Saturday, September 14, 2013

A Giveaway for one of our Followers :)

Today's post is something different for me.  I was contacted by My Memories, which is a digital scrapbooking company, asking me if I would be interested in having a giveaway for one of the readers of my blog.  I thought about it for a while, checked their website, and e-mailed back that I was interested.  When I agreed they gave me a copy of the program and a coupon for $10 to  purchase something in their store at

I've been playing with it for a week or so - it seems to be designed to create different pages using the same design element style - ending up with a photo book.  You can also make cards and scrapbook pages, so I made some cards for my granddaughter, Lauren.  She is going to be six on the 21st, and I thought this would be a good try-out for the program I received,  My Memories Suite.  After making the cards below, I logged onto their site again and read through the forum items, and looked at some of the tutorials offered, which are Youtube videos.  Those are going to be really helpful.

I remember a while back there was chatter in the RV blogs about creating books of our RVing Blogs, and a few of you had some made.  I thought this program would be perfect for that.  When you choose a specific template for your book, the program puts together a bunch of pages, from four to 17 pages depending on the template you choose (you can add more pages, or delete pages if you want), with different images in the same template design, and each page is different.  You can use the pages as they create them, and you can also add or delete elements.  There are places to drop in your photos, and places to journal. From what I learned in their forum on the website, some people had their photo books printed through My Memories, and other people had other companies print their books, so you have a choice if you are going to have them printed.

I love using digital crafting programs to make greeting cards and other digital files and have been playing with this crafty stuff for years. I have thousands of digital images stored in files on my computer, and this program allows importing of images that are on my computer.

They have a lot of "Freebies" that come with the program, and a lot more on their website that I've downloaded.  I also ended up purchasing two kits with my $10 coupon.  Whoever wins the Giveaway will also receive a $10 coupon to purchase a kit or two of images or a couple of ready-made templates or "quick pages" to use.

So, I made three totally different cards.  Maybe I'll send Lauren all three?  Here they are - what do you think?

Lauren is having some of her friends over for a cupcake party.  They are all going to frost and decorate their own cupcakes as one of the fun things to do at her Birthday Party.  So this is a cupcake card.

Because Lauren is so beautiful, I wanted to make her a beautiful card - with six candles and six flowers for her sixth birthday.

And this is a photo birthday card with Lauren's photo.  She is a gymnast and this is Lauren posing in her new team leotard. I've probably put too many elements on this one, but I liked it.

Which one do you like best?

Since I've been playing with the program, it seems there's been a Freebie on their website every day. This is one from the other day, it's a "quick page" that you just drop photos into for a finished page:

You just import your photos, and you're done.

I just got this one from their site this morning, it's a pack of eight different papers:

If you are interested in winning the free giveaway, My Memories Suite, let me know in a comment and I'll put your name in a hat.  Two weeks should be long enough - so - let me know in your comment by the end of Sunday, September 29th.  I'll have someone here at the park pull out a name, and that person will be the winner of the digital scrapbooking program and the $10 gift certificate to spend in My Memories' on-line store.

If you are interested in checking out the site, it's  I'll let you know in two weeks who our winner is!

Boy, are we ever getting the weather this week!  It's been so cloudy and rainy and lots of lightening and thunder, it's pouring right now, and we just had a crack of thunder that was really close.   My generator wouldn't work the other day and we had no sun all day, so I gave up and moved over to an electric site for the rest of my two weeks here.  First electric site all year.

Look at who came for breakfast this morning:

I remember last year one of the horses checked out my bar-b-que, too.  There must be some drippings on the burned wood that someone left.  Isn't he cute?

A few times the colt started racing around - I guess just like any kid, he had some extra energy to get out.

He walked around yesterday morning for a while full of greenery.  He must have had a nice roll in the grasses and flowers and some of it stuck.

Below is what the sky looked like right before the heavens opened up again.  

These poor horses, they've gotten a lot of rain in the last few days; they just stand there in the driving rain.  Can you see how hard it's falling in the photo below?  I guess they must be okay, but I feel bad for them. The Monsoon Season here is from June 15 through September 30, so I guess we'll be through it soon. 

Welcome to our two newest Followers,  wb3dzy AND Taryn Faust!  They don't show any information about themselves, or blogs, so ...  if either or both of you have a blog, let me know so we can check it out!  Thank you both for following along with me and Katie!  :)

From me and Katie, have a great weekend, everyone!  :)


  1. I like the photo birthday card. Lauren is a doll!

    Great pics of the horses.

  2. cute cards...Lauren is a cutie for sure..and I love the colts...

  3. I'm not sure I have time to explore all My Memories has to offer. Joe has been wanting me to make a book from our blog for the past year. I just haven't looked into it. So I am not sure if I would be a good candidate for the free gift.

    We had lots of rain and thunder storms in Durang last week too...sure put a damper on our hiking plans, but I really feel so bad for the folks who lost power and had to evacuate.

    Hugs to Katie!

  4. Your granddaughter will love the cards, Barbara; you've done a super job on them! Loved the photos of the horses. My heart goes out to them also--they must lead a hard life.

    My husband noticed that everything looks very green there. Our seasons are beginning to change here in the NW--we have rain in the forecast for the coming week & beyond. Stay dry & warm.

  5. Beautiful horses at your campsite. I need to get over that way someday. This software looks like a good way to print a book of my travels. I had one year of my blog printed, but was not real happy with the results. I would like to try this software.

  6. Loved the horse pictures. Toss me in the drawing, it sounds interesting. Thanks.

  7. I like the cards you created - very clever, and Lauren is a real cutie!

    I'd like to throw my name in the hat for the drawing. I've been toying with scrapbooking and card making for years, so this might be just what I need to get back into it. Thank you for the offer!

    How exciting you got to see some horses again - I remember the ones last year. Too bad they have to be out in the rain!

    Cari Cook

  8. Love the horses! Beautiful and a precious little colt or filly!

  9. I would like to enter your contest. Thanks!

    We're in Maryland now, cleaning out a storage unit and visiting family, then we are heading back to New Mexico. I sure miss those New Mexico State Parks. Hope to run into you some day. We were at Storrie when you were there but you left, because of the smoke, the day I heard you were there.

    I like all your cards but it's hard to beat the one with your granddaughter. She is a beauty!


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