Sunday, May 27, 2012

My Memories Suite Giveaway

Hi Everyone!

I am sooo excited to be offering my very first giveaway! Liz over at My Memories gave me this awesome digital scrapbooking software to try out and one to give away to YOU! How exciting right? I have to say I am not really a scrapbooker, as much as I love all the cool paper, and embellishments I am a bit of a neat freak living in a small house and I don't have a place to store all that stuff. That is why I jumped at the chance to try this software. It is pretty user friendly. My 13 year-old even did a page. Here are a couple of things I did just playing around with the software, and believe me this is just the tip of the iceberg with this My Memories Suite software.

Here is the one my youngest daughter made. I think she did a better job than I did!

These are custom made pages but there are tons of pre-designed layouts and templates. 
Here is a pre-made layout that I used and added background and embellishments. 

I am going to play with the software a little more because I have been wanting to give out calenders for Christmas for years, and this will be perfect for that. You can print these at home, send them to a printer turning them into a bounded book or  make them into a DVD that you can send to family. I have done the DVD thing before with a different software that was not as user friendly. The DVD's are also great for playing at family reunions, weddings, graduations, etc. and they allow you to add music, video and narration. 

I just made a 2013 calender. I think I will use this on my desk at work next year. Check it out.

I also made a Christmas card. 

I started thinking of all the possibilities for making greeting cards. You could make cute personalized thank you cards with pictures of the birthday girl/boy, or thank you cards with a wedding picture or graduation picture. You could even do an engagement announcement with a picture of the happy couple or a save the date card. Or you could do a "we've moved" postcard with a picture of the new house. How about a birthday or any kind of party invitation with a corresponding picture? The possibilities are endless here people! There is something in here for everyone even if you are not a scrapbooker. 

Here is a little tutorial that shows you how to do some basics.

So are you ready for a chance to win this great scrapbooking software? Well I am going to give you 5 chances to win!

1. Visit and leave me a comment telling me which is your favorite digital pack or layout. 
2. Visit and follow the My Memories Blog, they have freebies, tutorials and workshops there that you will love. Leave me a comment and let me know you are a follower of the My Memories Blog.
3. Become a fan of My Memories Facebook page. Leave a comment and let me know you did.
4. Follow My Memories on Twitter, for great tips and more freebies. Leave a comment telling me you did so for another chance to win. 
5. Follow this blog, and leave a comment letting me know you did. 

If you don't want to wait to win this software it is available for a great price just go to My and if you use my promo code  STMMMS42508 you can buy it for $29.97, and they will give you a $10 gift certificate to spend in their store.  You can download the software immediately and get started on your scrapbook!

Thanks so much for entering and good luck to you all!

Copy and paste this code: STMMMS42508

Sunday, May 13, 2012

DIY Chandelier

Happy Mothers Day Everyone!

I have been working on this a little at a time, and am so happy to have it finished. I re-did this chandelier for my daughter's room, but I don't have overhead electrical wiring in any of the bedrooms so I am not able to hang this chandelier yet. I wanted to share it anyway so I am going to show you the after first.

I think it will look great all lit up in her bedroom. She has a Paris theme going on with pink, cream and black.  Ready for the before?

I bought this for $25 at the Re-Store, which is a place where people donate household items to benefit Habitat for Humanity. 
I removed the outer glass piece, spray painted it Navajo white after spraying it with primer. I then drilled holes to attach acrylic bead garland to the chandelier. I used 2 packs from Michael's. Each pack is $12.99 but with a 40% off coupon they were $8.35 each. Total cost for this re-do was about $42. I already had the spray paint and primer so I did not include that in my total. Here is the after again. 

I can't wait to see it up in her room. I will reveal her room when I can get the electrical work done.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

DIY Laundry Sign


I have a quick project to share. I have seen so many great handmade signs and I wanted a sign above my laundry area that said "laundry", or something about laundry. So one day while out shopping yard sales I came across a piece of wood that was the perfect size for my sign. The best part is it was free! I think it was just pine but it was left out in the weather so it was that weird gray color that wood gets when it is left out. I stained it with walnut stain and penciled in my writing and then hand painted the letters. You can tell because they are not perfect. I'm okay with it though. Here it is.

The white letters were too white so I brushed on another coat of walnut stain and then let it dry. I then sanded it a bit and added a coat of wax. I really enjoyed making this sign! I have another one in mind that I hope to share soon. 

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