Thursday, October 25, 2012

How Digital Scrapbooking Sparked my Creativity & A Chance to Win Your Own Copy of My Favorite Software!!

It all started simply enough.

I wanted to find an easier, less messy way of scrapbooking. I was tired of all the containers of papers, stickers, embellishments, printed pictures {that didn't get used half the time}, tools, punches and adhesives that were taking over my house. I was done. I vowed to just put my kid's pictures in traditional albums and call it a day.

But then I started blogging. 

I so badly wanted to design my own blog header, background, etc. and Googled tutorial after tutorial. What I soon realized was that in order to make anything, I would need some type of software. Adobe Photoshop was way to complicated for me so when I stumbled upon a few tutorials that mentioned digital scrapbooking software...I was intrigued. I could scrapbook on my computer??

So like I started simply enough. I downloaded some free digital scrapbooking software and started working on some pages to help me learn the ropes. I worked until 3:00am that night on Blake's first birthday pictures and from that point on...I was hooked.

I spent weeks making scrapbook pages and teaching myself the ins and outs. And after MUCH trial and error, I eventually taught myself to create a blog header, sidebar pictures and backgrounds and I've had about 20 blog makeovers since then.

This of course sparked my creativity. I started thinking about all the other things I could make with digital scrapbooking software and that's when I made my first birthday invitation for Addie's Bouncing Ballerinas Party... 

And my first set of cupcake toppers...

I was so excited with how Addie's party turned out, I started thinking about what I would make for Blake's birthday (which was still 9 months away). So then I started hitting up my friends and making invites and toppers for their kids. It gave me great practice...but I needed an upgrade. I needed software that was affordable and easy to use. And that's when I found My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software and I was IN LOVE with it!! The possibilities were endless and I spent MANY sleepless nights playing with all of the fabulous features trying to come up with my next projects. And this is where I became addicted.

Enter the holidays.

To teacher gift tags...

I was making tags for anything and everything. ALL of my gift tags last Christmas were homemade on My Memories Suite and I got more compliments on them than I did on the actual gifts!! Ha! And obviously, the holidays aren't the only time you need gift tags. You can spice up any occasion (and any gift) with a super cute custom label...

And speaking of gifts...I can't even count up all of the handmade gifts I have given to others...

baby shower sip and see sweet baby girl

I think it's safe to say that I became a "Printable Junkie" this year. It all started with the printables I used for my Home Management Binder...

And the ones I made for our Camping Binder...

And the ones I made for our Christmas Binder...

See...I told you. Printable junkie!!! But I just LOVE all things cute and now that I know what this software can do...I feel the need to make everything with it. Eric likes to joke that I am going to start making my grocery lists on My Memories Suite

And he may be right :-)

But in all seriousness, this software sparked my creativity in a BIG way. All I wanted to do was find an easier way to scrapbook my memories but now...after almost 2 years of working with this software...I have actually created a business out of my love of designing.


If you have ever looked at one of my printables, birthday invitations, cupcake toppers, etc. and thought, "I wish I could make that kind of stuff!!" just know that YOU CAN!!! And I have even put together a few video tutorials on how to make and print cupcake toppers and design your own custom invitations and cards. You can find them here:

TUTORIAL: How to Make Printable Cupcake Toppers Using My Memories Suite
TUTORIAL: How to Make Custom Cards & Invitations Using My Memories Suite

My Memories Suite software is so easy to use and they continue to upgrade and add new features all the time. If you think about all of the money you will save by making your own cards, party decor, printables, gift tags, will find that it is WELL WORTH the price.

But how would you like to win your own copy of My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software


That's friends at MMS are giving me the opportunity to give away another free download of their software just in time for the holidays!!!

Here's How to Enter:

* Leave a comment telling us what you will make first if you win the software. Will you scrapbook? Make a card? Make your holiday gift tags? The possibilities are endless! {Earns 1 entry}

* Like My Memories Suite on Facebook and leave a separate comment letting us know you did so. {Earns 1 entry}

* Follow My Memories Suite on Twitter and leave a separate comment letting us know you did so.
{Earns 1 entry}

And that's all you have to do!! You get 3 chances to win this fabulous software and become a Printable Junkie just like me!!

You have until Wednesday, October 31st to enter. A winner will be selected and posted on Thursday, November 1st!!

Good luck everyone!!


  1. Could NOT pass up the opportunity to enter this wonderful giveaway! The first thing I would do is start designing tags, signs, and toppers for our first annual holiday get together :)

  2. I've liked My Memories Suite on Facebook :) {Poor S, my Christmas list is growing by the minute!}

  3. And now following My Memories Suite on Twitter :)

  4. I would attempt to make my own Christmas card!

  5. Great giveaway! I would probably make baby announcements or gift tags first!

  6. I would probably make everything! lol

  7. Im also following MMS on Twitter. :-)

  8. I will make holiday gift tags for sure! So cute!!:)

  9. I follow my memories suite on twitter!

  10. I like my memories suite on facebook!

  11. I am currently addicted to finding free tags online so I'm sure TAGS! :)

  12. I like My Memorie suite on Facebook!

  13. I follow My Memory Suite on Twitter!

  14. I would make our Christmas cards & gift tags.

  15. I'm ready to make a digital scrapbook of Baylor's birth!

  16. I wondered how you made all these cute things! I think I'd make Thanksgiving tags for some "thankful" gifts and attempt Christmas cards!

  17. I'm following (@learningthings1) MMS on Twitter!

  18. I will make my son's birthday invitations for November, Christmas cards in December and birth announcements for our bundle we are expecting in January.

  19. If I were to win, I would use the software to start a scrapbook for our first baby, due in April 2013, as well as other creative holiday projects.

  20. I would make tags for a baby shower I'm hosting and then make invites and tags for Abi's birthday!!!

  21. I liked them on fb!

  22. i would LOVE this!!! it is definitely on my christmas list (if i don't win it, of course!) ;-)
    i would use it to make printables and gift tags...since i'm always BUYING them!!!

  23. This would be awesome. I would make cards first, I hand make mine now, but with 2 little ones it is hard!!!

  24. Would love to start making an annual Family Scrapbook for all our pictures (instead of printing them and putting them in a box labeled "photo album")!

  25. I will make tags for the twins to wear so that I always know who is who! No seriously, I would probably go an online scrapbook. I have thousands of pictures of the boys that I have never sorted into books or albums, so I would focus on that

  26. I would love to make tags and start digital scrap booking.

  27. I'd love to become a printable junkie! I would first design our 2012 holiday cards.

  28. I have followed My Memories Suite on Twitter.

  29. I have liked My Memories Suite on Facebook.


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