Friday, 25 March 2011

Great news for UK Digi Scrapbookers!

At last! My Memories is now licensed for the UK market. This is by far the easiest digital scrapbooking program around. You can start making pages in seconds.

It comes with photo layouts already created for you or you make your own. If you have a whole lot of photos and want a quick album you can use the Fast Fill feature and watch the album being created before your very eyes. My favourite feature is the photo mat. Add a mat as wide as you like (very narrow one is great for creating an inked look) and match the colour to anything on the page. You can add mats to all your photos as once if you like.

You can even download their kits as normal papers and elements to use in your PhotoShop/Corel layouts. There are lots of freebies and full tutorials on their forum plus a very friendly Facebook page HERE with lovely people who will help beginners with anything they need.

Give My Memories a try HERE!

The page below took me only ten minutes to do. Background is from Lindsay Jane's Pool Party kit. String is from Cathy Krenek's Splash, alpha from Melissa Bennett's Just Chillin' and water splash is from Traci Reed's Belly Flop. Tip: Make an extra page in the MM album for notes/artist credits etc ;-)

Photo by Facebook friend ;-) Layout design by Sharon Horswill made in My Memories Suite. Artist credits: Background Lindsay Jane Pool Party String - Cathy Krenek Splash Letters - Melissa Bennet Just Chillin' Water Splash - Traci Reed Belly Flop

Edited May 2011 - well, maybe it isn't licensed for the UK after all since my UK friends have been unable to buy it! They had better get their act together soon or it will be the competitor who gets the sales from my on board classes!

Our first cruise

Click to play this Smilebox scrapbook
Create your own scrapbook - Powered by Smilebox
This free scrapbook generated with Smilebox

Our very first cruise on the Odysseus (a small ship I'd probably refuse to go on now) in 1994. Very few photos since it was pre-digital and not very good photos at that but I think this Smilebox works well. I've saved the pages as jpegs and will add some journalling boxes. I really don't like the strange Smilebox font.

Aha ... so you can put html code into Blogger in the old editing system but not the new! I wasted half the afternoon trying to put a slideshow onto the Family History Scrapbooks blog!

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Family History Scrapbooking on Facebook

As I idly waste most of my day on Facebook I've come across quite a few people working on their family tree who love old photos and scrapbooks - plus scrapbookers who seem to be working on their family tree as well. So it's time the two came together.

I've set up a basic website for articles and links (the problem with Facebook pages being the useful information disappears down the page). I'll work on that over the next few weeks, preparation for the next tax year permitting. In the meantime the Facebook page is up and running HERE. Please "like" us and add your comments and photos. Everyone is welcome, whatever their main interest. Companies and designers are welcome to promote their products and services but I hope they will also stick around to give some tips.

You can get help restoring your old photos and we'll help beginners get started - whether it's starting their family tree or their scrapbooks.

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