Book of Me

One of the projects (or works in progress) for me is a “Book of Me” sharing photos, experiences, and occasional tidbits that describe me.  The February kit at Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild combines pinks and greens, an all-time favorite for me, with delightful elements.  This is a layout I created using that kit.

This is the February 2012 Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild kit (linked).

As Ever,
Pam

Valentine Reminder

February 14th — tomorrow is Valentine’s Day.  Did you prepare a special surprise for your loved ones?  The florists have been preparing for a month at my daughter’s floral and gift shop; there will be beautiful bouquets of flowers, balloon bouquets, plush stuffed animals, special chocolates, candles, photo frames, and delightful flowering plants.  Some who have come in to order flowers have told that they proposed on Valentine’s Day.

However you spend the day, I hope you make new memories.  It’s also enjoyable to revisit old memories through our journals and photos – today I’m sharing this link to a free gift from Dee Bee Designs called Love Bugs.  It will be perfect for your special photos. I’ve used it here with photos of my maternal grandparents, but plan to use it again with little photos of my niece and her hubby using the larger opening for a photo of their son. I hope you enjoy it.

As Ever,
Pam

Poinsettias

Omigosh, we had so many beautiful poinsettias at the flower shop, with many left over. The care centers didn’t want them, and I simply could not let them die, so I brought them home to see if I can keep them growing. I’ve used a Libby Weifenbach template with the January Digital Scrapbook Artisan Guild kit, New Beginnings.  The kit is fun and versatile check it out here.

As Ever,
Pam

Protect Your Photos!

You insure your home, your vehicles, boats — have you taken the time to protect loss of your valuable photos and any scrapbook pages you may have?  Life deals unforeseen hardships — just do your best to prepare!  Something those of us online all need to protect ourselves from are sites that can destroy our saved files!

Do look into GOOD virus protection and do backup your files.  I have a couple of external hard drives and I alternate their use.  I also back up my digital photos to a CD now and again.  We don’t get negatives with digital — backup is our only path to recovering files we might lose.

For a delightful assortment of digital elements that will provide you with wonderful backgrounds and elements for your layouts, visit http://www.digitalscrapbookartisanguild.com/ for some marvelous kits and elements to use when creating your scrapbooking pages.

As Ever,
Pam

Memories and Love

Mom’s maternal grandma kept wonderful scrapbooks of photos and newspaper clippings — I enjoy that she wrote notes and added dates; she would have loved digital scrapbooking!  Her albums help to give me a window into her life and era.  I like to think that we are doing the same for future generations.

My parents or grandparents could not have predicted what we now do with digital and with the Internet.  When my daughter was a youngster, I took few photos because of the cost to have them developed (we paid for each print, whether they were good or not).  Now we can click, click away and capture wonderful memories of today.  Preserving these memories with scrapbook pages or photobooks is like sharing an extra hug with my descendants.

Occasionally I sit here (in front of my computer) and browse scrapbooking sites hosted in countries whose language I don’t know.  Oh, I’m looking for new ideas for the perfect layout — but what comes from these visits is so much more.  The languages, and maybe even the beliefs may be very different from mine — but what I’m seeing is the love in the photos and in the creative layouts.

Share your memories with the future!  Interview your family members and keep notes — take more photos and keep notes — transfer your photos and notes to scrapbook pages or to photobooks.  Use the free and easy Taleweaver software from MyPicTales to make your photo books, calendars and cards.  What a treasure you’ll be sharing — and you’ll enjoy it yourself, again and again!

Just begin.  Take notes.  Then create your project at your own pace.  The most difficult step is beginning.  Do it; you’ll be so glad you did!

What is my favorite addition to a layout or photobook?  Wordart!  You still add dates and desired journaling, but the wordart completes your page.  Some of my favorite pages are simply a photo (dated) with a wordart as the title.  How cute is this one?

There are so many more — something for most photos!  Have fun!

As Ever,
Pam