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*CLOSED* My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software {Review and Giveaway ~ $39.97 Value}

My Memories GiveawayWhen Miss 18 was born, I sat down with my art supplies and started putting together a scrapbook/baby book that I was sure would bring a smile to her face and tears to my eyes in the years to come. For two years, I maintained her baby book ~ updating it with photos, notes, comics and letters. Then I had the twins.

So I created two more books and began the process all over again. But lemme tell ya, when baby #4 came along, I didn’t have the energy or the time. So all of the pictures were put into a photo box to be filed away at a later date. Skip ahead fourteen years later and guess where the pictures are? Yep, still in the box.

But recently I was introduced to digital scrapbooking. Have you ever done this before? You take your digital pictures and place them in “prefab” scrapbooks, add embellishments, text ~ whatever your heart’s desire ~ and bingo bango, your memories are ready for sharing with family and friends.


My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking SoftwareThis was my first time using any sort of digital scrapbooking software, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised. There are several designer templates available for use (other templates are available on the My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software website) and you have the ability to customize the templates to fit your needs. If you’re the creative type, you can even customize your own photo album.

Now, I do have to admit, there is a bit of a learning curve if you’ve never used digital scrapbooking software before. Initially, I wasn’t sure how to get the pictures to appear in the prefab boxes but after a few tries, I figured out that if I double click in the box, the picture will appear and from there you can edit the pictures.

I didn’t play with all of the options (adding music, customizing the photo album, etc) but I did create a movie using my photo album and it was really easy once I downloaded the free supplemental software.

Overall, I would give this product a B+ because it is fun to use and it’s pretty exciting to create a scrapbook that you can share electronically with friends and family. The negative is that the software isn’t intuitive (meaning you really have to sit down and focus to figure things out but once you do, the software is a breeze to use).


I was given the opportunity to review and giveaway a copy of My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software by  my memoriesMy Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software is an award winning digital scrapbook suite that allows you to create digital scrapbooks, photobooks, calendars, cards and other gifts without having to purchase expensive software. They’ve also been generous enough to provide a coupon code for $10 off the purchase of My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software for all of my friends. At checkout, just enter coupon code STMMMS98379 to receive $10 off your purchase of My Memories Suite Digital Scrapbooking Software.

I know you’re wondering what you get for free (if you’re the lucky winner) or for $10 off (if you use coupon code STMMMS98379):

  • Over 1500 papers
  • Over 1000 page elements
  • Over 30 album templates
  • Ability to enhance scrapbooks with music, narration and videos
  • Compatibility with both Mac and Windows


To enter, let’s keep this simple:

  • Visit My Memories and leave a comment letting me know your favorite digital paper pack or layout

For additional entries, leave a comment for each action:

Please make sure you leave a way for me to contact you.

Contest is open to U.S. residents only.   Contests ends on Saturday, 7 January 2012 at 10 AM (CST).  One winner will be randomly selected using

Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of My Memories Suite for the purposes of this review. I was also provided with a copy to giveaway to one of my lucky readers. All links are affiliate links and I receive payment when you purchase the My Memories Suite using code STMMMS98379.


Christmas Ornament {Shoot. Edit. Submit.}

The final Christmas ornament of 2011. I hope your year has been as happy and blessed as mine has been and I pray continued blessings upon you and yours into the coming year…
Shoot. Edit. Submit. {Christmas Ornament}
I’m linking up with Misty and Kim at Through A Photographer’s Eyes for Shoot. Edit. Submit. To join in the fun, all you have to do is:

  • Shoot. Edit. Submit.Photo must be taken this week (Saturday ~ Friday)
  • Only one entry per person
  • “Shoot. Edit. Submit.” button or link back to the contest must be on the post to qualify
  • Link only to the post, not the main blog

I also think it’d be cool if you left some comment love for other participants but that’s just my thing, not one of the rules…


2012 {To Be Read List}

2011 Reading ChallengeAccording to that sweet little widget on Goodreads, I met my goal of reading 12 books during the year 2011. Hmmmm…. that may have been my stated goal on Goodreads, but I didn’t come close to making my personal goal. But I will celebrate the small victories and aim to do better next year. I had a whole list of books that I wanted to read, you know, some were classics, others were books I’d heard about through my internet wanderings and the rest were ones I saw that had interesting covers. Yes, I do judge books by their covers. What of it?

In the coming year, I’d like to branch out and read my own finds as well as a few recommendations from around the web. And by around the web, I mean those that have been suggested to me from those little “based on what you’ve read, you might like this” sorta stuff.  I’m going to use my handy dandy iPad, (thank you, honey) download some books and read. And to keep me on track (and accountable), I’m going to maintain my reading list at Goodreads and LibraryThing (if you’re at either place, make sure you hit me up). I’ll also review the books as I read them (you can read my previous reviews by clicking here).

So here’s my 2012 reading list:

Wanna know what the book is about? Click on the title and that will take you to the description.

What will you be reading in 2012?


Cinnamon Buns {This or That Thursday}

When I was a little girl my mother used to surprise us with little breakfast treats. Sometimes it was cornbread pancakes. If you’ve never had them, for the love of all things good and delish, go buy yourself a box of Jiffy Cornbread mix and make some right now. Really, stop reading right now and go buy some. I’ll wait… Sometimes she’d surprise us with cinnamon buns. And she’d leave just enough icing in the container for us to dip our little fingers in and lick off. Really, isn’t that the best part of cinnamon buns anyway? This morning I decided to share a special treat with my family.

Breakfast: Cinnamon Bun

Like my mother, I used a cast iron skillet, lightly greased… Have you ever used a cast iron skillet? I remember watching my great grandmother use one and I just knew that someday I’d have one too, even though I was not one for cooking.

Breakfast Cinnamon Buns

Watching my kids reach into the skillet to grab the cinnamon buns brings back such wonderful memories for me. Really, why don’t I do this more often?

Breakfast Cinnamon Buns

What childhood treats do you share with your family?

This or That Thursday is hosted by deb duty photography, if you’d like to join up all you have to do is:

This or That Thursday

  • Submit the url of your blog post, not your homepage
  • link up a photo that was taken by you
  • include a link back to deb duty photography (use the button or text link)
  • visit a few other blogs and leave some comment love

Easy, right?


What I Wore Wednesday #31

Who was a photographic slacker this week? Looks around. I was. And to be honest, I didn’t do much in the way of getting dressed either. The hubs has been on vacation for the past week and a half (this is his first vacation in over 13 years), so the family and I have been kicking back and enjoying each other’s company. One of the most important lessons I’ve learned from my photography friends is to remember to sometimes put down the camera and be in the moment. I’ve been in the week. But I do have two pictures to share:

What I Wore Sunday: Looking All Festive and E’erything

What I Wore Sunday

The “dress” is actually an embroidered tunic that I bought from about a year or so ago but wear very rarely. I was never really sure how to style it, I mean jeans are always an option but I wanted to dress it up. So I put a black sheath dress on under it (can you believe I do not own a black skirt?), added black tights and a black cardi and I fell in love all over again. It just screams festive and we were celebrating the birth my Lord and Savior last week…

Christmas Socks


My daughter has been rocking her stylish Christmas socks! They have polka dots and faux fur, what’s not to love?

As we head into a new year, I pray you all have a happy, healthy, safe and blessed 2012! And continue to be stylish….

I’m linking up with:

The Pleated Poppy

Real Momma Real Style

What I Wore Wednesday

Please check them out for some fashion inspiration.

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