my humble opinion, DNP needs a solid in there somewhere.  My girls love it though and that's what counts.

I was on a roll so I dug out a UFO quilt I have planned for my own bed.  It is a Triple Irish Chain I am planning to hand quilt.  If this October snow storm is any indication of the winter we are in for, hand quilting this will be a cozy way to pass the winter nights.

I am loving this quilt and whenever I pull it out wonder why I don't have it finished yet.  Oh well, a little bit of progress is still progress!

Another thing I am trying to make progress on is checking out all the fantastic quilts on Amy's Blogger's Quilt Festival.  I think I am only a quarter of the way through, sitting to visit a few blogs at a time when I have a minute.  If you haven't been over there yet, grab some tea and take a look!

Until Next Time,